- Dateline: May 22, 2017, Manchester, England: 22 people killed by a suicide bomber just right after the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
- Dateline: May 23, 2017, Moscow, Russia: While on a State visit to meet Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Philippine President, Rodrigo R. Duterte declares Martial Law in Mindanao, Philippines as Maute rebel terrorist takes Marawi City hostage with initial death toll of 11.
- Dateline: May 26, 2017, Cairo, Egypt: IS gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Christian on its way to a monastery outside of Cairo and killed 28 people on board.
These dateline events for the month of May proved that Islamic State threat should be taken with critical thoughts and understanding. The world had become the focus of the war on Jihadism. IS comfort zones had moved from within the conflicts of the Middle East to anywhere in the world. The pivot makes it a significant and serious threat to world peace.
Also early this May, Dr. Yassin El-Ayouty an authority in Jihadism spoke in the GTA about “The War on Jihadism Through Ideology”. Dr. El-Ayouty has a Ph.D. from New York University in international law and a JD from Cardozo School of Law. He served the UN for 32 years, retiring as Political Director. At present, he is a professor at Fordham University School of Law, teaching “Islamic Law and Global Security”. He also teaches at St. Francis College, New York City and Cairo University Law. He has written a number of books, the latest of which is The New Egypt: From Chaos to the Strong State (Amazon, 2016). His upcoming book, War on Jihadsm Ideologically: The New Islamic Religious Revolution, is expected September 2017.
Dr. Yassin El-Ayouty and Mann Nacario at the Greater Toronto Area ISIS Presentation, Rattle Snake Golf Club House, Milton, Ontario
Dr. El-Ayouty commented that for far too long, Islam, the faith of 1.7 billion people, has been manipulated by criminal gangs – from Al-Qaeda’s destruction of the American Embassies in 1998 to the declaration of the so called “Islamic State” in 2014 in both Syria and Iraq. A vicious revolt against all human values and all faith has been justified through an “Islam” of butchery, mayhem, mass murder, hate, and the abandonment of the Rule of Law.
On every continent, Jihadsm (the abuse of Islam as a cover for terrorism) created a backlash against the Muslim population, including refugees and immigrants, as a result of the terrorizing few. Countries like Somalia, Yemen, and Syria have descended into chaos. Ultra Right movements in America and Europe had thrived as a faulty defensive response. Weapons of mass destruction have been used by both Jihadsm and their opponents. Historic sites were erased, and women and children had perished during unsafe crossing of the Mediterranean. Millions of refugees besieged various European cities.
Jihadsm is also Canada’s worry, for it is a worldwide insurrection. This terrorist activity is hitting everywhere and a very destructive scourge to society. This insurrection is the collapse of law and order, a conflict without rules, targets without choice, and intended to create mass fear.
IS does not seek governance, it only seeks power and this power is in constant shift. If it appears to govern in Mosul and Raqqa, it only seeks protection, a protection through use of human shields.
In this modern world, Jihadist expansion is done through various means: social media is used as a universal tool, drugs, stolen oil, Kidnap for ransom, and so-called charities in Saudi Arabia to spread Wahhabi Islam.
Women are the most vulnerable. Remember the Chibok, Nigeria tragedy were 300 school girls were kidnapped. Jihadis regard females as unequal to males. Rape is a jihad weapon of choice. At 9-year of age, young girls are made to slave wives, combatants, and suicide bombers.
There is an effective weapon in fighting Jihadism which remains largely unused. It is the ideology of Islamic Law (Sharia), properly interpreted. So far, ISIS and similar murderous organization had used Islam for their criminal ends. And because of the absence in the West of those who can strike back at terrorism through the ideology of Islam, Jihadists have pre-empted the field for themselves. Their unmerited success in this sensitive area of religious-oriented propaganda is manifest. The voices which oppose the hijacking of Sharia are mainly Arabic. There is no translation into English or French of the anti-Jihadi voices. Thus Jihadism has been able to infiltrate, recruit and brainwash the uninformed, get funding, and convince Muslim immigrants in Canada and elsewhere, that the Jihadi cause is just.
In theory the Canadian government can end the threat of Jihadsm. The government can be vigilant with the close cooperation of its community. Together they must learn to understand radicalization for better appreciation of the situation, sustainable need to inform and disseminate information to the people. This mutual cooperation is a partnership: if you see something, say something; the people are the eyes and ears of society; and the people are the human drones with real pilots. Canada and its people can win the war on Jihadism without bombs, but with the weapon of understanding the ideology, through proper interpretation of Islam and improved community involvement.
By: MANN NACARIO (ATIN ITO SPECIAL)