As reported Sunday morning by CBS News and others, Westgate, a ‘high end’ retail shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya was attacked by Somali based Islamic extremist al-Shabaab ( the youth.) In the initial hours of the now three day siege, no fewer than 260 unarmed civilians were killed or wounded by militants or Kenyon military rescue forces.
Eye witnesses spoke of the terror as militants randomly executed shoppers while tossing hand grenades into the crowd. It was reported that Muslims were allowed to leave the mall after reciting a verse from the Koran or stating the name of Islam profit Muhammad’s mother.
On Sunday morning following the attack, U.S. President Barack Obama contacted Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, offering the nation condolences as well as the full support of the United States Government in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
In further news, it was announced that al-Shabaab took responsibility for the attack stating that it had done so in retribution for the 2011 Kenyon military forces attack on neighboring Somalia. However, surviving eye-witnesses of the attack confirm that non-Muslims were murdered by al-Shabaab militants based on their religion, not in retribution for Kenyan military aggressions. Frequented by Kenya’s social and economic elite, it’s been reported that Mr. Kenyatta’s nephew and his fiance were killed in the cowardly aggression.
An eye for an eye!
War is sanctioned murder and Innocents are often killed. Al-Qaeda and the Islamic extremist affiliated to it, believe that their fighting a worldwide war against non-humans. To them, the dedicated concept of Jihad is very real. They fight under an extreme, literal interpretation of the Koran known as the Saudi Arabian ‘Wahabi’ version of Islam. Many of them have nothing to lose in this life as they pursue promised reward waiting for them at the gates of their heaven.
On the flip side, Kenya’s 2011 attack on Somalia was likened to genocide by the press of the day. Kenya entered Somalia in force, on a mission to stabilize the region while stomping out terrorist cells.
Terrorism is most often utilized to send a message or promote a political cause. This attack on non- Muslims by al-Shabaab is a warning to the world that all ‘infidels’ are subject to attack, death and destruction at the hands of militant Islamic extremist. When President Obama and the U.S. talks about the terrorist threat, this is what their talking about. It’s real, world-wide, and happening daily.
The United States military takes out an al-Qaeda leader by drone strike, a terrorist cell takes out 200 civilians in a downtown shopping mall. This is terror promoted through planned and executed, deliberately perpetrated targeted acts of militant terrorism. It’s designed with the help of the world news media to keep the world suspended in a state of terror. Read enough of it, see enough of it, or experience it, and one eventually is hesitant to leave the safe confines of home; if fortunate enough to occupy one.
As reported Monday by Reuters Europe, al-Shabaab wishes to take society back to the 10th or 11th century, and will attempt to do so by any means. The Westgate Mall attack shows a sophistication of planning and military style assault not previously exhibited by these militants; leading analyst to believe that involvement from foreign insurgents may be at play here. As reported Sunday by CBC News, European and Americans have joined the ranks of aL-Qaeda as the war on terror reaches global proportions. Their numbers are believed to be in the hundreds and growing.