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Is it "dejá-Taliban" all over again?

By Frank Salvato
web posted July 10, 2006

Barbarian-in-Chief, Osama bin Laden, recently issued a directive instructing jihadists to re-focus their efforts on establishing safe-havens and training camps in Africa. This edict indicates that he recognizes the already destabilized nations of Sudan and Somalia – nations dominated by violent factions and over-populated with uneducated minds and swollen, unfed bellies – as being ripe for transformation into realms of Islamic totalitarianism. Evidently, he has had enough of getting "backhanded across the room" by the superior intellect and fire-power of the US-led coalition forces.

Bin Laden called on his unholy brood to congregate in Sudan, specifically the cruel Darfur region and, with the release of his latest propaganda tape/communiqué – which the Western mainstream media disseminated with blinding speed – he warned the United States not to interfere in the reconstituted version of the Taliban currently forming in Somalia.

When the city of Mogadishu is brought up in conversation it is hard not to think of the 1993 slaughter of 18 US servicemen that inspired the movie Blackhawk Down. Their under-supported UN peacekeeping mission resulted in then President Bill Clinton pulling all US forces from Somalia, handing Islamist terrorists, specifically Osama bin Laden, an incredible victory. Bin Laden would later cite this victory as integral in his reasoning that the US could be defeated through the use of terrorism and through perseverance.

Chairman of the Union of the Islamic Courts in Somalia Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed gives a press conference in Mogadishu in June 2006
Chairman of the Union of the Islamic Courts in Somalia Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed gives a press conference in Mogadishu in June 2006

Recent reports from Mogadishu indicate that radical Islamist Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has assumed control as the "chairman" of an Islamic Courts Union. This union is a system of local courts based entirely in Shariah (Islamic) Law, a system identical to that of the Taliban during their tenure as a terrorist regime in Afghanistan. Ahmed has been identified as having links to al-Qaida, although he – unsurprisingly – denies the claim.

The most telling sign that Somalia is becoming the new Afghanistan are the reports describing how the Islamic Courts Union has taken over the schools in the regions where their control is absolute, instituting a curriculum solely based in Islamic teachings.

In Sudan, the Islamic terror group Janjaweed – which has links to al-Qaida – has been dominating the populace through means of terror for years. The UN, in its typically impotent fashion, has been unable to stabilize the region, instead existing as a benign witness to the Janjaweed's continued atrocities, especially in Darfur where reports of mass killings and mass rapes have become commonplace. According to a BBC report, the International charity Medecins Sans Frontieres claimed that 500 women had been raped in four months alone, testimony to the cruelty and barbaricness that is Islamic fundamentalism.

With these events taking place on an expedited timetable the question begs to be asked, are we stupid enough to sit idly by while Islamist fundamentalists construct a replica of the terrorist regime that brought us the attacks of September 11th, 2001?

Time after time we hear about grotesque atrocities perpetrated upon the starving, downtrodden and helpless, and time after time it is at the hands of radical Islamist fundamentalists hell-bent on totalitarian domination. In countries where fundamentalist Islam is paramount in the government, instances of honor killings, beheadings, stoning, the amputations of appendages and similar atrocities – true atrocities – are reported with frequency, yet the mainstream Islamic community accepts these acts as part of the "religion of peace," while the mainstream media turns a blind eye.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations recently announced the launch of a $50 million five-year media campaign to "create a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in the US." Meanwhile Reuters' AlertNet.org reports that radical Islamist militia in Mogadishu shot dead two Somalis who were demanding to watch the World Cup soccer matches. It doesn't take much to see that CAIR's money would be better spent trying to educate the Islamic community that killing, especially in the name of religion, is a bad thing.

Those who blindly follow the notion that it is but a few "bad apples" that give Islam a bad reputation are either in denial, grossly uninformed about the facts, stupid or a combination of all three. Oppression and dominance are pillars in the totalitarian doctrine that is fundamentalist Islam.

Radical Islamist terrorists linked to al-Qaida are setting up shop in Sudan and Somalia. These groups, with ties to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood, have already started to re-educate the youth of these nations and oppress their peoples. These groups openly spew their hatred for the West, especially the United States and Israel, calling for the defeat at the hand of the sword. And the world is doing nothing to stop them.

Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal. He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education initiative. His pieces are regularly featured in over 100 publications both nationally and internationally. He has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, and is a regular guest on The Right Balance with Greg Allen on the Accent Radio Network, as well as an occasional guest on numerous radio shows coast to coast. He recently partnered in producing the first-ever symposium on the threat of radical Islamist terrorism in Washington, DC. His pieces have been recognized by the Japan Center for Conflict. He can be contacted at oped@newmediajournal.us. Copyright © 2006 Frank Salvato

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