Islamic Barbarians At The Gates
by Ariel Natan Pasko
13 May 2004
al-Qaeda-linked website shows the beheading of Nick Berg, and al-Jazeera
broadcasts footage of two members of Islamic Jihad, sitting at a table with
the head of an Israeli soldier. What is going on with the religion of peace?
The Arabic Satellite
TV station al-Jazeera shows footage of two Islamic Jihad leaders sitting
at a table, speaking about the recent Israeli operation in Gaza against the
terrorist infrastructure there, with the head of an Israeli soldier sitting
in front of them on the table.
Later, a video appears on an al-Qaeda-linked website showing the beheading
of an American civilian in Iraq, Nick Berg, who was a Jew. In a grisly gesture,
the executioners hold up the man's head for the camera. The decapitation
recalled the kidnapping and videotaped beheading of Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl -- another Jew -- in 2002 in Pakistan. Then, al-Jazeera
re-broadcasts this beheading scene, like the earlier scene of an Israeli
soldier's head sitting on a table, throughout the Arab world.
What's going on here?
The executioner in Iraq claimed his killing of a random American civilian
was revenge for the mis-treatment of Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison.
But one can wonder if Nick Berg was picked out because he was Jewish? The
photos and reports of abuse and degrading behavior toward the Iraqi prisoners
need to be investigated, and properly punished.
But was "revenge" against an innocent American civilian justified?
As President George W. Bush stated, "There will be a full accounting for
the cruel and disgraceful abuse of the Iraqi detainees. The conduct that
has come to light is an insult to the Iraqi people and an affront to the
most basic standards of morality and decency. One basic difference between
democracies and dictatorships is that free countries confront such abuses
openly and directly...Today several formal investigations, led by senior
military officials are underway...Some soldiers have already been charged,
and those involved will answer for their conduct in an orderly and transparent
What we all know is that the behavior of a few American soldiers in Iraq,
does not represent the values of America, or the West in general.
Every once in a great while, an Israeli soldier is disciplined for abuses
toward the enemy also. But that's the point; it's not very often and they're
being disciplined, in Israel and in America. These stressed-out behaviors
by men and women put by their governments into very difficult situations
aren't tolerated, and they are held accountable for their behavior.
Contrast this with the outrages perpetrated at the end of March in Fallujah,
Iraq. The bodies of four murdered American security contractors are mutilated,
then burned and displayed in public. Crowds gathered around to joyously view
the dead Americans.
In Gaza they also celebrated the mutilation of the Americans...
And now this; the Israeli Army entered Zeitoun in Gaza recently, to destroy
"Palestinian" weapons factories. In the operation, the soldiers blew up some
20 workshops that were used by terror groups to make weapons. The operation
encountered resistance from hundreds of "Palestinian" fighters, but the Israeli
troops suffered no casualties. After dawn, as the operation was being wrapped
up, the soldiers began to withdraw from Zeitoun, when a bomb containing approximately
100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives was detonated against an Israeli
armored personnel carrier carrying six members of the Givati Brigade's engineering
corps. The vehicle was carrying explosives for use in demolishing the weapons
manufactories, which intensified the effects of the blast. Pieces of the
APC and of the soldiers' bodies were scattered for hundreds of meters roundabout,
even landing on the rooftops of neighboring buildings.
Soon after the blast, Hamas terrorists excitedly displayed and played with
the body parts in front of cameras. Gazan Arabs were seen dancing in the
streets with pieces of the destroyed Israeli APC and pieces of dead Israeli
soldiers. In another scene, shown on Israel's Channel Two TV, a Hamas gunman
on a motorcycle held a bloodied burlap bag with body parts. An armed Hamas
barbarian bragged how he had human remains from the APC blast, he proceeded
to pull a finger out of the bag and shouted, "This is for Sheikh Yassin,
and for the rest you'll pay in liberated prisoners." Fatah -- Arafat's group
-- Hamas, and Islamic Jihad all competed to claim responsibility for the
attack. It seemed like everyone in the neighborhood had a piece of metal
they claimed came from the APC, or a piece of human remains that they said
belonged to the Israeli soldiers.
And then, this macabre scene on al-Jazeera TV, hooded Islamic Jihad spokesmen,
sitting and talking on camera, with a human head from a dead Israeli soldier
sitting in front of them on the table, as if nothing strange was happening.
It was like a scene right out of a Hollywood horror flick, with the demented
evil ones right before our eyes, except this was real...
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, participating in a Knesset ceremony
commemorating the 59th anniversary since the end of World War II, responded
to the APC blast by describing Israel's enemy as "cruel and inhumane."
Sharon told the Knesset that "We are fighting a ruthless enemy, without human
feelings," and that Israel would strike back hard. "We will not stop fighting
[the enemy] and hitting him, wherever he operates and hides," Sharon said;
he added that Israel must continue striking out until the enemy is defeated.
In a quickly convened security cabinet meeting, it was reported that Finance
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the families of the slain soldiers should
be asked for permission to distribute abroad the grisly footage of the "Palestinians"
desecrating the bodies, so that the world will have a clear picture of the
"monsters we are dealing with."
Even funerals, and memorial services apparently are no longer sacred...
Recently, a pregnant Israeli mother and her four young daughters were shot
to death in their car on a Gazan road. First the terrorist barbarians shot
at the car, then as it veered off the road, and came to a stop, they ran
over to the car and at point-blank range, shot each of the occupants to death:
Tali, the 8-month pregnant mother, Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and two-year-old
Meirav. The murderers then continued to fire dozens of more bullets into
When mourners came to the site of the murder, for a memorial service a week
later, the terrorist barbarians, one of them apparently dressed as a woman,
opened fire at the hundreds of Jews who came to participate. "Bullets whistled
past our ears, and between our legs, and miraculously, no one was hurt,"
said the Gazan Jewish Community spokesman Eran Sternberg. IDF soldiers managed
to kill two of the attackers.
"It was a humiliating experience for Jews who come to remember a slaughtered
family to have to crouch and lie down while terrorists shoot wildly around,"
said David Hatuel -- husband and father of those murdered -- after the attack.
But these are the "New Barbarians"...
Even the Palestinian Authority understood that it wouldn't look good for
them. They called on the terror groups and residents of the Gaza Strip who
hold remains of the IDF soldiers to return the parts. In the statement, released
after a meeting of PA officials in Ramallah, the Palestinian leadership called
on the groups to treat the bodies "according to Islamic law, and not to hurt
Islamic values." The PA condemned the "criminal" IDF operation, but called
on the groups not to "tarnish the image and values of the Palestinians."
My question is, since mutilation of the enemy, and the degrading display
of body parts is so widespread in the Arab world, is it really "against"
Islamic values to do? What about the fact that Arafat's own group Fatah vied
for claiming responsibility? And what about suicidal-genocidal bombing of
innocent civilians, which certainly seems to have the go ahead of Islamic
Then along comes Prof. Yonah Alexander, a leading expert on terrorism and
director of the Inter-Universities Center for Terrorism Studies, who in an
interview recently said he believes it is only a matter of time before groups
like al-Qaeda will use non-conventional weapons to propagate their Jihadist
ideology and undermine Western Society. Alexander feels that al-Qaeda's next
theater of operations will be Europe, where they have established an extensive
What he doesn't say is that besides the terror network they've set up, Muslims
have been converting Europeans in droves to Islam.
In the United Kingdom, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon, carried by the Sunday Times
on February 22, some of Britain's top landowners, celebrities, and the offspring
of senior establishment figures, have embraced Islam after being disillusioned
with Western values. For example, Jonathan Birt, the son of Lord Birt, former
director-general of the BBC, and Emma Clark, the granddaughter of former
liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, are only two of 14,000 mostly-elite
white Britons who have converted to Islam recently, according to the Sunday Times. Emma Clark said, "We're all the rage, I hope it's not a passing fashion."
Islam has even received formal acceptance at the heart of the British Establishment.
The Queen recently approved new arrangements to allow Muslim staff at Buckingham
Palace time off to attend Friday prayers at a mosque. A member of staff in
the finance department was the first to take advantage of it.
Many converts have been inspired by the pro-Islamic writings of Charles Le
Gai Eaton, a former Foreign Office diplomat. "I have received letters from
people who are put off by the wishy-washy standards of contemporary Christianity
and they are looking for a religion which does not compromise too much with
the modern world," said Eaton, who is author of Islam and the Destiny of Man.
There have been several cases in the last couple of years, of converts to
Islam helping in the terror effort, for example the British "shoe bomber,"
and a British covert that planned on carrying out a Hizbollah attack in Israel.
At least, both were captured before they could carry out their operations.
Alexander continued, "We can expect to see an escalation in terrorism on
a global scale with a continuation of conventional acts of terror, such as
suicide bombings and shooting, as well as mega-terror like September 11 in
the US and March 11 in Spain. There will also be a move towards the use of
non-conventional weapons: biological, chemical, nuclear as in dirty bombs,
and cyber-terrorism, whereby perpetrators will try to disrupt power supplies
and air traffic, for example, at the touch of a button."
He cited the examples of the anthrax attacks in the US after September 11,
2001, reports that al-Qaeda was trying to produce ricin, and the unsuccessful
attempt to blow up the Pi Glilot fuel and gas storage depot in Israel as
an indication toward the future. "According to the studies we have
conducted, we can expect a continuation of bus bombings like the ones that
have occurred in Israel, as well as attempts to strike at chemical plants
and infrastructure targets and super-terrorism with non-conventional weapons,"
Beheadings, disgusting abuse of human remains, suicide bombings, and now mass genocidal terror?
In predicting that international terrorism will expand and intensify, Alexander
referred to numerous disputes throughout the world, such as those in Chechnya,
Kashmir, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and South America. He forgot to mention
the Philippines and South Asia.
Notice most of these places include Muslims on one side of the conflict...
But, I feel Alexander is mistaken when he said, "Islam has been hijacked
and taken hostage by extremists who are using it to serve their own interests."
Suicide bombings against Israelis regularly garner 50-80% support amongst
This is the same line of reasoning that George Bush and others have been
using to divide the Arab/Islamic world into friends and foes. I don't agree.
I believe the Jihadists speak for real Islam, as originally set out by Mohammed
and his barbarian hordes. Islam started out as an Arab Imperialist movement,
and has only put a "thin veneer" of "religion" over it. Notice, they started
in Arabia and ended up ruling everything throughout the Middle East and North
Africa, up to Spain and Southern France by the 700s. The Jihadists openly
state that they want to introduce a worldwide caliphate, i.e. global Islamic
conquest. But this has always been "traditional" Islam's ultimate goal too.
"What concerns many is the expansion of international networks as seen after
the Madrid bombings, when links were discovered between Spanish citizens
and people in North Africa, Asia, and with various other groups like Hamas,"
Because they draw from Muslim communities throughout the world; every Muslim is a potential Jihadist.
Discussing why experts feel that international terrorism will continue to
expand, Alexander pointed to, "the education of hatred, including anti-Semitism,
that we see all the time on various Internet sites."
Recent studies in Europe have show that anti-Israel activities by Arabs and
Muslims have led to greater anti-Semitism in Europe. Arabs and Muslims carry
out most attacks on Jews throughout Europe, and the atmosphere of Judeopathy
they create, encourages both indigenous far-right elements and far-left anti-globalization
activists to voice their own hatred of Jews and Israel.
Alexander asked whether nations should give in to terrorism and whether civilization
would survive in the event of the use of non-conventional weapons. He answered
that submission only further motivates the terrorists and their leaders,
while survival would depend on nations taking all necessary steps to reduce
the risks. "Dealing with terrorism requires a broad range of responses, starting
with clear and coherent policies. It is necessary to have quality intelligence,
as well as law enforcement, the military, and the means to counter technological
What he doesn't suggest is the need to suppress Islam itself...
"To this end some innocent civilians might be harmed but, make no mistake,
this is war and to fight it nations have to pool their resources. No nation
can deal with the problem unilaterally. In the past, terrorism was regarded
as a tactical rather than a strategic threat but it has become a permanent
fixture and a challenge to the strategic interests of nations. In fact,"
said Alexander, "it represents the most threatening challenge to civilization
in the 21st century. The question of survival will depend to a great extent
on how civilized society tackles this threat."
There you have it, the ultimate question, "How will civilized society tackle this threat?"
Jews and especially Israel are on the front lines of this global war against
Jihadist terror. Israel, in its battles with the "Palestinians" is showing
leadership. The Muslims have a saying, "First they'll get the Saturday people
(the Jews), and then they'll get the Sunday people (the Christians). Europe
till now has sat relatively quiet, trying to wait it out, hoping it will
go away. But America, who has been attacked, is fighting back also.
The Islamic barbarians are knocking at the gates of Jerusalem, the gates of Europe, and have attacked the towers of America...
Will we let them in?
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst & consultant. His articles can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko.
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