Understanding Terrorism and How it can be Defeated
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Horrific Terror attacks in Israel
Exactly 50 years after the surprise attack that led to the Yom Kippur war in 1973, and just as the deal of the century was about to be finalised between Israel and Saudi Arabia, as a common front against Iran, a series of vicious surprise Terror attack by Hamas derailed the peace accord and the planned normalisation agreement and ensured intensified war.
Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:15-18
Who is funding Hamas?
Although the US government of Pres Biden claims to "have Israel's back", and has sent an aircraft carrier group into the eastern Mediterranean, and although America does supply the state of Israel with billions of dollars of weaponry, it is also true that United States of America are funding those who fund the Hamas terrorists. US president Biden released $6 billion to Iran.
Iran has supplied US $1.8 billion to Hamas.
Iranian advisers help train Hamas fighters.
American ally Qatar supplies US $ 20 million each month to Hamas.
Hamas also collects US $ 27 Million in taxes from the Palestinian people in Gaza.
US ally and NATO member, Turkey also supports Hamas.
Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.
Hamas has 30,000 jihadist terrorists and an arsenal of 7000 rockets and 300 anti-tank missiles.
The Hypocrisy and Irresponsibility of Hamas leaders
Hamas started this war.
Israel is determined to finish it.
Caught in the middle of the ordinary people of Israel and Palestine.
The Gazans are going to pay a high price for the provocative atrocities of Hamas.
Senior Hamas leaders live abroad, in luxury, in Turkey and Qatar, and do not suffer the consequences of their irresponsible policies like the common people in Gaza do.
The HISTORIC ROOTS of TERRORISM
While some trace the history of terrorism to the Sicarii Zealots in 1st century Judea, the term terrorism was originally used to describe the actions of the Jacobins during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution (1789-1793). Maximilien Robespierre advocated terrorism as a tool of the Revolution. In 1795 Edmund Burke denounced the French Revolutionary Jacobins for letting “thousands of those hell-hounds called terrorists… loose on the people of France.” Anarchists in Russia targeted and assassinated leaders for “armed propaganda.” The Irish Republican Brotherhood, founded in 1858, initiated bombing campaigns to achieve their political aims.
Webster’s Dictionary of the English language (1828), defines Terrorism: “The use of violence and threats to intimidate, or coerce, for political purposes.” Terrorist is defined as: “A person who uses, or advocates, terrorism… such as agent, or partisan, of the Revolutionary Tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.” To Terrorize is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as: “To dominate, or coerce, by intimidation. To produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings.” Many authorities claim that it is “very difficult” to define terrorism. No, it is not difficult. Webster defines the terms very clearly. However, as many government policies would fit the dictionary definition of terrorism they prefer to pretend that there is a problem defining the terms. Basically, it is hypocrisy. When we bomb civilians it is strategic bombing, or saturation bombing. However, when our enemies bomb us it is terrorism!
The Role of Special Operations Executive in The Second World War
The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was formed by order of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on 22 July 1940. His directive to SOE was to: “Set Europe ablaze!” To this purpose, the SOE was to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in order to aid local resistance movements. Modelled on the Irish Republican Army, SOE employed, or controlled, just over 13,000 people at the height of World War II. Also known as Churchill’s Secret Army, or the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, SOE Head Quarters was located in Baker Street, leading to its personnel referring to themselves at the Baker Street Irregulars.
“Set Europe Ablaze!”
Although ostensibly meant to focus on countries occupied by Axis forces, SOE also operated/assassinated in neutral territories such as Sweden, Spain and Switzerland. Hugh Dalton, the Minister of Economic Warfare, was appointed to take responsibility for the SOE. As Dalton left Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s study, he was instructed: “Now set Europe ablaze!” “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies and one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:19-19
Churchill’s Toy Shop
For security purposes, SOE was often concealed behind such names as “Joint Technical Board” or the “Inter-Service Research Bureau”. Handbooks and pamphlets on Guerrilla Warfare were produced. Weapons were developed for Guerrilla Warfare, in what was called, “Churchill’s Toy Shop”.
Modelled on the IRA
Major General Colin Gubbins, Director of SOE from August 1943, with wide experience of clandestine operations, said that he put into practice many of the lessons he had learned from the IRA during the Irish War of Independence. The aims and objectives of SOE revolved around sabotage and subverting countries under control of the Axis powers. “An evil man seeks only rebellion…” Proverbs 17:11
One of their early high profile operations was Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of the governor of Moravia and Bohemia, Reinhard Heydrich, in Prague, which had disastrous consequences for everyone involved. SOE’s key objective was to ferment hatred and conflict between the population of Axis occupied countries and the occupiers, to force the Axis to expend man-power and resources on maintaining control of territory they occupied. “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears.” Proverbs 26:17
Mobilising Murder and Mayhem
To this end SOE created secret armies and guerrilla forces, to sow murder and mayhem behind the lines. These underground armies became a model for the Marxist liberation movements which tore Africa apart during the years of decolonialisation. The KGB built on the example of SOE in arming, training and fomenting terrorism campaigns throughout the world, including the Muslim terrorists that continue to plague civilised society to this day. “…Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 19:2
Tools of Terror
SOE developed a wide range of explosive devices for sabotage, such as limpet-mines, shape-charges and timed-fuses. The time-pencil, used to give a saboteur time to escape after setting a charge, relied on crushing an internal vile of acid which then corroded a retaining wire. SOE pioneered the use of plastic explosives which could be shaped and cut to perform any demolition task. As plastic explosive is inert and require a powerful detonator to cause it to explode, it was generally safe to transport and store. SOE used plastic explosives in everything from car bombs to exploding rats. SOE also experimented with lubricants laced with grinding materials for introduction to vehicle oil systems, railway wagon axle boxes and incendiary devices disguised as innoxious objects. Explosive material was concealed in coal piles to destroy locomotives and fireplaces. Land mines were disguised as cow dung. SOE also revived medieval devices such as the caltrop, which could be used to burst the tires of vehicles or injure foot soldiers. They also produced cross bows to shoot incendiary bolts. SOE also produced exploding pens, guns concealed in Tabaco pipes and other exotic devices. “Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.” Micah 2:1
The Arsenal for Soviet Marxism
SOE supplied Marxist resistance forces throughout Europe, South East Asia and China, with thousands of tonnes of military weapons and explosives. Numerous military leaders were horrified at the terror tactics used by SOE and its practise of supporting Marxist revolutionaries, such as Tito’s partisans in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
Betraying Yugoslavia to Communism
Even before the Tehran Conference of 1943, SOE had stopped supporting the Royalist government-in-exile of Mihalovic and channelled most British support to the communist partisans of Josip Broz Tito. “Their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.” Isaiah 59:7
Sowing Seeds for the Greek Civil War
Also in Greece, SOE and OSS operatives favoured the communist ELAS guerrilla forces and effectively provided the weapons which Marxists used in the Greek Civil War, following WW2.
Betraying Albania to Stalinism
In Albania, SOE and OSS agents supported the communist partisans of Enver Hoxha, who turned Albania into the most brutal Stalinist dictatorship after the war. “For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity.” Isaiah 59:3
SOE Was a Massive State-Sponsored Terrorist Operation
British military historian, John Keegan, wrote: “We must recognise that our response to the scourge to terrorism is compromised by what we did through SOE… The justification… that we had no other means of striking back at the enemy is exactly the argument used by the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhoff Gang, the PFLP, the IRA and every other half-articulate terrorist organisation on earth… SOE besmirched Britain.” “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34
Military Failures but Propaganda Success
When British Military officials objected on both moral and military grounds to the SOE operations fomenting terrorism and revolution and that they were of no practical use in the larger military picture, leading to an unnecessary loss of civilian lives, provoking harsh crack-downs, Prime Minister Winston Churchill responded that that was the whole intention. SOE was to provoke enemy crackdowns on the civilian population and deteriorate relations in the occupied countries. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
Colossal Collateral Cost
The Secret War by Max Hastings, quotes British High Command Generals as concluding that all the expenses, sacrifices and achievements of SOE did little, or nothing, to alter the military situation or secure military victory, but rather cost an enormous amount of civilian lives by fomenting terrorism in order to provoke enemy reaction. The result was vast devastation to infrastructure in Europe and the loss of many innocent lives, for no strategic advantage. “…We have made a covenant with death and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.” Isaiah 28:15
The Office of Strategic Services Role in Advancing Communism
The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), officially formed 13 June 1942, was a war-time agency of the United States, launched on the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR tasked Colonel William Donovan (Wild Bill Donovan) who had been appointed co-ordinator of information, 11 June 1941, for the Office of Co-ordinative Information (COI). OSS was established by presidential military order for propaganda, espionage and subversive activities behind enemy lines.
Riddled with Communists
At the height of its influence during WW2 the OSS employed about 24,000 people. The Secret War, by Max Hastings, records that William Donovan had no problem appointing known communists to every level of the OSS. This included Duncan Lee, his personal assistant, who was an NKVD Agent for the Soviet Union. “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption…” 2 Peter 2:19
Weapons for Guerrilla Warfare
OSS produced silenced pistols, beano grenades that exploded upon impact, explosives disguised as lumps as coal (black jack), tasteless poison tablets and cigarettes laced with poison. “In transgressing and lying against the Lord and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.” Isaiah 59:13
Biological Chemical Warfare
They also engaged in biological warfare, seeking to spread anthrax amongst German troops. Another plot included hiding a capsule of mustard gas in flowers to cause blindness amongst generals in the High Command Head Quarters. “Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.” Micah 2:1
No Holds Barred
Stanley Lovell of the OSS declared: “It is my policy to consider any method whatever that might aid the war, however unorthodox or untried.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:15-18
Betraying Allies to Communist Revolutionaries and Islamic Radicals
Max Hastings in The Secret War, documents how OSS played a decisive role in ensuring that the communist partisans gained control of Yugoslavia and that Mao’s Communist Peoples Liberation Army dominated post-war China. The OSS was the predecessor of the modern Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who have toppled governments, assassinated leaders, armed, funded and trained Muslim and Marxist terrorists and fomented revolutions, including the catastrophic Arab Spring and ISIS, which have devastated centuries-old Christian communities and stimulated waves of millions of Muslim refugees who are destabilising and threatening Europe. “Who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war.” Psalm 140:2
What Motivates Terrorists?
Over the last 40 years, as a Missionary who has concentrated on serving persecuted Christians and evangelising in conflict areas, I have been exposed to Marxist and Muslim terrorist groups and engaged them in discussion, debate and argument, including in mosques, terrorist bases, on their radio programmes and in their homes. From my observations, terrorists are motivated by fanatical hatred, intense rage, deep-seated anger, as well as a pragmatic prospect of attaining political power through terrorist tactics. Also they are motivated by greed, perceived opportunities for revenge and looting, a lust for power and frequently ignorance.
Of course, many will quote from the writings of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin, or from Mao Tso Tung, or even Voltaire, Rossouw and Robespierre, for some kind of philosophical support for their violent tactics and revolutionary aims. Muslims will quote from the Quran and from the Hadith of Muhammad as the authoritative foundation and inspiration for their Jihad. Those few Irish Republican advocates of terror that I have interacted with have evidenced a mixture of Catholicism and Communism in their deranged thinking to justify bombing both military and civilian targets and crippling catholic apostates for “collaboration with the enemy” by knee-capping.
How Can We Defeat Terrorism?
Obviously, we must understand our enemy. Irish Republicanism and Catholicism inspired most terrorist attacks in Great Britain from Guy Fawkes’s failed 5 November 1605 Gunpowder Plot through the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s bombings of the 1860’s and the IRA’s S-Plan (Sabotage campaign) of the 1930’s and 1940’s, to the spate of parcel bombs, car bombs, pub bombings, targeting of soldiers and civilians and economic targets, such as Harrods Department Store, The Brighton Hotel, Hyde Park and the Stock Exchange bombings. Although most assume that the IRA was primarily motivated by Republicanism and Catholicism, there were also strong Marxist, Revolutionary and Anarchist elements to the IRA terrorism campaign.
Know Your Enemy
Since the Iranian Embassy siege of 1980 and the Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie disaster of 21 December 1988, Islamic terrorism has come to Britain. Since 7 July 2005 the IRA monopoly on bombs in the UK was taken over by Muslim Jihadists. Therefore one needs to understand the Quranic teachings on Jihad and Islamic history of terrorism.
Ensure That Terrorism is Counter Productive
To defeat terrorism one needs to ensure that it never pays. Every time you compromise with, negotiate with, give into the demands of, or pander to, the agenda of, the terrorists, you greatly encourage them, weaken your own position and expose your country and people to many more and far worse attacks in the future.
Starve the Terrorist of their Support Base
General Pinochet understood that terrorism is armed propaganda, therefore he deprived the terrorists of publicity. Without media coverage, terrorism in Chile died like a fire deprived of oxygen. In the Malayan Emergency the British and Commonwealth forces enlisted the help of the local population by offering generous rewards for information leading to the capture of the gangsters/terrorists disturbing the peace. Those handling in terrorist weapons also received very generous cash pay outs. Protected villages were established to remove the support insurgents had demanded from locals. In this way security forces separated “the water from the fish” and the insurgency died out.
Stop Supporting Those Who Support Terrorism
One needs to stop supporting the states, ideologies and religions that inspire, fuel, mobilise and support terrorism today. Historically that has included Revolutionary France, Serbia, the Soviet Union, Red China, Turkey, Qatar, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Stop Removing Those Who Are Resisting Terrorism
Next, one must stop destabilising and overthrowing those states that are resisting terrorism. Historically this has included joining forces with Stalin’s Soviet Union in waging warfare against the two greatest opponents to communism and terrorism in history: Germany and Japan, betraying nationalist China into the hands of Mao Tse Tungs’ Peoples Liberation Army, betraying Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and Albania into the hands of Marxist Revolutionary terrorists, the betrayal of the Shah’s Iran into the hands of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Radical Islamic revolutionaries, the betrayal of Batista’s Cuba into the hands of Castro’s Communists, Nicaragua into the hands of the Sandinistas, Rhodesia into the hands of Mugabe’s Marxist ZANU thugs, the betrayal of South Africa into the hands of Mandela’s ANC terrorists and the targeting of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Gaddafi’s Libya, Mubarak’s Egypt and Assad’s Syria. In each case the result was a far worse regime and greatly increased suffering, mass deaths and escalating terrorist threats and attacks.
Recognise that Recent Western Attempts to Combat Terror has Been Counter Productive
Historically, with the destabilising, collapse, or overthrow, of each of these states which were resisting communism and/or radical Islamic terrorism, the cause of international communism, or Islamic Jihad, has accelerated and the numbers of terrorist attacks on the West have exponentially increased.
The Saudi Arabian Connection
Former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke observed that Saudi Arabia was founded with terrorism and has been the primary supporter of radical Islamic terrorism to this day. The founder of Wahhabism, Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must pledge allegiance to a single Muslim leader, king, or Caliph. Those who would not conform to this should be killed. The Wahhabians consider Shiite and Sufi Muslims as apostates worthy of death. Abd al-Wahhab found protection under Chief Ibn Saud, after whom Saudi Arabia is named. From the very beginning, Ibn Saud and Abd al-Wahhab used terrorism to instil fear and force submission upon all those that they conquered. In 1801 they massacred thousands, including men, women and children in Karbala in Iraq. They destroyed shrines, including of Imam Hussein, the murdered grandson of their prophet Muhammad. British official Francis Warden recorded that over 5,000 inhabitants were massacred in Karbala by the Wahhabians. They seized Mecca with similar violence and destroyed centuries of Islamic architecture near the Grand Mosque.
The ISIS Connection
ISIS is a modern incarnation of the Wahhabianism that has dominated Saudi Arabia for over two centuries. During the Second World War, President Franklin D. Rooseveldt invited king Abd Al-Aziz aboard the USS Quincy, docked in the Suez Canal, where they cemented a secret Oil-for-Security pact. The Saudi’s guaranteed America access to Saudi oil, in exchange for the US pledge to provide military assistance and training to Saudi Arabia. Islamic scholars have noted that “the ideology of the Saudi regime is that of ISIS.” “Wahhabi Islam is fully in sync with ISIS.”” The House of Saud has exploited this very same pernicious form of militant Islam under United States watch.”
Supporting Saudi Arabia Effectively Supports Terrorism
Some American Generals, such as Wesley Clark, have observed: “It can’t be exploiting extremism and at the same time ask the United States to protect it.” Even the United States’ State Department acknowledged in December 2009 that Saudi Arabia was “the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.” Yet, because Saudi Arabia is a key purchaser of American weapons, invests in US government bonds and acts as a proxy for covert US actions in the region, the US government has chosen to turn a blind eye to Saudi Arabia sponsoring much of the mayhem in the Muslim Middle East.
War Against Shia
Sir Richard Dearlove, head of British Secret Intelligence Service MI6, from 1999 to 2004, reported on a conversation with Prince Bander Bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador in Washington and, until recently, head of Saudi Intelligence, of a conversation just prior to 9/11: “The time is not far off in the Middle East, when it will be literally ‘God help the Shia’. More than a billion Sunnis have certainly had enough of them.” Sir Dearlove said it was “a chilling comment that I remember very well indeed.”
Saudi Money and Manpower Sustains Jihad Today
The previous head of MI6 has reported that he does not doubt that substantial and sustained funding from donors in Saudi Arabia and Qatar has played a central role in the surge of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Fifteen of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabians, as was Bin Laden and most of the private donors who funded the operation.
Arab Spring and International Jihad
The Arab Spring chaos of 2011 was sponsored by donors in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. Turkey has also played a major role in supporting both ISIS and Al-Nusra by keeping the 800km long Turkish/Syrian border open for the so-called rebels. Most of the radical madrassas and mosques where domestic terrorists of both the United States and the United Kingdom, are groomed and recruited, were built and funded by the Saudi Arabian kingdom.
The refugee crisis stimulated by the wars in the Middle East are threatening to destabilise Europe.
Beheadings and Crucifixions are a Mark of Saudi Wahhabianism
The practise of ISIS, of conducting public beheadings, is consistent with the practise of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where, of the hundreds of executions in recent decades, all were carried out by public beheading. Saudi Arabia maintains the death penalty for being a victim of rape, for blasphemy, false prophecy, apostasy and a wide range of other offences. Crucifixion of the beheaded body is also sometimes ordered. Under Shari’a law the woman is held 90% responsible for rape as “women have the power of enticement.” Therefore the victim of rape is beheaded, stoned, or hung in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran.
Where Liberation Proves Worse than Oppression
All of the countries where the United States government engaged in “regime change” – such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya - have descended into brutal chaos. One of the great perversities of America’s so-called War on Terror is that fundamentalist Islamic Jihadists have flourished as a direct consequence of it. The religion of peace.com website has documented over 44,000 deadly terror attacks carried out by Islamic terrorists since 11 September 2001.
Truth and Real History Exposes Propaganda
To defeat terrorism, one needs to counter their propaganda and guilt manipulation campaigns with truth and real history. You can only fight an ideology with a better ideology. Lies must be exposed by facts. Truth does not fear investigation.
Terrorists are violent criminals, cowardly bullies who tend to flee when they meet determined resistance, such as at the St. James Massacre, 25 July 1993, where one armed missionary stopped the attack and forced the terrorist to flee.
Armed Citizens Frustrate Terror Tactics
Armed citizens save lives. Terrorists prefer unarmed victims. Ensuring that the general citizenry have the right and freedom to obtain firearms and training will do more to end sporadic acts of terrorism than anything else. Where a high percentage of a country is armed, trained and ready to resist, terrorism must fail. If you want peace, prepare for war. Switzerland is a good example of an armed citizenry providing an effective deterrent to attack. The Dooms of King Alfred, Magna Carta 1215 and the English Bill of Rights of 1689 all guarantee the rights of all free men to keep and bear weapons for self-defence. It is time that these historic rights be restored.
“…Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14
Dr. Peter Hammond
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