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A Few Parting Shots at the End of the Year
Here are several items that have appeared in recent days that, to me, show just how much work we have to do in the field of combatting terrorism, and particularly Islamist terrorism. It shows what the true goals of these groups are, no matter how much we try to pretend otherwise.

The first is the reference in this New York Times story on radicalization in Bosnia, where it is stated that Saudi Arabia has spent about $700 million in Bosnia since the end of the war, mostly building mosques.

It is noticed in passing that, before this massive investment in the spreading of wahabbism, the Islam practiced in Bosnia was moderate and tolerant, for more than four centuries. Perhaps some cause and effect?

The same article notes that "Two months ago, men in hoods attacked participants at a gay festival in Sarajevo, dragging some people from vehicles and beating others while they chanted, "Kill the gays!" and "Allahu Akbar!" Eight people were injured.

"Muslim religious leaders complained that the event, which coincided with the holy month of Ramadan, was a provocation."

Well, that explains it. Beat them if you don't like them.

Another bit of Islamist sophism comes from the Shabaab al Mujahadeen in Somalia, courtesy of NEFA Foundation, where the group (in response to a glowing letter from a U.S. "sheikh") justifies the recent stoning of a woman, reported by residents of her town to have been 13 at the time of her murder.

The disbelievers have falsely reported that she was 13 years old, unmarried, and was raped. The reality and truth is that
she was over 20 years old, married, and was practicing adultery. This is just one example of how they twist the news, so we would like to take this opportunity to advise our brothers not to
believe any news reported about us except from our official Media Department.

Yes, well, if she was 20, then by all means go ahead! And we should certainly put our trust in the official media outlet of this group, who has a special dispensation to lie to unbelievers as part of their divine mission

The person the group is responding to is Anwar al-Awlaki, and his missive, and background, including his extensive ties to the 9/11 hijackers and work in the United States can be found in this translation by the NEFA Foundation.

Not unrelated is the concern that Somali-U.S. citizens appear to have been migrating to Somalia to join the Islamists, and that a U.S. citizen may have been involved in an October suicide attack in Somalia that left 22 people dead.

Finally, there is this story in the Chicago Tribune about how Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the Pakistani charity that allegedly is a front for the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was blamed for last month's terror attacks in Mumbai, India, continues to operate openly The attempts to shut it down were all for show, as so many "charity" closings are.

In short, the Saudis still fund the spread of wahhabism, radical Islamists hate speech and actions still prosper in the name of their religion, and people continue to be recruited to their cause.

While some things have changed in recent times, and some things have gone right, it is easy to forget what the radical Islamist agenda is and what they really stand for. Some things have not changed.
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