The enemy is not at our door; it is inside our homelands, plotting to spill our blood and pit Muslim against Muslim with the aim of occupying our cities. There is nowhere 100 percent safe, because this will to kill is more infectious than Ebola and much harder to detect. There is no brain scan, blood work or DNA test able to predict evil intent.
In recent weeks, Istanbul, Baghdad and Dhaka have been victims of this virulent, hate-laced pandemic that has so cruelly ripped the life out of hundreds of innocent travellers, diners and shoppers. These were all politically motivated terrorist acts carried out under the false banner of religion, designed to strike fear in the hearts of populations in the hope they will turn against their governments.
I am always deeply saddened by such incidents, but never more when hearing the terrible news on Monday that our Islamic holy sites have now become targets. Words cannot express my horror and outrage that Muslims (if that is what they deserve to be called) would attempt to eviscerate mosques, especially Islam’s second-holiest site in Madinah, the resting place of the Prophet Mohammad.
This single act - which, if it had succeeded, would have sent the entire Muslim world into inconsolable mourning and fury - raises questions when no terrorist group has so far claimed responsibility.
I doubt that any will, since attacks on Islam will hardly assist terrorist recruiting drives. How many impressionable young Muslim men would be open to being groomed on the internet, or likely to be radicalized if they were contacted by a member of an organization out to destroy the prophet’s burial place?
We do know that Abdullah Khan, a 34-year-old Pakistani driver, blew himself up close to the U.S. consulate in the port city of Jeddah. The identities of the other two are as yet unknown, but I suspect these murderers were mere idiot foot soldiers, and it may be they permitted their strings to be pulled in return for cash payments to their families.
I smell a false-flag operation here. There is another foe of Saudi Arabia, and like ISIS, it has ambitions to dominate the region and become the guardian of the holy sites in Makkah and MadinahKhalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor