Follows Obama’s avoidance of ‘religious underpinnings’


UNITED NATIONS – Joining President Obama, the United Nations avoided associating Islam with the deadly attack Wednesday against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Meanwhile, Islamic jihadist websites internationally are claiming a great victory, declaring the attack by well-trained and well-armed gunmen that killed at least 12 people, including four senior magazine editors, avenged the honor of Islam’s founder. Charlie Hebdo drew international attention in 2006 when it defiantly republished cartoons from the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten that mocked Muhammad.

Terror expert Daniel Kochis explained to WND that the unwillingness of public officials to “Islamic terrorists” as the culprits of such attacks makes it more difficult to stop them, “because you’re not getting to the ideological basis behind the violence.”

“There is a public relations push by a lot of Islamic organizations that if you say anything against Islam or even question Islam as the basis for these attacks, then you are ‘Islamophobic.’ And that’s something the Obama administration and the United Nations are both very careful avoid,” he said.

“We need to identify the ideology behind these attacks if we are to effectively combat these attacks.”

Kochis said a serious discussion is needed about the threat of ISIS fighters returning from the Middle East to Western countries and domestic terrorism in general.

“Until the West recognizes the religious underpinnings of this kind of violence, understanding those foundations, it’s something we’re never going to be able to defeat completely,” he said.

Kochis noted that U.S. intelligence currently is tracking some 100 American citizens known to be in the Middle East supporting ISIS.

Still, he said, it is yet uncertain whether the perpetrators in the Paris attack were “home-grown” terrorists from the Muslim communities in Paris or fighters from ISIS or al-Qaida from the Middle East.

“France is having a very difficult time integrating Muslim immigrants into French society,” he observed. “Attacks coming from these disaffected Muslim immigrant communities in Europe reflect people who don’t feel they have any stake in the country and really don’t identify with the ethos and the values within those nations.”

Author and filmmaker Joel Richardson, whose documentary “End Times Eyewitness” interviews top Muslim scholars, said the “sad fact is that the Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris are the new normal.”

“Tonight the pundits and commentators will make their statements, France may experience a very short-lived scoot to the right, but long-term nothing will change,” he said. “These things are only going to increase.”

Richardson, also author of “The Islamic AntiChrist,” said that while he is regarded as “a fierce critic of Islam, I would very strongly encourage people not to fall into the easy trap of either hating all Muslims, or becoming more fearful and terrorized.”

“I believe that as Christians we should be the least anxious, fearful and terrorized of anyone. As Christians, we have not been given a spirit of fear, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we are not afraid,” he said.

“Ultimately our hope is to be in the age to come. As this present world continues to melt down around us, our hope is in a heavenly kingdom. But the bottom line is, these things are all going to continue to increase globally, and there is no military or political solution that is going to change that. The only solution is for Christians to truly reclaim the confidence and hope that comes from the gospel.”

U.N. sidesteps ‘Islam’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized the attack as an appalling and “cold-blooded crime” committed by terrorists.

“This act of violence can in no way be justified. This is an attack against freedom of expression and freedom of the press – the two pillars of democracy,” he said.

Carefully avoiding any reference to Islam, Ban couched his remarks as defending freedom of expression, without specifically identifying who or what was attacking free speech.

“This horrific attack is meant to divide. We must not fall into that trap,” Ban continued. “This is a moment for solidarity. Around the world, we must stand strong for freedom of expression and tolerance and stand against forces of division and hate.”

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein also avoided reference to Islam in condemning the Paris attack.

“I utterly condemn the appalling and ruthless attack on media workers and police officers in Paris earlier today, and urge anyone who has information that could help to locate the individuals who planned or carried out this hideous crime to immediately bring it to the attention of the French authorities, before other lives are lost,” Hussein said. “Freedom of expression and opinion are a cornerstone for any democratic society. Those trying to divide communities on grounds of religion, ethnicity or any other reason must not be allowed to succeed.”

Written by JEROME R. CORSI
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