Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Erneut Priester in der Türkeri angegriffen

Daniel Pipes sprach vor kurzem von einem "Sudden Jihad Syndrome", um Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar zu beschreiben, der sich ein Auto mietete, um so viele Menschen wie möglich zu überfahren.

In brief, Taheri-azar represents the ultimate Islamist nightmare: a seemingly well-adjusted Muslim whose religion inspires him, out of the blue, to murder non-Muslims. Taheri-azar acknowledged planning his jihad for over two years, or during his university sojourn. It’s not hard to imagine how his ideas developed, given the coherence of Islamist ideology, its immense reach (including a Muslim Student Association at UNC), and its resonance among many Muslims.
Were Taheri-azar unique in his surreptitious adoption of radical Islam, one could ignore his case, but he fits into a widespread pattern of Muslims who lead quiet lives before turning to terrorism. Their number includes the 9/11 hijackers, the London transport bombers, and Maher Hawash, the Intel engineer arrested before he could join the Taliban in Afghanistan.
This is what I have dubbed the Sudden Jihad Syndrome, whereby normal-appearing Muslims abruptly become violent. It has the awful but legitimate consequence of casting suspicion on all Muslims. Who knows whence the next jihadi? How can one be confident a law-abiding Muslim will not suddenly erupt in a homicidal rage? Yes, of course, their numbers are very small, but they are disproportionately much higher than among non-Muslims.

Auch in der Türkei mehren sich die Fälle, in denen Islamisten aus heiterem Himmel damit beginnen, Priester zu ermorden. Es gibt tatsächlich mehrere Anzeichen dafür, dass der Islamismus zunehmend unabhängig von Terrororganisationen agiert und es einzelne Individuen sind, die den heiligen Krieg gegen die "Ungläubigen" in Zukunft vorantreiben. Der Islamismus passt sich damit einer Situation an, in der die Anti-Terror-Aktionen der Vereinigten Staaten dahingehend erfolgreich sind, als dass Organisationen wie Al Qaeda geschwächt agieren. Der War on Terror würde dann zunehmend zum ideologischen Kampf werden.

ANKARA, Turkey, MARCH 12, 2006 ( For the second time in the last two months a priest in the southern Turkish city of Mersin has been attacked.
Early Saturday evening a young man with a knife entered the parish of Capuchin Father Hanri Leylek, saying that he wanted to speak with a priest.
Aid to the Church in Need told ZENIT that young Turk insulted the priest and then threatened him with an 80-centimeter (31-inch) Kebab knife.
The priest was able to repel the aggressor, and that same evening the police arrested a suspect, a young Turk.


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