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How Do We Encourage Terrorism?

How Do We Encourage Terrorism?

Let us count the ways.


At least 80 victims were murdered in Kabul on Wednesday morning when a suspected car bomb blew up in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital. As many as 400 people were wounded, most of them civilians.*

In Baghdad late Monday night, 27 people were killed when ISIS detonated two car bombs in busy commercial districts. One of the bombs exploded outside a popular ice cream shop, engulfing the building in a massive fireball and leaving the scene strewn with blood and severed limbs.

In Egypt last Friday, a bus filled with Coptic Christians on their way to pray at a nearby monastery was stopped by Islamic State gunmen. They forced the passengers off, then ordered them to recite the Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith. When the Christians refused, the gunmen opened fire, murdering 28 men, women, and children.

In the southern Philippines one day earlier, Islamist killers rampaged through Marawi, beheading the police chief, torching buildings, and abducting a Catholic priest and 10 worshippers from the local cathedral.

It's been only a week and a half since the savagery at Manchester Arena, and already that atrocity is old news. The global terror wave continues unabated. So far this year, more than 510 terror episodes have been reported worldwide.

Plainly, the perpetrators of terrorism have not been deterred. And why would they be, given all the things we do to encourage them?

We encourage terrorism when we funnel money to regimes that pay for the recruitment and arming of extremists. That is what the United States and its allies did when they agreed, as part of the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration, to unfreeze tens of billions of dollars' worth of Iranian assets. Iran is the world's foremost state sponsor of terror. Besides its own lethal Quds Force, it funds the Hezbollah terror network and Shiite death squads in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Last year the United States secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Tehran just as four American hostages were released – a payment that emitted more than a whiff of ransom. No wonder Iran brashly asserts that funding for its homicidal proxies will continue.

We encourage terrorism when we lavish foreign aid on the Palestinian Authority, which uses the money to pay handsome bounties to terrorists convicted of deadly attacks on Israelis. In 2016, those payments constituted more than 7 percent of the Palestinian Authority budget. Yet that budget continues to be heavily underwritten by foreign aid from the United States and other Western nations.

We encourage terrorism in other ways, too.

The forces of terror are reinforced when terrorists are lionized in the media and treated as legitimate public-policy interlocutors. For years, terrorists have been hailed as celebrities, fawned over by journalists, and deferentially received in the halls of power.

When Palestinian terror chieftain Yasser Arafat was invited in 1974 to address the UN General Assembly, terrorists everywhere were emboldened.

Examples could fill a dozen columns. The United Nations invited Yasser Arafat, gun on hip, to address the General Assembly. The New York Times published – on Sept. 11, 2001, no less – a flattering profile of former Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers. The Metropolitan Opera staged "The Death of Klinghoffer," an opera rationalizing the hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian terrorists and the murder of an elderly, wheelchair-bound Jew.

At the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York on June 11, the guest of honor will be Oscar Lopez Rivera, an unrepentant member of the FALN terrorist group who spent 35 years in federal prison for plotting to overthrow the government.

When convicted terrorists are treated to parades on Fifth Avenue, it encourages more terrorism everywhere.

And this, too, encourages terrorism: the rush after each atrocity by those eager to condemn the victims. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, former London mayor Ken Livingstone went on Iranian TV to explain the bloodshed as an understandable reaction to "the torture at Guantanamo Bay." In an article for Foreign Policy Journal, Richard Falk – a UN official and Princeton professor – attributed the horror wrought by the Tsarnaevs to America's "fantasy of global domination."

When the global jihad will end, none of us can say. But this much, at least, is certain: The more we encourage the killers, the longer the killing will go on.

* Editor’s note: And six people were killed in London Saturday night, after the publication of this article in the Boston Globe.

June 3, 2017

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(3) Simcha Talia Hirsch, June 6, 2017 3:43 PM

Using the term Crusaders instead of Jihadist

I think it would help if people started using the term Crusaders instead of Jihadist to describe said terrorist that are using the Islamic term Jihadist to justify their acts of murder. Using their term of Jihadist only empowers them to do more. If politicians around the globe started using the term Crusaders, because that technically better translates to English what is going on, they are crusaders on a crusade of their own making and political agenda. It would help to clarify that they are not on any true religious path but on a political mission and using the Islamic term Jihad to try and turn their personal mission into a religious war and to dupe immature and religiously uneducated Muslims into their campaign. One cannot just blame the media but politicians as well for all the hype. Politicians have always had the media attention to clarify that the core value of Jihad is the same in Judaism (the yezer hara and yetza hatov) as it is in Christianity to overcome the evil within oneself and do good instead, as well as explain that Jihad is also the term Islam uses to describe their Just War concept which is regulated by set rules in order to be a true Just and/or Holy war sanctioned by said faith. Explaining Jihad more fully to the world tells the terrorist that they cannot fool anyone into thinking they represent Allah (G-d in English) in any way, shape or form just because they label themselves as Jihadist. Labeling them Crusaders tells the world that they are on a political mission and not any holy mission. These so-called Muslim terrorist want people to fear the term Jihadist and fool people into thinking that the whole Muslim world and people are with them when they are not. They know just the term Jihadist alone will provoke anti-Muslim hatred and thus further their political agenda and recruitment programs. So I suggest everyone use the English word Crusaders to describe such terrorist instead.

Dvirah, June 22, 2017 7:14 PM

Good in Principle, But Need New Term

The word "Crusaders" already has a meaning in history and applies to similar killers of Christian origin. Re the term "Jihadist", here is a definition from the Babylon application:
Jihadism (also jihadist movement, jihadi movement and variants) is a 21st-century neologism found in the Western languages to describe Islamist militant movements perceived as a military movement "rooted in Islam" and "existentially threatening" to the West. The term "jihadism" was coined in the 2000s and mostly used to cover Islamic insurgency and Islamic terrorism since that time, but it has also been extended to cover both Mujahideen guerilla warfare and Islamic terrorism with an international scope since it arose in the 1980s, since the 1990s substantially represented by the al-Qaeda network

(2) Anonymous, June 4, 2017 8:51 PM

It's high time we stopped coddling terrorists

I was against the war in Vietnam, but was NEVER in favor of what the weathermen did. How was killing innocent people in Dow Chemical Corporation going to end the war? I believe both Democrats and Republicans need to unite on this issue.

(1) Rena Cohen, June 4, 2017 2:13 PM

Terror and world leaders

In this case Jacoby is quite right. As long as the world awards terrorists with the recognition that they desire, we will continue to suffer. That's why it's time for Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and quit rewarding the PLO with another opportunity to make peace. They don't want peace, they want Jerusalem and all of Israel. Time to show them that their game is up. We know who they are and won't give in to their blackmail any longer.

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