Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bloody Carnage in Brussels and Elsewhere


Islamists and Islamic State sympathizers have been celebrating the Tuesday massacre in Brussels, starting a sick Arabic #Belgiumonfire (#بروكسل_تحت_النار) hashtag – similar to the #Parisonfire trend which appeared after the Paris attacks – the twin bomb attacks in Belgium’s capital saw 34 people killed and hundreds more injured.
“Strike terror in the heart of Kufar [infidel]… we will take in the hearts of those who disbelieve horror”, tweeted one Alswedi Omar. His profile picture features an IS emblem above the words “support from Germany”.
“What a beautiful day today,” another agitator added, describing the innocent victims as “Belgium supporters” who are fair game because of their Western identity.
“Fuck Belgium. Belgium wanted to bomb the Islamic state. Now enjoy what your hands have sown… A lot of doas [prayers] were answered today”, said another.
“We not only applaud. But we are happy, happy smiling laugh, happy day was on holiday #Brussels and Kalh_oamag Harith”, one more added.
One of the most common sentiments expressed under the sick hashtag was: “You declared war against us and bombed us, and we attack you inside your homeland”, along with Islamist war cry: “Allahu Akbar!”
The hashtag rapidly gained traction in the Arab-speaking world, and is seemingly inspired by a similar “Paris is on fire” trend which was popularized by IS supporters soon after the bloody carnage in Paris, France.
Many of the Tweets have already disappeared, however, and accounts that express support for terrorist organizations are usually deleted within days – so it is difficult to gauge the true popularity of the hashtag.
This latest incident in Belgium came on the heels of a long string of terrorist attacks in many parts of the world – and they will keep haunting us.
Here’s a sample of the bloodshed spilled in the name of Islam:
On the evening of November 13, 2015, a series of coordinated attacks occurred in Paris and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis and 130 people were killed and another 368 people were injured. IS claimed responsibility.
Seven days later, the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital was seized by al-Qaeda-backed militants – they took 170 people hostage, ultimately killing 20 and seven people were wounded.
On January 12, 2016, a suicide bombing in a popular central square in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, left 13 people dead and 14 people injured. The perpetrator was identified as IS-affiliated Nabil Fadli.
Two days later, in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital came under attack that left eight people dead, including four assailants and another 24 people were wounded. IS claimed responsibility.
The next day, a group of al-Qaeda militants attacked the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. At least 30 people were killed, and another 56 were wounded.
On March 13, 2016, at least 18 people were killed and another 33 were injured when yet another al-Qaeda-linked group attacked the Étoile du Sud hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast.
Obviously, dangerous people are lurking out there! And they sincerely view themselves as Muslims and they have happily committed devastating acts of violence in the name of Islam.
This bloody carnage that they brought upon society will continue. During these trying times, saner voices must prevail.
We must not succumb to the popular refrain that all Muslims are terrorists, and that they are hell-bent on wiping out all non-believers from the face of this earth.

More than anything else  this is what the world needs now:


Yesterday evening, I was in KL’s Brickfields to attend the MIA Toastmasters meeting. This was the first time I actually counted eight MIA Toastmasters in attendance. A rarity and hopefully, an omen of better things to come.
I was there to deliver my CC #6 speech on Vocal Variety titled “Scream Fest”. Another good speech!
I was also a Speech Evaluator for the club president who presented an Advanced speech – and I was voted Best Evaluator.



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