Thanks for this very good commentary, E. Winston.
SUSPICION: SOME AUSTRALIAN FIRES WERE SET BY JIHADIS by Gil Ronen forwarded with comments by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East analyst & commentator
The suspicion that Australia's 31 raging wildfires are a result of Muslim/Jihadist arsonists is not without basis. Setting "Holy Revenge Fires" has a long history. (1)
Some may recall Israel's experience with Muslim Arabs Palestinians starting "Holy Revenge Fires". They occured with frequency in the Carmel forests near Haifa, devastating areas that were once planted by volunteers as small pine trees to grow into tall, beautiful forests.
The Jerusalem corridor (Route 1 up the hill from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem) is just beginning to visibly recover from those fires set by Muslim Arab Palestinians to ravage the hard-planted forests which once covered the sparse, craggy hillsides on the road leading up from Sha'ar Hagai to Jerusalem. At that time, Yitzhak Rabin and his Left Liberal cohorts were quick to "apologize" for any such accusations and denied that the fires, which broke out in several places simultaneously, were the work of Muslim Arab Palestinians.
Half of the Tel Dan Nature Reserve of 481 dunams, which runs alongside the Dan River in the Golan Heights, was torched in the week of July 14, 2008. Many clues led investigators to consider arson. (2)
There is a beautiful valley off the slopes of Mevasserat Zion through which Muslim Arabs from the hostile village of Bidu would herd their goats and go to work. Here again the forests were burnt by arsonists in their "Holy Revenge Fires".
Israel has had more than her share of Palestinian Muslim Terrorists using fire. Their battle cry proclaims it: "In Blood and Fire we will redeem you, O Palestine!" Listen to it. They say what they mean and they mean what they say!
Thanks for this very good commentary, E. Winston
I could not help but think of the ravaging wild-fires that spontaneously break out in California and other American forests.(3) Did radical Islamic Terrorists use "Holy Fire" to revenge themselves as they have previously threatened? Probably. The Koran instructs such revenge, killing by any means possible against the hated "infidel" (un-believer in Islam).
While researching this article for dates of such past fires, I Googled "Arson Fires On Route One to Jerusalem". The first of 4,100 such articles to pop up: "Was California Arson by Al Qaeda?" was published by "Smoothstone.wordpress.com. It sounded strangely familiar so I searched our own files to find that, indeed, we had written this article - which Smooth Stone did not accredit to us. We quoted AP, adding their article to ours. (3)
One Email report from AP (in full below) saying that: AL QAEDA MAY HAVE SET THE FIRES THAT ARE RAGING IN CALIFORNIA. "The FBI alerted law enforcement agencies June 25th that an al-Qaeda terrorist now in detention had talked of masterminding a plot to set a series of devastating forest fires around the western U.S....Many forest law enforcement officers had no idea the warning had been issued." (4)So, what's the solution? Send them back to their nations of origin where they will not be further offended by the Judeo-Christian practices of any host country into which they have migrated. Burning the forests of America, Europe, Russia, Australia, Israel by fire is only one method of Islamic Jihadi Revenge against those they call "infidels" (unbelievers in Islam).
They have devised dozens, even hundreds of ways to savage their self-declared "infidel" enemies - whether it's a 9/11 (Airplanes as bombs in America), 3/11 (4 Madrid commuter trains), 7/11 (London commuter trains and buses), Gas, Biological warfare, Chemical warfare - even Nuclear warfare are all permitted, even honored as a Muslim's pathway to "Warriors' Heaven" in the courtyards of Allah.
For more details, Google: "Australia Wildfires Arson by Muslim Jihadis" for about 92,400 articles. Just the synopses of the first dozen are an ey-opening education.
1. "Suspicion: Some Australian Fires were Set by Jihadis." by Gil Ronen Arutz 7 IsraelNationalNews.com February 9, 2009
2. "Tel Dan Nature Reserve Torched in Suspected Arson" by Ehud Zion Waldoks Jerusalem Post July 14, 2008
3. "California Arson By Al-Qaeda" by Emanuel A. Winston October 24, 2007
4. "Wildfire Surrounds the Main Road at Stevenson Ranch, Southern California" Phoenix AP approx. June 25, 2005
SUSPICION: SOME AUSTRALIAN FIRES WERE SET BY JIHADIS by Gil Ronen
Arutz Sheva IsraelNationalNews.com Feb. 11, 2009
(IsraelNN.com) As more than 31 major fires continued to rage in the Australian state of Victoria and the death toll approached 200, there was speculation on Tuesday that some of the blazes may have been set by Islamists waging a "holy war", or jihad.
No official has come out and voiced this suspicion, and most of the fires were attributed to lightning strikes during one of Victoria's hottest days on record. However, investigators have determined that some of the fires were deliberately set by arsonists, prompting Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to say that whoever was responsible for lighting the fires had committed "mass murder".
But bloggers have pointed to a report from September 2008 which warned that Australia had been singled out as a target for a "forest jihad" by a group urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
According to the report in The Age five months ago, "U.S. intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the U.S., Europe and Russia to 'start forest fires,' claiming 'scholars' have justified chopping down and burning the infidels' forests when they do the same to our lands.'"
The website, reportedly run by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, "argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the 'eye for an eye' doctrine."
'This Terror Will Haunt Them'
"Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organisation were to claim responsibility for the forest fires,"the website allegedly says. "You can hardly begin to imagine the level of fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia and in Australia."
The September report in The Age added that "Australian intelligence agencies are treating the possibility that bushfires could be used as a weapon of terrorism as a serious concern" and that "Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the Federal Government remained 'vigilant against such threats,' warning that anyone caught lighting a fire as a weapon of terror would feel the wrath of anti-terror laws."
The internet posting claimed the idea of forest fires had been attributed to imprisoned Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab Al-Suri. It said Al-Suri had urged terrorists to use sulphuric acid and petrol to start forest fires.
The fires occurred during an exceptional heat wave, on a day when several localities across Victoria experienced their highest temperatures since records began in 1859. The numerous fires are largely the result of lightning strikes – but some are suspected to be the result of arson.
These suspicions led police to declare more than half of the state a crime scene.
Forensic teams of investigators are now moving into burned out houses and farms, looking for evidence of how the infernos were started, and who could have lit them.
Prime Minister Rudd suspended parliament and toured the affected region. "What can you say? What can you say?" asked a shaken Rudd. "There are no words to describe it other than mass murder," he said.
Closing in on a Suspect
Police believe a man who lit fires around Boolarra last month, destroying 29 houses, is the same person responsible for the Churchill blaze. They intend to release an image of a man sought for questioning over the fires.
"We'll soon be in a position to provide face images of people we believe responsible,"Morwell Detective Sergeant Brett Kahan said.