Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Family Affair in Jihad

"I do know from my colleagues at home that we are close. But forgive me if I can't go much further than that at this point."
"We're putting out a great deal of resource into identifying this person. And there are some very sophisticated technologies, voice identification and so on, which people can use to check who these people are."
Raffaello Pantucci, director, international security studies, Royal United Services Institute
'Vengeful extremist': Others images show Bary's gradual slide into extremism including this one apparently showing the 23-year-old former lyricist in military fatigues and a mask wihle wielding a machine gun
'Vengeful extremist': Others images show Bary's gradual slide into extremism including this one apparently showing the 23-year-old former lyricist in military fatigues and a mask wihle wielding a machine gun

Who 'these people are', is immigrants whom Great Britain generously opened its shores to. Giving them the opportunity to make their futures and for many, their fortunes on British soil, taking advantage of the freedoms given them as settlers and citizens of a new country willing to give them haven and advance their interests.

In payment of which, Britain has discovered it was all the while nurturing one generation after another of vultures, vicious fanatics whose clasp of their religion's major tenet to jihad has informed their actions, to the disquieting effect of becoming within the country a dire threat to peace and stability, let alone destroying the values and heritage through which that country knows itself and its place in the world community.

Britain, it seems, has harboured no end of Islamist fanatics; they creep out of the woodworks, out from under wharfs and rocks to insist on using the laws of the United Kingdom to further their advance toward eclipsing the laws of the land by Sharia law, overturning tradition and justice through clever manipulation of democratic adherence to equality and liberty.

Adel Abdel Bary is one such terrorist, affiliated with al-Qaeda, now awaiting trial in the United States, charged with the bombing of two American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that caused the deaths of 224 people. An Egyptian who had been given asylum in Britain in 1993, Mr. Bary was extradited to the U.S. at the very same time as the imam Abu Hamza from the Finsbury Park mosque, an infamous centre of Islamist incitement.

The man, now 54, is charged with 213 counts of premeditated murder for the Nairobi embassy bombing and another 11 counts for the attack in Dar es Salaam; charged as well with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. His trial is due to begin in November. As often enough happens, the son follows the father in the old adage of the apple never falling far from the tree that bore it. His son is a rapper who amassed considerable social and commercial success under the name 'Lyricist Jinn'.

He rapped of his father's prosecution, and the younger Bary travelled to Syria to fight with ISIS. He posted a photograph of himself on Twitter earlier in the year holding aloft a severed head with his telling comment: "Chillin' with my homie or what's left of him". Mr. Pantucci, however, who has authored a book on Muslim extremists in Britain, has the impression that Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary also known as "John" simply picked up a random severed head among those in a pile.

But he is now suspected also of being the man behind the black ISIS mask who beheaded American journalist James Foley. If so, his threats to treat another American reporter Steven Sotloff, similarly, may herald the entry of the United States in a far more forceful way into the push-back against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Even yet stated a senior U.S. law enforcement official "If things stay the way they are now, it would be difficult to kill or capture the suspect."

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