Jihadi John, formally known as Muhammed Emwazi, the ISIS follower who has been beheading people shown on jihadi websites, turns out to be from “a well-to-do background” in London, England.
In the same week his name was made public, three British schoolgirls flew to Syria to join up with ISIS. All three attend Bethnal Green Academy, an expensive private school in London. Again, they were from affluent backgrounds.
The above are not the first terrorists or terrorists-in-training to come from well-to-do families. The same can be said of the terrorists who blew up trains and a bus in London almost ten years ago. The nineteen al-Qaeda members who hijacked and flew planes into the World Trade Center were also from wealthy backgrounds.
Western leaders who say terrorism is due to joblessness and poverty are wrong. They are trying to find a rational western explanation for something that is not rational and that owes its origin to Islamic religious fervor.
It has been revealed that Jihadi John was addicted to extremely violent video games from an early age. Apparently, his first recorded violent act was in school when he was only eleven. But, after that, people described him as a nice boy who wouldn’t hurt anybody.
One of his friends revealed that he wanted to return to Kuwait, where his family came from. No explanation has been given as to why he couldn’t return to his homeland. It’s only a little over twenty years since the US, Britain and other allies, liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s invading army. You would think he would be grateful to the western powers for restoring the country’s freedom, instead of beheading captured American and British journalists and aid workers.
The father of one of the American journalists made a very perceptive comment upon hearing the identity of Jihadi John. He said it would make no difference if he was captured, that others would simply take his place.
How true that is.
Under the front-page headline “Paradise jihadis,” a British newspaper revealed that the tropical Maldives are witnessing a “surge in young Muslims leaving for Syria.” Western countries are seeing the same development, with young people leaving every week to sign up with ISIS.
The reasons for people joining ISIS are, no doubt, many and varied. The commonality amongst them is a fervency for the religion of Islam.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington to address Congress at the invitation of Speaker of the House, John Boehner.
In a speech earlier today to members of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the US, Mr. Netanyahu was careful to avoid exacerbating his differences with the Obama Administration.
He felt the root cause of the differences he has with the White House come down to this – that, whereas the President of the United States is concerned with America’s security on a daily basis, he (Netanyahu) never stops thinking of Israel’s survival.
He reminded Americans that they live in a safe neighborhood but Israel lives in the most dangerous neighborhood in the world.
All you have to do is to look at the map. Israel is a very small country. It has won many wars against hostile neighbors. If it should ever lose one, it would be the end of Israel.
At this time, the prime minister’s greatest concern is with its near neighbor, Iran, which may soon have nuclear weapons and has already threatened to wipe Israel off the map. That’s the reason the prime minister is in America today and tomorrow, to put pressure on Washington not to compromise with Iran.
As if developments in Iran are not enough to worry about, Israel borders Syria, which has been fighting a civil war for three years. Mr. Netanyahu revealed that, while the president of Syria bombs his own people, some of his victims cross the border into Israel for medical treatment, freely given and paid for by the Israeli tax-payer.
As the prime minister pointed out, Israel and the US share similar values. He said that we are family and like all families sometimes have our differences.
He also had the opportunity to state that Israel is the only Middle Eastern country where the number of Christians is increasing. The country has religious freedom.
Israel, like the US and some other western countries, is built on Judeo-Christian principles. Members of the current US Administration are totally wrong when they assert that America is built on Judeo-Christian-Islamic principles.
Nothing could be further from the truth.