Late last week, in an attack that has started to feel like the new normal, radical Islamic terrorist Karim Cheurfi opened fire on French police on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, murdering a police officer. He then wounded two other innocent bystanders before he was shot and killed. Police later found a note in which he expressed support for the Islamic State, which later declared him their “soldier.”
Europe is becoming Europistan – similar attacks in London, Stockholm, Paris, Nice, Berlin and Israel, have Europe aceepting that these abrupt acts of murder — using knives, guns and cars — are the new norm. Why do they put up with this?!
Islamist low-tech terrorism was first advocated seriously in 2010. Al-Qaeda in Yemen (led by the late American Islamist, Anwar Al-Awlaki) encouraged Muslims to get in their pick-up trucks, which they referred to as “Ultimate Mowing Machines,” and “mow down the enemies of Allah.”
Then, in 2014, ISIS called on Western Muslims to use vehicles, knives – anything to hand: “If you are not able to find an I.E.D. or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.”
Terrorist Karim Cheurfi was actually born in France, and had a long criminal record. From 2001, he was imprisoned for 11 years after shooting at two police officers from a stolen car. He was not identified as a possible Islamist until December 2016, according to Le Monde, after police were warned that he was planning an attack.
In February, he repeated the threats on a messaging app, and was questioned by police. Then, in March, he attempted to contact ISIS fighters in Syria. By that point, he had been included on a list of 16,000 Islamists the security services deemed potential violent extremists.
Europe faces an radical onslaught. France, in particular, has far more potential terrorists than security service resources to stop them. Along with more effective counter-terrorism work, the only possible long-term solution for Europe, is to actively stamp out all violent and non-violent Islamist influence, and back reformist Muslims instead.
For Karim Cheurfi, radicalization was not necessarily the result of slick propaganda videos produced by Islamic State, or a particularly convincing contact on social media. His introduction to Islamism was offline – it occurred simply by virtue of the fact he was a European Muslim, surrounded and politically represented by a community under the thumb of Islamist ideologues.
For Europe to survive, the Islamists must be squashed. Funding must be cut off, both from Western governments and foreign Islamist regimes. Extremist mosques must be shut down, extremist foreign clerics should be deported, and moderate, anti-Islamist Muslims must be funded and supported. Most importantly, Western Europe must stop organizing its Muslim citizens into homogenous religious and ethnic blocs, ripe for radicalization.
Their religion is led by either the Wahhabists (Sunni) or the Khomeinis (Shiite), and both supreme leaders have a plan for civilization Jihad, to ultimately take over Western countries from within. We have gone from demonizing this fascist behavior with Hitler and Stalin decades ago, to welcoming and encouraging it in the name of liberal tolerance and acceptance.
You cannot kill these radicals with kindness. It is time to act.