Is Egyptian VP Right to Link Boston Bombing to Global Islamic Operations

Essam el-ErianSpeaking about the events in Boston in an interview today, Essam el-Erian, Vice Chairman of Egypt’s Freedom & Justice Party and a former member of the Guidance Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood, linked the Islamic Jihad in Boston to the broader issues and strategies of the global Islamic Movement: “This series of events began with the sending of French battalions to Mali in a war against organizations that are said to belong to al Qaeda.” El-Erian links all acts of jihad together as being part of one great war. Are they? And is what America experienced in Boston just one battle in a much larger war?

Faisal ShahzadAt his sentencing, “Times Square Bomber” Faisal Shahzad stated: “If I am given a thousand lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah fighting this cause, defending our lands, making the word of Allah supreme over any religion or system. We Muslims don’t abide by human-made laws, because they are always corrupt…. I say to them, we don’t accept your democracy nor your freedom, because we already have Sharia law and freedom. Brace yourselves, because the war with the Muslims has just begun. Consider me only the first droplet of the flood that will follow me.”

John Allen MohammedJohn Allen Mohammed (“Beltway Sniper”) killed at least 10 people. Writings by his partner Lee Boyd Malvo indicated the attacks were acts of Jihad. Major Nidal HasanMajor Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 32 at Ft Hood in an act of Jihad – yelling “Allah u Akbar” as he began shooting.
Abdulhakim Mujahid MuhammadAbdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (aka Carlos Bledsoe) killed Army Private Andy Long and wounded Private Quinton Ezeagwula at the Army recruiting depot in Little Rock, Arkansas. He called his actions “jihad.” Omeed PopalOmeed Popal killed one and wounded 14 by driving his car over them in the San Francisco area. Witnesses heard Popal calling himself a “terrorist.” Police stated he was heard shouting “Allah u Akbar” during the attack.
haqPakistani Naveed Ofzal Haq forced his way into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle (Washington) and screamed “I am a Muslim-American and I am mad at Israel,” and then killed one woman. Recent school photo of Sulejman Talovic. Photo courtesy of Talovic familyEighteen year old Sulejman Talovic, a Muslim, killed 5 people in a Salt Lake City, Utah shopping mall before being gunned down by an off-duty police officer. Some witnesses said they hear Talovic shout “Allah u Akbar.”
Mohammad Taheri-AzarMohammed Taheri-Azar drove over 9 people at the University of North Carolina in 2006. According to letters he sent to the local ABC station, he did so because “Allah gives permission in the Koran for the followers of Allah to attack those who have raged war against them, with the expectation of eternal paradise in case of martyrdom and/or living one’s life in obedience of all of Allah’s commandments found throughout the Koran’s 114 chapters.”

This list, which is not all-inclusive, does not even include the manes of jihadis arrested before they could attack. This is meant to give readers an understanding that Jihad is here in America, and is here to stay.

The first Al Qaeda attack in America was the 1990 assassination of Jewish Defense League leader Meir Kahane by El Sayyid Nosair, whose Jihadi cell was responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

It is worth noting that ALL of these Muslims got their Islam wrong in exactly the same way.

Twenty years later the Jihadi activity in America is increasing rapidly. When will we begin to be proactive in dealing with this threat in a professional and measured way, before that option becomes unavailable.


About John Guandolo

John Guandolo is the President and Founder of Guandolo Associates LLC, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies. Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991-1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer. During this time, he also deployed to the Adriatic/Bosnia. He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In-Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile. Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, a military freefall parachutist, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. In 1996, Mr. Guandolo resigned his commission in the Marine Corps and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office. From 1996-2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas. In 2001, he served for one year as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice-President, Members of Congress and other high-level government officials. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others. In 2006, Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters. This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff. For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. While in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence. Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity. Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI. His career has included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere. In his last year and a half in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo served on a Surveillance Unit. Mr. Guandolo advises governments – U.S. and others - on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively advises members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others. He served as an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, and is one of the authors of the “Shariah – The Threat to America,” the first comprehensive book on the threat from the Islamic Movement in the U.S. He has appeared on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.
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