London, United Kingdom – A lone wolf type of attack occurred near the gates of the British Parliament where a suspect reportedly drove a vehicle into several people and attempted to stab a police officer in what is now being designated a terrorist attack this morning. This type of attack has an outline that roughly follows the vehicular attack where 18-year-old Somali immigrant and student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his vehicle into large group of students gathered outside of Watts Hall then attempted to stab fleeing students on the Ohio State campus in Columbus Ohio in November of last year. Then in Germany a lone wolf drove a heavy wheeled delivery truck into a crowd of people gathered in a Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. All of these styles of ‘lone wolf’ attacks also mirror exactly what the Islamic State along with al-Qaeda terrorist organizations have called for. They have outlined how to plan said attack in their respective underground radical jihadist publications, and that information is easily found online.
In an issue of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s magazine“Inspire,” published by its media wing then borrowed by its more sadistic cousin ISIS, detailed a potentially devastating terror operation using vehicles to wage individual “Lone Muhajid” or Lone Wolf attacks in the West, namely the United States. The magazine section known as the “Open Source Jihad,” America is designated a terrorist state and its citizens are kafirs, or “unbelievers” who are complacent in some of what they believe to be the worst forms of terrorism the Muslim nation has been subjected to. Thus Lone Wolves are to look at westerners as “Combatant Disbelievers” and targets for terror attacks.
“Those with whom have no covenant or commitment of protection with Muslims – whether they fought against Muslims or not. The term combatant is inseparable with them. And this [is the] base of our dealings with the infidel.”
Called ‘The Ultimate Mowing Machine’ of the Lone Muhajid. The basis of the attack is the use a car or pickup, a heavy four wheel drive being preferred, to “mow down the enemies of Allah.” Gruesome details of suggestions of using steel blades, such as large butcher blades or thick sheets of steel to be welded to the front of the vehicle to produce the most damage against the intended targets. The article goes on to suggest prior planning or “reconnaissance” of the target location to ensure an unimpeded avenue of destruction and mayhem. “The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles. ‘pedestrian only’ locations would be fabulous!” Then the author goes on in cold-blooded detail as to the intended outcome of the attack:
“To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle in order to maximize your inertia to be able to strike as many people as possible in your first run. Keep in mind that as soon as people realize what you are up to, they will scatter and run. – If you have access to firearms, carry them with you so that you may use them to finish off your work.”
As devastating and physiologically troubling these types of vicious attacks can be, it also shows something else. These jihadist groups cannot pull off anything similar to 9/11. These groups are wholly unable to coordinate operatives within their respective western country they wish to attack. The United States and its western allies have a robust intelligence gathering apparatus that makes these terrorist dreams of watching the Great Satan’s cities burning to the ground from the hands of their sleeper cells just that, a dream. They have instead begun focusing on what they can control, social media. There these jihadists have found a multitude of angry people from all races, nations, and religions that only need just a nudge to the dark radical side, harnessing these lost souls of anger into a weapon. Just like nature, anger will find a way to complete its grim task. No amount of sanctions, immigration restrictions, bombing the Middle East to the stone age, or attacking innocent citizens or their businesses due to sharing the same color of skin or religion as terrorists will stop the “lone wolf’ outlier, it’s mathematics.
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