Did you hear about the latest terror attack? If you’re paying attention the correct answer is, “Which one?” There are so many, and lately that is just in the West.
What if I told you that in the last 30 days, there have been 160 attacks carried out by Islamic radicals and that those attacks saw 1,590 people killed and 2,412 people injured? Would you be shocked?
That’s the claim made by website The Religion of Peace which tracks terrorist attacks all around the world.
And so while we can point to the terrorist attack in Nice on July 14 that saw 84 people killed when Mohammed Bouhlel drove a truck through a crowded pedestrian area, how many can point to the 13 people killed by al Shabab suicide bombers on July 26?
Those two suicide bombings didn’t get much media attention in the West but they happened in attacks carried out by people that want to establish their strict vision of Islamic rule on everyone around them.
Those attacks happened the same day that Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel was killed while performing the sacred rites of the Mass. His throat was slit by two young Jihadis in Normandy, France.
The 85-year-old man was forced to his knees before his execution. Nuns were taken hostage in the attack which ended with dead Jihadis but not before they violated the sanctuary of the altar with their callous murder of a defenceless old priest and by reportedly giving their jihadi sermon at the altar – alternating between French and Arabic, spewing their hatred.
They were shot by police, which ended the whole ordeal.
The Somalia attack got next to no media coverage in the West, the attack in France relegated behind other stories like Hillary Clinton officially securing the Democratic Party nomination.
We know the attacks from November 13, 2015 – the massacre at Bataclan nightclub. We know the attack July 14, 2016 – that was in Nice. But do you know the others?
More shockingly, do you know about the other terror attacks?
The day before Fr. Hamel was killed and 13 people were killed in Mogadishu, did you hear about the 17 killed and more than 40 injured in suicide bombings in Khalis, Iraq? That was July 25.
The day before that, July 24, there were 21 people killed in Baghdad.
On that same day a Syrian migrant, a failed refugee claimant, blew himself up outside a bar in Germany after being turned away from a festival.
We heard a bit about that but not much. Only a little more than the Baghdad bombing.
On July 23 there were several terror attacks but the biggest happened in Kabul, Afghanistan. Three suicide bombers killed 81 people. Why? Because the people killed were Shiite or Shia Muslims and those that claimed responsibility, ISIS, are Sunnis that hate Shias.
I haven’t even gotten past last weekend and we’re into hundreds of people killed in terrorist attacks carried out by Islamists intent on spreading their vision, their goals, their religion around the world – not by the sword but by the bomb and the gun.
The word Islam means submit and that is the intent of those carrying out these attacks, to one way or another get you to submit to their views.
It matters not whether you are a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, or a Muslim that might just believe something a little different — their goal is to get you to submit.
After the killing of Father Hamel, French President Francoise Hollande said that France was at war with this strain of Islam.
I’d like to believe him. But despite the onslaught of attacks in Western countries alone, never mind the attacks in other countries, I’m not sure people in the west are ready to wake up.
What I am sure of is that the Islamists, whether ISIS or al Shabbab or al Qaida, are at war with us. They have declared it, they are waging it and they have no plans of stopping so we better wake up and get serious.