Radical Islam: We Cannot Just “Shake it Off”

On December 14th, 2014, a self-proclaimed moderate Muslim, an Iranian refugee, seized control of a Lindt chocolate cafe in Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Armed with guns and a radical agenda, Haron Monis displayed publicly and to the global community, radical Islam’s ugly face. According to the tragic report by BBC News, as of December 15th, “Two people died, along with an Islamist gunman, after commandos, stormed a cafe in Sydney, Australia, to bring to an end a 16-hour siege.” Unfortunately, the BBC news, at least in title, seems to follow an unfortunate trend, failing to recognize the threat of radicalized militant Islam. The report, titled “Three Dead after Commandos Storm Cafe” seems to place blame for the deaths on the swat team which mobilized to save the lives of all those involved, including if possible the life of the terrorist, Monis.

To Haron Monis, the lone gunman, taking the cafe hostage in the name of Allah and spreading the message of radicalized Jihad was necessary to “ascend on the ladder of Islam” (Mosab Hassan Yousef; the Green Prince).  To Monis, Jihad by the sword was and is the only way to properly spread the message of Muhammad, to create a global caliphate, as is the goal of Daesh. To the rest of the world, this should be a wake-up call.

The very idea of radical Islam, to which this disgusting terrorist attack displays identical characteristics, gained traction beginning in the 1940s. Since that time, radical Islam as an ideology has only continued to grow as a result of the Wahhabi movement and Western actions during the Cold War era to oust the Atheist/Communist Soviet Union and other nationalist movements. Particularly in recent years, movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizbollah, armed with the funding and weaponry of terror regimes, have begun spreading their influence across the globe.

Since the 1940s, there have been dozens of movements and groups of varying degrees of size and threat around the globe, following this radical offshoot of mainstream Islam. These two men are dangerous, but the threat of radical Islam in the form of terrorist organizations has spread through Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, Al Quaeda, and Daesh among others, all roots of the same poisonous tree. Unfortunately, though many would claim that these movements are not Islamic and are the work of a few radicals, the evidence has shown that these movements are far more widespread than acknowledged and have permeated far more moderates than have been given credit.

Officials in Australia have falsely asserted that this act of terror was an “isolated incident.” By far, this is nothing of the sort. If one looks deeply into what radical Islam calls for, one will find that every “isolated incident” is ideologically connected. On September 11th, 2001, radical jihadists terrorized the United States, killing thousands and destroying the World Trade Center Buildings.  On July 7th, 2005, radical Islamists blew up previously planned targets on London Underground trains and buses in an attempt to kill (eradicate) the maximum number of “infidels” as possible. This incident, much like what occurred in Australia is not unlike what is happening in Israel. If given the chance, Hamas (Islamic ‘Resistance’ Movement), will kill the maximum number of Jews, Christians, moderate Muslims, Atheists, etc. in their disturbing goal of global Islamic rule.

Therefore, Western world leaders, including but not limited to President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and of course, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, must denounce this act of terror, naming it what it is:  the violent spread of radical Islam. Human beings must come together to promote tolerance and peace in the wake of this awful event and all previous terror attacks. If all can see and understand that this is not a separate, isolated incident, righteousness can and will prevail.


Co-Written by Seth Greenwald and Steven Isaacson

About the Author
Seth Greenwald is passionate in his fights both against anti-Semitism on college campuses as well as the fight against anti-Israel bias and slander worldwide. Seth first developed a passion for Israel after traveling there for his Bar-Mitzvah, kindled that passion through United Synagogue Youth, and has continued to develop throughout his undergraduate career at Clark University. Seth also served as an intern at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle Eastern Reporting for America (CAMERA), Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and the David Project.