‘Forest Jihad’ May be Coming to a Forest Near You

‘Forest Jihad’ may be the latest tactic of Islamic radicals. Wildfires have raged across the Southwest. Environmentalists insist it is the fault of global warming. Oops, climate change.

They of course claim that hot and dry conditions can only be attributed to man-made warming. Our beloved president naturally had to weigh in.

On June 25, he stated his conviction that climate change is to blame. Never let a good crisis go to waste, eh Mr. President? He said: “Many Americans who already feel the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it.”

It’s funny how often Obama insists we have no more time. He can’t wait for others to act. It never matters what the “crisis” is. We must always take immediate action. Pick any so-called “crisis” and you’ll find an Obama call to action, more money spent, and more freedoms lost.

But even man-made climate change (of which there is none) can start a wildfire. So what is the cause of the wildfires, like the Arizona blaze that killed 19 elite firefighters?

Many believe it simply lightening strikes. That seems to be the most reasonable explanation. A single lightning strike to an overgrown forest can easily spark a wildfire.

Yet there is an interesting twist to the possible cause of the wildfires. A Palestinian jihadist group, the Masada al-Mujahideen, has recently claimed credit for setting the Western forests ablaze, particularly Arizona.

Does the name Mujahideen ring a bell? It is a new, similar version of the group we helped in their fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was part of a Mujahideen group in the 1980s.

Their statement was posted on several jihadist forum sites. The post read:

 “We had previously announced an unconventional war against the occupation state of Israel, and then we escalated this war to reach its main supporter, America, so that it receives a major share of it, which will destroy their flora and fauna, with permission from Allah and then with our hands. In order to make it clear and to make it known that we can reach it [the U. S.] when we warn it, and to make it certain that our hands don’t just reach it but also strike it.”

The post also boasted of the 19 dead firefighters.

In January 2012, the same group claimed credit for the Nevada wildfires.

US intelligence does not put much stock in the claims by the terror group. They believe the group is simply taking credit for a tragic natural occurrence.

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“Only you can prevent ‘Forest Jihad.'”

But last year Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed that factions of Al Qaeda were responsible for fires across Europe. This is the same intelligence service that warned us of the Tsarnaev brothers. Maybe we should start listening to them.

In a 2012 issue of Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine there was an 11-page how-to article on starting forest fires, a “forest jihad.”

“Fire is one of the soldiers of Allah. Imagine that, after all the damages caused, if a jihad organization were to take responsibility for the forest fires. You can imagine the dread it would cause people in the United States, Europe, Russia and Australia.”

By this did they mean just to take responsibility for the fires?

Well, Alexander Bortnikov, chief of the FSB said:

“One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in Al Qaeda’s strategy of a ‘thousand cuts.’ This method allows Al Qaeda to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses.”

As I stated, the conventional wisdom is these fires were not arson but naturally caused. I hope our “intelligence services” are taking a closer look. I’d hate to find out that they discounted the Russian claim and dropped the ball again.