Here again we see the complete absence of any sense of personal or collective responsibility on the part of the mujahedin. This is a phenomenon I discuss in my book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Throughout history, jihad warriors have pursued aggressive attacks against non-Muslims; but when those non-Muslims retaliate in any way, the mujahedin portray the retaliation as an unprovoked act of aggression, and use it as a pretext to recruit more Muslims to their cause.
Today, this has the power to cloud men’s minds — particularly if those minds are already besotted with leftist multiculturalism that demonizes the West and Western civilization. They believe that if they address the current pretexts for the jihad, and grant the mujahedin various concessions, peace will ensue. In reality, however, all that will happen is more jihad, carried out under fresh pretexts.
Islamic Jihad has been waging violent jihad against Israel for years — but here again, Israel’s retaliation is seen as some out-of-the-blue act of aggression. Only the most foolish and naive should fall for this at this point.
From Reuters, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Israeli troops killed seven Palestinians including a leading Islamic Jihad militant on Sunday in the bloodiest fighting in weeks in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli military official and Palestinian sources said.
The violence drew vows of revenge from Islamic Jihad, a group that has spearheaded attacks against Israel throughout a more than five year Palestinian uprising.
An Israeli military spokesman, Captain Jacob Dallal, said soldiers shot and killed Elias Eshkar, a “top Islamic Jihad terrorist in the West Bank” blamed for being mastermind of attacks that have killed more than 50 Israelis since early 2005.
The most recent suicide bombing blamed on Eshkar killed 11 people in a Tel Aviv eatery in mid-April, the highest death toll in an attack in the Jewish state in about two years.
Four other militants died in the raid in which soldiers surrounded a house in the town of Qabatiya, as Eshkar hid inside, including Eshkar’s brother, Dallal said.
The troops killed the gunmen after they shot at the soldiers, ignoring an appeal to surrender, he said….
The bloodshed was the worst for a single day since Israel killed eight militants in a Gaza air raid on April 8, though tensions have risen since a government led by Hamas, whose charter calls to destroy Israel, rose to government in March.
Islamic Jihad’s armed wing condemned the Israeli raids in a statement as “a new Zionist massacre” and vowed “we will continue our martyrdom operations”.
Israel mounts frequent military raids in the West Bank against suspected militants. Islamic Jihad often says that its attacks are a response to these raids.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement condemning the violence and urged the world to intervene.
“The Israeli grave escalation will lead the region to more violence and instability,” he said.