Nothing says “Religion of Peace” like a grenade through the window. Somalia’s jihadists have longer-standing issues with television, both as a source of unapproved information and of impious frivolity and vice, just as the Taliban have in Afghanistan. But this ban extends to radio (targeted earlier for playing music) as well.
It is not surprising the al-Qaeda-affiliated group can’t stomach the dissemination of news of such a military defeat so expertly executed by the kuffar, except by tightly controlled, approved sources that will give it the proper jihadist spin to the extent that they mention it at all. “AlShabaab bans locals from following Bin Laden death related news,” from Mareeg, May 3 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
03.05.2011–Jowhar (Mareeg.com)As soon as Bin Laden killing news surfaced in Somalia, Al-shabaab militia in Jowhar town of Somalia ordered local residents not to follow any news related to that particular incident and threatened that they will severely punish any person who is seen listening to radios airing anything related to that incident.
According to local residents in Jawhar, Televisions or Radios were not turned on during the whole day yesterday after Alshabaab’s announcement. Residents avoided discussing anything related to that incident.
According to local woman who requested not to be identified for security reasons, Al-Shabaab operatives especially members of the much revered Amniyaad brigades hurled hand grenades inside some houses where some anxious residents gathered secretly to watch TV stations that were intensively covering this extraordinary incident, many were injured as result of these bombs.
“It’s very obvious that Al-Shabaab are on state of denial when it comes to Bin laden’s killing by the Americans, they are trying to terrorize us to prevent us from following anything about Bin-Laden’s sudden killing, they know that we all are happy to hear this interesting news, they are like orphans now” said the local Somali woman from Jowhar.
Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab hasn’t commented yet about Bin Laden killing by the Americans, however, conspiracy theories are anxiously circulated among Somalis, according to one conspiracy theory; Bin Laden was killed apparently few years ago by natural cause most likely kidney failure and was buried in secret location which was lately discovered by CIA, who in turn concocted this fascinating Hollywood style scenario for purely electoral purposes.
The article’s author, just named as “Abdi” at the end, hedges his bets:
Whether this is genuine operation or concocted scenario one thing is certain, Bin Laden has left an orphan in Somalia who appears in “Denial state” and probably soon will realize that their god father is clearly DEAD.
No, even that will be subject to denial. Bin Laden may yet become like a jihadist Elvis to those true fans who can’t believe he’s gone.