There is an ongoing tendency for the West – as a first reaction — to dismiss (or downplay) acts of jihad and to blame them on anything but jihad. This denial by Western authorities continues to buy time in destroying the West from within. At first, a fire set at an Islamic center in Sweden was dismissed as an act of arson, but upon further investigation, a Syrian Sunni Muslim affiliated with the Islamic State was charged with terror offences:
The purpose of the attack was to seriously intimidate a population group, in this case Shia Muslims, in the name of Isis… the man is a Sunni Muslim who has expressed dislike of Shia Muslims.
So now the Islamic world’s ancient antagonisms are beginning to be played out in the West.
“Malmö ‘Isis member’ accused of terrorism for fire at Islamic centre”, by Emma Lofgren, The Local, March 27, 2017:
A prosecutor has charged a Syrian man with terror offences, alleging that he started a fire at a Malmö community centre in order to spread fear in the name of Isis.
Nobody was injured in the fire at a community centre in Malmö owned by Shia Muslim organization Aldorr, but repair costs amounted to a million kronor ($113,000)
The 30-year-old suspect, who denies the charges and the allegations he is a member of Isis, is accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the centre on October 11th last year, causing smoke damage to the building.
In December, Malmö’s district court judged in a remand hearing that, contrary to the chief prosecutor’s wishes, there was not enough evidence to consider the fire a terror incident and instead remanded him in custody on suspicion of arson.
But on Monday the prosecutor insisted that the man is affiliated with Isis and charged him with a “terror offence, alternatively arson”. The charge sheet, seen by The Local, argues that “this arson could seriously have harmed the state of Sweden. The purpose of the attack was to seriously intimidate a population group, in this case Shia Muslims, in the name of Isis,” adding that the man is a Sunni Muslim who has expressed dislike of Shia Muslims.
According to the charge sheet, police searching his computer found a description of how to make a detonator, which the prosecutor argues shows he has knowledge of how to make bombs. Police also found propaganda films showing Isis soldiers fighting and killing “infidels” and a picture of an Isis flag.
Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström said on Monday that the man had told other people he wanted to die “a martyr’s death”. This had emerged “in Facebook conversations, among other things”, she told The Local.
She said there was enough circumstantial evidence to build a strong case against the suspect.
“I think I have enough material to want the court to take a position on whether or not this classifies as a terror offence,” she said….