Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh, has taken responsibility for the deadly blast in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, which was launched by a suicide bomber on Saturday. At least 81 were killed in the blast, and upwards of 200 people were injured.
According to an article by ABC News, the terror group had planned for two suicide bombers to launch the attack.
“Two suicide bombers had attempted to target the demonstrators, but one of them was shot by police before he could detonate his explosives, according to Haroon Chakhansuri, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.”
The same article indicates that the deadly blast on Saturday is the first targeted attack on Kabul by the Islamic State.
A group of Shiite Muslims, known as Hazara, were conducting a peaceful protest when the blast took place. ISIS are Sunni Muslims of the radical variety, and thus they believe Shia (Shiite) Muslims are infidels who are fair game to eradicate from the world.
There has been a lot of people who have expressed concern, and even annoyance, at the fact that attacks like this one in Kabul are getting minimal media coverage in the West, while the attacks in Paris, Nice, Brussels, and Orlando dominated Western news networks.
There’s no denying that radical Islamic attacks that occur in Europe and the United States are placed higher on the pedestal of importance than the same kind of attacks that happen in the Middle East. This is a huge problem, and not just because of the obvious bias nature of it.
There are many people out there who do not watch the news on a regular basis, let alone stay up-to-date on the latest deadly blasts launched by Islamic extremists. But even those who never check up on current events are bound to find out about massacres, such as what happened in Orlando, by word-of-mouth due to news outlets flooding their websites and TV stations with news of the tragedy, thus reaching a significant amount of surfers and viewers.
Not so in cases like Kabul. Sure, it will be reported in one or maybe two stories, but coverage by the mainstream media will be slim compared to the carnage left behind in Paris and Orlando.
This selective coverage leads to a significant amount of the population being uninformed about the realities of Islamic terrorism. When you don’t hear about the attacks happening several times a week throughout the Middle East, of which mostly are a carbon copy of the deadly blast that struck Kabul, you will inevitably think they must not be occurring in the first place. After all, if they’re as devastating and deadly as the ones that have rocked the West, surely you would have heard about it, right?
How are people in the West ever going to take the threat of Islamic terrorism seriously if they’re not even getting the facts?
According to TheReligionofPeace.com, a non-partisan website dedicated to investigating the religion of Islam, there were 2,866 Islamic terror attacks worldwide in 2015 alone. In the last 30 days, the website reports that almost 1,500 people around the world have perished in the name of Islamic terrorism.
“During this time period, there were 151 Islamic attacks in 28 countries, in which 1474 people were killed and 2297 injured.”
So far in 2016, Islamic extremists are responsible for the deaths of 12,047 people in 50 different countries by 1,309 attacks.
How many of that 1,309 attacks are you aware of? How many of the 2,866 deadly onslaughts that happened in 2015 do you know about?
It’s important to remind you that the aforementioned attacks were not all carried out by ISIS. Although the Islamic State have committed the deadly blasts of violent carnage in recent history, they haven’t been around as long as other groups, such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban. These terror organizations may differ in organization and action, but their endgame is the same. They wish to take out, on a global scale, whoever they perceive as infidels in order to establish a worldwide caliphate.
It’s time to take the threat of Islamic terrorism seriously. Unfortunately, most Western leaders either cannot or will not take it seriously. Some, like President Obama, even make a habit of excusing the heinous acts, like the deadly blast in Kabul, committed by Islamic fundamentalists.
On September 25, 2012, in a speech regarding the terror attack on the American military in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama is quoted as saying, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
It makes you wonder where his priorities are.
Islamic terrorism is real, and it’s coming for us. The deadly blast in Kabul just adds one more tally to the 28,862 attacks by Islamic extremists since September 11, 2001. Groups like Isis take action most often in places where they hold a large amount of territory, and they’ve had their sights set on the United States, along with the rest of western civilization, for some time.
They don’t care how we die. They just care that we do die.
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