Terrorism experts suspect Muslim extremists are watching closely, too — and taking note of the devastation. While Australian authorities have revealed no evidence linking the wildfires to extremists, terrorism experts say the large death toll, the huge swath of destruction and the massive financial blow to the country are proving to Islamic terrorists that arson can be a highly effective — and simple — tool of holy war.
FOX NEWS REPORTS ON MY POST OF SUNDAY FEB 8TH, 2009, WORD FOR WORD....In November, an extremist Web site called on Muslims to launch a "forest jihad" in Australia, Europe, Russia and the United States. The posting, which quoted imprisoned Al Qaeda terrorist Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, said setting forest fires was legal under "eye-for-an-eye" Islamic law.
"Scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels' forests when they do the same to our lands," the posting read.The author of the posting indicated that Nasar — also known as Abu Musab Al-Suri — was urging terrorists to use sulfuric acid or gasoline to start the fires.
"Forest fires track well with the latest discussion trends seen in the Al Qaeda forums — easy to do, big impact, low security risk, high media coverage," said Al Qaeda expert Jarret Brachman.
"We've seen these kinds of appeals for action, be it setting fire to forests in Australia, to creating oil slicks on mountain roads in Europe, to poisoning water supplies and driving buses off bridges in the United States.
"The fact is that the Al Qaeda ideology is starting to branch out to more of an 'anyone, anywhere, anytime, anyhow' approach." Brachman, author of "Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice," said "forest jihad" fits well in the growing interest among terrorists to establish "Al Qaeda armies of one."
Sunday, February 08, 2009, Wildfires in Australia Many Deaths Near Melbourne Flash Point, Convicted Muslim Terrorists Sentenced in Melbourne Feb 3rd 2009, Forest jihad.
Arsonists hunted as Australian wildfires raze homes, Arsonists responsible for lighting the fires could be charged with murder, police have said. Sunday, 8 February 2009. Victoria police spokeswoman Sarah Campbell said a total of 35 bodies were found at a dozen locations north and east of the state capital, Melbourne.
Most of the people who died came from a cluster of small towns to the north of Melbourne. The BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney said many charred bodies had been found in cars. It is thought they were trying to escape the fires but were overtaken by their "sheer speed and ferocity".
Forest Fire Jihad Being Threatened On Terrorist Websites last
year. A terrorist website was discovered recently that carried a
posting that called for “Forest Jihad.” The posting was listed on the Internet on Nov. 26 and reported in U.S. intelligence channels last week. The statement, in Arabic, said that “summer has begun so do not forget the Forest Jihad.”The writer called on all Muslims in the United States, Europe, Russia and Australia to “start forest fires.” The posting quoted imprisoned Al Qaida terrorist Abu Musab Al-Suri, as saying “Jihad is an art just like poetry, music, and the fine arts. There are people that draw and there are others that are jihadists. They both
act upon inspiration.” .
Death toll is now at 173 as the Aussie fires engulf areas North and East of Melbourne. A MAN has been charged with arson, accused of lighting a fire which became a raging, uncontained blaze on the New South Wales central coast. Ugly questions need to be confronted about arsonists, who are suspected of lighting and re-lighting some of the state's most devastating blazes.
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