This is act of mass murder by an off-beam death cult driven by hatred
We must hit this murderous sect where it hurts - in the poisonous ideology it tries to sow
Published 28/06/2015 | 02:30
As the identity of the tourists murdered among the sun beds and beach balls as they rested on holiday becomes known, so will the call for military action to obliterate the physical manifestation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant increase. Instead we should wake up and recognise this not as an act of war - but as mass murder by an off-beam religious cult which is in our midst.
The most significant reaction must be from our law enforcement, assisted by the intelligence agencies to round up and close down the death cult, and assist the overstretched and under-resourced Tunisian police.
Remember always, it is a mass murder scene, not a warzone. Had the world, led by the US, kept its head after 9/11, and treated Ground Zero as a huge crime scene instead of blundering into a "war on terror", I believe the scenes we are witnessing around the world now would not be happening.
I am not blaming the West or the US for the crimes. That is the logic of the death cult. What I do believe is that our collective over-reaction - including the invasion of Iraq - has provided fertile ground for the death cult to flourish. We must be clear: the intent of mass murder executed for political reasons is to provoke a reaction from the heart and not the head.
Acting from the head requires leadership. Let's hope it is there.
Who or what is the death cult? The answer is a manifestation of the Wahhabi/Salafi tradition of Sunni Islam and its Indian offshoot, now based in Pakistan, the Deobandis. They are here in Europe subverting young minds in our Muslim community as well as recruiting among the weak and vulnerable and mentally ill of wider society. It is time we acted to stop them.
This sect has as much to do with Islam as the Klu Klux Klan has to do with Christianity. They and their apologists would claim that theirs is the purest form of Islam. It dismisses the vast majority of Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, as well as all other religions and none as infidels only fit to be murdered and raped or kept as slaves, unless they submit to this particular distortion of a great world religion.
The unifying purpose of the death cult is to provoke the end of time. Their children are taught to look forward to the end of the world and are instructed on how they can help to bring that about, purely because the obliteration of humanity is at the heart of this creed. They even detest the human form, hence their preferred form of dress.
The burka for women and the dress of a middle-eastern peasant - but with the pantaloons hitched high up from the ankle - are the political uniform of the cult. Physical destruction is important to them too, and not only of non-Islamic historical treasures. The early followers of this sect destroyed the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed in 1804 and sought then, as well as now, to obliterate any physical evidence of early Islam off the face of the Earth. We know in Pakistan and Afghanistan when they capture policemen or soldiers, the first thing they do is seek out the Hafiz - those who have learned the Koran by heart - and kill them first. They are seen as a threat to the death cult.
On Friday, we saw a manifestation of this creed in the savagery in Tunisia.
On the same day a Shia Muslim mosque was attacked in Kuwait killing 27 and wounding 227; and an immigrant in France beheaded his boss and sought to blow up a chemical factory. The intent of the murders in Tunisia is clear.
You would think that it was simply an attack on the hated Westerners - "Kuffirs" as the followers of the death cult are taught to call us. In fact that was a secondary goal, albeit one which will be welcomed with delight in madrasahs that are in the grip of the death cult across Europe.
The main purpose was to destroy the Tunisian tourist industry and with it the hopes and livelihood of the nation. The Salafis are keenly aware it was the self-immolation of a young fruit vendor in Tunisia, distraught at his oppression under the previous regime, that sparked the so-called Arab Spring.
They want to deprive young men and women across North Africa, including Morocco and Egypt, of any chance of a job and a decent life - as well as remove the hope of dignity for the older generations by removing employment opportunities.
The purpose is ultimately twofold: create conditions so miserable that the death cult can flourish, and drive increasing numbers to escape, making the dangerous crossing to Europe and into the arms of the ready recruiters here. By these means they intend to conquer North Africa and ultimately Europe. Their means are, in the face of dumbfounded inaction by European leaders, most effective.
How do we fight back? It has to start with opening up to scrutiny the madrasahs where this hatred is peddled and total reform or closing down of schools where the death cult has caught hold.
In the UK, the main tool of the death cult is its teaching centres.
Ironically its biggest threat is education.
In doing so, we need the police and intelligence agencies to look closely into the funding of these hate factories, and vast sums which come from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in particular.
To succeed in this struggle, the death cult must turn our democracies and liberties and the very law that underpins it all against us. But in reality they are our best defence.
The rule of law and decency will win out if we have robust leadership.
So let this mass murder be our wake-up call. For starters, let's call time on the death cult and their network of madrasah training centres, stop the foreign funding of hatred, and help make a better world for everyone.
Col Tim Collins OBE is a former SAS officer and commanded the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment during the invasion of Iraq. He is a specialist in the field of counterinsurgency