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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My Thoughts Leading to Ari Bussel

John R. Houk
© August 23, 2017

Ari Bussel is dynamic supporter of Israel, Jewish, an American by birth and my Internet pal. Courageously Ari is a supporter of President Trump.

Ari sent me an email about his response to compatriots from the Jewish Press wondering where he stood after the Dems and the media had connected President Trump to creepy racist White Supremacists (who are typically Antisemitic) going full-Nazi at the Charlottesville Rumble.

I intended this to be a short intro to the email Ari Bussel sent to me, but I couldn’t help myself to my two-cents of the thugs on the Left which as it turned out has turned into something a bit longer than an intro. Ari’s email will be below (“President Trump - Chaos in the Administration”) my thoughts because all Americans should take stock in Ari’s thoughts and not just American Jews.

Here goes my two-cents


Most American Jews gravitate toward the Democratic Party politically meaning they support a Liberal (some say Progressive, I usually say Leftist) agenda for America and Israel. The American Jewish Liberal stance is mind-boggling to me since it will lead eventually to as much Antisemitism as that which the American White Supremacists openly display. AND the Liberal agenda supports the existence of a Palestinian State under the delusion that will bring peace for Israel and the West. The thought of a Palestinian State is delusional because the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians are devoted to Israel’s destruction.

With such Jew-hatred and anti-Israel animus, how do you think a Palestinian State will bring peace rather than a military confrontation capable of threatening Israel’s existence?

As Liberalism in America, look how the Left dominated media and the Dems in general NEVER vilify the Communist oriented Antifa movements and Communist oriented Black Lives Matter. Rather those groups blame all societal violence solely on the racist White Supremacists as if Antifa/BLT thugs are innocent of violence and are merely the victims of the White Supremacist racists.

Racism indeed is evil, but so is Marxist thuggery designed as sedition against the U.S. Constitution and traditional American values. Trust the end goal of all Marxism is a dictatorship in which the State tells how to think, live and survive. Violating the Marxist State agenda is a crime that history shows leads at best to oppression and at worst – DEATH.

Hitler’s Nazis killed 12 million civilians, 6 million of those were Jews. That is a horror that White Supremacists usually deny ever happened blinded by racism. But few realize the two most Communist nations of the former USSR (Stalin alone – best estimate 20 MILLION) and the still existent Red China’s (Mao Zedong best estimate – 65 MILLION) political genocide dwarf the genocide perpetrated under the guise of Aryan race superiority.

Progressive American Jews in their logical earnest to denounce White Supremacist racists are unwittingly being duped to ignore the Communist legacy behind Antifa and BLK.

The American Left is so determined to take down Trump that there is no thought on how such duplicity will end with the dismantling of the Constitution. In the long run, such a dismantling will affect American Liberty on all sides of the political spectrum. That is not good for anyone.


JRH 8/23/17
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By Ari Bussel
Sent: 8/20/2017 10:30 PM

Dear John,

I was asked if my opinion of the President, to whom I voted, has changed.

Do I criticize what he has said (or the manner in which he has said it, or the tone or the volume or anything else that might sound as “I accuse!”)?

These were part of a list of questions by the Jewish Journal, as we are salivating at the thought that here comes the downfall of the President!  L’Chaim!
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"Time to Gloat - We have told you so?” - Not Really!
It is Time to Unite and Support the President!

There is a lot of chaos in the White House, and President Trump is learning, adjusting and trying to run the country, while he has been given not an iota of patience or civility, not a chance to prove his capabilities or his ability to be a good President.

A President who demands absolute loyalty, has he shown the same to the people surrounding him?  That I do not know, as I am not privy to the inner circles of the Administration.  But his devotion to the USA is complete, and he is trying to do the best for the country.

Against fierce opposition and challenges, not by the Chinese or the Russians, Iran or Daesh - none of whom sits idly - but by a country divided, a country that is refusing to allow the President to lead it, President Trump is now vilified as the greatest satan, the actual fulfillment of imaginary fears and baseless accusations.

Half the country is disappointed, as was the other half eight and four years ago.  But the previous disappointment did not lead to riots in the streets and to distraught students and faculty on campuses requiring mental health intervention, while then President Obama refused to call any terrorist attack by its name and, rather than try to heal, pointed an accusing finger at our first responders causing havoc and mayhem directed toward police officers.  

The current disappointment is of those spoiled who cannot admit a loss, for they cannot - by definition - lose.  It stands contrary to the laws of nature.  So their anger festers and looks for outlets to release all the pus that has accumulated.  Lacking such an outlet, the body will keep poisoning itself, and that is what we are seeing now:  a President being judged according to different standards than ever before, tailored-made to attack only one, the most-horrible President Trump!

Let us focus!  If Barcelona has not been a sharp-enough reminder, coming days surely will.  A House Divided We Fall, and we cannot afford to be divided at this time.

Those who support Israel and/or are involved in Jewish communal life and organizations have witnessed a coordinated attack against the President.  “He did not say enough.”  “He supports extremism.”  “He is fulfilling everything we said about him.”  It is a feeling of self-vindication, self-righteousness and self-indignation.

Has President Trump been that bad for America?  He may not be a Kennedy or a Clinton, or even (I dare say not) a Bush, but he was duly elected to carry out the job of running the country.  It is time to unite and respect the Office of the President, Democrats and Republicans alike, for else, our own betrayal will come to haunt us.

As for the latest accusations, whatever the President would have said would not have satisfied some people, and the American Jewish leadership, exactly those who vocally and fiercely fought against his being elected, will stop at nothing.

The previous open door and listening ear at the White House is not there for them anymore, and the Jews cannot buy their way in, for the President needs not their money and would rather listen to common sense and do his own evaluation.  Suddenly they feel powerless, for the obsession with the “Occupation” and the “Two State Solution” comes to a head-on collision with reality:  Israel craves for a true and lasting peace, while her enemies want her complete and utter destruction.

The Arabs understand this.  Israelis understand this.  But American Jews know better.  Except, they no longer have an administration blindly at their service.

American Jewry and its leadership took wrong stands in the past, most notoriously during WWII.  In recent years, American Jewry and its leadership have turned away from Israel, trying to force her to do what is bad for Israel, supporting BDS (although largely stopping short of calling for an outright boycott of Israel, her institutions and products) and overall utilizing its influence to advance an agenda that is no longer tied to Israel.

It will all come back to haunt us, for we must remember:  We are a tiny minority in this country, and the general established consensus is already that the Jews Control the World (from business to finances to entertainment to government).  Let us reduce the rhetoric against the President of the United States, for it will end up harming us in the long run.

The blame game is very effective, and changes are abrupt.  What is currently being utilized against President Trump will easily change course, and Jews have always been a most convenient scapegoat.  All that will have to be done is point the finger at us - American Jewry - and the hatred that is already started to boil will explode like a volcano.


Ari Bussel
Business owner
Beverly Hills, California

An American by birth, to a family that has emigrated to the USA a century ago, I have been a registered Republican since I was first able to vote.  Previous generations in our family were Democrats, but the party is no longer what it was last century.
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My Thoughts Leading to Ari Bussel
John R. Houk
© August 23, 2017
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President Trump - Chaos in the Administration

© Ari Bussel



Ari Bussel Bio via Saybrex International [Editor: I am uncertain if Ari still employed there or also owns a separate business]

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford ... READ THE REST


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Is Fundamental Transformation Sealed by Marxist Anarchy?

John R. Houk
© August 22, 2017

Antifa Revisionist Historical Monument 


I just read an interesting post at Freedom Outpost. The post informs Freedom Outpost readers that a group of Communist rabble rousers under the moniker “Refuse Fascism” is meeting in various major metropolitan areas on November 4, 2017 to plan riots against the Executive Branch operated by the Trump Administration.

If you read any of my recent posts, you can probably guess any anarcho-Marxist organization which the stated purpose is to defeat fascism in America is dedicated to using fascist/Communist tactics to wreak havoc against Constitutional government.

The American Left has been fueling violent chaos which the Alt-Left Commies have been more than happy to take up the mantle of societal violence. The pretext for Leftist violence is the White Supremacist organizations joining Americans who appreciate the American history that has led to the greatest Republic of Liberty the world has ever known.

The Left has now stepped up its war on American history by not only targeting Southern Confederate heroes but also now including the Founding Fathers that established this great nation. I have no doubt that President Trump is viewed as such a threat to the Obama fundamental transformation of America, the American Left is willing to toss out American history to create Obama’s new America of which government enters every single person’s life to tell them what is acceptable morality, acceptable religion, acceptable thought and so on that conforms to all things acceptable to the Obama new American culture and government.  


The Daily Caller interviewed Agustin Blazquez expatriate (now U.S. citizen) in April 2016. The subject matter was about how Obama and the Dems are carrying out that fundamental transformation that resulted from that ill-fated election after the November 2008 vote:

As the “fundamental transformation of America” continues under Obama’s governance, Blazquez warns that elites in America are in a precarious situation. Their privileges, rights and property could evaporate fast with America’s trend towards erosion of liberties. “Wake up, America!” the Cuban-American proclaims. (quote taken from the blog Absolute Truth from the Word of God which borrowed from the Daily Caller)

The blog Absolute Truth goes on to provide a link to a post to a post from 2015 listing some Communist goals for America. See how applicable 2015 is to today’s current events in the USA (Bold text and info-links are Editor’s idea of current relevant events):

Here are some of the 45 goals of Communism named in this book:

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If the U.N. charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one world government with its own independent armed forces.

15. Capture one or both political parties in the United States. (In David Horowitz’s book The Shadow Party, he shows how the Democratic Party is now under the control of what he calls the Shadow Party of Socialist-Communist influences [The book-link is by the Editor. Youtube lecture series - David Horowitz, Shadow Party, Part 1 of 6].)

17. Get Control of the Schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the Party line in textbooks.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. Eliminate all good sculptures from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

23. Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down culture standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

26. Present homo-sexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.” (A.C.L.U. lawyers accomplished this goal in a very short 4 years from publication of the book “The Naked Communist.” [Book-link by Editor])

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a world-wide basis. (In 2012, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg and A.C.L.U. member said exactly this while visiting Cairo, Egypt.)

30. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture, and discourage the teaching of American history on the grounds that it was only a minor part of “the big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture, education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business. (Then move the jobs overseas, to stifle the American economy. Import goods from other countries, to create an imbalance of trade.)

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influences of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of the parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems. (Occupy Wall Street is being organized by the Communist Party.)

45. Repeal the Connally Reservation [PDF-link by Editor – Explains how the Connally Reservation protects American sovereign from international political bodies such as the UN or World Court] so the U.S. cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike. [1] (The Communist Goals to Take Over America Are Almost Complete; By GERI UNGUREAN; Absolute Truth from the Word of God; 11/21/15)

While looking for source links for Ungurean’s post I discovered that these 45 Communist goals for the USA was entered into the Congressional Record by Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. on 1/10/1963 based on the Cleon Skousen book “The Naked Communist.” Here is that PDF of the entire 45 goals.

The chaotic anarchy America views and reads in the MSM is nothing less than the promotion of the overthrow of the legacy founded by America’s Founding Fathers. If the American Left is successful, all is lost because ALL knowledge of the past will be erased or rewritten to fit the narrative the Marxist Obama Transformists want YOU the PEOPLE to believe.

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“Refuse Fascism” Communists Meet to Plan November Sedition, Riots to End Trump-Pence “Regime”

AUGUST 20, 2017

Sometimes, you don’t need a crystal ball to see the future. Sometimes, the future says, “Hey, I’m planning for all hell to break loose on this date.” And then you know. The future is telling us right now that on November 4th, there will be sedition and riots across the country to end the Trump-Pence “regime.” Theguardian.com


Today, groups of people with communist leanings who intend to overthrow the United States government will be meeting in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin for “regional conferences,” which makes it sound like they’re a bunch of dentists of something.

But they’re not. The group, called Refuse Fascism, plans to use any means necessary to end the Trump-Pence “regime.” They flatly refuse to try and find middle ground, criticizing both Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders for doing so:

After the election, Obama said of Trump: “We are now all rooting for his success.” NO! If Trump succeeds, humanity loses. Bernie Sanders has said that he will work with Trump on jobs or where they agree.  NO! If you work with fascists you normalize the road to horror. (source)

I’m not sure how a bunch of communists “refusing fascism” escapes them, but somehow it does. There are branches of Refuse Fascism in numerous locations across the nation.

Who’s funding this?

Refuse Fascism is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice. This is noted on their website where they ask for donations. (Obviously, I’m not recommending you donate. I’m just quoting this to show you where their bread gets buttered.)

To support our educational activities and make a tax-deductible donation by mail, make your check out to Alliance for Global Justice” (our fiscal sponsor; you can use the abbreviation AFGJ), designate Refuse Fascism in the memo and mail to the address above. RefuseFascism.org is a fiscally sponsored project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501(c)3. (source)

According to The Daily Caller:

the benefactors of the Alliance for Global Justice and Refuse Fascism are listed online.

According to its most recent 990 tax form, Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) received $2.2 million in funding for the fiscal year ending in March 2016.

One of the group’s biggest donors is the Tides Foundation, a non-profit funded by billionaire progressive philanthropist George Soros. Tides gave AfGJ $50,000.

The United Steel Workers labor union also contributed $5,000. The city of Tucson is also listed in AfGJ’s 990 as a donor, but a city official says that the city acted merely as a pass-through for a Native American tribe that provided a grant to the activist group. The city official said that no city money went to AfGJ. (source)

Raise your hand if you’re surprised to see George Soros linked to this. Hello?  Anyone?

For further reference, here’s a link to a PDF of their tax form with a list of all their donors.  Interesting reading.


Their plan is unrelenting chaos in the streets.

Today’s meeting is meant to organize the most massive protest across the country that has ever been seen in our history, forgetting that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Their plan is to see anywhere from thousands to millions of people rioting protesting in the streets on November 4th.

“Over the summer and into the Fall we must ACT, AGITATE and ORGANIZE and build the capacity and the momentum “working with all our creativity and determination toward the time when millions of people can be moved to fill the streets of cities and towns day after day and night after night, declaring this whole regime illegitimate – Demanding, and Not Stopping, Until the Trump/Pence Regime Is Driven from Power.” (source)

Of course, the thing they seem to be missing is that Trump and Pence are in office due to an election in which they won the vote across most of the country. The folks who are mad are the ones in large, liberal cities like the ones listed above. Just as a quick refresher: Red is Trump, Blue is Clinton. This, of course, means that the “Regime” is not actually “illegitimate” based on our Constitution.


But, the opinions of the American heartland and the South don’t matter to the ironically named Stop Fascism group. Months after Trump has been sworn into office, they still intend to overthrow the results of the election.

This, by definition, is sedition.

Now, I’m not an attorney, but according to my understanding of the law, this is called “sedition.” It’s specifically described in the U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2384:

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. (source)

So, now that we’re clear on this, they have plans to commit sedition in November and today’s meeting is about organizing those crimes to end what they call the Trump-Pence “regime.”

NOVEMBER 4, 2017
Take To The Streets And Public Squares

in cities and towns across the country continuing day after day and night after night—not stopping—until our DEMAND is met:

This Nightmare Must End:

The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

In the Name of Humanity,

We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!


Time, Place, and Contact info:

New York City 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm LGBT Center 208 West 13th Street NYC
646-851-6785, NYC@refusefascism.org

Austin TX 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Location information will be sent upon registration.)

Austin@refusefascism.org, Texas@refusefascism.org

Chicago 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Trinity Episcopal Church 125 E. 26th Street Chicago

312-933-9586, Chicago@refusefascism.org,

Los Angeles  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Location information will be sent upon registration.)
323-946-1742, SoCal@refusefascism.org,
San Francisco 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, Aug. 19, 11am-5pm at the Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. (1 block from 24th St. BART station), San Francisco.
510-253-5551, norcal@refusefascism.org



This is not going to be good. If this group succeeds in getting the numbers out there that they’re talking about, it will effectively shut down commerce in protest locations. Military, national guard, and police will step in. Counter-protests should be expected, and it will only be a matter of time until true violence like we haven’t seen in centuries, erupts in our city streets.

Martial law in this situation will be a given.

They seem to want to replace this perceived “fascism” with communism.

And this is about more than simply a hatred for Trump and Pence. It’s about a hatred for a whole LOT of different people. It’s about replacing a constitutional republic with something else, and based on a speech by Andy Zee, a co-initiator of Refuse Fascism, it looks like that replacement may be communism. In his speech, he cited a Communist author and quoted the Revolutionary Communist Party.

The Democrats, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, etc., are seeking to resolve the crisis with the Trump presidency on the terms of this system, and in the interests of the ruling class of this system, which they represent. We, the masses of people, must go all out, and mobilize ourselves in the millions, to resolve this in our interests, in the interests of humanity, which are fundamentally different from and opposed to those of the ruling class. (source)

So yeah, he actually talks about Communism like it’s a good thing. By definition:

Communism is a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs. (source)

And another definition:

1. a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.

2. (often initial capital letter) a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party. (source)

While I have no love for big government, being screwed over by wealthy bankers, or being taxed to death, I refuse to watch America become a Communist country. If you think we have a lot to complain about now, can you imagine what a communist society would bring?

No private property. No freedom to get ahead. No more American dream. No motivation to create wonderful things or share ideas.

But, with their fiery rhetoric, they’ll lure in the ignorant who have absolutely no idea what they’re actually advocating for.

My friend, A. American, (the author of my bar-none FAVORITE prepper fiction series) is the person who brought this to my attention. His Facebook post is definitely worth reading. (And if you’re on social media, you can follow the page here.)

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.

Last night in my post I said there would soon have to be an event along the lines of Charlottesville where the shooting will start. Today I come across this: http://investmentwatchblog.com/antifa-communists-meet-tomo/

I find the date rather telling, as it relates to the poem above


I know I’ve used Ukraine many times as an example of what’s coming. But it’s for good reason. The Maidan protests were orchestrated by the Obama administration and the Clinton State Department. The very same folks behind the current violent movement here.

So I will go out on a limb here and make a prediction. Should this event begin and should they get the thousands they are expecting in the streets, expect the shooting to start. And just like in Maidan they will probably shoot a few of their own, then blame it on the Right just kick off the show.

I know this sounds crazy and it would be, if it hadn’t already happened in several other countries. They have perfected this playbook through several evolutions and now it’s time for the home game. (source)

We’ve been warned.

Will things truly get ugly?

I hope not. But you’d damn sure better be ready because if it does, people are going to die. There will be a government crack-down the likes of which most of us alive have never seen in response to this. You will want to be prepared with foodwater, and most vitally, a serious defense plan.

I may not be personally thrilled with everything the Trump-Pence “regime” has to offer, but it’s a far sight better than this vision of Communist Amerika.

Article posted with permission from Daisy Luther
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Is Fundamental Transformation Sealed by Marxist Anarchy?
John R. Houk
© August 22, 2017
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“Refuse Fascism” Communists Meet to Plan November Sedition, Riots to End Trump-Pence “Regime”

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Analysis of ISIS’s Claims of Responsibility for Terrorist Attacks Carried Out Abroad


The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has put together an analysis of Islamic terrorist attacks that ISIS has taken credit.

The ITIC divides ISIS claims into a “short form” and a “long form”. The short form claims are classed as ISIS inspired. The long form claims are classed as ISIS directed.

The short form claims occur primarily in Western nations such as the recent Islamic terrorist attacks in Spain. The long form claims are located primarily in Muslim dominated nations.

The differentiation is interesting yet in my opinion, whether inspired or directed, the operation is a horrendous evil that must be dealt with in a brutal manner. A brutal response is standard procedure in Middle Eastern and Maghreb (North African Muslim) nations. Due to the influence of Leftist Multicultural politics, a brutal response is politically incorrect.

Unless Western nations can eschew political correctness, Islamic terrorists will continue to ravage Western nations.

JRH 8/21/17
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Analysis of ISIS’s Claims of Responsibility for Terrorist Attacks Carried Out Abroad

Published August 20, 2017


Overview[1]

This study examines the forms of ISIS's claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks it carried out abroad (i.e., not in Iraq and Syria, its "core countries"). It covers 22 claims of responsibility for attacks carried out between June 2016 and June 2017. The study shows a close correlation between the form of the various claims and the types and locations of the attacks. The ITIC is of the opinion that the insights gained from the study can be a used as a methodological tool to examine ISIS claims of responsibility and assess their significance.

Ø Most of the attacks examined for this study were carried out by ISIS in Western countries (the United States and western Europe), some in Arab-Muslim countries (Egypt, Turkey Iran) and some in others (Israel, Russia, Kenya). In ITIC assessment, most of the attacks in the West were ISIS-inspired, that is, inspired by but not directed by ISIS, without its logistic support or the involvement of its external operational headquarters in choosing a target or reaching it. Some of the attacks (especially in Arab-Muslim countries) were planned by ISIS, and preceded by the methodical collection of intelligence, procuring weapons and training the operative or operatives who carried them out.

Ø A comparison of the various claims of responsibility indicates that three different patterns are used:

Ø The "short form:" The most frequently used type of claim of responsibility. It uses phrases and terms that repeat themselves in most of the announcements. In ITIC assessment the short form is relevant mostly for ISIS-inspired attacks carried out in the West. The announcements are composed after the attack and disseminated within a short time (usually the day after the attack). Apparently whoever composes the announcements prefers not to include unnecessary details because the full picture is not yet sufficiently clear and in order not to reveal the fact that the announcements were written after the attack and the terrorists who carried out the attack do not have an organizational link to ISIS.[2] Short-form announcements are similar to one another but not identical (with small, insignificant differences in terminology and style).

Ø The "long form:" Such claims of responsibility are long and detailed, and include information about the attack and explicit reasons for their having been carried out. They are issued mainly for attacks which were planned in advance and for which ISIS paid attention to the aspect of propaganda. They are most commonly used for attacks carried out in Arab-Muslim countries. They are regularly issued in Syria, Iran and other countries where there are branches of ISIS (e.g., the Sinai Peninsula). The attacks examined for this study revealed four such claims of responsibility: for the suicide bombing attack in the Coptic cathedral in Cairo (December 12, 2016); the shooting attack in the nightclub in the heart of Istanbul (January 1, 2017), and the combined suicide bombing and shooting attack in Tehran (June 7, 2017). The announcement issued after the suicide bombing attack in Manchester (May 22, 2017) also belongs to that category.[3]

Ø Claims of responsibility including videos: About one third of the short-form announcements issued after ISIS-inspired attacks included videos, in most cases published after the attack. In each instance the video was filmed at the initiative of the terrorists who carried out the attack. They photographed themselves before the attack and sent the pictures to ISIS, which were published by its Amaq news agency (or by other media). There were also several instances of attacks photographed and the pictures published in real time. The videos included threats against Western countries and oaths of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The inclusion of videos increases the propaganda impact of the attacks. The attack in Tehran, which was well-planned, was photographed in real time as part of the overall the plan. In Syria and Iraq, and other Arab-Muslim countries where provinces of ISIS operate. It is very common for long-form claims of responsibility to be accompanied by videos prepared in advance (especially when suicide bombing attacks are carried out).



Larossi Abballa, who stabbed a French police officer and his partner to death in the residential commune of Magnanville, north-west of Paris. He photographed himself with his cell phone. As part of the video he recorded himself swearing allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Amaq, June 14, 2016).

Ø During the period studied, one instance of an ISIS-inspired attack was found for which ISIS did not claim responsibility. On June 8, 2016, two terrorist operatives carried out a shooting attack in the Sarona commercial and entertainment complex in the heart of Tel Aviv (four killed, seven wounded). The two attackers were inspired by ISIS; one of them had been influenced by ISIS ideology while studying in Jordan. They were assisted by a third operative, who provided them with weapons. ISIS did not claim responsibility for the attack despite the media capital it could have made from inspiring an attack in Tel Aviv. ISIS's motives for not claiming responsibility are unclear. It is possible that ISIS did not have sufficient information about the attack while it was being carried out to indicate the terrorists had been inspired by the organization.

Ø How reliable are ISIS's claims of responsibility? In ITIC assessment, most of the attacks for which ISIS claims responsibility were in fact carried out by its operatives (planned attacks), or by terrorists who were inspired by the organization (inspired attacks). However, those are exceptional cases. For example, through its Amaq news agency, ISIS claimed responsibility for the combined shooting and stabbing attack carried out near the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem (June 16, 2017). According to the announcement, the attack was carried out by the "lions of the caliphate in the Palestine Province [of ISIS]." In ITIC assessment, the announcement was false, and reflected ISIS's desire to boast of a success in a symbolic location such as "Palestine," given the severe pressure exerted on the organization in Syria and Iraq.

In conclusion, an examination of the claims of responsibility revealed a connection between the pattern of announcement and the nature and location of the attackShort-form announcements seem to indicate an ISIS-inspired attack, usually carried out in a Western country, primarily by Muslims or people who have converted to Islam, been radicalized, and identify with ISIS's ideology. Long-form announcements, on the other hand, seem to indicate a previously-planned ISIS attack. They are usually carried out in Syria, Iraq and Arab-Muslim countries, where ISIS has high operational capabilities.[4] Videos are included in claims of responsibility for both ISIS-inspired attacks and planned attacks. The difference between them is that in ISIS-inspired attacks the inclusion of a video is improvised and inserted on the initiative of the terrorists who carry them out, and then disseminated by ISIS's propaganda machine. In planned attacks, publishing videos is part of preparations for the attack and attention is given to the aspect of propaganda. ISIS uses many languages in its announcements, depending on the target audience (Arabic and English are popular languages for the videos).

Composition and style of ISIS's claims of responsibility

Short-form announcements

Ø The following are the various linguistic and content characteristics of claims of responsibility issued as short-form announcements:

v Headline: The headline includes the source of the announcement (usually ISIS's Amaq news agency), the date and the degree of urgency.

v Body of the announcement: The announcement is usually written in modern Arabic, short and succinct. In most cases the language is grammatically correct.

v Source: Information is often attributed to "a security source." In ITIC assessment, that creates the impression (not always accurate) that ISIS has access to "security sources" with knowledge about the attack in whatever country it occurred. Sometimes only a "source" is mentioned.

v Timing of releasing the announcement: In most instances, the announcement is issued the day after the attack. In exceptional instances, it is issued on the same day or two days later.

v Language: ISIS issues the announcements in Arabic, but obviously makes the attempt to issue them in the language of the country where the attack took place. For ISIS-inspired attacks, some of the announcements are also presented in English, to increase the impact of ISIS's message on Western audiences. The claim of responsibility for the attack at the night club in Istanbul also appeared in Turkish.

v Publisher: Most of the claims of responsibility for attacks in the West are issued by ISIS's Amaq news agency. It also issues claims of responsibility for attacks carried out in Syria, Lebanon and the Arab-Muslim world. Most of the announcements in the Middle East are issued by Haq, another ISIS news agency. In one instance (the attack in Manchester) Amaq issued a short announcement in Arabic and Haq issued two longer announcements, one in Arabic and one in English.

v Names of the operatives: Generally speaking, the names and pictures of the operatives who carried out attacks do not appear. On exceptional occasions the aka of the terrorist, which relates to his country of origin, does appear. The aka is not necessarily accurate: in one instance a terrorist was reported as "Abu Yusuf the Belgian," when in fact he came from Algeria.

v Description of the attack: Attacks are described as "attacks" or "operational actions". On rare occasions the term is "an armed attack". In ITIC assessment, there is no real difference between the terms. Another term used is "an act of self-sacrifice,” which describes a suicide bombing attack (which are fundamentally different from other types of attacks).

v Number of victims: Often the number of victims is not mentioned (possibly because of the lack of precise information). Sometimes the number is a combination of those killed and wounded. That is done to magnify the attack and make it seem like a greater "achievement."

v Terms for the coalition attacking ISIS: In most instances, the forces of the coalition attacking ISIS are referred to as "Crusaders." Sometimes the coalition is referred to as "international." However, the word "Christian" appears more than "Crusaders" to describe the people who are the targets of ISIS attacks. In ISIS's perception a religious war is being fought, Muslims against Christians, in which Muslims indiscriminately attack Christians.

v Reason for the attack: The most common reason for an attack comes in answer to ISIS's call to attack the countries of the coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The objective is to exert pressure on the citizens of the coalition countries, creating public opinion to stop the attacks on the Islamic State.




Analysis of long-form announcements

Ø Long-form announcement have several unique features:

v Pattern and language: The long-form announcements are written in classic literary Arabic, are clearly Islamic in style, and use religious terminology. For example, mushrikin (polytheist), fitna (civil war), amir al-mu'minin (ruler of the faithful), Salibyin (Crusaders), and khilafa(caliphate). Alongside such terms there are also worlds from modern Arabic.

v Description, location and manner of the attack: The attack is described at length and has details which do not appear in short-form announcements. For example, a suicide bomber with an explosive belt blew himself up in an [sic] suicide bombing attack targeting a gathering of local Christians [i.e., Copts] in the central cathedral in Cairo. The location of the attack is mentioned to stress the size of the attack and because it was centrally located and crowded. Other long-form announcements were issued for the attacks on the nightclub in Istanbul and the Manchester Arena to illustrate that they were carried out in crowded sites.

v Detailed description of the target using Islamic terminology: Long-form announcements include details about the targets. In Egypt, the Copts were called Crusaders (Salibyin) or "Christians in Egypt." The announcement also referred to Muslims who had allegedly abandoned Islam, calling them "infidels" and "abandoners of Islam." The announcement about the attack in the nightclub in Istanbul accused Turkey of being an Islamic country that had abandoned Islam, calling it "the defender of the cross" (i.e., as having left Islam).

Justification for the attacks

Ø The announcements chosen for examination indicate that the justification for carrying out terrorist attacks, including indiscriminate attacks, is based on religious arguments, at the center of which is the struggle of Muslims against Christians and "infidels," that is, people of other religions holding different beliefs. The terrorist who carries out the attack is called a "soldier" in the ranks of the Islamic State, who fights against its enemies under the direction of the "emir of the faithful,” that is, the caliph (ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi). Another justification for the attacks appearing in many announcements is revenge against the coalition countries and other enemies fighting ISIS, which it represents as enemies of Islam and Muslims. ISIS exerts pressure on their citizens by terrifying them (the announcements use the term irhab, which means to frighten or sow fear among people, and does not mean to carry out a terrorist attack).

The main message sent by the claims of responsibility and ISIS's primary objective as reflected in them is the following: ISIS continues to wage a holy war (jihad) against its many enemies, including Christians ("Crusaders"), Shi'ites (rejecters of Islam), Muslims who abandoned Islam, and anyone who is not monotheistic, according to ISIS's interpretation. ISIS's primary objective is to spread its version of Islam around the globe following its victory over the various "infidels." That is an overall goal when has no genuine chance of being achieved, but it turned a large number of states and population groups into enemies, which ISIS feels it has religious justification to kill.



Representing terrorism as a religious war between Muslims and Christians. The cover of the July 2017 issue of ISIS's English-language magazine, Dabiq. In the picture an Islamic State "soldier" tears down a cross atop a church. The cover of the magazine reads, "Break the Cross" (Dabiq, issue #15, July 2016).


[1] The full English version of this bulletin will appear on the ITIC website. The full Hebrew version can be accessed on the ITIC website. 

[2] In the past ISIS did not customarily issue claims of responsibility for ISIS-inspired attacks. Apparently, during 2016, when they became a significant modus operandi in the West, a general announcement was composed that was relevant for ISIS-inspired attacks. 

[3] Other examples of attacks carried out in Europe, after which a long-form claim of responsibility was issued, were the attacks at the airport in Brussels and the attack near the headquarters of the EU (both on March 22, 2016). It was a well-planned attack and considerable attention was paid to the aspect of propaganda. 

[4] Attacks carried out by ISIS operatives in Syria and Iraq were not examined in this study. 
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