Since some time ago, the American administration has praised, now and then, Morocco for its incessant efforts and actions in fighting global terrorism:
“The US State Department’s new country reports on terrorism for 2009 praises Morocco as a model for security, innovative efforts to curb extremism, and international cooperation to combat the transnational threat from al-Qaeda and affiliates such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in north africa and the sahel, which the report cites as one of al-Qaeda’s “most-active” worldwide.”
The report praises King Mohammed VI’s:
“Significant efforts to reduce extremism and dissuade individuals from becoming radicalized,”
Very recently, the Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), Jehangir Khan, told MAP (Moroccan press agency) on the sidelines of the 9th meeting of the Coordination Committee of the Global Forum for the Fight against Terrorism (GCTF), held in The Hague:
“I praise Morocco and HM King Mohammed VI for the leadership of the kingdom in the global fight against terrorism”
This pioneering role has been:
“Confirmed today by Morocco’s access to the co-chair of the global forum for the fight against terrorism (GCTF), an important platform that brings together many countries in different regions of the world to promote multilateral cooperation, in support of the UN efforts for the development of the global strategy against terrorism,”
stressed Khan, also, director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).
Now, bearing this in mind, one wonders how Morocco can be a “heartland of global terrorism.” It does not make sense at all. It is either a gross misconception or a sensational journalistic cue to make the pieces of Foreign Policy and that of Jeune Afrique, afore-mentioned, very successful.
Training of Future Terrorists
The training of future terrorists is done in stages by religious ideologues versed in psychology and masters of one-way religious culture. This training is exclusively carried out in Europe, without the European intelligence services detecting it, in the past:
- First stage: Identification of "victims":
They are identified on the net or in peripheral quarters, cités, banlieues or ghettos by religious scouts, kind of "sherpas" of evil;
- Second stage: Creation of friendship ties:
Terrorist masters play a great deal on the psychology of these, somewhat, abandoned and marginalized young people; they put them in confidence and make them feel at ease and far from any constraint. They generously make money available to them and show great concern about their idleness, unemployment, family conflicts, stigmatization, and so on;
- Third stage: Religious "diagnosis" of the evil that harms the youth:
Acculturation, estrangement and alienation which are none other than the direct effect of the insidious "culture of Satan", the materialistic civilization of the West that encourages physical enjoyment and vices and corrupts the soul totally. The teacher trainers explain to the young people that God has gratified non-Muslims on earth with opulence, riches and pleasures to test them but they have rejected, ignored, and fought the "true" religion that is Islam, consequently they are damned for eternity and fighting them is a licit and lawful, Halal, action and is the culmination of Jihad. For the "good" Muslims, fighting for the Glory of Islam, paradise, jennah, is promised them with its joys, delights and delectations, according to jihadist literature;
- Fourth stage: Ideological formation of the young people:
The recruits are trained to believe that all the evils of the Islamic world are due to the Christians, nsara, who are infidels, kufffar, that must be fought without mercy and killed mercilessly. They have stood up against Islam, untiringly, since its advent by such bellicose and belligerent actions as: the reconquista, the crusades, the abolition of the Ottoman caliphate, the colonization, the promise of Balfour, the spoliation of Palestine, and the recent onslaught on Iraq and various Islamic countries. Christians have killed Muslims, enslaved and emasculated them, to bar the way to the progression of Islam and its glory, so revenge on them is a religious duty and an imminent cultural necessity;
- Fifth stage: Making recruits Insensitive
Recruits through, intensive brainwashing, are made to become insensitive to pain, horrible death, gratuitous violence and inhuman torture. Thus, they are converted into automata, ready to perform any mission or dirty work without remorse or questioning; and
- Sixth step: The martyrdom
The last step is the conversion of recruits into killing machines. They are trained to believe that their death for the Glory of Islam is the utmost form of martyrdom, istishehad, which will open to them wide the door of paradise and will gratify them with eternity.
However, Islam, as such, has never been a religion of violence and death for presumed glory. Islam is a religion of peace, cohabitation and love and respect for others in their culture and creed.
Europe is not inclusive
European politicians have always preached multiculturalism and integration, but, alas, this was just empty talk because Muslims all over Europe have felt marginalized on the grounds of their culture and creed and, consequently, Muslim youth became easy prey for religious radicals such as al-Qaeda or ISIS.
The existence, today, of the French cités, banlieues, Molenbeek in Belgium and various ghettos throughout Europe and the past unfortunate terrorist attacks in Belgium and several other European cities commandeered by ISIS and other terrorist groups is sound proof that Europe has failed miserably its melting pot test and integration policies.
Realizing that the French policy on the integration of Muslims has been a total fiasco, ex-French Prime Minster Valls accompanied by 11 ministers of his cabinet visited Vaulx-en-Velin in Rhones, where in 1990 riots erupted as a result of discrimination and following that the French government created the “Ministère de la Ville” to bring economic relief to the ghettos. But almost three decades later, unemployment is still high among the youth, indeed half of the 25 years old young people are jobless, which means that the apartheid system denounced by ex-French Prime Minister Valls on January 2015, following, the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, in such strong words as: ”l’apartheid territorial, social et ethnique,” is still very strong.
To fight discrimination, Valls announced publicly, then, 20 actions (mésures) in the framework of the administrative structure created earlier to combat social exclusion i.e.: “Comité interministériel à l’égalité et à la citoyenneté (Ciec).” He, also, called upon the state and the private sector to offer high-level jobs to meriting youth from these disadvantaged areas:
« …Il faut renverser la table. Il faut que les élites de notre pays, dans les secteurs public comme privé, soient à l’image de notre pays. (…) l’état et la fonction publique doivent être exemplaires et ils ne le sont pas. »
However, in spite of this positive move on the part of the French government to fight the apartheid, yet on a different register, it is fighting a ridiculous and inconclusive war on the wearing of Hijab in educational institutions such as the University and what is more is that the government is divided on this issue.
Radical Islamist terrorism inflicted on Europe since the Madrid 2004 events is homegrown and the countries of origin of fathers and grandfathers of the perpetrators cannot in no way be made responsible directly or indirectly for their condemnable and ignoble acts.
This misbehavior on the part of Muslim youth is the result of their marginalization in their countries of birth and non-adoption because of their culture, creed and color and it is the responsibility of European governments to have a more inclusive policies vis-à-vis their citizens, whoever they are.
These terrible terrorist attacks are a wake-up call to heed with attention and responsibility and act, consequently, upon, at once.
As for the arguments and assertions of various journalists like Leela Jacinto in magazines like Foreign Policy, and those of Jeune Afrique, etc. they are an unacceptable way and approach for explaining migrants’ offspring violence for they duly sweep the problem under the rug and blame the others for own incapacity to solve own structural problems, rather than looking earnestly for the real roots of the malaise and origins of the predicament.