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Backlash against Muslims simmering in Russia after Metro bomb blasts

March 30, 2010

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By Steve in Wisconsin
March 30, 2010

The recent suicide bombings in the Moscow metro have stirred increased anger against Muslims there – much like the aftermath of 9/11 in the U.S. when Muslims (and their businesses) became targets of American public anger following the Twin Towers incident in New York. The difference vis-a-vis the U.S. attack being that Russian territory encompasses distinctly Muslim-majority regions (Chechnya, Dagestan, etc.) whereas Muslims are largely assimilated in the United States.

The “revenge mindset” in Russia is to be expected, of course, but persons of Caucasian and Central Asian ethnicity will be subject to the brunt of public anger. This is already being reported by some news agencies, such as Ferghana.ru, but an “extremist” radical anti-Muslim trend is simmering – and the repercussions of this trend will likely emerge in the near future.

IntelTrends has a co-operative republication agreement with Caucasus Emirate news agency Kavkaz Center, and IntelTrends frequently republishes mujahideen statements and articles. The bottom line is that the Moscow subway bombings should not have been a surprise to Russian authorities, nor to the world – granted the time and location were not disclosed beforehand – but a public statement was made (republished on IntelTrends last month) wherein Caucasus Emirate leader Emir Dokka Abu Usman warned:

Blood will no longer be limited to our (Caucasus) cities and towns. The war is coming to their cities,… If Russians think the war only happens on television, somewhere far away in the Caucasus where it can’t reach them, inshallah (God willing) we plan to show them that the war will return to their homes.

It is my contention, as blogmaster at IntelTrends, that most of the world’s so-called “terrorist incidents” receive advance publicity – from the perpetrators themselves – who openly publish their future plans and warnings for all to read. Western governments and media, however, dismiss these statements as “propaganda” and unworthy of print, thus the people continue their daily lives in blissful ignorance of pending threats to their safety and welfare.

In typical fashion the world reacts with “shock” at matters that really shouldn’t come as a shock at all; the “writing was on the wall” beforehand.

This blog will continue to post news and opinions that may be contrary to what readers see on their televisions or read in their newspapers. (Heck, if I published the same news as everyone else then there really wouldn’t be any reason to read my blog, right?) And, yes, I will continue to publish mujahideen and resistance statements – simply because people should know what is in them – and in spite of derogatory emails that I receive from “ostriches” who prefer to bury their heads in the sand and look at the world only from their “this is how it should be” perspective. If you don’t like what I publish here, then don’t read it.

But, getting back to Russia and the anti-Muslim backlash…

There is a growing cry in the Russian blogosphere and fringe media to have the Qur’an declared “extremist literature”, thus banned. [Here is one such example in its original Russian, or with Google translation into English.] So far this proposal hasn’t gone “main stream media” – not yet. But should this occur (regardless of whether the concept is likely to materialize or not) then I believe it will trigger an unprecedent level of “mujahideen actions” within Russia herself simply based on the anti-Qur’an / anit-Muslim publicity aspect.

The next several weeks will be crucial as the Caucasus Emirate – should it be determined that it is responsible for the Moscow metro attack – awaits Russia’s retaliatory response.


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