Introduction to Backyard JIHAD
Well before the horrors of September 11, 2001, it was apparent that terrorism had arrived inside the U.S., but it wasn’t on the radar screen of the average American. After watching the proliferation of terror in Fort Lauderdale, Ohio State, San Bernardino, Orlando, Boston, Chattanooga, Fort Hood, Garland, Queens, and Philadelphia and Charlottesville, Americans have become weary. Unfortunately, attacks are not slowing down. “Statistics show there is one attack every 84 hours.”1 With terrorism increasing inside the United States, citizens must learn how to protect ourselves and our children. How can we keep our children safe from the threat of jihad?
Listen to the warning from convicted terrorist Anjem Choudary: “Next time when your child is at school and the teacher says, what do you want to be when you grow up? What is your ambition? They should say, to dominate the whole world by Islam, including Britain—that is my ambition.” British census statistics predict a drastic shift in population; hence, the Brexit vote and the desire for sovereignty all around Europe. “By 2050, Britain will be a majority Muslim country. It will be the end of freedom of democracy and submission to God.” These warnings are eye openers. Our future is uncertain, but what we do know is that there is a clear connection between terrorism, radical recruiting and indoctrination. Educating Americans about what is behind the media, the message and the medium is the best way to keep terrorism at bay.
How will these developments affect the next generation—our children’s generation, and their children’s generations; and what actions need to be taken now to protect them? We must inquire:
How are young adults being recruited and radicalized in America?
Why do jihadi recruiters target American youth? Why do teens join terrorist organizations?
Who are the extremists in our neighborhoods? Where are they recruiting?
What should parents do to become informed about safety, religious discrimination, and predatory radical Islamic organizations on campus?
How do we raise healthy, happy, safe children who are aware of their surroundings without living in fear?
Throughout this book, find some answers to these puzzling questions. Become an involved citizen and an active watchman beyond “see something say something.” Develop an awareness of the tactics used to recruit and indoctrinate, warning signs of radicalization, organizations to be aware of and strategies to make our communities a safer place to prosper. Throughout these pages find some resolve to become educated about the dangers of radical Islamism. It is every American’s responsibility to protect our communities. As Edmund Burke famously stated, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”