by Abul Kasem
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'They say we are terrorists? They are right-of course we are. That is whatwe do for a living'-Khalid Shaikh Muhammad
This article investigates the very application of terror tactic that wasused some fourteen hundred years ago by the very first Jihadists of Islam togain booty and become quick-rich through plunder. The main purpose of this essay is to probe whether a direct link exists among the Modus Operandi of the Jihadists (read Islamic Terrorists) of Muhammad's time and theircounterparts of today. In all, one hundred (100) cases of armed conflicts were investigated for their cause, timing, venue and the principal actor/sinvolved. The finding of this detail investigation is quite disturbing indeed; mind-numbing one may say.
This exercise establishes, without any doubt whatsoever, the uncanny similarities that exist between those Islamic fighters of Muhammad's time and their counterparts of today. It is also found that except for two or three, all other cases of armed conflict were due solely to the aggressive terrorist acts of the Muslim perpetrators. It was invariably the Islamic Jihadists who usually initiated the conflict, in many cases without any plausible reason/s and/or without or slightest provocation. The result of these terror tactics was that the participant Muslims engaged in unbound savagery that often included gratuitous murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing, revenge killings, political assassinations, and in many cases, simply plain plunder and armed robbery.
Muhammad followed this path of terror and pillage to reward his followers with easy and handsome booty, land, other goods and material benefits. The exercise of terror and its concomitant gain made the early Jihadists rich, self-supporting and this was crucial in the establishment of the authority of Islam in the entire Arabian Peninsula. Please make no mistake about it. Most biographers of Muhammad dealt at length with a handful of well-known wars that were fought between Muslim soldiers and the infidels' trained army. These major combats or wars number around thirteen in all and they are well documented by many historians. Nonetheless, it is the so-called minor or the so-called small-scale skirmishes that stand out as the most important events to expose the true scale of savagery, cruelty, barbarism, unboundgreed, treachery, guile and lasciviousness of the early converts ofIslam-this, truly is a surprise discovery and is the well-kept secret amongst Islamists. It is rather sad to note that very fewbiographers/historians have attempted to investigate in detail these 'small' or 'insignificant' acts of terror.