The Gatestone Institute is a notorious “counter-jihad” think tank whose members are tied to many causes that, like the rest of the counter-jihad movement, use the threat of Islamic terrorism to advance nationalistic ideas for the purpose of political manipulation on behalf of interests in finance and industry, such as those tied to Silicon Valley among many of such examples.
First there was the 9/11 attacks of 2001, after which (and I remember well since I had been studying Islam for three years at that point) a torrent of books almost overnight about Islam flooded the tables of the local bookstore and suddenly “experts” on Islam popped up like mushrooms on logs. It was quite the timely co-incidence.
It has been almost 20 years since that time, and Islam continues to be used as a card for political manipulation without any attempt to address the real solution to Islamization, which is evangelization and a return to the Faith, not the pagan nationalism that many times allies with Islam at the insistence of the same people who promote the “counter-jihad” when it is expedient for them to.
Now the Gatestone Institute is promoting “child radicalization” as the next great “threat” from Islamic terrorists:
On July 12, a 13-year-old boy blew himself up in a suicide bombing at a wedding in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, killing five people and injuring 40, local officials said.
The issue of child radicalization has become a global horror-show.
Radicalization is now easy for the extremists, thanks to technology, the new weapon being brandished by Islamist terrorists in accordance with the mandate of the Muslim Brotherhood to “weaken the West from within”.
Kids today, as early as three years old, are on YouTube watching videos. Unfortunately, it has never been easier for extremists — from white supremacists to radical Islamists — to target vulnerable children and penetrate a child’s consciousness.
According to the UN, there are more than 250,000 child soldiers fighting around the world in more than 20 different conflicts. The Combating Terrorism Center reports that ISIS had more than 1,500 kids on the front lines and trained 1,000 kids to become suicide bombers in the first six months of 2015.
This problem has spilled over into North America. CNN reported last year that about 1,000 investigations of connections with ISIS were open in all 50 states.
In August 2018, 11 children were found in a compound in New Mexico being trained by an American radical Islamist to commit school shootings
In Minneapolis, 45 boys and young men have left the local Somali community to join al-Shabab or ISIS. Dozens more were stopped in 2018 from traveling.
In June 2019, a 22-year-old Bangladeshi living in New York was arrested for plotting an attack on Times Square
These are only a part of the statistics that tell us we are facing a huge crisis; very few people are willing to speak about the dangers of the radicalization of youths.
On July 18, leaders and experts with the Clarion Project gathered in Washington DC to hold an exclusive pre-release Congressional screening of the new documentary, “Kids Chasing Paradise” (currently in post-production). The organization flew in key experts and other leaders fighting against radical extremism and who are affiliated with the film to educate Congress, hold media briefings and present its program to Prevent Violent Extremism at the National Press Club.
Kids Chasing Paradise tells the incredible story of ordinary people that have been directly affected by this radicalization and are now trying to prevent it from happening to others.
Apart from some in-depth coverage of youths being taught hate, violence and radicalization, the film features:
Christianne Boudreau, a Canadian mother who was personally affected by the impact of the violent radicalization process; her son, Damian, was killed while fighting for ISIS. She now coordinates the Mothers for Life Network, which brings together mothers of radicalized jihadis to support one another and combat radicalization.
Tania Joya, a former extremist who is now working out of Texas on deradicalization. Tania Joya’s ex-husband was radicalized in Texas as a teenager and became ISIS’ main propagandist in Syria. Originally British, Tania Joya and her four children now live in Texas. Tania used to want her children to grow up to be jihadists. Now she embraces human rights and Western values.
Nicola Benyahia is a British woman who founded Families for Life, a nonprofit organization focused on deradicalization and support for families of young extremists. When Nicola’s son, Rasheed, unexpectedly joined ISIS, she found Christianne and they started both a professional collaboration and personal friendship
The movie is accompanied by a workshop called Preventing Violent Extremism, based on the concept that no one is born a terrorist or extremist. Individuals are manipulated into being radicalized. Therefore, we feel that prevention is possible. The workshop is a way of understanding the path to youth radicalization and suggestions on how to prevent it before it happens.
As people who care deeply about human rights, we are extremely concerned about the way these children are being subverted and abused, as well as about the future of our next generation, and creating awareness is of utmost importance. (source, source)
As if a 12-year-old with a rifle is a greater threat than an office organized for the purpose of helping trained killers train other killers, all with taxpayer funding, to advance militarism through proxy wars around the world.
But this is the deception of the “counter-jihad”, because “counter-jihad” strictly means to oppose one tactic (Islamic holy war by violence) without addressing the root philosophy behind it.
The way to counter Islam, as I have said for years, is evangelization. Some of this involves direct missionary work and preaching to Muslims, as faith comes by hearing and hearing by the proclamation of God’s word. Likewise, most of the serious work needs to be done with the so-called Christian people in the West, who are largely defined by their obstinacy in heresy and rebellion against ecclesiastical authority, love of sodomy and sodomitic practices, obsession with gluttony and luxury, and embrace of usury and usurious practices among a short list of the many issues of the day.
This is not about addressing Islam at all, but using this “new threat” under the social bogeyman of “Islam” to likely in time set the conditions for such “attacks” to “happen,” at which time those same individuals and their allies in finance, industry, and government will come in as the “savior” to the “problem” which they created intentionally for this reason.