Gangster Jihadism and the Brussels Bombings

Cuspert
Dennis Cuspert, aka “Deso Dogg”, aka Abu Taha al-Almani

Hind Fraihi, a journalist who went undercover and wrote En immersion à Molenbeek ten years ago, described the district even then as a hotbed of Islamic extremism.  Yet the emergence of the Islamic State and the extension of its influence in Belgium has created something different.  Whereas earlier preachers and recruiters had sought to legitimize their violent ideology with carefully constructed justifications, the recruiters who aligned themselves with the Islamic State have eschewed all of this in favor of grafting a few basic religious ideas onto the existing career paths of its potential soldiers—a fusion some are calling “gangster Islam.”  This serves the needs of an organization that seeks to attack the very heart of Western Civilization by supplying it with a ready-made network of facilitators already schooled by the Underworld. Continue reading

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