Today's Sun has an interesting story of hip hop star Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary joining an Al-Qaeda linked terrorist organisation fighting in Syria, despite being described as "one of the UK hip hop artists to watch out for in 2012". No doubt he was completely off the radar of British Intelligence. After all, he is only the son of Abel Abdul Bary who was extradited to the US in 2012 with well-known hate preacher Abu Hamza having been involved in the Al-Qaeda bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. So obviously he was never going to pose a threat, what with being a celebrated hip hop artist and all that.
There are two other aspects of the story that are interesting.
- Bary posted on Facebook the statement: "If the so-called terrorists are people who adhere to the Quran and Hadith/Sunnah then I bear witness that I am a terrorist". Does that mean that adhering to the Quran also imposes an obligation to go to Syria and behead people?
- Muslim terrorists throughout the Middle East often claim that they do what they do because they reject the 'colonialism' of Arab lands by outsiders. Yet the Al Qaeda terrorist organisations in Syria are made up largely of foreign Jihadists including many from the West. So it seems not all colonialism is a bad thing for them after all.