Terry Glavin: It’s all about hate and bloodlust that’s never sated

What the ISIL bombers behind the slaughter in Sri Lanka share with all the other terrorists who have tortured our world in recent years

This undated image posted by the Islamic State group’s Aamaq news agency on April 23, 2019, purports to show Mohammed Cassim Zaharan, also known as Zaharan Hashmi, centre, the man Sri Lanka says led the Easter attack that killed over 350 people, as well as other attackers.Aamaq news agency/AP

At least two of the suicide bombers had law degrees. Two were brothers from a wealthy Colombo family, one of whom attended university in the United Kingdom and earned a postgraduate degree in Australia. There were nine of them altogether, eight men and a woman. Most were “well-educated and come from (the) middle or upper-middle class,” Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lanka’s deputy defence minister, told reporters.

There is still much to piece together from what happened on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, about why the authorities did not respond to specific and actionable intelligence about an imminent jihadist attack, how it could be that clear warnings to and from Sri Lanka’s deputy inspector general went unheeded, and what were the names, even, of the terrorists. But this much can be said about them.

The atrocities they committed do not constitute some understandable if misguided act of resistance to Western imperialist hegemony. This was not an eruption of “blowback” for the trespasses of Zionists or American oil companies, as one routinely hears whenever the blood of innocents is spilled at a bus stop in Jerusalem, or on the streets of London, or at a nightclub in Paris. These were not “chickens coming home to roost,” as it was fashionable to say, over and over again, in the days and months and years following the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001.

The atrocities they committed do not constitute some understandable if misguided act of resistance to Western imperialist hegemony

The murderers’ targets were innocent Sinhalese and Tamil Christians, mostly Roman Catholics attending Easter Sunday Mass at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo’s Kochchikade neighbourhood, and at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, just north of Colombo. More were slaughtered at Zion Church, a small Protestant congregation in the city of Batticaloa. Four upscale Colombo hotels were also hit: the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La, the Kingsbury and the Tropical Inn.

The death toll keeps rising, but as I write this it stands at 359 people. Hundreds more were seriously wounded. This makes the Sri Lanka bloodshed one of the worst terrorist outrages since al-Qaida’s 9/11 slaughters in the United States. It’s arguably the worst single terrorist attack linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS, also known as Daesh, since the monstrous al-Qaida offshoot emerged in 2014.


A crying woman is comforted as she leaves a funeral for a person killed in the Easter Sunday attack on St Sebastian’s Church, on April 23, 2019, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Carl Court/Getty Images

A video released by ISIL’s propaganda arm, the Amaq news agency, shows the killers swearing their loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL’s genocidaire-in-chief. The ritual is overseen by Mohammed Cassim Zaharan, a vile Islamist hate preacher also known as Zaharan Hashmi, who headed up a Sri Lankan Islamist supremacist group known as the National Thowheeth Jama’ath.

While ISIL lost the last enclave of its horrific “caliphate” in the Syrian desert only last month, owing mainly to a bloody struggle waged by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces at a cost of 11,000 SDF fighters’ lives, the bloodlust that animated ISIL’s marauders is not satiated. Their death-cult fervour did not end in the rubble of Baghouz, the town that was ISIL’s last stronghold in the bleak and sprawling Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, on March 22.

A woman holds a crying child as she throws earth onto a coffin during a funeral for a person killed in the Easter Sunday attack on St. Sebastian’s Church, on April 23, 2019 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Carl Court/Getty Images

And it did not begin with al-Baghdadi, the shadowy, near-sighted 48-year-old former theology student formerly known as Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali Muhammad al-Badri, who arrived on the jihadist scene in August 2011 as the plotter behind the slaughter of 28 Muslims at prayer at Baghdad’s Umm al-Qura mosque. Neither will it end if anyone ever ends up collecting the $25-million bounty the U.S. has put on Baghdadi’s head.

It did not begin with al-Qaida, otherwise known as the World Islamic Front for Combat Against the Jews and Crusaders, and it did not end when the Saudi multimillionaire construction magnate Osama bin Laden was killed following a nighttime U.S. Navy Seals raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

It did not begin among the Pashtun mercenaries and Haqqani seminary students — the talibs — that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the ISI, armed and mobilized to extend its brutal control of Afghanistan all the way to the frontiers of Iran and Turkmenistan in the 1990s. It did not end when the Northern Alliance drove the Taliban out of Kabul, even before any regular U.S. forces arrived, in 2001. Or when the Taliban was driven back into the ISI’s welcoming arms, or after the cost of thousands of NATO soldiers’ lives, and tens of thousands of Afghan lives. That struggle continues.

A local resident walks past a banner put up in honour of a victim of the St. Sebastian’s Church suicide bomb attack in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 24, 2019. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images

It did not begin with Islam, and it does not end with Islam. It is the same thing that possessed the 28-year-old Australian white nationalist and gun enthusiast Brenton Tarrant, who murdered 50 innocent Muslims at Friday prayers last month in Christchurch, New Zealand, at the lovely Masjid Al Noor on Deans Avenue and the little Linwood Mosque on the other side of town.

It’s what possessed Tarrant’s role model, the Knights Templar fantasist and Norwegian Armed Forces reject Anders Breivik, when he set out on a killing spree in July 2011, in Oslo, leaving 78 corpses in his wake. It’s what preoccupied Robert Gregory Bowers, the 46-year-old truck driver, conspiracy theorist and racist loner facing 63 charges arising from last October’s mass shooting during Shabbat services at the L’Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 Jews dead.

It is what was at work a year ago this week on Yonge Street in Toronto. It’s the thing that killed 10 pedestrians, mostly women, rammed and run over by a man behind the wheel of a van. Consumed with self-loathing and a hatred of women owing to his “involuntary celibacy,” the accused, Alek Minassian, had found his own hero in the insanely misogynistic mass murderer Elliot Rodger, the “involuntarily celibate” 22-year-old who shot and killed six people in Isla Vista, Calif., in 2014.

It is what was at work a year ago this week on Yonge Street in Toronto

It is not exactly a coincidence that from ISIL to the depraved online “incel community” and from Elliot Rodger to the Taliban’s Mullah Omar, what stands out is that they hate women, they rape women, they enslave women, and they kill women. What leaps off the pages of Brenton Tarrant’s 16,500-word manifesto, and any and all of the various fatwas and declarations of al-Qaida and ISIL, is the same deeply paranoid and apocalyptic hatred of imaginary usurpers, outsiders and invaders.

Looking into the anxieties of certain white conservatives for the “root causes” of Tarrant’s terrorism in Christchurch is about as useful as flipping through the pages of the Qur’an for passages that would explain Easter Sunday’s terrorism in Sri Lanka. Drawing distinctions between a terrorist and a merely insane person is just as useless. Profound sociopathology is the first entry in any mass murderer’s curriculum vitae.

Anusha Kumari holds portraits of her daughter Sajini Venura Dulakshi and son Vimukthi Tharidu Appuhami, both victims of Easter Sunday’s bomb blast in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 24, 2019. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

Study their justifications all you like. Read their proclamations, comb through their 4chan pages, weigh and assess their ideologies as much as you want. It’s all the same rationale for the enslavement and murder of Jews, or Christians, or Muslims, or women. All their various manifestos are, at bottom, the same. They do not offer an explanation, or a rationale. All they reveal is that they want us to be mistrustful of one another, to be fearful of one another, to hate one another.

All they reveal is the same eternal excuse, the same ancient pretext, to spill human blood.


Terry Glavin: It’s all about hate and bloodlust that’s never sated

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  1. I find this a good article. It is useless to try and find reasons for these acts in any pages of the Qur’an, nor in any White Supremacist manifestos. The murderers of Colombo/Negombo and Christchurch, just like the mass shooters in the USA, simply suffer from ‘bloodlust’. Let future scientists find out what is wrong with their DNA. Can it be fixed? Can it be analysed?

  2. Yes, Mr.Tschannen, we can fix this ! As my website and findings show, God has arranged the geology of Earth, and the Holy Sites of ALL the world’s religions and tribes, in a basic, simple math pattern of angles, based on a circle divided into equal parts. ( sounds crazy, I know!). God has also arranged the famous constellations of the Heavens in these same basic, easy math angles. Note the simple 180, 90, 45 degree alignments of the Northern and Southern Crosses and the Northern and Southern Crescents, along with constellations Auriga ( whose star positions on a hemisphere projection map fit the wall of Old Jerusalem perfectly)………. What is really neat, is that when you draw these lines connecting these constellations on the map, they pass through the constellations Serpens, Draco, and Hydra, some lines passing right through the neck and head, symbolically severing their heads. ( There are passages in the Old and New Testament that allude to this, plus, several passages that says God put a story in the stars.) See how the famous Rosette Nebula’s astro-landmarks that are within it, how they all connect to form a perfect Star Of David ! See how Taurus The Bull ( representing Hinduism), how it’s horns are at a mathematical 18 degree ( circle cut in 20 equal parts). Note how Taurus’s horn is part of the Auriga Constellation,that symbolic communication. When you see all of the amazing alignments of God’s Riddle,in Heaven and in Earth, one also sees how the Cross and Easter Island and the Virgin Mary Miracle sites are a central part of it. See the map of the Cosmos in Microwave form, note the can’t miss visual astro-landmarks and their 33 and 45 degree locations. That astro-landmark is where the Northern Cross is, symbolic communication. Note the arm of the Milky Way passes through the North and South Cross. Note the shape of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), it’s peninsulas align to form a perfect 45/90 right triangle, which is a carpenter’s square………….But it is not all about Christianity, as you can see from the start, these alignments show that all religions and tribes are part of God’s pattern ! See the recent post on the 20 degree alignment of the Ocean Crescents, and that symbolism of God’s tears, a prophesy of Islam’s attacks on other religions and people. See how that 20 degree align points to two islands at the south end of the Indian Ocean Crescent. See how the islands align at 10 degrees. See how the southern island is called ” Reunion Island”, see how that island is a mathematical 67.5 degrees from the Mount Sinai geological geometry ( see the page on Mount Sinai geometry !) See how the other island, called, ” Mauritius”, is 67.5 degrees from Jerusalem Temple Mount ! See how that line passes east of Mecca, touching a crescent-shaped mountain range ! Do you see how God is telling us a story ? See how God is telling us how we are all part of him ? Can you see how this information will unite the World ? Can you see how these mathematical, geological, astrophysical facts will leave terrorist and haters without any recruits ?…………….God has shown me miracles all through the uncovering of this story, now I have to figure out a way for the world to see it. The rigged algorythims of the search engines, the rigged nature of the news medias are a big roadblock to me. (Also, my presentation is of low quality, hand-made, that turns people away. A better version is on it’s way.) I need help getting these facts, God’s Revelation known ! So, yes, we can fix this world, but we all need to admit that what we thought that God was, and how every religion thinks they have an exclusive relationship with God, and everyone else is wrong, we need to drop that thinking and admit we where wrong. And follow what Jesus commanded: to love each other, have understanding, and forgiveness. Vengence and judgement is for God only. Persecuting unbelievers, gay people, and, things like that, are defying God’s commandments. These are the End Times, you do not want to be making God mad. These findings will defeat the devil, count on it !

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