Il faut gagner la guerre de propagande (et de moralité) contre le terrorisme musulman

Comme le relevait Daniel Pipes la semaine passée, la guerre a profondément changé et se gagne aujourd’hui autant, voire davantage, en termes de relations publiques que de supériorité militaire. En nos jours où la guerre est presque toujours asymétrique, on exige que le plus fort se batte proprement, moralement, qu’il préserve les populations civiles, cherche la paix à chaque occasion. Et on le vilipende jusqu’à l’abjection dans les médias à la moindre incartade, réelle ou pas.

En revanche, comme le notait R.A. Allen hier, on n’exige rien de tout cela de la part de l’adversaire, dont voici une liste (limitée à l’Afghanistan et à l’Irak) de quelques récentes violations des conventions de Genève qui toutes auraient valu à de quelconques auteurs occidentaux l’opprobre le plus généralisé:

1.The deliberate targeting of schools:
An indiscriminate attack affecting the civilian population or civilian objects and resulting in excessive loss of life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. ( Protocol I, Art. 85, Sec. 3)

6-3-04 KUFA, Iraq – Task Force 1st Armored Division Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment conducted a search of a school here suspected of being the site of several recent mortar attacks early on the morning of June 3. While approaching the school, Soldiers came under mortar, rocket-propelled grenade and small arms attack. Soldiers returned fire, killing a significant number of attackers. Three Soldiers were wounded. A search of the school yielded two 82mm mortar tubes, a 120mm mortar tube, two RPG launchers with RPGs.

Parties to a conflict must respect children, provide them with any care or aid they require, and protect them from any form of indecent assault (Protocol I, Art. 77, Sec. 1).

1-24-06 BAGHDAD, Iraq – Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and the1-71 Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, responded to a call from an Iraqi school guard reporting a possible improvised explosive device in the school Monday. Upon arriving at the school south of Khadra, soldiers found a 122mm mortar round booby-trapped to a door in the school. An Explosive Ordnance Team disabled the bomb.

2. The deliberate use of hospitals for military purposes:
Hospitals may not be used to commit acts harmful to the enemy. If they do, they lose their protections under the Geneva Conventions after due warning has been given and a reasonable time limit has passed. (Convention I, Art. 21)

12-11-04 RAMADI, Iraq — Soldiers from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force were ambushed by insurgents operating in and near the Ar Ramadi General Hospital and Medical College on Dec. 10. Some of the muzzle flashes of insurgent firing positions were observed as originating from windows within the hospital. The insurgents turned off all of the lights in and around the hospital as the Soldiers approached the hospital. Insurgents fired rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire from both sides of the road at the Soldiers as soon as the lights of the hospital were turned back on. Soldiers pushed through the ambush, returning defensive fire, some of which was aimed at insurgents in the hospital.

Medical units may not be used to protect military objectives from attack. (Protocol I, Art. 12, Sec. 4)

7-5-06 RAMADI, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces, with support from coalition Forces, finished searching a hospital in northern Ramadi, which was being used as a center for insurgent activity. One weapons cache was found with bomb making material. No hospital services were interrupted by the search, and the hospital is now open to the public. Iraqi and Coalition forces have previously received sniper fire from the hospital on multiple occasions, and credible intelligence reports indicated the hospital was being used as an insurgent safe haven and command center. “Since our arrival in Ramadi four months ago, insurgents have used the Saddam Hospital compound to launch mortar attacks, observe ISF and coalition movement as well as shoot at us from the upper stories of the hospital,” said Lt. Col. Stephen M. Neary, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. “After many engagements, we have observed the insurgents flee to the hospital to regroup and tend to their wounded and dead

3. The deliberate military use of Mosques:
Acts of hostility towards places of worship in international conflicts are prohibited. Places of worship may not be used in support of the military effort, and they cannot be the objects of reprisals. (Protocol I, Art. 53)

4-2-03 Camp As Sayliyah, near Doha, Qatar — U.S. Central Command has received reports from An Najaf that Coalition forces in the city are receiving hostile fire from Iraqi forces who have positioned themselves inside the Ali Mosque – one of the most important religious shrines to Shia around the world. Coalition forces continue their efforts to protect sacred religious and historic sites and are refusing to return fire at the Iraqi regime forces in the Mosque. The Iraqi regime’s use of the Ali Mosque for military purposes is just the latest example of the regime’s continued strategy of placing sacred sites in Iraq in jeopardy.

Legitimate military targets are those which make an effective contribution to military action and whose destruction, capture or neutralization offers a definite military advantage. (Protocol I, Art. 52. Sec. 2)

5-7-06 BAGHDAD, Iraq – An explosion occurred in the basement of the Sheik Abdel Kader mosque at approximately 6 p.m. May 7 in Rusafa, a neighborhood of east Baghdad. According to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Division the bomb exploded in the basement of the mosque causing a fire. The Iraqi fire department responded and began suppressing the fire when firefighters noticed an improvised explosive device inside the mosque. The Iraqi police explosive ordinance disposal team arrived at the mosque to clear the holy site of bombs and bomb making materials. The team dismantled six IEDs. Initial reports indicate that two terrorists were wounded and another one was killed in the blast.

4. The deliberate military use of ambulances for military purposes:
Medical units may not be used to protect military objectives from attack. (Protocol I, Art. 12, Sec. 4)

11-11-03 BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi Police Service (IPS) discovered and defused a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device contained in an ambulance on Nov. 10. At 8:45 p.m. IPS noticed an ambulance just south of the Al Daura Police Station. The ambulance was not using its emergency lights, and it appeared empty. IPS attempted to stop the ambulance, but it sped away, causing an accident. Three Iraqi personnel exited the vehicle, firing small arms at the other vehicle involved in the accident. The three personnel then fled the scene. IPS searched the abandoned ambulance and found explosives. An IPS Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team disarmed four 155 mm artillery rounds and other various types of explosives.

Medical units may not be used to commit acts harmful to the enemy. If they do, they lose their protections under the Geneva Conventions after due warning has been given and a reasonable time limit has passed. (Convention I, Art. 21)

6-21-05 A Task Force Baghdad patrol in north Baghdad stopped an ambulance carrying weapons and 11 military-aged males at 12:30 a.m. on June 21. After observing the ambulance being driven erratically, the Soldiers stopped the vehicle and found eight passengers in the back. They also found one AK-47, one 9mm pistol and two ski masks. The ambulance was not carrying medical supplies or life-saving equipment except one litter-type stretcher. The vehicle was moving about after the Iraqi-imposed curfew and the passengers admitted to having no medical training. The vehicle had no license plates and the men had no paperwork regarding the weapons. All 11 men in the vehicle were detained for further questioning.

5. The deliberate use of human shields to promote “collateral” damage
These protections include the right to be free from attacks, reprisals, acts meant to instill terror, and indiscriminate attacks. Civilian populations must not be used as civilian shields. (Protocol I, Art. 51)

10-4-05 Last Spring, terrorists attacked Haditha General Hospital, the largest in western al Anbar, with a suicide car bomb, destroying more than half of the building with the explosion and ensuing fire. Terrorists also established fortified firing positions inside the hospital and used patients and staff as human shields as they attacked Marines from the hospital and later retreated from the Marine counterattack.

Civilians must not be used to protect military installations or operations against attacks. (Protocol I, Art. 51, Sec. 7)

6-24-06 In a separate action, Afghan and Coalition forces engaged a large group of extremists in the Zharie District of Kandahar Province. The combined Afghan and Coalition force maneuvered against the enemy, killing 25 fighters in the village of Bayanzi during a three-hour battle. Several extremists broke contact by using innocent Afghan civilians as shields to escape into nearby villages.

6. No event is sacred either, take funerals for example:
An indiscriminate attack affecting the civilian population or civilian objects and resulting in excessive loss of life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. ( Protocol I, Art. 85, Sec. 3)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Taliban extremists attacked Nagarhar Governor Gul Agha Sherazi this morning, detonating a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in a crowd of innocent civilians. Initial reports indicate 16 people were wounded and eight people were killed in the explosion. Governor Sherazi was not injured in the attack. Three of the eight people killed were bodyguards for the governor. The attack occurred near the conclusion of a funeral for a former Mujahedin commander. The attacker drove his vehicle into the crowd around the governor’s vehicle near a mosque and detonated his bomb.

7. Or weddings:
Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. (Protocol I, Art. 51, Sec. 4)

18-06 KABUL, Afghanistan – An extremist tossed a grenade into a wedding party crowd in Sabari, Khost Province, on July 16, killing one and injuring 16.

8. Or religious holidays or sites:
Hostile acts and reprisals against historic monuments, works of art and places of worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples are prohibited. Such objects must not be used in support of the military effort. (Protocol I, Art. 53 and Protocol II, Art. 16)

7-19-06 KABUL, Afghanistan – In a separate incident in Kandahar Province, a supply convoy received small arms fire from a nearby mosque. While there were no casualties in this incident, this act by the extremists is against the Geneva Convention. “To use religious buildings as hiding places and to fire from them is a clear message that the extremists only use religion only when it is in their best interests,” said Col. Thomas Collins, Coalition spokesman. “The extremists place no value on human life and continue to threaten the safety of the Afghan people. The extremists today, for example, said they were ‘holy warriors.’ What kind of ‘holy warrior’ uses a shrine as a firing position? The extremists abuse the word ‘mujahedin.’ They are, in fact, ‘mufsidun,’ corrupt people who seek nothing but inflicting harm on the Afghan people.”

9. Any tactic is acceptable by terrorists, including beheading and torture as a matter of principle:
War crimes are againt the customary laws of war which are applicable in any conflict, regardless of whether the country in question is a signatory to the Geneva Convention. They include the rights listed in the common article 3 of the Geneva Conventions (Convention I, Article 3) and the basics of human rights law – freedom from torture, mutilation and rape, slavery, and willful killing. Customary law also forbids genocide, crimes against humanity, as well as war crimes.

1-26-05 BAGHDAD, IraqAn al-Qaeda terrorist cell leader who personally assisted in at least three videotaped beheadings and his assistant were killed during a Coalition raid of a suspected safe house in Mosul Oct. 22.Nashwan Mijhim Muslet (aka Abu Tayir or Abu Zaid) was a senior operational al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist cell leader who operated specifically in the Mosul area. His cell was known as the primary beheading cell for Abu Talha, the al-Qaeda in Iraq Emir of Mosul who was captured in June, 2005, and Abu Zubayr, second in command to Talha and later Emir of Mosul after Talha was detained. Zubayr was killed in August 2005. The beheadings were filmed to intimidate the local population of Mosul as well as Iraqi citizens throughout Iraq. Intelligence reports indicate that Nashwan personally helped Zubayr behead three Mosul citizens during one of the videotaped gatherings.

6-19-05 CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces and Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, continue Operation Spear in and around the city of Karabilah in Western Al Anbar province. Four hostages rescued by Iraqi Security Force Soldiers and Marines June 18 are currently receiving medical attention for wounds caused by their captors. The rescued individuals reported they were tortured and held for three weeks. They said they were not interrogated by the insurgents or told why they were being held prisoner. Training manuals and DVDs of insurgents beheading captives were also found in the compound.

10. Even children are not exempt. Where was the outrage about these incidents?
The execution of defenseless combatants is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. (Protocol I, Art. 85, Sec. 3)

8-29-05 CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – U.S. Marines transported children to a local hospital following a terrorist rocket attack in Ferris on Aug. 27. Seven children were wounded and one was killed in the attack. The wounded children were treated by a local doctor.

4-12-06 FORWARD OPERATING BASE ASADABAD, Afghanistan – Seven Asadabad children were killed and 34 were wounded, some critically, when several rockets fired by Al Qaeda and Taliban extremists operating in the area slammed into the Salabagh Primary School this yesterday.

On le voit, les islamistes peuvent, au nom d’une notion éminemment islamique, le djihad, viser des enfants, des jeunes mariés, des écoles, des sites religieux ou des processions funéraires, se cacher dans des mosquées ou derrière des civils ou du personnel médical, tout cela impunément et sans pour autant que leurs coreligionnaires en notre sein ne puissent être tenus responsables de quelque manière que ce soit de ces comportements ignobles. Au contraire, nous sommes priés de croire, par d’innombrables arracheurs de dents modernes et des vagues entières d’ignares utiles, que le djihad militaire n’est pas musulman et que l’Islam veut le bien de tous.

Il faut en finir avec ce mensonge empoisonné. C’est bel et bien l’Islam — l’Islam objectif des textes, des lois — qui motive, encourage et guide les gens qui se moquent de toutes les conventions universelles au profit de préceptes qui ne reconnaissent que la valeur de la vie des leurs. À chaque fois qu’un Musulman décapite un innocent en criant Allahou Akhbar, lance une roquette sur des cibles civiles, déclenche une ceinture d’explosif sur un lieu public, prépare un attentat dans nos pays, l’Islam de Mahomet gagne une bataille contre l’Occident du progrès. Et à chaque fois qu’un Occidental confond cet acte de guerre religieuse avec un quelconque terrorisme nationaliste ou l’acte d’un désespéré, l’Occident perd une autre bataille sur le terrain de la propagande et de la moralité.

S’il reste des Musulmans qui nourrissent des sentiments réellement humains, il est grand temps qu’ils choisissent leur camp — celui de l’Occident. Il faut les y obliger. Par tous les moyens légaux — actuels et potentiels.

ajm (sur

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