• Islam,  Kenya

    Kenyan Muslims shield Christians from al-Shabaab

    Perhaps this offers a bit of hope for better news in the coming year: Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets. But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a bus Monday, things didn’t go according to plan. A group of Kenyan Muslims shielded the Christian passengers and told the attackers they were prepared to die together. The Muslim passengers, who were mostly women, told the Islamic militants to kill them all or leave them alone, witnesses said. ….. In the Monday attack, the gunmen ordered Muslim passengers to come out of the bus and separate themselves from the Christians.…

  • Kenya

    The Muslim hero of Westgate Mall horror

    This is a cross-post by Paul Canning This is one of the most moving and viral images which came out of the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Last night we learned the identity of the man who the little girl is running towards and all of Kenya is hailing him as a hero. His name is Abdul Haji and he is the son of Mohamed Yusuf Haji, a Somali politician based in Kenya who has served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Affairs. In a riveting thirty minute interview on Kenyan prime time news Haji relates how he rescued dozens of people…

  • Africa,  Al-Qaeda,  Islamism,  Kenya

    Shock! Islamism may be involved in Nairobi massacre, says Guardian

    After – in fact during – the hideous massacre in Nairobi The Guardian has really outclassed itself with its special brand of fatuity, which causes old Guardianastas like me to swallow a little vomit. There was Jenkins’ ludicrous piece.  It’s neatly summed up here and has been much linked to in derision. There was Giles Foden:- “al-Shabaab is really attacking the very idea of capitalism” To which “raulb” in the comments replies:- A truly insidious and disturbing piece showing the tell tale strains of an expedition to muddy the waters and shift the responsibility from the perpetrators of a terrible crime to the victims.Normally this happens post the body count…

  • Kenya

    The Nairobi siege

    David Cameron’s comment on the relationship between Islam and horrific recent events in Nairobi doesn’t seem to make full sense: “These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion – they don’t,” he said. Although of course it is is entirely reasonable to argue that such terrorists’ understanding of their religion is horribly perverted, and that Muslims should certainly not in any way be held collectively responsible for such attacks, it seems clear that these people are acting in the name of religion. Given the very precise and chilling details of the role played by religion in determining the…