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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, global terror groups who took no part in the storming have found a point of admiration in the tactics of domestic extremists, a news story to hold up as justification in their claims that America is weak from within and vulnerable, and a model of inspiration for their own operatives to similarly target locations that hold deep symbolism and may not be as secure as once thought.

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...Domestic terror movements and Islamist terror groups have long shared similar themes and memes in the ways they recruit and incite as extremists of varying ideologies feed off each other's best practices.

These include using current events to stoke grievances and appealing to existing grievances to reel in sympathizers and recruits while encouraging revenge, promoting the accelerationist belief that societal collapse will hasten their aims to construct a civilization with their ideology dominant, promising training and operations intended to appeal to recruits' feelings of inadequacy, and heavily promoting successful attacks -- regardless of the perpetrators -- in order to encourage both cells and lone actors to learn from the attacks' flaws and emulate the high points.

The Capitol attack has shown how these can intersect in one ideology holding aloft the operations of another, with both ISIS and al-Qaeda hailing the storming of the Capitol and expanding discussion of the events to help advance their own operational goals.

Two weeks ago, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's al-Malahem Media released a 20-minute video, "America and the Painful Seizure," that started with two minutes of footage from the attack on the Capitol " starting with the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by Capitol Police as she tried to climb through a door's shattered window to breach the speaker's lobby.

"Do not be afraid of the night; the dawn is about to loom ... the puppets of injustice will fall," a nasheed intoned as AQAP showed scenes of the Capitol breach, rioters inside the Senate, and attackers searching Capitol offices....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-02-24 11:31 AM | Reply

Congratulations GOP.

We need a bipartisan independent commission to study this attack on our capitol.

It cannot contain any current members of congress.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-02-25 06:56 AM | Reply

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