A day before the Paris bombing that shook the world and elicited global response there was a deadly bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that took the lives of 44 people. The media coverage, ours included, was nearly nonexistent. Naturally, this has caused the people of Beirut to feel alone and left out. But they’re not alone, and we need to do out part in providing better coverage to assure that we stand as one.
“Until now the detained include seven Syrians and two Lebanese – one of them a [would-be] suicide bomber and the other a trafficker who smuggled them across the border from Syria,” said Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnuq at a televised press conference.
A busy shipping street in Burj al-Barajneh was host to the terrorist activity, which ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for. Mashnuq said that the nine men were captured within 48 hours the attack and that the original plan was to send five suicide bombers to a hospital. The men were detained in a Burj al-Barajneh-based Palestinian refugee camp and a flat in the capital’s eastern district of Ashrafieh.
Beirut-based political analyst Ali Rizk notes that the recent attacks, including the downed Russian plane, signal a shift in the tactics of ISIS.
“The group is transforming itself into a purely terror organisation in light of its losses on the ground in Iraq and Syria,”
The next thing he said I found to be quite interesting.
“The Beirut bombing is also an indication that the idea of Islamic caliphate, as envisioned by ISIL, is facing major reality checks, and is failing apart,”
He’s insinuating that the attacks on forget lands signify a weakening of ISIS in it’s strongholds. Rizk contends that the foreign attacks are being carried out because the group is struggling to maintain power in the areas it originated in. Keep in mind that ISIS is an equal-opportunity killer, and have murdered many Muslims in addition to engaging in what Ali Meqdad, a member of the Lebanese parliament, calls “terrorism only to defame the good name of Islam and it is serving only those who wish to keep Islam stigmatised by the terrorism label.”
The very sad part about this, apart from the horrifying attacks and hundreds of deaths, is that ISIS/ISL, whatever you want to call them, are succeeding in one of their missions. They’ve effectively defaced Islam by equating themselves with it, by saying they fight for it, and by spreading hate through fear mongering.