By the Way: You Can’t Win With Nothing

In the end, you have to believe in something – those who believe in nothing are easy prey:

Michael Nikolai Skråmo, who also calls himself Abo Ibrahim Al Swedi, appears in the propaganda video wearing desert camouflage and clutching an assault rifle, and proceeds to give practical and motivational encouragement to would-be jihadis.

“My brothers, ‘hijra’ (migration) and ‘jihad’ are so simple. It only costs a few thousand ‘lapp’ [Swedish kronor],” he says in Swedish. “Do you not wish in in your heart to fight and show God what you have to offer him? The door to jihad is standing there waiting for you. It’s the fastest way to Jannah [Paradise].”

Skråmo, who has two Norwegian parents but was born and grew up near Gothenburg in Sweden is understood to have moved to Raqqah, the capital of the fledgling Islamic State in Syria, back in September with his wife and two children, hoping to fight alongside Islamic State soldiers…

The man is a Swede of Norwegian extraction. He was born and raised in Sweden. He had every opportunity a rich, western, socialist nation can provide with a lavish welfare State. He converted to Islam and is now willing to sell his life – and the lives of his family – in order to advance his faith. Why? Well, why not? What does life in Sweden offer? A chance for more welfare? More degraded pop culture? Multicultural mish-mash bull by the truck load? Who in Sweden ever offered him the chance to rise above narrow self-interest and subordinate himself to a cause? No one. ISIS did – and they got him now. This sort of thing shocks a lot of people – it doesn’t shock me. I know that if you don’t believe in something, you’ll fall for anything.

I believe in the Christian God and the Roman Catholic Church. I believe in the Declaration of Independence. There’s not a chance in heck you’ll ever find me fighting for the crazed barbarians of ISIS…but the endless number of westerners who believe in nothing? They might very well – because something always beats nothing. As I noted before, only believers will beat ISIS…in other words, only people who offer something rock-solid in opposition to ISIS can prevail…

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2 thoughts on “By the Way: You Can’t Win With Nothing

  1. Cluster February 25, 2015 / 8:41 am

    Skramo’s story pretty much dispels the notion that a robust jobs program would prevent future terrorism.

  2. Retired Spook February 25, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Such a conversion, while not commonplace, is certainly not unheard of in Scandinavia. Remember the mass shootings at the youth camp in Norway a few years ago? Although the political and ideological roots of that camp got virtually no coverage in the MSM, it was basically a pro-Palestinian, anti-Semitic indoctrination camp. Anti-Semitism is on the rise again in Europe like at no time since the 1930’s, so it’s only logical that radical Islam would be making in-roads in, as you say, a culture that largely believes in nothing. As Europe continues to implode economically, it’s only going to get worse.

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