Saturday 25 June 2022

[OP-ED] It’s Home Grown!

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24 June 2022 - At The Banks - BCCR

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COSTA RICA — I have a rule not to stray from Costa Rica in my opinion pieces, however, last week is an exception. We, Costa Rica, are not immune to the self-radicalized terrorist who are all but impossible to be identified no matter how competent is OIJ, DIS and NSA of the United States.

Not every act of violence is for a “cause” or Jihad in nature, but during the last seven days at least four have been in the name of Allah and have met or exceeded the trip to eternity offered by ISIS and its brutal but effective terrorist campaign.

The most scary part of all this is the recent terrorist state-of-mind is home grown. They have never set foot in the Middle East and never will. As I have read, they come from middle class families, some where and someplace they have dropped off the grid while adopting Jihadist Islam as the worlds savior and are killing innocent victims ranging from Germany, to New York, to even Canada. And of course more recently the State of Washington.

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Like unseen ants in the night, three have jumped the U.S. White House fence, one penetrating all the way to the “Green” room and willing to sacrifice his life for some distorted interpretation of Islam.

Remember Argentina and the Jewish Ssynagogue bombed in 1994? In Latin America hate of Jew by the Jihad started then and why are we to believe it will stop now?

Young people around the world are idolizing the virtues if ISIS and the creation of a caliphate (An Islamic state.) However, these poor defectors have done 50 cents worth of homework and most who have successfully defected soon cry tears to return to their home countries.

During the revolution of Nicaragua, CR was indeed a passive participant supporting the FSLN (Sandinista) to counter the dictator Anastasio Somoza. It was the PLO which financed the Sandinista and Cuba, a country with limited resources, came along much, much later. The reason? Nicaragua, under Somoza was the 1st. country to recognize Israel as an independent state in 1948.

The now issue?

Killers such as the one in Canada are on the terrorist watch list, right at the very top. Their passports have been taken away to avoid travel to the “hot spots”. But gun laws, Jihadist influence does not stop them. They are home grown and self-radicalized with the “call” to eliminate public figures at best, and if not uniformed officials, police and soldiers.

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The more one kills a soldier or police person, the higher on the list of Allah one will receive upon his or her own death.

So far Costa Rica has been the exception and we indeed to hope the country stays that way. While the Jewish community lives under subliminal pressure, it still appears safe from physical harm

The truth is, to enter the U.S. with Ebola or terrorism, CR is a damn good launching pad.

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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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