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article imageOp-Ed: Lone wolf attacks on Olympic Games being called for by Al-Qaeda

By Karen Graham     Jul 23, 2016 in Sports
Rio De Janeiro - In the wake of the recent lone-wolf terrorist attacks in Europe, it is not surprising that Al-Qaeda has taken to social media to call on its followers to execute 'lone wolf' attacks on Olympic athletes in Rio de Janeiro.
According to material obtained by the Foreign Desk, Al-Qaeda has issued a series of 'directives" ahead of the August games, urging their followers to carry out the so-called lone-wolf attacks against American, British, French and Israeli athletes.
The pro-Al-Qaeda jihadists proudly announced, "Your chance to take part in the global Jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!” The message went on to say, “One small knife attack against Americans/Israelis in these places will have bigger media effect than any other attacks anywhere else in sha Allah.”
And just to make it clear, the Al-Qaeda message said that spectators were also "legitimate" targets for attacks, and jihadists were advised to look for them in crowded bars and clubs where they would be so drunk they would be sitting ducks.
Actually, the message contained a whole list of outlandish ideas on how to kill the infidels, all cloaked in the bellicose rhetoric of Islamic jihadists who think they are putting the fear of God in the rest of the world.
One stupid idea suggested putting lubricating oil on the sharp curves of highways in the hope this would cause accidents. The message was almost gleeful - “see Israeli Jews flying with their vehicle by the will of Allah.”
Oh, and last, but not least, jihadists are urged to prepare a claim of responsibility, such as an email before the attack or at least a post on their Facebook page. Some think this is to make sure that an attack like the Orlando nightclub shootings is not misinterpreted as a hate-crime targeting the Gay community instead of a terror attack.
This story came out on the Internet as a supposedly "breaking news" story, but with Rio be Janeiro and the rest of the world already well aware of the threat, we really don't need another reminder of how crazy the world has become.
Americans have 9/11, and now the rest of the world has their own memories of terror attacks to contend with for the rest of their lives. Do we know about terror? Yes, we do, and for many, it is personal. Now we are being threatened by jihadists who want to bring havoc and death to the Summer Olympics.
I have to agree with what CBC News/url] says. Yes, Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most violent cities and has carried that distinction for a number of years.
But, that being said, Brazil's government, despite a crippling recession and a great deal of corruption, has spent millions of dollars to ensure that spectators and athletes are safe, calling on the military to help with security.
"The criminality in Rio is a big issue. The disparity between people who have a lot of money and those who don't is great," says Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former senior officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). "Also, the local cops are corrupted so it's very difficult at this point to feel totally secure."
And yet, despite the recession, corruption, polluted waters, the Zika virus, and now, threats of terror attacks, Rio de Janeiro has demonstrated an unbending will to go on with the games. So perhaps the rest of the world ought to take its cue from Rio, and tell ISIS and Al-Qaeda, "Up yours."
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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