There Is No Such Thing as a Lone Wolf

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

The latest act of Jihad carried out in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahoaiej Bouhlel was not the act of a "Lone Wolf". Initial reports characterized Mohamed Lahoaiej Bouhlel as a lone wolf on ant-psychotic medication without a previous history of radicalization.

The media does an injustice when it attributes a horrific crime to a single individual loner bent on destruction. One has to look at the context of events-the whole picture. When Al Quaida and now ISIS declared a Jihad against the West, it was meant to reach as many Muslims, radicalized or not, as possible.

A Jihad is just that. It is a Declaration of War to  be carried out by any Muslim who seizes the opportunity. Even though the majority of Muslims may not subscribe to the declaration of Jihad by Al Quaida or ISIS, those who do, consider it the highest level of Holiness one can attain in this world. Make no mistake about it these so called "lone wolves" are following the directives of Ayman  al Zwahiri of Al Quaida and Abu Bakr al Bagdadi of ISIS(the latter was reportedly killed in an airstrike in June of this year). They are being incited by someone. They are not doing it in a vacuum. They are being empowered by each and every act of Terrorism that takes place before they do their dastardly deed. In 2009 Dr. Nidal Hasan , an Army Psychiatrist, killed 13 and injured 30 in Fort Hood.

The President and the media refused to call this heinous crime an act of Terrorism for the longest time. Nidal Hasan had been in correspondence with Iman Anwar al-Awlaki. This was a clear act of Jihad done by a so called Lone Wolf when in point of fact he was acting on behalf of a terrorist network. Had Nidal Hasan been investigated beforehand, this act of Jihad could have been prevented. Every time a Terrorist incident occurs inspires other "wannabe" Terrorists to do the same. The use of a truck by Mohamed Lahoaiej Bouhlel to mow down people unfortunately has been a tactic used against Israelis over the years. On October 20, 2015 a series of photos of an Israeli being killed near Hebron by a truck went viral. The New York Post showed the graphic details as did other media outlets. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said about the incident, "I deplore random acts against civilians.

Such terror attacks make every place unsafe and every person regardless of gender or age a potential victim."  Ban Ki Moon essentially forewarned the world almost a year ago about Terrorism by Truck. Backround checks that are very detailed should be required of anyone owning or renting a truck around the globe. The very first step in preventing further acts of Terrorism is to realize there is a Jihad ongoing against the West. The President of the United States has been very slow in drawing this conclusion. This has been part of the problem. I think the realization is sinking in.

Now all agencies involved in protecting the public must go all out to head off any possible attack. The so called "Lone Wolf" has many people encouraging him or her, supplying him or her with armaments (the truck in Nice was loaded with weapons and bombs), and enabling him or her. We can stop this Barbarism if we put our heads together. We must end the Jihad now or no one is safe.The latest act of Jihad carried out in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahoaiej Bouhlel was not the act of a "Lone Wolf". Initial reports characterized Mohamed Lahoaiej Bouhlel as a lone wolf on ant-psychotic medication without a previous history of radicalization. The media does an injustice when it attributes a horrific crime to a single individual loner bent on destruction.

One has to look at the context of events-the whole picture. When Al Quaida and now ISIS declared a Jihad against the West, it was meant to reach as many Muslims, radicalized or not, as possible. A Jihad is just that. It is a Declaration of War to  be carried out by any Muslim who seizes the opportunity. Even though the majority of Muslims may not subscribe to the declaration of Jihad by Al Quaida or ISIS, those who do, consider it the highest level of Holiness one can attain in this world. Make no mistake about it these so called "lone wolves" are following the directives of Ayman  al Zwahiri of Al Quaida and Abu Bakr al Bagdadi of ISIS(the latter was reportedly killed in an airstrike in June of this year). They are being incited by someone.

They are not doing it in a vacuum. They are being empowered by each and every act of Terrorism that takes place before they do their dastardly deed. In 2009 Dr. Nidal Hasan , an Army Psychiatrist, killed 13 and injured 30 in Fort Hood. The President and the media refused to call this heinous crime an act of Terrorism for the longest time. Nidal Hasan had been in correspondence with Iman Anwar al-Awlaki. This was a clear act of Jihad done by a so called Lone Wolf when in point of fact he was acting on behalf of a terrorist network. Had Nidal Hasan been investigated beforehand, this act of Jihad could have been prevented. Every time a Terrorist incident occurs inspires other "wannabe" Terrorists to do the same.

The use of a truck by Mohamed Lahoaiej Bouhlel to mow down people unfortunately has been a tactic used against Israelis over the years. On October 20, 2015 a series of photos of an Israeli being killed near Hebron by a truck went viral. The New York Post showed the graphic details as did other media outlets. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said about the incident, "I deplore random acts against civilians. Such terror attacks make every place unsafe and every person regardless of gender or age a potential victim."  Ban Ki Moon essentially forewarned the world almost a year ago about Terrorism by Truck.

Backround checks that are very detailed should be required of anyone owning or renting a truck around the globe. The very first step in preventing further acts of Terrorism is to realize there is a Jihad ongoing against the West. The President of the United States has been very slow in drawing this conclusion. This has been part of the problem.

I think the realization is sinking in. Now all agencies involved in protecting the public must go all out to head off any possible attack. The so called "Lone Wolf" has many people encouraging him or her, supplying him or her with armaments (the truck in Nice was loaded with weapons and bombs), and enabling him or her. We can stop this Barbarism if we put our heads together. We must end the Jihad now or no one is safe.