Embassy Closures: More Reasons it’s BS
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By Kerry Patton
While I previously had written that the recent threats throughout the Middle East causing twenty-one Embassies and Consulates to close was bullshit, I articulated using intelligence concepts and courses of actions. You know, some elementary stuff taught in any schoolhouse teaching about such principles. I did not use any personal experience. Well, thanks to my buddy Drew, who reminded me of some nonsense I went through about five years ago, this blog post is based off some experience.
In 2008, I was working as an advisor in Afghanistan.
We were quickly approaching Ramadan. Some idiot out in ISAF headquarters (Kabul) went into panic mode. Yup, whoever it was tried being astute in Islam by reading the Koran. At least that was the best I could figure.
Out of nowhere, my team along with at least three other teams in country got tasked for a quick turnaround RFI (Request for Information). Our task was to provide as much insight as possible about a specific time during Ramadan known as Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power).
I am not going to divulge the entire report we provided to headquarters however I will provide some background and why, during 2008, my experience has a lot to do with what is going on today with the Embassy closures.
A quick background on Laylatul Qadr.
Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) occurs during the Holy Month of Ramadan. This time is considered the occurrence when Arch Angel Gabriel first sent revelations to the Prophet Mohammed which later combined to formulate the Koran. During Ramadan, Koranic Sura 97:3 states that the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) is “better than a thousand months.”
The Night of Power is actually translated in Arabic (the official language to read the Koran) as the “Night of Majesty.” So from this point forward, I will not refer to Laylatul Qadr as “The Night of Power.” It will be referred to as its true translation…The Night of Majesty.
According to the Koran, “The Night of Majesty” is one of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. This time frame should be considered a “floating” time line as it occurs during “the first witnessed shinning of the light which was destined to illuminate the whole world.”
Like Ramadan, times may actually fluctuate as to when “The Night of Majesty” actually exists. This fluctuation is due to a local Mullahs, true lunar sightings, or Saudi Arabian influence in the area. Of note, for Sunni Islamists, Saudi Arabia does specify when “The Night of Majesty” should be observed.
According to Islamic Scholar Ahmad Sakr, “The Night of Majesty is a very important occasion in Islam. Everyone is asked to live it and to enjoy it. This Night is a night of Mercy, a night of Blessing, a night of Peace and a night of Guidance. It is a night of Unification between the finite world of ours and the Infinite Universe of the Unseen.”
If Ramadan is considered the Holy Month in Islam, “The Night of Majesty” can arguably be considered the holiest day in Islam.
Islamic theology stresses that “living in the presence of Allah” is much better then living in the presence of the rest of the world. This specific concept of Islamic extremist thought translates into “dying is better than living.” One means to be forgiven of all sin in Islam is to commit to the “defensive” Jihad and die as one of Allah’s martyrs.
Ramadan itself should be broken down into three different segments.
Muslims believe that the first ten days of Ramadan are for mercy, the second ten days are for erasing of sins, and the third ten days for being spared from hell in the afterlife. Increased militant activity would make sense according to the three segments of Ramadan. It is believed by Islamists that one sure way to be spared from hell is the through self-martyrdom for Allah.
It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah said: “One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite.”
In a nutshell, this is what my team uncovered in better understanding “The Night of Majesty.” As I said, in a nutshell.
Today, after observing the decisions by the US government, I fear decision makers have acted much like that one idiot in ISAF HQ’s. Let me explain why.
Initially, the twenty-one Embassies and consulates throughout the Maghreb, Middle East, Levant, and Central Asia were supposed to be closed on Sunday. Sunday was the day estimated to serve as the “The Night of Majesty.” But today, after no terror incident unfolded, we have decided to expand the closures for the duration of the week.
Following “The Night of Majesty” Muslims transition into another holiday known as Eid al-Fitr. This holiday technically starts this Wednesday and ends on Thursday. It’s a celebratory time filled with large feasts and large gatherings of friends and family.
What better time to attack and engage in Jihad then after you have a full belly? I don’t know about you but I know how I feel after Thanksgiving dinner. I ain’t getting off the sofa after such a large meal. And guess what? The odds are, neither will the Islamists.
In fact, after studying a plethora of reports coming from several terrorist incident data banks, it was discovered that while during “The Night of Majesty” and Eid al-Fitr, terrorist incidents do occur but statistically, numbers do not spike as one might believe. In fact, in most years, during this period in Islamic adherence, incidents actually decline.
Ok folks, now you have it.
I previously provided you some insight as to why I believe the closures of our Embassies and Consulates was ridiculous and today, I am providing insight based off a past experience which supports my initial claim. Take it or leave it, but this is where I stand…It’s all bullshit.