Very disturbing surveillance footage comes out of the attack on the Nairobi mall

CNN was able to obtain footage from surveillance cameras showing the first day of the four-day-long attack that al Shabab Islamic terrorists made against the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The video makes for horrifying viewing. It’s terrible to watch because we, as sympathetic and empathetic humans, must always be disturbed when we watch the slaughter of the innocents. It’s also terrible to watch because the “Western” look of this mall brings home the fact that Islamic terrorists are waging all-out war against us, i.e., Americans and others who live ordinary capitalist, Judeo-Christian lives.

What struck us, though, as the most terrible thing of all about the footage is the Islamists’ relaxed, calm, and calculated approach to the slaughter of the innocents. It is no exaggeration to say that their “business as usual” attitude is precisely the same attitude the Nazis had when, in a businesslike way, they shot or gassed six million Jews, plus gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics, communists, and anyone else they didn’t like. (It’s worth noting that the Islamists are no more fond of Jews, homosexuals, or Christians than the Nazis were. Just sayin’.)

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (6)

The clerk has been shot, but he is struggling to live

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (4)

Having been shot, the clerk struggles to sit up, even as he is surrounded by a rapidly spreading pool of his own blood

The first second of the video shows relaxed shoppers strolling through a store in the Westgate Mall on September 21. Suddenly, although there is no audio, you know that the terrorists have started shooting outside the store, as dozens of panicked people begin running frantically for cover.

One clerk hides himself beneath the front counter, only to have an Islamist walk in and casually, without thought or effort, shoot him. The terrorist then walks away. The clerk, lying in a spreading pool of his own blood, struggles to right himself. His efforts are wasted. As he sits up, another terrorist walks by, and with the same casual air as his comrade in slaughter, delivers the killing shot.

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (5)

The dark-jacketed Islamist on the left delivers the kill shot to the wounded clerk

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (7)

Panicked shoppers run and crawl across the mall’s main floor, seeking shelter from the killers

Another surveillance camera shows terrified shoppers racing through an open area of the mall in their efforts to escape from the gunman. Many drop to their stomachs and begin crawling away. Some no longer move.

A mother with two children appears on the scene, pushing a shopping cart. In the cart is a wounded child. Behind her follows a blood-stained, limping teenage girl, with her hands in the air. And then, behind that teenage girl, we see the explanation for this little procession: A gun-toting Islamist is herding these hostages along. (We are pleased to report that the woman, her two children, and the other children that she rescued all survived the attack.)

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (9)

A woman escorts her two children through a store, as she pushes a shopping cart holding a third, wounded child

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi

A terrorist herds a bloodied, wounded teenage girl through a store

The surveillance footage shows several of the terrorists wandering through stores, their gait relaxed, and their guns at the ready. Some are seen talking on cell phones. Authorities believe that they were not talking to each other but were, instead, receiving real-time instructions from outside controllers. One terrorist sees a body lie on the ground and fires an extra bullet into it . . . just in case.

The most disturbing thing of all about the whole video is that the terrorists are not in a frenzy of rage or insanity. Rather, they are exactly like workers in a slaughterhouse. On this first day, they know that they are in charge, and that’s despite the fact that there is surveillance footage showing two white men (meaning, two men who were obviously not the all-black al Shabab terrorists) holding revolvers and obviously making a plan to protect the civilians sheltered behind them. It’s believed that these men were security guards or perhaps off-duty policemen. Despite their obvious bravery, they were no match for the heavily armed killers.

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (11)

For the Islamists, it’s an enjoyable turkey shoot

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (1)

This man can be seen talking on a cell phone, which authorities believe is how outside controllers directed the Islamists in the mall

The Islamists carry themselves upright and unafraid, they talk on the phone, and they break for prayers, with butts in the air for Allah. It’s very disturbing to realize that kids running around at a paintball game show more tension than these terrorists do. These killers know that, on this first day, they are unstoppable. Knowing this, they obviously enjoy themselves as they massacre the innocents.

It is important to emphasize the terrorists’ appearance because we need to understand their character in order to appreciate the war we’re in. And make no mistake – even as Barack Obama makes nice with the Muslim Brotherhood, and despite President George W. Bush’s constant claim that “Islam is a religion of peace,” Islamists have declared war against the West.

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (8)

The terrorists were completely relaxed and in control as they went on their killing spree

Surveillance camera footage from the first minutes of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi (2)

When they weren’t killing civilians, the Islamists took time out to pray to their god

There are millions of peaceful Muslims throughout the world, but the religion itself is premised upon Holy War and at least 10% of Islam’s followers take this mandate very seriously. Given that there are currently 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, the 10% of true believers means a worldwide army of 1,600,000,000 Muslims who actively or passively support what happened during those four days in Nairobi.

This is an asymmetrical war. The Islamists fully realize that they cannot defeat our military, so they don’t bother. They also recognize that, because they are an informal network that spans the globe, rather than representing any specific country, it’s extremely difficult for western armies to meet them on the battlefield. After all, Western armies wage war against nations, not against loose alliances of individuals.

There was little that these security guards could do with their small guns against the massive arms the terrorists brought in

There was little that these security guards could do with their small guns against the massive arms the terrorists brought in

Still, people did survive, thanks in no small part to many individual acts of bravery

Still, people did survive, thanks in no small part to many individual acts of bravery

The result is that the Islamists attack the softest targets – unarmed civilians and, optimally, children. This most recent attack against a civilian population was not aberrant. It was entirely consistent with an ideology that routinely attacks schools and other soft targets, as it did in Beslan, Russia, and as it repeatedly does in Israel.

As long as Western leadership is in denial about what is going on, we are all sitting ducks, or fish in a barrel, or turkeys at a shoot, or whatever other metaphor you want to use for a helpless population that is perpetually at risk of experiencing a slaughter against which it cannot defend itself. The only two things we, as individuals, can do are to (1) exercise our 2nd Amendment rights so that we can try to defend ourselves in the event of an attack or, at least, take a few of them with us when we go; and (2) elect politicians like Allen West, who understand that Islam is engaged in an existential war against the West, and that the West can win only by destroying the Islamists. (This doesn’t mean killing all Muslims, but it does mean waging total war against the 10%.)

(This post originally appeared in somewhat different form at Mr. Conservative.)

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  • jj

    As I have said (and said, and said… I’m sure you’re all bored) there are no ‘peaceful Muslims’ in the world.  It is a species that exists no more than do trolls, or Norwegian Ridgeback dragons.  If the test of being Muslim is whether or not one believes in the rantings of that epileptic baby-raping desert madman as written in that blood-soaked book of his, then there is not now and never has been a Muslim anybody else could live with.
     
    They are not ‘peaceful,’ they are crafty.  They are ‘peaceful’ in the exact way that John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and Mitch McConnell are not democrats.  They want to reach the precise same goal, but a few days later, get there a little slower, give the peasants a little time to adjust to the new reality.  The goal is the same: we survive, you go away.
     
    As I’ve noted, I’ve read their book.  So should everybody else, then there’d be no more claptrap about ‘peaceful Muslims.’  Just as old Mo’s word was not ever at any time even once in his entire worthless life good for anything, so with ‘peaceful Muslims.’
     
    As to the rest, of course they attack soft targets.  Where the hell else would anybody with a modicum of brains attack?  The only idiot in recent history who attacked precisely where he was outnumbered, outgunned, and the enemy were strongest and well dug in was Omar Bradley, in the Huertgen Forest in 1944.  He had Patton to rescue him from his mess, most of the rest of us aren’t so lucky.  If I’m going to attack somebody, you may safely bet the ranch I’ll search out the softest target area to do it, if I can.  That’s just good sense, irrespective of whether you’re a Muslim or an Irish Catholic.  (Although the Irish do go in for death-or-glory charges with a lot more witless abandon than Muslims do.  A Celtic thing, I think.)
     
    The lesson is, don’t be a soft target.  Our local mall’s a fair distance away, right beside a Navy base.  Between military personnel, and the natural inclinations of much of western Washington, (WA is a ‘shall issue’ state) I suspect every third person at the mall on any given day is as well armed as any of these birds seem to have been.  Probably, in the case of the SPs, better armed.  When at the mall, be armed.

  • pst314

    If Islam were the “religion of peace” that they claim, Muslims around the world would be waging a war to the death against intolerant Muslims.
    But what do we see? What gets Muslims angry? Criticism, dissent, apostasy, refusal to kow-tow to Muslims, refusal to submit.
    The bitter truth is that intolerance and cruelty toward “infidels” is *mainstream* Islamic doctrine. Entirely mainstream.

  • Charles Martel

    This is a bit of a tangent, but I think it may be instructive with regard to how leftists view Islam and their inability to see that it is a wolf that views them as quisling sheep.
     
    Two of my oldest friends are atheists. He because of a domineering father that he never found the courage to rebel against, and she because a beloved brother died 43 years ago in a plane crash and she never forgave God for it happening. Recently they told us that had visited some creationist museum somewhere in the middle of the country. While they were somewhat gracious in their descriptions of the believers who answered their questions there, they also injected their usual snark about things religious. (They are avid viewers of Stewart, Colbert, and Maddow, so unreflective snark comes easy to them.)
     
    Along with recounting their visit to the creationists, he mentioned that he had been reading Reza Aslan’s “Zealot,” the pathetically inept reworking of earlier revisionist historians’ attempts to turn Jesus into a Zealot or delusional sage (Hugh Schonfield’s “Passover Plot” from the 1960s comes to mind). I told my friend that Aslan is a fraud, both because he lacks the academic bona fides to assert what he does, and also because he claims to be a Muslim–which he is not. A true Muslim would not diss Isa (Jesus) under pain of death, since Isa was the second greatest of Allah’s prophets. Secondly, Aslan cannot possibly be Muslim because the Qu’ran (wrongly) teaches that the Trinity consists of Allah, Isa, and Maryam (Isa’s mother), an absurdity on its face. But, unfortunately, the Qu’ran is inerrant and Aslan must believe its explanation of the Trinity under pain of death. Only he doesn’t–believe or address it.
     
    But for my friends’ and other atheists’ purposes, Aslan’s Muslim pose kills two birds with one stone: He demolishes Jesus and he does it under the politically correct cover of a victim, mostly non-white religion.
     
    My observations made no difference to my friend. He knows nothing–or rather, sees nothing–of Islam’s vile and totalitarian nature, and was happy to give Aslan credence because he is Muslim and because he disses Jesus. The pattern is clear: Indulge yourself in any slumming or reading that cements and reinforces your contempt for Christianity, and never, never, ever question or critically observe your motivation.
     
    When it comes time to clear Islam from our shores, you can be sure that my friends’ ilk will be there resisting to the end with big puppets, burqa-covered papier-mache vulvas, and “Si Se Puede!” signs.

  • Libby

    I can’t watch the video – seen too much horror from the ‘religion of peace’ already (bombing, beheadings, stonings, etc.).
    It always amazes me that atheists and the Left can hold present-day Christians responsible for things done hundreds of years ago (and ignore any good that Christians have done), but somehow ignore a religion that today encourages hatred and harm toward non-believers and the harsh treatment of its own believers (women in particular). Fine, you don’t respect people of faith, or are disgusted that the church doesn’t accept certain lifestyle choices, that’s understandable. But we don’t want to kill anyone and we have no problem co-existing with you (provided we keep things civil). So why take this hatred of Christians to such an extreme as to embrace a religion that literally thinks you don’t deserve to exist and revels in your debasement, torture and death? Completely irrational.
    I also blame the media and entertainment industries for doing everything they can to shield us from seeing these kinds of atrocities or even a realist fictitious version of this evil.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    “After all, Western armies wage war against nations, not against loose alliances of individuals.”
     
    Unless you’re Eric Holder, ATF, IRS, etc, targeting patriotic Americans.
     
    “So why take this hatred of Christians to such an extreme as to embrace a religion that literally thinks you don’t deserve to exist andrevels in your debasement, torture and death? Completely irrational.”
     
    Actually, it’s very rational. Emotional defense using projection is designed to be safe. It’s safer accusing people of what they used to do, then what they are doing now. Because the people killing now, are dangerous to accuse. Thus mental defense projection usually doesn’t project on the more dangerous subject. Projection and displacement is designed to choose a Less Threatening object.