United as One, Divided by Zero…

The hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ is beginning to make good on their threat to destroy ISIS. Although they have started small – shutting down ISIS associated Twitter accounts and revealing the names of Facebook pages used to recruit new members to the terrorist group – the organization is stripping ISIS of the secrecy and shadows it uses to hide its allies.

ISIS“We will track you down – every last one – and will kill you,” a spokesman for Anonymous told the world in a video released after the attack on Charlie Hebdo. “You allowed yourselves to kill innocent people, we will therefore avenge their deaths.”

Last week, Anonymous released a list of Twitter accounts and Facebook pages they had taken offline. The accounts had been openly used by ISIS to recruit member and generate sympathy for their cause.

Anonymous posted the information on its website with a video and the following message to ISIS members:

We will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you…

From now on, no safe place for you online…

You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure…

We own the internet…

We are Anonymous; we are Legion; we do not forgive, we do not forget, Expect us.

Unfortunately, the action by Anonymous did not stop ISIS from burning a Jordanian pilot alive or beheading 21 Christians in Libya, but it did show that the barbarians can be fought. ISIS is trying to expand its war, its terror, outside of its current battlefields.

After killing the Coptic Christian hostages in Libya, the ISIS leader said, “And we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our Prophet, peace be upon him.”

Pope Francis responded by saying, “Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!” They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. You, my brother, in your words referred to what is happening in the land of Jesus. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard…The martyrs belong to all Christians.”

Although both ISIS and the Catholic Church were willing to describe the massacre as a religious event, political leaders in the United States are doing their utmost to pretend this has nothing to do with faith. More’s the pity, actually. Pretending that Jews or Christians are not being targeted by Islamic fundamentalist nut-jobs does not mean that is not exactly what is happening.

Jordan has already responded to the killing of their pilot by executing two ISIS members they were holding and increasing airstrikes into ISIS territory. President al-Sisi of Egypt has said that they will respond with the “necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings.”

ISIS wants to lash out and destroy everything that is not in accord with their twisted religious beliefs. Anonymous offered them the opportunity to take their war to the internet. I know which side of that fight I would lay money on.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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