Didn’t this happen to Greece, Macedonia and Serbia first?

Islamic jihadists setting Europe-wide forest fires

As threatened. Is this happening in the U.S.? “Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires,” from AFP, October 3 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group’s low-cost attack strategy.

“One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda’s strategy of a ‘thousand cuts’,” Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies.

“This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses.”

In linking al-Qaeda to the deadly wildfires, Mr Bortnikov pointed to calls to launch a “forest jihad” by various extremist websites which he said also publish detailed instructions about how and where to best carry out arson.

He said it was very difficult for special services to find and prosecute such arsonists.

Deadly fires have swept through forest land in EU countries such as Portugal and Spain over the past few months, killing scores of people and forcing thousands to evacuate.

In its continuing campaign against the West, al-Qaeda has vowed to “bleed the enemy to death” by resorting to inexpensive, low-scale attacks it refers to as a “strategy of a thousand cuts”.

Gee, why are we listening to this Russian about al Qaeda? Aren’t the Russians “Enemy No. 1″ ? (See Mitt Romney from March 2012. See also Mitt Romney in October: “I Will Work to Organize and Arm Syrian Rebels ‘Who Share Our Values’” )

What a choice we had this election. But let me stop there, as pointing out that we and Russia share a common enemy (which everyone seemed to know in the 90s) makes me a “Russian propagandist,” according to some conservative blogs that will be named in a blog later this year.