I can’t find the thread link right now, but last night I saw some comments from a military veteran that echoed something I’d seen a couple days before. The basic gist of the first idea was this:

“How do we know this fire in Tennessee isn’t arson? The Israelis know that Palestinians and other terrorists have set huge fires to try to distract the army or police, or even to flush out innocent victims.”

We’ll come back to this idea in a moment.

Then last night I read about this:

“When I was in the service we learned about using tactical fires for cover. Using fire is a fairly common military tactic. The Native Americans used forest fires to lead buffalo herds and corner enemies, and it shows up in other cultures. In modern warfare though it’s taboo, which is why most armies don’t use blowtorches anymore. But I wouldn’t put it past psychos like ISIS to torch Gatlinburg just to distract the authorities from their bigger plan.”Native Americans were like all other human beings; they modified their environment to suit their needs. The “Romantic” myth is that, before “the white man” came to North America, Native Americans lived in perfect harmony with the ecosystem. Their carbon footprints were as tiny and delicate as sparrow’s feet in the snow. They never harmed any life or vegetation beyond basic needs, and always showed total respect to every animal and plant they consumed.
Sorry, nope.

Shame on Europeans for getting the better of tribes who had spent centuries battling to get the better of each other and nature!To cite one pro-Native American site, “Native Americans were like all other human beings; they modified their environment to suit their needs.” That’s an important point to keep in mind: all humans reshape the environment based on their goals. + + +

Now, the idea that ISIS started a fire in Tennessee probably sounds crazy, right? I mean, we know how ISIS usually rolls: machetes, machine guns, car bombs, etc. But gigantic arson attacks? Just another tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory, I guess.

Or maybe not.

As Jessica McBride at Heavy.com reports,

There is no evidence at all that terrorists or ISIS are behind the Gatlinburg fire, and authorities have not said as much. No terrorist organizations have claimed any responsibility, either.

However, there is evidence that Islamic terrorists and Jihadists may have turned to or advocated for arson fire as a general method of terror. The hashtags #FireJihad and #ForestJihad are starting to take off on Twitter. In Israel, a series of fires in recent days is considered possible terrorism.

I have not followed the news on the Tennessee blaze as closely as others, so I was surprised to learn that, while authorities have said very little about the Sevier County fire’s cause thus far, “they have simply said that its origins are human-caused,” according to National Park Service spokeswoman Dana Soehn.

The last count I heard on the news today is that 13 people have died, and the wildfire have destroyed resorts, homes, and businesses, and led to general devastation as it rips through the tourist gateway to the Smoke Mountains.

Not surprisingly, the fires have been used as yet another cudgel by liberals to prop up their endless hysteria about climate change. I’ve also seen liberals mock victims of the blaze in Tennessee because they voted for Trump. The idea is that, because Trump does not believe passionately enough in the current claims about man-made climate change, anyone who supports him should suffer the full brunt of all natural catastrophes.

(Hey, don’t ask me.)


What you won’t see liberals admit–or even consider out loud–is that anyone but “inbred, gap-toothed hillbillies” could have caused the fires (if they’re willing to imagine anything bad happening that isn’t somehow caused by climate change).

What evidence is there that terrorists or ISIS have turned to fire as their latest weapon?” asks McBride.

For one, she suggests, look at what is going on in Israel. Firefighters have battled blazes that ravaged Israel and the occupied West Bank for five days and forced tens of thousands to flee, authorities said, blaming arsonists for some outbreaks.
Indeed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the fires, “a crime for all intents and purposes and in our opinion it is terror for all intents and purposes.” In addition, some people who oppose Israel were celebrating the Israeli fires on Twitter.


Aside from the spread of the #ForestJihad and #FireJihad on social media, in 2012 an Al-Qaeda magazine was “offering detailed advice on how to start huge forest fires in America with timed explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs,” according to ABC News.

The magazine called for the creation of so-called “ember bombs,” providing “detailed instructions on how to ignite an ’ember bomb’ in a U.S. forest, recommending Montana because of the rapid population growth in wooded areas.”

Remember what I said about the universal human desire “to reshape the environment based on their goals”? Well, as horrifying as their actions are, ISIS troops are still human beings, and if they had any hand in these fires, it is because they desire to reshape the environment in Tennessee to hide, delay, or initiate, or accelerate some larger goal.

Let me close by pointing out one more irony.

While I agree “the media” has covered the fires on a basic level, I know I’m not the only person who senses a–shall we say–lack of enthusiasm in the media coverage. To be totally frank, if this fire had broken out in an Indian reservation, a sanctuary city, or heavily or African-American area of the country, it would be cited as a national tragedy. Not only that, you can be sure speculation that the fire was caused by “angry Trump supporters” or “alt-right racists” would be the endless drumbeat for a week.

Alex D.

Alex D is a conservative journalist, who covers all issues of importance for conservatives. He brings attention and insight from what happens in the White House to the streets of American towns, because it all has an impact on our future, and the country left for our children. Exposing the truth is his ultimate goal, mixed with wit where it's appropriate, and feels that journalism shouldn't be censored. Join him & let's spread the good word!

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