13 January 2015, 16:18
Competition between terrorist organizations can be a motive of terrorist attacks in Paris - religious expert
Moscow, January 13, Interfax - Series of terrorist attacks in Paris can be a result of competition between terrorist organizations, first of all between the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, renowned religious expert Roman Silantyev believes.
"It deserves attention that terrorists were members of Al-Qaeda, which took responsibility for the attacks. Earlier this organization was the most notorious in the world among terrorist organizations, but last year the palm of supremacy was given to the Islamic State, Silantyev said on air the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station.
He did not exclude a possibility that terrorist attacks in Paris demonstrated Al-Qaeda intention to regain leading positions.
"Now leaders of this organization can boast that while ISIL executes captives and rapes girls in Muslim regions, they hit the very heart of the 'kafir' world and punished the Prophet's offenders," the religious expert said.
According to him, only three terrorists armed with small arms attacked the weakly protected editorial office and the unprotected supermarket, and thus "aroused louder echo than the one caused by terrorist attacks in New York. And it was not only louder, but also more ideologically beneficial for terrorists."
Silantyev points out that today the Europeans have to choose "We are Charlie" or "We are for terrorist" and the choice is not evident for millions of people and "they can easily prefer terrorists to blasphemers, and it will bring new flow of people to Al-Qaeda.
"Continued insults of Muslim shrines that acquire demonstrative and avalanche-like character also contribute to it. Associates of the murdered caricaturists promise to take revenge on all believers, including Jews and Christians who also lost their coreligionists in the terrorist attack, brings situation to a dangerous absurd," the expert said.
According to him, multi-million marches in France were also useful for terrorists as they not only consolidated a part of the French society and strengthened positions of President Hollande, "but also showed the point of the Western society which should be intensively attacked by the terrorists."
"Journalists will become their priority target, and to kill journalists is easier than to attack police stations or capture air jets," Silantyev summed up.