Bearded Savages of the Day number 40

OK the Eurovision Song Contest may not be everyone’s cup of tea, nor is it the home of great music, but the bearded savages in Azerbaijan decided that what the host of the Eurovision Song Contest really needed was some proper ‘boom bang a bang’.

Reuters reports that Jihadists Bearded Savages, have been gaoled for planning a bomb campaign on the eve of the song contest.

Reuters said:

Four foreign-trained Islamists were sentenced to up to 14 years in jail in Azerbaijan on Monday for plotting “terrorist attacks” on the eve of this year’s Eurovision song contest in Baku, the latest crackdown on militancy in the oil-rich state.

After 70 years of Soviet-rule, most Azeris have a relaxed attitude towards religion, but Azerbaijan, a NATO ally bordering Iran on the Caspian Sea, says it is combating increasing Islamist extremism with ties to Tehran.

A court official who declined to be named told Reuters the four were sentenced to between 12 and 14 years in jail for crimes including treason, plotting terrorist attacks, arms smuggling and having links with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.”

The Reuters report continued:

Security forces killed the group’s alleged leader in an operation in April and the other members of the group were arrested a month before Baku hosted Eurovision in May.

The Security Ministry said those arrested had been trained in Iran, SyriaPakistan, and some had fought NATO troops in Afghanistan. As is usual in Azerbaijan, the court proceedings were closed to the public.

Last year, Azerbaijan jailed 17 members of another group it said was linked to al Qaeda, sentencing them to between five years and life in jail.”

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Azerbaijani Islam appears to have been tamed by 70 years of Soviet oppression but the Iranians seem to want to disturb this ‘relaxed’ attitude to religion and turn Azerbaijan into yet another Islamic failed state. The state which is broadly secular, such as Azerbaijan, is anathema to the austere theocrats in Tehran.