Non-Muslim Terrorists Seize Hotel In Mali, Take Hostages

Featured image Terrorists having nothing to do with Islam, armed with AK-47s and hand grenades, screamed “Allahu akbar!” as they attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. The non-Muslim terrorists have killed at least three people and are holding approximately 170 hostages. In an ecumenical gesture, the terrorists allowed hostages to leave if they were able to recite from the Quran. American and French special forces are now reported to be »

When a moment of silence is too much to ask

Featured image The Paris terrorists attacks occurred during a six day period of “international” soccer matches — i.e., contests between national teams. In fact, one of the attacks was directed at the Stade de France, where France was hosting Germany. During the remaining matches, there was supposed to be a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks. Unfortunately, this was too much to ask of many Muslim »

Hillary Doubles Down On Clueless

Featured image Hillary Clinton delivered a speech today to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She discussed terrorism extensively, taking time (like her boss) to ridicule Republicans for referring to radical Islam: Reading her speech at a brisk clip from a teleprompter at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, she slowed momentarily to mock three words – “radical Islamic terrorism” – that Republicans often accuse President Barack »

John Kerry’s Freudian slip

Featured image John Kerry said this today: There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo [and what happened in last week’s Paris attacks], and I think everybody would feel that. [In the Hebdo case] [t]here was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of »

After last night

Featured image Watching the Democratic presidential candidates’ event on CBS last night, I thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. You know, “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension…” John Dickerson played Rod Serling. Herewith my impression of the highlights. Bernie Sanders explained that the phenomenon formerly known as global warming (PFKAGW) was the cause of the Paris massacres. Sanders is no outlier. He represents »

First Thoughts on the Paris Attacks [Updated]

Featured image We were recording a podcast, which will be posted shortly, when Islamic terrorists unleashed their coordinated attacks on Paris. Early reports are always wrong, at least in part, so the facts are still in flux, but here are some preliminary comments: 1) At the moment, French authorities are estimating 140 deaths and many injuries, in six coordinated attacks. No one doubted for a moment that the murders were committed by »

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Asks: Whither Islam?

Featured image Ayaan Hirsi Ali has a new article up in Foreign Policy magazine with the totally non-controversial title, “Islam Is a Religion of Violence.” Here she repeats several of the themes of her most recent book, which she dilated in her speech and conversation with me out in San Francisco last month. Despite this categorical title, she holds out some hope for an Islamic reformation that will lead to Islam adapting »

Heard About “the Wallstrom Affair”?

Featured image Did you hear anything about the dustup in Sweden in the spring over the remarks of foreign minister Margot Wallstrom? She belongs to Sweden’s Social Democratic Party and holds impeccable left-of-center credentials, and also served for a time as the Commissioner for the Environment at the European Union, where she said all of the politically correct platitudes about global warming and sustainable development. She also worked at the UN for »

Egyptian Television: Burn the Jews!

Featured image MEMRI translates this edifying colloquy between “Dr.” Muhammad Khaled, Egyptian television host, and his guest, Islamic History Professor Yusri Ahmad Zidan. Professor Zidan helpfully explains that throughout history, the “solution” to the Jewish “problem” has been to burn them. Hey, the Crusaders and the Nazis both did it! (Wait, I thought the Crusaders were supposed to be bad…) This kind of incitement to mass murder is commonplace in the Islamic »

Netanyahu vs. the Mufti: Why the Controversy?

Featured image Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred up a hornet’s nest when he told the World Zionist Congress yesterday that Hitler’s “final solution” was originally the Grand Mufti’s idea: Netanyahu’s comments have been just about universally denounced. Yad Vashem’s chief historian, Professor Dina Porat, told Ynet that Netanyahu’s statements were factually incorrect. “You cannot say that it was the mufti who gave Hitler the idea to kill or burn Jews,” she said. »

The Times Backs Off on Temple Trutherism

Featured image The New York Times provoked widespread dismay when it published an article yesterday titled Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place. The article claimed that it is an open question whether the first and second Jewish temples ever existed at Temple Mount. This assertion is an explosive one because some Arabs allege that the temples, if they ever existed at all, were located somewhere other than Temple Mount, and »

The Clock Faker Goes International

Featured image The story of Ahmed Mohamed is one of the most revealing of our time. Ahmed, a 14-year-old Texas student whose father keeps running for president of Sudan, took apart a clock and stuck the clock’s workings in a case with a lot of wires, dummied up to look like a suitcase bomb. (I assume everyone understands that such bombs use timers, i.e., clocks.) He claimed to have invented or built »

CAIR helps prove Ben Carson’s point

Featured image Ibrahim Hooper of the loathsome Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race. He cites Dr. Carson’s comment that “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation; I absolutely would not agree with that.” I don’t subscribe to the sweeping proposition that a Muslim shouldn’t be president of the United States. But CAIR is Exhibit A »

A Footnote on Carson and Islam

Featured image Ben Carson is taking fire for his comment that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” because Islam is not consistent with the Constitution. This was enough for our normally sensible friends at PJ Media to post a hasty and injudicious Rick Moran column calling Carson a bigot. But as Paul has correctly noted, any faith that does not recognize the principle of »

Ben Carson: Let’s Not Have a Muslim Prez

Featured image On Meet the Press this morning, Ben Carson said that Islam is incompatible with our Constitution, and that he would not endorse having a Muslim president. As far as I can see, all news outlets are quoting the same words, and a complete transcript may reveal additional nuance. But this is what is being quoted: Asked whether his faith or the faith of a president should matter, Carson said, “It »

A draft Trump press release

Featured image The Trump campaign ground to a halt yesterday in the aftermath of Trump’s town hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire, where he let the first questioner drone on about Obama and Islam. The Trump campaign issued a press release that unsuccessfully sought to change the subject. Steve Hayward has a better idea. We have somehow come into possession of the working notes from a draft Trump press release seeking to »

Muslim Lives Matter

Featured image In Rotherham, U.K., some 1,400 British girls, as young as 11 years old, were raped over a period of years by Muslim gangs. Local authorities looked the other way, apparently in part, at least, out of a fear of being deemed “racist.” Publication of the Jay Report on the Rotherham scandal rocked Britain just about a year ago. One might think that these events would induce a sense of reticence, »