Islam

The Muslim Brotherhood revisited

Featured image In significant respects the Muslim Brotherhood is the progenitor of the Islamic terrorism that hit us on 9/11. Lawrence Wright therefore began his account of al Qaeda and the road to 9/11 with Sayyid Qutb, the “intellectual godfather” of the Brotherhood. The avowedly genocideal and terrorist group Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood itself is a little cagier, but it takes a case of willful blindness to »

Extreme vetting, here we come

Featured image President Trump began to fulfill one of his signal campaign promises yesterday with the promulgation of an executive order addressing immigration from Muslim countries. The New York Times has posted the text of the executive order here. The order proceeds through a series of cross-reference to other laws that renders it incomprehensible on its own terms. Perhaps improvidently, I take the summary of the order’s operative provisions by Michael Shear »

Another fake hate crime via CAIR

Featured image Ann Doss Helms reports another fake hate crime in the Charlotte Observer. A kindergarten teacher was alleged to have committed the fake hate crime against a Muslim student. CAIR promoted the fake hate crime in its patented style, alleging a two-month reign of terror against the boy. The fake hate crime duly made the national news. Then came the investigation: Police found no evidence to confirm a November report that »

An opportunity for Trump in Iran

Featured image Michael Ledeen reports that the Iranian dissident Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is out of prison. He has been held in miserable conditions for a decade. Ayatollah Boroujerdi advocates toleration of all religious (and non-religious) beliefs and opposes the involvement of religious leaders in politics. He has repeatedly criticized the fundamentalist doctrines of the Iranian theocratic state and spoken out against anti-Semitism. In 2010 he sent Hanukkah greetings to the Jews of »

The Mysterious Terror Attack In Istanbul [Updated]

Featured image Experience has taught us to treat skeptically all early news reports of dramatic events like terrorist attacks, because such reports nearly always turn out to be wrong, at least in part. But the attack on the night club Reina in Istanbul seems particularly mysterious, especially given how many witnesses there were. It is still not entirely clear whether there was just one attacker, as the authorities maintain, or several, as »

Slow Learner in Germany?

Featured image Looks like Angela Merkel may be starting to get it. From the BBC: Merkel: Islamist terror is ‘greatest threat’ to Germany Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year message. Referring to the deadly truck attack in Berlin by a Tunisian asylum seeker, she said it was “sickening” when acts of terror were carried out by people who had sought protection. »

Christmas Day Terrorist Plot Foiled In Australia

Featured image The Islamic State has urged its followers around the world to carry out terrorist attacks on Christmas. We won’t know until Monday whether any such attacks are successfully carried out, but some have already been stopped, including a major plot in Australia: Police in Australia have detained five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day attacks using explosives, knives and a gun in the heart of the country’s »

The Latest From Berlin: Two Arrested at Mosque

Featured image Tunisian terrorist Anis Amri reportedly was seen at a Berlin mosque on two occasions during the week before his attack on the Christmas market. Then, some eight hours after fleeing the scene of his truck attack, at about 3:30 in the morning, he was seen at the same mosque on closed circuit video: This led to a police raid on the mosque, which is described by the Daily Mail (a »

Mr. Ellison regrets

Featured image Minnesota’s own Keith Ellison is the DNC chairman wannabe with a past. He’s a past and long-time local advocate of the Nation of Islam who claims not to have picked up on the doctrines of the hate cult until well into his tenure. Since he abandoned the Nation of Islam and turned or returned to Islam, Ellison has been a friend of CAIR and other radical Islamist front groups such »

The latest from Berlin: Shootout in Milan

Featured image The latest in the Berlin terror truck massacre comes from Milan. Tunisian terror truck suspect Anis Amri has been killed in a shootout with police. The Telegraph reports: he Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the Berlin truck attack was shot dead by police in Milan on Friday, Italy has confirmed. Anis Amri, 24, was accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in Monday’s assault on a Christmas »

The latest from Berlin: Looking for Mr. Amri

Featured image A reader following the German press is helping to keep us current on news of the Berlin massacre. The news focuses on the hunt for the Tunisian suspect, Anis Amri, and his telling backstory. Our reader advises that there are several interesting reports in the German media today. Despite concerns that the document found in the truck used by the terrorist was a feint designed to mislead the authorities, Amri’s »

The latest from Berlin: Last name, photo & more

Featured image The Daily Mail passes on the last name and photo (right) of the suspect identified by the authorities in the Berlin massacre. He is believed to be armed and dangerous. And, oh, yeah, he is probably a member of a “large” Islamic organization: This is the Tunisian asylum seeker with ‘links to Islamic extremists’ who has become Europe’s most wanted man after his ID was found under the seat in »

Islamic Terrorist Assassinates Russian Ambassador [Updated]

Featured image This morning in Ankara, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was speaking at an art gallery when he was murdered by a Muslim terrorist. The terrorist shouted “Allahu akbar” and delivered a monologue about Russia’s actions in Syria. The gunman apparently agreed with Russia that its efforts are anti-terrorist. A courageous Associated Press photographer who was present shot a stunning series of photos. The gunman approaches the ambassador from behind: »

An Appalling Story With a (Relatively) Happy Ending

Featured image We wrote here about the horrific case of a 10-year-old boy in Vienna who was raped by an Iraqi refugee at a swimming pool: At the pool, Amir A. dragged the schoolboy, aged ten, into the changing rooms where he locked the door and violently sexually assaulted him, leaving him in need of urgent treatment at a local children’s hospital. … Amir A., who had worked in Iraq as a »

Free speech loses in Holland

Featured image This week, a court in the Netherlands found Geert Wilders, leader of Holland’s Party for Freedom, guilty of inciting discrimination and insulting a group after a trial over statements he made about Moroccans. At a rally, Wilders asked his audience: “Do you want more or less Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?” The audience repeatedly chanted “less.” The Netherlands has thus criminalized an instance of free speech regarding »

What to make of Francois Fillon

Featured image For almost as long as Power Line has been around, I have bemoaned the fact that France never produced a successful political leader willing to push Thatcherite/Reaganite economic policies. When Nicolas Sarkozy began to emerge, I held some hope that he might take France in that direction. However, I never really thought he’d take it far, and he didn’t. With Francois Fillon now in charge of France’s conservative party, there »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (4)

Featured image This post continues “Sentencing the ‘Minnesota men'” (3). In these two posts I offer my observations and impressions of the nine sentencing hearings in the case of the Somali Minnesotans who have pleaded guilty to, or have been convicted of, conspiracy to support ISIS among other related charges. The nine men sought to leave Minnesota to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria. The Weekly Standard has just published my condensed »