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Europe Goes Back to Sleep

Featured image Back in late February I reported (“Be Like France”) how the French appeared to be taking the problem of Islamic terrorism seriously, as opposed to Obama, who thinks it a risk somewhere not far above infection from hangnails. You can call it all off. Europe is going back to sleep. From yesterday’s WSJ: Hollande Retreats from Plan to Change French Constitution PARIS—French President François Hollande abandoned a plan to strengthen »

Follow that Muhammad

Featured image In the case of the five “Minnesota men” charged with seeking to join ISIS that is pending trial in May, prosecutors have given notice that they intend to introduce evidence that a member of the defendant Mohamed Farah’s defense team has been preaching jihad. That would be Imam Hassan Ali Mohamud, a legal assistant at the firm of P. Chinedu Nwaneri. Judge Davis ordered the parties to file their responses »

A tour of MSP security

Featured image Mohamed Farah is one of the “Minnesota men” charged with seeking to join ISIS. His trial is set for the second week of May before Judge Micheal Davis. Imam and law school graduate Hassan Mohamud is a member of Farah’s defense team. Judge Davis has set a hearing on the possible disqualification of Mohamud from Farah’s defense team for preaching jihad. I wrote about the hearing in “Jihad on the »

Jihad on the defense team [updated]

Featured image Mohamed Farah is one of the ten “Minnesota men” charged with seeking to join ISIS; his case is set for trial along with four others before Judge Michael Davis in federal court in Minneapolis in May. Yesterday Judge Davis entered a somewhat cryptic order. The order states that on March 25 prosecutors notified Farah’s counsel of their “intent to introduce testimony and and evidence at rial in which a member »

The mystery abides

Featured image Gee, what could possibly cause “violent extremism”? The New York Times is stumped. Matt Apuzzo reports: “Who will become a terrorist? Research yields few clues.” Few clues, indeed. Let’s file this in the annals of cluelessness: “After all this funding and this flurry of publications, with each new terrorist incident we realize that we are no closer to answering our original question about what leads people to turn to political »

Easter Greetings From the Taliban

Featured image In Lahore, Pakistan, a Muslim associated with the Taliban bombed a park where Christians were celebrating Easter, murdering at least 69, mostly women and children, while injuring more than 300 more. A spokesman for the terrorist group explained, “Members of the Christian community who were celebrating Easter today were our prime target.” President Obama, meanwhile, warns us against “stigmatizing” Muslims. (To be fair, his precise reference was to Muslim-Americans, although »

“Europe Might be Dying”

Featured image Last night it was all over the news that a planned rally against fear today in Brussels had to be canceled because of . . . fear. Not enough security available to allow it to go forward. This really is a literal case of the terrorists winning. Another leading French intellectual, Bernard Henri-Levy, gave an interview to the BBC on Thursday that is very bracing in its conclusion that “Europe »

Religion of Peace Update

Death has long been the Islamic penalty for apostasy, but in 21st-century Europe you don’t even need to be a convert to suffer the death penalty. Merely advocating religious tolerance can be enough. A Muslim shopkeeper named Asad Shah who lived in Glasgow sent out, on Facebook, an Easter greeting to Christians: Good Friday and very Happy Easter especially to my beloved Christian nation! Bismillah…Let’s follow the real footstep of »

Visit Brussels, You’ll Have a Blast

Featured image If you want to take in the depths of European denial, check out this two minute video the Belgian tourist promoters put together a few months back saying, “Problem? There’s no problem here. It’s all the media’s fault. . . Don’t listen to CNN.” »

Do Terror Attacks Doom the European Union?

Featured image Details continue to emerge regarding the recent terrorist bombings in Brussels, but the basic story is familiar. In Melbourne’s Herald Sun, columnist Andrew Bolt answers the question: Why Brussels? Why Brussels? Why have Muslim terrorists in Brussels this week slaughtered 34 civilians in the city’s airport and underground? Why did Muslim terrorists from Brussels earlier join the Islamic State attack in Paris that killed 130 people? Why did a Muslim »

The Obama doctrine applied

Featured image In the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks in Brussels yesterday, President Obama gave a previously scheduled speech in Havana “To the People of Cuba.” The speech contrasts rather starkly with the speech suggested by Professor Carlos Eire in “The speech never given,” to the detriment of Obama’s speech. Obama’s speech wasn’t all bad. Though full of nauseating palaver, it had a good paragraph or two. To the mostly nauseating »

The ugly reality of contemporary Brussels

Featured image The fact that today’s terrorist attacks in Brussels occurred just days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam has fueled speculation that this was revenge. Alternatively, some suggest that the perpetrators wanted to show they still are on the front foot. However, Abdeslam reportedly told his captors that a set of attacks was in the works. That the attacks followed the capture so closely may be due to fear by the »

Explosions rock Brussels

Featured image The news out of Europe this morning provides another harbinger of coming attractions in the United States. As the AP headline has it: “Explosions rock Brussels airport, subway; at least 13 dead.” The reported death toll has now reached 23. The death and destruction are horrifying. Readers can probably deduce the scenario from the headline: “The explosions, which the Brussels prosecutor’s office called terror attacks, came just days after the »

From the mixed-up files of Mr. Abdirizak M. Warsame

Featured image I took a look at the Somali Minnesotans charged with seeking to join ISIS in the December 7 Weekly Standard article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men.'” Four of the ten have pleaded guilty to terrorism charges before Judge Michael Davis, including Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame. Last week Judge Davis adopted an experimental sentencing program to apply to these four cases. In the new issue of the Weekly Standard I focus on »

Desperately Seeking Islamophobia

Featured image A week ago, there was a burglary at a Minneapolis mosque. CAIR immediately labeled the incident anti-Muslim, as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported: A burglary this week at a Minneapolis Islamic center prompted the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to issue a statement of concern Friday. Jaylani Hussein, director of CAIR-MN, said surveillance video captured images of a man breaking into the Umatul Islam Center on Lake Street and 2nd »

Counter this

Featured image When I was working on the Weekly Standard article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men,'” I tried to get an interview with United States Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger about the pilot Countering Violent Extremism Program of which he is the nominal head. I studied up on the program as directed by Luger’s spokesman. The spokesman ultimately sent me on my way with a few unkind words about my failings while »

Washington Post airbrushes Obama’s mosque visit

Featured image Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post provides a near-worshipful account of President Obama’s Wednesday visit to a Baltimore mosque. Jaffe’s third paragraph is representative: The president often sounded like a concerned parent, worried for the country he leads as it prepares to replace him in a presidential election marked by inflammatory and anti-Islamic rhetoric. Jaffe describes the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque as “a simple house of worship.” Post readers »