Terrorism

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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 »

Enemy Combatants? Well, Yeah! That’s Their Defense

Featured image The Bush administration drew endless flak from the left for treating Islamic terrorists as enemy combatants. Liberals prefer the law enforcement model, where terrorists and would-be terrorists are prosecuted for crimes, or else left alone. That is what has happened here in Minnesota, where a number of Somalis have either left the country to fight with al Shabaab, ISIS, or other terrorists groups, or have been apprehended while attempting to »

Obama defends the faith (2)

Featured image Yesterday President Obama visited the mosque of the Islamic Society of Baltimore to give a speech defending Islam and Muslims against their unnamed opponents. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s speech. I have embedded the video below (actual time, about 45 minutes, feels like about 4 hours). Obama acknowledged the presence of Minnesota’s own Rep. Keith Ellison, formerly of the Nation of Islam, and of Indiana Rep. »

Obama defends the faith

Featured image President Obama seems to believe in nothing more than he does the defense of Islam. He specializes in pronouncements on what is truly Islamic and what is not. Such pronouncements are always intended to preserve the good name of Islam. Al Qaeda, of course, not Islamic. The Islamic State, not Islamic. San Bernardino murderers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, not Islamic. The Islamic Republic of Iran, well, they must be »

It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Bunch of Terrorists

Featured image In Gaza, Hamas members were repairing a tunnel into Israel a few days ago when it collapsed and killed seven of them. These are the cross-border tunnels that Hamas terrorists use to enter Israel to commit murder or, better yet, try to kidnap Israeli soldiers. Thirty or more of these tunnels were destroyed by Israeli forces in the most recent conflict, and Hamas is now rebuilding them so they can »

Milwaukee man charged

Featured image The FBI apprehended a 23-year-old “Milwaukee resident” Samy Hamzeh to prevent a planned incident of “gun violence” at the Masonic Temple. He was arrested on weapons charges. Mohamed is his middle name. He is a native Arabic speaker. Milwaukee’s WISN reports that he moved with his family from “Palestine” (give me a break) when he was 17. We can prevent such massacres if we’re lucky. As in the numerous cases »

John Kerry: Some sanctions relief money will go to terrorism

Featured image John Kerry admitted the obvious today. Speaking at Davos, he said that some of the $55 billion (his figure) in sanctions relief money for Iran will be used to promote terrorism: I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC [Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.] or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists. You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here »

Lies of Guantanamo

Featured image In the Age of Obama, we are living by lies. Prevarication seems to be the operative principle. President Obama’s declared goal of emptying our detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is supported by many lies, including one he reiterated during his State of the Union remarks earlier this week. According to Obama, Guantanamo is a recruiting tool for terrorists. However, Obama is more of a recruiting tool than Guantanamo. Senator Tom »

Will the Nonsense Ever End?

Featured image Is it required for political leaders (except Trump and Cruz) to deny the presence of Islamic radicalism in instances of obvious Islam-inspired terrorism, such as the shooting in Philadelphia the other day? Philadelphia’s major Jim Kenney went out of his way to declare “In no way, shape or form does anybody in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam” had anything to do with the attack. Does »

The challenge of radical Islam

Featured image In the latest installment of his series of Conversations, just posted this morning, Bill Kristol talks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I have posted the complete video below (about 60 minutes); it is divided into two chapters as posted here at the Conversations site. I admire her greatly. She is one brave lady. I met her for a brief interview after she spoke at the President’s Conference in Jerusalem in 2012 »

The fall of Ramadi and the outlook in Iraq

Featured image 2015 ended on a high note when ISIS was defeated in Ramadi. The news seemed all the brighter because according to reports from U.S. commanders, Iraqi military forces retook the city without help from Shiite militias. However, the distinction between Iraqi military forces and Shiite militias may not be as sharp as these reports assume. David French cites a Newsweek report that “the security forces of the Iran-backed regime in »

“Islamophobia” in one state (4)

Featured image I greatly enjoyed talking about “Minnesota men” with John Hinderaker as he sat in for Laura Ingraham yesterday morning and with our buddy Seth Leibsohn on Phoenix KKNT/960 The Patriot’s Seth Leibsohn Show yesterday afternoon. Seth was interested in my Star Tribune column “Islam and Minnesota: Can we hear some straight talk for a change?” Below is the audio clip that Seth has posted. I also got a kick out »

“Minnesota men,” airport edition, cont’d

Featured image A reader writes to comment on my pieces here and elsewhere regarding the threat from “Minnesota men.” Citing this Daily Mail article dating from September 2014, he writes: Thank you for your reporting on the security issues at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and how that relates to Islamic terror. You might recall this is not the first time MSP and Islamic terror have intersected. In 2014 it was reported »

How to Get Barack Obama Interested In Terrorism

Featured image President Obama thinks global warming is the biggest threat to the United States. Why? If the climate were one degree warmer–the horror!–more of the U.S. would be prime golfing territory. Most Americans think terrorism is a far bigger problem. How can we get Obama to notice the terrorist threat? Michael Ramirez supplies the answer. Click to enlarge: »

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

Featured image This past October, in the course of researching the article that became “The threat from ‘Minnesota men,'” I learned of an unnamed former airport employee and terrorist suspect who had been working “on the tarmac” in Minneapolis in 2014. I was advised by a source at one remove from the information that the suspect had luckily been discovered by a member of Minnesota’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (disclaimer: I still »

“Islamophobia” in one state (2)

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune publishes a letter to the editor criticizing my column on the uses of “Islamophobia” in Minnesota. My column was published on Monday as “Islam and Minnesota: Can we have some straight talk for a change?” Today we have this insanely stupid letter that serves as a marker for others that will seek to restore silence and enforce the taboos governing the subject in Minnesota: ISLAM IN MINNESOTA »