Terrorism

The Most Pathetic Headline to Come Out of the Terrorist Attack on French Train

Featured image No doubt you know all about the attempted terrorist attack on the Paris to Amsterdam train, which was foiled by three Americans, friends since middle school, two of whom were off-duty servicemen. We wrote about it here and here. Americans everywhere have justly taken pride in the young servicemen, who were on vacation, unarmed and in civilian clothes, but nevertheless, when others fled, charged the terrorist armed with an automatic »

The Train to Amsterdam: What Really Happened [With More Updates]

Featured image I wrote yesterday about the U.S. servicemen who foiled a terrorist attack by a Moroccan Muslim who had been trained in Syria, aboard a Paris to Amsterdam train. As always, initial accounts of such an incident are confused and, at least in details, contradictory. In this case, though, it turns out that they were correct in substance–although the servicemen, called Marines last night, are being described this way this morning: »

Marines Foil Apparent Terrorist Attack On French Train [With More Updates]

Featured image On a train in northern France, a young Moroccan stepped out of a bathroom with an AK-47 (or similar weapon) and opened fire. Several people were wounded, but happily three [later reports say two] unarmed U.S. Marines were nearby and they disabled and captured the assailant: French authorities are understandably silent about the gunman’s motive, but if the Daily Mail can be believed, he is a 26-year-old Moroccan “who was »

The Obama-Hillary Libya debacle

Featured image Everyone understands by now that our intervention in Libya produced a disaster. But many fail to appreciate the magnitude of the disaster. And few understand that the stated reason for the intervention, to prevent a bloodbath, lacked any real basis in fact. Writing in Foreign Affairs, Alan Kuperman, an associate professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, provides clarity on these points. »

Former Gitmo inmates arrested on terrorism charges

Featured image Reuters reports that Belgium has arrested two former Guantanamo detainees on charges of terrorism. Both were held at Gitmo between 2001 and 2005. They were then sent to Belgium, spent time in prison there, and eventually were released. Now, according to the government of Belgium, they are promoting terrorism. Specifically, they are accused of seeking recruits to fight in Syria. Belgium is, per capita, the largest European supplier of Islamist »

Damned If You Don’t

Featured image The American Left’s foundational foreign policy belief is that enmity toward the U.S. is the result of our interventions abroad. Therefore, the solution to problems overseas is simple: stop intervening. Capital-L libertarians often express or imply similar views. So I was struck by this nugget buried in a Reuters story about Mohammod Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga terrorist: Abdulazeez’s friends said he returned from a trip to Jordan in 2014 concerned about »

A Pack, Not a Herd

Featured image Over the years, Glenn Reynolds has come up with many themes and catch phrases that have helped to define the contemporary conservative/libertarian movement. Tonight he hails armed citizens who have turned out to defend disarmed (by law) military recruiting centers, as reported by MyFoxDC: The morning after a deadly attack on two military centers in Chattanooga, residents in Hiram are standing watch outside the local recruiting office with their personal »

Sessions: We Need More Assimilation, Not More Immigration

Featured image Senator Jeff Sessions released this statement this morning. It was prompted by the Chattanooga shootings, but goes far beyond that topic. The statement is rather lengthy, but I am going to reproduce it in full because it is so good and so important. The original includes many links that substantiate Sessions’s points. Before turning the floor over to Senator Sessions, I will only add that the two most important issues »

Chattanooga: The Mystery Deepens

Featured image This screen shot is from the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site, a few hours ago: “Chattanooga gunman’s motive remains a mystery, officials say.” As Paul wrote earlier today, “the deeds tell us the motive.” I don’t think anyone is fooled by the media’s pretense that Islamic terrorism is some sort of puzzle. Even before yesterday’s shootings, Pew found that 52% of Americans are “very concerned” about Islamic extremism in the »

The Futility of Gun-Free Zones, In One Picture

Featured image If you haven’t already seen it, this photo of the Marine facility in Chattanooga after it was shot up by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez tells you all you need to know about gun-free zones: Here in Minnesota, the legislature liberalized carry laws a decade or more ago. In response, most businesses–many in a fit of huffy self-righteousness–posted “guns prohibited” signs in accordance with the new law. Over the years those signs »

The inside story of a Tennessee Islamist terrorist

Featured image I listened with disbelief last night as the media reported that investigators are searching for the motive behind the attack by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez on two military centers in Tennessee. Surely, the deeds tell us the motive. Res ipsa loquitur, as lawyers say. The interesting question is how Adbulazeez came to harbor his terrorist motive. Who, if anyone, inspired him? Who, if anyone, directed him? We don’t know Abdulazeez’s story »

Muhammad…Muhammad…Where Have I Heard That Name Before?

Featured image In the wake of the latest mass shooting, carried out by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, an engineer like so many Islamic terrorists, we are seeing the usual scramble to avoid stating the obvious. On CNN, Tom Fuentes ludicrously cautioned that Muhammad is not an Islamic name: Another Islamic extremist commits a terrorist act–what a coincidence! Speaking of coincidences, the Washington Post chose this morning to plug the Southern Poverty Law Center’s »

Kuwaiti born gunman kills four marines in Tennessee

Featured image Today, a gunman identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who reportedly was born in Kuwait, killed four Marines at a Naval facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A few minutes earlier, Abdulazeez had opened fire at a nearby Armed Forces Career Center, but failed to kill anyone there. Abdulazeez died during the second attack. According to the Washington Post, it’s not yet clear whether he took his own life or was gunned down »

Obama’s uncertain trumpet, cont’d

Featured image As President Obama works to complete our surrender to the Islamic Republic — the crowning glory of his legacy — he also seeks to reform our character with deep thoughts such as those he enunciated at the Pentagon with military officers standing dutifully behind him (video below): Th[e] broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by »

The Palestinian aid charade (updated with a golden oldie)

Featured image You probably missed the story of the latest attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. The blockade prevents the resupply of Hamas terrorists with the tools of their murderous trade. Attempts to break the blockade are held out as acts of pro-Palestinian activism, but they are at best stupidity in action. In this week’s episode, the “activists” aboard a Swedish vessel failed to punch through the blockade when »

Multiple Terrorist Attacks Raise Questions of Coordination

Featured image At least three terrorist attacks took place earlier today, all apparently inspired or directed by the Islamic State. In Kuwait, a large Shiite mosque was bombed, with at least 24 people killed or wounded. The bombing was consistent with ISIS’s effort to stir up war between Sunni and Shia Muslims. These pictures were taken just after the bombing: In Tunisia, gunmen opened fire at two beach hotels on the Mediterranean, »

Dartmouth alum provides clarity on “torture”

Featured image Robert Grenier served in the CIA for 27 years. In 2001, as station chief in Islamabad, he developed a CIA war plan for southern Afghanistan that relied on Afghans to drive Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from Kabul and install Hamid Karzai as the country’s new president. He describes these events in a new book called 88 Days to Kandahar. Grenier also helped coordinate covert operations in support of the »