Will she have to talk?

Featured image Anthony Trollope titled the first of his series of Palliser novels Can You Forgive Her? In Minneapolis “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” raises a similar question. Will she have to talk? Early voting in Minnesota has been underway since September 23. Yet our local media have done roughly nothing to answer the question whether the young lady about to be elected the first state representative from Minnesota’s Somali community »

The terror in St. Cloud

Featured image The authorities in St. Cloud have been sparing in their release of information regarding the stabbing rampage perpetrated by Somali refugee Dahir Adan at the Crossroads Center mall on the evening of September 17. Since the joint press conference held by the mayor, the chief of police and the FBI in the immediate aftermath of the incident the following day, the authorities have remained mum. I wrote about what we »

Comey on the stabbing rampage

Featured image FBI Director James Comey appeared on Capitol Hill for an oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee today. GOP members focused their questions primarily on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Comey’s ultimate decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state. The C-SPAN video of the hearing is posted here. I found the questioning by Reps. Sensenbrenner, Jordan, Gowdy, Franks, Ratcliffe, Trott »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »

“Minnesota man” strikes in St. Cloud

Featured image When the United States Attorney for Minnesota brought the case against Somali Minnesotans with seeking to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria last year, headlines around the country reported the filing of terrorism charges against “Minnesota men.” I’ve drawn on the “Minnesota men” euphemism for three Weekly Standard articles about the case and now for the online column “A ‘Minnesota man’ strikes in St. Cloud.” I have been grateful for »

Natural and “Unnatural” Citizens

Featured image Everyone is skipping right past the deeper meaning of the little detail that the New York “devicer” (I guess “bomber” is now a trigger warning term?—heh) Ahmad Khan Rahami is a “naturalized” American citizen, having immigrated from Afghanistan some years ago. Stop right there, and let’s think for a moment about what the term “naturalized citizen” ought to mean, for in the case of Mr. Rahami, his “naturalization” process clearly »

The Post drops into St. Cloud

Featured image The Washington Post’s Abigail Hauslohner and Drew Harrell profile St. Cloud slasher Dahir Adan. The profile derives from Hauslohner’s second trip to Minnesota this year; this past May she attended the first three days of the trial of Minnesota’s Somali terrorist wannabes in Minneapolis. Hauslohner persevered through jury selection and opening statements and the opening of the government’s case during the first week of the terrorism trial. Then she headed »

Alice in Terrorland

Featured image Last night City Journal editor Brian Anderson invited me to submit 500 words on the terrorist incident in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That took me about 15 minutes. Matthew Hennessy edited and improved the piece that I called “Alice in Terrorland.” That means I’ve got a few words left over, including a citation to Bob Dylan that Matthew removed, but I tried to put the good stuff in there. Given Brian’s »

The atrocity in St. Cloud

Featured image Jeremy Carl is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. NRO’s Corner has posted Jeremy’s “The atrocity in St. Cloud and the continuing Somali immigration madness.” It credits us for our continuing reportage and commentary, but more importantly raises the issues implicit in it. Among other pieces, Jeremy links to my post “Trump touches Minnesota’s untouchables,” which I had already forgotten about. I’m taking the liberty of posting Jeremy’s NRO »

It’s All About the Backlash [Updated]

Featured image One thing you can count on after an act of terrorism: the blood won’t be dry before worries about a “backlash” take center stage. So it is with last night’s terrorist attack at a St. Cloud, Minnesota shopping mall. The Minneapolis Star Tribune headlines–rather bizarrely, under the circumstances–“Anti-Muslim tension isn’t new in St. Cloud.” The story begins [see Update below, story has now been completely rewritten]: A cloud of anti-Muslim »

Delusion In Little Mogadishu

Featured image Islamic State has claimed credit for the stabbing of nine people at a shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The terrorist, who was shot and killed by an off-duty policeman from another jurisdiction who, happily, was armed, has now been identified. As expected, he is a Somali-American, of whom there are a great many in St. Cloud: Community members have identified the deceased suspect behind attacks Saturday at Crossroads Center »

Drawing inferences in St. Cloud

Featured image The mayor of St. Cloud just held a press conference with law enforcement authorities on the stabbing rampage at the Crossroads Center mall last night. Other than crediting the off-duty officer who killed the perpetrator (identified as Jason Falconer) with acting promptly at his own risk to to lives, the press conference was remarkably short on information. As late as noon today the Star Tribune seemed to be holding out »

Clueless in St. Cloud [updated]

Featured image One of the many chilling moments in the terrorism trial in Minneapolis this past May was the presentation of a piece of evidence that passed in a flash without comment. The evidence was a photograph of one of the defendants dressed in the uniform he wore when he worked as a security guard (pretty much whenever he wanted) in the Twin Cities. I think the photograph must have had the »

Ellison’s 9/11

Featured image In advance of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the Washington Post opened its pages to Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for a column under the headline “I’m the first Muslim in Congress. I believe America can beat Islamophobia.” It’s another manifestation of the phenomenon John wrote about in “The true significance of September 11….” Ellison doesn’t have much to say about the association of terrorism and any form of »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image In case you missed it, I’m taking the liberty of reposting this from Friday morning in slightly revised form to draw attention to my City Journal column “The curious case of Ilhan Omar.” On August 30 I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. »

The True Significance of September 11…

Featured image …is that it makes Muslims nervous. Tomorrow is the 15th anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack in history, and its eve is commemorated with one story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Twin Cities Muslims on guard as 9/11, holiday both approach.” The article recalls the observation that for liberals, Islamic terrorism is bad because it causes people to think poorly of Muslims. The anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image Last week I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. It occurred to me that some readers might be interested in a summary of the story to date. I salute Preya’s efforts and include a few of her quotable quotes from our conversation in »