Found here. Short version: terrorism either scares you, or it makes you angry. I recommend anger. Smarter long-term choice.
If Barack Obama had had the brains of a spavined ocelot, he would have made Mitt Romney Secretary of State.
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) November 20, 2015
…Really, Chrome? You recognize ‘spavined,’ but get huffy every time I write ‘roleplaying’ without a hyphen?
Gee, I wonder what kind of terrorists they are: “Gunmen who are said to be holding more than 100 hostages in a siege on a Mali hotel Friday reportedly are forcing their captives to recite verses from the Koran or face death.” Of course, said terrorists’ habit of shouting “Allahu akbar!” as they attack something is usually diagnostic. It’s also an indication that the Left’s weird habit of not being able to say ‘radical Islam’ – no, really: (more…)
Found here. Short version: the French are saying that, yeah, the refugee crisis made it easier for Islamic State to get into their country. And Barack Obama still doesn’t seem to understand the implications of that, when it comes to American domestic opinion.
I’d say that they should make a flick about this, except that it was over so quickly.
A massacre on a high-speed train in Belgium was prevented Friday when two members of the U.S. military in civilian clothing surprised an Islamist militant, authorities said.
The suspect was loading his automatic Kalashnikov rifle in a toilet, apparently preparing to attack, when the service members confronted him, said a European counterterrorism official.
As such things go, it ended well for the jihadi. Which is to say, he didn’t die. A trained American soldier who has been alerted to danger is not a soft target, armed or no. One of the soldiers was injured (three people total). Details beyond that are still a little sketchy, which is suggestive…
Well. I guess we now know why it was suddenly important to ask all the Republican candidates whether they would have gone into to Iraq, knowing now what we knew then. It was done apparently to distract from the fact that the current Democratic President is still busy losing the war that the Republican President won for him: “Islamic State fighters took control of key sites in heart of Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s largest province, Iraqi officials said Friday, in what appeared to mark a significant blow to a U.S.-backed military campaign to retake territory from the militants.” Ramadi, for those unfamiliar with the area, is about as far away from Baghdad as Trenton, NJ is from New York City. So this is, as they say, bad. Hopefully it’s still salvageable, but it’s still pretty bad. (more…)
Let’s unpack this.
[FBI Director James] Comey said that [Elton] Simpson was first placed under FBI watch since 2006, when the agency first learned the Phoenix-area man wanted to join al-Shabab, the al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia. Simpson was ultimately indicted on terrorism charges and convicted, but due to questions over the government’s case, he never went to prison and was sentenced to probation. The FBI officially closed its case into Simpson last year.
As in, let’s look at the timeline. (more…)
Reward the behavior that you want to see.
A 24-year-old Malian immigrant who hid a group of hostages during a terror attack at a kosher supermarket was awarded French citizenship Tuesday in a ceremony that showcased his courage and selflessness.
…[Lassana Bathily] stepped slowly to the podium. “People tell me I am a hero. I am not a hero. I am trying to stay myself,” he said, visibly moved. He expressed his desire to see and help his family back home. He received a standing ovation when he finished with: “I am very happy. Long live liberty! Long live friendship! Long live solidarity! Long live France!”
I can only hope that, if I’m ever in similar circumstances, I can act as clear-headedly and effectively as Monsieur Bathily did. I wish the man good luck in his new country and new life.
This is getting remarkable. We’re seeing some possibly unexpectedly hostile reactions to the administration’s decision not to send anybody to participate in France’s anti-terrorism unity march:
There is a very simple explanation for this: “President Barack Obama will not join other world leaders at Sunday’s Paris march in tribute to the victims of this week’s Islamist attacks in France, a US official told AFP.” Basically, President Obama legitimately and genuinely does not understand why it is necessary for him – or a sufficiently dignified surrogate* – to represent our country at an activity such as this. From Obama’s point of view, since no American was attacked, no American was killed, and no American was involved he clearly thinks that our involvement in this matter is thus unnecessary. And since the formal solace and condolences from foreign dignitaries would offer no comfort to him in similar circumstances, Barack Obama apparently feels that offering his own detached sympathies would be essentially equally pointless. (more…)
Via @PhilWillSays comes this report of Islamist* terror in Paris: “Armed men stormed the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning, killing 11 people and injuring more, French President François Hollande said. The men opened fire inside the magazine’s offices using automatic AK-47 rifles before fleeing, a police officer said.” The ‘Islamist’ bit is not yet confirmed; but, given that this isn’t the first time that the magazine has been violently attacked (not to mentioned threatened, criticized, and sued), and given that every other time it’s been over Charlie Hebdo’s willingness to ‘draw Mohammad’ – well, it’s a well-traveled road at this point, no?
The French actually do not suffer as many attacks like these as one might expect, given how often their banlieues riot. And I fully expect that the French anti-terror domestic security apparatus will be doing quite a bit to make sure that future attacks of this sort are discouraged. That’s a polite, bloodless way of saying “Roughly several hundred people involved in radical Islamism will be snatched off of French streets in the next few weeks, and then tortured** for information. Many will not survive the process.” I don’t think that this is actually a superior way to handle things – frankly, it reeks of a colonialist mindset that has plagued Europeans for the last six decades – but it is very much a French way of handling things.
In the meantime, our prayers and thoughts for the people attacked and murdered.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Note suffix. That is not a request, by the way.
**No, I don’t mean water-boarding. I mean the stuff that you don’t want to think about too much.
‘Terrorist-led’ being the opinion of the United States government, by the way.
There are two problems with this.
Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office.
Several Al Karama officials have faced terrorism allegations. Al Karama’s founder and current president Abdul Rahman Naimi was designated as a terrorist and al Qaeda supporter by the U.S. Treasury Department in December, along with the group’s Yemen representative Abdulwahab Al-Humayqani. Al Karama’s legal director, Rachid Mesli, is currently wanted for terrorism charges in Algeria.