Archive for the ‘Terrorism’ Category
When honestly assessing the Obama administration’s abstention in Friday’s UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it’s impossible to say that the administration didn’t want to stab Israel in the back on its way out the door. It’s impossible to say that the Obama administration’s speech after the vote wasn’t extremely dishonest. Finally, Samantha Power’s vote represents the worst betrayal of Israel in US history.
As usual, Charles Krauthammer provided the most detailed explanation of what the US abstention meant. In his explanation, Dr. Krauthammer said “what happened today is that the United States joined the jackals of the UN — that was a phrase used by Pat Moynihan, the great Democratic senator and former ambassador, who spoke for the US standing up in the UN and to resist this kind of disgrace. To give you an idea of how appalling this resolution is, it declares that any Jew living in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem — the Jewish Quarter, which has been inhabited by Jews for 1,000 years, is illegal and breaking international law, essentially an outlaw, can be hauled into the International Criminal Court or international courts in Europe, which is one of the consequences. The Jewish Quarter has been populated by Jews for 1,000 years. In the war of 1948, the Arabs invaded Israel to wipe it out. They did not succeed but the Arab legions succeeded in conquering the Jewish Quarter. They dispelled all of the Jews. They destroyed all of the synagogues and homes and for 19 years, no Jew could go there. The Israelis got it back in the 6 Day War and now it’s declared as not being Jewish territory.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s statement shows the Democrats’ hostility for Israel:
President Obama’s refusal to veto today’s UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements sends a strong message that the United States still supports a two-state solution. Ending settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is an absolute necessity if we’re ever to achieve a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
I’ve watched with growing concern the increase in Israeli settlements over the years, where approximately 400,0000 individuals now live. I believe the expansion of settlements has but one goal: to undermine the viability of a two-state solution.
I’ve met with displaced Palestinian families who have been kicked off land they’ve lived on for many generations. The ill will that results from these settlements is a significant roadblock to peace, and I again call on Israel to end their expansion so that a two- state solution remains a possibility.
That’s incredibly naïve. Either that or it’s utterly dishonest. The biggest thing preventing a 2-state solution are the Palestinian terrorists that the Israelis have to negotiate with.
Technorati: Barack Obama, Samantha Power, The Jackals of the UN, UN Security Council, Palestinians, United Nations, Dianne Feinstein, Democrats, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem, Wailing Wall, Republicans
Thankfully, President Obama’s anti-Israel administration is quickly coming to an end. Unfortunately, it got in one last cheapshot against Israel on its way out the door.
This afternoon, the “United States on Friday allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in alliance with President-elect Donald Trump. The Security Council approved the resolution with 14 votes, with the US abstaining. There was applause in the chamber following the vote, which represented perhaps the final bitter chapter in the years of antagonism between President Barack Obama’s administration and Netanyahu’s government.”
History will record the Obama administration as the most anti-Israel administration in US history. That isn’t just my opinion. According to CNN’s report, “a senior Israeli official … accused the United States of abandoning the Jewish state with its refusal to block the resolution with a veto.” In this video, Alan Dershowitz explains why PEOTUS Donald Trump had to intervene:
Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the UN, issued this dishonest statement on the resolution:
Like U.S. administrations before it, the Obama Administration has worked tirelessly to fight for Israel’s right simply to be treated just like any other country – from advocating for Israel to finally be granted membership to a UN regional body, something no other UN Member State had been denied; to fighting to ensure that Israeli NGOs are not denied UN accreditation, simply because they are Israeli, to getting Yom Kippur finally recognized as a UN holiday; to pressing this Council to break its indefensible silence in response to terrorist attacks on Israelis. As the United States has said repeatedly, such unequal treatment not only hurts Israel, it undermines the legitimacy of the United Nations itself.
Ambassador Power read this just after voting to sabotage Israel.
It’s honest to say that the Democratic Party hasn’t hesitated in abandoning Israel. A senior Israeli official told CNN said “President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN. President Obama could declare his willingness to veto this resolution in an instant but instead is pushing it. This is an abandonment of Israel which breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN and undermines the prospects of working with the next administration of advancing peace.”
President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are laughingstocks in terms of advancing peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel rightfully dismissed Kerry as a pro-Arab stooge being manipulated by the Palestinian terrorist government. Rather than leaving office quietly, President Obama and Secretary Kerry decided to push a resolution that sticks a knife in Israel’s back on their way out the door. That’s what I’d expect from children, not diplomats.
Technorati: Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power, UN Security Council Resolutions, Democrats, Palestinians, Terrorists, Israeli Settlements, Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Policy, Donald Trump, Republicans
Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of killing 12 and injuring 56 in a Berlin terrorist attack, was reported as being killed in a police confrontation in Milan, Italy this morning.
Fox News is reporting a “man killed in a shootout with Italian police in Milan early Friday is reportedly the main suspect in Berlin truck attack on a Christmas market that killed 12 people and injured 56. During a press conference the Italian interior minister said the man is ‘without a shadow of doubt’ the Berlin market attacker. The shootout with suspect Anis Amri took place at 3 a.m. in a Milan neighborhood during a routine police check.”
The Italian interior minister was right when he “said the two police officers who stopped Amri ‘have done an extraordinary service to the community.'” In fact, that’s understatement. What’s troubling, though, is that “authorities say Amri has used at least six different names and three nationalities in his travels around Europe.”
It’s troubling because it suggests that this terrorist knew how to manipulate the system.
It isn’t a secret that CAIR isn’t a legitimate civil rights organization. They’ve supported terrorist groups like Hamas. They were funded by Hamas. Thursday night, Hassan Shibly, the “chief executive director of CAIR-Florida’s chapter, attempted to shame Carl Higbie, a former Navy Seal and the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC. Wednesday night, Higbie was on Megyn Kelly’s show when Higbie talked about a registry of immigrants from Muslim countries. Higbie said “To be perfectly honest, it’s legal. It’ll hold constitutional muster. I know the ACLU will challenge it but I think it’ll pass. We did it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during WW II with the Japanese.”
Thursday night, Higbie was Megyn’s guest again. This time, he expanded on his statement of Wednesday night, saying “It was strictly a reference to the scrutiny of immigrants and registration of immigrants coming from places like Japan, Germany and Italy and places like that.”
When it was Shibly’s turn to speak, he immediately said to Higbie “To Carl, I say ‘have you no sense of decency? Sir, America is a country based on freedom of religion. Freedom of religion is a fundamental principle that I have taken an oath and I’m sure that you have taken an oath to protect. It is ineffective to target people based solely on religion. Let’s target criminals. Let’s target terrorists…”
Here’s the video of Thursday night’s interview:
It isn’t that religious freedom isn’t a fundamental right in the United States. It’s that protecting its citizens from Islamic terrorists is one of the federal government’s primary responsibilities, too. There’s judicial precedent stating that forcing people coming from terrorist nations to sign into a register before entering our nation is a reasonable thing. It’s interesting that CAIR is ok with registering guns in the name of preventing attacks but it’s protesting against registering people who might be violent terrorists.
It’s foolish to think that sovereign nations don’t have the right to protect its citizens from potentially violent immigrants. In fact, as commander-in-chief and as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, the president has an affirmative responsibility to protect his citizens from violence.
Technorati: CAIR-Florida, Hassan Shibly, National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, NSEERS, Iran, Japan, Italy, Germany, Religious Liberty, National Security, Donald Trump, Terrorism, Carl Higbie, Navy Seals, Homeland Security, Republicans
Saying that this election isn’t like most elections is understatement on steroids. I thought I’d seen everything but I haven’t. Piers Morgan’s op-ed is spot on, which is something that I never thought I’d say.
Then again, I didn’t think I’d hear Piers Morgan say “Yet despite this unprecedented bombardment of mainstream abuse, Trump’s poll numbers keep rising and his chances of becoming President keep increasing. The reason, to me, is obvious: tens of millions of Americans just don’t agree with that withering verdict. They think Trump’s a fiery, flamboyant, super-rich, shoot-from-the-hip buccaneer on a mission to make America great again. They agree with him about illegal immigration, about big Government corruption, about Wall Street greed, about ‘crooked’ Hillary Clinton and most pertinently, about the threat of Islamic terrorism.”
This is an election of opposing factions. That’s indisputable in my estimation. One faction a) is complacent, b) believes in the status quo and c) thinks we’re in a narrative fight with ISIS:
It’s frightening to think that there’s videotape proof that the White House Press Secretary actually said it’s a narrative war and that we’re winning that fight. What’s almost as frightening is that the DC media criticized Donald Trump for calling the bomb that went off in New York City a bomb. What’s almost as frightening is that they didn’t post a single tweet when Mrs. Clinton also called Saturday night’s attack in New York City a bombing.
The reason why people are warming up to Mr. Trump is because he isn’t afraid to call a pressure cooker bomb explosion a bombing. Millennials immediately identified that pressure cooker bomb as a bomb. Then they saw Mrs. Clinton tap dance her way through her solution. I can picture millennials scratching their heads when they heard Mrs. Clinton say “We should also launch an intelligence surge to help identify and thwart attacks before they can be carried out.”
Meanwhile, Trump isn’t afraid to take a little heat to tell people that we can’t keep importing terrorists through the State Department’s refugee resettlement program. It’s like the first rule of holes; if you’re in one, stop digging.
We know that there are refugees here who have gotten radicalized. We know this because, in Minnesota, 3 Somali refugees were convicted of “ISIS-related terrorism charges.” Another 6 Somali refugees accepted plea deals on essentially the same charges.
With acts of terrorism accelerating both internationally and here at home, it isn’t surprising that people are flocking to Donald Trump. They don’t agree with all of Trump’s solutions but they definitely appreciate the fact that he’s willing to call a terrorist attack a terrorist attack, a terrorist a terrorist and an exploded pressure cooker bomb a bombing.
This is where Morgan delivered the kill shot to Mrs. Clinton:
But what neither she nor Obama offers the American people is any kind of plan to combat such attacks. They talk of how awful it all is, but studiously avoid advocating any real action for fear of upsetting or offending people.
The President doesn’t even like using the phrase ‘Islamic terrorism’, which is utterly absurd given that’s plainly what it is. In the face of such apparently weak, insipid, mealy-mouthed and frankly meaningless rhetoric, it’s hardly surprising that Trump emerges as a non-PC, no-nonsense voice of reason to many Americans.
Another way of putting it is that Americans want a leader. Mrs. Clinton isn’t a leader. She’s too cautious to be a leader.
The thing that’s selling Trump to the American people is that he’s speaking their language to them. He isn’t tap-dancing his way through a politically correct word salad to not offend someone. If Trump wins, something that’s still in doubt, I think it’ll be because the American people chose a leader.
Technorati: Piers Morgan, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Josh Earnest, Political Correctness, Word Salad, Refugee Resettlement Program, State Department, Democrats, Donald Trump, Millennials, National Security, Leadership, Republicans, Election 2016
I didn’t think they’d do this but TakeAction Minnesota is doing its best to exploit the Crossroads Mall shooting for political advantage. This morning, I received an email from Justin Lewandowski. Justin says that he “was born and raised in Saint Cloud” and that he’s “also a former student of Saint Cloud State” and that he’s “a community organizer.”
Justin wanted me to know that “What happened in Crossroads, in my community, this weekend is a tragedy. I’m hurting and so is the rest of my TakeAction team. We wish the ten victims of the attack and their families healing and strength.” After that, the email gets uber-emotional fast.
For instance, Sarah Drake, a single mother, community leader and TakeAction Volunteer, said “I’m a single mother passionate about learning about others and being a bridge builder. On Sunday morning I visited a Somali Muslim owned business so they knew they had an ally in the wake of this tragedy. My daughter and I discuss the issues facing our community regularly and as a result, she was leading conversations with students at school. By letting people see my actions, they started to talk about their fears and good experience with their neighbors.”
Next I heard from Sabrin, who is described as a “community leader and a “TakeAction Volunteer.” Sabrin said:
Emotions are contagious, so spread positivity. A community is like marriage, through sickness and in health, to have a healthy community requires that we be strong together, speak to each other, and to move in one breath and beat. We need to come together right now, or we won’t heal. We can’t be afraid. Let us hold hands through our roughest times.
Both of these testimonials make some foolish assumptions. First, they’re assuming that the Somali community wants to assimilate. At this point, that’s a theory. It isn’t a fact. If Somali refugees were interested in assimilation, why did the terrorist’s father need a translator when talking to police? He’s been here 18 years, which is more than enough time to learn the language.
Next, these TakeAction, aka DFL, volunteers apparently think that these refugees just need to be told that they’re welcome here for them to become productive members of the St. Cloud community. I’m sure that if Sabrin and Sarah had just talked with Dahir Adan, he wouldn’t have attacked those shoppers at Crossroads Saturday night.
It’s pretty sick to use a terrorist attack to cozy up to voters who frequently don’t share our priorities. That’s what TakeAction Minnesota just did.
Hillary Clinton’s ignorance, stupidity really, about terrorism is frightening. During a paranoid rant on the tarmac in White Plains, NY, Hillary Clinton virtually admitted that she doesn’t understand what drives ISIS, saying “There are millions of law-abiding, peaceful Muslim Americans. That is why I have been very clear. We are going after the bad guys and we are going to get them, but we are not going to go after an entire religion and give ISIS exactly what it is wanting.”
I would’ve loved it if she’d gone after the terrorists instead of letting them in via the refugee resettlement program. Mrs. Clinton, for some inexplicable reason, apparently thinks that Trump voters think that all Muslims are evil. Mrs. Clinton’s proof for that doesn’t exist. The truth is that Donald Trump simply said that we shouldn’t admit people into our country through the State Department’s refugee resettlement program if we can’t vet the refugees from that country.
That’s hardly a radical idea, especially in light of this IG report that states “The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released a report that found that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals from special interest countries who had been ordered deported or removed under another name.”
Mrs. Clinton apparently hasn’t figured it out that there are multiple flaws with current refugee policy. First, we don’t know who’s already here. We’ve already seen that the federal government didn’t prevent Tashfeen Malik from getting a fiancé visa even though they knew she’d been radicalized.
Next, if we don’t know who’s here already, we certainly shouldn’t let additional terrorists in through the refugee resettlement program. Mrs. Clinton wants to let in people claiming to be Syrian refugees. Let’s stipulate for this discussion that they’re all legitimate refugees. (They aren’t but let’s stipulate that.) The Crossroads Mall terrorist entered the United States as a refugee as a 5-year-old. At some point, he got radicalized.
The point is that letting ‘refugees’ into the US is exceptionally risky. The best decision is to not let refugees from terrorist nations into the US. The primary function of the President is to protect us. That’s impossible to do when the State Department, which Mrs. Clinton ran, keeps letting potential terrorists in through the refugee resettlement program.
Technorati: Hillary Clinton, State Department, Refugee Resettlement Program, Somali Refugees, Syrian Refugees, ISIS Terrorists, Crossroads Mall, Dahir Adan, Tashfeen Malik, San Bernardino
If anything demonstrates that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is paranoid or isn’t thinking clearly, this Facebook post is proof that a little paranoia goes a long ways.
In the key part of the post, Hodges wrote “At this difficult moment, I also urge every Minneapolitan and every Minnesotan to support and stand firmly with our Muslim, East African, and Somali friends and neighbors. A horrible, violent attack like this should never be exploited to attack a whole community and a whole religion. Yet we have seen Islamophobia rear its ugly head in terrible moments like this far too many times — *and* at a moment when one person in particular is playing to fear and hatred of immigrants on a national scale, I fully understand the worry of the Somali community here that it will happen again. From the first moments after this terrible event, the Somali community of Minnesota came together to decry this horrible act. We all get to come together to reject hate in all of its forms. We must not and will not allow hate to divide us. We are stronger together.”
Why do Democrats think that the first instinct for people they don’t know will commit acts of violence or discriminate without reason? It’s a bit insulting or more than a little paranoid. But I digress.
It’s worth noting that the definition of Islamophobia is “hatred or fear of Muslims or their politics or culture.” Let’s hear Mayor Hodges highlight the times when Islamophobia reared “its ugly head”. Let’s differentiate, though, between distrust and hatred or fear.
It isn’t normal to trust people you don’t know if that community has a history of committing acts of terrorism. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room that Ms. Hodges doesn’t want to talk about. A significant number of Somali Muslims have been convicted of “ISIS-related terrorism charges.”
Gov. Dayton visited St. Cloud Monday and added “I implore the citizens of St. Cloud and citizens throughout Minnesota to rise above this tragic incident and to remember our common humanity, our shared citizenship and our shared desires to live together peacefully and constructively for the benefit of ourselves and our families and our communities.”
The fact that the terrorist’s father has lived here for 15 years but still can’t speak English sets off red flags for me. If Mr. Adan shares my dedication to living as citizens of the United States, why hasn’t he become proficient in using its language? It isn’t like he can’t learn a language in 15 years.
Frankly, I think Gov. Dayton and Mayor Hodges take a lot of things for granted that might not actually be true. Whether that’s because they’re firm believers in wishful thinking or whether it’s because they’re knowingly denying reality is almost besides the point. It’s time for these high-profile DFL politicians to pull their head out of the sand and accept reality.
Finally, let’s remember that Gov. Dayton isn’t a fair arbiter in these fights:
Technorati: Mark Dayton, Betsy Hodges, Islamophobia, Somali Refugees, Assimilation, Dahir Adan, ISIS Terrorists, Crossroads Mall, Jason Falconer, Law Enforcement
It’s time to put CAIR to the test. This article highlights CAIR’s wrong-headed thinking.
It’s insulting to read Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR, say “We are hopeful that the community will come together in a difficult tragedy.” I’m not the least bit worried that the community will come together. I’ve lived here 60 years and I’ve never seen a situation where the law-abiding citizens of St. Cloud didn’t come together after a tragedy. That isn’t the problem.
When I hear CAIR say that “there is concern about retaliation in St. Cloud because of a history of anti-Muslim sentiment here”, I start getting upset. What’s gotten the citizens of St. Cloud upset is the unwillingness of portions of the Somali population to assimilate. CAIR preaches inclusivity and tolerance constantly but they’ve never demanded that Muslim refugees assimilate.
What’s troublesome is that a significant percentage of Somali refugees in Minnesota have gotten radicalized by ISIS. Until Saturday night, ISIS was just a terrorist organization that conducted terrorist attacks in Europe or that beheaded journalists in Iraq. Now, they’ve claimed credit for attacking a mall in the city where I’ve lived my entire life.
Things just got more personal for me.
“We are all responsible for the safety of community members,” he said. “We are all responsible to not take an isolated incident and generalize it to reflect the larger community.”
That’s insulting. There is no we in this. CAIR would have us believe that the law-abiding citizens of St. Cloud are as guilty as the terrorist. We aren’t. CAIR apparently thinks that not trusting Muslims is the equivalent of committing a terrorist attack. They aren’t even close.
I can’t repeat this enough. It’s up to the refugee population to assimilate. If that happens, which I doubt, things will be just fine.
Predictably, the PR campaign has started after the terrorist attack Saturday night at Crossroads Mall. Members of the Somali community and other community leaders held “a nationally televised press conference on Sunday afternoon at Lake George.”
This article contains quotes from a number of leaders. One of the quotes that I find upsetting is from Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR. He said “This is a tragedy and we hope from this tragedy we can build a better, stronger community here. A strong St. Cloud that is inclusive and welcoming for all people.”
With all due respect, I don’t feel inclusive when terrorists attack law-abiding citizens while they’re shopping on a Saturday night. Forget about condemnations of violence. What’s expected is assimilation into the American culture. It’s been expected of every immigrant and refugee in US history. The US is multi-ethnic. It isn’t multicultural. Period. The system that this nation’s Founding Fathers put into place is pretty incredible.
That’s the standard. We don’t change. We expect immigrants and refugees to adapt. That’s how it’s done since our nation’s inception.
Hassan Yussuf, community activist: “This incident should not be used to spread hate. It should be used to bring us together because it has affected me, it has affected you, it’s affected everybody.”
What a bunch of crap. The citizens of St. Cloud simply want neighbors that obey the rule of law. Where Islamic religious teachings depart from US law, the citizens of St. Cloud expect everyone to comply with the laws of this city and state. It isn’t that complicated. If that isn’t to someone’s liking, there are other places to live.
UniteCloud: “Never again in our town should we see something like this. So let’s find solutions. This is a test for all of us as a community. How we come out of this defines us as a community.”
This isn’t a test for the entire community. The entire community didn’t commit a terrorist attack. The question that must be answered is whether the Somali community will conform to St. Cloud’s and Minnesota’s laws. If they do, they’re welcome. If they won’t, they aren’t welcome.
It’s that simple.
Pete Hegseth puts it perfectly:
It’ll be interesting to see how Minnesotans react to this terrorist attack. If they’re more worried about terrorism than Minnesota Nice, Hillary might spend the last 50 days getting nervous.
Technorati: Crossroads Mall, ISIS, Terrorist Attack, CAIR-Minnesota, Refugee Resettlement Program, Somali Refugees, Lutheran Social Services, UniteCloud, Pete Hegseth, Donald Trump, Homeland Security, Election 2016