Remember the No-Go Zones?

 

Back in 2015, there was a huge backlash against the suggestion that there were Muslim “no go” zones in Europe. Recently I heard a podcast discussion about Sweden and the controversy over immigration in that country. I began to wonder what happened regarding the presence of no-go zones, and what I discovered caused me concern about the increase in Muslim neighborhoods in Europe and whether we should be concerned in this country. I think we should.

First, it’s helpful to understand that there’s a lack of agreement on what comprises a no-go zone. Originally these areas were described as neighborhoods or districts where non-Muslims who entered them were attacked by residents. The real issue, according to Daniel Pipes, is that the neighborhoods were dangerous for government representatives, particularly the police:

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Happy New Year! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the Iranian people for risking everything to rise up against the corrupt, autocratic mullahs in Tehran and applaud President Trump for a much better response than the Obama administration offered in 2009. They also slam Democratic activists David Brock and Lisa Bloom for offering huge amounts of cash for additional women to publicly accuse Trump of sexual harassment or assault in the final days of the 2016 campaign. And they unload on the mainstream media for either ignoring the uprisings in Iran or offering misleading explanations or the protests – all to protect a political narrative.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America focus squarely on the media in this episode of the Three Martini Lunch awards. They begin by discussing two massive stories that media either ignore or are severely downplaying – one overseas and one here in the U.S. Then they switch gears to reveal which stories received far too much coverage in 2017. Finally, they choose what they see as the best stories of the past year.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have now passed the midpoint in the six-podcast series of Three Martini Lunch Awards. In this installment, they begin with the best idea of 2017. Jim chooses a journalistic decision while Greg selects a policy choice. They also unveil the worst ideas of the year, with Jim focusing on politics and Greg going with a legal decision. And they reveal the boldest tactic of the past 12 months. They actually agree on this one, but still discuss two major developments worthy of the award.

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Jerusalem and Islamism

 

Sometimes one comes across an article that provides such insight that one is startled into understanding. This article at Crisis magazine, “Jerusalem in the Islamic Imagination” by Derya Little, is just such an article. It provides an understanding of why Jerusalem has any importance in the greater Islamic world.

First, a short bio on Derya. She was born in Turkey and raised Muslim, fell into atheism, and had a conversion experience that took her into Christianity, ultimately settling on Catholicism. She has a Ph.D. in politics, so is quite learned and scholarly, and I’ve come across a number of her articles in the past year. Her insight and knowledge of the Islamic world and mindset are invaluable. She has a book out on her religious journey, From Islam to Christ: One Woman’s Path through the Riddles of God, which I have bought and intend to read shortly.

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A Developing Narrative: Far Right Extremists worse than Islamic Extremists

 

On last Sunday’s progressive indoctrination of “60 Minutes” and “Madam Secretary,” there was a “60 Minutes” story of an ex-White Supremacist who is attempting to get others out of this … well … cult. Scott Pelley said something that I found was a direct quote from this article: “The numbers don’t lie. Far Right Extremists are behind more plots and attacks than Islamic extremists.”

OK. To get the obvious out of the way: I thoroughly condemn the philosophy and actions of White Supremacy groups and any hurtful action towards Blacks and Jews whether physical or verbal. Same for Islamic Extremists.

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Can We Stop Homegrown Domestic Terrorism?

 

Following the most recent attempted terrorist attack in New York, we’ve seen a flurry of speculation and assessments on whether domestic terrorism can be stopped or even mitigated. I’m beginning to think that every time we enact new legislation or try to fill out the profile of a domestic terrorist, we are spinning our wheels. In some ways, our efforts to stop terrorism in our country have been successful. But I have to wonder, does a strategy make a difference or are we just lucky?

We have learned a great deal as Jackie Anderson explains in her article about the domestic terrorist; a fairly consistent profile has been created:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to a new Fox News report showing another link between the Justice Department and Fusion GPS, the firm that compiled the campaign dossier on Donald Trump. They also react to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand insisting President Trump resign, Trump blasting Gillibrand on Twitter, and many on the left accusing Trump’s tweet of being sexual harassment. Jim says the whole spectacle shows that Trump and Gillibrand deserve each other. And they have little sympathy for the family of the Port Authority bomber, as they gripe about the aggressiveness of the investigation into the attempted terrorist attack.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shudder at the attempted terrorist attack in New York City but are glad this particular ISIS sympathizer only injured himself. They also slam CNN for not only failing to verify the information from its sources in its supposed Wikileaks bombshell but for failing to be the first to correct its mistakes and then saying its reporters did everything right. And they roll their eyes as leftists get bent out of shape because U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wished CNN’s Jake Tapper, who is Jewish, a Merry Christmas.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up all crazy martinis today. First, they wonder why no Senate Democrats demanded Al Franken’s resignation after six allegations of misconduct but 33 suddenly decided that a seventh accuser was the last straw. They also get a kick out of Democrats who have long called for the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but are now outraged that President Trump actually did it. And they scratch their heads as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says it is an “open question” as to whether the United States will participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year due to security concerns.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 5, 2017 – number 152 – it’s the San Francisco Dodges a Bullet edition of the show with your hosts Hartford radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa.

Today we have special guest and good friend (really, she’s a friend…we have had a beer together at a restaurant and everything. I think it was twice even) Jessica Vaughan. Jessica is the Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies and about as knowledgeable as anyone in America about immigration issues. (And, did I mention? she’s a friend).

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing President Trump’s travel ban on six nations to go into effect while the courts sort out the legal challenges. Regardless of whether the ban is a good idea, U.S. law clearly gives the president the authority to do this. They also shudder as the Republican National Committee follows President Trump’s lead and jumps back in to help Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. And they shake their heads as Michigan Rep. John Conyers says he is “retiring” from Congress and endorses his son in the race to succeed him.

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Germany Has Chosen … Poorly

 

Me, two years ago, after the Bataclan massacre in Paris:

There are two possible responses to the dispersed threat of Islamic terrorism: Increased surveillance and security in the hopes that you’ll catch terrorists in the same net you use to corral regular citizens, or an empowered, aware citizenry that can stop an attack dead in its tracks. I prefer the second option myself, not only because it works, but it errs on the side of freedom, and that’s always a good thing.

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Muslim Nations Organize to Fight Terrorism

 

You read the title correctly: Saudi Arabia has been working to develop a coalition to fight terrorism with 41 other Muslim countries. The new organization, originally discussed in December 2015, ran a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal on Friday. They will have their first formal meeting as an organization, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, today (Sunday).

The IMCTC announced their approach in May 2017 to understanding and fighting terrorism:

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This week on the Kristol Clear podcast, editor at large Bill Kristol talks with host Eric Felten about the role U.S. power can play in promoting peace, and the gratitude we share at our good fortune to be with family and friends for Thanksgiving.

Cocktail Note from Eric Felten

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America look through a rough and often disturbing 2017 to find three things they’re each thankful for in politics and beyond this year. From some important accomplishments to the arrival of an important new figure in Washington to the bravery of people in different walks of life, Jim and Greg find some silver linings in our toxic political culture. Happy Thanksgiving! There will be no podcast on Thursday. Please join us again on Friday.

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For Whom Would You Wear a Star?

 

Having read this disturbing Gatestone Institute article about the increasingly dangerous situation for Jews in France, I would suggest that there is an opportunity here for European gentiles to put their money where their multicultural mouths are.

There is a story from the Second World War in which the German occupiers’ ordered Jews in Denmark to wear a yellow star. This was immediately followed by a royal order from King Christian that all Danish citizens should wear yellow stars. The story is apocryphal, but the solidarity and courage of the Danish gentiles with their Jewish countrymen were real and should be seen as exemplary.

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