Tag: Islamist terrorism

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Hey, if nobody minds me tooting my own horn, I think I deserve a few kudos! Why? Because today I passed a milestone: I just go my first retweet on my humble little Twitter account! My account is “Martin Wornath” @Heart_of_Rohan, and I was retweeted by an account called “Immigrants News” @immigrants24.        […]

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Attorney General Barr Speaks Uncomfortable Truths: Terrorism

 

It is refreshing to have the head of federal law enforcement clearly speak uncomfortable truths that are politically indelicate. Our good friends, the Saudis, sent us a group of their best and brightest with pro-jihadist, anti-American feelings strong enough to overcome any discretion in their social media habits. At the same time, the killer acted without the clear support of the other students, and the Saudi government recalled all the questionable officers, to be dealt with in their own military justice system.

The text of AG Barr’s remarks is posted on the Department of Justice website. This is where I would have left the event, yet the iPhone issue is not as AG Barr tells it. Bottom line: Barr wants an end to strong (virtually unbreakable) encryption for you and me. The only way to do what he claims he wants is to build the phone and every software system so they have “back doors” which every competent government and transnational criminal/terrorist group will swiftly acquire. This is what he meant by “data at rest” and “data in motion.”

Targets of Another Saudi Taking Flight Training in America

 

So another young, educated, privileged Saudi man, here all nice and legal, has attempted to commit mass murder for terrorist reasons. Oh, the authorities are mouthing the usual cautions about letting the FBI get to the bottom of it, and you may believe they are diligently working to uncover or bury the truth as you will. But, the American people already have all the evidence needed to come to a reasonable conclusion. What we might not get is the fuller picture, the full target set. For that, let us turn to a parallel development.

In 1946, the United States establishing a School of the Americas, to fundamentally transform our hemisphere through the very long-term growth of professional militaries in Latin America. As the left recognized this program’s effectiveness, they organized to begin smearing our military and this program as a “School for Dictators.” The left lost this long fight, as the Colombian military became a real, capable, professional force instead of a goon squad trying to outdo communist thuggery, always a losing gambit.

Turning from that instance, understand that we have done the same thing on a much wider scale with a wide range of professional military schools for decades. The point has always been to influence foreign militaries from the middle ranks up. Yes, there are also peer militaries involved in exchanges, where we send officers to their schools and they sent to ours. Set those exchanges aside, and look at the one-way programs. No US student is going to Saudi Arabia to learn to be a military pilot. We are not just providing a service as part of the arms sales package here; we are in the very long-term business of influence operations.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and talk show host Greg Knapp are encouraged that several key players from the Reagan-era economic team seem to be ascendant in the Trump White House. Terrorism returns to Sri Lanka in the most well-planned attack we have seen in a while. The mayor of NYC wants to ban glass and steel skyscrapers.

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital: Now What?

 

The many opinions on Ricochet about Trump’s announcement to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital have been exasperating, delightful, and insightful. As in many of these discussions, a major change like this bodes danger, disaster, and mayhem. I felt compelled to create some perspective on the situation, as hourly the concerns and positions shift. I explain my thoughts on the effect of Trump’s action in seven points. See what you think

1. There never was a legitimate peace process. The Jews always had a presence in Israel, in spite of the Diaspora. Then in the 19th century, Jewish immigration began to increase; the Arabs in the region resented them and repeatedly attacked them, especially from the 1920s onward. The Arabs made sure that everyone knew they were not interested in negotiating anything and that their only intention was to destroy the Jews. There is nothing that any Arab or so-called Palestinian has said to change those facts in recent years. I see no reason these circumstances will change in the future.

Conclusion: Israel needs to pursue a one-state solution that will deal with the Palestinian people in a fair and just way (whether or not they agree with it). From the PA’s corrupt and inept governance over the years, we see they are not capable of structuring or managing their own country; they will only maintain their goal of destroying Israel.

Bill recounts his debate with Michael Chertoff, former secretary of homeland security, over Pres. Trump’s travel ban and immigration policies. Then Bill discusses Tuesday’s election results and interviews Sen. James Risch, a key member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about Pres. Trump’s Asia trip and his handling of North Korea and China. Finally, Bill talks with Brian Kennedy about the spree of recent attacks in America and how we should address the problem of evil in a free society.

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For the past few days I’ve been seeing ads for the upcoming movie Independence Day: Resurgence, sequel to the first movie ID. Since this is about an attack on the USA and other countries, it occurred to me that it parallels the Jihad against many of the world’s countries. Given Obama’s and his fellow leftists’ […]

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