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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Omar’s Comments Need Context

 

Whenever you quote someone, it is important to provide context. For instance, assume someone says, “I wish Germany would have won.” Are they talking about a soccer game or World War II? Knowing that context matters.

Many Democrats are coming to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent comments by claiming she was taken out of context. So let’s look at the context on some of her recent comments.

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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, America’s Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell occupies one of the most critical positions in American diplomacy, not only because Germany represents the EU’s largest economy and has disproportionate influence on the continent, but because of […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Breaking: Terror Attack in Barcelona

 

A terrorist driving a vehicle struck many pedestrians in Barcelona with 13 confirmed deaths at this time. Barcelona police have declared it a terror attack. From the LA Times:

A white van jumped the sidewalk in this city’s historic Las Ramblas district and crashed into a summer crowd of residents and tourists Thursday, killing at least 13, according to Spanish media. Police said they are treating the incident as a terror attack.

The Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper reported at least 20 injured, and the Spanish newspaper El Pais quoted unnamed police sources as saying that armed perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. There was no immediate police confirmation of the latter report.

Tevi Troy joins the Manhattan Institute’s Paul Howard to discuss a dreaded scenario: a bioterror attack in New York City.

Gotham’s status as a cultural and financial center makes it a more desirable target than any other city in the world. Of all the threats the city faces, a biological attack may be the most terrifying.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America react to news of yet another terror attack in the UK which targeted British Muslims outside of a London mosque after their evening prayers for Ramadan. They also discuss the Supreme Court’s announcement that they will take up the partisan gerrymandering case in the state of Wisconsin to determine whether or not the act is unconstitutional. And they respond to Erick Erickson’s sensationalist comments as he refers to the left as “America’s ISIS” and advocates for state secession.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud British Prime Minister Theresa May for a much tougher statement following the London Bridge terrorism attack, while acknowledging the difficult free speech debate that is sure to follow. They also contemplate terror suspect profiling after one attacker appeared in the documentary “The Jihadis Next Door” and attempted to radicalize children in a local park, yet police let him go after questioning. And they express frustration over President’s Trump’s latest Twitter tirade over his travel ban.

Welcome to the Special Bonus Euro-edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 26, 2017, introducing our European correspondent William Campbell.

We’ve decided that we don’t sound sophisticated enough (why did it take so long to reach *that* conclusion??) and we have attempted to remedy that situation by finding a new HLC contributor who has an Irish accent (although he sounds British to me). Mr. William Campbell is an author, podcaster and entrepreneur. Although he has spent most of his life in Ireland, he was also educated in the UK and the US and has lived in Italy, Germany and Thailand. He is the host of his own podcast: Challenging Opinions on which Todd has appeared (although I haven’t been invited yet).

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 24, 2017 it’s the “Evil Losers” edition of the podcast, brought to you by SimpliSafe.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Terror in Stockholm Tonight

 

What we know now is that one or more assailants hijacked a truck in central Stockholm and drove a truck into a crowd on the busiest street in the city at 2:53 pm, just ahead of the Friday afternoon rush.

Three people have been confirmed dead and 15 or more are seriously injured, all of the hospitals are on high alert, and all public transport has been shut down, including the traffic in and around the central station.

Two hours after the initial alarm, the visibly shaken Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven confirmed that this was a terror attack and that all government buildings are put on lockdown.

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Some of you may recall that my husband, three daughters, and I recently moved from Italy back to the States. Over the past several months, I have continued to home-school my kids while working as a substitute teacher in the local school system (a story for another day). And my husband and I have been searching […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Witness, Part 2

 

It’s been 15 years, and I’ve almost never talked about it. Sorry about the length, now that I try, I’ve spewed out almost 3000 words, and I still feel like I’m leaving most of it out.

On September 11, 2001 I was living in Manhattan, in the neighborhood called Battery Park City. It’s not really one of the well known neighborhoods like Midtown, or Harlem, or the Upper West Side. But on that day, it got a new name that is much better known… Ground Zero.

At that time, Battery Park City consisted of 8 high rise apartment buildings that were wrapped around the World Financial Center (WFC), directly across West Street from the World Trade Center (WTC) complex. The buildings were split evenly to the north and south of WFC, and contained about 10,000 people. I lived in the less fashionable northern half, on the 26th floor of a 42 story building, right next to Stuyvesant High School, one of the elite, limited entry public schools in the NYC area. It was a corner apartment, specifically the south east corner, with floor to ceiling windows running around the entire apartment, with the exception of the bedroom.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Inmates Assault Terror Suspect in Arizona Jail

 
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Mahin Khan, of Tucson, Ariz., who apparently didn’t know his photo was being taken. (Image: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

An 18-year-old Tucson resident named Mahin Khan was arrested earlier this month for allegedly planning terror attacks on government buildings in Arizona.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Breaking: Terror Attack in Nice, France

 
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The truck that allegedly drove through a crowd in Nice, France. (Image: Twitter)

Details are still coming in, but news broke over Twitter of a truck ramming through a crowd in Nice, France. The area was holding a Bastille Day celebration, and there have been some reports of gunfire.

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UK voters stunned the world by shaking things up with their vote for “Brexit.” Here in the United States, we’ll soon be given the opportunity to vote for Donald Trump – and we think the odds are that if he’s given control of our government, he breaks it. And we’re all for it. Preview Open

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Fr. James Schall lays to rest any doubts about whether or not Orlando was an Islamic jihadi terror attack. To look back “retrospectively” on Orlando is to see it as one more successful example of what one person can do if he has a mission and a worldview to justify it. The Orlando killer was […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Don’t Blame “Self Loathing.” Blame Jihadism.

 

pulse-orlando-shootingDon’t rush to infer motivations, some warned after Omar Mateen’s attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in Sunday’s early hours. We simply don’t know, certainly in the first 24 hours, why a disturbed individual would choose to go on a terrible killing spree. Who knows what abnormalities are at work in such a person’s mind? Even if they say Napoleon or Space Commander Alpha sent them, we can hardly take their word for it.

To be sure, certain clues might have seemed vital. For example, not only had Mateen vowed allegiance to Islamic State in a 911 call during his attack (and also on Facebook, it later turned out), but IS itself within hours accepted his vow and welcomed his actions via a news agency, quite a bit faster than it acknowledged the allegiance of and praised the husband-and-wife attackers in San Bernardino last year. In fact, as New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi pointed out, Mateen, like the San Bernardino attackers and the attackers at a Garland, TX, cartoon exhibition (and like a number of attackers in Europe) had followed closely a protocol laid out by IS itself for announcing loyalty contemporaneously with an independently carried out act of violence.

Some of the wait-and-see commentators seem to regard news developments in the days since then as having vindicated their position. For example, no evidence has emerged that Mateen coordinated his attack in advance with any IS leadership. The problem here is that, as Callimachi points out, IS’s own recommendations for attacks on the West emphasize exactly the avoidance of such pre-coordination, which would give investigators more trails to follow leading to IS actors. Mateen had also followed other steps typical of IS recommendations, including taking hostages in a closed space, which increases the chance of a drawn-out siege (good for media interest) ending in the death of the attacker (who therefore cannot be debriefed for intelligence.)

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As additional information comes in about the despicable killer in Orlando, the complexity of the story continues to grow. Was the man a self-hating gay? Was he genuinely radicalized by ISIS, or was he simply in love with the thought of using his religion as an excuse for a killing spree? Did authorities who cleared […]

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When two Palestinian gunmen from Hebron massacred four Israelis on Wednesday, they chose a market in Tel Aviv as their target. Hebron is located in the West Bank and is on the way to Jerusalem, but the target was farther from home. It must be seen as no accident that this attack was not planned […]

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