Every late December sees lists of important events that have come and gone in the past calendar year. One of the most fascinating is the list of top news stories chosen in a poll of US editors and news directors. It is a snapshot of one year’s news, but it can also reveal underlying trends in society, such as the declining acceptance of globalism as a desirable political principle.
The #5 listing of worldwide terror attacks notes murders in the Middle East, along with horrific jihads in the Brussels airport and in Nice, France. The European attacks have been made possible by open borders welcoming historic enemies from the Islamic world.
So that’s four items out of 10 that are news headliners with permissive immigration as a central or important part. But the scribblers still haven’t figured out that not all diversity is equal.
The turbulent U.S. election, featuring Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, was the overwhelming pick for the top news story of 2016, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
The No. 2 story also was a dramatic upset — Britons’ vote to leave the European Union. Most of the other stories among the Top 10 reflected a year marked by political upheaval, terror attacks and racial divisions.
Last year, developments related to the Islamic State group were voted as the top story — the far-flung attacks claimed by the group, and the intensifying global effort to crush it.
The first AP top-stories poll was conducted in 1936, when editors chose the abdication of Britain’s King Edward VIII.
Here are 2016’s top 10 stories, in order:
1. US ELECTION: This year’s top story traces back to June 2015, when Donald Trump descended an escalator in Trump Tower, his bastion in New York City, to announce he would run for president. Widely viewed as a long shot, with an unconventional campaign featuring raucous rallies and pugnacious tweets, he outlasted 16 Republican rivals. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton beat back an unexpectedly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders, and won the popular vote over Trump. But he won key Rust Belt states to get the most electoral votes, and will enter the White House with Republicans maintaining control of both houses of Congress.
2. BREXIT: Confounding pollsters and oddsmakers, Britons voted in June to leave the European Union, triggering financial and political upheaval. David Cameron resigned as prime minister soon after the vote, leaving the task of negotiating an exit to a reshaped Conservative government led by Theresa May. Under a tentative timetable, final details of the withdrawal might not be known until the spring of 2019. Continue reading this article
A little-examined sub-genre of the immigrant Sob Story is the Fear Story where diverse foreigners claim to be anxious about violence against them based on Americans’ alleged racism or Islamophobia etc. But no violence has occurred.
Is it actually News when nothing happens but there is a ginned-up fear that it might? The liberal media apparently believes so.
The Washington Post promoted the idea of immigrant fear of Americans on its Dec. 27 front page where Muslims residing in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, say they “hold their breath” about attacks from crazed Americans following President Trump’s inauguration.
Below, the 2013 Boston Marathon was bombed by the two jihadist Tsarnaev brothers and resulted in three deaths and many maimed persons. This attack and many others have created American suspicion of Islam, but the media will not allowed it to be spoken.
Or maybe Americans are just so darn mean that we don’t deserve angelic muslims living among us. The government in that case should end muslim immigration to protect the peaceful followers of allah. Right, that’s the ticket.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — It was here, in this midsize college town in the dead center of Tennessee, that a right-wing effort to ban Islamic law found one of its first sponsors. Here, too, a congressman co-sponsored a plan to “defund Muslim ‘refugees’ ” and local residents sued to block construction of the only mosque, a fight that ended at the Supreme Court.
The town’s Muslims carried on through all of that, raising their children, saying their prayers, teaching at college, filling people’s prescriptions and filling their tanks, contributing to the civic life in a city of 126,000. They felt the familiar grief and fear of reprisal last year when a Muslim man killed four Marines in Chattanooga, 90 minutes away.
Now Donald Trump — a man who has repeatedly cast doubt on the patriotism of Muslims — is the president-elect, and he has selected a national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has called Islam a “cancer.” And a deep unease has again seeped into the daily life of many here in this Muslim community of about 1,500.
There has been a smattering of post-election harassment and insults — at schools, in parking lots, on the road — but nothing to take to the police or put Murfreesboro back in the national headlines.
“Right now, we’re hoping that it’s going to be calm,” said Saleh Sbenaty, an engineering professor at Middle Tennessee State University and one of the founders of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. “But we don’t know if it’s the calm before the storm or the calm after the storm.” Continue reading this article
This holiday season may be a particularly dangerous one, since America’s jihadist enemies see a lame duck president in the White House who was weak even on his better days. The Muslim unfriendlies might think they can sneak in some mass murdering of infidels before President Trump takes charge.
Plus, ISIS is more pragmatic regarding its slaughter than al Qaeda, according to terror expert Sebastian Gorka, as he observed during an interview on Fox News on Wednesday:
”I’m most concerned with the change in tactics that we see ISIS following. Al-qaeda for more than a decade was obsessed with spectacle. Ironically 911 was so successful in killing 3,000 people in 102 minutes that they wanted WMDs, they experimented with chemical weapons in Afghanistan: they were looking for something even more spectacular. ISIS is far more pragmatic: they’ve taken a leaf out of the classic irregular warfare insurgent handbook, and they understand that for a low investment with minimal or no training, you can cause a lot of havoc and kill lots of people. The Nice attack is the classic example — one man with a truck, scores of people killed. So ISIS has gone back to basics and a holiday like this one is so attractive to them because they’re looking for high concentrations of unarmed civilians and that’s what you have on Thanksgiving.”
The Daily Mail reported the NYPD put on unprecedented show of force with 82 sand-filled trucks to protect against Nice-style attacks, radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs to protect the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Three thousand officers were deployed for the parade, up from 2,500 last year because the perceived threat increase.
Below, well armed officers and bomb-sniffing dogs lined the parade route in New York City.
But at what financial cost? As the need for more extreme security ramps up because of hostile Muslims living among us, the increased price levied on the taxpayers has become more mysterious. The security bill for events like the Super Bowl and the big city marathons don’t get toted up any more in their entirety — perhaps if the citizens knew the true cost of Muslim diversity they might demand an end to importing it willy-nilly. For example, the cost of San Francisco Police overtime for several days of Super Bowl security last January was nearly $3 million, and that is just one government organization out of around 60 different federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that were involved in policing the sports event.
The 2012 London Olympics cost $2 billion for security (with more British troops on hand to protect the event than there were in Afghanistan at the time); and that figure may have been the last honest total we will see from government suits for the enemy immigration they have inflicted upon us.
Since President Trump seems realistic about the jihad threat from unwise immigration, he could call for an accounting of what muslim diversity costs American taxpayers — from security-strangled sports to the everyday abuse imposed on airline passengers by the TSA — we citizens have a right to know what we pay for an enemy tribe of immigrants we never asked for.
Let us hope that our excellent police can continue to keep us safe from an energetic enemy until the January 20 inauguration and beyond.
Tuesday’s front page had some fine examples of the same old liberal swill, with headlines like “Furor over Trump’s Pick of a Hard-Right Advisor” and “New Strategist in White House a Provocateur from the Fringe” — both referring to advisor Steve Bannon, formerly of Breitbart.com, who is the current target of their rage.
The Times also continued its bashing of the citizens, as shown by the following gem:
The “America That Hates” refers to citizens who are rightly suspicious of Muslims living among us who sometimes take up jihad as instructed in the koran to murder infidels. The followers of allah have been killing non-believers for 1400 years, but the Times apparently thinks we live in a post-history time where previous beliefs and animosities no longer apply, even as ISIS commits brutal atrocities daily in the name of religion. Recent jihad activity like the mass murders in Orlando (50 dead) and San Bernardino (14 dead) remain in the public’s mind.
Hopefully President Trump will end the insanity of Muslim immigration. Indeed, a Rasmussen poll from last year found that a plurality of voters agreed with a temporary ban — which could be a very long time if a chill in jihad is the metric.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it would not allow Muslim Americans to be intimidated and called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to defend their constitutional rights.
DUNDALK, Md. — Ra’ad and Hutham Lalqaraghuli are no longer sure which America they’re a part of.
Is it the hateful country they confronted a few weeks before the presidential election, when someone left a note at their door that said, “Terrorist Leave no one wants you here”?
Or is it the generous country of welcoming strangers who heard about their ordeal and showered them with gifts and cards with positive messages?
The victory of President-elect Donald J. Trump has intensified their whiplash. After a year in the Maryland suburbs, having arrived with their four children as refugees from Iraq, they find themselves comparing the threats they fled with those that might still emerge.
Sunday’s report from television’s oldest news magazine show went all out to present the administration position on Syrian refugees: not to worry, little citizens, big Obama government will vet the future Democrats very thoroughly to keep out suicide bombers and headchoppers!
Below, a Syrian refugee camp. Millions of Syrians have been displaced during the civil war in their nation.
What if President Franklin Roosevelt had said during WWII that not all Nazis are stone cold killers so America should admit carefully screened Nazis as immigrants? Of course that Democrat did not endanger America by welcoming members of an enemy group: there were no Nazi visas during WWII.
Bill Whitaker reports on the Syrian refugee crisis and follows Syrian families from Jordan through the vetting process to their new homes in the U.S
Last September, President Obama announced his goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States. A year later, almost 13,000 have been admitted, and more are coming.
Donald Trump has said that tens-of-thousands of Syrians — mostly young men — are entering the U.S. and we don’t know who they are, because we have no system to vet them. He has said many times he wants to stop all Syrians from entering the country.
He’s not alone. A majority of U.S. governors have called for a halt to the refugee program too. The Syrians who are finding refuge in the U.S. now find themselves at the center of a heated debate, pitting our American tradition of altruism against our fear of terrorism.
Saturday was a busy day terror-wise. A bomb went off in New York City, about which there are still questions regarding the perp and motives. Another explosive went off in New Jersey along the route of a 5K run that celebrated US Marines.
But there is no question about the attacks in St. Cloud MN where an as yet unnamed Muslim stabbed nine people after quizzing at least some of them about their religious affiliation regarding allah.
ISIS claimed him as one of theirs on Sunday, but the guy was in no position to argue since he had been shot dead by an off-duty cop during the Muslim’s stabby spree.
Minnesota has been inundated by Somali Muslims, who are among the most backward newbies ever, plus they are top jihad returners to the homeland. So why does Washington continue to import Somalis when they don’t like the country or its inhabitants?
Liberals like Obama say America should repeal the Second Amendment if it would “save one life.” Meanwhile his open borders and Syrian Muslim immigration jihad have caused many American deaths and will likely kill more.
Minnesota resident Pete Hegseth appeared on Fox News Sunday morning and agreed with Donald Trump that it’s time to hit the Pause button on diverse immigration.
How about a really long pause, say maybe a century?
TUCKER CARLSON: A man shouting Allah goes on a stabbing rampage inside a Minnesota shopping mall. Did the refugee crisis caused this? We will connect the dots with Pete Hegseth. He joins us just ahead. We’re bringing back a Fox News alert this morning. Eight people were stabbed in a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, last night by a man shouting Allah as he asked his victims if they were Muslim.
ED HENRY: Fox News contributor and US Army vet Pete Hegseth was in St. Cloud just yesterday. He joins us live now from Minneapolis. Good to see you Pete, certainly not under these circumstances, when you see what is clearly a terror attack on the ground in Minnesota. What are you hearing there? What are people saying?
PETE HEGSETH: I was there for a football game later on that evening. There was this attack — listen, what’s happening in Minnesota is a microcosm of the refugee concerns in America. There’s large swathes of Somali Muslims who have come to Minnesota over the last number of decades. There’s no real understanding of how many. Many of resettle throughout Minnesota — Rochester, Minneapolis and St. Cloud — a significant populations upwards of 10 or 15 percent of the population in St. Cloud now. A lot of tensions and there has not been the amount of assimilation a lot of Minnesotans have wanted.
So there’s a concern that this population could do something just like this. The FBI director a couple of months ago said that literally about the Somali population in Minnesota: there’s a terror recruitment problem and that community is in denial. And a lot of Minnesotans — I can speak for folks here — there’s been this abiding concern that something like this might happen eventually. Unfortunately it did in St. Cloud it appears, although we don’t know the identity exactly of the attacker, and with the places like the Mall of America and others here in Minnesota those fears continue.
CARLSON: So that refugee resettlement didn’t happen accidentally; it was federal policy and the upshot has been to turn your state from a peaceful state, famous for its niceness, into a place where there are more terror plots foiled than in any other state in the union. What was the point of this? The US government is supposed to act on behalf of the country. What was the point of this resettlement? Continue reading this article
This year’s Oktoberfest is the 183rd Munich beer festival, and Germany’s new Muslim diversity requires more security precautions than earlier occasions. Sadly, Munich reports fewer reservations and some locals say they won’t go. Hostile Islam and German beer drinkers pose a rather large culture clash.
Who can blame them? The threat of jihad attacks can really take the fun out of big events that are supposed to be celebrations of freedom. France has cancelled a number of public gatherings because of the fear of muslims mass murdering, so the Germans are at least going forward, although with far more police attention.
Not giving in to terror, but taking it into account is what the organizers of Munich’s Oktoberfest are trying to accomplish by implementing more security checks, fences and a ban on backpacks.
Despite their reassurances that the festivities will not be affected, the Oktoberfest will be very different this year. Hotels say bookings have declined, Oktoberfest table reservations are being cancelled, clubs are pulling out of taking part in the Oktoberfest procession and invited celebrities are backing off: the fear of terror attacks has taken hold of Munich’s Oktoberfest.
More security checks for festival visitors
Because of security concerns, large bags and backpacks will be banned for the fist time. A mobile fence will close off an area of the festival grounds, which until this year had been open and there will be security checks at all entrances.
Organizers are reacting with these measures to a series of attacks during July in Bavaria: a teenager killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Munich and two attacks were claimed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group – a bungled suicide bombing in Ansbach which injured 15 people and an axe attack on a train in Würzburg, in which five people were injured.
“Security is our highest priority,” said Josef Schmid, Munich’s deputy mayor and managing director of the Oktoberfest. He added that Munich would not allow anything to “put a dampener on their festival”. Continue reading this article
In his usual polite and scholarly way, Senator Sessions has laid out the case to condemn the President’s reckless (at best!) importation of unscreenable foreigners from the millennial enemy of western freedom — Islam. As the Senator notes, “Good public policy puts the safety and security of this country first,” and welcoming unknowable Syrian Muslims into our neighborhoods fundamentally violates that principal.
What could possibly go wrong with Obama’s scheme?
Preventable terror, suffering and death, for starters — as is happening now in Europe’s summer of terror, following Chancellor Merkel’s insane flinging open the continent’s borders and subsequent jihad invasion.
We should learn from Europe’s terrible immigration catastrophe, not ignore it.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, issued the following statement today about the Obama Administration’s refugee policies, its temporary amnesty for Syrians in the United States, and dangers posed by admitting large numbers of refugees to the United States:
“Despite a clear nexus between immigration and terrorism, and warnings from top officials in his own Administration about their inability to properly vet refugees, President Obama remains in denial about the dangers that his policies pose to the United States. Instead of taking a sober assessment of the dangers that we face, and analyzing the immigration histories of recent terrorists so that we can more effectively safeguard our immigration system from being infiltrated, the Obama Administration leads the United States down a dangerous path – admitting as many refugees as possible from areas of the world where terrorists roam freely, and granting a temporary amnesty to Syrians living in the United States illegally. And contrary to the assertions made by many, the potential for future terror activity is real.
Our primary effort, and that of our allies, should be to provide support to those who are displaced as close to their homes as possible, and work to return them home as soon as possible. Of course, our foreign policy should always seek to avoid situations where such violence and chaos occur. But instead of pursuing these policies, the Obama Administration continues with its radical plans.
The 10,000 Syrian refugees his Administration will admit this Fiscal Year represent a nearly 500 percent increase over the roughly 1,600 Syrian refugees who were admitted last year. This radical increase places the safety and security of the American people at risk, there will surely be consequences.
Since September 11, 2001, we know that at least 40 individuals who were admitted to the United States as refugees have been convicted for, or implicated in, terrorism or terrorism-related offenses – and the total is likely much higher. Some were admitted as adults, others as children, but these cases refute the false assertion that those admitted to the United States as refugees never engage in terrorism. But because these facts do not fit within his worldview, President Obama rejects them. And in so doing, he rejects his sacred oath for what he perceives as political gain.
Plainly, there is no way to properly vet these refugees. Our intelligence databases are only as good as the information that goes into them – meaning that the absence of derogatory information in our systems about an individual does not mean that admitting that individual carries no risk. Nor do we have an effective method to screen refugees for the possibility of potential post-entry radicalization.
Good public policy puts the safety and security of this country first. There is no doubt that this continuous, dramatic increase in refugees from areas of the world where terrorists roam freely will endanger this nation. We must change course.”
France has reacted to a string of murderous jihad attacks from its Muslim residents by calling off a number of public gatherings that might attract more mayhem. Soldiers and well armed police are more apparent on streets already, so authorities must think that their existing forces are not adequate to protect people from the worsened threat from the Islamic fifth column.
All of this looming danger and fear has a depressing affect on the people. Civilization is based around the expectation of safety, and when that disappears, the public sphere is seriously undermined.
Even the most starry-eyed advocates of diversity must realize by now that Muslim immigration is a society killer and should be avoided by all nations that want to preserve peace, freedom and sovereignty.
The summer is in full swing in France but beneath the surface there is growing anxiety.
With every new terror attack, French citizens stoically declare that “life goes on”, but despite this show of defiance, a creeping anxiety has taken hold of society.
Outwardly, the French summer is in full swing, restaurant and bar terraces — targeted in a November attack on Paris — are packed and vibrant, beaches are covered with sunseekers and streets as busy as ever.
However beneath the surface, many are feeling the strain after a string of terror attacks over the past 18 months.
“There is a cumulative effect. At first (a terror attack) is an unexpected event, but now we are in a situation where we fear it happening again,” said Evelyne Josse, a Belgium-based psychologist and trauma expert.
Users of a popular French online medical forum describe panic attacks on the metro, being paralysed with fear at the prospect of taking trains to go on holiday or going to the beach, with one woman writing she feels that going out in a crowd is like playing Russian Roulette.
Is it not appalling that backwards Pakistan is one of the top immigrant senders to this country? — up to a million residents estimated. In fact, there are so many Pakistani immigrants residing in America that they are now disallowed from the evil Diversity Visa.
KARACHI: After forming the seventh largest immigrant population in the United States (US), Pakistanis are no longer eligible for the diversity visa.
The diversity visa is a special immigration lottery that allowed families from countries with low rates of immigration into the US to qualify for the move. A lot of Pakistani families used this facility to immigrate to the US, leading to an immigrant population of between 700,000 and one million Pakistanis.
According to the US law, diversity laws are only allowed to counties that have low rates of immigrants, said US consulate in Karachi’s spokesperson Brian Asmus, during a media tour of the Karachi consulate’s visa section on Friday. Pakistan had 104,000 immigrants in the 10 years between 2005 and 2014, he said, explaining why Pakistanis are no longer eligible.
The state department has only stopped diversity visas and there are a lot of other options, such as petitions, student, visit and exchange programme visas, which come under the non-immigrant category. “One can always apply for immigrant visa if they have immediate family in the US,” explained US consulate’s Non-Immigrant Visa chief Mary Pellegrini. Continue reading this article
Senator Jeff Sessions’ Immigration Subcommittee has published a study of persons convicted in terror crimes and the results are not promising for the safety of the nation. Despite the horror and deaths of 3000 inflicted on America on 9/11 by Middle Eastern foreigners, the government has learned little about protecting us in the intervening time, as shown by the fact that at least 380 of 580 convicted terrorists were foreign-born. Forty of those foreigners were refugees, which should be a warning about Obama’s project to admit 10,000 unscreenable Syrian refugees during this fiscal year. Why continue to import potential enemies who want to kill Americans? What kind of government does that?
Senator Sessions appeared with Sean Hannity on Wednesday to discuss the report:
SEAN HANNITY: Based on research conducted on a list of the Department of Justice, subcommittee on that you’re involved in — let’s see, at least 380 of the 580 individuals convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between September 11, 2001, and December 31st, 2014, they were 380 of 580 were born abroad.
SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS: Absolutely, and it’s really a lot more than that because we had to find that information from public sources and for large number we couldn’t. I’d say it’s probably pushing 75 percent of those involved in terrorist activities
HANNITY: Were they illegal immigrants or were some foreign born here on visas and we’re not vetting them properly?
SESSIONS: Right, they’re coming mostly, I would assume, on legal visas but they are immigrants themselves, so some are suggesting the second generation or homegrown terrorism is the biggest problem: that’s really not so according to the data.
HANNITY: When Donald Trump said that there’s rapes and murders by illegal immigrants — I sat through a security briefing with Governor Rick Perry and in an eight-year period they reported, his officials, people on the on the borders, they gave the number of 625,000 crimes committed by illegal immigrants against Texans alone, including rape and murder. So this is happening, what Trump said is true, is accurate,
SESSIONS: It’s absolutely accurate, it’s indisputable really. We have a responsibility to protect the United States of America from those who would attack us and destroy domestic stability and tranquility. We can do that. People don’t have a constitutional right to demand entry. We should screen those people. Those who are likely to be prosperous and flourish in America and be good citizens we should admit before we admit those who are likely to be dangerous.
HANNITY: Well the group FAIR did a study and what they found is from the Freedom of Information Act on their behalf that the 30,558 criminal aliens that ICE released in fiscal year 2014 — of the 30,000, 13,288 additional crimes were committed by illegal immigrants that just got out of jail. Why are we letting illegal immigrants that are in prison back out on the street?
Sean, the law requires if you’re convicted of an offense in the United States, you shall be deported. They should be deported anyway if they’re here illegally. So you first should be deported if you’re here illegally, and if you commit a crime that’s a high priority case. It’s not happening, even that Hillary Clinton has said Sean, that nobody in the country illegally should be deported unless they are a terrorist or commit a violent crime and that’s just open borders really.
Below is a chart which shows the country of origin of the terrorists. More charts can be seen on the Fox News article, Anatomy of the terror threat, 6/22/16.
Here’s the report issued from Senator Sessions’ office:
WASHINGTON—Based on open-source research conducted on a list provided by the Department of Justice, the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest has determined that at least 380 of the 580 individuals convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2014, were born abroad.
On August 12, 2015, December 3, 2015, and January 11, 2016, letters were sent to the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, requesting the immigration histories of individuals implicated in terrorism since early 2014. For over 10 months, the Obama Administration has refused to provide this crucial and easily accessible information. Since sending the last letter on January 11, however, the Subcommittee has identified 18 additional individuals implicated in terrorism since early 2014 – bringing the total to 131, of whom at least 16 were initially admitted to the United States as refugees, and at least 17 of whom are the natural-born citizen children of immigrants.
However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) did provide the Subcommittee with a list it maintains of 580 individuals not only implicated, but convicted, of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2014. DOJ has deferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide immigration background information regarding these individuals, but to this day, DHS has not done so – despite having the information on the foreign-born easily accessible in its records and databases.
Using this list, the Subcommittee conducted open-source research and determined that at least 380 of the 580 were foreign-born (71 were confirmed natural-born, and the remaining 129 are not known). Of the 380 foreign-born, at least 24 were initially admitted to the United States as refugees, and at least 33 had overstayed their visas. Additionally, of those born abroad, at least 62 were from Pakistan, 28 were from Lebanon, 22 were Palestinian, 21 were from Somalia, 20 were from Yemen, 19 were from Iraq, 16 were from Jordan, 17 were from Egypt, and 10 were from Afghanistan. Continue reading this article
Tuesday’s Washington Times headlined, “Immigrants children lured to terror: Identity often difficult for 2nd generation.”
The topic of the troubled second generation, particularly in Islamic families, is one that I’ve examined over time, recently in Government Screening Won’t Stop Second Generation Jihad. In that case, a Silicon Valley executive Sal Shafi contacted authorities because he feared his son, Adam (pictured), had turned jihad and was about to leave to join ISIS. Legal difficulties ensued.
Immigrant teens experience extra stress in the construction of who they believe themselves to be. Immigrant kids are not completely American nor entirely their parents’ tribe. As a result, many associate with others of the same demographic and form gangs based on ethnicity.
Muslim youth face a more consequential choice. The ISIS beheading gang claims to offer “true” Islam, not the watered-down or assimilated version of the parents, which provides a welcoming identity clubhouse to searchy young people.
The Washington Times article names a couple recent examples of second generation assimilation failures; I have reported on others in addition to the Shafi family. One was the son of Albanian immigrants Betim Kaziu was sentenced in 2012 to 27 years in the slammer for plotting to murder US soldiers overseas. Another was Mohamed Mohamud, a young Somali who plotted to bomb a Portland Oregon Christmas celebration, whose father (an engineer at Intel) contacted authorities with worries that his son was becoming radicalized.
The problem of second generation radicalization shows that immigration screening of the first generation does not protect America from danger. Islam can act like a recessive gene, becoming active in later generations to kill. Understanding this point means the prudent policy for American national security should be Zero Muslim immigration, period.
The online version of the Washington Times story was headlined somewhat differently:
While immigrants draw much of the attention, it’s their children who are proving to be the most fruitful recruiting ground for radical jihad in the U.S., accounting for at least half of the deadly attacks over the past decade.
The latest instance of the second-generation terrorist syndrome played out in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend when Omar Mateen, son of immigrants from Afghanistan, went on a jihad-inspired rampage, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Authorities said Mateen had flirted with other terrorist groups but declared his allegiance to the Islamic State on Sunday morning as he began his horrific spree.
He follows in the footsteps of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino, California, terrorists who was the son of Pakistanis; Nadir Soofi, one of two men who attacked a drawing competition in Garland, Texas, last year and whose father was from Pakistan; and then-Maj. Nidal Hassan, the child of Palestinian immigrants whose shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 set off the modern round of deadly lone-wolf attacks.
In other cases, attackers were immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children. They grew up in the U.S. but were besieged by questions of identity.
“Historically, the ‘high stress’ generation for American immigrants has been second generation,” said former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden. “Mom and Pop can rely on the culture of where they came from. Their grandchildren will be (more or less) thoroughly American. The generation in between, though, is anchored neither in the old or in the new. They often are searching for self or identity beyond self.” Continue reading this article
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