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by Warren Mass
A May 22 bomb attack following a performance by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, England, left at least 22 people dead and around 59 others injured, according to police. It is but the latest example of terrorist violence perpetrated by “refugees” or the sons of “refugees” in Europe over the past few years. It it should also cause Brits and others to consider whether importing the Middle East and its problems to the West is sound policy, as well as what has ignited the tragic refugee crisis to begin with.
A 23-year-old man identified as Salman Abedi, stood in a foyer connecting Manchester Arena with the city’s Victoria railroad station as fans exited the concert and detonated a device loaded with shrapnel, which was designed to kill or injure as many people as possible. Abedi was born in Manchester to parents who emigrated to London from Libya. Very little information about Abedi has been released, except that he was “known to authorities,” who did not consider him to be an immediate threat.
Britain’s Telegraph quoted Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, who issued a statement on May 23: “I can confirm that the man suspected of carrying out last night's atrocity has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. However, he has not yet been formally identified and I wouldn’t wish, therefore, to comment further.”
“The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”
On the morning following the bombing, ISIS claimed responsibility for it in a brief statement that did not identify the bomber and also appeared to get some of the facts of the attack wrong.
The ISIS statement said a “caliphate soldier managed to place a number of devices among a gathering of crusaders in Manchester, and detonated them.” However, officials say there was only one explosion, and no other devices have been discovered at the arena. Because of these discrepancies, officials have not yet determined if Abedi was directed by ISIS, though he may have been sympathetic to the terrorist group’s jihad.
A CBS News report noted that some terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States have been claimed by individuals who support ISIS and have made contact with its members, but were not directly supported or guided by the terror network.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker deliberately chose his time and place to “maximize carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately.”
“All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” May said outside her Downing Street residence.
The youngest victim who died in the attack was eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was a pupil at Tarleton Primary School, in Lancashire.
The Trump administration’s Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said while testifying in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 23 that the Manchester attack should serve as a reminder that the terrorist threat is “not going away and it needs significant attention.”
Coats also said that ISIS frequently claims responsibility for terror attacks, and their claim of responsibility for the Manchester attack has yet to be verified by U.S. officials
President Trump commented on the Manchester terror attack during a press conference in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, saying:
“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are.”
Trump continued his remarks while standing alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: “This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”
“Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed. We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. And in today’s attack it was mostly innocent children. The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever.”
Major media reports of this event failed to note the irony of Trump’s remarks being delivered while sharing a platform with Abbas, who succeeded Yassar Arafat as the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 2004. The PLO was considered by the United States and Israel to be a terrorist organization until the Madrid Conference in 1991. In 1993, the PLO agreed to recognize Israel’s right to exist in peace, accepted UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and rejected “violence and terrorism.” In response, Israel officially recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.
Despite the PLO’s apparent softening, Abbas’s history with the organization does cast doubts on his ability to take a hard-line stance against terrorists.
Furthermore, as was reported in an article in The New American last September, Abbas was a KGB agent in the 1980s, according to documents smuggled out of Russia by a former Soviet archivist. Abbas also pursued graduate studies at the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, when it was still the capital of the communist Soviet Union.
This latest terrorist attack in Manchester was Britain’s deadliest since the July 7, 2005 event, when four British suicide bombers inspired by al-Qaeda staged an attack in London’s transport system, killing 52 people, as well as themselves, and wounding 700.
India’s FirstPost reported that in another attack last March, five people were killed and more than 50 were wounded when a man drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London. The attacker, a Muslim convert named Khalid Mahmood, was shot dead by police at the scene. The attack was officially described as “Islamist related terrorism.”
Of course, Great Britain is not the only nation in Europe that has suffered from terrorist attacks. We noted in our article for March 25, 2016 that ISIS had trained an estimated 400 fighters and sent them to Europe to carry out attacks such as those killing 130 people in Paris on November 13, 2015 and 34 people in Brussels on March 22, 2016, according to a March 23, 2016 Associated Press report.
That AP report stated that European and Iraqi intelligence officials and French Senator Nathalie Goulet, who is co-head of a commission tracking jihadi networks had described camps in Syria, Iraq, and possibly nations of the former Soviet bloc, where attackers are trained to target the West.
In addition to attackers sent into Europe from elsewhere, the children of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have also become radicalized and joined terrorist networks. The outstanding example was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the individual that French and Belgian officials identified as the mastermind of the November, 2015 Paris attacks, who was the child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in Brussels.
While growing up in Brussels, Abaaoud was friends with a Belgian-born French national of Moroccan descent named Salah Abdeslam. After Abaaoud returned to Brussels following a period of terrorist activity in Syria in 2014, he recruited Abdeslam into his terrorist network and both men conspired to carry out the Paris attacks.
While the links between Middle Eastern and North African refugees in Europe and terrorist groups in their homelands can easily be traced, it is even more important to understand the factors that have destabilized those nations, radicalized many of their inhabitants, and caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee those lands for Europe.
It is important for Americans, as well as Europeans, to understand these factors, because while Europe has so far borne the brunt of the refugee flow and suffered the worst terrorist attacks, the United States is also vulnerable to similar experiences. Even President Trump’s March 6 executive order (“Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorists’ Entry Into the United States”), which would ban foreign nationals from six countries identified as being state sponsors of terrorism or havens for terrorists (and is currently on hold due to a judge’s order) would only be a symptomatic remedy and would not go to the heart of the problem.
The best, most concise explanation of the ultimate cause of this crisis we have read was written by former Rep. Ron Paul and reprinted by The New American in 2015. In his article, “The Real Refugee Problem – and How to Solve It,” Paul wrote:
The reason so many are fleeing places like Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that US and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery. This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing “democracy” at the barrel of a gun.
Since most of the problems associated with the refugee flow — including terrorist acts performed by either radicals embedded with the refugees or radicalized children of refugees — have occurred in Europe, Paul also address their foreign policy:
The Europeans share a good deal of blame as well. France and the UK were enthusiastic supporters of the attack on Libya and they were early backers of the “Assad must go” policy. Assad may not be a nice guy, but the forces that have been unleashed to overthrow him seem to be much worse and far more dangerous. No wonder people are so desperate to leave Syria.
Paul concludes his article:
Here is the real solution to the refugee problem: stop meddling in the affairs of other countries. Embrace the prosperity that comes with a peaceful foreign policy, not the poverty that goes with running an empire. End the Empire!
As for when a refugee problem becomes a terrorism problem, it is when terrorists infiltrate a country hidden among the refugees, as has repeatedly happened in European countries during recent years.
Though he did not include it in the above-cited article, Paul has often spoken and written about the phenomenon called “blowback” — the reaction that is generated when we intervene in other nations’ affairs. Very often, the difference between a moderate Muslim and a radical Islamist, is that the latter has witnessed invasions of his homeland by Western military forces, making him vulnerable to the recruitment efforts of terrorist groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS.
The very tragic events that have taken place in cities like Paris, London, and Manchester are quite likely part of the “collateral damage” of the West’s interventionist activities abroad.
Mr. Brexit: Muslim Refugees Will Destroy EU Without ‘Ethnic’ Borders
by John Griffing - Geller Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an exclusive interview with the Geller Report, British MEP Daniel Hannan — the other “Mr. Brexit” — said that the European Union (EU) is collapsing under its own weight because its borders are not “ethnographic.”
“Conflicts all over world are about belonging, and are ethnic in nature,” Hannan said.
“The Balkans, Kashmir, Chechyna, Israel and Palestine — anywhere in the world — nine times out of ten, it’s an argument about borders not being ethnographic.”
Hannan believes the EU is imploding for two main reasons: because of the systemic instability caused by multiple waves of unscreened Muslim refugees, and lastly, because EU member countries lack a shared culture that is genuine.
“And this is the central problem with the EU. It’s an attempt to create a democracy where there is no shared culture,” remarked Hannan.
Recent headlines confirm Hannan’s dire outlook for the EU. Rape legalization (or active decriminalization of Muslim perpetrators) is effectively being implemented in France, Germany and Sweden.
As for the absence of “shared culture,” Europe’s history reveals “shared culture” that is marred by war and genocide. Such an absurd proposition is akin to a burglar merging households with one of his previous victims because of their “shared culture.”
The increase in borderless terrorist organizations and lone wolf incidents are further proof that “Europe” is still very much a collection of nations, not a standalone entity.
Consider that when Syrian refugees ravaged Germany, when Paris burned, and when Brussels was bombed by ISIS, internal borders were closed and the EU quickly morphed back into 25 separate countries at breakneck speed. Borders closed because Britain, France, and Germany never ceased being independent nations with fully independent identities. The same is true of all other EU member nations.
“We are trying to create a democracy, without a ‘demos,’” Hannan explains. “Democracy works best in units where everyone has enough in common with each other to accept the government.”
And national governments, “where everyone has enough in common,” are still the best known vehicles for delivering the blessings of democracy to the greatest number of people. “Democracy is the worst system, except for all others,” former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once quipped.
So, if nations do it best, why does the EU keep trying to fill the shoes of its member nations? The EU is based on a flawed premise: namely, that nationalism is evil and the primary cause of global conflict. The argument falls apart when it is considered that no democratic nation has ever fought against another democratic nation. It was internationalism which caused WWI & WWII, not nationalism (rigid regional alliances in the previous – the League of Nations in the latter.)
The destruction of nationhood was an aim of Nazism and Communism. It is unsurprising then, that Communists love the EU. Mikhail Gorbachev jokingly refers to the EU as the “European Soviet.” When the former leader of our Cold War arch-nemesis is supportive, it may be time to pause and reflect.
An old joke captures the essence of longstanding European national rivalries:
In short, nations still matter. And nations at their most basic, are a collection of people with shared ethnic, religious, and cultural heritage together constituting a singular national identity. Immigrants to a host country traditionally are expected to adopt the characteristics of this shared identity, or be sent home.
When European host countries open their doors today, reverse assimilation arguably occurs. The hosts are in many cases expected to adopt the identity of the guest, or risk death.
For Hannan, the failure to assimilate and integrate new prospective “Europeans” is due to the lack of any ethnic “European” identity. “Europe” is co-opting the functions most efficiently performed by nation-states, and chaos is the result.
“Overseeing the economy and securing the national territory are primal functions of any government, but both on monetary policy and immigration, European member states found themselves powerless,” Hannan told The Daily Caller News Foundation in March. “Now, that wouldn’t matter if people came together as ‘Europeans.’”
“When the EU turned 60,” there was no “sign of anyone thinking or voting as Europeans. In fact, since the first European Parliament elections in 1979, we’ve seen an unbroken decline in participation,” Hannan told Geller Report.
“If you look at all the conflicts in the world now, the biggest problem people have today is feeling like they’re in the wrong country, either that they are a minority that feels no loyalty to the national government, or that they are cut off from the community,” Hannan argues.
Beyond the immigration and security issues raised by Hannan deriving from the nebulous and basically nonexistent “European” identity, EU member states are also partly to blame for the widespread ethnic conflict permeating Europe.
In the case of the United Kingdom, a nation that once controlled over a quarter of the Earth’s surface, “open borders” policies dating back to the seventies challenge conventional British assumptions about immigration. Traditionally, any prospective resident or citizen wishing to enter the UK must want to be British — or at the very least harbor no plans to cause inhabitants grievous bodily harm.
Not so today. Common sense is considered “insensitive.” But, then so were the London Tube bombings.
Muslims were historically viewed by the British as a case of oil and water where it concerns assimilation. Afterall, a faith that fanatically adheres to a system wholly opposed to British values is irreconcilable, certainly.
Where it was once painfully obvious to a majority of British citizens that large-scale Muslim immigration is a death wish, staggering and willful ignorance is the new normal.
“If this turns out to be an act of Islamic terrorism, I think the fact that the man is a Muslim is utterly and completely irrelevant,” remarked Lord Digby Jones, ranking member of the House of Lords, after the March terror attack in London. He added: “You’re safer in London than you’ve ever been.”
Muslim Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told the media that Islamic terrorism was “part and parcel” of living in a big city. He forgot to add, “when populated by Muslims.”
Churchill once compared Islam to “hydrophobia in a dog” in his unabridged book, The River War, adding that, “Insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.”
Words like those written by Churchill earned another famous Brit his walking papers only a few decades later.
Nowhere is the transformation of British public opinion on the issue of immigration more evident than the tragic political suicide of statesman Enoch Powell. Forty years ago, Powell delivered the courageous speech that would end his career. Called the “Rivers of Blood” speech, his words are nothing short of prophetic.
“It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre,” Powell lamented.
“Whole areas, towns and parts of towns across England will be occupied by sections of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants,” Powell continued.
“As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood,’” Powell said.
Powell was more correct in his predictions than he could even imagine. Britain’s Muslim population is now so aggressive that the British government recently began enforcing Islamic “Sharia” law alongside British law in the UK.
“If Sharia is implemented then you can turn this country into a haven of peace …Once a thief’s hand is cut off, nobody is going to steal. Once an adulterer is stoned, nobody is going to commit this crime at all. This is why we say we want to offer it to British society,” remarked the chief Justice of London’s Sharia Court in a chilling statement.
Muslims are projected to be a de facto majority in Europe by 2050. Democracy in Europe cannot survive when the fastest-growing ethnic demographic fundamentally rejects the core democratic values of European countries.
Hannan agrees. “The refugee crisis exposes the democratic weakness [of the EU], the extent to which European integration is purchased at a democratic price,” he concludes.
One thing is clear to all who study the EU: it is a foolhardy attempt to undo the natural order in pursuit of a Utopia that can never exist as long as human beings are involved.
John Griffing is an Associate Editor with The Daily Caller, an investigative journalist, media relations expert and public speaker who John Griffing has been instrumental in demanding transparency in the public sphere. His interview credits include Fortune 500 executives, as well as key public officials. He helped run the largest Republican Political Action Committee (PAC) in Texas and served as ‘Executive Director’ of the largest county Republican Party in Texas.
Germany Created the Migrant Crisis and Germany Should Pay the Consequences, Says Polish Leader
by Jack Montgomery
Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), says it was Germany’s decision to open Europe’s borders, not Poland’s, and his countrymen should not have to pay for their neighbour’s mistakes.
“We have not opened Europe for refugees – Ms Merkel has,” the veteran conservative told public broadcaster TVP Info. “And it is Ms Merkel and Germany that have to bear the consequences, not Poland.”
In late 2015, the European Union forced through measures requiring member states to accept a share of 120,000 migrants in southern Europe – later increased to 160,000 – despite strong opposition from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.
The Civic Platform Party (PO) government, formerly led by current President of the European Council Donald Tusk, did not oppose the measures – a stance which led to the party’s landslide defeat in the parliamentary elections weeks later.
Law and Justice repudiated the migrant quotas shortly afterwards in response to the Paris terror attacks.
The party’s Minister for European Affairs said the attacks presaged “the necessity of an even deeper revision of the European policy towards the migrant crisis”, and insisted that Poland would not take any migrants without “security guarantees”.
The EU has threatened Poland with sanctions for its refusal to implement its decision, but interior minister Mariusz Błaszczak has stated that acceding to the bloc’s demands would “certainly be much worse” than any potential punishment.
Błaszczak has articulated a remarkably robust position on the migrant crisis, declaring that “the policy of multiculturalism in Western Europe is reaping a bloody harvest in the form of terrorist attacks”.
Professor Ted Malloch, widely tipped as President Donald Trump’s eventual pick for U.S. ambassador to the EU, has described the clash between Poland and the central organs of the European Union as a logical consequence of the bloc’s “top-down approach to governance, where the smaller is subsumed into or supplanted by the greater”.
In an article for Breitbart London, the professor has characterised the EU approach as “oppressive and ultimately unsustainable”, observing that “Poland knows this and support for a ‘Polexit’ from European Union oppression is on the rise”.
He added the country has made itself “great again … by being Polish”, and urged all European countries “to rise to their natural role as proud leaders by being sovereign entities”.
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