More on the French train attack

August 22, 2015

“Nice work.”

Just to clarify some items from yesterday, since first reports, as almost always, were wrong. There were three Americans involved in taking down the jihadi: one civilian, one Air Force, and one National Guardsman, who’d recently returned from Afghanistan. The report that they were Marines probably originated with the French, the usual fog and confusion in a crisis.

Regardless of their specific status, however, I think we can all agree these men are undeniable badasses:

A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before three American passengers subdued him, according to officials and one of the Americans involved.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern France where the suspect was detained, said one of the American passengers was hospitalized with serious wounds.

Two of the Americans were in the military, according to their traveling companion and childhood friend Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University. He told The Associated Press that the injured American was Spencer Stone of the Sacramento area and the other was Alek Skarlatos of Roseburg, Oregon.

“We heard a gunshot, and we heard glass breaking behind us, and saw a train employee sprint past us down the aisle,” Sadler said from France, describing the drama. Then, they saw a gunman entering the train car with an automatic rifle, he said.

“As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells, ‘Spencer, go!’ And Spencer runs down the aisle,” Sadler said. “Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times. And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.”

Another passenger helped tie the gunman up, and Stone then helped another passenger who had been wounded in the throat and losing blood, Sadler said.

“The gunman never said a word,” he added.

The Pentagon described Stone’s injuries as not life-threatening.

This should also serve as a reminder that the jihad, their war on us, hasn’t ended, and that any place at any time could become a battlefield.

They’re still trying to kill us.

via Charles Rankin


All in a day’s work: US Marines take down AK-wielding gunman in French railroad station. Update: one Marine in critical

August 21, 2015

Marine Corp emblem

I’m sure the unidentified would-be mass murderer (1) had the plan all worked out in his mind: Obtain automatic weapon, sneak it onto the Paris-Amsterdam train, and kill lots of people. Simple, right? But there was one small thing he didn’t account for…

The presence of US Marines on the same train:

 

La Voix du Nord, a newspaper in the Calais region, said a man was arrested on suspicion of firing the [Kalashnikov] on a Thalys train near the northern town of Arras.

Police say that have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, has been summoned to the region.

The gunman, said to be of “North African origin,” is said to have been “taken down” by a group of US marines onboard the train.

(…)

According to Voix du Nord, the marines heard what appeared to be the sound of a gun being loaded coming from the toilets on the train.

They tried to detain him and the man fired, wounding three people, two of whom were struck by bullets, the newspaper reported.

Rather than freeze or run and hide, the Marines’ training kicked in and they “ran to the sound of the guns,” thus probably saving many, many lives. And remember, the three Marines were unarmed, while the jih… er… unidentified gunman had an AK. That was not a fair fight.

For the gunman.

via Mark Krikorian

Footnote:
(1) I have my suspicions as to his identity, as I’m sure you do, but I’ll wait for confirmation.

UPDATE: From the Daily Mail via Rick Moran, the shooter was a Moroccan national known to French authorities and who had attended radical mosques. I think it’s safe to say it, now: This was another attempt at jihad — Islamic terrorism waged fi sabil Allah, for Allah’s sake.

Initial reports indicated three Marines confronted the jihadi; according to the Mail, there were two. Regardless, the sad news is that one is in critical condition.

One of the hero Marines who foiled a planned terror attack on a French train was fighting for his life after being shot in the neck while disarming the crazed gunman on Friday.

The two unarmed servicemen spotted the 26-year-old Moroccan acting suspiciously and heard him trying to arm his weapon in the toilet of the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris.

The gunman got on the train in Brussels and attempted his attack soon after crossing the French border.

The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire. Fortunately, two US Marines were nearby and overpowered him before he could massacre passengers.

The suspected terrorist had at least nine full magazines of ammunition holding almost 300 rounds. He was also carrying a knife.

Unfortunately, one of the Marines was shot and is believed to be in a critical condition. It is feared that he was shot in the neck by the gunman.

The French Interior Minister was unstinting in his praise:

Speaking in Arras, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised the Marines for their timely intervention.

He said: ‘Thanks to them we have averted a drama.
‘(The Americans were) particularly courageous and showed extreme bravery in extremely difficult circumstances.’

They would probably say they were just doing their jobs.


100 Years Ago: The First Allied Victory of World War I

August 19, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

Nice post by Mr. Schindler about a forgotten 101-year old battle in World War I. My recent reading has me convinced that the Austro-Hungarian high command was headed by lobotomy survivors.

Originally posted on The XX Committee:

[This is the beginning of a new blog series, 100 Years Ago, I’ll be posting to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.]

Exactly a century ago today, on 19 August 1914, Austria-Hungary suffered a shocking battlefield defeat at the hands of Serbia, delivering the Allies their first victory of the Great War. This unexpected defeat occurred in the mountains of northwest Serbia, with Austro-Hungarians forces sent back into Bosnia in a ragtag state after suffering a sharp local setback that quickly unraveled the entire Habsburg invasion of Serbia.

Vienna invaded “Dog Serbia” in mid-August to avenge the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Belgrade-backed assassins in Sarajevo on 28 June. Although Austro-Hungarian intelligence did not have a complete picture of the background to the assassination — there remain unanswered questions even today — they knew enough that it was time to settle accounts with troublesome little Serbia…

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The Painful Truth About Snowden

July 19, 2015

Phineas Fahrquar:

Did Moscow sacrifice Edward Snowden to protect their moles within the NSA and other agencies? Fascinating history and speculation from Mr. Schindler.

Originally posted on The XX Committee:

Since the saga of Edward Snowden went public just over two years ago, I’ve had a lot to say in the media about this sensational case. That’s gotten me loads of push-back, not to mention trolling, but my take on the case — particularly that it’s a planned foreign intelligence operation that operates behind the cover of “freedom” and “civil liberties” — has increasingly become accepted by normals.

In the first place, that Snowden shows no sign of leaving Putin’s Russia, not exactly a bastion of liberty, has made all but his most uncritical defenders wonder what’s going on here. The clear damage that Snowden’s vast revelations have done to Western counterterrorism and security likewise has raised doubts about motives. And that’s not been helped by the fact that very few of Snowden’s purloined secrets have to do with NSA domestic operations. The overwhelming majority expose foreign intelligence activities that…

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Green Fail: windfarms contaminate the water supply?

July 18, 2015
"Epic fail"

What could go wrong?

I don’t see what the problem is; since Human activity causes global warming, shouldn’t this be condign punishment for our sins against Gaea?

Campaigners in Scotland are calling for a full, independent investigation into allegations that wind farms are contaminating water supplies across large areas of Scotland.

They have written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd calling for an immediate halt on all wind farm development north of the border until the government can guarantee safe drinking water for everyone.

The problem first came to light when residents living near Europe’s largest wind farm, the 215 turbine Whitelee farm in Ayrshire, began to suffer from diarrhoea and severe vomiting. Tipped off by an NHS report which mentioned that difficulties in treating the water supply may pose health risks, local resident Dr Rachel Connor, a retired clinical radiologist, started digging into the council’s water testing results.

She found that, between May 2010 and April 2013, high readings of E.coli and other coliform bacteria had been recorded. In addition, readings of the chemical trihalomethane (THM), linked to various cancers, still births and miscarriages, were way beyond safe limits.

Scottish Power, who run the wind farm, denied causing the pollution but admitted that they hadn’t warned residents that their water supplies may be contaminated.

In other words, “we couldn’t have caused this problem, but maybe we should have warned you.” Right. So we’ve gone from wind farms chopping up birds to poisoning the water supply. They’re not economically viable without public subsidy, they never meet their promised power generation or reliability, but, hey, they do give you diarrhea. And maybe kill your unborn child. All to fight catastrophic man-caused global warming, a problem that does not exist.

What on Earth are you complaining about?

Now, of course, nothing is proven yet, but I’ll wager dollars to donuts there’s more to this than the hysteria over fracking and earthquakes.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! Thanks, Glenn!


Jihad: French foil plot to behead general

July 16, 2015

France flag

To paraphrase Trotsky: You may not be interested in the jihad, but the jihad is interested in you.

A gang of four “radicalised Muslims” were arrested on Monday by French specialist counter-terror police after a wiretap on one suspect handed officers intelligence on their general beheading plot. The plan was to make a symbolic attack on the military base that French special forces use to stage expeditionary troops for interventions in theatres like Mali and the Central African Republic. The gang aimed to kill on the 7th of January 2016, the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris, reports TheLocal.fr.

The gang, whose members were 16, 17, 19, and 23-years-old planned to film the killing on a high-definition ‘GoPro’ camera and upload the footage to the internet. The eldest member, called the ‘ringleader’ by police, was a former marine in the French navy discharged last year for ‘bad behaviour’. Calling himself ‘the Emir’, the radicalised Muslim apparently wanted revenge on his former bosses – and his military training may very well have left him a capable killer.

The plot was unveiled after the 17 year old member was placed under police surveillance because of his extremist activity on social media. Making contact with other ‘French’ Jihadists, some of whom are now in jail, the young would-be killer expressed a desire to go abroad to fight leading the police to wiretap his phone. Learning details of the plot to behead a senior soldier, they took the gang into custody on Monday.

Note the highlighting: one of those radicalized Muslims was former French military. In other words, as we’ve seen before, we are creating trained, disciplined soldiers who then turn against us. The question is inevitable: how far can the remaining Muslim soldiers in the French and other Western militaries be trusted? It’s an ugly question to ask, because it unavoidably tars those Muslims loyal to their countries, but neither can it be ignored. Not when one is familiar with the Islamic doctrines of wala wa bara (“Loyalty and Enmity”) and taqiyya — religiously sanctioned deception.

Western militaries have been the most successful for centuries because, in part, they have superb unit cohesion and discipline: each man in a unit can count on the other to do his job, and officers can rely on their troops to obey orders.

What happens, then, if a general can’t be sure if his troops will attack the enemy, or him?

Meanwhile, in Egypt: France isn’t the only one with a jihad problem, as ISIS warriors successfully fire a missile and set an Egyptian warship ablaze.


ISIS: near-massacre averted in Kosovo?

July 13, 2015
Seal of the new Caliphate

Seal of the new Caliphate

If true, this is another illustration of something that needs to be said again and again: We’re at war, and the enemy is still trying to kill us.

This time, by poisoning the water supply:

Kosovo authorities say they have cut off the water supply to tens of thousands of people in the capital after police arrested five suspects linked to Islamic State who were allegedly planning to poison a reservoir.

Pristina’s water authority said the water supply was shut off early on Saturday “because of security issues”, and that samples were being tested for suspicious substances.

Police say officers patrolling the Badovac reservoir saw three of the men, whose identities have not been revealed, behaving suspiciously. The reservoir supplies almost half of Pristina, a city of more than 200,000 people. Another two suspects were arrested elsewhere in Kosovo.

All face terrorism charges, police said, without giving any further details.

Let’s make one the clear from the start: Kosovo is a majority-Muslim province, and the victims of these brave knights of Allah raving psychos would mostly have been their fellow Muslims. But, that’s okay; their government is allied with the US against ISIS, making them “hypocrites,” one of the worst sins in Islam, and justifying action against them. That they would also kill potentially thousands of innocent Muslims –men, women, children, the elderly– is not their problem, for it is Allah’s will, and surely he will know his own when they appear for judgement before him.

(Seriously , the fatalism in Islam is appalling, and I’ve no doubt the well-read Salafi jihadist could find justification for everything I described above in the Qur’an and hadiths. And it wouldn’t be cherry-picking, either.)

But ISIS won’t limit its depredations to Muslims who don’t meet their standards. No, they have repeatedly threatened the West and America, they are recruiting from among us, and our infrastructure is dangerously vulnerable — including our water supplies (PDF). The people in Pristina were lucky that their police and counterintelligence were alert enough to avert a disaster, but we can’t always count on being so lucky.

Not when we’re dealing with fanatics who think they’re on a mission from God.

via Breitbart


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