Swedish PM: Don’t bother me with facts when I’m being tolerant

December 13, 2010

Following up on the recent jihadist terror attack in Stockholm, the BBC interviewed Prime Minister Reinfeldt. His reaction to the near-atrocity in his capital? Outrage? Anger? A vow to defend his nation and people with whatever it takes?

Nope. Instead he responded with a firm “This is unacceptable.”

My reaction? Unbelievable.

Click the image to watch the interview at the BBC’s site:

“Unacceptable.” Boy, I bet that has the guys who love death just quaking in their boots.

And he’s not sure that the attack and the threatening emails received minutes before were related? You mean the emails that read

“Our actions will speak for themselves, as long as you do not stop your stupid war against Islam, your humiliation of the prophet, and your support of the pig Wilkes,” the warning said.

Emphases added. That last is in reference to Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who’s under death threats for drawing Muhammad in a satirical manner.

Back to Prime Minister Unacceptable, if he’s still unsure, maybe he should ask the jihadis themselves, who have identified the bomber as one of their own:

An Islamist website on Sunday identified the bomber behind Saturday’s attacks in the Swedish capital Stockholm as Taymour Abdel Wahab and published a photograph it said was him.

“It is our brother, mujahid Taymour Abdel Wahab, who carried out the martyrdom operation in Stockholm,” said the website Shumukh al-Islam, which published a photograph of a man in dark glasses and Western clothes.

And just in case PM Head-In-The-Sand quibbles that the website authors could just be blowing smoke from their hookahs, the UK’s Daily Mail confirms:

Iraqi-born Taimour Abdulwahab Al-Abdaly, 28, blew up his car, then himself, in the capital Stockholm.

And today it emerged he was thrown out of a Luton mosque three years ago for being too radical.

A Swedish prosecutor said it was likely that Abdulwahab was wearing a bomb belt and was possibly on his way to a department store or train station when the explosive detonated by accident.

(…)

The Bedfordshire town has a Muslim population of 20,000 and has been linked with a string of high-profile extremists.

Last year Muslim protesters disrupted a homecoming march of soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

It has also emerged Abdulwahab – who had lived in the UK for 10 years – visited radical Islamic websites and Facebook groups including one which offers advice on preparing for Judgement Day.

Another website he visited – Yawm Al-Qiyaamah – shows pictures of Tower Bridge engulfed by flames and has more than 8,000 followers.

His Facebook page features an Islamic flag being raised over a world in flames. On the page, he says he is a member of the group Islamic Caliphate State, which seeks to establish Islamic rule worldwide and adds: ‘I’m a Muslim and I’m proud.’

Honestly, if this is the kind of leadership Sweden has, then just give up now and welcome your new masters. There’s value, of course, in being thoughtful and calm in time of crisis, but when someone is trying to kill your people, when a group has declared war on your whole society, just saying what they’re doing is “unacceptable” is an act of weakness and an open invitation for the next attack.

And when that happens and you’re bagging body parts on the streets, what do you do next? Unleash a public shaming?

LINKS: McQ at Q&O says Sweden has a choice to make.

SOURCE: Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt newsletter. Must-reading, trust me.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Bombs on the border

July 18, 2010

A car bomb exploded two days ago, killing police officers and civilians in a terrorist attack. The attack didn’t occur where one might expect, Baghdad or Kabul, but in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso:

Investigators in Mexico say a deadly attack by suspected drug cartel members in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez was a car bomb set off by mobile phone.

It is believed to be the first attack of its kind since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006, promising to curb powerful drugs gangs.

Two police officers and two medics answering an emergency were killed.

Police said the attack was retaliation for the arrest of a leader of the La Linea drug gang, Jesus Acosta Guerrero.

La Linea is part of the Juarez drug cartel.

Here’s a video report from al-Jazeera’s English-language service:

(via Big Peace)

Since Calderon came to power nearly four years ago, roughly 25,000 Mexicans have died in violence related to the drug cartels. So far as is known, this is the first car-bomb attack. President Calderon claims that the violence shows the cartels are panicking, feeling the pressure put on them by his government’s security measures. That may be, but it’s nonetheless true that parts of Mexico, especially the areas that border the United States, are looking more like war zones and out of the central government’s control.

And that’s a problem for us.

We know that jihadist organizations such as Hamas and Hizbullah are trying to exploit our porous Mexican border. Recently Mexican police foiled an attempt to set up a Hizbullah cell in Tijuana. Decades of experience shows that terrorist groups will often cooperate with criminal gangs for their mutual interests and, indeed, the line between them often becomes blurred. With the cartels’ expertise in smuggling, an alliance with them would be attractive to our jihadist enemies. But what would they want in return?

How about a technology transfer?

Experts: Car bomb in Juárez mimics Middle East terrorist tactics

The car bombing in Juárez on Thursday in which three people were killed signifies an escalation of brutality and sophistication in the city’s 2-year-old drug war, officials said.

Juárez officials on Friday confirmed a car bomb with C-4 plastic explosives was detonated from a remote location.

Local experts said the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels apparently have adopted terrorists’ tactics that use suicide bombers and car bombs to kill foes or to make a point.

“It certainly seems like they’ve taken a page out of the Middle East,” said Richard Schwein, the former FBI special agent in charge of the El Paso office.

“The cartels read the news and they hear about what is happening in the Middle East with the use of car bombs and suicide bombers. I don’t think they will ever use suicide bombers here, but car bombs are easy to make and to use.”

This is the first time a car bomb has been used in the Juárez drug war, which has claimed the lives of nearly 5,800 people since in began in 2008.

Experts agree that the use of a car bomb with a sophisticated detonation system and C-4 is a new tactic, one that requires planning and deliberation.

(via Creeping Sharia, which thinks, contra Mexican authorities, that suicide attackers were involved)

Now, I’m not saying that Hamas or Hizbullah or any other jihadist group made this device for La Linea, nor that the cartel couldn’t figure out how to do it, itself. But the learning curve would be considerably shortened by training under a Hizbullah expert, and coming in the wake of a growing jihadist presence in Mexico is suggestive, at least.

And it’s something we should be very worried about.

RELATED: Mexico’s Zetas threaten to blow up a US dam? Cross-border collateral damage?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


But he was only an amateur terrorist

May 10, 2010

For those inclined to dismiss the Times Square jihadi as an “amateur” or with some other words meant to pooh-pooh him as nothing to really have worried about, consider the likely effect had the bomb gone off:

If you wanted to do a lot of damage with a well-rigged car bomb, the junction of West 45th Street and Broadway in midtown Manhattan, where Times Square narrows into an asphalt bottleneck, would be the place to pick. If the bomb planted in a green 1993 Nissan Pathfinder SUV on the evening of May 1 had exploded, here’s what would have happened, according to retired New York police department bomb-squad detective Kevin Barry. The car would have turned into a “boiling liquid explosive.” The propane tanks that the bomb comprised would have overheated and ignited into “huge blowtorches” that could have been ejected from the vehicle. The explosion, lasting only a few seconds, would have created a thermal ball wide enough to swallow up most of the intersection. A blast wave would have rocketed out in all directions at speeds of 12,000 to 14,000 ft. per sec. (3,700 to 4,300 m per sec.); hitting the surrounding buildings, the wave would have bounced off and kept going, as much as nine times faster than before. Anyone standing within 1,400 ft. (430 m) — about five city blocks — of the explosion would have been at risk of being hit by shrapnel and millions of shards of flying glass. The many who died would not die prettily. A TIME reporter familiar with the ravages of car bombs in Baghdad describes how victims appeared to be naked because a fireball melted their clothing onto the surface of their skin.

And, contra the President’s fool of a counterterrorism adviser, the only reason Times Square didn’t come to resemble downtown Baghdad circa 2006 was a combination of the bomber’s incompetence and the alertness of some street vendors and a homeless guy. The Department of Homeland Security and the rest of the security services had nothing to do with it, just as they had nothing to do with defeating the guy who tried to blow up NWA 253 over Detroit. We were lucky and incompetent; he was unlucky and incompetent.

But what happens when the luck turns?

(via Gabriel Malor on Twitter)

RELATED: Tim Cavanaugh at Reason wants DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano fired, unless she can demonstrate some heretofore missing competence.

LINKS: Sister Toldjah on AG Holder’s sudden discovery “homegrown” Islamic terrorism.


There are times I really like Joe Lieberman – Updated!

May 5, 2010

And this is one of them:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo.

Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military.

“I’m now putting together legislation to amend that to [specify that] any individual American citizen who is found to be involved in a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by the Department of State, would be deprived of their citizenship rights,” Lieberman said Tuesday.

Such a law would potentially cover terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen charged in connection with the attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square. He was apprehended Monday night at the city’s John F. Kennedy airport after he boarded a flight to Dubai.

“If you have joined an enemy of the United States in attacking the United States and trying to kill Americans, I think you sacrifice your rights of citizenship,” Lieberman said.

Citizenship has not only rights, but duties that are all too often forgotten; one of them is the duty of loyalty. Since I don’t think Lieberman’s proposal would meet constitutional muster in Shahzad’s case because of the ex post facto clause, they should add a charge that’s fitting for American citizens who betray their country – treason.

If only Joe weren’t such a  social liberal-statist in domestic affairs.

UPDATE: Allahpundit has objections worth bearing in mind, while Byron York looks at the government’s alternatives for dealing with the treasonous Shahzad. I still favor stripping citizenship from citizens who join foreign terrorist organizations, though I don’t think it can be applied to Shahzad for the reason given above.


How can we fight an an enemy we can’t name?

May 5, 2010

Political correctness has already gotten Americans killed. The refusal to identify Major Nidal Hasan as a jihadist driven by his devotion to Islam contributed to the deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood. Even when people thankfully  don’t die in a terrorist attack, as in the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit or the attempted car-bombing in Times Square this weekend, the media and American officials rush to direct the blame anywhere but where it belongs: Muslim terrorists waging war in the name of Allah – jihad fi sabil Allah.

At Pajamas Media, Roger L. Simon asks a question I’ve asked many times, myself: How on Earth can we hope to effective fight an enemy if we do not allow ourselves to bluntly talk about him and the ideology motivating him, or even to plainly name him at all?

It’s the jihad, stupid!

If you were listening to Geraldo on Sunday night (okay, I apologize), you would have thought the would-be Times Square bomber was either the illegitimate son of Timothy McVeigh or an evangelical minister overdosed on steroids looking for an abortion clinic. Geraldo was practically fulminating at the mouth — it’s a white man, it’s a white man — in nostalgia for the good old days when the true enemy was some evil Ku Kluxer waving his hangman’s noose.

Well, it wasn’t. At least the man currently under arrest, Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American, is no evangelical Christian and wasn’t seeking vengeance against our federal government. I’m willing to bet right now he is a believer in jihad and, if he’s seeking vengeance against anything, it’s Western Civilization — our way of life.

Yet only months after the Ft. Hood massacre, our government and leaders refuse to name our enemy. In fact, as a recent PJTV video reminds us, they are running the other way. Words like “jihad,” “Islamic fascism,” etc. — the very ideologies cited by the 9/11 Commission as the causes of September 11 — have now been expunged from the lexicon of our government and even our military.

Times Square reminds us how dangerously self-destructive that is.  Were it not for our concerned citizenry and smart law enforcement, our civilization would be on its way out. Many of our leaders are evidently ready to hand it over.

Until we rip off the blinders of political correctness and are honest with ourselves about the enemy waging war on us -Muslims waging jihad against infidels in obedience to the Islamic-supremacist imperative embedded in the Qur’an and the hadiths- we are fighting with one hand behind our backs and our eyes averted.

And many more of us will die needlessly because of it.

LINK: Mike Opelka on the media’s refusal to use the M-word.