I admit it: guilty as charged. I am incensed to learn that yet ANOTHER terrorist, known to the *authorities* BEFORE he got on that plane to Detroit from Amsterdam, was given a pass and allowed to board a plane on Christmas Day. Only his supreme incompetence and the supreme watchfulness and responsiveness of the passengers prevented 300 people from being killed on the holiest day of the Christian year. A People that stands down for Muslim holidays even in combat zones, we are, once again, on the receiving end of Jihad With Impunity,this time on OUR day of observance.
A repost today from the N.Y. Post’s Ralph Peters, who says it all and very well. This is the umpteenth time our government has been warned in advance about impending terrorist attacks and their perpetrators and yet, AGAIN, we find yet ANOTHER violent, dumbheaded, incompetent but not less dangerous jihadist running around unimpeded on our planes. His OWN FATHER warned our diplomats about him long ago and yet–SoetorObama plays, mindlessly as ever, in Hawaii, and SOMEONE gave this nutty boy a pass to get on an American plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.
And, is there ANYONE left in the ENTIRE WORLD who is stupid enough to believe that this incident, like all the rest, was not preventable with the advance tipoffs that were given??
I think not. And neither does Ralph Peters. A great big thanks and H/T to you, Ralph, and your paper, the N.Y. Post.
Blindness to Islam ties helps terrorists. [Again]. Our government gets no thanks for preventing a tragedy. Only the bomber’s ineptitude preserved the lives of nearly 300 innocents.
How did we help Umar Abdulmutallab, a wealthy Muslim university graduate who decided that Allah wanted him to slaughter Christians on their most joyous holiday?
By continuing to lie to ourselves. Although willing — at last — to briefly use the word “terror,” yesterday President Obama still refused to make a connection between the action, the date and Islam.AP: [photo omitted; this blog will not give free publicity to terrorists].Abdulmuttalab chose Christmas for a reason.
Was it just a ticketing accident that led to a bombing attempt on Christmas? Was it all about blackout dates and frequent-flyer miles?
It wasn’t. You know it. And I know it. But our government refuses to know it. Despite vast databases crammed with evidence, our leaders — of both parties — still refuse to connect Islamist terrorism with Islam.
Our insistence that “Islam’s a religion of peace” would have been cold comfort to the family members of those passengers had the bomb detonated as planned.
Abdulmutallab’s own father warned our diplomats that his son had been infected by Islamist extremism. Our diplomats did nothing. Why? Because (despite a series of embassy bombings) the State Department dreads linking terrorism to Islam.
Contrast our political correctness with Abdulmutallab’s choice of Christmas for his intended massacre. Our troops stand down on Muslim holidays. A captive terrorist merely has to claim that a soldier dog-eared a Koran, and it’s courts-martial all around.
We proclaim that the terrorists “don’t represent Islam.” OK, whom do they represent? The Franciscans? We don’t get to decide what’s Islam and what isn’t. Muslims do. And far too many of them approve of violent jihad.
It gets worse. Instead of focusing on the religious zeal and inspiration of our enemies and how such motivations change the game, our “terrorism experts” agonize over whether such beasts as Abdulmutallab or Maj. Hasan, the Fort Hood assassin for Allah, are really members of al Qaeda or not.
As a Sunday Post editorial pointed out, al Qaeda’s far more than a formal organization; it’s an idea, a cause. If a terrorist says he’s al Qaeda, he is, even if he doesn’t have a union card from Jihadi Local 632.
We’re dealing with a global Muslim movement, not a Masons’ lodge.
And that “global” aspect is especially worrying. Despite limited Special Operations strikes beyond our recognized combat zones, we still don’t accept the nature of the threat from jet-set jihadis. Our leaders and our military are obsessed with holding ground in Afghanistan — even though al Qaeda’s growth areas are in Yemen and Africa.
We voluntarily tie ourselves down, while our enemies focus on mobility. Worse, we’ve convinced ourselves that development aid (the left’s all-purpose medicine) is the key to defeating al Qaeda.
That’s utter nonsense. Abdulmutallab’s a rich kid. He didn’t come from a deprived background, bearing the grievances of the slum. He’s a graduate of a top English university. And Osama bin Laden‘s from a super-rich family. How does building a footbridge in Afghanistan deter them?
Most of our home-grown Islamist terrorists hail from middle-class families — such monsters as Maj. Hasan or the Virginia virgin-chasers under arrest in Pakistan (where jail conditions are a lot worse than at Guantanamo — can’t we just leave ’em there?).
This isn’t a revolt of the wretched of the earth. These terrorists are the Muslim-fanatic versions of Bill Ayers and the Weathermen, pampered kids unhappy with the world. Al Qaeda’s big guns are re- belling against privilege. There’s a lot of Freud in this fundamentalism.
Spoiled brats remade their god in their own vengeful image. And we have to kill them. This one really is a zero-sum game.
We’re not just fighting men but a plague of faith. Until Washington accepts that, we’ll continue to reap a low return on our investments of blood and treasure.
On Christmas Day, a Muslim fanatic attempted to butcher hundreds of Christians (dead Jews would’ve been a bonus). Our response? Have airport security analyze the contents of grandma’s mini-bottle of shampoo — we don’t want to “discriminate.”
With our lies, self-deception and self-flagellation, we’re terror’s little helpers.
Ralph Peters’ latest book is “The War After Armageddon.”
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Dear Mr. Obama:Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed?Funny, I thought they were Native Americans.Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native Americans.Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence ? Bill of Rights? Didn’t think so. Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England ? No.Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America ? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own ‘half brother’ a devout Muslim still advocates slavery himself, even though muslims of Arabic descent refer to black muslims as “pug nosed slaves.” Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage” doesn’t it Mr.Obama?Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present. There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King Jr.. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so that often they are beaten for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man that is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights aren’t they?Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazi’s in killing Jews.Finally Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center , the Pentagon or a field in Penn- sylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the middle east.No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other news networks that day. Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims who’s asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo , Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the “rich heritage” Muslims have here in America .
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Two Al-Qaeda top dogs behind Flight 253 jihad plot were released from Gitmo
Gitmo recidivism comes back to bite us directly. “Two al Qaeda Leaders Behind Northwest Flight 253 Terror Plot Were Released by U.S.: Former Guantanamo Prisoners Believed Behind Northwest Airlines Bomb Plot; Sent to Saudi Arabia in 2007,” by Brian Ross, Anna Schecter and Joseph Rhee for ABC News, December 28 (thanks to Awake):
Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans. American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.
An “art therapy rehabilitation program.” Yes, you read that right.
Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody. Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi. Both Saudi nationals have since emerged in leadership roles in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and the men’s own statements on al Qaeda propaganda tapes.Both of the former Guantanamo detainees are described as military commanders and appear on a January, 2009 video along with the man described as the top leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Abu Basir Naser al-Wahishi, formerly Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary.
In its Monday statement claiming responsibility for the Northwest bombing, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula called bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a “hero” and a “martyr” and lauded him for beating U.S. intelligence.
The two-page written claim included a photo of Abdulmutallab and boasted of Al Qaeda’s success in designing “advanced explosive packages” that can pass through airport screening undetected.
The statement also asks for attacks upon Americans in the Arabian peninsula, and promises further attacks on the American people.
The suspected bomber, 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, told FBI agents he was trained for his Christmas Day mission in Yemen by top leaders of al Qaeda who provided him with the explosive materials.
“The so-called rehabilitation programs are a joke,” a U.S. diplomat said in describing the Saudi efforts with released Guantanamo detainees.
Saudi officials concede its program has had its “failures” but insist that, overall, the effort has helped return potential terrorists to a meaningful life….