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The investigation into the Boston bombings is still in its early stages but what seems to be emerging is that the presumed perpetrators were not directly linked to any foreign terrorist infrastructure. Rather, they were individual Americans radicalized by jihadist teachings and guided in their weapons-making by jihadist websites.
In a sense, events in Boston last week served to remind us of similar episodes in the recent past where no direct connection to foreign terrorism was ever revealed.
Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi, the so-called subway bomber, was foiled in his attempt to mount a “martyrdom operation” in 2009 with a homemade bomb. The Fort Hood massacre, also in 2009, was perpetrated by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who reportedly was driven by the jihadist ravings of the notorious Anwar al-Awlaki.
And then there was the 2010 aborted attempt by Faisal Shahzad, the Koran-quoting terrorist who railed against American military forces “who have occupied the Muslim lands,” to blow up part of Times Square.
Plainly, this phenomenon creates enormous problems for the United States. Not only are we all placed at substantial risk by homegrown terrorists who are part of the variegated American fabric, but there is the very real danger that in our efforts to identify these free agents by anticipatory and preventative measures we chip away at our time-honored traditions of the right to privacy and the notion that one is innocent until proven guilty.
It will be recalled in this connection that New York City’s robust, proactive monitoring of the Muslim community was roundly criticized by Muslim groups and their fellow travelers on the left.
Thus, Mayor Bloomberg’s common sense post-marathon observations have particular relevance:
The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry. But we live in a complex world where you are going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.
Where to draw the line – not whether – seems to be the fundamental issue.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
Inspired by the Perek Shira pasuk for “small non-kosher animals” we named the bunny “Rebbetzin Tova”
The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
In the NPR interview, Mr. Obama said Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agreed to a long-term nuclear deal.
Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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