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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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There’s blood on the reporters’ hands AND New Israel Fund for funding groups feeding lies to the UN
Respect & appreciation for our country is not only a civic value but an essential Jewish one as well
When words lose meaning, the world becomes an Orwellian dystopia; a veritable Tower of Babel
Kids shouldn’t have “uninstructed” Internet access, better to train them how to use it responsibly
What if years from now, IS were to control substantial territory? What world havoc would that wreak?
Rambam writes the verse’s double term refers to 2 messiahs: first King David; 2nd the final Mashiach
The Gaza flotilla has been rightfully and legally blocked by Israel’s Navy, with greetings from Bibi
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“The only [candidate] that’s going to give real support to Israel is me,” said the 69-year-old Trump.
And whereas at the outset the plan was that Iran would have to surrender most of its centrifuges, it will now be able to retain several thousand.
Now oil independent, US no longer needs its former strategic alliances with Gulf States-or Israel
In addition to the palace’s tremendous size it was home to the “hanging gardens,” which were counted among the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Can adoption agencies limit the placement of children to heterosexual couples only?
It wasn’t too long ago that Mr. Erdogan, in his determination to burnish Turkey’s credentials as an Islamist state at the cost of the secularism that had brought much economic and political success to Turkey, upended his country’s decades-long cooperative relationship with Israel.
Does the pope really believe that Father Dehon’s destructive anti-Jewish calumnies do not disqualify him from the highest honor of the Catholic Church because in his time everyone did it?
There was something else of great importance in play – something we would have liked to see him take into account before deciding to stand with the boycotters.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
Beyond the particulars of this tragic death, however, we should all be concerned about the possibility that a criminal prosecution in a major American city is being driven by fear of mobs in the street.
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