CNN’s Jake Tapper wanted to know if there was anything that could have prevented the murderous rampage, in Manhattan, by a Muslim immigrant, who had been recruited to live in America for no good reason. Once upon a time that was known as a rhetorical question. To ask the question would have been to answer... Read More
On the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, it appears only a cynic could say France and the United Kingdom “won” World War II. As this is written, news comes of a self-described “soldier of the caliphate” attacking police in Paris, trapping thousands inside the Notre Dame Cathedral [This is for Syria,’ Man attacks police outside Paris’... Read More
Turkish President, Recep Erdoğan won his referendum by a narrow margin last weekend, so Turkish politics will move off in the general direction of Venezuela, though with an Islamic flavor—Erdoğan is a devout Muslim. I respect the Turks for having done a great and remarkable thing in a short time. The old Ottoman Empire was... Read More
As a Jew on the libertarian Right, I am sickened by the compulsion of some American Jews to force President Donald Trump to convulse over Jewish angst. The Anti-Defamation League and other largely self-anointed representatives of Jewish interests are kvetching, accusing the president of not making it abundantly clear that he will not tolerate violence... Read More
During the last few months I’ve seen on TV and read in Newsmax the views of an earnest American patriot, Zudhi Jasser. A onetime naval officer, distinguished cardiologist and more recently, an inspired leader of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Dr. Yasser has been second to none in denouncing Islamicist terror and in exhorting... Read More
It’s odd how many political stories end up in the zone of our irrational, chaotic, and corrupt immigration system. It’s like an astronomical black hole, with a gravitational force that sucks in any story that gets too close. You wouldn’t think it’s so difficult to have a sensible, straightforward system that meets national needs: that... Read More
More Adventures in Multiculturalism
Orlando? So what else is new? Why the excitement? I am puzzled that everyone is distraught over a perfectly ordinary act of terrorism by a perfectly ordinary Muslim terrorist. We have seen these attacks before and will see them again. They grow monotonous, like car crashes. They are as interesting as a commercial break. Why... Read More
On Saturday night, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser. Sunday, he was immortal, by his standards, a hero. Mateen had ended his life in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Now everybody knew his name. He had been embraced by ISIS. His face was on every TV screen. His 911 call to Orlando... Read More
Who Cares What They Say About Trump?
See earlier John Derbyshire: Fox’s Steve Emerson—Wrong On “No-Go Areas,” Right On The Trend? Donald Trump’s remarks on curtailing Muslim immigration seem to have done him no harm at all [Donald Trump Hits 41 Percent Support and Widest Lead Yet in New National Poll, by Ryan Struyk, ABC News, Dec. 14, 2015], but, as I... Read More
How about that Donald Trump, eh? Monday this week the Donald called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” He walked the thing back a little bit the next day, saying that U.S. citizens who are Muslim should of course be allowed back in from overseas trips: “They’re a citizen.... Read More
Donald Trump and the Counterrevolution
It is fascinating and instructive to the see the reactions of the media elites and GOP establishment at every campaign grenade launched by Donald Trump. It seems each week “the Donald” catches them off guard, launches a projectile that hits its mark, and then doubles down and watches those talking heads like the condescending Charles... Read More
Calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on," Donald Trump this week ignited a firestorm of historic proportions. As all the old hate words -- xenophobe, racist, bigot -- have lost their electric charge from overuse, and Trump was being called a fascist... Read More
Right after the Murder-by-Muslim of the San Bernardino 14, on Dec. 2, immigration lawyers peppered the press with praise for America’s fiancé K-1 visa program. This immigration program is "robust" came the message from the lobbyists. Onto this rickety scaffolding stepped the attorneys for The Fockers, I mean the Farooks. The family that spawned the... Read More
In May of 2018, the second year of Mrs. Clinton’s administration, national puzzlement was high over the continuing wave of mass killings. A week before, nineteen children had died in the Blaintree Kindergarten massacre in San Francisco when Mohammed Shah Massoud, Faisal ibn Saud, and Hussein al Rashid burst into the school and began firing.... Read More
Working Together, a Basic "How-To"
[Originally published in 2013] Today I am going to look into the topic of Orthodox and Muslim cooperation, suggest one possible approach to this issue and give a practical example where this could be done immediately and with great benefit for all the parties involved. I consider this post today as the eighth installment of... Read More
Beliefs matter. "Ideas Have Consequences," as conservative scholar Richard Weaver wrote in his classic of that title in 1948. Yet, for so believing, and so saying, Dr. Ben Carson has been subjected to a Rodney King-style night-sticking by the P.C. police. Asked by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" whether he could support a Muslim... Read More
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is not Islamic, announced Barack Obama, during a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (with an emphasis on violence inspired by the Judeo-Christian tradition). "They [ISIS] are not religious leaders, they are terrorists," he asserted—an assertion that begs the question, as it assumes that a terrorist... Read More
Despite my usual agreement with Sam Goldman on historical questions, I beg to differ with him in his judgments about what kind of alliances European Jews should be making in view of the anti-Jewish sentiments that is now apparent among many Muslim immigrants. In my view, Jews would do best supporting those parties, typically on... Read More
Diversity in the barracks.
It is interesting that the most colossally, tsunamically, head-explodingly stupid statement ever made on the subject of diversity was made by a military man. I refer of course to Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey telling George Stephanopoulos on live TV back in 2009 that: "What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but... Read More
If it is, can we proscribe it?
None of the words "Islam," "Muslim," or "Muhammed," nor any of the variant spellings of the latter two, occur in the index to George H. Nash's 1976 classic The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America. It is certainly possible that some of the conservative luminaries whose contributions Nash so meticulously describes had something to say about... Read More
The controversy over building a mosque and Islamic center within two blocks of Ground Zero has brought out the worst in our ritualized confrontations between “conservatives” and “liberals.” Listening to Fox News one gets the impression that Muslim terrorists are about to violate the most sacred site on this continent. Supposedly this is a national... Read More
At a time when the US is mired in two lost wars, running a $1.4 trillion deficit, and trapped in economic stagnation, a bitter but trivial public controversy over a Muslim social center in downtown New York seems absurd. But that's what we now have, and it's an ugly harbinger of the oncoming wave of... Read More
Patrick Foy is certainly entitled to dissent from my views about the current European scene, but it might help to point out the obvious, which his rejoinder partly obfuscates. It is naïve to distinguish the growing Muslim presence in Europe as a religious community from the same presence as a non-Western and, moreover, anti-Western culture.... Read More
A demonstration against the “Islamicization of Europe” scheduled to take place in Brussels on September 11, 2007 and put together by the umbrella organization Pax Europa has been prohibited by the socialist mayor Freddy Thielemans. The intended demonstration, which was supposed to march by the headquarters of the European Union, has been declared to be... Read More
Religion of Peace? — Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't, by Robert Spencer
A friend of mine who had a thoroughly Roman Catholic education at the hands of the Christian Brothers tells me that the religious component of that education consisted largely of memorizing arguments with which to confound atheists, agnostics, and Protestants. Robert Spencer is not, strictly speaking, a Roman Catholic, though I believe his church is... Read More