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Monday, September 27, 2021

At University of Michigan, Most Jewish Students Feel Unsafe

 Hat tip The College Fix



The Louis D Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law conducted a recent survey at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in which 65% of Jewish students interviewed who openly identify themselves as Jewish feel they are not safe on campus. The below article is from The College Fix.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/majority-of-jewish-college-students-feel-unsafe-on-campus-poll-finds/

This comes as no surprise to me. While the article states that there was no information on the breakdown of perpetrators as coming from the far-right or far-left, the words, "Israel" and "Zionist" are prominently featured, which leaves me to believe that most of it-as in other universities across the nation- is inspired by anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian agitation.

Currently, I see nothing about this in the campus newspaper, Michigan Daily, nor in the university news website. I can only wonder what UMich professor Juan Cole thinks about all this. I would be interested to hear his "informed comment".

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Attacks on Our Border Patrol

This article first appeared in New English Review.


 As if the scenes this past couple of weeks in Del Rio of 15,000 Haitians storming our border with Mexico were not bad enough, the unconscionable attacks upon our Border Patrol officers by the left and the media are enough to turn your stomach. From Joy Reid at MSNBC to Ilhan Omar, DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas, Kamala Harris, and others took one look at the BP officers on horseback, reins flapping, to quickly conclude that they were whipping the poor Haitian migrants and "bringing back memories of the days of slavery". Talk about a rush to judgment!

And on Friday, President Biden, speaking at a press conference and "answering" a question about the situation at Del Rio, went on to crucify his own Border Patrol, saying that "those people will pay," and "There will be consequences". It was shocking, especially given the fact that the slow-thinking president had a couple of days to digest the situation and realize that nobody was being whipped. Yet, he went right along with his leftist handlers and joined the chorus. Meanwhile, Mayorkas has ordered that the officers be placed on administrative leave and removed horses from any efforts to control the flow of migrants across the river and onto our shores.

As a former federal agent (DEA),  I cannot imagine how our Customs and Border Control agents continue to work under these conditions, where they are given no support from their superiors and the administration in Washington, and now see their very jobs-and freedom- under threat just because they were doing their jobs. All because the media and the ruling Left cannot or do not want to see the difference between whips and horse reins.

So what comes next for the officers on horseback? Will they be disciplined, fired, even be prosecuted and sent to prison? In the same breath that Biden announces an investigation is underway, he states that "those people will pay" and "there will be consequences". Is he the judge, jury, and executioner? At the same time, that hapless hack, Mayorkas, assures reporters that "they know how to conduct an investigation". With the president already promising punishment. That's how the Biden DHS will conduct the investigation.

Just as the Obama administration and the Eric Holder DOJ threw ATF under the bus for the  Operation Fast and Furious fiasco, which was no doubt concocted in Washington, the Biden administration is throwing the Border Patrol under the bus when the videos are clearly exculpatory. It is a disgrace. Neither Biden nor Harris have bothered to spend any time on the border, yet they sit in Washington and condemn the actions of the BP officers who have been put in an impossible situation by the ineptitude and negligence of the Biden administration, which have led to the mess in Del Rio.

Meanwhile, out of 15,000 arrivals, only about 2,000 have been sent back to Haiti, according to DHS, (Mayorkas initially was unable or unwilling to give the numbers when questioned before Congress.) while the remainder are being "processed for removal", a euphemism meaning that they are being transported to points unknown around the US, released, and told to appear later before an immigration judge. The fact is that very few will show up. And all this while several BP officers now have to worry about their careers and their very freedom as Biden promises, "they will pay".

It is all beyond disgusting.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Netherlands: Three Cabinet Ministers Fall

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna. Video translation by Fousesquawk.


                                                               Sigrid Kaag

Ironically enough, the fiasco of the US withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan has cost someone their job-but not in the Biden administration. Instead, Sigrid Kaag, the foreign minister of the Netherlands, has fallen on her sword. She resigned on September 16 after a majority of Parliament members stated that she had mishandled the evacuation crisis. Also resigning over the Afghan evacuation issue was defense minister, Ank Bijleveldt.


                                                                      Ank Bijleveldt

And just today, the country is buzzing over the firing of the minister of economic affairs, Mona Keijzer, after she publically voiced criticism of the government's new Corona Pass regulation. It is reported that Prime Minister Mark Rutte removed Keijzer from the cabinet with the blessing of the Dutch king, Willem-Alexander.

Mona Keijzer


In a country beset with protests over the government's Covid measures, Keijzer is receiving a lot of support from segments of the public as well as politicians who oppose the stringent Covid regulations. Wybren van Haga is a parliamentarian member of the Belang van Nederland party (Interest of Netherlands). He produced a short video complimenting the courage of Ms. Keijzer and expressing the hope that more members of the cabinet will show similar courage and speak out against the Covid measures, specifically the so-called Corona Pass.


Arkansas

 There were no postings this past week since the Missus and I were off to a week-long vacation in Arkansas. It was a time-share deal, and it came down to Hot Springs, Arkansas or Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We chose Hot Springs.

First, we spent a night in Little Rock, landing at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.(Really.) It was my first time in that city. The two main points of interest were the Capitol building and Little Rock Central High School, which is pictured below.

Above: Little Rock Central High School today


Why a high school in Little Rock? In 1957, Central High School was the focus of the nation's attention when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus attempted to block 9 black students from entering the previously-all-white school.  The feds intervened under then-President Dwight Eisenhower, and the students were admitted under what could only be described as frightening conditions as white residents protested and hurled insults at the students. It was one of the early landmarks of the Civil Rights era.

As you can see, the iconic buildings are quite old and iconic. They were instantly recognizable from the old historical footage from 1957.


Below: Little Rock Central High School 1957







The next day, we drove to Hot Springs, a 40-minute drive away. Hot Springs is a picturesque old town with a distinctive downtown area marked by its historic bathhouses, still preserved though not all still in operation. Much of the architecture would be described as art deco. Very interesting. It was also the boyhood home of Bill Clinton, where, I presume, he learned his tricks.

The two main landmark buildings are the old Army-Navy Hospital, which is today a rehabilitation center, and the Arlington Hotel, which dates back to the 1920s. In its heyday, it was frequented by many celebrities including Chicago gangster, Al Capone, pictured below handcuffed to a sidewalk bench with ex-federal agent, Yours Truly.




Former Army-Navy Hospital

Arlington Hotel

Arkansas, like the rest of the South, is green everywhere and very scenic. It is forests, lakes, rivers, and hills, with lots of outdoor activities. Hot Springs itself is located in the central-western part of the state by the Ouachita Mountains and nearby lakes like Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton. It is well worth a visit especially if you are into things like camping, hiking, sailing, or just enjoying beautiful scenery.




Car Attack on Jewish Sukkot Concert in Los Angeles

Hat tip Algemeiner


This is the type of anti-Semitic attack that liberals in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are loathe to report. That is because they are more comfortable reporting on anti-Semitism when it comes from white nationalist types-particularly if they can tie them to former President Trump. Trouble is that most of the attacks, not only in Europe, but also in the US and Canada, come from the left, including from those acting out in the name of Islam.

Like what occurred Wednesday in Los Angeles when a Muslim man first threatened Jews at a local synagogue, then attacked them with his car.

"The group also said that about 20 minutes prior, the man had “canvassed” the event and issued threats, saying, “I’m a real Muslim, I’ll show you what real terrorism looks like.”

 https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/09/23/car-ramming-attempted-at-la-synagogue-sukkot-concert-says-security-group/?fbclid=IwAR1K7O-MsRzSzz9advPDM8b3AMjk4bPCQvSS-EE8mbX7Jys5Op1f_X94KpQ

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Juan Cole's Koran

 Hat tip Jihad Watch



This week, while perusing University of Michigan comedian Juan Cole's absurdly-named blog, Informed Comment, I came upon yet another laffer in which Cole outlines "7 ways Al Qaeda's terrorism violated the precepts of the Holy Qu'ran". This is the same professor who wrote a book entitled, "Mohammad: Prophet of Peace amid the clash of empires".

My first impulse was to do my own post pointing out the obvious errors, omissions, and falsehoods, including assigning the wrong verse number to one of his Koranic citations. But then I thought of someone much more qualified to take on this task than I. That would be Robert Spencer, the creator of Jihad Watch. Spencer is not just a critic of Islam. He is a scholar on the subject, reads Arabic, and knows the Koran in depth. So I sent him an email with the link, and he graciously replied and accepted the task. The result appears today in Jihad Watch.

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/09/islamic-apologist-juan-cole-claims-jihadis-cherry-pick-the-quran-and-quote-half-a-verse-to-justify-themselves

Monday, September 13, 2021

Italy: Another Somali Knifing Spree

On Saturday (September 11), a Somali migrant went on a stabbing spree in the Italian town of Rimini, stabbing 5 people including a 6-year-old child after being confronted by two female trolley conductors who asked him to show a ticket. The below article from Giornale di Rimini is translated by Fousesquawk. (Illustrations also added by Fousesquawk.)

https://www.giornaledirimini.com/rimini-accoltellatore-sul-bus-la-causa-scatenante-sono-stati-il-controllo-e-la-sanzione/

Rimini: Stabber on bus, the "trigger" was the check and the sanction

September 13, 2021

Tomorrow morning, the 26-year-old Somali who unleashed panic on Saturday at Rimini will be interrogated late due to a delay in finding an interpreter. First, on board a trolley bus, stabbing two female conductors who asked him to show a ticket. And then fleeing on the street and wounding three other people, among them, a 6-year-old child, originally from Bangladesh, gravely (but) now out of danger.

From what has been obtained thus far from the investigators, Rimini prosecutor Elisabetta Melotti explained to the press this afternoon, police chief Francesco De Cicco at her side, "Based on previous behavior in reference to various information from the police, as to the results of the search and subsequent behavior, no elements of any kind have emerged".

What is certain is that the man from 2015, traveling around Europe, requesting asylum in 5 different nations, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and Switzerland, arriving then in Italy 9 August, was in possession of 5 knives, three of which were kitchen knives found on the bus, and a pair of scissors, while the initial toxicological and alcohol tests in his urine have given no results.

Now the results of blood tests are being awaited. The attacker, moreover, during a psychiatric (interview), has declared that he has "a persecution experience " behind him, while on the morning of the episode, he had gone to the police headquarters to report an attack (he) suffered in the building in which he was a guest of the Red Cross of Riccione. "Verifications at this time seem negative". In short, "Some dynamics of the behavior remain to be reconstructed in detail and also the type of wounds," argues the prosecutor, to try and also understand, "the reasons for his behavior".



There are no other (criminal) complaints or charges pending against him, only the report, points out the chief of police, of aggressive behavior at the time of his (covid) swab test last 10 September after quarantine. "While the swab test was being done, he reacted in an agitated manner," he says, adding that, "From today, he would have been placed in one of the centers to begin the procedure of internationalization of his presence (in Italy)". As he had asked 5 other countries, except that he then failed to show up again at the (asylum offices).

The "trigger", underlines De Cicco, Saturday on board #11, were the checks and the (fine). The man attacked the two women and stabbed them, causing a prognosis of 10-60 days respectively (recovery). Then he fled, followed by police with "a series of violent behaviors"; trying to steal a car with threats to the owner; a light wound to a young woman "with no apparent motive", throwing rocks and threatening police.

Then another slight injury to a woman and the most serious episode of the child, the circumstances of which are still under investigation, after which, he got rid of the scissors and knife. The charged crimes are attempted homicide, resisting (arrest), and attempted robbery, with aggravating factors, the reactions to the (ticket) check and wounding of a child, "striking randomly without motivation".

"I am being extremely cautious," Melotti stresses. "It is a phase in which a whole series of things is being evaluated," beginning with the possible previous persecution. "At the moment," she concludes, "we cannot give an indication of possible premeditation, considering also the modality of the behavior," and the police chief adds, "The triggering cause of the check-(fine), which has reassured us as to the matrix of the act."


Chief of police Di Cicco stressed: "Thanks to the collaboration of the citizens, we were able able to follow step by step the trail of the absconder." And as to the dramatic moments of that Saturday, Elisabetta Melotti recalled: "You can imagine on 11 September a foreign citizen who attacks two conductors opens a scenario, not just fantasy, but also as to reasonableness, even apocalyptic." 




Student Removes US Flags From Campus on 9-11

At Washington University in St Louis, the College Republican chapter had planted small American flags on campus to mark the 20th anniversary of 9-11. On Saturday (9-11), one student was captured on video by a College Republican member removing the flags and putting them in trash bags. The below link from Daily Mail has a report with video and photos.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9982027/Washington-University-student-senator-filmed-throwing-away-2-977-American-flags-9-11-memorial.html

The incident has caused quite a stir on campus. The chancellor of the university has called the student's actions reprehensible, but predictably, the campus newspaper prefers to stress the "Islamophobic" aspect of the story (the student involved is Muslim-American). The campus paper, Student Life, has three articles on the story.

 https://www.studlife.com/news/2021/09/12/andrew-martin-washu-9-11-flags-statement-islamophobia/

https://www.studlife.com/news/2021/09/12/muslim-student-fears-washu/

https://www.studlife.com/news/2021/09/11/fadel-alkilani-september-11-washu-flags/

I sent in my two cents worth to the campus newspaper in the reader thread. It basically states that I would condemn any threats and/or violence against the student, but it would be nice if there were some condemnation of his actions from the Muslim groups on campus rather than only express fears of retaliation or Islamophobia. Maybe some Muslim students have criticized this student's actions, but you won't see them in the campus paper.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

9-11 From one Swedish Perspective

Hat tip Katarina Magasin. Translation by Fousesquawk.


Here is an article from the conservative Swedish blog, Katarina Magasin. The editor and the author of the below article is Katarina Janouche. Here she looks back on 9-11 and deplores the advances and victories of the jihadist extremists, particularly in Sweden.

 https://katerinamagasin.se/tjugo-ar-efter-9-11-kan-du-bli-atalad-om-du-kallar-en-islamist-extrem/

20 years after 9-11, you can be charged if you call an Islamist extreme

September 12, 2021-12:39 pm

I didn't write anything yesterday on the 20th anniversary of terror in the USA when Islamist terrorism claimed thousands of lives and forever tore open a bottomless wound in the free Western world. Social media still simmered and boiled filled with memories and reflections, mainly what people were doing themselves when news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers like an exploding suicide belt on all the information channels. Perhaps, I myself remember most clearly the feeling that it couldn't be true.  That it was a bad joke. And that the day after, we awoke to something that could be most described as a  huge hangover, anxiety, and sadness. What strikes me today, 20 years and one day later, is how quickly the Islamization of Europe, in Europe in general and Sweden in particular. is going. Islam is gaining more ground, and with the argument of "religious freedom", it advances its positions-though Islam primarily is a political ideology and a legal system, where religion is mostly a facade. Churches are proposed to become mosques, minarets are built, calls to prayer are permitted. More and more girls and women go around dressed in full-covering Islamic dress. In more and more areas, sharia trumps Swedish law. Imams decide, not Swedish courts. But worst is the mental breakdown of freedom of expression. Court proceedings against former Social Democrat politician Ann-Sofie Hermansson in Gothenburg is a clear symbol that Islamists use our own democracy to suppress and obtain the right to exercise their anti-democratic ideology.  As I write this, I am thinking: Can I be reported for blasphemy?
You can read the background of the trial against Ann-Sofie Hermansson here:
In short, it can be said that Hermansson called extemists extremists. There is no other way to say it. And here is where it becomes difficult. Should we not be allowed to criticize a political ideology that in many ways goes against principles that all humans have equal value, equality before the law, freedom of speech, and our freedom to criticize ideologies and religions? I think that these positions (being) advanced are an extremely destructive and unfortunate development. Particularly when Swedish Public Service- which should be objective, non-partisan, and neutral-actually takes sides against Ann-Sofie Hermansson and thinks it is right that her right to express her opinion must actually be tested. "A blessing," they write that this, that the question be judged in a higher instance. Perhaps, Public Service wants that we can no longer call extremists extremists.? That it should be criminal?
We already find ourselves on a slippery slope in Sweden. Islam is already a sensitive issue that cannot be discussed in any way because then comes the fabricated term, Islamophobia, like a letter in the mail, and you are hit in the head by critics. In 2021, 20 years after 9-11, IS terrorists return to Sweden, together with their brainwashed children, and (are welcomed) in Swedish society at the  Swedish taxpayers' expense. Prisoners in Swedish prisons are offered halal food. Children in schools have the right to demand special diets based on Islam. We have small children who are forced to cover themselves with veils in preschools to hide themselves from men's lustful looks. We have thousands of women who cannot participate in Swedish society because their Muslim-believing men view this as "haram" that is, against the Koran. We have child marriage though it is forbidden, polygamy, genital mutilation, and naturally, so-called honor violence where young people are injured or killed after they are perceived to have brought dishonor upon their family. We have large clashes between different immigrant groups in society, where the religious motive sometimes is the cause. We also have Muslim prayers conducted outdoors, something Swedish society is faced with. Islam is advancing, and now we also have Nyans, a Muslim political party that has its sights set on the Parliament. 
The Taliban in Afghanistan declared, when they took over the country, that their goal was a caliphate. But not just in Afghanistan, but the entire world. Radical Muslims in Sweden also have this ambition, something they don't exactly keep secret. Islam means submission-and they see it as their absolute right to demand submission also in the country to which they have come as refugees. Many have warned of this development but were dismissed. Now we see how extremists legally oppose free speech. How critics must bow while extremists celebrate new triumphs. That Soffan Hermansson  is standing trial at all is a scandal and a shame for a democratic country like Sweden. Islamists here must never be allowed to set the tone. Not in debates or anywhere else. But here we have come, 20 years after Islamist terror's biggest triumph and war against the West. The war is in full swing, and the kind and naive Swedish democrats have already become its victim.


Christian College "Postpones" Hatem Bazian Speaking Appearance



“We acknowledge the pain, anger and disappointment that many in our community are feeling,” said Interim Provost Corey Cook, Vice President for Student Life Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht, Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Kathy Littles and Vice President for Mission Frances Sweeney. “We are trying to be respectful and inclusive of the many members of the community affected, including the Muslim Student Association and our Jewish faculty, staff, and students.”


Hatem Bazian and friends


UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian is back in the news again, and as usual, it all centers around his history of anti-Semitic statements. The Palestinian-born activist masquerading as an academic was scheduled to speak at St Mary's College in Moraga, California. The topic had something to do with how white people in America can fight Islamophobia as we prepared to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11. What chutzpah!

Now, St Mary's has decided to "postpone" the event, which was being sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender Equity (no surprise here) and the Muslim Studies Association (no surprise here either). Apparently, neither group was bothered in the least by Bazian's long anti-Semitic history since washing up on our shores as a student at San Francisco State University.

 https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/09/09/st-marys-college-postpones-event-with-berkeley-professor-accused-of-promoting-antisemitic-libel/

What I find surprising is that a supposedly Christian learning institution would invite a known Islamist and anti-Semite to speak in the first place. They cannot plead ignorance. Do they have to wait until some group publicly points out Bazian's record to them?

Now they have postponed the event as they wring their hands and figure out how to proceed without offending anybody. The quoted statements of the university illustrate how weak-kneed these people are to begin with.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

600 Million Euros for the Taliban: Angela Merkel's Parting Shot

Hat tip Journalisten Watch. Translation by Fousesquawk.



On this 20th 9-11 anniversary, as we also ponder the return to power of the Taliban, comes this disturbing news out of Germany. Angela Merkel, the (finally) out-going chancellor, has announced that the friendly folks of the Taliban will be receiving 600 million euros in German tax money as humanitarian aid. The below article from the conservative German site, Journalisten Watch, written by Stefan Schubert, is translated by Fousesquawk.

https://journalistenwatch.com/2021/09/11/millionen-taliban-afghanistan/

 600 million for Taliban-Afghanistan: Why isn't Merkel charged for supporting a terrorist organization?

-Stefan Schubert

11 September 2021

What is the difference between needy flood victims in Ahrtal and the radical-Islamist terrorists in Afghanistan? The people in Germany have been robbed of their entire existence, not the least by the failure of politics; they can, perhaps-beginning in October-fill out online forms to apply for state subsidies, which will then, after a review, be paid out sometime. The Merkel government has immediately transferred 600 million euros to the Taliban terrorists without any bureaucracy or evidence. So much for the priorities of this federal government.

It should not be left unmentioned here that the federal government called on the population to financially support the victims of the flood catastrophe. The citizens with some of the world's highest taxes and fees should also pay for the failures of politics with additional compensation payments. In the aftermath of the flood catastrophe, it became known that the federal government was responsible for large gaps in disaster control. Over 1,300 special vehicles were lacking, which the federal government was required by law to provide to the states in disaster control. Special vehicles for protection from and for the elimination of biological, radiological, and nuclear dangers are short about 30%. The former chief of Technical Relief (THW), Albrecht Broemme, was quoted in (Der) Spiegel with the following words on disaster control in Germany: "The whole world is laughing (at us)". 

Taliban: Murderers of German (soldiers) receive German tax money 

Until the takeover of the Taliban, politics and the mainstream media were of the same assessment of the fully-bearded radical-Islamists: A brutal, Middle Ages terror organization that oppresses girls and women, including forced marriages, rape, and stoning. Homosexuals are not only verbally persecuted, but sometimes end up on the gallows, and Islamic Sharia stands above any law or human rights.

The Taliban were mainly described as a brutal terror organization, who with bombs and suicide attackers, blew up and mutilated thousands of Western soldiers. Afghans who were accused of being collaborators of the West were shot on the spot without any court process. In addition, the Taliban are close allies of other Islamist terrorist organizations, like Al Qaeda, who murder worldwide in the name of Islam as well as persecute and terrorize Western citizens as "unbelievers". 

Has anything changed in any of these points since the Taliban took Kabul in a coup and inflicted a humiliating military defeat on the West?

No, it has not. The blood of countless victims of their reign of terror, including the blood of dozens of murdered German soldiers, still clings to the hands of the Taliban and their close allies from Al-Qaeda.

What are the survivors and traumatized Afghanistan-veterans supposed to feel when the Chancellor of the Federal Republic stands in front of the microphones of the capital city (Berlin) press and announces talks now with the Taliban? These blood-thirsty Middle Age monsters have now, from one day to the next, been upgraded by Mrs. Merkel to equal negotiating partners?

And the political disclosure oath of this government has not yet reached rock bottom. In a functioning democracy and independent justice (system), the next issue should not only unleash an outcry in the society, but also have legal consequences for Angela Merkel and Heiko Maas. Because the amount of 100 million euros of German tax money, which  Mrs. Merkel transferred to Afghanistan through the detour of UN organizations, was only a short time later increased by half a billion euros. Now it is an open secret that the Taliban terrorists are being paid a princely (sum) for every coup or for every "concession", such as the Kabul evacuation. Whatever one wants to call this flow of money, "Taliban tax", "humanitarian aid", protection money, or blackmail payments, in the end, a large part of it will go directly to the Taliban.

This is also to be regarded legally as tricky. Because in the legal code, section 129a, "Formation of a terrorist organization," in paragraph 5, just the support of a terrorist organization alone is punishable with a prison sentence of up to 10 years.  

And in the following section 129b StGB, "Criminal and terrorist organizations abroad," the liability from section 129 a is also confirmed in Germany, especially if the acts and facts relate to Germany. 59 German army soldiers died in the war against the Taliban terrorists. That these murderers are now receiving 600 million euros of tax money is a scandal. That the millions-transfers are labeled as humanitarian aid does not change the situation.


9-11 20 Years Later

 



Today marks an especially painful anniversary of the 9-11 attacks that took place 20 years ago.  Afghanistan, the country from which 9-11 was launched, is now back in the hands of the Taliban, the same barbarians who protected Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. No doubt they are marking the day in some manner to humiliate the US and our feckless administration, led by Joe Biden and his equally feckless spokesholes like Jen Psaki at the White House and Ned Price at the State Department.

Since 9-11, Islamic terrorism has continued notwithstanding our stop and go war on terror. Our leaders, to say nothing of the European leaders, can not bring themselves to say publicly what most people know- that we were attacked on 9-11 by Islam. Since that dark day 20 years ago, that same Islam has carried out over 20,000 terrorist attacks around the world. After a stabbing spree carried out just days ago by a jihadist in New Zealand, that country's feckless prime minister fretted that the principal victims would be Muslims. She was right to condemn the murderous attack at two mosques a few years ago that killed dozens of innocent Muslims in Christchurch, but her more recent statements showed a callous disregard for the latest victims.

Today's commemorations in the US seem to be taking on a more somber tone than in recent years. Is there something magical about the number 20 or just that it is an evenly-rounded number? If so, I don't get it, but if it will wake some people up from their slumber-especially our younger folks, who barely remember the event or not at all- that is something in itself.

But then there is the Anti-Defamation League's liberal chief, Jonathan Greenblatt, who just days ago marked the anniversary by offering a public apology for the fact that his organization had once opposed the proposed construction of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque", which would have been built in the shadows of Ground Zero. 

If you are a new reader to this site, do not get the wrong impression. My opposition to the ADL is grounded in their refusal to get involved in fighting anti-Semitism at the University of California at Irvine, where I taught from 1998-2016, and where I have been heavily involved in confronting anti-Semitism on that campus-with zero help from the ADL, which rarely is willing to talk about anti-Semitism when it comes from Muslims. Their outrage is generally reserved for Jew-hating white supremacists. I, on the other hand, prefer to condemn all forms of anti-Semitism.

Nor should the reader infer that I hold all Muslims on the planet for 9-11, terrorism, or anti-Semitism. I do not even though I believe anti-Semitism and violence are deeply rooted in Islamic teaching.

I get the fact that Greenblatt is a man of the left. (He was not the head of the ADL in 2010 when they opposed the Ground Zero mosque project.) But this is not a time when we need to be apologizing to anybody.