Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Manchester: Europe Still 'Shocked, Shocked'

by Judith Bergman
  • After hearing of the Manchester terrorist attack, politicians once more communicated their by now old-routine of "shock" and "grief" at the predictable outcome of their own policies.
  • Most dumbfounding of all, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was watching the developments in Manchester "with grief and horror" and that she found the attack "incomprehensible".
  • Every time a European leader publicly endorses Islam as a great faith, a "religion of peace", or claims that violence in Islam is a "perversion of a great faith", despite massive evidence to the contrary, they signal in the strongest way possible that with every devastating attack, the West is ripe for the taking.
When ISIS attacked the Bataclan Theater in Paris in November 2015, it did so because, in its own words, it was "where hundreds of pagans gathered for a concert of prostitution and vice." A year earlier, ISIS had forbidden all music as haram (forbidden). Many Islamic scholars support the idea that Islam forbids the 'sinful' music of the West.
It should, therefore, not be a surprise to anybody that Islamic terrorists might target a concert by the American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester on May 22. In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned last September that terrorists are focused on concerts, sporting events and outdoor gatherings because such venues "often pursue simple, achievable attacks with an emphasis on economic impact and mass casualties".
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Manchester suicide bombing, in which a device laced with screws and bolts was detonated. Twenty-two people, children and adults, were murdered in the explosion that ripped through the Manchester concert area; more than 50 people were wounded. While the media is describing the use of nail bombs at the concert hall as a new and surprising tactic, it is in fact an extremely old one, practiced by Arab terrorists on Israelis for decades.
A police officer stands guard near the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017, following a suicide bombing by an Islamic terrorist who murdered 22 concert-goers. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
Nevertheless, after hearing of the Manchester terrorist attack, politicians once more communicated their by now old-routine of "shock" and "grief" at the predictable outcome of their own policies. The usual platitudes of "thoughts and hearts" being with the victims of the attack, accompanied professed shock.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk, tweeted: "My heart is in Manchester this night. Our thoughts are with the victims." Leader of the British Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, condemned the "shocking and horrific" attack. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was a "tragic incident", while Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn called it a "terrible incident". Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his citizens were "shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight". Most dumbfounding of all, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was watching the developments in Manchester "with grief and horror" and that she found the attack "incomprehensible".
After 9/11 in the United States; the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 and wounded 2000; the 2005 attacks on London's transit system where 56 people were killed and 700 wounded; the 2015 attacks in Paris, where ISIS killed 130 people and wounded nearly 400; the March 2016 attacks on the Brussels airport and metro station, where 31 people were killed and 300 wounded; the July 2016 attack in Nice, where 86 people, including ten children, were killed and more than 200 people wounded; the December 2016 attack in Berlin, where 12 people were killed and almost 50 wounded; the March 2017 attack on Westminster that killed three people and wounded more than 20; the April 2017 attack in Stockholm, where 5 people were killed, including one 11-year-old girl; let alone countless attacks in Israel, Western leaders have run out of all conceivable excuses to be shocked and surprised at Islamic terrorism occurring in their cities at ever-increasing frequency.
All the above-mentioned attacks are just the spectacular ones. There have been innumerable others, sometimes at the rate of several attacks per month, which barely made the headlines, such as the Muslim man who, a little over a month ago, tortured and stabbed a 66-year-old Jewish woman in Paris and then, while shouting "Allahu Akbar", threw her out of the window; or the Paris airport attacker in March, who came "to die for Allah" and accomplished his goal without, miraculously, taking any innocent bystanders with him,
After the last spectacular terrorist atrocity in the UK, which aimed at the very heart of European democratic civilization by targeting the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge, British PM Theresa May said: "It is wrong to describe this as Islamic terrorism. It is Islamist terrorism and the perversion of a great faith".
It is impossible to fight back against that which you refuse to understand or acknowledge, but then again, European leaders seem to have no intention of fighting back, as they have evidently chosen an entirely different tactic, namely that of appeasement.
Every time a European leader publicly endorses Islam as a great faith, a "religion of peace", or claims that violence in Islam is a "perversion of a great faith", despite massive evidence to the contrary -- the actual violent contents of the Quran and the hadiths, which include repeated exhortations to fight the "infidels" -- they signal in the strongest way possible to organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hezbollah and Hamas, that with every devastating attack, the West is ripe for the taking. The terror organizations and their supporters see European leaders' immense fear of causing even the slightest offense, despite protestations to the contrary from leaders such as Theresa May.
The fear is accompanied by a persistent resolve to pretend, at whatever cost -- even that of the lives of their citizens -- that Europe is not at war, even though it is blindingly clear that others are at war with it.
These terrorist organizations perceive that when ministers in countries such as Sweden, where according to news reports, 150 ISIS fighters have returned and are apparently walking around freely, propose the integration of Islamic State jihadists back into Swedish society -- as a solution to terrorism! -- it will not take much more effort to make these leaders submit completely, as Sweden almost certainly has. This "solution" can only work on terrorists as encouragement to carry out even more terrorism -- as is overwhelmingly evident from the increasing frequency of terrorist attacks on European soil.
While European politicians, incredibly, believe that their tactics are preventing terrorism, they are in fact empowering it as much as possible: Terrorists do not react to heartfelt sympathy, teddy bears and candlelit vigils. If anything, it arguably makes them even more disgusted with Western society, which they want to transform into a caliphate under Islamic sharia law.
Politicians seem to lose sight all the time of the Islamist goal of the caliphate. Islamic terrorism is not "mindless violence" but clearly calculated terror to force the eventual submission of the targeted society. So far, with the West inert and in denial, the terrorists seem to be winning.

Manchester Bomber Attended ‘Jihadi’ Mosque Accused of Funding al-Qaeda


The mosque attended by the Manchester suicide bomber has been described as a “jihadist” institution, and it has previously been accused of raising funds for an al-Qaeda affiliated terror group.

The Didsbury mosque was well known to Salman Abedi and his direct family. The terrorist learnt the Quran there, his brother taught Islamic lessons there, and his father, Abu Abedi, was a “well known” figure who performed the Muslim call to prayer.
On the ‘Muslims in Britain’ mosques directory, the institution is described as a “Salafi-Ikhwani” mosque, which “is a nicer way of saying jihadist”, according to Ghaffar Husain, head outreach at the Quilliam Foundation, a think-tank that has advised the Government.
Salafism is an austere, fundamentalist strain of Islam, with adherents aiming to live as Muhammad and the first Muslim did in the seventh century.

The mosque’s management is described as Syrian and Arab, and the city’s Libyan community, one of the largest in the UK, reportedly frequents it. The Abedi family lived just a short distance from the building and neighbours have talked about them flying a Libyan flag flying from their house.
Mr. Abedi is believed to have visited Libya earlier this year and, according to friends, returned a few weeks ago. His family left Libya as asylum seekers, and police are probing alleged links to the hard line Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which was until recently affiliated to al-Qaeda.
“[His farther] Abu Ismail comes and goes between here and there,” a family friend told The Guardian. “I can’t believe [Salman Abedi] would have been radicalised in Tripoli. All those types have been driven out of the city. It must have happened here.
“But what was he doing, murdering all those people. There must have been somebody influencing him. It’s terrible. He was off his head,” they said.
In 2005, an LIFG fighter was arrested in Libya. He was accused of terror offences and told a court he had previously lived in Manchester, where he raised money for the al-Qaeda-linked group at Didsbury mosque after being granted asylum in the UK. The mosque denied the claim.
The mosque building was originally the “Albert Park Methodist Chapel”, which opened its doors in 1883 before closing in 1962 and later being converted into a mosque.
It is part of the Manchester Islamic Centre, which is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and receives state benefits accordingly.

Austria: Iraqi refugee’s sentence lowered to 4 years in prison for raping 10 y/o boy

In 2015, an Iraqi man entered Austria though the so-called Balkan route. On 2 December that year, he took a boy by the hand, locked him in the toilet of a swimming pool and raped him. The boy reached out to the lifeguard, who alerted the police. The police responded rapidly and were able to arrest the suspect, who had gone back to the three-metre diving boards.
The boy suffered wounds so severe, he had to be treated in hospital. Months later, it made the news, as the first part of the trial got underway.
The case reached the Supreme Court last year, which decided the case needs a retrial.
Why? Because the Supreme Court decided that the lower court should have ascertained, whether or not the perpetrator thought that the victim was in agreement with the sexual act. The supreme court thought that it was not sufficiently established that the perpetrator acted against the will of the victim. The refugee was twenty years old, the boy was ten.
When the retrial took place, the Higher Court reached a verdict of seven years; way lower than the maximum of 15 years it could have given.
But yesterday, the Austrian Supreme Court ruled that even that sentence was too severe, and lowered the punishment to 4 years in prison in a final verdict.
Four years are appropriate here,” the President of the court, Thomas Philipp, stressed in his extensive elaboration on the verdict in court. After all, the criminal offence was a “one-time occurrence.”
One should not lose all sense of proportion,” judge Philipp said. In handing out a sentence, it should not be forgotten that the defendant had no prior conviction – that the court knew of, anyway – and the fact that he was not yet 21-years-old when he committed the crime.
That the first court emphasised the “severity of the crime” and the “unforeseeable consequences“, held no sway with the Supreme Court. For these, Philipp said, there was a lack of “concrete statements” and it is “quite possible that no consequences materialise.” Even if “according to a psychiatric opinion, the boy had demonstrably developed a post-traumatic stress disorder after the fact.

When first questioned by the police, the man initially wrongly accused a 15-year-old of inciting him to act. Then, however, he made a statement to the effect that he “followed his lust” after “not having had sex for four months.” A statement he stuck by through the entire court case.

Piers Morgan brands Lily Allen a ‘deluded clown’ in vicious Manchester bombing online spat

PIERS MORGAN told Lily Allen to “pipe down” after she encouraged her 5.97 million followers on Twitter to ignore his comments following the Manchester Arena bombing. He lashed out at the singer after he was likened to columnist Katie Hopkins and warned her fans not to pay any attention to him. Taking to the social media site early this morning, Lily tweeted: “Please ignore Piers, Hopkins, they thrive on hate. Profit even. Don’t engage. #moreincommon.” The Good Morning Britain host was quick to respond to her tweet as he warned her to keep quiet and branded her “attention-seeking”. He told his 5.79 million followers: “Pipe down @lilyallen, you ridiculous virtue-signalling, PC-crazed, attention-seeking, hate-stirring, deluded clown.”Lily’s fans were quick to jump to her defence, with one quipping back: “Attention-seeking?? Coming from you???” Another added: “You’re a bully disguised as a man of the people, had of those words are garbage and you have a lot of nerve to talk.”(sic) The spat comes after Piers clashed with Charlotte Church when he commented: “Muslims can do a lot more to help police & MI5 root out radicalised members of their communities, yes.” The 31-year-old hit back: “By your logic men should do more to root out rapists. Doesn’t really work like that does it?”“I can’t deal with your level of absurd, virtue-signalling ignorance today, sorry,” the 52-year-old journalist replied after retweeting her comment. The Welsh star received a backlash for her remark but she defended her tweet, explaining: “I wasn't trying to score points, Piers has a surprising amount of power over what people hear/think. I was trying to show how unfair and unbalanced his comments were. All of us want to find a way for these attacks to stop. “Not a day for arguing. Sending comfort to everyone who's hurting today.”

Lost Girl ‘Penetrated in Every Single Orifice’ During Alleged Gang Rape, Court Hears


A jury in Canterbury Crown Court has been told a lost 16-year-old was “passed around like an entertainment device” by four Afghani-origin men after asking for directions at a kebab shop in Ramsgate, Kent.

In a closing speech reported by KentLive, prosecutor Simon Taylor alleged that Tamin Rahani, 37, Shershah Muslimyar, 20, Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons raped the intoxicated teenager after luring her into a room above the 555 Pizza takeaway.
“Every single orifice had been penetrated by the group of men, while others watched, laughed and joined in themselves,” Mr. Taylor said. He added the gang held her down on a “grubby mattress” and guarded the door “so she knew there was no escape”.
The prosecutor also read a statement from the girl, originally given as evidence:
“I’m not sure how many were in the room, I think there was about four or five of them. They were all like pushing me, like, to each other.
“One of the men pushed me onto the bed and was just laughing.”
She said she thought she remembered “one or two by the door and a few in the middle of the room”.
“One was on top of me and one was beside me holding my shoulders.
“I don’t remember much after that but one of them was having sex with me.”
The girl said the men were “all swapping round”, and that she told them to stop “but they carried on anyway”.
“There was much laughter in that room where she was being subjected to the ordeal,” added Taylor.
The prosecutor accused the group of “plotting” and “lying” to escape the consequences of the alleged rape.
Giving an example, the prosecution presented statements by the takeaway owner Tamin Rahmani who claimed to have been in bed with his wife on the night of the attack, but CCTV footage showed him out driving his car at that time.
Rahmani then claimed he had mixed up the day of the week and was thinking in “Afghan time”.
“If anybody should know when Saturday night turns into Sunday morning, it’s the owner of a kebab shop,” commented Taylor.

Judge Slams Law Firm Blocking Deportation of Rochdale Muslim Grooming Gang

A top immigration judge has criticised a “cavalier and unprofessional” law firm for obstructing the deportation of members of the Rochdale child sex gang and “weakening the rule of law”.

Only two of the nine men convicted following the Rochdale child grooming scandal remain in prison, and four are using taxpayers’ money to fight deportation to Pakistan.
The Nottingham based Sneinton law practice has fought to keep the four rapists – who were the focus a recent BBC drama Three Girls – in the UK. The men hold dual UK and Pakistani citizenship.
Mr. Justice Bernard McCloskey launched the attack at a hearing to discuss the cases of Shabir Ahmed, Adil Khan, Qari Abdul Rauf, and Abdul Aziz, who were convicted in 2012 of grooming, raping, and trafficking girls as young as 13.
According to the Nottingham Post, the judge threatened to refer lawyers handling the appeals to their professional bodies for disciplinary action, saying their behaviour could be regarded as being in contempt of court.
In a report into an adjournment in December, published last month, the judge said “scarce judicial and administrative resources have been wasted” by the firm, which is trying to stall proceedings by making appeals for adjournments and not filing reports on time.
He linked the actions to a number of other cases where proceeding had been stalled and delayed using tactics.
Describing the situation as “frankly shameful”, he said: “To describe this state of affairs as grossly unsatisfactory is an acute understatement. The tribunal has been treated with sustained and marked disrespect.
“The conduct of these appeals has been cavalier and unprofessional. The rule of law has been weakened in consequence. Disturbingly, there have been multiple recent examples of similar conduct and misconduct.
“In a recent lecture to the Law Society I spoke of the vital importance of partnership between the legal profession and the judiciary, There is no evidence of this partnership in these cases.”
The gang’s ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 64, has already lost an appeal against his possible deportation in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), during which he claimed his convictions were a conspiracy by police and members of the jury to “scapegoat” Muslims.

U.S. Spending £150K to ‘Reduce Terrorism’ by ‘Promoting Positive Narratives’ of Migrants in Europe

The U.S. embassy in Belgium has allocated $200,000 (£154,000) for a group to ‘counter violent extremism’ through pushing ‘positive narratives’ of mass migration to Europe.

NGOs and nonprofits have until 29 May to apply for the year-long grant, for which they will be asked to “provide positive narratives concerning refugees and immigrant populations” and “dispel the narratives of extremist groups that incite violence and provide alternative narratives”.
Warning that “violent extremist groups are using advances in technology … to spread their propaganda and attract new recruits and inspire individuals more than ever before”, the U.S. embassy says the winner of the grant should be “creative”, and spread “counter messaging” about mass migration “into the cyber realms of gamers, bloggers, and digital activists where the war of ideas is really being fought”.
The grant winning group should promote ‘positive, tolerant messages’ about migrants and people of foreign origin, through “TV, radio, [the internet], and [via] social-media campaigns”, states the embassy document which outlines the project.
Other objectives mentioned in the grant’s announcement include “amplifying the role of women in building secure, tolerant families and communities”, and “directly working with schools … to engage young people in activities that provide exposure to moderate viewpoints and eliminate bias”.
The embassy aims for the programme, which can be completed anywhere in Europe, to “be sustainable beyond the life of the grant”.
According to the embassy in Belgium, which is one of the countries that U.S. President Donald J. Trump has yet to appoint a new ambassador to serve in, the grant to pedal rose-tinted views of mass migration will “reduce violent extremism and terrorism by promoting a comprehensive approach to address violent extremist challenges in Europe”.
More than a million migrants flooded into Europe in 2015 after German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an open borders policy. Since then, Europe, Germany in particular, has seen suicide bombings, axe attacks, and a truck rampage, with numerous asylum seekers amongst the perpetrators.

Manchester’s Islamist Appeasing Police and Politicians Have Blood on Their Hands: Muslim sex grooming paved the way for the Manchester Arena attack.

In the months before weeping little girls with nails in their faces were carried out of the Manchester Arena, the authorities of that city were hard at work fighting the dreaded threat of Islamophobia.
While Salman Abedi, the second-generation Muslim refugee terrorist who maimed and killed dozens in a brutal terrorist attack, stalked the streets wailing, “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah”, Manchester police were busy with more important things.
The Greater Manchester Police are one of only two police forces to list Islamophobia as a hate crime category. Earlier this year, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins honored Tell Mama for fighting Islamophobia. Tell Mama had lost funding earlier when its claims of a plague of violent Islamophobia fell apart.
Shahid Malik, the chair of Tell Mama, had been photographed with the leader of Hamas. Appearing at the Global Peace and Unity conference, where plenty of terrorism supporters have promenaded, he boasted, “In 2005 we had four Muslim MPs. In 2009 or 2010 we’ll have eight or ten Muslim MPs. In 2014 we’ll have 16 Muslim MPs. At this rate the whole parliament will be Muslim.”
Last year, Hopkins had appeared at a Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) event at the European Islamic Centre along with Azad Ali. Ali has praised Anwar Al-Awlaki and other Al Qaeda figures. He justified the murder of British and American soldiers, he praised Hamas and Hezbollah.
Instead of arresting him, the Chief Constable appeared at the same forum with a terrorist supporter.
Also present was Greater Manchester Police Crime Commissioner and Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd who came by to talk about "eradicating hate". This was at an event attended by Anas Altikriti of the Cordoba Foundation, who had backed terrorists murdering British soldiers and accused Jews of dual loyalty.
Tony Lloyd will be the Labour candidate in Rochdale; home of the Muslim sex grooming cover-up.
Both Manchester Mayor Burnham and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins had appeared at MEND events. MEND’s Director of Engagement is Azad Ali.
After the attack, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham vowed on camera, “terrorists will never beat us”. The terrorists don’t need to beat Burnham. He’ll eagerly collaborate without so much as a single slap.
Last year the left-wing politician fought the government’s efforts to crack down on Islamic terror. “It is creating a feeling in the Muslim community that it is being spied upon and unfairly targeted,” he whined.
Terrorists will never beat us. Unless they have their useful idiots operating on the inside for whom Muslim feelings come first and little girls being torn to pieces by shrapnel come last.
Burnham accused opponents of Islamic terror of racism, xenophobia and all the usual stuff. He insisted that there was a huge Islamophobia problem that was being hidden because Muslims were too afraid of the police to report this rash of imaginary crimes.
"There’s a lot of people in this country not necessarily at risk from ‘Islamic extremism’ but it’s far-right extremism," Andy insisted.
This is what led to the Manchester Arena bombing. Mayor Burnham sold out the police. The police sold out the people. The authorities were chasing Islamophobia when they should have been fighting Islamic terror.
Mayor Burnham and Chief Constable Hopkins pandered to Islamists, prioritized Islamophobia and dutifully opposed the government's fight against Islamic terror.
The Islamophobia lie killed 22 people in Manchester. It happened on the watch of the GMP.
No one takes Islamophobia more seriously than the Greater Manchester Police. When Muslim sex grooming gangs were abusing little girls in Rochdale, the GMP dutifully covered it up. On one of the recorded interviews, a police officer can be heard yawning as a girl describes her abuse.
An MP who had pursued these cases said that the authorities “were afraid of being called racist."
Even after Judge Clifton brought it out into the open, stating, “You preyed on girls because they were not part of your community or religion", Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle insisted, "I think if we start to get ourselves hung up on race and ethnicity issues, we take away the real issues."
Detective Constable Maggie Oliver resigned from the GMP for its mishandling of the sex grooming cases. She has warned that offenders are still on the loose. “What I saw in Rochdale was police officers and senior cops acting without any shame because it was convenient to ignore the abuse they knew was happening,” she warned.
There’s still no shame.
Oliver blamed Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy. Fahy had been knighted for “services to policing”. His “services” included warning that the British government’s Prevent crackdown on Islamic terrorists was contrary to “British values” and would alienate “non-violent Muslims”.
"A lot of Muslims feel that there is a constant anti-Muslim narrative in the media,” he mewled.
Fahy was replaced by the GMP’s deputy chief constable. Ian Hopkins had cut his teeth on explaining the importance of Ramadan the same year that the GMP was apologizing to the victims of Muslim sex grooming. Even as the GMP fell from 8,000 to 5,300 officers, the new Chief Constable picked up a £172,000 ($223,000) salary. That was down from Fahy’s £206,000 ($267,000) package.
Chief Constable Hopkins declared that people have a right to be “safe from hatred”. After the Manchester Arena attack by a second-generation Muslim refugee, he warned, "We understand that feelings are very raw right now and people are bound to be looking for answers … it is vital that our diverse communities in Greater Manchester stand together and do not tolerate hate.”
Feelings will occasionally grow raw when picking the nails of the latest Muslim terrorist attack out of your child’s face or knowing that she has been raped by a dozen Pakistani men. It may even be possible that in their final dying moments, the victims of the Manchester Arena attack were afraid of Islam.
If only they could be prosecuted after death.
The cowardly denunciation of Islamophobia was as strong as anything in Hopkins’ statement. It is Islamophobia, not the victims of Islam, that agitates the Chief Constable’s sensitive sympathies.
It was not the victims of Muslim sex grooming in Rochdale or its cover-up that outraged Hopkins. His greatest moment of outrage came when the London Times headlined the story of an Imam murdered by a fellow Muslim for not being Islamic enough as, “Imam beaten to death in sex grooming town.”
The headline was “offensive to the thousands of peaceful law abiding Muslims”, Hopkins complained.
It wasn’t the abuse of little girls that was the problem. It was calling it out for what it was.
The Jihad has been kept quiet through such shameful expediencies. When the head of the Clarksfield primary school complained about threats to blow up her car due to an Islamist “Trojan horse” plot to take control of the institution, the GMP found nothing.
Of course. Finding something might have been Islamophobic.
The Manchester authorities were in the business of fighting Islamophobia. They made that their priority. Not only did they lie about the true threat, but they wasted resources that might have gone to stopping the attack. The blood of innocent children is on their hands. But that’s nothing new.
Just ask the abused little girls of Rochdale.
This time around the consequences were harder to brush under the rug. The world saw what happened in the Manchester Arena. And they were horrified. This time the victims couldn’t could be hidden away.
The question is whether anything will be done.

They want to kill us all

By Silvio Canto, Jr.

What more do we need to know about these people? Can their intentions be more clear? What else do they have to do? Blow up teen girls at a pop concert?
As Roger Simon wrote:     
If you think what happened in Blighty can't happen here -- 19 killed, 59 injured -- you'll  have to excuse me if I say "You're out of your bloomin' mind." Did you already forget 9/11/2001?  Or the Boston Marathon? Or San Bernardino? Or the Orlando gay bar attack less than a year ago that killed 49?
Oh, yeah.  Seems so long ago, doesn't it, even that last one? The "new normal."  We put these things out of our minds the week after to deal with the next trivial Washington scandal or go about our petty lives.  
Our culture lives in a self-destructive willful blindness, refusing to see the obvious even though it happens again and again across the globe.  
Radical Islam, Islamism, or whatever you want to call it has been at war with us since the Twin Towers came down and even well before.  And they have no intention whatsoever of stopping.
Nevertheless we respond in the most perfunctory manner, nattering on about how Islam is a"religion of peace," criticizing ourselves and others for "Islamophbia," or dismissing it all as a police matter.

My guess is that we will react decisively in the US.  We've had a much more realistic view of terrorism over here.  As a last resort, we believe in self defense and allow some citizens to carry guns and serve as a line of protection.
However, I'm not very optimistic about Europe. For example, Salman Abedi, the alleged terrorist, was known to British authorities prior to the attack. Wonder how that makes any parent feel about the next concert that their teens want to go to? Or the next time that there is a big soccer event? In other words, would you attend a concert in the UK any time soon knowing that  people under the eye of the police will join you for the proceedings?
Most of all, it makes President Trump's realism about terrorism and uncontrolled immigration really stand out.

James Bond: Share your favorite Roger Moore memory

For many of us who grew up with Roger Moore's portrayal of James Bond, Moore's death reminds us of how far James Bond has fallen.  Daniel Craig portrays Bond as humorless, morose, and sulking, constantly fighting with his shrewish lady boss and pouting when she yells at him.  To be James Bond now is to feel constantly guilty.  There's nothing about his portrayal that causes us to recall the fun-loving, woman-hugging, wisecrack-quipping, cool eyebrow-raising portrayal of Roger Moore.
Below are listed some of Roger Moore's best moments as James Bond.  Feel free to add your own in the comments.
1) Moonraker – Bond gets pushed out of a plane without a parachute.  He has to grab another guy's parachute before Jaws eats him.
2) Moonraker – Every time Jaws smiled at Bond, showing his metal teeth, Bond would always smile back mockingly, showing no teeth.
3) A View to a Kill – Any scene featuring villain Christopher Walken, who could make reading from the phone book interesting simply by the way.  He pauses.  To accentuate.  His words.  In a distinctive.  Manner of.  Speaking.
4) Live and Let Die – Black people could be villains?  The 1970s closed the window where this was still permitted.  Incredibly, all the black guys in this film were drug dealers or killers or had metal claws for hands.  I don't think this film could be made today.
5) Live and Let Die – Watching black funeral marches where they would kill someone along the way, then break out and dance to jazz music.  I think this was the precursor for the Black Lives Matter movement!
6) Moonraker – When Hugo Drax, who lives in a French mansion, loves tea, has dogs who won't eat steaks in front of them until he snaps his fingers, and has a Japanese Samurai butler, says, "Take care of Mr. Bond.  See that some harm comes to him."
7) The Man with the Golden Gun – When Bond meets Scaramanga, an artistic assassin, who talks about the joys of killing people, Bond politely offers him a snack.  "Nut?"
8) The Spy Who Loved Me – When Bond's sexy Russian partner is about to kill him once the mission is over, Bond says, "The condemned man is usually allowed a last request.  Can we get out of these wet things?"  And of course she doesn't shoot him, in fact doing something completely different with him.
9) Moonraker – When James Bond comes across a jungle villa filled with beautiful women who smile, inviting him in.  Then he gets tossed off a bridge and forced to fight a giant snake.  Later, when asked why he didn't linger longer, he said, "It had developed a crush on me."
What are your best memories of Roger Moore's James Bond?
Ed Straker is the senior writer at 

Morrissey Rips British Politicians after Manchester Attack: ‘Petrified’ to Admit Islamic Extremism Behind Terror

Musician and songwriter Morrissey angrily excoriated British politicians following Monday night’s deadly terrorist attack at a pop music concert in Manchester, England, claiming that it is easy for politicians to say they are “unafraid” and to remain resolute while failing to address the root causes of terrorism and hiding behind their own robust security.

In a post to his Facebook page Tuesday, the 58-year-old former Smiths frontman said he was celebrating his birthday in Manchester when news of the terrorist attack broke.
The suicide bombing attack — which occurred at the Manchester Arena following a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande — claimed the lives of at least 22 people and left dozens more injured, many of them young children.
“The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?” Morrissey wrote, before continuing to criticize several British politicians, and the Queen of England, by name.
“Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us,’ but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues,” the musician said of the British prime minister. “Also, ‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.”
“Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb,” Morrissey added.
The singer also criticized the Queen for allegedly failing to cancel a party Tuesday at Buckingham Palace, and called out Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham for referring to the terrorist attack as being the work of an “extremist,” and leaving it at that.
“An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?” he questioned.
“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private,” he concluded. “Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.”
Authorities identified the terrorist who struck Monday night as one Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen of Libyan origin who had reportedly been known to British security services before the attack. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday.
See Morrissey’s complete statement below.

Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental.
For what reason will this ever stop?
Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says “London is united with Manchester”, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
23 May 2017.

Manchester Suicide Bomber Salman Abedi: Son of Libyan Immigrants Who Chanted Arabic Prayers in The Street

Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber responsible for the Manchester Arena bombing Monday night which left 22 people dead and dozens injured, was reportedly the son of Libyan immigrants and was apparently radicalised while living in one of the country’s most heavily Muslim areas — an area that had terror-related problems before.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins identified Abedi Tuesday as the man who detonated a bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert as concert-goers left the arena.  Multiple outlets, including The New York Times and the Daily Telegraphreported that Abedi was born in 1994 in Manchester and was of Libyan descent.
The Telegraph reported that Abedi was the son of Libyan refugees who fled the regime of dictator Muammar Gadaffi. Gadaffi was killed by rebels in 2011 and the Telegraph cited reports that Abedi’s family had returned to Libya — but Abedi remained.
Police raided Abedi’s house in Fallowfield, South Manchester Tuesday. Fallowfield is the home of a large student population, being a short bus ride away from the main Manchester University campus, and just three miles from Manchester’s city center.
South Manchester as a whole has a large Muslim population, often gathered in very small areas and raising questions about the risks that a lack of assimilation can bring.
According to 2011 census data, 20 percent of Fallowfield’s population was Muslim. But nearby areas are even more concentrated. Rusholme, a few minutes walk from Fallowfield, had a 37.9 percent Muslim population in 2011, while nearby Longsight had a 53.8 percent Muslim population.
That data does not account for any increases in the Muslim population in the last six years.
Nearby Rusholme is known for its famous “curry mile,” a series of South Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants populating one of the city’s main roads — a road annually brought to a standstill by traffic during the Muslim celebration of Eid.
The Telegraph also noted that Abedi grew up in an area where two girls from a nearby school left their homes in 2015 to live in ISIS-controlled Syria. The Guardian reported that what it called “Manchester’s Libyan community” had terror-related problems before.
Abdalraouf Abdallah, 24, was jailed for nine and a half years last year after being convicted of funding terrorism and preparing acts of terrorism. Abdallah had helped a number of men travel to Syria so they could fight in the civil war. He was unable to travel himself because he is paralysed from the waist down after being shot during the Libyan revolution.
One of the people he helped to send to Syria was Stephen Gray, who had converted to Islam after leaving the air force in 2004. He was jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to terrorist offences.
A family friend told the Guardian that Abedi and Abdallah knew each other.
A neighbour told The New York Times that the family frequently flew a Libyan flag outside the window, while a school friend told the Daily Mail that Abedi had recently grown a beard, and was “acting strange.” Abedi was also reported to have been praying loudly in Arabic in the street.
“They were a Libyan family. A couple of months ago he was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic. He was saying ‘There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger’, a neighbor told the Mail.
‘They dressed very traditionally, in Islamic clothes. The mother used to wear a headscarf,” another said. The Washington Post reported that Abedi’s brother had been taken into custody.
Details of Abedi’s background come amid reports that he was already known to security services, but authorities concluded that he did not mark an immediate threat.
It seems that local authorities are unlikely to move quickly on any problems with assimilation. Labour Party candidate Afzal Khan, who is campaigning to be the Member of Parliament for the area in which Abedi lived, told reporters hours before the bombing: I don’t think immigration is a problem… It has transformed Manchester into a world class city.” 
Afzal Khan says "I don't think immigration is a problem... It has transformed Manchester into a world class city"  hustings
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Hopkins, in his remarks after the bombing, seemed less concerned with the threat of a lack of assimilation in heavily-Muslim communities and more concerned with a so-far non-existent Islamophobic backlash.

“We understand that feelings are very raw right now and people are bound to be looking for answers. However, now, more than ever, it is vital that our diverse communities in Greater Manchester stand together and do not tolerate hate,” he told reporters.