Between the Lines

Unignorable Flashpoints

As the nation prepares to go to the polls to elect the 45th president of these United States, two flashpoints may determine the outcome.

The first is Islamic terrorism.  It was almost funny to listen to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio inform us that a bomb set off in the Chelsea district wasn’t terrorism, although it was an “intentional act.”  When a second bomb and several other bombs located at a train station in Seaside, New Jersey, were linked to the Chelsea incident, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo corrected the mayor, saying it was terrorism—just not “international” terrorism.  When the perpetrator was apprehended hours later, he was carrying a notebook describing his devotion to the jihadist cause.  The governor had no comment.

Why are our “leaders” blinding themselves to a reality that any ordinary human being can see?  The threat identified by Donald Trump is clear as day: The problem of Muslim immigration must be faced.

The jihadist bomber, Ahmad Rahami, was born in Afghanistan, joined his asylum-seeking father in the United States in 1995, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2011.  Since then, he made several trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan.  His notebook cited “Brother Osama Bin Laden,” ISIS leader Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the Tsarnaev brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon, and terrorist cleric...

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