“This is a serious attack on democracy”

Something has changed in Sweden. Bomb Exploded in front of a Police Station in Sweden – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Sweden was traditionally a very peaceful and law-abiding country.

A powerful explosion occurred shortly after midnight at a police station in Helsingborg, Sweden, the World Agencies said.

This was after a Bomb threat in Lulea Energy Arena on the 13th of October. (Home of the BC Lulea in Swedish basketball.)

I’ve listed this under “Terror,” though the police are putting down to gangs – that have materialized in the past few years. You are free to draw your own conclusions.

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Aside From Las Vegas…

There have been attacks (not all successful). I am probably omitting something from the list.

Canadian: Edmonton attack suspect facing terrorism charges was investigated by RCMP in 2015 – The Globe and Mail

French: Marseille: Isis claims responsibility for stabbings after leader’s renewed call for attacks on West | The Independent

Israeli: Israel says it foiled planned ISIS-inspired attack at Jerusalem holy site

But there is no evidence re: Las Vegas…

Terror Attack in Barcelona

I honestly don’t know what to say about this. Another van has plowed into another crowd of pedestrians in Europe. Barcelona terror attack: van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing ‘at least 13’

A white van plowed into a packed summer crowd this evening in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and dozens more injured.

As for why I feel at a loss… nothing seems to change.

While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.

Does anyone expect any of this to stop any time soon?

Airport Attacks Not Limited to Europe

Not too surprising to see these kinds of things everywhere. Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident – NBC News

The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

Poland is not ready to sign up for these kinds of things. Poland Shuts Border to Islamic Migrants to Keep Potential Terrorists Out

Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism.

The Brits Should Recognize That They Have the Right to Defend Themselves

Maybe it wouldn’t help. But I think they need to try something new. ‘They shouted ‘this is for Allah’, as they stabbed indiscriminately’ – How the London terror attack unfolded

A speeding van crashed into people on London Bridge. Then 3 men with long (10 inch) knives went on a stabbing spree.

The van came to a halt on the south side of the bridge but it wasn’t the end of the carnage. Three men wielding knives 10 inches long began attacking passersby, even entering at least one restaurant to attack Saturday night diners.

Authorities aren’t sure of the casualty list yet. (Some people may have jumped into the Thames river to avoid the van.)

When things like this happen, the police are not there in force. As they say, “When seconds count, police are minutes away.” Maybe getting the Brits defend themselves with firearms is impossible. Maybe they just can’t see that in the instant of an attack, there is no system to rely on. But they are living a defenseless victim zone and that is certainly not working.

Oklahoma City: Things We Don’t Remember

On April 19, 1995, a truck-bomb explosion outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, left 168 people dead and hundreds more injured. The blast was set off by anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh, who in 2001 was executed for his crimes. His co-conspirator Terry Nichols received life in prison. Until September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City bombing was the worst terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil.

A New Way for Terrorists to Hide

Venezuela is starting to look like broken state. And in the death throes they are doing things – probably that they believe will strike at the West. (Or at least some of them want to strike at us.) Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians, report says | Fox News

10,000 people are a lot of people, and probably a lot of them are good people just running for the exits in a bad situation. But if even a tiny minority of them are bad actors, then that is a major problem.

“Today we don’t know where these people are, nor what they are doing,” said [Former director of Venezuela’s Office of Identification, Migration and Foreigners ] Medrano, who currently resides in the United States.

“They can be anywhere in the world, traveling with Venezuelan documentation,” adding that the number of Middle Eastern individuals with irregular Venezuelan documentation could be much larger.

And apparently there is a guy in Venezuela that’s been tied to Hezbollah, to the chances that some of thoose 10,000 people are bad actors is not zero.