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.

The Bureaucratic Failures that Lead to the Attack on a German Christmas Market

The 19th of December, 2016 was for Germany, a bit like 9/11 was for the USA. Before that date, they were mostly in an “It can’t happen here,” state of denial. Berlin Attack: “An Attack is Expected” | ZEIT ONLINE

Zeit produces long articles, and this no exception, but it is an interesting look at how the German federal system works – or in this case didn’t work.

The German authorities knew a lot about the Tunisian Anis Amri. Actually, almost everything. Nevertheless, shortly before Christmas he was able to commandeer a truck in Berlin and kill twelve people.

A total of 56 people were injured in that attack, and some of them are still in hospitals.

How the police in various states (Lands in the German parlance) knew about Amri, and yet didn’t manage to stop him, in the face of crimes committed, false statements made to authorities and more. He was identified as a threat, at least by one police department, and yet nothing was done.

As for that denial…

With the Berlin attack, a phase of relative comfort came to an end in the Federal Republic. While bombs exploded in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, and Belgium, and terrorists shot or ran down people down with trucks, Germany was until then spared major Islamist attacks.

Anti-terror Raids in Austria

Europe is in deep yogurt, but they seem to be digging themselves out. Slowly. 14 arrests after major anti-terror raids in Austria – The Local

“As part of an ongoing investigation into suspected membership of a terrorist organisation (‘Isis’) a coordinated operation planned for some time took place involving 800 officers,” Graz prosecutors said.

A total of 14 people were arrested in several cities.

Terror Attack in Jerusalem isn’t Interesting Enough to Be Covered by MSM

The NYSlimes, the WaPo, et al seem to be ignoring this attack. Terrorist stabs two Border Policemen with screwdriver in Jerusalem – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

I guess Palestinian Terrorists attacking Jewish Police doesn’t reach the level of interesting for them.

Two Border Police officers are in light condition after being stabbed in the head and upper body with a screwdriver by an Arab terrorist near Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday afternoon.

The terrorist has been ‘neutralized,’ (with extreme prejudice).

It Seems Germany Didn’t Have a “Screening Process” for Refugees

German FlagAnyone who said as much, was shouted down by the left as being xenophobic, or crazy. But even a broken clock is right once twice a day. Ansbach bomber’s membership of jihadist group raises questions over Germany’s screening of asylum-seekers

Mohammad Daleel, the 27-year-old Syrian who detonated explosives outside a music festival in the German city, had fought with al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.

It appears that Daleel later pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) after the 2013 split from Nusra.

Still he got into Germany as a refugee seeking asylum from something.

There are certainly refugees who need help. Just as certainly there are terrorists pretending to be refugees looking to do bad things to the West. Ignoring one of these 2 facts is just as simple-minded as ignoring the other. (Even if that is not what the Left would like you to believe.) I don’t know how you sort the wheat from the chaff, but I know we have to try, or the body-count in the West is going to grow.

Another Terror Attack in France

French FlagThis attack took place in a Catholic church. At least one dead in French church hostage taking

Several people were taken hostage by two men with knives in a Catholic church in the Normandy region of France. A priest was killed and another hostage badly wounded. The assailants had since been “neutralized.”

That’s “neutralized” with extreme prejudice.

Hollande told reporters he had met with survivors and first responders. He said the attack was carried out by two “terrorists” who had “claimed to be from Daesh,” using the Arabic name for the “Islamic State” group. He labeled the attack “cowardly.”

Name calling isn’t going to get the job done, but that is all that is left to the political establishment in Europe. Because to actually do anything that might improve security would be mean. Or something. At this point, I’m not sure what they can do.