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By Canadian mayor’s standard, Donald Trump is a terrorist, while it’s ok for Muslims to support ISIS

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In Marseille, a North African man yelled “Allahu akbar” and then used a knife to kill a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old in broad daylight outside the city’s Saint Charles train station. One woman had her throat slit and the other was stabbed in the stomach. The killer was shot dead by police.

In Edmonton, Alberta, an asylum-seeking 30-year-old Somali man was arrested for stabbing a policeman and injuring four pedestrians with his vehicle while driving at high speed. They found an ISIS flag in his vehicle, according to CBC and CTV reports.

In both cases, the respective countries’ leaders condemned the attacks. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a “terrorist attack.” French President Emanuel Macron called it a “barbarous act.” In neither case did the leaders address the real cause of the problem. In fact, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said “Terrorism is about creating panic and sowing divide about disrupting people’s lives.”

“We can succumb to that or rise above it,” he added, while urging calm.

Opinion

By Iveson’s definition, Donald Trump is a terrorist. He certainly creates panic, sows divide, and disrupts lives. But let’s get to the root here. As we’ve seen in England, France, Belgium, Sweden, and Canada, importing refugees from countries where Islamic radicalism breeds is dangerous. It’s more dangerous in western pluralistic democracies where terrorism, as a tactic, is most effective. We must remember that terrorism is not an enemy or even an objective of an enemy. Terrorism is a tactic used in asymmetrical warfare.

A tactic cannot be fought, it can only be countered or neutralized. Every military and high-level intelligence agency knows this, yet the politicians continue to offer mealy-mouthed excuses.

The answer is surely to get rid of the enemy who is practicing terrorism, because their goals are the overthrow of pluralistic western democracies (including America’s, if they attain sufficient numbers here). But that’s not politically correct, so they “rise above it” and live with acceptable losses.

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Marseille attack: Two young women stabbed to death – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41461107Soldiers were already in the station as part of Operation Sentinelle, which sees combat troops patrol streets and protect key sites amid France’s ongoing state of emergency.

IS claimed it was behind the attack via its Amaq news outlet. The group regularly claims responsibility for militant attacks it believes are inspired by its ideology.

IS recently released a tape purportedly of leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi in which he urged supporters to step up attacks.

ISIS claims responsibility for Marseille train station attack; 2 women killed | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/01/man-shot-dead-at-marseilles-train-station-after-knife-attack.htmlThe claim was carried in a statement Sunday night by the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency. It said the attacker on Sunday was one of its “soldiers” who acted in response to the group’s calls to target countries involved in the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. French security forces shot and killed the attacker.

Police sources told Sky News the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he carried out the attack at Gare St. Charles.

Somali refugee faces terror charges in Canada stabbing, car attacks | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-attacks/somali-refugee-faces-terror-charges-in-canada-stabbing-car-attacks-idUSKCN1C61FP?il=0EDMONTON, Alberta (Reuters) – A Somali refugee who had been on a watch list over extremist views faced five counts of attempted murder and terror charges on Sunday after Canadian police said he stabbed a police officer and ran down four pedestrians with a car in Edmonton, Alberta.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man whom police did not identify, had been investigated two years ago for promoting extremist ideology but was not deemed a threat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

Edmonton attack: Asylum-seeker arrested over ‘terror’ incident – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41459237Shortly before midnight, a man driving a rented van was pulled over at a checkpoint. His name on documents was said to be “very similar” to that of the man police were searching for.

The truck then fled the scene, and was pursued by officers. Four pedestrians were struck during the chase in what police say appeared to be a deliberate action.

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Final thoughts

When innocent individuals are killed in the name of a violent strain of a major world religion, how should governments react? Are they so afraid of insulting practitioners of Islam that they cannot bring themselves to reject certain individuals who are likely to believe in killing for their religion? That’s more racist than they know–they are implying that non-violent Muslims accept and support the violent ones by assuming they’ll be insulted when a government takes action.

This is the same logic used by those who oppose President Trump’s travel bans. They call it racist, but they are really the ones painting all Muslims with a big brush. If Muslims truly condemned violent jihad, they would applaud government actions to keep those loony individuals out.

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Mastermind behind Iranian parade attack allegedly killed

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Mastermind behind Iranian parade attack allegedly killed

Iranian state television is reporting the mastermind behind last months’ terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, Iran. 25 people were killed, including a dozen members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

An alleged member of the Islamic State, Abu Zaha, was killed by Iran along with four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. They gave no indication of how the operation was carried out. Though the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, many believe it was the Ahwaz National Resistance, an Iranian separatist group that also claimed responsibility.

Iran Claims It Has Killed Mastermind of Deadly Attack on Parade

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/10/16/iran-claims-it-has-killed-mastermind-of-deadly-attack-on-parade/The Sunni Muslim Islamic State group, in decline in Iraq and Syria, considers the majority Shi’ite Muslims of Iran to be heretics.

Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said those responsible for the parade attack were paid by Sunni Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and that Iran will “severely punish” those behind the violence.

My Take

It behooves Iran to get their justice from the Islamic State rather than Ahwaz National Resistance. ISIS is an easy operator to blame for the attacks whether they did it or not. It’s believable and presents an enemy that isn’t as close to home as Ahwaz National Resistance. It also allows them to maintain their narrative that ISIS is funded by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

We’ll likely never know if Zaha was really the mastermind behind the attack. If similar attacks happen in the coming months, it’s likely that Ahwaz National Resistance is behind them, not ISIS.

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White House plan to kick Iran from Syria leaked

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White House plan to kick Iran from Syria leaked

Syria has been in a state of disarray for nearly a decade now. Ever since the infamous “red line” that President Obama failed to enforce, the Middle Eastern nation has been suffering through war, poverty, and occupation by hostile forces ranging from the Islamic State to Russia and Iran.

The Islamic State may no longer be an occupying threat in Syria, but Iran and Russia are. The White House has a plan to push them out of the country. It does not involve military engagement, though U.S. military personnel may engage if they feel threatened. Instead, the plan is to offer aid to the Syrians wherever they need help, except where Iran and Russia have a presence.

This represents a huge chunk of the crumbling nation.

Trump administration has new plan to drive Iran out of Syria

“There’s a real opportunity for the U.S. and its allies to make the Iranian regime pay for its continued occupation of Syria,” said Mark Dubowitz, chief executive at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank strongly opposed to the Iranian regime.

Driving Iran out of Syria would be one prong in an approach that would also involve continuing to destroy remaining pockets of Islamic State fighters and finding a political transition after the exit of both ISIS and Iran that does not call for Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step aside.

My Take

Any measure that does not put Americans in harms way is worth pursuing. As long as Syria is as vulnerable as it is, there are risks to both American and Israeli interests in the region. The war-torn nation needs help rebuilding so they can rightly remove Iran’s and Russia’s presence.

Perhaps more importantly is the need to rejuvenate a homeland for millions of refugees. They are already causing major problems in countries throughout Europe and Asia. If we can expedite the renewal of their homeland, it will prompt many to return.

We have no business fighting battles in Syria. The White House plan would use diplomacy and economic pressure to rid Syria of their occupying forces. It’s a long shot, but it’s better than further military conflicts.

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Australia considers moving their embassy to Jerusalem

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Australia considers moving their embassy to Jerusalem

When U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would be moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the international outcry was fairly universal. The thinking for decades has been that if the international community recognizes Israel’s capital, then tensions and conflict in the region would grow.

A year after the announcement, not much has changed. Conflict is still there, though not notably higher. The world hasn’t ended even though we’re months away from the move being completed. Now, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated he may be willing to follow President Trump’s lead and move their embassy to Jerusalem as well.

My Take

A nation should be allowed to declare its own capital. Israel is the only nation on the planet that the international community refuses to allow this privilege because they believe the “contested” lands in Israel will some day be “returned” to the Palestinians.

Even as just about every world leader pushes for a two-state solution, it’s refreshing to see concessions being made to Israel instead of the incessant cries for Israel to concede everything they have.

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