Here's what we know about Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man taken into custody yesterday in connection with homemade bombs planted around New York and New Jersey. Mr Raham is a 28-year-old Muslim. He was born in Afghanistan and came to the USA with his family some years ago, while still a minor. He is now a naturalized citizen.
A family acquaintance by the name of Flee Jones [That's his name. Seriously. Ed.] told Reuters that Mr Rahami went back to Afghanistan for a visit several years ago. After he returned, he grew a beard and became more serious and quietood friend, told Reuters. "He was way more religious," Mr Jones said, adding, "I never knew him as the kind of person who would do anything like this."
Here's what we know about Dahir Adan, the man shot dead by police after stabbing 10 people with a kitchen knife at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud MN on Saturday night. The late Mr Adan was a 22-year-old Muslim. He was born in Kenya, but was ethnically Somali, and was brought to the USA while still a minor. Although he lived in America for 15 years, whether or not he became a citizen is unclear.
Jama Alimad, a Muslim community leader in St Cloud, described Mr Adan as "the most assimilated kid in the neighbourhood", which says quite a bit about both the man and the neighbourhood. (Minnesota is home to America's largest Somali population with at least 40,000. More than 20 young men have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabaab in Somalia, and a dozen have left to join militants in Syria.)
It wasn't al-Shabaab but ISIS that claimed Dahir Adan as one of its "soldiers", shortly after his rampage made headlines around the world. During the attack, he made references to Allah -- "Allahu akbar!" -- and asked at least one victim if he was a Muslim. So what does the FBI call this "incident"? "A potential act of terrorism." Seriously. But, St. Cloud's police chief hastens to assure us, no evidence has been found tying the suspect directly to terror groups. So that's all right then.
Walt begs pardon of Barrack Hussein Obama, Hellery Clinton and all the liberal elites for calling both Mr Rahami and Mr Dahir "Islamic terrorists". That's what they were, and all the liberals' dissembling and accusations of race-baiting won't change that fact. It's also a fact that these Muslim extremists were allowed to enter and remain in the USA by the federal government. It doesn't matter whether they came as legal immigrants or refugees or winners in the Green Card Lottery. They came, they stayed, they received the benefits of residence in one of the richest countries in the world, and they bit the hands -- taxpayers' hands -- that fed them.
In about seven weeks, Americans will go to the polls to choose a new President. One candidate -- Mrs Bill Clinton -- has pledged to expand President 0's refugee plan to accept about 65,000 more of them, in addition to the tens of thousands of refugees accepted every year from other Third World countries. This "policy" can only be called the Obama version of Angela Merkel's disastrous Willkommenskultur.
The other candidate promises to make America safe again by beefing up border security and only admitting to the USA people who share or at least accept to be governed by American values. On August 31st, Donald Trump said that, if elected, he would suspend immigration from "places like Syria and Libya" and would order a list of regions and countries be drawn up from which "immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place."
Donald Trump says it is folly to welcome into your country those who are hell-bent on destroying it. Walt couldn't agree more!
Further reading: "Congress Seeks Moratorium on Refugees", by Suzanne Shattuck on Dr Rich Swier's blog, 19/9/16.