Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
Before and after 9/11, the FBI took a hard look at Youssef Abdulazeez because he had apparently donated money to Hamas through a front group. He went on a watch list. He went off the watch list. The FBI forgot about him until his son, Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez, went on a Jihadist killing spree in Chattanooga.
Just like the Tsarnaev terrorists, the media is digging into the background of this dysfunctional Muslim family. We have learned that Youssef Abdulazeez liked to beat and rape his wife. He even wanted to get a second wife to rape and beat, as permitted “under Islamic law… in the parties’ native State of Palestine.” He also included some of his kids in his Koran-approved domestic abuse.
The family is issuing statements claiming that their son, like every Muslim terrorist ever, was suffering from “depression” and that Islam is a peaceful religion. But the father’s donations to Hamas and the rants about America, Israel and Europe on his family’s social media tell a very different story.
The only obvious conclusion from all this is that the Abdulazeez family, like the Tsarnaevs, should never have been allowed into this country. And after 9/11, they should not have been allowed to stay.
Their history of domestic abuse and terrorism is abnormal by American standards, but normal by Muslim ones. The Abdulazeez family’s native Jordan has unprecedentedly high levels of support for Al Qaeda and ISIS. Honor killings of women continue to have support from inside the political system.
Among Palestinian Muslims, like the Abdulazeez family, as many as 1 in 4 support ISIS. Palestinians who are displaced in their Jordanian homeland tend to affiliate with Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood which supports their cause, much as they do in Gaza where Hamas is the local Muslim Brotherhood franchise. All that made Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez into an even bigger threat to Americans.
Not only shouldn’t Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez have been working at a nuclear power plant, he should never have been in this country. The Chattanooga massacre did not have to happen.
Palestinian Muslims are indoctrinated in terrorism to a degree exceeding even ordinary Muslims. Their immigrants, first and second generation, who have committed acts of terrorism, include Nidal Malik Hasan, who murdered 13 Americans at Fort Hood in support of the Taliban, Mohammed Salameh, Ahmed Ajaj and Nidal Ayyad who took part in the bombing of the World Trade Center and Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, who shot seven people on top of the Empire State Building.
Of the six deadliest Muslim terror attacks against Americans, half involved Palestinian Arabs.
Muslim immigration is already a bad risk. Palestinian Muslim immigration is a bad risk even by the standards of bad risks. Muslim terrorist attacks in America have been disproportionately carried out by Egyptians, Pakistanis, Saudis and Palestinians. The latter are disproportionately involved in terrorism despite being part of a small population because they are governed by PLO and Hamas terrorists.
The Palestinian Muslims are a fake nationality groomed to be terrorists; an artificial group invested with no other identity except terrorism, no history except bombings and no future except more bloodshed.
After Chattanooga we can either waste more time puzzling through the dysfunctional, and yet entirely normal relationships of the Abdulazeez family, or we can end further immigration by a group from a place where honor killings and terrorism are normative. The social, political and religious problems of the Abdulazeez family and the Tsarnaev family are not our problems. We foolishly made them our problem by taking them in. And it doesn’t take reforming the whole Muslim world to get rid of them.
Both the Tsarnaev and the Abdulazeez families may not have spent every waking moment plotting to kill Americans, but they distinctly disliked us. No matter how “ordinary” their sons seemed, how many parties they attended and, how many of their American friends saw nothing wrong with them, they were always ticking time bombs waiting for the right confluence of theology and anger to explode.
The people of Boston and Chattanooga unknowingly lived with these ticking time bombs. Ticking time bombs just like them are all around us; Muslim families with scowling fathers, timid mothers, a history of failed businesses, growing resentment toward the infidel, sons who drift through life despite good schools and numerous opportunities until they find their focus around the black flag of the Jihad.
Americans should not have to live with these ticking time bombs. We should not be spending a fortune on failed efforts to “deradicalize” people whose degree of radicalism we wouldn’t have to worry about if we weren’t wrongly allowing them into this country.
If Youssef Abdulazeez had been deported after 9/11, Chattanooga would never have happened. His son’s killing spree would have become Jordan’s problem, Kuwait’s problem or someone else’s problem. Instead the authorities shrugged at the donation to a Hamas front group and moved on. Meanwhile in the Abdulazeez home, the time bomb went on ticking until it finally blew up.
If the United States stopped letting in people from cultures and countries where support for terrorism is widespread and affection for America is rarer than water in the desert, we would have less terrorism.
85% of Jordanians dislike America. The odds of a Muslim with Jordanian citizenship liking us were never very good. The best we could hope for was that he wouldn’t actually kill us. And that hope also failed. Instead of hoping that the Muslim immigrants who come here already hating us won’t kill us, maybe we should start rigging the odds in our favor. There are all sorts of practical ways to do that.
We could stop treating those international approval ratings as reasons to apologize to half the world and instead start using them to determine which countries we want immigrants from and which countries we don’t. If we did that, we would be getting more immigrants from the Philippines and fewer from Pakistan, there would be more Poles and fewer Palestinians, more Italians and fewer Egyptians.
And we don’t have to worry about Polish suicide bombers and Italians shooting up our soldiers for Allah.
After 9/11, there should have been zero tolerance for any support for terrorism. Youssef Abdulazeez and his entire family should have been on the first plane back to Jordan. And it’s still not too late.
After a terrorist attack, Israelis destroy the home of the terrorist. Before the Israelis, the British and the Ottomans had a history of using similar tactics. The idea is to remind the prospective terrorist that his family is responsible for his actions and to give the family a significant incentive to report an attack.
If that idea sounds abusive, we have been fighting the War on Drugs by using asset forfeiture to seize the property of pot growers even when the homes and land actually belong to their family members. Islamic terrorism is a much bigger threat than a bunch of pot and yet asset forfeiture has been used much more lightly with Muslim terrorists who have killed Americans than with a bunch of potheads.
If Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez had been growing pot in the basement, his family might have lost their home and their cars. Since he only carried out a brutal domestic terrorist attack against American military personnel, neither he nor they had nothing to worry about. And that’s just wrong.
What if the next Mohammod, Mohammed or Muhammad were to know that within 24 hours of his attack, his family would be denaturalized and on a plane back to their country accompanied by only the things that will fit in their suitcases? He might still go through with it or he might not. His family might report him or they might not. But the odds in our favor would suddenly go up.
Imagine if a terrorist attack were not followed by agonized psychoanalyzing of what went wrong, but were instead accompanied by swift and decisive action? There is no such thing as a lone wolf terrorist. The “lone wolf” acts in the name of a cause. His family is part of that cause. They may not have handed him a gun and pointed him at his target, but they helped fill his mind and heart with hate.
Now they need to go.
America needs an immigration policy and a deportation policy with zero tolerance for terrorism. It can and should begin here. It’s time to put our people first and to put those who hate us last.