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US arrests Hezbollah operatives in Michigan, New York who planned to attack Israeli embassies

US federal authorities said they’ve interrupted efforts to identify potential terrorism targets in New York City and Panama, including US and Israeli embassies, by arresting a man in Michigan and another in New York.Court papers unsealed Thursday charge the two men with providing support to a terrorist organization.

Samer El Debek of Dearborn, Michigan, was arrested June 1 in Livonia, Michigan, while Ali Kourani was arrested in the Bronx. Both men are being held in New York City.

In a statement, authorities said the men tried to provide support to Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad organization after receiving military training from the group.They say El Debek looked for potential targets in Panama while Kourani surveilled American targets, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City.

Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon H. Kim said, “At the direction of his Hezbollah handlers, El Debek allegedly conducted missions in Panama to locate the US and Israeli Embassies and to assess the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and ships in the Canal.

“Kourani allegedly conducted surveillance of potential targets in America, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City. Thanks to the outstanding work of the FBI and NYPD, the allegedly destructive designs of these two Hezbollah operatives have been thwarted, and they will now face justice in a Manhattan federal court.”

Kourani was arrested in the Bronx and brought before a judge for the first time last Friday. It was reported that he was born in Lebanon and in 2000, when he was only 16, received weapons training funded by Hezbollah. He legally immigrated to the United States in 2003, received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering six years later, and later on, an MBA. During the Second Lebanon War, a house owned by his family was destroyed. He would communicated with his operators in the organization via encrypted emails.

El Debek was arrested in the city of Livonia, Michigan, and brought before a judge for the first time last Monday. It was reported that he was recruited to Hezbollah for the first time in late 2007 or early 2008, and soon thereafter, began receiving a salary from the organization until 2015. During the Second Lebanon War, he distributed an email expressing his support for Nasrallah. El Debek was trained by Hezbollah members in Lebanon on several occasions between 2008 and 2014.

It was also reported that in May 2009, Al Debek was sent by Hezbollah on a mission to Thailand. He flew from Lebanon to Malaysia, and from there, to Bangkok, in order to hide explosives that other operatives of the organization left after they discovered they were being surveilled.

Convert, Pay, or Die

Convert, pay, or die is the set of choices Islam offers infidels.  Coincidentally, this is also what today’s progressives and the Democratic Party offer nonbelievers, climate “deniers,” white males, heterosexuals, patriots, blue-collar workers, farmers, miners, people without a college degree, the religiously devout, Republicans, and everybody else choosing not to buy into the party’s version of what America is and what the nation owes both its citizens and the world.

Our country has collectively “slipped into madness.”  Hatred in the name of diversity and political unity has become a goal in itself – and it is ascendant in modern culture, all compelled by leftist ideology.

No matter how many are killed, maimed, or merely terrified in the name of Allah, for progressives, the problem will always be Islamophobia, or an ignorant populace too uneducated to understand the inherent nuance of the “religion of peace.”

Those who suggest enhanced screening for immigrants from Islamic nations or even a limited suspension, as President Trump proposed, are greeted with rioting in the streets, for to look askance at a man who expresses an explicit desire to kill in the name of Allah is tantamount to outright racism.

Islamic men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years old commit more than 90% of terrorist attacks.  Yet singling out people who fit those criteria for extra scrutiny is profiling and therefore implicit racism deserving of nothing less than outright excommunication from polite society – along with, of course, the total dissolution of one’s life, career, and safety.

This is why, with increasing regularity, those who commit terrorist acts are “known wolves.”  They tell us what they believe in and then tell us what they plan to do.  Yet, because they haven’t actually killed anyone yet, our law enforcement agencies are frozen, like a deer caught in a tractor-trailer’s headlights.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, when asked about the roughly 400 jihadists who trained and fought with ISIS and have returned to England, replied, “I can’t follow 400 people.”  As if sending them back to ISIS to die for their beliefs is something not even worthy of consideration.

General Patton said, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.  He won it by making some other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”  Why is sending the bastards back to ISIS off the table?

In any case, that’s England.  Something like that could never happen here, could it?  It certainly could if we continue down the path we’re on.  In fact, it just might very soon be coming to a concert or bridge near you.

I think if you asked most Americans, they would prefer to “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment.”

When Obama said that, he was explaining why some bitter people weren’t as enlightened as he, but I think most would agree that a little “anti-immigrant sentiment” is better than seeing your daughter blown up.

Moreover, I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be clinging to a gun when an ambassador of the religion of peace comes to stab me, despite how impressed Khan is with the Metropolitan Police response time.

Instead, we have been rendered defenseless by ridiculous rules of engagement that prohibit any pre-emptive action on our part.  Each new terrorist act is a total surprise to our betters, despite a veritable cornucopia of increasingly outspoken known wolves.  In today’s politically correct world, if you are a Muslim, despite what you profess to be your intentions, you cannot become a suspect until you actually do what you say you will do.

Having hamstrung our security services, and as the legions of true believers swell, progressives take pride in their unwillingness to act in the war on terror.  As Presidnt Obama would often scold the less acculturated, “this is not who we are.”  Thus, they refuse to lift a finger to protect the citizenry until yet another known wolf commits what would be considered a crime against humanity if it were committed by anyone other than a member of the religion of peace.

Not to worry: being a victim is a trivial thing.  As President Obama often said, the real danger is climate change.  How’s that for leadership?

Oppose this false vision of Islam, and you will experience the left’s true wrath.  All of us are guilty until proven innocent, while Islam will forever be innocent until proven guilty.  Even then, somehow it is our fault for not understanding how hard it is for Muslims to live in our unjust societies.  Our women wear makeup and expose their ankles – oh, the horror – and walk around as though they are actually people, and the rest of us go to church, wearing crosses around our necks while we walk our dogs and eat pork, not understanding that daring to believe in something other than Allah is the real crime.

As Andrew C. McCarthy has so presciently been pointing out for some time, Islam is sharia, and sharia is a government system that dictates that infidels or non-believers must submit by converting, pay jizya, or be killed.  There are no ifs, ands, or buts; it is the nature of the beast.

Our progressive brethren can pretend all they want; true Islam is not compatible with Western values.  Yet my mere mentioning of “Western values” is considered by the left, academia, and the media hate speech, warranting my disappearance from daily life…at the very least.

Manchester and London Bridge were tests.  At what point will we fight back?  If they kill our little girls, will we fight?  If they kill innocents out for an evening stroll in one of the premier cities of the Western world, will we fight back?

The consensus is that we will not.  That’s just the way progressives like it.  To liberal politicians, the vulnerable are merely dots seen from the top of a Ferris wheel – and to paraphrase Harry Lime, the question is, “How many dots can they afford to spare?”  In the perfect society the left seeks to create, it’s all of them – or at least all of those who refuse to toe the liberal line.

In addition, it’s not just Islam; proper fealty to all terrorism seems to be the order of the day.  Kill four with a bomb planted in Fraunces Tavern, and spend thirty-five years in prison before the smartest man who ever lived (if you don’t believe me, just ask him) commutes your sentence, and you will be afforded the privilege of marching in parades and reveling in the adoration and idolatry of the elite.

On our college campuses, progressive quislings believe that only conversation they deem acceptable should ever be allowed and that politically incorrect opinions are evil and deserving of censure and violence.  It has become acceptable for a college professor to beat conservatives with whom he disagrees with a bicycle lock.  After all, he did it because it was right and just.

We are inundated with safe spaces, while snowflakes play with Play-Doh and tell us what we are allowed to think and say.  In academia today, it has become allowable to tell all the white students, professors, and staff of Evergreen College that they were not allowed on campus on a particular day.  Professor Bret Weinstein disagreed and was branded a racist and besieged by a cadre of student-agitators armed with baseball bats.

For a laugh, follow this link to see what passes for tough in the progressive world.  They look like refugees from the Island of Misfit Toys.

All this didn’t start with Barack Obama, but it certainly found support with the man, and his administration, who advised his followers to “get in their faces” and also that “if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”  Didn’t Obama also redefine bipartisanship as graciously allowing those who disagreed with him the opportunity to do as they are told?

What have we become?  They tell us that this is the new reality and that we need to accept terrorist attacks.  We used to fight, but today we shelter in place, grateful that our elite are surrounded by a phalanx of armed guards and protected by a cordon of security.  After all, how could society ever survive if our leaders weren’t protected?

Unlike Obama, I refuse to bow to either Islam or the culture warriors.  I choose to fight.  There are more of us than the left thinks.

Time for a Terrorism Accord, Not a Climate Accord

Yes, there’s a threat to civilization and it’s not global warming, man made or otherwise.  And anyone who isn’t comatose should know what it is.

Islam, like cancer, needs a cure. And we all  have to participate in the search for one before it’s too late.

Yes, this is about Islam, not “radical” Islam or some other off-shoot, real or imagined, because the tenets that have inspired the non-stop spate of terrorism across the world in recent years are spelled out clearly in sections of the Koran and the Hadith and other holy works of Islam. They provide justification for ISIS and a hundred other groups that may or may not replace them, now and in the future. This cannot continue — unless we really do want to destroy ourselves.

To be clear, this is not about bad people (many Muslims are fine human beings), but about a malignant ideology from the seventh century that must be expunged for the survival of all.

But the majority of Western leaders don’t want to know that.  In fact, I’d wager that most have not even bothered to educate themselves in any serious way about Islam nearly sixteen years after 9/11 and with all the constant carnage that has gone on since and has been increasing significantly, not just in London and Manchester but virtually everywhere.

These Westerners are not only willfully blind, they are suicidal.  But we cannot let them commit suicide for the rest of us.  They have to go.

Similarly, the recent Paris climate accord is not only based on bad or “cooked” Climategate science, it is a deliberate conscious/unconscious deflection from the genuine “present danger” in front of us.  It is no more than obfuscation allowing moral narcissists to feel good about themselves, virtue signaling about an environmental armageddon that hasn’t happened and may never happen while, in real life, people are actually murdered on London bridges and in Cairo churches.

What we need now is an international terrorism accord — and, unlike the climate accord, a binding one — that would commit the world, including the Muslim nations themselves, to the complete reformation of Islam that is the necessary basis for an end to this terrorism.

President Trump made a good start in Riyadh in his address to the Sunni leaders, but we must go much further.  It is correct that the Islamic world should be the ones to change their religion, but the rest of us on the planet are too affected by the results to stand by and wait.  From the horrifying (London this weekend) to the daily (the constant of indignity of being scanned at airports, concerts, museums, etc.), we are all victims of Islamic ideology.  We have a right, indeed an obligation, to participate in and demand its change. Otherwise, it will only get worse.

Since Trump had the courage to open the discussion in Saudi Arabia, he should attempt to expand the dialogue and create this global accord. Egypt’s el-Sisi would be a good partner because he already had the guts to criticize his own religion.  All should be invited, even those who would never come (like the mullahs).  All must confront the question of why Islam, unique among the world’s religions today, has so much violence committed in its name. What is it about Islam that attracts this?  What therefore has to be changed, both in behavior and ideology?

The event should be public, with Islam ultimately made to pledge itself to human rights as accepted by the West — equal rights for women and homosexuals, separation of church (mosque) and state, no discrimination based on race or religion (why no churches allowed in Saudi Arabia?), etc. — not the absurd Orwellian version of human rights promulgated the UN Human Rights Council.

This demand should be made to all quarters of the Islamic world with economic punishment applied if necessary.  The time for diplomatic politesse is long over. Islam must be forced to join modernity. Reactionary multiculturalists among us must be ignored, along with their hypocritical (and nonsensical) belief that all religions are equal.  To do otherwise would be to treat Muslim people like children.  And that is what the West has been doing for some time — with atrocious results for all.