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He stopped a jihadist in France. Now he’s been stabbed in California


Yesterday’s brutal knife attack on the U.S.-born French train hero Spencer Stone is yet more evidence suggesting that Stone and his fellow heroes are being targeted, possibly by Islamic terrorists.

In just the span of a week, this is the second time a world-famous American Christian who overwhelmed a would-be mass-murdering jihadist terrorist on a train in Europe two months ago appears to have been targeted.

Stone, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and civilian Anthony Sadler, devout Christians who have been friends since childhood, all subsequently received France’s highest honor, the Légion d’Honneur, from French president François Hollande and were feted at the White House and the Pentagon.

Stone, Skarlatos, Sadler, British national Chris Norman, French-American Mark Moogalian, and a young French banker identified as “Damien A.” all saved potentially hundreds of lives for the role they played this summer in subduing Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Moroccan national with known ties to radical Islam.  When the assailant got on the train in Brussels, Belgium, there were 554 souls on board.

Because of what they did on that train, all six men and possibly those close to them make attractive targets for Islamists.  Fanatics who support Muslim expansionism surely view the sextet as enemies for taking down one of their own.

As I wrote earlier this week at American Thinker, Stone’s friend Alek Skarlatos may have been an intended target of Chris Harper-Mercer, who, on Oct. 1, put several Christians to death for being Christians in a Snyder Hall classroom at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.  Fortunately, Skarlatos, who had interrupted his studies for military service, was away in Los Angeles for a taping of Dancing with the Stars.

The original story about Skarlatos and Harper-Mercer evidently has legs.  In all there have now been three high-profile, possibly related violent attacks in France, Oregon, and California that might be connected to the world of Islamofascist (some prefer the descriptor Islamo-Nazi) terrorism.  In this writer’s opinion, no reasonable person who follows current affairs can reflexively dismiss the seeming connection of attackers and victims, given what’s going on in the world right now.

This is not to say that there necessarily is (or was) an Islamist plot against the three American men.  But the mainstream media, as usual, isn’t doing its job.  Journalists are sitting on their hands, regurgitating talking points, and failing to consider the big picture.  Surely questions about the possible connection to international terrorism should be asked.  In that vein, skeptical readers should carefully read an explanation near the bottom of this column on the critical role that coincidence and seeming randomness have played in infamous history-altering events.

That said, what do we know so far about the attack on 23-year-old Airman First Class Spencer Stone?  Surprisingly little as of yesterday afternoon.

Stone, who was wounded in August thwarting the attack by an AK-47-toting Muslim terrorist on a high-speed train in France, was reportedly stabbed repeatedly around 12:45 a.m. Pacific Time yesterday outside a bar in downtown Sacramento, Calif., not far from Travis Air Force Base, where he was stationed.  The attack was captured on surveillance video.  Stone, who previously had surgery after the train incident to reattach his thumb, was initially listed in critical condition in hospital, but his status was later upgraded.

At time of writing, it had been reported that he was stabbed four times in the chest.  One report indicated he was stabbed in the heart and lung.

“It is believed that the victim was out with a group of friends when a physical altercation led to the victim being stabbed multiple times in his upper body,” a Sacramento police spokesman was quoted saying.  At press time, two suspects described as Asian males were reportedly being sought by police. As  Robert Spencr reminds us (hat tip: Mara Zebest):

…in the British press, “Asian” is the universally-employed code word for “Muslim.”  If [the UK Daily Mail] is suddenly using the word to refer, as in the American custom, to people from China or Japan, they’re not saying so. It is also possible that the Sacramento police said they were looking for “Asians,” by which they really did mean Chinese or Japanese or Koreans or Southeast Asians, etc., and the Daily Mail is too careless to note the difference in usage.

Fox News reports:

Law enforcement sources said they are working on the premise that Stone left a club with a woman who was harassed by [either] one man or a group.  Stone came to her aid about a block from the club, the sources said.  Authorities believe Stone may have been attacked by up to six men and held down while stabbed, the sources said.

According to police, it was just some drunken brawl.  Move along; nothing to see here.

Police have ruled out terrorism as a possible motive for the attack, but that seems a hasty conclusion.  Authorities routinely say early in investigations that terrorism played no role in a violent episode and turn out to be wrong.  President Obama is among one of the worst offenders.  For a long time the administration insisted in the face of powerful evidence to the contrary that the Fort Hood shooting incident was merely a case of “workplace violence.”  And last week Obama used the shootings in Oregon as an infomercial for tougher gun control.

The circumstances of the mass shooting in Oregon may point to a possible Islamist connection.

Harper-Mercer, who was reportedly enrolled in the writing class where he executed his victims, asked those in attendance if they were Christians.  Those who said yes were promptly killed.  The assailant has been quoted saying, “Because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.”  Those who said no or refused to answer were shot in the legs.  No news reports indicate that anyone in Snyder Hall identified himself or herself as Muslim.  Singling out Christian hostages for death is the modus operandi used by Islamic terrorist groups like al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab.

The very first person to take a bullet last week was Jewish.  The gunman reportedly walked up to Assistant Professor Lawrence “Larry” Levine and said, “I’ve been waiting to do this for years.”  He then shot Levine at close range.

Harper-Mercer had an interest in Nazism, as does the Islamic world, where Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical book, Mein Kampf, remains popular to this day.  (Instead of the English-language title, My Struggle, the Arabic translation of the book’s name is rendered My Jihad.)  Evidence has also surfaced that the unemployed killer ordered a nearly $150 leather Nazi SS officer’s cap online.  One of Harper-Mercer’s two friends on MySpace was listed as Mahmoud Ali Ehsani.  The man’s page was filled with propaganda glorifying Muslim terrorists and calling for the slaughter of Jews.  Harper-Mercer’s MySpace page contains Irish Republican Army (IRA) propaganda.  His online collection of articles, images, and videos was labeled “Ireland’s Freedom Fighters.”

The IRA connection may seem irrelevant, but it’s not.  The IRA has a long history of cooperating with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and other Islamist groups.

Obviously, Muslim and Nazi hostility to Jews is no secret.

Although you won’t hear it from the mainstream media, Nazis and Islamists have much in common.  It is fair to say that Islamic terrorists are the last of Hitler’s World War Two coalition partners who have yet to be vanquished.

The Islamic world aligned with the Third Reich, and this alliance “has largely been whitewashed from the pages of history,” Pamela Geller reminds us:

Many Muslims fought on the German side during World War II.  The Wehrmacht had six legions with a Muslim majority and the SS had three Muslim divisions, a brigade and a Waffenbrigade.  Each Muslim unit got a mullah as an adviser.  In November 1944, an SS mullah school was established in Dresden, founded by Himmler.

Recall that before the Umpqua attack began, Harper-Mercer reportedly handed a computer thumb drive containing some kind of manifesto to someone on campus.  The contents of the drive have not been publicly released, but it is reportedly filled with racist rants.  We’ll have to wait to find out what if anything this collector of expensive Nazi paraphernalia had to say about Jewish people.

Although no evidence revealed thus far directly indicates Harper-Mercer was influenced by the Islamic State or any other Islamist group, plenty of evidence suggests that the shooter was acting in furtherance of the Islamic goal of global jihad.  Maybe the Oregon massacre was also intended as a kind of jihadist payback hit for subduing the terrorist in France.  The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) apparently claimed responsibility on Twitter for the killings Harper-Mercer carried out at Umpqua.

Anyone who watches TV knows that forgiving and forgetting is not the jihadist way.  A British supporter of the Islamic State reportedly published the name and address of the U.S. Navy SEAL who is credited with killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  The Islamist identified the serviceman as “a number one target to eventually hunt down and kill.”

Could all the factors in play here be purely coincidental?  As history shows, coincidence can be cited to dismiss conspiracy allegations, but it has also been an enabler of tragedy.  In other words, coincidence can help make things happen.  The bald fact that there are coincidences doesn’t necessarily undermine a theory of what happened.

A Marxist assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, who defected to the Soviet Union and then returned to America, benefited from events beyond his control on Nov. 22, 1963.  President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade route was changed to go past the Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald worked.  Oswald also got “lucky” when the rain that had been expected to plague the presidential visit stopped in Dallas.  This allowed the bubble top on the president’s limousine to be removed, giving Oswald an unobstructed view of his target.  As noted political journalist Jeff Greenfield wrote in his 2013 what-if alternate history book, If Kennedy Lived, the absence of precipitation “was a matter of the purest chance.  On another day, a small, insignificant shift in pressure of wind would have moved the bad weather out, and sunshine would have broken out over Dallas.”  If the rain had continued, it is possible that JFK might have finished his term in office and been re-elected.  For all we know, America, and the world, might be very different today.

Then there was the case of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, whose assassination historians say was the most immediate cause of World War One.  The heir presumptive to the imperial throne and his wife narrowly escaped death in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.  A grenade lobbed by Nedeljko Čabrinović missed the royal couple but injured others.  But the good fortune of Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, didn’t last.  These two people wanted to visit the wounded at a hospital, but royal handlers had changed the official itinerary without notifying the couple’s driver.  When this change came to light, the driver adjusted his route, the car stalled, and pistol-bearing Gavrilo Princip seized the opportunity to blast Franz Ferdinand and Sophie into eternity.  Without Princip’s actions, it is possible World War One would not have happened or would have gotten underway later.

History is littered with blood-soaked examples of the so-called butterfly effect.  “In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state,” according to one online reference.

As the old proverb goes:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

So when someone tells you that all this circumstantial evidence about Islamism, the attackers, and the victims is merely coincidental, be aware that he’s just trying to get you to shut up.

We can only hope all the facts will emerge eventually.

Investigative reporter Matthew Vadum (personal website under construction) played a supporting role in killing President Obama’s favorite community organizing group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  He is author of the popular ACORN/Obama exposé Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.  Follow him on Twitter.  E-mail him at matthewvadum [at]

Barack Obama: Crucifying Israel


Barack Obama keeps a special big smile for times when the people he hates most really get screwed.  He smiled that great big smile again recently when he said how much he loves the Jews – right after selling Israel out to its most dangerous enemy in history.

Human monsters with nuclear weapons are a completely new factor in the world.  We’ve seen plenty of monsters before, but not equipped with Armageddon weapons.  That’s what Obama has achieved in his historic presidency.

Don’t doubt that he has done so purposefully, starting before he took office, when he sent Ambassador William G. Miller to Tehran to tell the mullahs not to make any agreement with George W. Bush, because they’d get a much better deal from Obama.

None of this is coincidence.  It was planned with malice aforethought.  Obama’s delighted “screw you” smile is truly demonic.  It seems to show that he is not just a narcissist, but a malignant narcissist who enjoys inflicting catastrophes on others.  Bill Clinton is also a supreme narcissist, but I don’t remember him actually laughing at times like these.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is a morally serious man, started his Churchillian speech to the General Assembly – the biggest collection of tyrants, thugs, and sleazocrats in the world – with almost a minute of silence.  Bibi’s silence made the audience uncomfortable, we are told.  He stared at the Star Wars bar scene with undisguised contempt.

In case you forgot, the General Assembly has elected the Sudan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia to its “human rights commission.”  A more perverse crowd there hasn’t been seen since Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies.

What’s worse, the Americans fit right in.  This was a scene right out of Tolkien’s Land of Mordor, with the United States taking the side of Sauron.

For 45 seconds, Netanyahu waited for the voice of conscience to speak, if any U.N. members still have one.  But there is no limit to their cynicism and malignancy.  They sat their with blank faces.  In time, when history has the last word, they may come to curse their cowardice and opportunism, the way Hitler’s appeasers did.  But then, Chamberlain was an honorable man who came to recognize his mistake.

In the meantime, as Netanyahu said, this is a time not for rhetoric, but for readiness.

Sane nations use nuclear weapons only as a last resort.  Since Israel is facing a martyrdom regime with mass-killing weapons, and the West has bowed down to the mullahs out of bottomless greed and cowardice, Israel is preparing.

Decent people can see this moral atrocity only with a sense of helplessness and despair.  But mark it in your memory.  Never forget.  The international left and Muslim throwback regimes have planned this moment for decades.  They are far from innocent.

Among their enablers are two American presidents: Jimmy Carter, who knowingly allowed a mass-murdering priesthood to take power in Iran, and Obama, who surrendered six decades of U.S. anti-proliferation efforts to the thugs.

There will be consequences.

Russia and China immediately moved strategic forces to Syria.  That’s one instant result of this administration’s delusional cowardice.  Nobody can predict where the Russo-Chinese strategy will go, but it’s obviously been planned for months.  Russian marines immediately went into action in support of Syria’s President Assad, assisting Hezb’allah.  You don’t move thousands of soldiers into battle without extensive planning.

Putin has recently received visitors in Moscow: the Israelis, the Saudis, and the head of Iran’s Quds force.  Putin’s move was coordinated with China as well, and now we see Iraq joining the party.

Our abandoned allies are turning to the only alternative they have.  You can’t blame them for wanting to survive the chaos this administration has wrought.

Putin is beating Obama hollow, as you could see by their faces at the U.N.

Here are just a few strategic benefits Russia and China expect to gain.

1. Russia and China are both in economic trouble.  But now Putin has the clout to get the whole Middle East on his side – literally every Arab regime plus Iran and Israel.  The Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf are up for grabs.  Putin could organize another OPEC cartel with himself at the top.

The lightning move by Russian and Chinese naval task forces is being followed in Asia as well, where Japan is re-arming for the first time since World War II.  China and North Korea still harbor dreams of revenge against Japan.  The American cop has left the beat.

2. Russia and China are serious powers.  So is resurgent Islam.  Europe and the U.S. are not serious anymore – certainly not as long as this administration lasts.  Europe can defend itself against Muslim mass infiltration only by appealing to Russia, with its centuries of fighting jihad.  But Putin will take his pound of flesh.  The Germans are already paying premium prices for Russia’s natural gas.  This is just the beginning of Pax Muscoviae.

3. ISIS now has thousands of fighters from Russia (Chechens) and China (Uighurs).  They are being combat-trained and indoctrinated in the worst kind of jihad, and they pose a direct threat to Russia and China when they go back.  Putin came to power by defeating Chechen terrorism in Russia.  So far, Putin’s forces have attacked the anti-Assad rebels, but also some ISIS bases.

Russia and China are not going to leave until they’ve taken care of their own strategic threats.  Or they may simply stay as the new arbiters of the Middle East.

4. Iran can now claim to have America and Europe in its pocket, as well as Russia and China. That could be extremely dangerous.

Iran is getting ICBMs and strategic weapons, as well as modern anti-missile defenses, plus air and naval power for long-distance force projection.  The Axis of Evil is now a nest of tarantulas.

It makes no sense for Russia and China to tolerate a nuclear Armageddon regime less than an hour away as the missile flies.  Russia and China have fought jihad invasions for hundreds of years, and they do not forget.  The Iranians have constantly played Russia against China.  But now Putin has drawn China into his orbit.

One likely goal is to keep the mullahs in their cage. Big powers always try to limit potential enemies.  None of these nations is friends with any other.  They have no shared culture.  They only make alliances of convenience.

For Americans who care about national security, it’s crucial to remember that none of this is a coincidence.  Obama and the left have long wanted America to retreat from the world.  That is bottomless idiocy, of course, in a world governed by the most destructive strategic weapons in history.  But this is what the New York Times has wanted since Jimmy Carter’s fatuous presidency.

We are being sabotaged from within, and our strategic enemies understand that very well.

Bottom line – Obama has sucked all the air out of the strategic balloon in the Middle East, which simply collapsed.

And all the King’s horses
and all the King’s men
can never put it together again.

Welcome to Obama’s Brave New World.

Barack Hussein Obama: The Most Dangerous Man In the World

 …is neither Russia’s Vladimir Putin nor China’s Xi Jinping, nor at this time, Ayatollah Khamenei – it’s none other than America’s Barack Hussein Obama.  This is not because of any aggressive, risk-laden actions he has taken, far from it.  It is because of those he has failed to take at critical times to credibly dissuade strategic competitors and potential aggressors, such as Russia and China, from actions that may suddenly compound into  destabilizing confrontations, even war.  When the Middle East cauldron spawned the barbaric ISIS, Obama’s indecisive, pusillanimous response allowed this Islamic malignancy to rapidly metastasize, compounding and accelerating an existing refugee problem that will involve America.  Additionally, throughout his tenure, overt actions Obama has taken served to steadily and materially, degrade American military capabilities, while enemies grow stronger.

In retrospect, divining Obama’s foreign policy should have been relatively easy given his background – a world seen through the eyes of someone whose father was a Muslim, as was his step-father, whose early education was in a Muslim madrassa, followed by mentoring from the known communist Frank Marshall Davis, associations with Columbia University’s Palestinian activist Edward Said and later, Harvard’s leftist Brazilian socialist Roberto Unger, later close association with admitted communist and Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, then followed by 20 years of anti-American and anti- Semitic sermons by Reverend Jeremiah Wright who, placing much of the world’s ills at America’s doorstep, culminated a post 9-11 sermon sententiously intoning, “…America’s chickens have come home to roost.”

Ironically, other chickens have indeed come home to roost.   American liberalism’s pernicious obsession to eradicate the odium of slavery long gone and any vestiges of remaining discrimination in one fell swoop, blindly promoted the candidacy of the first black president, propelling a relatively unknown, unvetted and remarkably unqualified candidate to two electoral victories.  That most unfortunate occurrence followed by resultant deleterious fallout at home and abroad, are liberalism’s chickens coming home to roost – in the White House – where they’ll cluck away until January 20, 2017.

After winning the 2008 election, Obama launched his now infamous “Apology Tour,” covering three continents in some 100 days, during which the Heritage Foundation identified 10 major apologies Obama made for America’s past behavior.  Mitt Romney, in his book, “No Apology,” correctly criticized Obama’s gratuitous apologies.  Indeed, unnecessary apologies by our president projected a weakness in resolve, confidence and appreciation of our nation’s accomplishments, our beliefs and values.  While in Europe, when asked if he believed in American “exceptionalism,” he said yes – in the same way that, “ …the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism.”

This was an arresting, if not downright stupefying statement – coming from the head of state of the world’s most powerful nation, with a manifestly unrivaled history.  This is a nation which in 239 years since the Declaration of Independence, grew from 13 colonies and 3 million people to 50 states and 320 million people, a nation victorious in its Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and which fought its bloodiest of wars, the Civil War, to expunge slavery; this is a nation victorious in the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, WWI and WWII, that introduced the incontestably successful Marshall Plan critical in European post war recovery, that sent men to the moon and back, 6 times – and the nation that won the Cold War – a nation that has consistently led the world in Nobel prizes in medicine, science and technology. This is unequivocally a nation like none other, a nation of unparalleled achievements and sadly, one whose president does not consider particularly exceptional.

The historical record now shows global competitors and enemies have taken their measure of Obama: the Russians have acted with impunity in Crimea, Ukraine and Syria, the Chinese are establishing a stranglehold on the South China Sea while Russians, Chinese and Iranians are engaged in flagrant cyber-espionage against America, ISIS is growing, while Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are all in play.

Barack Obama’s sophomoric efforts at geopolitics derived from his warped, kaleidoscopic misreading of 20th century history have now spiraled into a veritable tragicomedy of incompetence.  Witness his administration’s $500 million program to train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS: not only didn’t that produce the projected 5,000 trained fighters, or even 500, but only, according to General Lloyd Austin, “…four or five.” This is grist for a Marx Brothers movie and attributable to abysmally poor leadership, planning and organization which can only be placed at the doorstep of the White House.

An objective review of the Obama administration’s policies reveals they have consistently posed a direct or indirect threat to national security:

– The unilateral cancellation of the Easter Europe ABM deployment without securing a tangible quid pro quo from Moscow and no counter to Russia’s recent decision to sell the potent S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran.

– The ill-advised support for the overthrow of long-term ally of the West, Egypt’s Mubarak and the inexplicable enthusiastic White House support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

– The equally ill-advised and ill-planned toppling of Libya’s Gaddafi, resulting in a country without a functional government now overrun with Islamists, where at Benghazi four Americans died needlessly.

– The withholding of vital intelligence from the Senate that Russia had been flagrantly cheating on the existing INF treaty to advance ratification of New START in 2010. Seventy-one Senators voted for ratification without full background knowledge.

– The 2011 withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq by Obama while blaming the Bush administration for inadequacies of the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).  This allowed Iraq to descend back into sectarian chaos, giving rise to ISIS and advantage to Iran.  A war won at high cost in blood and treasure was thus lost.

– The military drawdown in Afghanistan – mindlessly pre-announced to the enemy – may lose that war as well if continued.

– The release of five dangerous Taliban in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl is beyond rational justification and/or discussion.

– The manifest dereliction of duty in not taking strong measures to protect America from devastating EMP attack – which can be done at very affordable cost.

– The lack resolute policy has turned Syria into a graveyard of American credibility. Nothing substantive has been achieved to slow, let alone destroy, rapidly metastasizing ISIS, unconscionably leaving a compounding problem to future administrations.

– The opening of our southern border to a tsunami of illegal immigration, arguably to permanently bias future voter demographics toward a one-party (Democratic) state. That many of those gaining easy entry may wish us harm is apparently of no concern to Obama.

– The continuing undermining of America’s military superiority is increasing the likelihood of confrontation with adversaries. According to the Heritage Foundation Index of Military Strength, our Commander-In-Chief has allowed our military power to degrade to “Marginal,” leaving the US Army at its relatively weakest level since the end of WWII, while our antagonists pour money into their armed forces.

– Finally (but Obama is not through yet!) – during recent post-summit remarks, China’s Xi Jinping suggested tough U.S. response to Chinese hacking would bring retaliation; obligingly, Obama affirmed sanctions wouldn’t be directed against governments. Essentially, Xi stepped forward, Obama blinked and stepped back – signaling a major geopolitical sea change. Cyberespionage by Russia and Iran haven’t been addressed.

Before winning the 2008 election and still a senator, during the Bush administration’s then ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, Obama, in a brazen and historically unprecedented move, secretly sent a personal emissary to Iran, William G. Miller, a former Ambassador to Ukraine, essentially conveying this message: Obama will very likely to be elected president, after which time Iran will find negotiating with him far easier.  The Bush negotiations reportedly then reached a stalemate.  Fast-forward to 2015, through Obama’s and Kerry’s “hard” bargaining, we’ve reached an agreement with Iran whereby monitoring Iran’s programs will be left to the Iranians as they now have the right to self-inspect” and so as to take the sting away from such an onerous deal, we’ll give them $100 billion of frozen assets  – with which to do as they please – while America agrees to protect Iran’s nuclear facilities from cyber warfare.

Though Red China, Russia and Iran increasingly challenge America, the Middle East bloodshed continues and ISIS grows stronger, President Obama has declared “…no challenge–poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” This extraordinarily vacuous statement is from either a hopelessly delusional ideologue, woefully untutored in world history, geopolitics and the unequaled greatness of America, or a brilliant Manchurian Candidate marching to his own drumbeat.  In any case, Obama is a president like none other – and may we never see the likes of him again.

Andy Logar is a retired TWA  pilot residing in Santa Rosa, California.