Britain gets it right. Twice. What gives?
By Melanie Phillips
Extraordinary! The British government has started making bold and good moves. No fewer than two such sets of developments have been spotted in as many days. On Sunday, at the Paris conference called to get the Middle East peace process back on track stick the knife into Israel good and proper before Obama leaves the White House, Theresa May’s government refused to sign its closing statement. “There are risks,” said the UK Foreign Office,“that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace. We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis.”
You don’t say.
Sniper takes out ISIS executioner from a mile away
By Emily Saul
A sharpshooter killed a top ISIS executioner and three other jihadists with a single bullet from nearly a mile away — just seconds before the fiend was set to burn 12 hostages alive with a flamethrower, according to a new report. The British Special Air Service marksman turned one of the most hated terrorists in Syria into a fireball by using a Barrett .50-caliber rifle to strike a fuel tank affixed to the jihadi’s back, the UK’s Daily Star reported Sunday. The pack exploded, killing the sadistic terrorist and three of his flunkies, who were supposed to film the execution, last month, the paper said.
On Defining Religion
By Nonie Darwish
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is "a religiously based ban," and "if they can ban Muslims, why can't they ban Mormons." This has become the position of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, which has influenced not only the American public but has convinced the majority of the world that America is "bad." How can we blame the world, and even a good segment of American citizens, for hating America when such disingenuous and misleading claims are aired to the world from US officials and broadcast by American television channels?
London attack: what we know so far
By Haroon Siddique
The investigation into a terrorist attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London is continuing. Here is what the Guardian has been able to confirm so far:
WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets
By Matthew Moore, Gordon Rayner and Christopher
The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
ISIS to Afghanistan: What Role Can NATO Play?
By General Keane
I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. In the wake of the Manchester attack, how do we fight ISIS? As President Donald Trump attends his first NATO meeting, what role can the alliance play? What should Nato’s strategy be elsewhere in Afghanistan and Russia? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred.
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Europe's Catholic, Orthodox leaders say they'll stand against terrorism
By Jonathan Luxmoore - Catholic News Service
OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Catholic and Orthodox leaders have pledged to stand together against fundamentalism and terrorism, as well as resisting forces working to erode and destroy religious belief in Europe.
"Terrorist violence against people considered unbelievers or infidels is the extreme degree of religious intolerance -- we unreservedly condemn it and deplore that such acts have developed in the soil of a misguided religious culture," the church representatives said in a joint message Jan. 13.
Rest peacefully, Countess Mountbatten: An inspiration on coping with grief, and terror
By Lee Cohen - NY Director of the Anglosphere Society
Terrorism is among the most repugnant of human atrocities, and sadly as society progresses, its specter does not seem to wane. The passing this week at 93 of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who lost both a father and a son in a 1979 terrorist explosion, serves as a reminder of the staggering toll that evil can inflict. But from her life and example we can take inspiration about coping with grief and moving forward even after having been touched by inexplicable evil. On August 27, 1979, IRA terrorists assassinated Lord Louis Mountbatten and his grandson Nicholas (Patricia’s son), as well as two others, by exploding a bomb aboard his family’s motor launch at Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland.
An attack on our democracy
By Daniel Hannan
When terrorists struck at the United States in 2001, they targeted the stock exchange, symbol of that country’s merchant success. Today, in the United Kingdom, they targeted Parliament. “Parliament,” Enoch Powell used to say, “is a word of magic and power in this country”. Our national story is, in a sense, the story of a great hall on a bend in the Thames. Successive chapters in that story – the Reformation, the Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution – were experienced at least partly as parliamentary events.
The Spectre Of Mayor Khan's Islamist London
By DANIEL JOHNSON
On a crisp, sunlit morning in March, I ceased to feel at home in London. It dawned on me that the city where I had been born 58 years ago was no longer safe.
I was walking past two men at a stall outside my local Underground station. Their beards and dress revealed them as Salafists; they were proselytising for their fundamentalist form of Islam. My face must have betrayed my anxiety, because they started pointing and talking while I entered the station. As I looked round, both men were grinning at me. Why did I find their presence disquieting? A couple of hours earlier in Brussels, three suicide bombers had detonated nail bombs in the airport and on the Metro, killing 32 passengers outright and inflicting horrific wounds on another 312 people, of whom 62 were critically injured — all in the name of the Islamic State. It was hard to believe that the two jovial gentlemen outside the station could have been unaware of what had just taken place less than 200 miles away. That was presumably why they were there.
London terror: Make no mistake, police scored a victory in latest attack
By Judith Miller
Eight minutes. That’s how long it took London police to confront and kill three terrorists after responding to reports of a white van mowing down people on London Bridge and a stabbing spree in nearby Borough Market. The toll is terrible: 7 dead and at least 48 wounded. But make no mistake. Amid the carnage and mayhem of this latest Saturday night massacre, England’s third terrorist attack in less than three months, the British police responded impressively. Their counter-assault was swift, and deadly. The knife-wielding perpetrators, wearing fake suicide vests, were quickly neutralized.
Carnage at Westminster -as parliamentarians hear from some of those who face terror every day of their lives
By David Alton
During the morning sittings in both Houses, there was a united and wholly unambiguous message that those who would destroy our democracy and fundamental freedoms will not succeed. But in the sombre atmosphere that inevitably prevailed, it wasn’t quite business as usual. And we always need to remind ourselves that this is not the first, and will not be the last attack on Westminster – both on the buildings and on the values which are its foundation stones.
3,000 jihadis on the streets of Britain: Spies and counter-terror police are struggling to monitor a flood of radicalised men and women in their teens
By Ian Drury
More than 3,000 jihadis are in the UK – stretching the country’s security services to breaking point. Spies and counter-terror police are struggling to monitor a flood of suspects, mainly radicalised men and women in their teens and early 20s. About 850 Britons are thought to have gone abroad to fight with so-called Islamic State as they took control of large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Although more than 100 have been killed, around half have returned home with battle experience and training in the use of explosives and firearms.
Polish PM on Manchester Attack: ‘Europe, Rise from Your Knees or You’ll Be Crying over Your Children Every Day’
By Donna Rachel Edmunds
The prime minister of Poland has launched a blistering attack on the “political elites” of Europe in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, warning the continent must put in place “strong politicians” willing to tackle the threat or risk “crying over your children”.
London terror attack: ISIS claims responsibility for deadly rampage outside Parliament building
By FOX News
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror attack that left four people dead, including the assailant and a police officer, outside of London’s Parliament building on Wednesday, according to the Amaq media agency. "The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition," the Amaq statement said. The claim of responsibility comes fewer than 24 hours after a man driving an SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building.
After Two Attacks in England in Two Months, the Religion Question
By Fr. Benedict Kiely
It's high time the terror-driven ideology is identified and named — in order to defeat it
Another month, another murderous attack in Europe by violent Islamist extremism. Targeting teenagers, mainly young girls, at a “teeny-bopper” concert in Manchester, England, the Islamists, and the ideology underpinning their violence, may seem to have reached the very depths of evil.
Catholic Archbishop: Europe Will Be Muslim in 10 Years 'Because of Our Stupidity'
By Michael W. Chapman
Because of their "stupidity," "pagan and atheist" ways, and "laws that go against God," Italy and all of Europe will be Muslim in about 10 years, said Monsignor Carlo Liberati, the Catholic archbishop emeritus of Pompeii. "Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way," he said, and "they make laws that go against God and follows practices that are proper to paganism."
Marine Corps dog who lost leg in Afghanistan awarded gallantry medal
By Michael Walsh
A bomb-sniffing German shepherd who lost her leg while protecting allied soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan was honored with the prestigious Dickin Medal. The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British veterinary charity, announced Monday that Lucca, a 12-year-old U.S. Marine Corps dog, would receive the medal — considered the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross — for protecting the lives of thousands of allied troops during six years of active service in the Middle East. She completed more than 400 missions, and there were no human casualties on her patrols.
MP breaks down as he pays tribute to his friend Pc Keith Palmer amid calls for posthumous honour
By Christopher Hope
A Conservative MP was on the edge of tears as he paid tribute to Pc Keith Palmer who he met as “Gunner Palmer” when they served in the Army 25 years ago. James Cleverly said Pc Palmer was “a strong, professional public servant and it was a delight to meet him here again only a few months after being elected”. Pc Palmer was killed in the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday.
Are Jihadists Taking over Europe?
By Giulio Meotti
In the four European countries most targeted by terror attacks -- Britain, France, Belgium and Germany -- the number of official extremists has reached 66,000. That sounds like a real army, on active duty. Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 Islamic extremists living in Britain as potential terrorists. The number reveals the real extent of the jihadist threat in the UK. The scale of the Islamist challenge facing the security services was disclosed after intense criticism that many opportunities to stop the Manchester suicide bomber had been overlooked.