A 22 year-old “British man” named Salman Abedi has been named as the perpetrator of a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people and injured 57 as of this writing. His parents are Libyans, and the attack may have been inspired or coordinated by the Islamic State. He has traveled to Syria previously, and his family has a history of involvement in political Islam and terrorism. So of course he was in Britain; why wouldn’t he be?
It is one in a long string of such terror attacks in recent memory committed in Europe and North America by foreign-born Muslims or their children. Read more …
Posting from a tapatronic mobile phone because I’m divorced from my laptop for a little while.
It’s not been so long since the Ariana Grande concert that signalled a shift in the terror strategy to directly killing children. England has endured under-reported child-rape at the hands of Arab, Pakistani and other ‘Asian’ minorities for a long time, as well as consistent and alarmingly effective civilian killings. Read more …
Manchester residents observing a moment of silence on Thursday.
What does it mean to be a Mancunian? Perhaps it’s as simple as being a resident or former resident of Manchester. Or perhaps it’s characterized by a particular type of identity, one that is often embodied in the numerous musicians who have come from there in recent decades. Read more …
The waters soon close dark and velvet-heavy
around a stone big enough to smash a skull,
the ripples torpid as in mud or gravy.
What will it take to clarify these dull,
foetid waters, for our men to reject
The notion that wild animals are as tame
as they; our feral women a foul object
one shudders to give credence to, or name. Read more …
A popular argument is that terrorism is fundamentally a reaction to US foreign policy – that even if Islamic terrorists couch their anger in religious sentiments, indeed even if they believe that the US is in fact a “Great Satan” Read more …
Clark Howard Zebra
New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1979
A central unexamined political issue in the United States is the failure to manage its African population since the end of the Civil War. This problem is foundational to every American public policy issue and every social problem.