- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jihad poverty

Erick Erickson remembers.

At his popular Red State site, Mr. Erickson quoted extensively from a Sept. 19, 2001, column by Barack Obama, in which the future president blamed the previous week’s terrorist attacks on “a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.”

Muslim jihadists “see poverty all around them and they are angry by that poverty. They may be suffering under oppressive and corrupt regimes and that kind of environment is a breeding ground for fanaticism and hatred,” Mr. Obama wrote in the Hyde Park Herald.

“In his Cairo speech, Barack Obama did not directly mention ‘poverty,’ but instead went with the white man’s burden — an indirect way of saying the same thing — pontificating that ‘tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims,’” Mr. Erickson wrote, before going in for the kill.

“Contra Obama, it turns out that yet again, the Al Qaeda terrorist who tried to blow up a Delta jet on Christmas Day was another rich kid,” Mr. Erickson wrote, linking to a report in the British newspaper, the Independent.

“With his wealth, privilege and education at one of Britains leading universities, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had the world at his feet — able to choose from a range of futures in which to make his mark on the world,” Independent reporters Andrew Johnson and Emily Dugan wrote.

The moral, according to Mr. Erickson: “Some people want to kill us. They need to be rooted out and killed first. And we should perhaps consider that the ‘War on Terror’ we are no longer allowed to refer to continues even if we choose not to participate.”

Jihad security

The new security guidelines implemented by the Transportation Security Administration after the Christmas Day attempted terror attack — metaphors involving horses and barn doors come to mind — drew witheringly sarcastic responses across the political spectrum.

“Sometimes the stupidity is too much to bear. From the new guidelines for international air travel: ‘U.S.-bound passengers aboard international flights must undergo a “thorough pat-down” at boarding gates, focused on the upper legs and torso,’” wrote Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic.

“Thanks for letting us know, TSA, that the search should be focused on the upper legs and torso. … We recently saw in Saudi Arabia the detonation of a rectal bomb, so it really doesn’t take much creativity to imagine that terrorists will be taping explosives to their scrotums. Of course, TSA is not going to be feeling-up people’s scrotums anytime soon, so the question remains: Why does our government continue to make believe that it can stop terrorists from boarding civilian planes when anyone with half-a-brain and a spare two minutes can think up a dozen ways to bypass the symbolic security measures at our airports?”

He notes that new rules are in effect through Wednesday.

“In January, you see, the jihad is over. That, or the TSA needs until December 30th to properly promulgate a formal set of inane new rules, to add to the inane rules currently in place. Here’s an alternative suggestion for the Obama administration: Focus on capturing and killing Islamist terrorists overseas. By the time they get to the airport, it is, generally speaking, too late.”

Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft noted another irony in the new rules.

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