Here we go again. As you slept comfortably in your bed last night there was another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. There is a total media blackout and no buzz on twitter, but a Somali man, Mohamed Barry, is a suspect in a machete attack on a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. The Nazareth Restaurant is owned by an Israeli Christian so it’s not a surprise that it would be a target for jihad. Four people were hospitalized, one with critical injuries. Patrick Poole of PJ Media has more details.
And guess what? The FBI is investigating it as a “lone wolf” attack:
CBS News has identified the suspect as Mohammad Barry, however neither 10TV nor Columbus Police have confirmed the suspect’s name. CBS News also reports Barry has a Somali background and may have traveled to Dubai in 2012.
Law enforcement tells them the incident appears to be the type of “lone wolf terrorist attacks they’re trying to stop.”
As always, the FBI has declined to release the man’s immigration history. Senators Sessions and Cruz have already identified 113 Muslims involved in attempted terror plots on American soil and have demanded information on their immigration history. The Obama administration has thus far refused to cooperate.
It’s important to note that while everyone is focusing solely on Syrian refugees, we’ve actually had more problems from Somali Muslim immigrants. We’ve taken in over 130,000 refugees from Somalia since 1993 and Columbus likely has the second largest population of these refugees (behind Minneapolis). Even to the extent Republicans want to discuss the problem with refugees, they engage in political correctness in limiting the problem to Syria, as if it’s a problem limited to “ISIS infiltrators,” not a problem with the Islamic supremacist ideology endemic of many Muslims from numerous other countries as well.
The other important detail here is that the suspect allegedly traveled to volatile countries over the past few years. Obviously, we have to get the full details in this case, but there is no reason we should not be monitoring such travel more carefully and watching those returning from these countries under suspicious circumstances. Yet, Congress refuses to deal with those who are already known to have travelled to foreign countries to fight with terrorist organizations. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are balking at Sen. Cruz’s Expatriate Terrorist Act, which strips citizenship from those convicted of fighting for foreign terror groups.
Over the past few years, dozens of Somali refugees have gone over to fight for foreign terror groups, yet Congress did nothing to stop Obama from bringing in another 15,000 refugees from east Africa this year. Unfortunately, until we bring this under control, these attacks will be a regular occurrence.
How many more people will have to die before it is socially acceptable among the political elites to place the security of American citizens above their own feigned sanctimony?
***UPDATE: According to updated news reports, it appears that Mohamed Barry was an immigrant from the west Africa country of Guinea. The U.S. has admitted roughly 1,500 immigrants per year from this predominantly Muslim country. It is also being reported that Barry was investigated for terror ties by the FBI four years ago, but “[F]or an unknown reason, the FBI moved on from him in their investigation.” Here we go again.***
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.