Update: Late Sunday, yet another terrorist blew himself up near a music festival in Ansbach, Germany. The suspect is a 27-year-old Syrian who was denied asylum. This is the fourth terror attack in Germany in just one week.
In what appears to be the third Islamic terrorist attack in Germany in just one week, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee reportedly killed a pregnant woman with a machete in Reutlingen, Germany. Two others were injured in the machete attack. Shockingly, this individual had already been involved in “previous incidents causing injuries to others,” according to Reuters, but was somehow released.
This comes on the heels of the larger terror attack on Friday in Munich where an 18-year-old Muslim with duel German and Iranian citizenship murdered nine people. Eye witnesses say he was shouting “Allahu Akbar.” Earlier in the week, an Afghani refugee injured five people with an axe on a train in Wurzburg. This all comes a week after the mega-terror attack in Nice, France where 84 people were killed at the hands of a Tunisian jihadist who plowed through a packed crowd with a large truck.
The common thread in the intensifying stream of attacks is not the weapon of choice; it’s not even the relationship with terrorist networks. It’s individual Muslim immigrants that came to Europe over the past year or past few decades who act upon the individual obligation to commit jihad. It goes without saying there are some Muslims that do assimilate and are patriotic, as demonstrated by the Muslim who wound up killing the jihadist in Reutlingen today:
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) July 24, 2016
However, clearly the large numbers of immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East have cultivated a climate of anti-assimilation and hostility to western culture. This is a long-term problem. Given the stark lessons from Europe’s suicidal immigration policies, why would we wait another day to fix our broken refugee system?
Just since the beginning of May, 4,990 Syrian refugees have arrived in the U.S., in addition to thousands more from other Middle Eastern countries. Incidentally, all but 13 of them, or 99.7 percent, are Muslim. Additionally, Congress is planning to bring in 4,000 more refugees from Afghanistan through the Special Immigrant Visa program.
If Republicans were serious about drawing a sharp contrast from the Democrats in order to keep the Senate next year they’d convene an emergency session in middle of recess, and at a minimum, halt the Syrian refugee program. They’d have their most vulnerable members hand this issue around the necks of their opponents rather than hide from it. Ultimately, if Republicans lose the Senate, thereby mitigating the benefits of electing a Republican president to a large degree, they will have nobody to blame but themselves.
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Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.