After setting off a fire alarm on the campus of Ohio State University, Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove a borrowed car into a crowd of fellow students who were evacuating a building. Not satisfied with running down the innocents, he descended from the car and began stabbing people with a butcher knife. He injured 11 people, but none fatally. Fortunately, a campus police officer shot Artan to death within a minute of the attack before he could kill or injure others.
Strikingly, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs provided an honest assessment of the bloody assault. At a news conference in Ohio’s capital city, Jacobs said, “I think we have to consider that it is” a terror attack and linked it to an attack by another Muslim extremist in Columbus earlier this year. Gun control advocates, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), immediately found it to be fodder for their call for further restrictions of the Second Amendment even while avoiding the fact that the terrorist attacker did not use a gun but a vehicle and a knife. He was emulating similar attackers elsewhere. For example, there have been deadly Muslim slashers in Europe and Israel who cite Islam as their reasoning to kill non-Muslims.
Jihad: 'We are not weak'
Artan provided his reasoning for the attack in a Facebook post that he made on the morning of the incident. He warned that there is a “sleeper cell” within the Muslim communities in the United States that is bent on terrorism. He added that if the United States wants “Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace with ‘dawla in al sham.’” The reference dawla in al sham is a term for the Islamic State (ISIS). Artan also said that the U.S. should not interfere with Muslim countries. Artan stated on Facebook that the United States should stop interfering in Muslim countries. “We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” Artan wrote.
Recently, an online magazine published by the Islamic State actually provided instructions in how to carry out terrorist knife attacks. Moreover, it has frequently called on Muslim believers to carry out acts of mayhem. For example, ISIS issued the following call in 2014:
“So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….”
But Artan was not above playing the victim card. In an interview with Ohio State University’s “Lantern” magazine, he said he was “scared” to pray in the Muslim manner in public. He told the “Lantern”:
“I just transferred from Columbus State. We had prayer rooms, like actual rooms where we could go to pray because we Muslims have to pray five times a day. There’s Fajr, which is early in the morning, at dawn. Then Zuhr during the daytime, then Asr in the evening, like right about now. And then Maghrib, which is like right at sunset and then Isha at night. I wanted to pray Asr. I mean, I’m new here. This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray. I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them, it’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”
There are actually three worship spaces in and around campus where Muslims can pray unmolested.
Other Muslim extremists have cited similar concerns in the past. Among them was Anwar al-Awlaki -- a terrorist leader and U.S. citizen born in the United States -- who was ultimately killed by a drone strike ordered by President Obama. Al-Awlaki once declared, “I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE. … I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries … [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.”
There is plenty of evidence why Americans and non-Muslims might be made nervous by Muslims praying in public and playing the victim card. The life story of Abdul Ali Razak Artan just confirms it. He was born in Somalia, a hotbed of Muslim extremism and piracy, and left there in 2007 to live in another country noted for extremist Islam: Pakistan. There he could soak up the sort of Islam that countenances the rape and forced marriage of non-Muslim girls and women, the murder and persecution of Christians, and a government that acted in concert with Al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, and afforded him refuge. Yet, the Obama administration admitted Artan and his family to the United States despite this extremist past, just as it admitted the terrorist Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani Muslim woman who was married to Syed Rizwan Farook, a Muslim born in the United States. Farook and Malik carried out the deadly attack in San Bernardino, California.
Admitting Muslim refugees from Somalia or elsewhere bears a considerable risk. For example, the Islamic State once said that it would overwhelm Europe with 500,000 refugees. Actually, more than a million migrants came from not from Syria but elsewhere. Most of them are Muslim and many are potential terrorists. The Education Minister of Lebanon said in 2015 that as many as 20,000 refugees in his country are warriors of Islam: jihadi. The Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country.
Democrats and the Stockholm Syndrome
All of this appears to be lost on Democrats and apologists of Islam. In the aftermath of the attack in Columbus, City Council president Zach Klein said that this "isolated incident" in no way represents Islam or the Somali community. He went to a worship service at a local Muslim cultural center to salve wounds of the presumably offended self-image of Muslim groups such as the Council on Islamic-American Relations. One has to ask why he did not ask the representatives on the carpet in city council chambers to ask what they are doing to prevent these acts of terror. Why Klein felt compelled to reassure Muslims, after non-Muslims were attacked, appears reminiscent of the famed "Stockholm syndrome" wherein the victims of terror take the side of terrorists.
In August of this year, Obama administration officials said that admitting 10,000 refugees from war-torn Syria is a floor not a ceiling to the number of refugees to be welcomed. How many of these are terrorists bent on transforming American law and culture, destroying it not only by terrorist acts such as those committed by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, Tashfeen Malik, and Syed Rizwan Farook, but also by perverting the Constitution and turning it against Americans? It will be up to the Trump administration to address the ticklish problem of balancing security concerns against Constitutional guarantees.