LONDON — Police on Tuesday identified the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. CBS News confirmed Abedi was known to British authorities prior to the attack.
In a generic statement posted online, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Abedi’s suicide bomb attack, which left 22 people dead, including children, at one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena.
In a generic statement posted online, blogger Dave Alexander said anyone who supports a group which deliberately targets children can go to hell.
Saffie Rose Roussos was eight.
Source (The Sun)
So much can go wrong in a Donald Trump presidency, but Victor David Hanson notes that most of the predictions have been wrong.
One of the biggest and baddest smears comes from the left, convinced that Trump is a totalitarian thug. Hitler with crazier hair and a prettier wife. Yeah, about that:
From American Greatness:
So far all the political violence associated with the election of Trump, from Inauguration to the latest campus rioting, has been on the Left. No pro-Trump crowds don masks, break windows or shut down traffic.
Okay, this time when I tell you guys to “hit Starbucks…” I actually mean “let’s get some cappuccino with soy after the demonstration.”
The crudity in contemporary politics—from the constant sick jokes referring to First Family incest, smears against the First Lady, low attacks on the Trump children, boycotts of the Inauguration, talk and dreams of killing the president—is on the liberal/progressive side. The entertainment industry’s obscenity and coarseness have been picked up by mainstream Democratic officials, who now routinely resort to profanities like s–t and f–k to attack the president. Almost every ethical code—television journalists do not report on air private conservations with their guests during breaks, opposition congressional representatives do attend the Inauguration, Senators do not use obscenities—have been abandoned in efforts to delegitimize Trump.
They’ve lost what was left of their civility, courtesy and minds.
h/t Instapundit — who picked just about the same quote. Because it is important and true.
Not all barbarism is committed by obvious barbarians:
The Washington Post, on a mass grave discovered in Ireland:
But after painstaking research, a local historian named Catherine Corless became convinced in 2014 that the infants and small children — perhaps 700 to 800 of them — died in the home and were buried without markers in mass graves beneath the property, perhaps in an underground structure such as a septic tank.
The numbers might be in question, but the horror is not. Women and girls went to this home to give birth in secret. They left their children, but many children died. The article suggests high infant mortality, which suggests neglect or disease. The obvious other theories are more hideous.
Between 1925 and the 1960s, in a tiny town called Tuam in western Ireland’s County Galway, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Mother and Baby Home operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours. After a period of involuntary service and penance, many of the women who came to the home left to resume their lives, as The Post’s Terrence McCoy reported in 2014.
Nobody cared about these girls and their children.
Those children are in the arms of God. The sisters of Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, who were charged with taking care of the babies…
I’m not allowed to finish that sentence.
Not even Orwell could have foreseen such insanity. — Gus Bailey
The Washington Examiner:
Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.
SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.
This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.
To be clear, it will still be illegal for adults to pimp out children, or to use them for sex.
As Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a national leader on human trafficking issues, told the media, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Another prosecutor insightfully observed that if traffickers wrote legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322.
A smart strategy would to pretend to be civilized. Act normal. Allow a few to convert to Christianity. Marry local girls. Put up a Christmas tree. Avoid criminal behavior. A smart strategy would to be as peaceful as necessary, just to fill Europe, America and the world with sleepers and huge families. A smart strategy would be to only whisper the word ‘infidel,’ but instead call your neighbors friends. One day, attack with all the strength that Allah can give, and the brutality to match.
But this crowd isn’t interested in a smart strategy.
“…some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” – Alfred, played by Michael Cain in The Dark Knight. Screenwriters Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan.
Berlin truck crash: suspect arrested after nine killed at Christmas market.
Wolfgang Bosbach, an MP with the Christian Democrats, Angela Merkel’s party, told media:
Although there is a host of unanswered questions, indications are it was a deliberate attack, carried out not just with the greatest brutality and disastrous consequences but also with a deliberate symbolism. Just a few days before Christmas, in the middle of the German capital and amidst happy, peaceful people.The message is clear: no matter where, no matter how, we can pounce at any time.
There are no words. Evil.
UPDATE: The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert in November because of credible information.