Trucks Don't Kill People

Murdering people is what Islam does.

Once again, the BBC brings us news of another atrocity:

Dozens of people have been killed, including children, after a lorry ploughed into a large crowd watching a fireworks display marking the end of the French national holiday for Bastille Day.

The driver also fired shots, before being killed by police...

The driver of the lorry has been identified by officials as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old man of Franco-Tunisian origin.

Mr Molins said Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was "totally unknown" to security services, and the investigations are continuing into whether Lahouaiej-Bouhlel acted alone.

He is said to have hired the lorry from a rental company in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, a town to the west of Nice, on 11 July, and had been due to return it on 13 July.

Police said that, at the time of the attack, Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was in possession of an automatic pistol, bullets, a fake automatic pistol and two replica assault rifles (a Kalashnikov and an M16), an empty grenade. [emphasis added]

At least 84 people were killed, including 10 children and teenagers.

When the news had barely broken, the ever-unrestrained Donald Trump was quick to make what turned out to be accurate accusations:

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, well let me go back to what’s going on in Nice and this terrorism. What do you think that President Obama is going to be doing tonight about this and contrast it with what you’d be doing tonight.

TRUMP: Well, the first thing he should do is say it’s radical -- if it is, and it may not be. So, you know, I want to preface that because -- for both of us, because you’re in the same position as I am -- but generally speaking I don’t think the people come out of Sweden, okay? It’s probably, possibly but if it is indeed radical Islamic terrorism, it’s about time that he would say so, okay?

The left, of course, immediately pilloried Mr. Trump for rabble-rousing without evidence.  They kept this up until further reports made it clear that, yes, as expected, the monster behind the wheel was named Mohamed.  Of course.  He didn't "come out of Sweden," as everybody with an ounce of sense already knew.

None of this should be surprising; as so often, the only startling thing about it is how long it's taken for Muslim murderers to try what is really a trivially easy attack.  Everybody in the West has a drivers' license; anybody with a credit card can rent a vehicle large enough to crush any number of people; and simply reading any major metropolitan newspaper for a couple of days will reveal a location where thousands of people will be packed into a close space on a road.

Indeed, ISIS suggested just such an atrocity through its various media channels:

In the London section of the video, posted online by Isis-friendly channels, a sniper is depicted mounting an attack. In New York, a suicide bomber blows himself up. However perhaps most disturbing is the part set in Australia, where an SUV is set to drive into pedestrians and supporters are ordered to "fill your cars with gas".

There is, however, one very striking aspect to this assault.  Mr. Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was armed, yes, with a small pistol and a whole bunch of fake firearms which anyone can legally own, even in Europe.  The firearms played very little if any part in the massacre; the truck was the real weapon.

In contrast, nine terrorists heavily armed with modern automatic weapons succeeded in killing 130 people in Paris last fall.  Their score was not even twice as many victims as in Nice, and their armed attack required a far higher level of training, logistical coordination, and equipment procurement.  It also resulted in the deaths of several of the attackers and the arrest of several more of their associates.

In contrast, Mr. Lahouaiej-Bouhlel killed more than half as many innocents all by his lonesome, with no assistance whatsoever.  To the monsters who run, or listen to, ISIS, the lesson is clear: truly, anyone can be an effective terrorist.  No special training, funds, or even equipment are required, only a credit card and a death wish.

Stop Looking For "Bad Things"!

How on earth are we in the civilized world going to attack this problem?  First, we need to utterly abandon the approach which has prevailed since 9-11, that of "looking for bad things."

The 9-11 terrorists boarded their flights armed only with boxcutters, which at the time were legal to carry.  They were flying on real but false papers, which is a crime but not a violent one, and is not a violation which any ordinary airline clerk could be expected to detect.

After the horrors of 9-11, what was our response?  To prohibit any sort of weapon on a plane and to increase screening to make good and sure nobody could present that particular threat again.

Except - that doesn't work.  Richard Reid, the shoe bomber - or, as he'd prefer to be called, Abdel Rahim - stuffed explosives into his sneakers and was only stopped by an alert fellow passenger who jumped him.  So we increased scanning of shoes.

Then Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab soaked his underwear in chemicals and tried to set those on fire.  So we stepped up - thankfully, not underwear inspections, but chemical checks for explosive residue.

We can all be grateful that butt-bomber Abdullah Asieri failed in his attempt to assassinate Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with a suppository bomb; he succeeded only in ripping himself a richly-deserved new one and not much more.  Otherwise, we'd all be waddling through the security checkpoints bottomless, hands spreading our cheeks for inspection.

Or, more likely, we'd just give up on air travel entirely and return to - what, the golden days of railroading?  Nope: Muslim terrorists know how to deal with trains.

The fact is, even if every last one of us were required to travel fully nude, terrorist attacks would still be possible: a properly-trained individual's own body is a deadly weapon, and a great many unprepared people can be terminally stabbed with an easily-smuggled and undetectable pencil.  The longer we waste time looking for supposedly "bad things", the more we'll ruin our society and look ridiculous to our enemies as well as our friends.

Unfortunately, banning "bad things" seems to be a core component of modern leftist philosophy.  When news hit of the Orlando attack, President Obama refused to name the terrorist as a Muslim soldier of Allah loyal to ISIS even though the murderer had gone to the trouble of telephoning 911 to proclaim himself one - repeatedly.  No, Obama's solution was, once again, to ban "bad things" - guns.

The Nice horror shows once and for all that this will not work.  Are we going to ban trucks now?  How about cars?  Freight trains hauling dangerous materials can be hijacked and intentionally derailed in a city.  We all know what airplanes can be used for.

Advanced technology isn't even required to destroy the United States entirely: Yes, an air-burst nuclear missile from North Korea could very well destroy every electronic device across half the country with a massive EMP, leading to the starvation of tens of millions.  But, as dramatic and devastating as this would be, it's overkill: a handful of terrorists armed only with boltcutters and gasoline could accomplish nearly the same thing simply by setting fire to a bunch of carefully selected and entirely undefended electrical substations.

There is, however, a difference: the North Koreans don't need to actually be here to deliver the nuclear warhead, but they do have to have the resources of a nation-state behind them to launch one into space.

Terrorists with bolt-cutters don't need that level of technological skill or financial resources, but they do have to physically be in the United States to do their dirty work.  This was true in Nice: Before Mr. Lahouaiej-Bouhlel could massacre French civilians with a truck, he had to be in France.  The same is true of every airborne terrorist attack in that you have to first get on the plane.

In fact, outside of the movies, every terrorist atrocity has this same weakness.  The terrorist has to be at the target.

Looking for Bad People Doesn't Work Either

Fifty years ago, we could have said the terrorist has to "get into" the country targeted.  Unfortunately, thanks to the shortsighted stupidity (or worse) of Western leaders in the 1950s and 1960s, we now have a more than ample supply of homegrown Muslims - 14% of American Muslims believe that suicide bombings are "often justified" in support of Islam.

Mr. Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was born in France.  His father, however, was born in Algeria and foolishly allowed to settle in metropolitan France.

Likewise, Omar Mateen of Orlando was born in the United States, but his father was born in Afghanistan and foolishly allowed to come here.

What links virtually every terrorist attack in the modern era?  We all know the answer, and finally a handful of our leaders are saying it: ISLAM.

We will never stop terrorism by controlling trucks, or guns, or knives, or box-cutters, or fertilizer, or gasoline, or pilot training, or martial-arts training, or any other physical or educational commodity.  It's time and past time our leaders admitted this.

The only hope for an end to violent random assaults anywhere in our countries at any time, is to eliminate the threat of evil people.  But how do you find them?  Conservatives rightly castigate President Obama for refusing to even say the words "radical Islamic terrorism," and it's sensible not to let people into the country who, as Donald Trump puts it, "we know nothing about," but how can we be sure?

Mr. Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was "totally unknown" to French security services.  Despite our fondness for jokes at the expense of the French, their intelligence agencies are quite well respected and their police are a far cry from Inspector Clouseau.

Besides, we have the same problem here: Mr. Mateen had been investigated by the FBI and they were unable to find anything justifying even a search warrant, much less imprisonment.  His mass murders were his very first crime of any note, as well as his last.

No, "looking for bad people" works when you're searching for ordinary criminals.  But when it comes to people who hold to an entirely alien and barbaric philosophy, looking for bad acts alone isn't enough.

It's the Ideology, Stupid

Do you have to have proof that a Nazi personally murdered Jews before you know he's a bad guy whom you don't want in your country?  Of course not: simply being a Nazi is enough to make you undesirable, regardless of what crimes you haven't yet personally committed.  We all understand this because the violently racist ideology of Nazism is by its nature evil and inherently opposed to everything that American stands for.

To this day, it is illegal for a Nazi to come into the United States, and fraud for one to attempt to become a naturalized citizen.  John Demjanjuk immigrated to America in 1952 and was granted citizenship in 1958.  He worked in a car plant and retired on a pension.  Then, in 1986 he was deported to Israel to face trial for being a concentration camp guard because the Israelis thought that they could prove that he had been a Nazi.

He eventually won on appeal, was returned to the U.S., his citizenship restored, and resumed his life as an American retiree.  Then in 2001, new evidence led to a second deportation to Germany where he was convicted.  He died before his appeal could be heard, so technically he was legally innocent.  Even though it did not arrive at a conclusion, his saga clearly established the principle that Nazis who became naturalized citizens can have that citizenship revoked, because it is impossible to be a Nazi and a loyal American at the same time.

To this day, we have no serious problems with Nazism in the United States.  Yes, there are a handful of neo-Nazi skinheads born here whom everybody disdains and the police watch closely.  Occasionally a foreign Nazi tries to come here and isn't allowed a visa.  But they have no power and are no real threat to anybody.

In contrast, the daily depredations of Islam are a mortal threat to every human being the world around.  What we urgently need to recognize is what Muslims leaders already know and proudly proclaim:

To hell with democracy! Long live Islam!’ One hundred percent of Muslims agree with that. To say anything else is apostasy from Islam. These two competing political systems are antithetical to each other. You can’t be democratic and be a Muslim or a Muslim and be a democrat. A Jew can’t be a Nazi and a Nazi can’t be a Judeophile. [emphasis added]

  - Salem ben Ammar, internationally recognized Tunisian Muslim author

How can someone honestly swear allegiance to a nation based on democracy whose religion explicitly condemns democracy?  Simple: They can't.

There's Evil, and Then There's Evil

Obviously, we'll never get rid of evil people entirely.  There will always be evil and murderous Americans; always have been, always will be.  There's no shortage of American citizens whose ancestors were citizens going back two hundred years who'll cheerfully kill you in a mugging or robbery.

And there will always be the criminally insane, who want to go out with a bang and take as many people with them as possible.

And there will always be the criminally negligent - the drunk or senile driver who mows down people in the street.  But they don't intend murder and so don't usually take out very many victims, although even one is too many.

It takes a special kind of evil, which hasn't been known in America in a long time if ever, to carefully plot and plan how to slaughter the maximum number of innocent women and children in the most shocking possible way.  We citizens now know the name of this special kind of evil: ISLAM even if our leaders refuse to recognize it.

The sad part is, the solution is obvious, if only we can choose to take it.  The first rule of surviving a poisoning is - stop drinking poison.  Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich are right: no more Muslims into the U.S., and for those who are here who take the violent interpretation of their Koran seriously, it's time for revoking citizenship and deportation.

Otherwise... we'll have to simply learn to stay away from large crowds and strangers.  Is that the life Americans want?

And the immediate first steps we must take are equally obvious and simple - declare war on ISIS as we once declared war on Nazi Germany - after they declared war on us, which both ISIS and Islam in general did years ago.

With a declaration of war in place, we could Constitutionally lock up anyone who communicated with Nazi Germany or who tried to recruit people to the cause of Nazism.  The Supreme Court has declared, "The Constitution is not a suicide pact."  There is no First Amendment right to give aid or comfort to a declared enemy of the United States.

French leaders understood this and have declared war on ISIS.  Why haven't we?  The Constitution hasn't changed, and goodness knows war is more devastating than ever, especially if we refuse to fight it with every means at our disposal.

The solution is simple, yet the liberal left will have none of it.  Why?  Knowing that ISIS has publicly declared that they're giving ISIS members forged passports so they can come in with the refugees, why are they trying to settle more and more Muslims in the United States?  Would they rather ISIS killed Americans than try to stop that happening?

The worse than useless words and deeds of the Left suggest that, or maybe they're just too blind to see the obvious threat.  Either way, Mr. Obama's policies must end.

Whether we like it or not, ISIS and Islam in general are at war with the entire civilized world as a whole and the United States in particular.  The sooner we recognize that pre-existing truth and act on it, the better.  How many more must die horribly before we do?

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Reader Comments

What's worse, we haven't addressed the problem of forged drivers' licenses. They used to show that you knew how to drive a car; now they're used as general IDs, which are unfortunately very easy to forge.

points out that the authorities have found that they're at least 15,000 fake licenses in circulation.


July 17, 2016 11:59 PM

.... the psychopath didn't come out of Sweden - as everybody with an ounce of sense already knew ....

Seeing we're all able to observe that the fascist Left is comprised entirely of psychopaths, sociopaths and savants, having nary an ounce of sense among the whole rotten lot of them, why do we do the Claude Rains every time another of them shows up having not an ounce of sense?

Better we recall the post-September 11 2001 President George Walker Bush and his admonition that they're either with us or they're with the enemy!

And remember, also, the lament of Marcus Tullius Cicero, who reminded that while a nation may survive its fools and even the ambitious, it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves freely among us, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. And he appears not a traitor but speaks in accents familiar to his victims and, wearing our face and arguing our arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The "Democrat" is as if the plague.

Brian Richard Allen

July 18, 2016 12:47 AM

The other thing to note is what Trump said vs what the MSM said he said.

Trump (paraphrased): "If it was radicals, and we don't know that yet, then we should call them radicals", and "I don't think they were Swedish".

MSM (paraphrased): "baseless accusation!"

The MSM clearly took lessons from slick Willy on the meaning (or non-meaning) of words like "if". Note that Trump's first statement is a conditional and suggests only properly describing the attacker, once known. The second is an opinion. Neither are an accusation, unless the MSM wants to argue that he is accusing the Swedish of being too civilized to do that.

This is yet another reminder that we cannot trust the MSM to even report what was said accurately and without bias.

Of course, if they did admit that it was radicals, then they would have to follow up on all kinds of questions they don't want to address, like:

how radical are they? (OK to kill all non-believers, including all the 'favored' groups)

how truthful are they? (English version of AL-jazera of many stories do not even come close to Google translations of the Arabic versions) and (OK to lie to non-believers)

what do they want? (elimination of all non-believers) Churchill once said that he figured out Hitler by reading mein kampf. Similarly, all politicians and the MSM should be required to read the Koran before they say anything about Islam. Of course, their little heads might explode, but that would improve the quality of reporting too.

July 20, 2016 2:11 PM

.... later-to-be-better-known anglo-American, Winston Leonard Spencer Jerome-Churchill once said that he figured out Hitler by reading mein kampf ....

Just as Brother Churchill and I, by reading that other manifestation of evil's mein koranpf -- and by spending an aggregate many years living in his psychopathic savants' countries and being among and of their protohuman culture, both further figured Hitler -- and Hitler's and his fellow socialists' zealous fascination with Mohammedanism.

Whose votaries he enlisted and enrolled to perpetrate the very worst of his brand of socialism's atrocities.

Brian Richard Allen

July 20, 2016 6:15 PM

.... Whose votaries he enlisted and enrolled to perpetrate the very worst of his brand of socialism's atrocities ....

And whose votaries today's fascissocialists - Parteigenosse Merkel, silly Sayyid Soetoro, Babydope Trudeau, Turncoat Turnbull (and every other of Australia's post-the-traitor, Whitlam's Leftards) among them - from Sweden to Cologne and Stuttgart to Sydney and Ottawa and Austria to DC - have enlisted and enrolled to criminally invade and to hostilely colonize and to, thus, perpetrate the very worst of theirs!

July 20, 2016 7:14 PM

.... Whose votaries he enlisted and enrolled to perpetrate the very worst of his brand of socialism's atrocities ....

And whose votaries today's fascissocialists - Parteigenosse Merkel, silly Sayyid Soetoro, Babydope Trudeau, Turncoat Turnbull (and every other of Australia's post-the-traitor, Whitlam's Leftards) among them - from Sweden to Cologne and Stuttgart to Sydney and Ottawa and Austria to DC - have enlisted and enrolled to criminally invade and to hostilely colonize and to, thus, perpetrate the very worst of theirs!

July 20, 2016 7:14 PM

A friend sent me this link about truck assassinations:

When I originally was working on this article as a paper for Henley-Putnam University, an attack occurred in Germany. O'Donoghue (2018, April 07) wrote in the Daily Star that in Münster a vehicle attack was carried out resulting in the immediate death of three persons and the injuries of at least 30 others. O’Donoghue notes with as little information that she has at present, that the attack seemed to have similarities with an attack in Berlin in December of 2016 in which 12 people were killed and 48 others were injured. Traynor and Hickson (2016) described this as the attack on the Berlin Christmas Market. This attack utilized a stolen lorry. A lorry being a commercial type truck used to transport goods.
Helsel (2016, August 4) wrote of a vehicle attack in France on Bastille Day, July 14. The attack claimed the lives of 85 people. The terrorist was killed. In this incident investigations revealed what that the terrorist selected his route than did what was called test runs in preparation.
Prokupecz, Levenson, and Gingras, B. (2017, November 06) wrote of a truck attack in New York City on October 31, 2017, which claimed the lives of 6 people with 11 being injured before the terrorist was shot but not killed. The truck was rented and a note was found near the truck giving ISIS credit for the attack.
Counter-Extremism Project (2018, March 16) recognized that there has been a series of vehicular terrorist related attacks documenting 36 cases since 2006, “collectively resulting in the deaths of at least 196 people and the injury of at least 1,050 others”[4]. Add in the statistics for this week and the number dead exceeds 200 while the number injured rises close to 1,100.
Counter-Extremism Project (CEP), documents individual terror acts. Noting the country of origin of the actors which never appears to be from within the country where the attack takes place. CEP notes that in some cases such as the attack at the Glasgow Airport on June 30, 2007 that vehicular mass was not enough and actors placed propane canisters for an intended maximum effect. This action has been seen multiple times, some of them in failed attempts, some of them seen in accidental explosions such as are described by Birnbaum, Booth, and Branigin (2017, August 17) after the Barcelona truck attack in June 2017.
The FBI saw truck attacks becoming a serious concern by 2010 and published “Use of Vehicle Ramming Tactics” (2010, December 13). Of special note are the indicators of a possible terror actor provided in this release. The FBI indicators are tempered with the very real possibility that “a ramming attack can be conducted with little to no warning”[5]. However, they indicators of a possible actor are only present when one or multiple indicators are given. Among the indicators shown are:
· “Unusual modifications to commercial motor vehicles, heavy equipment, passenger cars, and sports utility vehicles (SUVs), such as homemade attempts to reinforce the front of the vehicle with metal plates.
· The purchase, rental, or theft of large or heavy-duty vehicles or equipment, such as SUVs, trucks, or commercial motor vehicles, if accompanied by typical indicators such as nervousness during the purchase, paying in cash, or lack of familiarity with the vehicle’s operations.
· Commercial motor vehicles or heavy equipment being operated erratically, at unusual times, or in unusual locations, particularly in heavy pedestrian areas.
· Attempts to infiltrate closed areas where traffic usually moves, but where crowds are gathered, such as for street festivals or farmers’ markets.
· A vehicle operator’s apparent unfamiliarity with commercial motor vehicle or heavy equipment operation.

June 18, 2019 6:06 PM
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