Three days after bombs exploded in New Jersey and New York and one day after the radical Islamic terrorist behind the attacks shot two officers before being arrested, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio co-wrote an op-ed dismissing the threat of radical Islam and calling for more inadequately vetted Muslim migrants to be admitted into America.
De Blasio’s multiculturalist pro-immigrant plea was co-authored by mayors of two other embattled cities, London and Paris. Following a weekend that saw three bombs explode in the New York area, one of which injured 29 innocent people, and a multi-victim knife attack by a Somali immigrant jihadist in Minnesota, De Blasio and company declared that “[m]ilitant violence is vanishingly rare.”
The trio of liberal mayors go on to argue that we must not give in to fear-mongering over the supposed threat of radical Islamic terror and begin heartlessly limiting the number of people imported from terror-plagued countries.
As Lifezette’s Brendan Kirby underscores, while de Blasio and his pro-immigrant colleagues are technically correct in stating that terrorist attacks by refugees are pretty rare, their argument fails to take into account a sobering reality: Muslim immigrants or refugees carried out almost every major terror attack in the U.S. and a total of 65 percent of all attacks since 2001.
“A report released in June by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest indicates that 380 peopled convicted of terrorism-related charges from the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 to the end of 2014 were born abroad. That is 65 percent of the total number,” explains Kirby.
The two men responsible for the terror attacks this weekend meet the description of that 65 percent. The NY/NJ bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, is a naturalized citizen originally from Afghanistan, who, according to friends, returned from a trip to Pakistan with a new found zeal for Islam.
The Minnesota mall jihadist, Dahir Adan, is the son of Somali refugees who increasingly embraced anti-American views eventually finding their full expression in his knife-wielding rampage that left ten innocent people injured before he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer who thankfully was armed.
But the facts don’t matter to de Blasio and the liberal elite, who consistently downplay the threat of terror and ask Americans to trust an administration that has demonstrated that it is either incapable or unwilling to put the safety of Americans before the left’s utopian multicultural agenda.