The Other Election Issue

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Federal officials believe that the bomb maker is Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a Saudi-born terrorist long known to counterterrorism experts. Al-Asiri sewed the same explosive, PETN, into the underwear of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian citizen accused of the failed plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet over Detroit last Christmas. Consider this about Asiri: he stuffed the same explosive last year into the rectum of the suicide bomber he dispatched to kill Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism chief, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, a Saudi royal. Slightly wounding the Saudi prince in the attack, the bomber himself—al-Asiri’s younger brother, Abdullah—was blown to shreds.

In its statements, AQAP called the mission a “resounding success,” reports the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, an Israeli-based think tank, in a new report about al-Qaida and the global jihad in Yemen. The attack on Bin Nayef marked the first time that AQAP had “penetrated the Saudi ruling family” and evaded the elaborate security measures designed to protect the kingdom’s leaders, the report concludes.

Bombers who send their own brothers to their deaths, terrorists who attack Christians in churches and Jews in synagogues, people eager to kill in the name of a perverted interpretation of their faith—this is the face of civilization’s enemy. Make no mistake: they intend to kill as many “infidels” as possible. Their clerics have already sanctioned the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in their barbaric campaign. Their leaders have made their intentions clear. Defeating them will require imagination, creativity, and above all, staying power—from Republican and Democratic legislatures alike. As Americans vote tomorrow, we should take note of where candidates stand not just on economic issues, but also on national security. Our enemies won’t let up; neither can we.

Judith Miller is a contributing editor of City Journal, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a FOX News contributor.

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  • jim


    "It's the economy, stupid!" So said Bill Clinton back in the '90's, and the far left continues to use "the economy" as the scapegoat for all the ills caused by their own agenda. Just yesterday the liberal Juan Williams on Fox News claimed that voter anger was caused by "the economy" in his pathetic and transparent attempt to deflect criticism of Obamacare, big government, high taxes, the socialist ideology of the Democrats, and the War on Terror.

    "The economy" – not only an attempt to deflect criticism of the socialist agenda of the far left – but now being used by Muslims and their dhimmis to deflect criticism of Islam.

  • mxew of seoul

    judith, may i correct the error of your thought. it is not a perverted form of islam, it is islam. as erdogan, pm of turkey said, there is no moderate islam, there is no extremist islam, there is only islam and any form of jihad against free people (infidels) is lawful under shariah law. that particular statement makes you a dhimmi, one who always apologies to the islamic master to avoid punishment, such as rape, murder of family members, enslavement or other evil. erdogan also said that the mosque is our helmet, the minarets our swords and the faithful our soldiers. obama tends to agree with them, he wrote that if the political winds blow against him, he'll bend to islam. a good article, but a bit more study of political islam and its totalitarian theological intolerance of free people and its absolute intent to destroy all who object to its barbaric, brutal, cruel ninth century construct that wants to smite with a moral, intellectual and spiritual blight all who lie under its iron yoke and groan beneath its pitiless sway.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    While the PKK has previously conducted suicide attacks, there is no shortage of militant groups, Islamic and secular alike, that might have carried out the attack, even in Islamist-leaning Turkey.

    Only someone as dumb as Judith Miller could compose a sentence as stupid as that one! Damn… must be getting pretty desperate, having to resort to publishing the writings of that mentally incompetent loon.

  • Alexander Gofen

    Mxew of Seoul is absolutely correct. It is not "in the name of a perverted interpretation of their faith": it is exactly in accordance with the faith called Islam. Particularly Islam empowered with trillions of petro-dollars and taking full advantage of the demise of the West!

    Defeating the enemy will require a whole lot of things! We are nowhere near where we ought to be.