A spe­cial time for mur­der

Rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ists des­e­crate a holy sea­son with a fes­ti­val of death

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Holy oc­ca­sions call for re­li­gious ob­ser­vance, and be­liev­ers try to be on right­eous be­hav­ior. But what they do de­pends on what they be­lieve. Rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ists cel­e­brat­ing Ra­madan have added mur­der to the month-long pe­riod of prayer, acts of char­ity, day­time fast­ing and af­ter-dark feast­ing. With the quick­en­ing of the vi­o­lence, the most re­cent in Lon­don, it’s clear that those who aren’t Mus­lims have two choices, re­sist or sub­mit. One form of re­sis­tance would be Pres­i­dent Trump’s tem­po­rary travel ban, but that has been blocked by judges sym­pa­thetic to the re­sis­tance, and not re­sis­tance to ji­had, but re­sis­tance to Don­ald Trump.

The 2017 Mus­lim hol­i­day slaugh­ter has claimed 149 vic­tims so far. This is well short of last year’s toll of 421 dead and 729 wounded, as tal­lied by the Arab Gulf States In­sti­tute, but the killers have only been at work for less than a fort­night. By its count, ISIS claims to have mur­dered 5,200 per­sons world­wide dur­ing Ra­madan last year.

The toll in­cludes 7 per­sons who were run down or stabbed near Lon­don Bridge Satur­day night, and 49 wounded by Khu­ram Shazad Butt, 27; Rachid Re­douane, 30; and Youssef Zaghba, 22. They shouted, “This is for Al­lah,” as they drove their blades into the in­no­cent flesh. ISIS claimed the killers as their own. The ram­page fol­lowed a sui­cide bomb­ing in the north­ern city of Manch­ester, which killed 22 chil­dren and adults and wounded 119, mere days be­fore the start of holy month.

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May con­demned the Lon­don at­tack Sun­day, say­ing there has been “far too much tol­er­ance of ex­trem­ism” in the United King­dom, and added a dra­matic vow: “Enough is enough.” She might have said there was no tol­er­ance at all for ex­trem­ism. Pres­i­dent Trump used the car­nage to drive home his own anti-ter­ror mes­sage, tweet­ing: “We need to be smart, vig­i­lant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an ex­tra level of safety!” (The usual ex­cla­ma­tion point his.)

As ex­pected, the me­dia cav­iled that the pres­i­dent’s two at­tempts to tem­po­rar­ily or­der a travel ban is ac­tu­ally a Mus­lim ban, with some ar­gu­ing that ter­ror­ism was not proved at Lon­don Bridge. Just at that time, the New York-based In­sti­tute for Eco­nom­ics and Peace re­leased its Global Peace In­dex, which finds that world­wide, death-byter­ror­ism climbed from slightly more than 11,000 in 2007 to more than 29,000 in 2015, with a spike to 32,765 in 2014. Dur­ing that pe­riod, the num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks mush­roomed from 2,800 in 2007 to more than 12,000 in 2015.

The 35 mem­bers of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, mostly the world’s most pros­per­ous na­tions, were in the ter­ror­ism bull’s-eye. Those na­tions have seen their ter­ror­ist deaths swell by 900 per­cent be­tween 2007 and 2016, “with the largest in­creases oc­cur­ring in Turkey, France, the United States, and Bel­gium.”

Rad­i­cal ji­hadists make an un­holy farce of Ra­madan with their de­ter­mi­na­tion to kill un­be­liev­ers — not those with no re­li­gious be­lief, but those who hold no be­lief in Is­lam. Mr. Trump’s travel ban would re­strict Mus­lims, Chris­tians, Jews, Hot­ten­tots and those with no re­li­gious be­lief from six na­tions with a record of ex­port­ing ter­ror­ists from en­ter­ing the United States. This would give the na­tion’s door­keep­ers a brief pe­riod to sort the good from the bad. The sooner the Supreme Court halts the ju­di­cial over­reach of lower courts that has pre­vented the na­tion from se­cur­ing its ports of en­try, the bet­ter. The rogues of Ra­madan won’t bide their time for­ever.

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