Following the arrest of the NY and NJ bomber, MSNBC host Chris Hayes took to Twitter to express how grateful he was that he didn’t decide to carry out his terror attack with a firearm. It was a bizarre way of politicizing the miracle that nobody died as a result of the attacks, to say the least. NYC’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, who initially denied that the bombings were a terrorist attack, has now changed his tune, opting to “remind” us that Islamic terrorism isn’t that big of a problem anyway.Via Life Zette
In the wake of a radical Islamic terrorist attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling citizens not to worry about the threat of jihadist violence and pushing for even more questionably vetted migrants to be resettled in the United States.De Blasio and the mayors of London and Paris co-wrote an op-ed in which they said terrorism committed by refugees is “vanishingly rare.”
The comments are not likely to go over well in a city on edge after the explosion. Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami after a shootout in New Jersey Monday. Authorities allege he is responsible for planting bombs in New York and near the site of a charity run in New Jersey.
Rahami is not a refugee — he is a naturalized citizen, having moved with his family to the United States from Afghanistan. Acquaintances say he returned from a trip to Pakistan a changed man, suddenly devout in his faith and wearing traditional Muslim robes, according to The New York Times.The suspect identified by officials in the weekend’s other terrorist incident, Dahir Adan, who launched a Jihad inspired mass stabbing at a mall in Minnesota, was a Somali refugee. Adan moved to the United States with his parents when he was 3 months old, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
But a new description has been applied to him: terrorist. As he stalked through the Crossroads Center mall, wearing a security guard uniform and wielding a knife, Adan, 22, mentioned Allah and asked at least one victim if he was Muslim, the police said.
In the most hyper-technical sense, the mayor is correct. Terrorist attacks by refugees are rare. But terrorism involving Muslim immigrants or refugees and their children account for almost every high-profile jihadist attack carried out in the United States in recent years and a majority of the convictions on terror-related charges. 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.As “rare” as terror attacks are, there’s been a surge in terror deaths, and it’s primarily due to liberal policies, as you can see in the chart below.
The motivation behind trying to dismiss the threat of terrorism is politics. Donald Trump is the candidate perceived as being “tougher” on the problem of Islamic terror, so any fear spurred by the incidents like the ones we saw in NJ and NYC (and also in Minnesota) will help Trump more than Hillary.Liberals don’t want you to think there’s any problem at all. Of course, in dismissing fears of terrorism, people like de Blasio have only made his fellow liberals look even weaker on the issue of combating Islamic terrorism.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]