Al-Shabaab has been taking Somalia by storm, eliminating enemies and now, apparently, taking the offensive beyond their borders. The US is quite clearly losing the war against the jihadis, who appear to have a wider base of operations today than ever, stretching from Mali to Afghanistan — just about the extent of the entire Mulsim world.
Worse, however, is the fact that a steady stream of fighters on the jihadis’ side is coming from our own home countries.
There has been considerable speculation about the identity of the militants and how they managed to pull off a sophisticated assault that killed at least 62 people and kept security forces at bay. Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed said Monday that “two or three Americans” and “one Brit” were among the perpetrators of the attack.
She said in an interview with “PBS Newshour” that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and lived “in Minnesota and one other place” in the United States. The British jihadist was a woman who has “done this many times before,” Mohamed said.
U.S. officials said Monday that they were pressing to determine whether any of the assailants were American.
Although many of these are young men and women of Muslim heritage, this is not true of all of them. This is even worse than it looks. In the Cold War, we had the problem of spies serving the Soviet Union, but with the exception of a very few people (e.g. Baader-Meinhof gang), no armed insurgents to speak of. Given the vast numbers of foreign born in the US, it looks like we’re facing some serious instability issues in the near future that could run the gamut from urban street crime to international narco-gangsters, and now jihadis too.
Dzhokar Tsarneav was just the beginning. As more and more young citizens receive training in warfare abroad, the chances that we will see armed conflict in our cities increase rapidly.
We often speak of the elite, inequality and instability, and what’s in store for the West in the future. Given low Western birth rates and recent mass immigration, I think we can predict with some certainty that we will face serious challenges, and possibly even insurrections within our own borders, just like the former Soviet Union.
This is a problem that was created by the people who are in power today. The post-Cold War political leaders who came into their own in the 1990s foisted their insane dream of a rainbow world, with everyone living in one big hippie commune headed, naturally, by a progressive white elite, on the rest of us.
Feminism is just one part of this political act of hubris, but it was enacted fairly early. Just as feminism and its effects have really started to make themselves felt over the last decade with skyrocketing illegitimacy, the failure of marriage as a social institution and the slow withdrawal of working-class men from productive enterprise, the next shoe to drop will be the spectacular failure of multiculturalism and integration.
That “Americans” are involved in such bold acts of warfare and terrorism abroad suggests that something is seething under the surface right here at home.