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Political Correctness Helped Bring Saipov's Terror

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calls on a reporter during a news conference on American labor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Trump said on Twitter that the driver in Tuesday's attack "came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty."(Andrew Harnik/AP)

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:53 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Eight people were killed, and 12 injured on Tuesday, merely because they were on the wrong bike path in New York City. Blame two factors: Islamic extremism and political correctness.

Police say that a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant named Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov sped a rented truck 20 blocks down a lower Manhattan bike trail, slamming cyclists and pedestrians. His deceased victims include a young Belgian mother of two, two fledgling American businessmen, and, perhaps most tragically, five of eight Argentines who visited Gotham to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high-school graduation.

NYPD Counterterror Chief John Miller said, "He did this in the name of ISIS." A note in Arabic note in Saipov’s vehicle pledged allegiance to the terror network. His cell phone reportedly contains some 90 videos and 3,800 photos from ISIS, including images of beheadings and prisoners being crushed by a tank.

Saipov seems remorseless. He reportedly said he was "proud" of his killing spree and wished to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room.

But political correctness also eased Saipov’s carnage.

"The terrorist came into our country through what is called 'The Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty," President Donald J. Trump explained via Twitter. He was referring to 1990 legislation by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signed by big-government Republican President George Herbert Walker Bush. Trump said at the White House, "Diversity lottery. Sounds nice. It’s not nice. It’s not good."

America should not limit immigrants to those from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. But a relentless quest for "diversity" does not justify a passport Powerball program, one that has granted visas to people from such terrorist hotbeds as Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. This politicial correctness problem ran amok at the local level.

New York’s far-Left mayor, Bill de Blasio, last year scrubbed from the NYPD’s website a 2007 NYPD training manual that identified Muslim extremism as the ideology undergirding militant Islam.

Police studying how good Muslims go bad are forbidden to use a 92-page guide titled "Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat." This is like pretending that the Mafia sprang from Paraguay. De Blasio did not want local Muslims to feel uncomfortable  — never mind the discomfort of the 12 whom Saipov wounded and the eight families now weeping over their loved ones’ caskets.

De Blasio further disconnected the dots in April 2014 when he scrapped an NYPD surveillance program designed to root out "budding terrorist conspiracies." It scrutinized, among others, Paterson, New Jersey’s Masjid Omar Mosque. De Blasio claimed that junking this initiative would ease tensions, "so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys." Too bad they could not go after a real bad guy among this mosque’s congregants — Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov.

Some political commenters now call for more bollards and other barricades near bike paths, to prevent similar attacks. Defensive measures are fine, although one cannot place concrete barriers on every American sidewalk, bike path, and hiking trail.

Instead, like snuffing out cigarettes, America must confront this mayhem’s root cause. Militant Islam must be extinguished, like Earth’s foulest cigar in the world’s largest ashtray.

Information is vital here. Saipov may have loads of it. American officials should squeeze it out of him, like juice from a lemon.

"If you act like a terrorist, and you say you’re a terrorist, that’s enough for me," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told journalists on Wednesday. "We ought to treat you as a terrorist." Graham knows exactly how to handle Saipov.

As soon as he can travel, Saipov should be jetted to Guantanamo and interrogated until he spills everything he knows about his terrorist training, contacts, and any mayhem that they are poised to unleash. After that, Saipov should receive a swift military trial. If convicted, he should be dispatched at once.

"Send him to Gitmo?" President Trump asked at the White House Wednesday. "I would consider that." Mr. President, please consider that. And then do it.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. He has been a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. Read more opinions from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.

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America should not limit immigrants to those from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. But a relentless quest for diversity does not justify a passport Powerball program. The political correctness problem has run amuck.
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