The pro-ISIS terrorist who killed eight bicyclists yesterday in Lower Manhattan is an Uzbek green card holder admitted to the US under the Diversity Immigrant Visa lottery. In the wake of the incident, President Trump, Fox News, and other conservatives are blaming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for playing a leading role in creating the program in 1990. The President and his supporters wish to eliminate this program in favor of a merit-based immigration policy.
A number of recent terrorist attacks in the US and Europe have been committed by immigrants from Central Asia. The Tsarnaev brothers, who perpetrated the deadly 2013 Boston Marathan bombing which killed five and injured 264, were from Kyrgyzstan.
The “stans” of Central Asia are five Moslem countries that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union. Besides Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, these include Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. During its heydey, many ISIS soldiers were from the stans.
The book The Muhammad Code: How a Desert Prophet Brought You ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, reviewed here, traces how the history of Mohammedan conquests, Hadith sayings, psychology, and sociology explain the mentality of terrorist recruitment and behavior.
Up to now, Saudi Arabia has been the major source of the fundamentalist ideology and funding of the Sunni jihadist groups behind most of the terrorism in the U.S. and Europe.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is expected to inherit the throne on the death of his father, has vowed to turn Saudi Arabia into a modern, moderate Islamic country. This has greatly upset Islamists in Turkey as well as Saudi Arabia. But the Prince’s reform plans are crucial to the Trump administration’s tilt toward the Saudis and away from Iran.
The Crown Prince “has ordered the establishment of an authority (King Salman Complex) to scrutinize uses of Hadiths. According to media reports, the body’s aim would be to