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The Sickening Manchester Attack

Police in Manchester have reportedly identified [1] the man responsible for the appalling suicide attack on children and teenagers at a concert:

U.K. police identified the bomber who killed 22 people and injured dozens of others Monday outside a pop concert in Manchester as a 22-year-old named Salman Abedi.

He hit one of the softest of targets: a mostly young crowd pouring from the exits after the show, police said.

The Manchester bombing is the worst terrorist attack in the U.K. since the 7/7 London attack in 2005, but it seems especially horrible because it targeted a venue full of children. We don’t know yet why this event was specifically targeted, but presumably the goal was to attack a vulnerable crowd to cause the greatest loss of life possible.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, but this may just be a case of opportunistically seizing on an attack carried out by someone else. A U.S. official questioned [1] the veracity of the ISIS claim:

A U.S. official in Washington cast doubt on the claim, at least until more information was available. The official said the lack of details suggested the group could be claiming the attack opportunistically, rather than having any real role in its planning.

Abedi appears to have carried out the attack by himself, but may have had accomplices [2]. The bomber was U.K.-born [3], the son of Libyan refugees who had come to the country decades ago.

All party leaders condemned the attack, and campaigns for Britain’s upcoming general election have been suspended [4]. The attack probably will have an effect on the election, but it remains to be seen what that will be and we’ll save speculation about that for another time.

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14 Comments To "The Sickening Manchester Attack"

#1 Comment By ChiJD Doug On May 23, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

As always, the Twitter timeline of Rukmini Callimachi is the best source to evaluate claims of terrorist responsibility. [5]

#2 Comment By Chris Chuba On May 23, 2017 @ 4:06 pm

And it wasn’t funded by or connected to Iran in any way shape or form. The perpetrator was from Libya so even if it wasn’t ISIS the guy was likely a Sunni although the MSM never gets that detailed.

Nor were the previous 15 terror attacks, with over 200 fatalities, in Europe a product of Iran [6]

So obviously we need to get all psychotic against Iran. At least this is what our Foreign Policy Establishment believes.

#3 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On May 23, 2017 @ 5:09 pm

“British Man,” says the headline in the New York Times. Funny how one’s ostensible countrymen who commit terrorist acts always, but always, turn out to have Muslim names.

Does Steven Colbert not see any comedy material in this? If not, he is killing comedy on the anvil of political correctness. Is he malicious or just stupid?

#4 Comment By Rdr Daniel Rees On May 23, 2017 @ 5:21 pm

Within the last hour the United Kingdom’s terror level has been raised to critical (attack suspected imminently) armed military personal are being deployed to support the police.

#5 Comment By Seth Owen On May 23, 2017 @ 5:59 pm

Always? Guess Breivik doesn’t count for some reason.

The terrorist was born in the U.K., so yes, he’s British. Often the terrorists here and overseas are native born, which makes the focus on immigrants rather wrong-headed.

#6 Comment By Dan Green On May 23, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

Sad another day of Politican’s speeches,CNN, flowers, candles , and vigils. Next

#7 Comment By Boston Tea On May 23, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

“The terrorist was born in the U.K., so yes, he’s British. Often the terrorists here and overseas are native born, which makes the focus on immigrants rather wrong-headed.”

There’s no magic dirt, obviously.

This guy is legally British and that’s about it. It’s like the “Americans” we’ve got running around here. If his parents had been kept out of the UK back in the ’90s – as they should have been – there would have been no mass murder and dead children in Manchester yesterday.

It’s 2017. Not 1965. Mass immigration has continued virtually without let for decades. Enough. The UK isn’t (or should not be) a global convenience for ingesting the “wretched refuse” of other countries. Not just Middle Eastern or North African Muslims, but Poles, Jamaicans, Chinese, or anything else. And neither is America. The focus on immigrants is entirely deserved. Immigration features one way or another in the vast majority of terror attacks, in crime, in job losses by “real” Europeans and Americans, in the cultural conflicts and racial and religious hatreds that are a hallmark of the dying “globalist” order.

It’s almost incredible that in this day and age that immigration continues more or less as it has for the past few decades. A death wish.

#8 Comment By FalconJet On May 23, 2017 @ 7:19 pm

For the 100th time:

“Until you recognize that Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion, you’re never going to come to grips with it.” ~ Admiral James Lyons

#9 Comment By bob1968 On May 23, 2017 @ 7:24 pm

“Immigration features one way or another in the vast majority of terror attacks, in crime, in job losses by ‘real’ Europeans and Americans”

I mean, this is obviously true of the U.S. if you count descendants of immigrants (as you apparently do) in your calculus, but it’s not exactly edifying, at least not in the American context.

#10 Comment By SKSKS On May 23, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

@Boston Tea

The idea of UK as an island would work if the UK had not gone about colonizing the world. The subjects just came to where the loot was taken.

It is remarkable how you always forget the empire when convenient. Anycase, the problem needs to be dealt with in a different way, especially since we are dealing with second generation people here, who are born and brought up in the european country. So ranting about immigrants doesn’t quite work.

#11 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On May 23, 2017 @ 9:17 pm

The idea of UK as an island would work if the UK had not gone about colonizing the world. The subjects just came to where the loot was taken.

When was Libya a British colony?

#12 Comment By a spencer On May 23, 2017 @ 11:46 pm

Political movements and religion have been around for a long time, nothing exclusive about that in islam.

Maybe if we stop feeding weapons to combatants – of any sort, whether they know how to use them or not, whether your neighbor is on the ground… in Yemen?

Americans should not die in Yemen. *No one* should die in Yemen right now due to anything that could be prevented. We have the technology! We have the distribution. A matter of will, human spirit, whatever you want to call it.

#13 Comment By Adriana I Pena On May 24, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

Maybe if we stopped siding with Saudi Arabia and trying to topple secular Arab regimes (Irak, Syria, Lybia) there would be a check to all that terrorist activities.

And if we stopped demonizing Iran and treated it as a partner in the fight against Sunni terrorism, we would get somewhere.

#14 Comment By philadelphialawyer On May 24, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

JB:

“When was Libya a British colony?”

Britain “administered” most of current day Libya from 1942 until 1951.