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It Only Takes One: Why We Must Stop Importing Jihad Through Muslim Immigration

Now-retired General Michael Flynn served in the United States Army for more than 30 years, most recently as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was the nation's highest-ranking military intelligence officer.  

Previously, General Flynn served as assistant director of national intelligence inside the Obama administration. General Michael FlynnFrom 2004 to 2007, he was stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, where, as commander of the US Special Forces, he hunted top al-Qaida terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, one of the predecessors to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who today heads the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. After Flynn's team located Zarqawi's whereabouts, the US killed the terrorist in an air strike in June 2006. 

In a revealing interview with the German magazine Spiegel  Online, Flynn explained the rise of the Islamic State and provided some key insights into why Obama has failed in the war radical Islam has declared on the West. 

Among General Flynn’s most incisive observations was this exchange with reporters Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark:

SPIEGEL ONLINE: In recent weeks, Islamic State not only conducted the attacks in Paris, but also in Lebanon and against a Russian airplane over the Sinai Peninsula. What has caused the organization to shift its tactics and to now operate internationally? 

Flynn: There were all kinds of strategic and tactical warnings and lots of reporting. And even the guys in the Islamic State said that they were going to attack overseas. I just don't think people took them seriously. When I first heard about the recent attacks in Paris, I was like, "Oh, my God, these guys are at it again, and we're not paying attention." The change that I think we need to be more aware of is that, in Europe, there is a leadership structure. And there's likely a leader or a leadership structure in each country in Europe. The same is probably similar for the United States, but just not obvious yet. (emphasis ours) 

General Flynn then further explained that this leadership structure is not one that mirrors our own top-down leadership structure or the structures commonly associated with a nation-state.

Flynn: Exactly. In Osama bin Laden's writings, he elaborated about being disperse, becoming more diffuse and operating in small elements, because it's harder to detect and it's easier to act. In Paris, there were eight guys. In Mali, there were 10. Next time, maybe one or two guys will be enough. (emphasis ours) 

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Can an attack of that scope even take place without being coordinated and authorized by the IS leadership in Syria? 

Flynn: Absolutely. There's not some line-and-block chart and a guy at the top like we have in our own systems. That's the mirror imaging that we have to, in many ways, eliminate from our thinking. I can imagine a 30-year-old guy with some training and some discussion who receives the task from the top: "Go forth and do good on behalf of our ideology." And then he picks the targets by himself, organizes his attackers and executes his mission. (emphasis ours) 

Americans outside the Beltway implicitly understand General Flynn’s insight that “Next time, maybe one or two guys will be enough.” 

That is why a nationwide survey of 2016 likely general election voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates* for our friends at SecureAmericaNow.org found that more than 4 out of 5 voters, 84%, categorize immigration from the Middle East to the United States as “Dangerous,” with a near majority, 49%, answering “very dangerous.” 

General Flynn wrapped-up his interview with Spiegel Online with several further insights, among which was this comment: “Instead of asking ourselves why the phenomenon of terror occurred, we were looking for locations. This is a major lesson we must learn in order not to make the same mistakes again.” 

As we concluded in our columns “Homegrown Muslim Terrorism Fueled By Obama – Bush Immigration System,” “America's Suicidal Muslim Immigration Policies,” “Importing Jihad” and “Why Do We Let These Vipers Into America?” Islam, as it is today practiced by millions of Muslims across the globe, is inimical to the separation of church and state and government based on constitutional liberty. We are in a war of ideas, not just with radical Islamists, but with concepts deeply embedded in Muslim culture. And as long as mass legal (and illegal) immigration from Muslim countries continues unabated we are losing that war. 

For further information on why we should ban most Muslim immigration to America see our article, “We Can – And Should – Ban Most Muslim Immigration To America.

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