Sadly for the UK, terrorist attacks are starting to become all too commonplace. With the most recent London bombing, the UK has recorded five separate terrorist attacks in 2017 alone, resulting in the deaths of at least 36 people. But with leaders there claiming terrorist attacks are just “part and parcel” of living in a big city, it’s hard to imagine the problem changing anytime soon.
With the country still reeling from the latest attack in London, new details are starting to emerge about the bomber that carried out the violence. In what will be a shock to some, it turns out the culprit was a Syrian refugee.
From the Daily Wire:
An 18-year-old refugee from Syria who arrived in Great Britain at the age of 15.
Here’s what we know of his story. Arrested by Kent police as he tried to purchase a ferry ticket to Calais, the teenager reportedly had migrated to the “Jungle camp” at Calais when he was 15. Because he was not with his parents, he was allowed entrance to the United Kingdom, where he was processed through a migrant center in Kent, then taken into a foster family’s home in Sunbury on Thames.
Now, authorities are attempting to figure out if the attacker was a legitimate refugee:
What is unclear is whether the terrorist was a genuine refugee or if he had been sent by Islamic State. Will Geddes, CEO of security consultants ICP, stated, ‘“I think the age of the man arrested is significant, we are not talking about people in their 40s or 50s, we are talking about young people. This is a generational struggle that will be difficult to root out.”
Either way, his status as a refugee serves as a sobering reminder to policy makers trying to combat terrorism. If he was an ISIS sleeper, the system failed to prevent him from entering the country. If he was a legitimate refugee, the attack shows that even they can be radicalized once resettled in the West.
Here in the U.S., President Trump has been fighting both liberals and the courts over travel restrictions involving nations with active terrorism activities. In particular, restrictions involving Syrian refugees have been blasted my liberals as well as the mainstream media. While much of his original travel ban has been allowed to go into force, that hasn’t stopped liberals from fighting it.
Just last week, the president tweeted, “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific — but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”
Perhaps he has a very good point. With new lessons being learned in Europe, common sense dictates Trump is right to keep America’s guard up.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]