Five Democrats Arrested in Lackawanna


Five Yemeni-American Al Qaeda terrorists were
arrested recently in Lackawanna, New York. Unlike the
American Taliban

Esam Hamdi
,
whose  “citizenship”
derives from his having been born in
Louisiana to Saudi parents working in the U.S., these
terrorists were born and raised here. Funny thing:
apparently they weren`t raised to be
American patriots. They seem to have finished in the
same training camp as John Walker Lindh:

People here are shocked
by charges that five young Yemeni-Americans —
native-born U.S. citizens who went to Lackawanna High
and rooted for the Buffalo Bills — trained last year at
the same al-Qaeda base in Afghanistan as John Walker
Lindh.

“Charges send shiver through
town”

By Rick Hampson

USA TODAY, September 16, 2002

The 1965 Immigration Act opened the doors to
non-traditional immigration on a large scale, causing
the establishment of large foreign communities. These
communities are unassimilated colonies of foreign countries like
Yemen,

Saudi Arabia
, and of course,

Mexico
.

Inevitably, this has had an effect on U.S. politics.
For example, Senator Robert Torricelli (D.-New Jersey)

supports
an Iranian group called the

National Council for the Resistance
, which uses
Iranian expatriates to lobby congress. In Michigan,
Congressman David Bonior (D.) has emerged as the Arabs` man in
Washington. Congressman John Dingell (also D.) has a
website that boasts a section called

Arab Community Links
. It features a

letter
(PDF) from Dingell demanding a response from
the Attorney General on the INS`s restrictions
on…Yemenis and Yemeni-Americans. Apparently Dingell
doesn`t know that while the US hasn`t declared war on
Yemen, many Yemenis are

at war
with the U.S. – as this recent arrest proves.

In a development you may not have heard about, the
five alleged terrorists were registered Democrats. So,
of course, are most immigrants. And – despite what “GOP strategist”
and arch-immigration enthusiast

Grover Norquist
used to say – so are most Arabs in
the US.

The mention of this inconvenient fact is reported to
have

enraged

Democrats. They fear it makes them look

“soft on terrorism”
.
Of course, this didn`t stop them and their media allies
from linking
the Oklahoma City bombing to Newt Gingrich and Rush
Limbaugh.

And mass immigration is, after all, a Democratic
policy more or less explicitly designed to

increase the Democratic share of the vote.
That
increase in Democrats may come with a price –

foreign influence
on American politics.

None of the congressmen mentioned would take
contributions directly from Iran or Iraq. But when
Iraqis or Palestinians become Arab-Americans in Dearborn
or Detroit, then they can influence legislation, lobby,
and

contribute
, without the Congressmen in question
being arrested.

Immigration has been identified as an influence on
foreign policy for years (see the Jordan Commission`s
report on

Immigration`s Impact on US National Security and Foreign
Policy
). But
normally enemy aliens have little influence during
wartime.

Christopher Hitchens

wrote
in The American Enterprise (January
2000) that


Those who
have read

The Last Hurrah
,
Edwin O`Connor`s wonderful
novel about Boston politics, may remember that the
central figure of that story, modeled on

Mayor James Curley
, at one point has to explain what
the foreign policy dimension of a local election in
Boston is. He explains, "It`s actually not that
difficult to grasp. Only two things count. One, Trieste
belongs to Italy. Two, all

Ireland must be free
." The second point counts a bit
more than the first, he adds, because the Irish were a
bit faster than the Italians in getting to the
trans-Atlantic boats.

Irish American politicians like Curley may have
played the “Irish card” and even

supported the IRA
. But they would have been shocked
by modern-day uncontrolled immigration, in which
immigrants are not only changing the political culture,
but also actively threatening American lives.

September 18, 2002