As usual, when waves of refugees fled Syria, progressives held up Europe as a mirror reflecting all of America’s moral shortcomings. Germany was willing to take in an unlimited number of refugees, at least until it decided it wasn’t going to anymore. Last fall, the country implemented “temporary” border controls, slamming the door in the face of those poor widows and orphans.
Last month, one of those immigrants, a 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, attacked passengers on a commuter train in Germany with an ax and a knife. He was shot and killed by police, but ISIS uploaded a video in which he had declared, “I have been living with you all the time while planning an attack that will be stronger than the Paris attacks that continue to horrify you to this day. I will keep fighting you as long as I am alive, I will slaughter you with this knife, and I will decapitate you with an axe.” He had been living with a host family in Ochsenfurt when he shot the video.
These headlines shouldn’t come as a shock, then:
— Mark Maremont (@MarkMaremont) August 4, 2016
Belgian ISIL operatives who collected welfare benefits pic.twitter.com/FfpJsWIcgN
— Matthew Levitt (@Levitt_Matt) August 5, 2016
All that's wrong with Europe in one story: Islamists collected welfare checks right up till they carried out attacks https://t.co/ACfxU27RSj
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) August 4, 2016
— Thomas Joscelyn (@thomasjoscelyn) August 5, 2016
Kentucky’s governor considers the Wall Street Journal’s story a wake up call for America.
.@WSJ reports: "Terrorist Suspects in Europe Got Welfare Benefits While Plotting Attacks"…Wake up America! This isn't a game…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) August 4, 2016
— The Social Sherpa (@MySocialSherpa) August 5, 2016
— chng (@chng0115) August 4, 2016
Whoa … careful about touching the electrified third rail of welfare, which is apparently a sacrament almost as venerated as abortion.
— Kenneth Noisewater (@K_NoiseWaterMD) August 5, 2016
Some welfare recipients in Belgium were terrorists, but we’re pretty sure that’s not at all what Bevin is suggesting. Nor this:
— Chris (@chrisstone01) August 4, 2016
@GovMattBevin Are you saying put all receiving benefits on watch list? OK, after we put all white males on it since we're biggest threats.
— Christopher Kolb (@cmkolb) August 5, 2016
@GovMattBevin You and your party do nothing to stop domestic terror, and that's a bigger problem than "islam" Get it together.
— Joshua Claytor (@JoshuaClaytor) August 4, 2016
— Kenzie Winstead (@KWinsteadCJ) August 5, 2016
We’re pretty sure the terrorists who bombed the airport and a metro station in Belgium weren’t particularly concerned about the incomes of their victims. It’s quite possible that some of those suspected of the attack came to Belgium knowing they could collect benefits, though, while coordinating their plans with contacts back home.