We’ve decimated the Islamic State’s headquarters in Raqqa and crushed their caliphate in Iraq, but our war with this terrorist group isn’t over.
Far from it.
ISIS has called for a war on Christmas, and yesterday, one of their lone wolves complied. Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant who admits he was inspired online by ISIS, intended to blow up his suicide bomb next to holiday-themed posters in New York’s Port Authority bus station. But by some Christmas miracle, his bomb misfired in the subway, and the jihadi was the only person seriously injured.
It was the second terror attack in just the past few months in New York City — targeted by ISIS online for Christmas attacks. It reminds us we are still very much at war. The only difference now is geography as the death cult has moved the battlefield from Mosul to Manhattan thanks in part to a broken U.S. immigration system the past three administrations failed to reform.
But that’s not all that’s making America one big soft target for would-be jihadists.
It’s internet sites that allow terrorists to use its platforms as a weapon of war to spread dangerous propaganda, recruit and radicalize the next bomber, truck or knife attacker. And it’s search engines that provide instructions on how to build an IED with over-the-counter materials sold at one’s local hardware store.
How many more terror attacks must we endure before our government takes meaningful action here at home?
Here are some suggestions:
• End chain migration. Ullah entered the United States on special visa which permits family members to sponsor other relatives. President Trump wants to suspend this program.
• Pass a law to let American citizens who are victims standing to sue internet companies who allow terrorists to spread poisonous propaganda, recruit and radicalize on its sites. Getting sued and having to pay out millions in damages would motivate internet companies and social media networks to more aggressively monitor and block dangerous content — before it goes public.
• Give internet companies an ultimatum: Either clean up the terror-related content on your platforms or Congress will pass legislation regulating their content for them.