By Jim Kouri
While the President visits mosques, scolds Americans and continues to parrot his own ideas about Islam and extremism, a Muslim Somali refugee launched a bloody attack on the unsuspecting diners at a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant owned by a Christian Arab who immigrated from Israel. The attack occurred on Thursday night but police are still refusing to release the captured suspect’s name.
The Somali man had calmly entered the eatery, the Nazareth Mediterranean Restaurant, pulled out a machete and began to arbitrarily slash patrons. “He came to each table and just started hitting them,” Carol Bass, one of the witnesses, told a reporter from the local CBS TV affiliate. “There was a man (laying) on the [restaurant’s floor] bleeding. [T]here was blood on the floor. It was awful. It… was carnage.”
Four people were wounded in the machete attack, one critically, according to the local police officers responding to the attack, which has not yet been classified a terrorist attack. “Police officers are loathe to describe anything as a terrorist attack. That’s the unwritten regulation when it involves a suspect from the Middle East. The suspect is a Muslim, he’s from a country that’s practically run by an Islamic terrorist group — in Somalia it’s probably Al-Shabaab — and he attacks a public facility such as a shopping mall or a restaurant and no one wants to call it terrorism. At least until President [Barack] Obama says so,” claims former counter-terrorism unit police officer John Roger Langdon.
In fact, Langdon noted that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling on the administration to stop covering up the arrests of Muslim jihadists within the U.S. The senators’ letter states that since early 2014 there have been 113 arrests of Muslims implicated in terrorist activity on U.S. soil and the Obama administration refuses to provide an immigration history on any of them.
Sens. Sessions and Cruz also mention in their letter that most of the cases involving radical Muslims have received little or no coverage in the national media as a result of blind support to the President or being ensnared in the political-correctness orthodoxy..
The targeted restaurant’s owner, Hany Baransi, who is identified by cops as a Christian Arab from Israel, said he had not taken a day off since Jan. 2 but took off Thursday night because of a migraine headache. He is a proud Israeli citizen who flies the Israeli flag in his restaurant.
“Obviously we were targeted because there’s a whole bunch of businesses around here,” he said to a reporter from the Columbus Dispatch. As an Arab Christian who supports Israel, he described himself as “the minor, minor, minor of the minority. So nobody likes me.”
Police said the man entered the restaurant and asked for the owner. He came back an hour later with the machete and started hacking patrons.
While fleeing cops who responded to the attack, his vehicle almost struck a marked police car and then went head-on into a Mercedes on Morse Road near Steltzer. The driver of Mercedes told 911 he briefly chased Barry’s vehicle to get the license plate number. “He has a knife in his car, he has a weapon,” he said. “My wife said it was like a sword.”
UPDATE: The Franklin County Coroner identified the attacker, who was later shot and killed by police, as Mohamed Barry, but the FBI is not going to comment until they fully investigate the incident.
Jim Kouri is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a contributor to WPTF, Raleigh, North Carolina. Jim was chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Jim appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, and MTV.