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The Significance of San Bernardino

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People gathered for an impromptu vigil near the scene of the San Bernardino shooting. Photo: Twitter.

People gathered for an impromptu vigil near the scene of the San Bernardino shooting. Photo: Twitter.

As details began to emerge from the mass murder in California on Wednesday, it became perfectly clear that the perpetrators had set out to emulate the behavior of their Islamist brethren throughout the world.

Whether the Muslim Bonnie and Clyde — hiding in plain sight by “living the American dream” in San Bernardino — belonged to a particular terrorist organization has not yet been established.

But the method to the madness of their political-religious ideology was unmistakable. Leaving a 6-month-old baby behind to commit the kind of slaughter that was likely to result in their own deaths is not something that most parents outside of a mental institution, a radical mosque or the Palestinian Authority could understand.

Nor is it fathomable to Western couples recently blessed with a child to endanger that baby every single day of its short life during the period leading up to the massacre by concocting explosives and booby traps in its vicinity. They are too busy worrying about getting some sleep in between feedings and keeping the new member of their family safe, sound, healthy and happy, while trying to adjust their marriage to accommodate it all.

But Syed Farook, a Pakistani-American, and his Saudi wife, Tashfeen Malik, had more than a mere infant on their minds. After all, what is the value of one little baby compared to the greater good of global jihad in the name of Allah?

This is not to say that Farook and his mail-order Wahhabi bride — whom he met on the Internet, before bringing her from Saudi Arabia to the United State on a fiancee visa — was willing to forfeit a single iota of the benefits awarded to American men. No, the “devout” killer whose co-workers at the Inland Regional Center he slaughtered, had recently returned from paternity leave. Now there’s a concept that would be utterly foreign to his fellow jihadists in the Middle East. But hey, new dads need time to accrue assault rifles with which to mow down fellow employees who threw him a baby shower.

Nevertheless, every argument is being raised around this horror to deflect from its larger significance. President Barack Obama and The New York Times are treating it like a gun control issue. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) marched out Farook’s distraught brother-in-law to say he was in shock, as part of its first and main order of business: to announce that Muslims are peace-loving citizens who should not be blamed collectively for the actions of individuals. Never mind that CAIR is a front organization for terrorists with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama welcomes its members in the White House, so that should serve to reassure us that it is simply an ethnic lobby like, say, AIPAC.

One revealing testimony that has gotten buried in the tragedy is that of Farook’s next-door neighbor, a woman who noticed suspicious activity going on at the couple’s home. This included deliveries at all hours of the day; Middle Eastern-looking visitors during the night; and strange noises emanating from their garage. Put together, all of the above caused her to consider contacting the police. But, she said, she was afraid of being accused of ethnic profiling.

The sad part about her tale, and her feelings of deep guilt at the moment, is that she was right. The California climate may be mild where the weather is concerned; but it is freezing and stormy for citizens thought of as “Islamophobes.”

In Israel, where Islamic terrorism is as familiar as office parties and young couples with babies, it is understood that even limits on gun licensing cannot protect the innocent from those bent on death and destruction. Knives, Molotov cocktails and makeshift rockets do just fine, thank you very much.

Parisians got a nasty taste of this last month, causing Europe to be on semi-lockdown, and leading to France, Germany and now the U.K. to join in the bombing of Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

Now it is America’s turn to wake up and smell the danger. The World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings on September 11, 2001 should have sufficed. And it did, for a time. But the beauty of the West is liable to be its downfall, because endless freedom and the championing of human rights leads to a combination of amnesia and blindness.

Indeed, as the blood in the streets of Paris barely had a chance to dry, world leaders convened there this week — for a climate-change conference. Yes, as Iran races towards nuclear weapons and jihadists gain strength wherever they hang their hats, it is global warming, rather than global jihad, that is topping the agenda.

Mourning the 14 innocent people gunned down at a Christmas toast in San Bernardino will mean nothing if the right conclusions are not reached. There is a war going on, and it is not restricted to the confines of Syria or the Palestinian-controlled territories. It is in the midst of all of us everywhere.

Ruthie Blum is the web editor of The Algemeiner (  This article was originally published by Israel Hayom. 


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  • Neighbors also said something similar about Ariel Castro after the fact, turned out their stories were fishy. They said after the fact that they tried to do something but like here it could not be proven. Are they lying? Possible, but they might be confabulating in both cases.

  • JB

    Even though the FBI finally allowed as how this maybe, but probably is, a terrorist attack, they left the house after two days of gathering evidence, and allowed the media to swarm all over it. That is unusual enough in a murder investigation, as further forensic evidence would be useless, but in a terror investigation it is unforgiveable, outrageous, and even criminal. There were visits by middle-eastern looking men. Even without this eyewitness account, it must be assumed that this was a possibility. Did these men not leave fingerprints by which they could be identified? We will never know. A terror cell or cells may still exist, but we will not find out from there. The bird has flown the coop. What does all this prove? The US administration and its apparatus doesn’t want to know about terrorism. We have known this from Bengazi and earlier. Terrorism is licked. Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive. See no evil, etc.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    It is very important that Americans read this article.However, alas, I would believe that a tiny percentage of Americans will take heed.

  • Bravo for an excellent commentary on the San Bernardino issue. Myself, I just said to a friend yesterday, “Interesting how Obama is touting ‘climate issues’ as THE most important issue at this time. He is not stupid, just anti-American.”

    The fact that it is being referred to as a “gun control issue” is totally off the mark. Gun control is used only when a person is interested in controlling the mind’s thoughts in that direction, as you succinctly observed. So, again, BRAVO!!!

  • Bobby English

    Screenwriter and director, Billy Wilder, has had an enormous impact on the public, as substantiated by his numerous Oscars and other film awards. Responsible for famous films like Hold Back the Dawn, Five Graves to Cairo, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina and The Apartment, Wilder’s cinema successes were granted him as he was just another pawn who was utilized with satanic acumen to help abolish society’s established code of ethics. His own authorized biographer who worked closely with him, Maurice Zolotow, wrote:

    “Of course, I did not know what I was getting into when I had started this. It became, as all such journeys have become, a journey to find out the secret springs of this most devious and perverse of Hollywood’s personalities.”
    Wilder loved to transport the viewer into the depravity of his own heart and did this by tricking the censors who sought to enforce the old Hollywood Production Code of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” Wilder recalls, “We had to operate cunningly to outwit the censors and this made us write more subtly.” What subtleties did he scatter throughout his films? Perversion. In his movie, The Major and the Minor, Wilder admits that the motif was child sexuality, stating:

    “Ray Milland falls in love with Ginger as a twelve year old child. We had here the first American movie about pedophilia. The Major is sexually aroused by her. He can’t help himself. I was worried that audiences would be shocked by this story, but it seems that they were not.”
    This goes to show that if a story is entertaining and “cute,” it can bypass the normal reaction to such filth and translate into apathetic disregard on the slippery slope of corruption. Where did this movie minister of perversion receive his material? Wilder was given his creative material by another supernatural force. In addition to stating that he is “demonically possessed and slightly crazed,” Zolotow reports of Wilder:

    “He could not stop his creative machinery from functioning. He was enslaved by his art…One sometimes felt as if one were moved by powerful invisible forces. I forgot to tell you that Wilder never starts a new screenplay without typing two words on the first page: Cum Deo (‘With God’). He has a pantheistic feeling about the universe.”

    Demon possession leads many from the truths of God to the pantheistic lies of the New Age movement because Satan uses those who will serve him most faithfully in preparing humanity to embrace him as the god of this world. Wilder’s responses upon completion of his show make it readily apparent which god he aligned himself with. Scientologist screenwriter of the Sound of Music, Ernest Lehman, recalls:

    “He looked at the heavens and screeched F— you!” It was…a victory cry, as if he were calling out to God and saying, ‘I completed this picture despite everything you did to make me surrender.'”

    Dr. Lycurgus Starkey rightly announced on the NBC network: “His movies have overturned all the sexual mores, glorified promiscuity, glamorized prostitution and elevated adultery to a virtue.” Dr. Starkey was prophetically right in predicting the social effect and outcome of Wilder’s films that we currently face in our day. The atheist author of communism, Karl Marx, explains the reasons why this is so:

    “The ideas of the ruling class are, in every age, the ruling ideas: i.e., the class which is the dominant material force in society is at the same time its dominant intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production.”
    The gross immorality in Hollywood that makes its way on the screen and thus influences the masses reflects the lives of those who operate within it. An intimate friend of the late Steve McQueen related:

    “He’d kill for a part in a movie…he’d suck anyone’s [expletive]…he’d get f—– or f— anyone who’d get him a part in a show…then he’d wish-he’d pray- that person would have a heart attack or a stroke and die, and then there would be no way for anyone to know how McQueen had got the part.”

    This disgusting ambition is what keeps the infamous casting couch warm and desirous hopeful actors willing. Hollywood insider, Phyllis Diller, clarifies this fact:
    “The casting couch is the name of the game in Hollywood. I know there are stars, especially women, who have made a career from sexual favors.”

    Would you invite a person whom you knew to be ethically bankrupt and an absolute moral degenerate into your home to influentially instruct your wife, your husband, and your children or loved ones? These are the very ones that America invites into their home every night via the television to submissively share their lives with.
    Biblically condemned spiritual conundrums regularly occur in Hollywood. Faye Dunaway said that the ghost of Joan Crawford is haunting her. Actress Jean Seberg believed that her “devils” kept her from ever being free. She stated:

    “The devils will stop that sort of stuff in a second. They ride right here. (Touching her collar bone with her fingers) Sitting here and here. There’s one on each side…these are both unfriendly influences. They tell me to run my car into other cars, or drive off a cliff.”
    A friend later reflected on her life and pin pointed the cause as the “acting classes at Columbia Studios…[which] had the power to influence Jean’s devils.” Like countless others in the Hollywood movie star system, this lead to psychiatric hospitals and suicide. Actor Sal Mineo was in regular contact with psychics and spoke of the “vibrations” of James Dean’s spirit that haunted him, stating, “I’ve got to get him off my back because I don’t want to join him down there.” Mineo was murdered under mysterious circumstances. Is fame worth the extorted fees that Satan demands of his servants of the silver screen?

    As Alan Alda declared:

    “There’s plenty of money to be had…But you also lose your soul.”

  • Bobby English



    The official unabridged Soncino Edition of the Talmud published in 1935 was “Translated into English with Notes, Glossary and Indices” by such eminent Talmudic scholars as Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein, Rabbi Dr. Samuel Daiches, Rabbi Dr. Israel W. Slotki, M.A., Litt.D., The Reverend Dr. A. Cohen, M.A.’, Ph.D., Maurice Simon, M.A., and the Very Reverend The Chief Rabbi Dr. J.H. Hertz wrote the “Foreword” for the Soncino Edition of the Talmud. The Very Reverend Rabbi Hertz was at the time the Chief Rabbi of England.

    The world’s leading authorities on the Talmud confirm that the official unabridged Soncino Edition of the Talmud translated into English follows the original texts with great exactness. It is almost a word-for-word translation of the original texts. In his famous classic “The History of the Talmud,” Michael Rodkinson, the leading authority on the Talmud, in collaboration with the celebrated Reverend Dr. Isaac M. Wise states:

    “THE TALMUD IS ONE OF THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD. During the twenty centuries of its existence…IT SURVIVED IN ITS ENTIRETY, and not only has the power of its foes FAILED TO DESTROY EVEN A SINGLE LINE, but it has not even been able materially to weaken its influence for any length of time. IT STILL DOMINATES THE MINDS OF A WHOLE PEOPLE, WHO VENERATE ITS CONTENTS AS DIVINE TRUTH…”

    SANHEDRIN, 55b-55a: “What is meant by this? – Rab said: Pederasty with a child below nine years of age is not deemed as pederasty with a child above that. Samuel said: Pederasty with a child below three years is not treated as with a child above that (2) What is the basis of their dispute? – Rab maintains that only he who is able to engage in sexual intercourse, may, as the passive subject of pederasty throw guilt (upon the actual offender); whilst he who is unable to engage in sexual intercourse cannot be a passive subject of pederasty (in that respect) (3). But Samuel maintains: Scriptures writes, (And thou shalt not lie with mankind) as with the lyings of a woman (4). It has been taught in accordance with Rab: Pederasty at the age of nine years and a day; (55a) (he) who commits bestiality, whether naturally or unnaturally: or a woman who causes herself to be bestiality abused, whether naturally or unnaturally, is liable to punishment (5).”

    This “divine truth” which “a whole people venerate” of which “not a single letter of it is missing” and today “is flourishing to such a degree as cannot be found in its history” is illustrated by the additional verbatim quotations which follow:

    SANHEDRIN, 55b: “A maiden three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition, and if her deceased husband’s brother cohabits with her, she becomes his. The penalty of adultery may be incurred through her; (if a niddah) she defiles him who has connection with her, so that he in turn defiles that upon which he lies, as a garment which has lain upon (a person afflicted with gonorrhea).”

    (footnotes) “(2) His wife derives no pleasure from this, and hence there is no cleaving. (3) A variant reading of this passage is: Is there anything permitted to a Jew which is forbidden to a heathen. Unnatural connection is permitted to a Jew. (4) By taking the two in conjunction, the latter as illustrating the former, we learn that the guilt of violating the injunction `to his wife but not to his neighbor’s wife’ is incurred only for natural but not for unnatural intercourse.”

    SANHEDRIN, 69b “Our rabbis taught: If a woman sported lewdly with her young son (a minor), and he committed the first stage of cohabitation with her, -Beth Shammai says, he thereby renders her unfit for the priesthood (1). Beth Hillel declares her fit…All agree that the connection of a boy nine years and a day is a real connection; whilst that of one less than eight years is not (2); their dispute refers only to one who is eight years old.

    KETHUBOTH, 11a-11b. “Rabba said, It means (5) this: When a grown up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing, for when the girl is less than this (6), it is as if one puts the finger in the eye (7), but when a small boy has intercourse with a grown up woman, he makes her as `a girl who is injured by a piece of wood’ “.
    (footnotes) “(5). Lit., `says’. (6) Lit., `here’, that is, less than three years old. (7) Tears come to the eyes again and again, so does virginity come back to the little girl under three years.”

    KETHUBOTH, 11a-11b. “Rab Judah said that Rab said: A small boy who has intercourse with a grown up woman makes her (as though she were) injured by a piece of wood (1). Although the intercourse of a small boy is not regarded as a sexual act, nevertheless the woman is injured by it as by a piece of wood.”(Dildo)
    (footnotes) “(1) Although the intercourse of a small boy is not regarded as a sexual act, nevertheless the woman is injured by it as by a piece of wood.”(Dildo)

    ABODAH ZARAH, 36b-37a. “R. Naham b. Isaac said: They decreed in connection with a heathen child that it would cause defilement by seminal emission (2) so that an Israelite child should not become accustomed to commit pederasty with it…From what age does a heathen child cause defilement by seminal emission? From the age of nine years and one day. (37a) for inasmuch as he is then capable of the sexual act he likewise defiles by emission. Rabina said: It is therefore to be concluded that a heathen girl (communicates defilement) from the age of three years and one day, for inasmuch as she is then capable of the sexual act she likewise defiles by a flux.

    SOTAH, 26b. “R. Papa said: It excludes an animal, because there is not adultery in connection with an animal (4). Raba of Parazika (5) asked R. Ashi, Whence is the statement which the Rabbis made that there is no adultery in connection with an animal? Because it is written, Thou shalt not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a dog etc.; (6) and it has been taught: The hire of a dog (7) and the wages of a harlot (8) are permissible, as it is said, Even both of these (9) – the two (specified texts are abominations) but not four (10)…As lying with mankind. (12) But, said Raba, it excludes the case where he warned her against contact of the bodies (13). Abaye said to him, That is merely an obscene act (and not adultery), and did the All-Merciful prohibit (a wife to her husband) for an obscene act?”

    Of the “sacred” Talmudic teachings of the “Sages,” preserved since 500 A.D. and taught more widely today than ever before in Talmud-Torah schools in the U.S.A., perhaps nothing better illustrates “fools” with “reprobate minds” than the teaching in the Talmud book of Yebamoth that spittle on the top of the bed curtain proves that a wife has been guilty of adultery, as only lying down face upwards could she have spit up on it. Spitting several feet straight up! The Talmud states: “When a peddler leaves a house and the woman within is fastening her sinnar [breech-cloth] … . If spittle is found on the upper part of the curtained bed she must, said Rabbi, go.”

    Footnote: “Even if there were no witnesses that misconduct took place.”
    Further footnote: “Only the woman lying face upwards could have spat on the spot. Intercourse may, there fore, be suspected.”

  • Bobby English

    The Significance of Gaza???

  • Joleen

    Ruthie, thank you for your article. Beautifully written in spite of the tragedy that inspired it. Keep telling the truth. The Algemeiner is one of the few news sources I trust. Shalom

  • Jill Schreiber

    It is almost sickening to see how people are exploiting this warfare for their own profitable agendas.

  • Susan Berg

    Bravo Ms. Blum, well and truthfully said.

  • neurodoc

    Excellent because it notes so much that goes uncommented on by those (e.g., Obama, NYT, other left-wing spinners). For example, Farook taking the benefit of paternity leave paid for by the state of CA for its employees, and that allowing him time for preparing their horrific slaughter; the co-workers he would return to murder giving him a baby shower; the neighbor sensing somethimg wrong but afraid of being called out as an “Islamophobe; the familiar role played by CAIR; etc. There is great significance in such details.

  • The San Bernardino terrorist attack may have been God’s final warning – A SEVEN DAY NOAH WARNING -. Noah had 120 biblical years 360 days each to build the ark and warn mankind.
    From the first day of First Zionist congress assembly on August 29th, 1897 to DECEMBER 8TH, 2015 IS EXACTLY 120 Biblical years. The Prophet Haggai in chapter two clearly states GOD, commencing on the 24th day of Kislev, will start shaking and overthrowing the governments of nations.
    I believe this Kislev new moon was sighted on November 13th, making the first day of Kislev on November 14 – -Thus, the 24th day of Kislev when GOD will begin shaking the nations LANDS RIGHT ON DECEMBER THE 7TH, PEARL HARBOR DAY – -JUST AS A 120 YEAR WARNING ENDS. – -A coincidence? I think not. Surely one must take into account the 4 blood moons and Jubilee year…..

    In my humble opinion, as a former Air Force Intelligence Analyst/Reporter,U-2 over-flights of Russia 50-60s/Cuban Missile Crisis I feel the PARIS terrorist attack was a false flag operation to declare martial law and provide military/police protection for the so-called Climate Change conference – -convened to initiate the new NIMROD one-world government. Nations expected to sign agreements turning over much of their national independence and rule to United Nations.
    The San Bernardino attacks also appears to be a false flag operation with too many anomalies – -even the time of beginning – -“around 11 o’clock” – -a well known favorite number of Satan worshippers and elitist organizations.
    Even the Pope has climbed on board declaring THIS is mankind’s last change to save humanity from self destruction. From his many statements since becoming Pope, it is obvious Francis is a devout Marxist- calling for global governance. Politicians are now pushing global governance just like they rushed to save the large banks a few years ago and just like Obama Care was rushed and forced on America.
    It is clearly transparent certain multi-national corporations, foundations, and elitist families are determined to return all mankind to total subjugation like in Muslim countries and rule as in days of totalitarianism under kings and queens in days of old.

    This coming December 7, seventy two hours from now, we will see if this is Time God will intervene, setting events in motion for the seven year time of Jacob’s Trouble.
    Will God allow America to be attacked again on December 7th.??? It is obvious President Obama is clearly on Islam’s side by suggesting San Bernardino was just workplace violence. From very beginning of his presidency, he stated if push came to shove, he would side with Islam. Americans will not wake up in time to realize Obama is not a weak president, but a hardened Islamic communist hell bent on destroying America
    . I feel he considers himself the best pick of the elitists to be first president of the World. It is obvious to even deaf and blind people that American Jews and Christians are now toast…TV and radio personalities discuss politics and religion as if they are in a high school debating class.
    We are at war with Islam- The millions of “peaceful Muslims” are now like the Protestants, Catholics, and Jews of Germany who never stood up to Hitler and wound up getting killed…American Muslims must stand up now for Democracy and eliminate and denounce all the verses stating non-believers must be converted or killed. In San Bernardino the terrorist killed a man to prove Islam is a peaceful religion –does that not say it all???

  • Put all politics aside – fighting and quashing terrorism is a matter of world survival
    The world needs to put together immediately an International task forces to fight terrorism and Muslim extremists. It needs to be a well trained force with substantial resources and manpower as well as an International intelligence cooperation with no restriction. It has to be a unified and cohesive battle to abolish terrorism at all costs. Let the terrorists know that there is no hole they can hide in, that the world terrorist task force and other law enforcement agencies will get them wherever they are. We must shut off all their resources, financing, financial institutions and any source that supply them with any kind of support; weaponry, economic, information, etc. whatsoever.
    I urge the world powers at large to take these terrorist events seriously with utmost urgency. The situation is at a critical stage and if immediate all out action is not taken in all parts of the world, terror and mayhem will take over the world and we will not be able to stop it.
    Just imagine if one of those terrorist got a hold of a nuclear suitcase bomb. Do I need to describe it any further.
    Is there a leader today (please stand up) in the free world who can take the bull by the horn and initiate this global war on terrorism.
    YJ Draiman
    P.S. God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change things that I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.
    Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can not be treated just where it is visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed completely with no traces left.
    When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely. That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.
    YJ Draiman

  • Dave

    Obama Jeh Loretta, When will they wake up and admit these killers(Paris San Bernardino etc.) were Muslims that hate the freedom of Western society?

  • Elaine O’Neal

    Were 12 innocent people killed or 14? I thought there were 14 killed including the terrorists.

  • Caryl BERNER

    Well put. I believe the Media contributes to these tragedies by continuously going on about the trGedy even when facts aren’t in yet. I believe the jihadists eat it all up. Just like they were thrilled about 9/11, the Media lets them relive their cowardice over and over and prehaps lets them use news coverage for recruitment purposes.
    please do not misunderstand….coverage yes…not excessive coverage NO. Look how longit takes the World to open their eyes regardless of the coverage.

  • Simone Miller

    Islam is a religion of peace. Wherever did our president get that idea? It is, in practice, a religion that spews hate and fear and must be stopped. The children are taught to hate with their mother’s milk and they can’t be allowed to destroy Western Civilization.

  • Robert Anderson

    All I can say is what an outstanding article. I live some 40 miles from where the terror in San Bernardino took place. Ruthie, you really put together the local as well as the international context in a truly excellent view. Thank you!