On Monday, an explosion on the St. Petersburg metro killed 14 people and injured dozens. This attack and the way it has been reported tell us a great deal.
The perpetrator is believed to be Akhbarzhon Jalilov, a 22 year old from Kyrgyzstan who came to Russia several years ago and took Russian citizenship. To show his gratitude toward his new country, Jalilov decided to strap on a suicide vest and blast his way into heaven. Jalilov was like scores of young men from Central Asia and the Caucasus who—like Mexicans in America—come to Russia to work and send remittances back home. Like Mexicans, they bring cultural problems and Third-World attitudes.
Bombings and attacks such as these are a part of everyday life in Russia. In 1999 a series of bombings ripped through apartment blocks in Moscow and other cities killed 307 people. The 2002 Moscow theater hostage-taking left 130 dead. A 2004 metro bombing in Moscow killed 41. Bombs on airplanes in 2004 killed 89. A 2010 Moscow subway attack killed 41. The 2015 downing of a Russian plane in Egypt killed 224. And there have been many more such incidents.
Just as in Europe and the United States, Muslims are killing unbelievers. Everyone knows this, especially our leaders, yet they continue letting in more Muslims. Russia is guilty of this, too.
As I have noted elsewhere, Russia has a big immigration problem, both legal and illegal. While the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin has made it harder for immigrants to get in, and has stepped up enforcement of immigration laws, Muslim migrants can still enter legally. Why? Former head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodonovskiy, says Russia needs immigrants because of a labor shortage in Russia—300,000 people per year, to be precise.
In an interview with RT in June 2013, even President Putin echoed these sentiments, saying it would be easy to assimilate migrants from former Soviet Republics. He said they would have to be taught Russian language and history, but that all former Soviets share a common culture. It takes a delusive nostalgia for the Soviet era to believe that Asiatic Muslims and Christian Slavs share a common culture.
At the same time, there are elements in Russia, as there are in the United States and Europe, who see their nation as nothing more than an economy that must flourish so that companies can make money. These elites wield incredible influence, and ordinary citizens face the consequences, one of which is terrorism.
The media coverage of the attacks has been just as perplexing as President Putin’s stance on immigration. According to at least two Western sources, the bombings are the fault of the Russians. According to Abdujalil Abdurasulov of the BBC, several thousand Central Asian Muslims have joined Islamic State not because of militant verses in the Koran, but because of the “injustice and abuse they face” in Russia. Reporters at the Guardian note that migrant workers from Central Asia work in construction in poor conditions where they face racism from Russians.
The message from the BBC and the Guardian is clear: Russians must take some blame for the bombings. Presumably, if they could overcome their “racism,” the killings would stop. This is suicidal foolishness. Muslims will try to achieve their goals through terrorism, using our own legal systems and media against us, and no amount of coddling from our elites will make them stop.
Our response to terrorism says a great deal about us; Muslims bomb us and we continue to let them in. This proves our weakness, and shows that our elites care more about cheap labor than they do about protecting the lives of their people.