On Saturday, September 22, 2018, while the world focused on the tragedy in Iran of the Ahvaz military parade attack carried out by ISIS, a mob of Somali Muslim men and boys rushed the entrance to Valleyfair, a family amusement park that had set aside the day to honor law enforcement in Minnesota.
The mob overcame security, jumping fences avoiding metal detectors while bringing in weapons. It was a direct, premeditated attack on police and security. Backup had to be called in along with fire trucks, ambulances and even a police helicopter. This attack should be understood as a “dry run” test (in counterterrorism parlance).
When my kids were little, we used to go to Valleyfair, just like these law enforcement families were doing this past September for a special and fun summer day. How Minnesota has changed.
The mob action occurred even after the Somali community had just enjoyed their very own special Somali day with reduced ticket prices at Valleyfair in July!
The incident has gone virtually unreported in the mainstream media. This shows that a vocal number of troublemakers have been effective in paralyzing honest reporting concerning the deepening of Somali violence in Minnesota.
The media is afraid to report the truth. Allegedly, the reason being given is that Minnesota is facing midterm elections and four Muslims are running for government positions.
Of note in the running is Keith Ellison, the Democratic nominee for attorney general (who is not Somali). Ellison, who is under investigation for domestic violence, formerly associated with the Nation of Islam, a virulently anti-Semitic organization. (When I did prison interviews in Minneapolis of Somalis, Sudanese, African Americans and others, it was the former “Nation of Islamers” who told me that they had “upgraded” to the extremist Sunni Wahhabi Islam. They were among the most violent in the jail. That was in 2005.)
Not to be forgotten in this election is Ilhan Omar, who may have committed perjury when she married her brother in order to obtain a green card for him. He now lives in the United Kingdom. Oddly, she has never been investigated with regards to this issue, to the best of my knowledge, even though she is running for the U.S. Congress (for Keith Ellison’s old seat).
There are two other Somali candidates, Muhamud Noor and Hodan Hassan. Both are not controversial and representative of the majority of the good Somali people in Minnesota. (In fact, I dedicated my fifth book which deals with Somalia, The Last Two Jews of Mogadishu Living Under Al Shabaab’s Fire, to the good people of Somalia. I can imagine how they must cringe when hearing about their delinquent brethren who have brought even more shame upon this already shame/honor-soaked community.)
The Somali mob at Valleyfair started fights, rampaging and looting among other things. Adults and children were terrified. A woman posted that she feared she would never get out of the parking lot alive. Indeed, families set out for a day of fun only to return home with traumatized children.
This mob behavior is a classic example of an enraged shame/honor group bent on destruction and obliteration of everything in its path. Since the media has failed to cover this story (or cover it properly) because of concerns for “offending” the Somali community, the media has unwittingly primed the pump for more severe violence in the future.
The worst thing that can be done when dealing with such groups is to ignore their violence and cover up what went on.
I recently wrote an article titled “The Case of Khalil Jabarin: The Palestinian Wind-up Toy” about a 16-year old Palestinian teenager who murdered a Jewish man in Israel. Jabarin is a predictable product of the Palestinian shame/honor culture and its atrocious child rearing practices.
It is no different for the Somali Muslim community, which has given Minnesota Somali youth gangs, Al Shabaab and Islamic State recruits.
I end with a recent exchange I had on the Somali Facebook page “Gubdi Fariinta” concerning female genital mutilation (FGM), which remains pervasive in Somalia and throughout its diaspora communities. Even though FGM has been outlawed in Minnesota since 1994, it is still happening.
The postings verify that the Somalis themselves know that a good portion of the political violence in the Somali community emanates from this violent practice. Just like in Muslim societies that still engage in honor killings, the violence begins at home and morphs into things like terrorism and suicide bombings.
Members of the Somali mob that attacked Valleyfair should be thought of as lethal, swarming wind-up toys who have been bred and raised in an environment that teaches hatred, vengeance and murder. Only the Somalis can stop this, and yet we hear nothing on this topic from Ilhan Omar, Muhamud Noor and Hodan Hassan as of this writing.
Editor’s note: Ilhan Omar, Muhamud Noor, Hodan Hassan, and Keith Ellison all won their election bids.
This article was published with the permission of Noor Dahir, director of the Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism Think Tank in London.