The bombing in the Moscow subway is a typical Islamic terrorist horror, complete with suicide bombings, mass death, and sneaky female perpetrators. But Russia, like Israel, has within or lives alongside a large number of Muslims. It acquired its Caucasian Republics as part of its 19th Century drive to have a warm water port. As a consequence, an historically Nordic and homogenous group–the Russian Slavs–acquired a multinational empire of Tatars, Chechens, Ingushetians, Ossetians, and all the rest.
Israel, likewise, was born in the post World War II Jewish reconquest of their ancient homeland, which, in the 2,000 years of their exile, had become populated by a majority of Christian and Muslim Palestinian Arabs.
In other words, both of these nations because of where they are located and the settled facts of their ancient and recent history must deal with Muslims, and that means they must deal with Muslim terrorism. The United States, by contrast, is protected by two oceans, has a miniscule Muslim population, and benefits in spite of it all from a great deal of historical homogeneity, particularly on the matter of religion.
Our Muslim population is of recent vintage, often speaks with an accent, is easily identified, and is here because of the 1964 immigration reforms, which were deliberately designed to turn the white majority into a minority. While we’re told repeatedly that “diversity is our strength,” the facts suggest otherwise. Muslims do nothing extraordinary in America that Americans cannot do themselvses. They are not particularly talented and seem concentrated in low skill merchant occupations, with a smaller cohort in medicine and engineering. In other words, they do things we can easily do for ourselvs. But since this “reform” we’ve had the ’93 WTC attacks, 9/11, the El Al airlines shoot up, Major Nidal Hasan, and many other Muslim attacks and associated inconveniences.
Is this what we want? We are not fated to live this way. The risk is completely artificial, a creature of immigration policy that is fairly easily reversed in this instance, as evidenced by the mass self-deportation of Arabs and Muslims in the wake of the increased scrutiny following the 9/11 attacks. Russia and Israel, if they mean to preserve themselves, may have to resort to extremes. Some view their common terorrism problem as requiring solidarity and American activity in the region. But our common threat allows us (unlike Russia and Israel) a low effort, high reward solution not available to the fellow victims of Muslim terrorism. America can do defend itself by simply shutting the front door through which the terrorists keep coming in and by reducing our presence in the neighborhoods in which they reside, which focuses their attention unduly upon us. We should not allow a common threat obscure from us an uncommon advantage of geography and history.