Bobby Jindal Vindicated on ‘No-Go’ Zones After Paris Attacks

Bobby Jindal (Joe Raedle / Getty)
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal faced a storm of criticism earlier this year for describing “no-go” zones in Europe–areas dominated by Muslim immigrants where police had limited control, and which were hotbeds for terrorism and radicalism as a result.

At the time, Jindal was blasted by the left, and hence by the media. Here is a small sample of what he faced:

Bobby Jindal invokes controversial ‘no-go zones’ in London speech – CNN

Jindal condemns imaginary ‘no-go zones’ – MSNBC

Jindal doubles down on Muslim ‘no-go zones’ in Europe – USA Today

Louisiana governor unapologetic after Muslim ‘no-go zones’ comments – Guardian

Even conservatives felt compelled to step in and clarify what Jindal had said. Daniel Pipes explained at National Review that the term “semi-autonomous sectors” was more accurate than “no-go zones,” since the government had not “lost control of territory.”

Regardless of the semantics, the Paris attacks reveal the grim reality, as reported by none other than the New York Times itself:

Belgian Minister Says Government Lacks Control Over Neighborhood Linked to Terror Plots

Belgium’s home affairs minister said that the government does not “have control of the situation in Molenbeek,” a working-class neighborhood of Brussels that has been linked to several terrorism plots in recent years.

Speaking on the VRT television channel on Sunday, the minister, Jan Jambon, said that the government would “step up efforts” to bring order to the area of the Belgian capital.

“I see that Mayor Françoise Schepmans is also asking our help, and that the local police chief is willing to cooperate,” Mr. Jambon said. “We should join forces and clean up the last bit that needs to be done; that’s really necessary.”

Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said he was also concerned about jihadist networks in Molenbeek.

“I notice that each time there is a link with Molenbeek,” he said. “This is a gigantic problem. Apart from prevention, we should also focus more on repression.”

Belgian officials had said that the brother of one of the men suspected to be Paris attackers was arrested on Saturday in Molenbeek.

Yet instead of facing the problem, the media and the left targeted Jindal and others for daring to point it out.

This week, Jindal is among several Republican governors refusing to admit more Syrian “refugees” until the federal government knows who they really are.


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