Denver man identified as first American victim in Sri Lankan Islamic bombings

Article publisher: 
The Washington Times
Article date: 
23 April 2019
Article category: 
Colorado News
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A Denver man was identified Monday as the first American killed in a series of coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Dieter Kowalski, who was traveling to the country on a work trip, was killed hours after he checked into the Cinnamon Grand Colombo when suicide bombers targeted it in the terror attack....
Sri Lanka experienced nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other areas on Easter Sunday, leading to 290 people dead and more than 500 wounded.
Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates, Aljazeera, April 23, 2019:
Pompeo vows fight on 'Islamic radical terrorism'
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will keep fighting "radical Islamic terror" in the wake of the Sri Lanka attacks.
"Radical Islamic terror remains a threat," Pompeo told reporters. "This is America's fight, too."
The US State Department has warned of further attacks in Sri Lanka in a revised travel advisory, urging increased caution and adding, "Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka."...
The Sri Lanka Jihad Massacre and the Decline of the West - How many times is the charade of denial going to play out?, by Robert Spencer, April 22, 2019:
Well over two hundred people are dead, and hundreds more injured, in jihad massacres in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, and now the usual denial and obfuscation are in full swing. I’m often asked, when I speak around the country, what it will take to wake people up to the nature and gravity of the jihad threat. For all too many people, the answer, as the Sri Lanka attacks abundantly show, is nothing....
The identity and motive of the perpetrator are glossed over, downplayed, or ignored altogether. If that cannot be done, then the focus shifts to Muslims as victims, bracing for an “Islamophobic backlash” that seldom, actually materializes. In this case, the worst take came from Britain’s egregious Prime Minister Theresa May, whose initial response to the massacre was to tweet: “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling.”
Yes, Ms. May, this was the work of anti-hotel and anti-church building zealots.
Britain’s Prime Minister can’t name the victims — Christians — for fear of offending the Muslim communities in the UK whose votes she desperately needs....
Is Islam Inherently Violent?, by Amil Imani, April 20, 2019:
... “The Quran contains at least 109 verses that speak of war with nonbelievers, usually based on their status as non-Muslims. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may hide. Muslims who do not join the fight are called  ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.”
Islam is anything but a religion of peace. Violence is at the very core of Islam. Violence is institutionalized in the Muslims’ holy book, the Quran in many Suras....
Humanity is facing a deeply troubling dilemma.  Not only does Islam support violence, even its Prophet Muhammad commands:
“Kill whoever changes his religion.” Sahih al-Bukhari 9:84:57...

Churches Have Become The #1 Target For Hate Attacks – An Average Of 105 Every Single Month, DC Clothesline, April 23, 2019.

Another French Church Burns on Easter Sunday, Probable Arson, Breitbart, April 23, 2019.

Sri Lanka social media shutdown part of global discontent with Silicon Valley, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 23, 2019:

"What happened yesterday with the government shutting down access to social media is part of a much larger picture that's happening all over the world," said Michael Abramowitz, the president of Freedom House, a Washington-based think tank that measures political rights and civil liberties globally. "There's much, much more major effort by government to regulate the internet, to restrict access to social media."...

For a week in March 2018, the government blocked access to Facebook and its apps, Instagram and WhatsApp, along with the messaging app Viber, as they sought to curb hateful posts against Muslims while riots spread across the central part of the country....

Strict restrictions long have been in place in authoritarian countries, such as China, where Facebook and Google remain banned. YouTube, meanwhile, has been periodically blocked in more than two dozen countries since the service was founded nearly 15 years ago, including an incident in 2007 when a Turkish court ordered the removal of videos critical of the country's founder....

Germany, meanwhile, began implementing a tough online anti-hate speech law in 2018. A sweeping plan put forward in the United Kingdom this month would impose steep fines and other penalties for social-media sites that don't swiftly remove a range of offending content, from violent videos to disinformation....

Videos: Sri Lanka attack post 2: The aftermath, 2 bombers ID'd,Vlad Tepes, April 21, 2019.