Three Blind Mayors

The elected leaders of Paris, London, and New York should know better than to downplay the frequency of radical attacks.

Three days after a militant’s bomb shattered a pleasant Chelsea evening, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio joined London mayor Sadiq Kahn and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in calling for “policies that embrace diversity and promote inclusion.” They dismissed any connection between Muslim refugees and terror. “Militant violence is vanishingly rare,” they wrote. Such a denial of plain facts is rightly called “Orwellian.”

If militant violence is vanishing, then it must have once been more common, and is now almost gone. But the opposite is true.