It's a real burden being right so often
A former sushi chef from Kyrgyzstan has been named as the suicide bomber who murdered 14 and injured 50 in the St Petersburg train massacre.
Russian citizen Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, who was born in Kyrgyzstan, has been named by security services as the suspected bomber who also planted a second device hidden in a fire extinguisher that failed to explode.
Kremlin officials said parts of the attacker's body had been found at the scene a day after a train was blown up between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations in Russia's second city.
CCTV images of the suspect have been released, showing him in a red Parka jacket, carrying a rucksack on his back through the Metro while further images shows him walking along the street with both his fists clenched - potentially because he was clutching the trigger for his bomb. Police believe he has close links to radical Islamists.
A former friend, Ali Matkarimov, today said Jalilov - who was named by Kyrgyzstan officials - was once a sushi maker and was 'not even saying his prayers' when the pair worked together in the city in 2013.
The Kremlin today described the attack as a 'challenge' to Vladimir Putin adding that it was 'noteworthy' that it happened while the Russian President was in the city.
As hundreds gathered to mourn the dead this morning, the city's transport bosses reopened four stations which had been shut down following an anonymous call warning of another attack.
The Russians suffered a number of truly appalling Islamist attacks in the 1990s before their current iron man, one Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, clamped down hard on the influence and pervasiveness of Islam in his nation. Yet this latest attack shows that even they are not safe, despite their best and most strenuous efforts.
Russia is surrounded on its southern border by a number of central Asian former Soviet satellites- what one might call the "ick-stan" countries of Dagestan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and so on and so forth. These territories have been under Islamic control for literal centuries, ever since they were conquered during Islam's first and second great expansions.
It is from there, and from several of the unstable regions near Crimea, that Russia's attackers will come from, whenever and wherever they can.
The lesson to be learned here for the West is simple: it is downright suicidal to permit Islam to infiltrate your borders, no matter how seemingly safe and well-intentioned its adherents might be. Sooner or later, the fundamentalists will turn upon their hosts, they will inflict mass casualties, and they absolutely will take advantage of the ensuing moral panic to claim aggrieved status as oppressed minorities.
That exact same pattern of behaviour is repeating itself across the Western world, and it is well past time that the West's people learned to recognise and deal with this fact.
The choice before the West remains the same one that Russia faced, the same one that they made correctly, and the same one that Russia's Western neighbours seem far too cowed and cowardly to confront:
Reconquista, or Shariah.
That is all there is. Choose well, before the choice is removed from you at the point of a gun.
*I almost never apologise to anyone for cracking jokes at his or her expense, but in this one case, I think a caveat is warranted. I rather like the Amish, they are good hardy folk who are unfailingly polite- and who insist on preserving their unique way of life, no matter what anyone else might think of them.