President Obama issued a statement announcing that a FBI probe had been launched to investigate the Chapel Hill shootings which claimed the lives of three Muslims.
“No one in the United States of America should be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship,” said Obama.
This stands in sharp contrast to Obama’s assessment in his interview with Vox that last month’s attack in a Jewish grocery store in Paris which claimed the lives of four Jews was random. This despite the fact that the man responsible for the killing called a radio station and stated, “I targeted them because they were Jewish.”
Shortly before the Chapel Hill shootings, I wrote:
If a Muslim deli had been targeted and had the gunman responsible said he was targeting them because they were Muslim then you can bet Obama and company would not only have emphasized that detail, but would have announced an international summit on Islamophobia at the White House.
OK, so we have a federal probe instead of an Islamophobia summit. But I stand by my point. Mind you, I’m not against such a probe. While the conflict does stem from a neighborhood dispute over a parking space, the perpetrator did make anti-Muslim statements online and these sentiments may have contributed to the murder. As such it warrants investigation.
At this point, we don’t know what extent, if any, that the perpetrator was motivated to kill because of his victims’ Muslim heritage. But Obama, famous for telling Americans not to jump to conclusions after the Fort Hood shootings, has arrived at his own preordained conclusions.
There is no such ambiguity in the Hyper Cacher attack. By his own words, the ISIS follower killed his victims because they were Jewish. Here too Obama has arrived at his own preordained conclusions.
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