When radical Islam strikes as it did last week in Chattanooga where four Marines and a Navy sailor were murdered by Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez at two military facilities, it never ceases to amaze how the mainstream media so eagerly to minimize what is staring us right in the face.
Enter Brian Ross of ABC News.
You might remember that it was Ross who, in the wake of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado three years ago, said that the suspect Jim Holmes was listed as a member of the Colorado Tea Party. Yes, there was a Jim Holmes who was active with the Tea Party in Colorado. Only he was a 52-year old Hispanic male who, other than sharing his name, bore no resemblance to the 24-year old white male ex-medical student who was ultimately charged with the crime. As I wrote at the time:
What this tells me is that the moment ABC News found out who the shooter was, a researcher did a Google search “James Holmes Colorado Tea Party” and hit pay dirt. Or so they thought. But what is it in the mindset of ABC News, other mainstream media outlets and liberals at large that they would immediately connect mass murder to a member of the local Tea Party?
I’ll tell you what it is. It’s hatred and ignorance. Not surprisingly the two go hand in hand. Too many liberals and progressives in this country hate conservatives and this hatred causes them to attribute the worst possible deeds upon our doorstep.
But when radical Islam visits the worst possible deeds upon our doorstep, Ross is far more circumspect even in the face of overwhelming evidence. When it came to light that Abdulazeez had sought religious guidance to justify his act of terror, Ross and other contributors reported it this way:
The gunman who killed five American troops in a Chattanooga shooting spree last week did online research for militant Islamist “guidance” on committing violence that he may have believed would wipe away in the afterlife his sins on earth including drug and alcohol abuse, an arrest and a lost job, officials said on Monday.
The Internet searches were discovered on electronic devices such as his smartphone analyzed over the weekend by the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia, several counter-terrorism officials confirmed to ABC News.
But there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez, 24 — whose family insists he was deeply troubled and mentally ill — was inspired by or directed by ISIS to carry out a bloody attack on U.S. military targets of the sort the Syria and Iraq-based terror group has publicly called for over the past year, the officials said.
“I don’t think that there is any evidence it was ISIL-inspired. He may have been seeking some religious guidance to conduct an act. He could readily find that anywhere online,” a senior official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.
Now one could make the case that Ross and ABC News are taking their cue from the FBI who, in turn, are taking their cues from the Obama White House. While one can connect those dots, Ross’s report is still an assault on common sense. After all, most people who are prepared to murder four Marines and a Navy sailor can be described as deeply troubled. And although Abdulazeez might have met the legal definition of sanity, killing another human being is an inherently irrational act.
When most people lose their job, have a substance abuse problem and/or get arrested and are in need of religious guidance, it is to uplift the soul not to kill U.S. military personnel. As of now, there is only one religion in the world whose adherents are actively being told it is their duty to kill American civilians and military personnel. Not every Muslim will subscribe to Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa, but a critical mass does and that is what matters.
Speaking of al Qaeda, 24 hours after their religious guidance report, Ross & Co. followed up with a report indicating that the FBI had uncovered evidence that Abdulazeez viewed the online sermons of the late Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), back in 2013. Here is how Ross & Co. spin this particular tidbit:
But there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez, 24 — whose family insists he was deeply troubled and mentally ill — was inspired by or directed by ISIS to carry out a bloody attack on U.S. military targets of the sort the Syria and Iraq-based terror group has publicly called for over the past year, the officials said. Al-Awlaki was a high-profile member of al Qaeda, from which ISIS — once an al Qaeda affiliate in Iraq — publicly split in recent years.
What difference does it make if Abdulazeez’s act of evil was inspired by ISIS or by AQAP? What does it matter if al Qaeda and ISIS split? They still share common goals among which are the killing of American soldiers. When all is said and done, radical Islam is radical Islam.
With this in mind, let us remember that Nidal Malik Hasan, the man who killed 12 soldiers, one civilian, and one unborn child at Fort Hood in November 2009, was not only also inspired by al-Awlaki, but directly communicated with him. Following the Fort Hood shootings, al-Awlaki described Hasan as a hero:
Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn’t exist.
Let us also not pretend that radical Islam does not exist despite the best efforts of President Obama on down to the FBI and Brian Ross of ABC News to say otherwise. They might not be prepared to tell it like it is, but Tomi Lahren, an anchor of the fledgling One America Network (OAN) out of San Diego, most certainly is. Here is a portion of what she said in response to the Chattanooga shootings:
Was he linked to ISIS, al Qaeda or Hamas or any of the other 15 plus off-shoot terrorist groups? Does it matter? I’m sorry, but radical Islam is becoming the rule, not the exception. Yesterday’s moderate is today’s terrorist. I care that this SOB killed four of our United States Marines. I care that our Commander-in-Chief is more concerned with Muslim sensitivity than the honor & sacrifice made by these Marines. Now this is the 21st time our military men & women have been attacked at home. This is not a Middle East problem. This is an American problem.
That this 22-year old woman understands what Brian Ross, the FBI, and President Obama cannot and will not understand is cause for hope. Sadly, it is also an indication that things are bound to get worse before they get better. But things will never get better as long as the powers that be in this country refuse to acknowledge radical Islam, but also refuse to acknowledge that radical Islam is radical Islam.