Musings Of An Average Joe: How To Be Sure It’s An Islamic Terror Attack
When news of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California first broke, news outlets and viewers alike began to speculate as to the motives behind the senseless violence. Was it Islamic terrorism? Anti-government radicals? Disgruntled employees?
CNN reporters even informed their viewers that there was a Planned Parenthood facility only a few blocks from the terrorists’ target. Even many who would be inclined to assume Islamic extremism took pause, given the description of the attackers in the initial reports. Body armor. A seemingly tactical approach to the shootings. A planned escape with no desire to sacrifice oneself for martyrdom. Could this be the work of some right-wing militia types?
In an ideal world, all of the facts would be present before accusations are made. But we don't live in an ideal world. Every news organization wants to be the first on the scene – the first to break the news - the first to get the scoop. Whether right or wrong, speculation has become part of news reporting. There's no time to wait for facts when ratings are on the line. And let's be honest, we all make assumptions. Do you know what happens when you assume? If you're not the left-wing media, you're right 98 percent of the time.
Everyone with common sense knew who was behind the attacks in San Bernardino. When such an act of terror takes place, there is an easy way to identify the perpetrators and the motive before all the facts are known. If there is more than one armed assailant and the target is not a bank, it is a radical Islamist terror attack. There simply is no organized effort by any other group. That is not to say that there has never been an attack by non-Islamists carried out by more than one individual or every Islamic terror attack involves multiple culprits. But in today’s climate, it can be safely assumed that an attack involving multiple terrorists is linked to radical Islam.
Left-wing reporters and pundits will have you believe that white supremacist or right-wing extremist terrorism is just as big of a threat as Islamic terrorism. But the truth is that their assumptions and speculations are much more wishful thinking than reality. They want so badly to link any act of terror to a radical Christian, the Tea Party or some anti-government extremist movement. But that link almost never exists, despite every effort to make it exist.
In a bizarre and offensive press conference following the San Bernardino massacre, lawyers for the family ofone of the shooters, Syed Farook, insisted that there was no evidence the attacks were linked to terror groups such as ISIS. Lawyer David Chelsey said, "When a Christian goes to shoot up a Planned Parenthood or an extreme Catholic goes and bombs an abortion clinic, all the headlines do not say 'extremist radical Christian, Catholic, Christian, Catholic'... Just like right now every headline is saying Muslim."
There is an easy answer to Mr. Chelsey's grievance. There is no organized effort by any Catholic or Christian group to commit acts of terror. There is usually no link to a church or any religious affiliation at all other than having a typically Christian name. Almost all non-Islamic terror attacks like the ones at Planned Parenthood, the Colorado theater and Sandy Hook were perpetrated by deranged lunatics. Complete loners not affiliated with any group, house of worship or even like minded people. There is no trail of funding, training or influence by any other individuals.
We know the motive of the Charleston, SC church shooter. And with all the supposed racists in America, even he couldn’t find an accomplice. The Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter allegedly said “no more baby parts.” Other than that accusation, we don’t know the motives of nearly every non-Islamic terror attack that has taken place in recent memory. In almost every instance, there isn’t a real motive at all except evil and insanity. Lunacy, not ideology, is the prevailing factor.
We do, however, know the motive behind the Paris attacks. We do know the motive behind the San Bernardino attacks.
How many Christian ministers are under surveillance for their ties to terror organizations? How many encourage their congregations to commit acts of terror or even condone them after the fact? How many terror training camps are in the Vatican?
The Obama administration’s refusal to call Islamic terrorism what it is has prevented them from waging an effective war against the threat of radical Islam. But journalists, political pundits, bloggers and “citizen journalists” on Facebook and Twitter are equally culpable. Equating Islamic terror to other forms of violence is not only inaccurate, it is dangerous. There will always be random acts of violence by mentally ill or simply evil individuals. But there is currently only one threat that is organized, ideologically dedicated, well-funded, large in numbers and committed to our destruction.