The Worst Mass Shooting in American History and Radical Islamist Terror - The Hate the President Dares Not Name
By The New York Post Editorial Board
Islamist terror struck America again late Saturday night, this time on the dance floor of Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, in the largest mass shooting in US history.
The death toll of 50 may yet rise, as some of the 53 wounded remain in bad shape.
That our president, in his remarks Sunday, chose not to call it “Islamist” terror is almost irrelevant: He has just seven months left in office; why would he break with his habits of denial now?
It matters more that Hillary Clinton, in her public comments, also refused to name the enemy, instead rushing to talk about “working with allies and partners” to counter the threat — a necessary step, of course, but hardly sufficient.
Donald Trump’s call to be “tough, vigilant and smart” didn’t say a lot more, but at least he was willing to use the I-word.
The early signs are clear: reports of the gunman shouting “Allahu Akbar” and a 911 call declaring his allegiance to ISIS — enough for ISIS, which had called for attacks on America to mark this Ramadan, to decide to claim credit.
It was, of course, also very much an anti-gay attack: Omar Mateen drove more than 100 miles from his home to target Pulse in the runup to Pride Week. That doesn’t make it any less “an attack on all Americans,” as President Obama put it; it merely tells us this particular terrorist had that personal edge to his hate.
Pundits will fixate on all manner of other details: He was a US citizen, born in New York to parents who came here from Afghanistan. He bought the weapons legally, within the last week.
But the United States isn’t going to exile all its Muslims to prevent attacks by a minuscule handful, nor round up all its firearms to frustrate an even tinier minority of gun-owners.