LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2013 — Now we have names behind the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as motives.
The bombers continued their killing spree on Thursday night with the murder of a police officer at MIT in Watertown, Massachusetts.
The men, known as “Suspect 1” and “Suspect 2,” have been identified as ethnic Chechen brothers. Suspect 1, who was killed last night in a firefight with law enforcement, is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26. On the loose as of Friday afternoon was 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The brothers lived in America for quite some time and had become radicalized. They are believed to have emigrated to the United States in 2002.
The question that was asked before the bombers’ identities were known was what philosophy, ideology or system of beliefs caused them to act. CNN and MSNBC immediately speculated about “right-wing nutcases” and tea partyers. As of 2013, the number of terrorist attacks involving members of the tea party is precisely zero. The last major terrorist attack that had even the slightest link to anything on the political right was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 1995. Described as a devout Christian and Republican, he was neither.
Conversely, most major terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe in the last 20 years have been motivated by radical Islam. This fact is ideologically uncomfortable for some people, forcing them into imitations of ostriches. Defenders of radical Islam immediately point out that it is unfair to blame one billion Muslims for the actions of terrorists.
Let’s be very clear: Not all Muslims are being blamed. All Muslims are not terrorists. However, most terrorists are Muslims.
Consider this painfully common scenario: A man walks past a playground and stops to watch the children play. Mothers immediately go on alert. A police officer is summoned. There are questions and hostile stares. This has played out on aircraft, where men have been required to vacate their seats rather than sit next to unaccompanied minors.
Most men are not child molesters, but most child molesters are men (or so many people believe).
Refusal to accept painful facts like these gets innocent people hurt or killed. How do we defeat an enemy when we refuse to even call it by its name? How does the government protect us from terrorism when it refuses to admit where most terrorism comes from, opting to treat it as a general human malaise that is as likely to be perpetrated by retired Swedish school teachers, Baptist missionaries and tea party Republicans as by young Muslim men?
Nomenclature is not incidental. It gets to the heart of terror prevention through proper identification of potential terrorists. It isn’t perfect — the Unabomber wasn’t a Muslim and not all child molesters are men — but if you focus on careless dentists as the vector of AIDS transmission, you don’t stop the epidemic.
The Fort Hood shooting was described as “workplace violence.” Yet between the 1972 Munich Olympics, the 1985 murder of (wheelchair bound Jew) Leon Klinghoffer, the murder of Daniel Pearl, the blowing up of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the U.S.S. Cole, the bombings in London, Bali and Madrid, 9/11, the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber, Richard Reid the Shoe Bomber, and many more, there is one common threads.
They were all committed by radical Islamists.
Even if you include the terrorist acts of Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber, there’s a second common thread: None were committed by tea partyers.
Mention of that second threat might seem snide, but it is not. It’s a rebuke of a media mentality that thought it necessary to be so open-minded that it had to speculate on even the wildest improbabilities and ignore the gorilla in the room to explain the bombing. Tea partyers, Christian fundamentalists, Republican men angry over having to pay their taxes, white people still smarting that we have a black president — let’s consider anything but that toxic brew of Islam and angry politics.
Call them what you like — jihadists, radical Islamists, Islamofascists — if they aren’t immediately at the top of your list of suspects after a major terrorist act, you aren’t serious about terrorism. You’re like police officers who start their investigation of a school shooting by interviewing the prom queen and the cheerleading squad.
This has to stop. If “an abundance of caution” to avoid a “rush to judgment” exists for radical Islamists after a terrorist act, then at the least we should avoid speculating about the involvement of political conservatives, who are statistically as likely to have done the deed as the prom queen is to have launched a shooting rampage at her school.
The International Business Times, not bound by the politically correct agenda poisoning the New York Times, has zeroed in on radical imam Feiz Mohammad as a source of inspiration for the Tsarnaev brothers.
Sheikh Feiz, as he is known, has created controversy in Australia and England. He thinks Jews are pigs and women deserve to be raped. He supported the fatwa on a Dutch politician and regularly broadcasts sermons from al-Qaeda’s spiritual leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
This is the man who influenced Tamerlin Tsarnaev.
Will President Obama and Attorney General Holder acknowledge that radical Islam played a role here? Will the anchors at MSNBC or the writers at the New York Times? The poison spread by radical Islamists is killing and maiming people. Isn’t it time to stop it from being spread?
Obama, Holder and the press will do no such thing. Such honesty would blow their ideological fairy tale world apart. Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have such myopia. This is why the portion of Chechens who become radicalized Muslims take a bigger risk launching attacks in Russia than in tolerant Massachusetts.
The where, when, and how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev meets his maker is irrelevant. This is far bigger than him.
A murderous, cancerous ideology known as radical Islam has metastasized globally. It needs to be stopped, and admitting the problem exists is the first step to recovery for deniaholics.
As we grieve for those we lost and pray for the families of the victims, we must also honestly confront the fact of who murdered them, and who deliberately tried to assign blame anywhere but where it ultimately belonged. Only that way can we avoid putting political agenda above saving lives.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.
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