Truth in Terrorism
By: Mark Hyman
All Muslims are not terrorists.
But the other extreme is just as wrong. Those people and institutions that are wound-up so tight with political correctness that they pretend Islam doesn’t play any role in terrorism put society at risk.
Hopefully, we’ll soon know the full story of the Boston bombers.
But before their identities were known, folks at CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Salon and elsewhere insisted the bombers were angry white males, anti-tax critics, or even hinted they were Tea Partiers. They’ve been pushing this false narrative for years.
[Now that it is known the bombers were Chechen immigrants, fueled by Islam, liberal news outlets are working overtime to pretend Islam played no role in the attack. Among those pushing this Islam-was-not-involved narrative are the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC (and here), and CNN. Some have gone so far as to blame the U. S. (here, here, here).]
Perhaps worse is the likely government response. For example, the TSA will continue to treat cops, servicemen, 80-year olds and teen girls on their way to a cheerleading competition as posing the exact same threat as those who actually carry-out terrorism. Time, effort and resources will be wasted being politically correct.
[Such bad behavior by the Transportation Security Administration is not surprising. TSA agents have stolen passengers' valuables, committed rape, groped women, humiliated breast cancer survivors, strip-searched infants, bullied the elderly, fondled genitals, harassed breast-feeding mothers, made fun of the disabled, and disassembled prosthetic devices on wounded military.]
Since 2009, the federal government has released several documents [here, here, here & here] claiming terrorist threats are posed by evangelical Christians, anti-abortion Catholics, Mormons, Constitutionalists and similar law-abiding Americans.
In contrast, the feds call the Ft Hood terrorist attack carried out by Nidal Malik Hasan that killed 13 “workplace violence” even though he twice yelled “Allahu Akbar!” before firing.
[Of note, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Boston to make a hospital visit to a Saudi national who was initially a 'person of interest' but there are no reports she visited any of those injured in the blast.]
The Boston bombing is a reminder that those who follow a twisted version of Islam pose a dangerous threat. To pretend otherwise is wrong.
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Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.