As of this morning, the Washington Post earnestly tells us that, with one bomber in custody and one dead, we still have no idea why they did it. We know that they’re brothers and that they come from Chechnya, a region that’s been having unnamed troubles leading to terrorism. One was a martial artist. And yada, yada, yada. Go in several paragraphs and you still don’t get the words “Islam” or “Muslim.” However, the WaPo finally concedes that one of the brothers wrote a tweet that mentioned “Allah.”
Hmmm. Haven’t I heard that word before in connection with mass murder? Was it a word the Americans on United flight 63 invoked before they saved our nation’s capital from a terrorist attack? No. I seem to recall “Let’s roll,” not “Allahhu akbar.” Is it what Ambassador Stevens went around saying before he was murdered on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11? I don’t think we so. We don’t know his last words, but he wasn’t known for talking about Allah. As I go through the roll call of mass bombings and murders in my mind, I just seem to associate that word with one group. Yeah. I’m sure it’ll come to me.
Seriously, though, this is serious. Once again, we’re facing a situation where Muslims murdered masses and the media is mystified. After Jared Lochner shot Gabby Gifford, they weren’t mystified at all — “It was a right-wing, Tea Party extremist,” they cried in one voice. “Inspired, no doubt, by a Sarah Palin ad that placed a surveyor’s cross hairs over Giffords Senate seat.” When he was revealed as a delusional schizophrenic obsessed with Gifford, the media fell silent.
Even after the Boston bombing, when there was no evidence whatsoever, beyond the peculiar Muslim habit of blowing up large crowds of people, the media knew what to say: A right winger. A Tea Partier. A crazed anti-government killer. Well, they got that last one right. They just left out a few words: “A crazed Muslim anti-non-sharia government killer.”
And moi? Well, you know that I’ve been leaning Muslim all along, my snide post about anti-running people notwithstanding. Yesterday, in email correspondence with my “group,” when one of them commented (a little jokingly) that “white cap’s” nose looked like his own, which was a genetic gift from his Assyrian and Georgian grandparents, I knew the answer. I just knew it. “Chechen?” I asked.
As for the WaPo, a newspaper that thinks it’s reputable, finally, reluctantly, after yet another person died at the bomber’s hands (a police officer responding to a call at MIT), the WaPo admitted, practically in code, reveals a Muslim connection. After two lede paragraphs, they get down to the business of describing the killers (emphasis mine in the 5th WaPo paragraph):
Law enforcement officials identified the suspect still on the loose as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was identified as the man killed during an encounter with police after an armed carjacking of a Mercedes SUV in Cambridge. Tsarnaev was believed to be in his mid-20s.
The brothers’ alleged motive in Monday’s bombings remains unclear, but they appear to be originally from the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, and two law enforcement officials said there is a “Chechen connection” to the bombings. Chechnya has been racked by years of war between local separatists and Russian forces and extensive organized crime since the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. The extent of the possible connection remained unclear.
According to a database search, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a boxer who worked out at a martial arts facility in the Cambridge area. In an Internet posting dated Nov. 2, 2011, and attributed to him by name, he wrote: “The more you know about hell, the more you want stay away from sins and keep asking Allah(s.w.t.) for forgiveness.’’
Eleven paragraphs in, the word Muslim finally appears:
The Chechen conflict dates to the early 1990s. In the summer of 1999, fighters in the predominantly Muslim republic rose up in an attempt to throw off Russian domination. Vladimir Putin, then the Russian prime minister, responded quickly, firmly and brutally to put down the rebellion.
Drudge more usefully leads us to the terrorists’ Russian language Facebook page, using the hyperlink “Wordview: Islam.“ You don’t say? Seeing as I don’t read Russian (or Chechen, as the case may be), I actually don’t say. The page is a mystery to me, but you all should feel happy to check it out. [UPDATE: TheBlaze has a translated version.]
Will the public let the media get away with this dance, the one where they first accuse the right and then refuse to admit that it’s the Islamic faith, taken to its literal extreme, that’s killing people? Will the American people excuse the media for publishing stories, not about Muslim madness, but about worried women and children who just happen to be Muslim, all of whom are terrified that the US will terrorize them?
In the first go-round, of Muslim terrorism, I respected their fears. In the second go-round, I appreciated their concern. In the third go-round, I began to think, “If you’re so worried, do something. And that something isn’t to whine to the media that you’re afraid, that something is to address the cancer in your faith.”
But there’s your answer, isn’t it? They’re not afraid of the media or Americans. Non-bombing Muslims know about the cancer in their own faith — they’re either as afraid of it as we are or they’re part of a package deal to give it a glossy smiley face to hide the moral rot. I’m losing sympathy for your man-in-the-street Muslim. I don’t wish them ill, but I’m beginning to believe that they don’t wish the rest of us well.
We — the sensible conservatives — suspected right away what happened in Boston. Is that because we’re anti-Muslim, paranoid racists? No, that’s because we’ve learned from experience, the same way you learn that if you touch a pot on the stove you’ll probably get burned. Not certainly — the pot might have been placed there before the heat went on or been sitting there long after it went off — but probably. The Islamists themselves have trained us to have this knowledge. They’ve trained us in New York, in Kenya, in Tanzania, in Bali, in Spain, in London, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Somalia, in Beirut, in Chechnya, and in all the places in between.
A conspiracy is when you take nonexistent dots, connect them with invisible lines, and then announce that the absence of evidence is proof. A theory is when you take known factors and analyze them to reach a logical conclusion. And a wise person is one who spits in the media’s eye for its delusional refusal to recognize that a significant sector of Islam (not all of it, but enough) is at war with us and wants to use powerful weapons to take us down.