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San Bernadino: Boston––not Sandy Hook

By Jim Bouchard

I have never been more outraged at the reporting on mainstream media than I am this morning.

San Berdo TerrorI am as angry and saddened as anyone about the carnage in San Bernadino. Like you, I’m sick and tired of these brutal attacks and like you, I’m worried about one happening closer to my own home.

But folks––we’ve got to see this for what it is.

As I write, every major network is teasing a segment on the escalation of “mass shootings” in America. Obama has already issued his perfunctory statement about increased gun control.

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN––even FOX so far is emphasizing the term “mass shooting” to describe the San Bernadino attack. George Stephenopoulos just called this a “hybrid attack…kind of a ‘workplace jihad.”

Wake the f**k up!

This is not Sandy Hook or Columbine. This is exactly the same tactical assault conducted by the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston.

Here’s why we’re so hesitant to make the connection:

#1 There has been no “claim of responsibility” by ISIS or any other terror group.

Well, there isn’t going to be one. That’s not the way they operate. This is the manifestation of the “lone wolf” tactic. I’ll expand shortly.

#2 We just can’t accept the fact that native born Americans there are active jihadists.

There are––and our intelligent community has known this for years. Complicating the matter further is the fact that these are second and now sometimes third generation children of Middle Eastern immigrants and now some with no ancestral ties to the region. This is infiltration of the highest level.

#3 They seemed like perfectly normal people.

Part of the plan. We’ll get into this shortly.

#4 Even their families did not know.

I seriously doubt that in most cases. When you’re building pipe bombs in your apartment, Grandma certainly sees what’s going on.

#5 We can’t imagine how these people got the training to execute a precision attack.

It took me approximately 15 seconds to get the information. You can Google “Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen.” You’ll have everything you need to get started.

#6 We can’t imagine the level of depravity and insanity it takes to conduct such a senseless killing.

We’ve got to get it through our thick skulls…

Adam Lanza, Robert Lewis Dear, Christopher Harper-Mercer, Dylann Roof, Aaron Alexis…

These people were nuts.

What all these shooters have in common is that they were mentally deranged, there were signs that were ignored, they all had a history of abnormal and anti-social behavior and frankly––we should have been able to stop them.

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, Nidal Malik Hasan, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev and now––

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik…

What do these people have in common?

Before you play the Islamaphobia card––no, not the fact that they are all Muslims. This is not the substantive factor.

What they all have in common is that they are all self-proclaimed jihadists. These are the radicalized “lone wolf” terrorists that Al Qaeda and ISIS have been training and calling into action for years.

These are not lunatics––not in the sense we’re used to. These are warriors. They are responding to what they see as a righteous and holy cause.

You’re free to disagree with their motives––but you’re willfully ignorant if you think for one minute that you can deal with these jihad warriors as you would the prototypical psychopathic mass murderer.

Now before I argue the point that this is, whether officially sanctioned or not, a terrorist attack and not a “mass shooting,” let’s be clear that the investigation is ongoing. Could Farook have been a “disgruntled employee” bent on revenge?

It is possible––but not likely. It was reported that Farook allegedly stormed out of a meeting before the attack. It was also widely reported that he had no previous issues or problems in the workplace. More importantly, it’s painfully obvious that this attack was conducted with military precision, required months if not years of preparation and was anything but a spontaneous act of workplace rage.

It’s much more likely that Farook’s outburst simply telegraphed his moment of truth––or even that his outburst may have been cover for his true motives and inspiration.

Crazy idea, eh?

Let’s go to the source. This from “Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen”:

“You should make sure to not look particularly attached to religion. A man who works on a secret operation should meddle in the general population. If you can avoid having a beard, wearing qamis (Islamic clothes), using miswak (a sort of toothbrush recommended in the hadiths), and have a booklet of dhikr (Islamic devotional booklet) with you, it’s better. Also, you shouldn’t be going to often to places like mosques, Islamic institutes or Islamic libraries. You should also wear western-style cloths to appear neutral and not draw attention to yourself.”

Algemeiner.com offers a detailed report on the jihadist manual:

“The manual also directs jihadists to have plausible cover stories such as posing as engineers, doctors, or tourists, and instructs them not to rush their attacks.

‘The advantage of the lone wolf here is that he is already established in the West, his entire life is a cover story – and a very strong one at that. So use that to your advantage. Be patient, don’t rush anything, put your trust in Allah,’ it says.”

This is nothing new. Intelligence and homeland security experts have been warning about these attacks for years. Unfortunately, the media largely painted these experts as paranoid conspiracy theorists rather than as serious students of an organized and dedicated enemy.

And there have been other books. The Algemeiner.com report continues:

The guide, an abridgment of earlier Arabic instructions to jihadi cells translated into English, instructs jihadists how to conceal their plots from Western intelligence and security services. It repeats instructions found in other jihadi manuals published by al-Qaeda or by the Islamic State in recent years, including “How to Survive in The West” and “Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrants,” the latter of which British police recovered from an al-Qaeda member’s home in Manchester in May 2000. Al-Qaeda member Ali Mohamed, who infiltrated the US Army and CIA in the 1980s, wrote the guide found in Manchester using information he gathered from US government sources.

Shaikh describes the recent Islamic State guide as a new edition of Mohamed’s guide.

“Surprise is half of victory, and to surprise the enemy in both the time and location where you will hit maximizes your chance of success,” the manual says.

As I said, nothing new––but this last attack should motivate us to take a new look at the ongoing an growing threat. It’s well past time to take the jihadist seriously.

Once more from Algemeiner:

FBI Director James Comey told US intelligence officials last month that the Bureau has approximately 900 ongoing Islamic State-related inquiries, most of which involve homegrown suspects…

“I think the manual format gives them sort of a how-to process and therefore it’s another indication of the danger we face in dealing with these self-motivated jihadists,” said former FBI Associate Deputy Director Oliver “Buck” Revell. “I think it shows a great deal of critical analysis at the heart of the movement and that they are certainly knowledgeable, and they are not ignorant of our methodologies and even our technical capabilities, and we would be wise not to underestimate their capabilities.”

I’ll simply repeat the former FBI director’s last thought:

“…we would be wise not to underestimate their capabilities.”

You can treat the San Bernadino attack as another tragic manifestation of what the President calls our “pattern of mass shootings.” You can call for tougher gun regulations and you can be ever more vigilant and suspicious of your neighbors and co-workers––we certainly don’t want to miss the signs.

Or––

You can acknowledge the truth. Whether we like it or not, we’re fighting a global war against a serious and committed enemy––and this enemy has infiltrated our ranks.

This decision determines how we fight this war. How we fight this war determines whether we will win––or lose.

As I finish this piece I’m listening to an ABC radio news report. Once again, the carefully emphasis on the words “mass shooting.” According to this announcer, the worst “mass shooting” since Sandy Hook.

No.

The worst terrorist attack on American soil since Boston.

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A message to the Seattle rioters: F*#k you right back.

Seattle RiotsFrom an exchange between protestors at the Seattle May Day riots as recorded by KING 5 TV:

“Don’t f*#k with art. This is a protest against capitalism. Don’t f*#k with art.”

(I guess that captures some of the spirit of the thing. One protester/vandal had just spray painted the anarchy symbol on a sculpture in a public square. The other obviously took offense.)

“Did an artist make it?”

“F*#k you!”

“Were they paid to make it?”

“Ya!”

So that’s the issue? If someone is paid to produce a piece of art, that invalidates it and makes it fair game for vandals? Aren’t you the same people who just got done protesting for a $15 minimum wage so you’d get paid “fairly” to flip burgers?

Let’s get to the root of this thing. Every day on May 1st, protesters take to the streets to celebrate the workers movement. The May Day movement originated in a worldwide effort to secure an 8 hour workday and better working conditions to correct abuses from the early days of the Industrial Revolution. From marxist.org:

“May First (1889) was set aside as a day upon which the workers of the world, organized in their political parties and trade unions, were to fight for the important political demand: the 8-hour day.”

By 1907, Lenin writes:

“The role of a truly advanced class, a class really able to rouse the masses to revolution, really capable of saving Russia from decay, is played by the industrial proletariat. This is the task it fulfils by means of its revolutionary strikes. These strikes, which the liberals hate and the liquidators cannot understand, are (as the February resolution of the R.S.D.L.P. puts it) ‘one of the most effective means of overcoming the apathy, despair, and disunion of the agricultural proletariat and the peasantry, … and drawing them into the most concerted, simultaneous, and extensive revolutionary actions.’”

Note Lenin’s discontent with “liberals.” Yes––he does mean those who prefer individual freedom and liberty, or more poignantly––those who refuse to submit to the greater cause of the state. For the record, he had little tolerance for protests against his point of view––and your scholarship under his regime would determine your course of study based on the current needs of that same state.

Freedom. Right?

OK––even giving the benefit of the doubt that the origins of the Russian Revolution started with a sincere desire to redress the abuses of a ruling class against the peasantry––what the hell you protesting in Seattle?

Let’s start with the grade school chants against capitalism, which are seldom if ever supported by substantive facts in these protests. The capitalism you protest against is a far cry from the strict class system of Czarist Russia. Like most of the world at that time, monarchy was still the dominant political structure and where and when democracy was practiced, it was strictly limited in participation to those with money and connections.

Is that what you’re fighting against? Cronyism and nepotism certainly still exists––but you have recourse to check those abuses, where and when you find them. You can vote, you can run for office, you are free to create your own organizations and compete in what is still a relatively free market.

What is the alternative you seek?

“Fairness” is often the battle cry. I find it interesting that the vast majority of participants in these particular riots are college students––usually from middle and upper-middle class homes whose parents have the means to support their educations while they have the time to riot against their distorted image of oppression.

The Soviet ideals you embrace have failed in every attempt. In fact, everywhere Communism and even blended Socialism has been tried––it has failed––miserably.

The only examples where some form of political Marxism has had any sustainable run is when the ideology is imposed, often by brutal force and inhuman forms of violence, discrimination and coercion. The argument is that the “wrong” people gained control or that the ideology was imperfectly implemented.

Still––I’ll again give you the benefit of the doubt. Your chants say you want workers “rights.”

What rights are you deprived?

You have the right to live your life anyway you see fit. Contrary to the way life was under the Communist ideals you idolize, you can choose your career, you can vote for whomever you want, you can run for office without the approval of the state or party and you can even take to the streets to protest and voice your ideas or discontent.

Che-Guevara-Shirt1-394x500 Before you do, study some history. You don’t have to look back too far.

During the Russian Civil War if you disagreed with whoever was in power this week, you’d likely be killed––9 million people were.

Once Stalin “stabilized” the situation, he killed another 20 million––many of whom were forced labor and those who dissented against the Communist brand of “equality” and “fairness.”

Hitler also preached a warped brand of “people’s power” and led what was largely a worker’s revolution. Of course, that infamously led to the execution of some 5 million Jews, who were considered to have an unfair advantage in economic matters. His toll, however, is closer to 66 million when you factor in the human cost of stopping him.

Mao, whose image often appears on May Day protest t-shirts was certainly a champion of fairness and equality––so much so that he murdered 40 million to assure his version of perfect society.

Pol Pot, nearly 2 million. Kim Il Song, 1.6 million. Castro, 30 thousand––and I’m just counting those who advertised that their carnage served the higher purpose of assuring equality and true freedom for “the people.”

And let’s not forget the top selling t-shirt idol of the American Anarchist set, Che Guevara. This mass murderer is the darling of our freedom and equality set. He killed thousands, enslaved tens of thousands and forced over a million people into exile––to assure equality.

You do not have the right to interfere with the peaceful lives of others, destroy their property––private or public or do violence against those with whom you disagree or those charged with protecting their rights––and yours.

You are children. You stamp your feet because you don’t get your way.

DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Don’t like the way government is run? Run for office.

Don’t like the way business is conducted? Start your own. Want all your workers to receive equal pay, from the CEO to the janitor? DO IT!

(We’ll see how long you put up with that!)

You think everyone is entitled to free medical care and free food? Start an organization and provide it!

Perfect equality of outcome can be attained––by force. Equality of opportunity is a little messy––and it requires a lot more work from you.

You have the right to protest––I’ll even defend that, even as much I disagree with everything you preach and everything you think you stand for.

However––

Your right to protest does not give you the right to destroy my property or attack me physically any more than my right to keep and bear arms gives me the right to shoot you without due provocation.

If you feel your right to protest does give you the right to attack me or destroy property, we’ll just have to see how I might choose to exercise my rights in response.

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Cowardice of the highest magnitude – The Islamist terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine staff

“Three black-clad gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical publication known for lampooning Islam Wednesday, killing 12, including its editor, three political cartoonists and a police officer whose cold-blooded murder at close range was captured on a disturbing video.” ~FOX News

CharlieHedboThree obviously well-drilled cowards wearing masks, body armor and heavily armed with Kalashnikov automatic rifles attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, to avenge the magazine’s depiction of their beloved prophet in a political cartoon.

That is three armed commandos attacking about a dozen, unarmed and unsuspecting citizens during a business meeting.

Cowards. Barbarians. Murderers. Any other description is inadequate.

As they fled, their final act of cowardice…

“Video footage posted to social media showed armed gunmen running through the streets of Paris, shooting with automatic weapons and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. According to an eye-witness, one of the gunmen shouted: ‘The Prophet is avenged.’” ~The Independent, UK

Avenged?

The most radical elements of Islam call for the death of anyone who offends “The Prophet.” From the website Islamqa.com…

“The scholars are unanimously agreed that a Muslim who insults the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) becomes a kaafir and an apostate who is to be executed.”

The issue doesn’t seem as clear if the offending party is not a Muslim, or want to repent for his offense:

“But they differed as to whether his repentance should be accepted in this world and whether that means he is no longer subject to the sentence of execution.

“Maalik and Ahmad were of the view that it should not be accepted, and that he should be killed even if he has repented.” ~http://islamqa.info/en/22809

It should be noted that the article I quote justifies the killing of a non-Muslim as an appropriate response to an offense against the Prophet.

This is NOT the prevailing view of leading contemporary Muslim scholars.

Just as most Christians would consider it wrong to stone a prostitute to death, it seems the recommended responses to blasphemous cartoons in our age range from ignoring the offense to taking legal action appropriate to the society in which one lives.

Anas Halayel, a leader of CAIR in Arizona, writes in MuslimMatters.org…

“In essence, the Qur’an is telling us that when it specifically comes to the issue of mocking the Prophet [SAW], which is exactly the issue that we are dealing with today. Don’t take matters in your own hands, rather, God will take care of those who mock the Prophet.” (emphasis added)

Dr. Zakir Naik, one of the world’s most popular Muslim leaders identifies 6 levels of response to an offense to the Prophet. The 6th, which includes violent force agains another person, kidnapping or murder, is, in his opinion, strictly forbidden.

According to leading Muslim scholars and the Qur’an, appropriate responses top people who insult or offend the Prophet is to ignore them, attempt to reason with them, boycott their business and seek legal or political redress…

…not to murder them.

“Be tolerant, command what’s right, pay no attention to foolish people” [7:199]

So how can anyone justify the murder of 12 human beings for their alleged insult to the Prophet Muhammad?

You can’t.

It’s an act of abject cowardice and murder. Period.

JeSuisCharlie

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