Friday, April 19, 2013

Pamela Geller bombs the Boston Marathon. Oh, wait...

It's already becoming clear that these brothers were motivated by jihad and radical Islam, exactly what Pamela Geller is trying to warn us about. Whether they have international connections---unlikely and not necessary to carry out jihad---or were acting alone, the reality is emerging with each new piece of information. It's comical watching TV reporters bending over backward to avoid mentioning that reality.
William Saletan explains on Slate why we've been lucky in the US since 9/11, as a number of bomb plots were exposed and/or bungled before they could be carried out: "Since the beginning of 2012...Boston is the 21st case involving explosives. And when you study these cases, you realize how lucky we’ve been. The next Boston may not be far behind." 
These incidents weren't carried out by people from overseas but almost all of them by American jihadists. These lone wolf attacks are in keeping with al Qaeda's "death by a thousand cuts" strategy.
These kind of attacks can't destroy our country, but they can change the way we live, turning the country into something like Terry Gilliam's dystopian "Brazil," but without the humor. Bombings in public places could become routine, part of life in America, just like the restaurant bombing scene in "Brazil." People didn't ask themselves who did it. They just picked themselves up out of the rubble and went on with their lives.
But well-intentioned liberals and progressives will probably resist the reality of who's responsible, because, you understand, we mustn't be "Islamophobic"!
This from the SF Weekly:
It matters little what conspiracies or other leaps of logic the shameless among us will weave out of the events of the past 24 hours. Certainly, there's an Islamophobia thread to be pulled---one of the brothers had "Peace be with you" in Arabic on his Twitter profiles, and radio reports described the brothers as religious. The problem is that someone, somewhere will swallow pure myths whole and believe them---and some of the swayed may work on Capitol Hill. And worse, some may feel compelled to act upon them. Now THAT is terrifying. But at least it's nothing new. The digital native mob is still the mob.
"Myths"? It's really gets down to what's real and what's not. You can't pin these attacks on the right-wing, though militia-types do carry out one every now and then. We can continue to pretend that radical Islam is not responsible for almost all of these attacks based on some kind of twisted pseudo-tolerance; or we can face the facts and the reality: there are some people, even though a minority in the Moslem community, that want to kill us for religious reasons---and they are going to keep trying.



At 5:01 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Pretty stupid, Anon. It was about Islam, as all the subsequent reporting has shown. Whether terrorists should be called "losers" is of little interest or significance. The point Geller and Spencer are making: there's going to be a lot more attacks like this by loners/"losers" motivated by radical Islam. This may be distressing to dim bulbs like you, but it's what those of us in the reality-based community are facing. Of course it will take folks like you a while to catch up.

And Judi Bari was the victim of an assassination attempt, not a terrorist.

Otherwise, you got it right.

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Later: I was responding to an anonymous comment accusing Judi Bari of being a terrorist. Evidently the commenter was able to delete the comment.


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