It really shouldn’t surprise us. Back in 2009, when Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter and follower of al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, shot and killed 13 of his fellow military personnel (and an unborn child) while screaming “allahu akhbar” (god is great), rather than accurately labeling it terrorism, the Obama Administration insisted on calling it “workplace violence.”
Now two Islamic jihadists in Boston kill three innocent civilians and a police officer; maim, dismember and disfigure scores more; and terrorize a great American city; and once again this President goes to absurd lengths to not call our enemy by its true name – radical Islamic jihadism. We will never defeat this enemy if political correctness does not allow us to call it what it is.
These weren’t a couple of disgruntled Methodists who set off pressure cooker bombs in an attempt to kill and injure as many infidels as possible. They were Chechen radicalized Islamists who hated America, the country that had generously taken them in, clothed them, fed them, and educated them.
The oldest of the two brothers posted radical jihadist videos on the Internet. Both brothers and their mother reportedly had a commonly held view of America that many terrorists have, that “9/11 was an inside job concocted by America itself, just to fuel hatred of Muslims.” (I’ve been to the Middle East many times since 9/11, and I can tell you that there are many in that part of the world who hold this bizarre point of view.)
After they committed their heinous act of terrorism at the Boston Marathon, the older brother reportedly called their mother to say that “everything is okay, thanks to Allah.”
At this point, we do not know for sure whether there were others, either in the United States or overseas, who trained, conspired with, or otherwise assisted the Marathon bombers, or whether they acted alone. We may never know for sure (especially when the surviving brother is Mirandized and allowed to lawyer-up, on the taxpayers’ dime no less!)
What we do know, is that they were inspired, motivated, and otherwise driven to commit their act of terror by radical Islamic jihadist fundamentalism. It’s the same contagion that was responsible for 9/11, the earlier attacks on the Twin Towers in 1993, the attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the attacks on the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and on the U.S.S. Cole, the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, the previously mentioned Fort Hood shooting, and on and on. The Boston Marathon bombing is just the latest. Unfortunately, it won’t be the last.
It’s interesting to note that the older of the two terrorist brothers, Tamerlan, was apparently named after a 14th century Islamic conqueror who built pyramids out of the skulls of his victims to celebrate his victories over infidels. What we must remember is that the enemy we face is dead serious about prevailing over the infidel – and the infidel is us. They’re in this for the long term, and not being willing to even acknowledge who our enemy is, is dangerous.