Sure, Boston Bombers Caught, But Do Not Rest Easy
Even as some families mourn, many are celebrating the capture/death of the two Boston Bombers much as we celebrated the heroism of the First Responders after September 11, 2001. Do not get me wrong, I do not begrudge the sense of relief felt by Bostonians and Americans generally that these two Jihadists no longer pose a danger. But we have been here before. The question before us is whether Americans will now awaken to the ongoing danger posed to all by Islamic Jihadists? More important perhaps is whether President Obama will open his eyes and stop trying to appease Islamists? For many, life will soon return to “normal” just as it did for those who had no personal connection to 9/11. The Boston Bombers are done, why worry any further?
But if your concern is over the larger threat that inheres in who the Tsarnaev brothers were and are, what they did, and what they represent, then worry—a lot.
At the behest of such Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups as the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, and other self-proclaimed spokesmen for American Muslims, the FBI has bowdlerized its training materials to exclude references to militant Islamism.
If tone is set at the top, recall that the Army chief of staff at the time said the most tragic result of Fort Hood would be if it interfered with the Army’s diversity program.
The investigation should include as well a deep dive into Tamerlan’s radicalization, the Islamist references in the brothers’ social media communications, and the jihadist websites they visited.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the fifth person since 9/11 who has participated in terror attacks after questioning by the FBI.
There is also cause for concern in that this was obviously a suicide operation—not in the direct way of a bomber who kills all his victims and himself at the same time by blowing himself up, but in the way of someone who conducts a spree, holding the stage for as long as possible, before he is cut down in a blaze of what he believes is glory. Here, think Mumbai.
It has been apparent that with al Qaeda unable to mount elaborate attacks like the one it carried out on 9/11, other Islamists have stepped in with smaller and less intricate crimes, but crimes that are nonetheless meant to send a terrorist message. These include Faisal Shahzad, who failed to detonate a device in Times Square in 2010, and would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi and his confederates.
Is this, as former CIA Director Michael Hayden put it, the new normal? (Block quote credit Michael Mukasey, Make No Mistake, It Was Jihad – WSJ 4/21/2013)
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