Muslim Terror: An International Movement
So there you have it. As warned and as predicted, the Islamic extremist war has moved to America's streets, pushing aside concerns about gun control (pro and con), but re-focusing the immigration debate in a different direction. The fact is individuals and scattered cells of individuals, inspired or trained, or both, are taking the war to us infidels. Not since 9/11(nearly 12 years ago) has anyone succeeded in killing and maiming within our boundaries in the name of Allah unless you include Army Major Nidal Hasan, who did the Ft. Hood shooting. Not that attempts haven't been made. Consider the shoe bomber and the young man who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit plus others in various places.
So, when you think about the Boston Marathon bombing in the context of the past, nothing much has really changed. In this case, the Tsarnaev brothers, one of whom is still alive, were successful as was Major Hasan. In both cases, the attacks were a surprise - sort of. In Hasan's case, he was an American born to Palestinian parents. The Tsarnaevs were Chechen born refugees, but the younger one was pretty much an all-around American boy. However, the older brother had ties to Chechenan radicals. Hasan had communications with Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaeda leader in Yemen. All, of course, were Muslims.
In both cases, the U.S. government was aware of the contacts but decided that there was no direct threat. That the government agencies were wrong is more than worrisome. Part of the problem is political correctness and the refusal to focus on the Muslim radical while declaring there is an equal threat from white, American extremists. One pundit from Salon on-line magazine even hoped that the killers were white Americans. Those kinds of absurdities don't address the major problem: Muslim extremists are the problem. I believe them when they say they want to kill us. Everyone should believe them. They are killers and pretty much indiscriminate in killing including fellow Muslims who are not extremist.
Some non-radical Muslims are silent, perhaps afraid; some others provide cover and excuses; others speak out. In the case of the older Tsarnaev brother, members of the Boston mosque he sometimes attended, threw him out for his outrageous, extremist remarks. There is a story, too, that the brothers were double agents: hired by the FBI to infiltrate extremist groups, but betraying their handlers. Someone or some institution was providing funds for at least the older brother who spent six months in Russia - on whose dime? Here's another one: my wife speculates that whoever was funding the older brother told him to do something or lose his funding. Hence, the bombing.
However, it is peculiar that a couple of days after the death of one and capture of the other that the FBI announced that there is a cell of as many as 12. How did that unravel so fast when they had not been able to talk to the surviving brother? Perhaps, when these thing occur, all the dots, unconnected before, begin to connect. Certainly, good police work, particularly good cooperation between all agencies, brought about the quick capture of the two killers.
There is one underlying thread. The threat of similar attacks remains. No changes in our foreign policy, no withdrawals from war, no obliteration of Israel, no concessions or understandings or intellectual rationalizations, no apologies for the past or present, will change the extremists one iota. Simply put, the extremist movement, jihadi, or whatever label one puts on it, is what it is. This is not a nationalist territorial terrorist movement. This is an international terrorist movement that may or may not burn itself out. Killing off key leaders may help, but it won't snuff out the committed individuals who have taken up the flag of killing.