During all the coverage of the bombings in Boston not once did I hear the phrase Islamic terrorists. I heard many left-wing commentors try to blame it on the “gun crowd,” “right-wing extremists,” one anticle by David Sirota of Slate, who wrote he hoped the bombers would be white, and even Como’s attempt to link it to global warming, but not once did anyone in the media use the phrase Islamic Terrorists.
For the closed minds of those who attempt to whitewash Islam, or who think these acts of terror were not motivated by an extremist wing of a religion bent on the destruction of anyone that is not Muslim, I offer a history lesson. You can find a link to the stories here.
- 1972 – The “Munich Massacre” in Germany by Islamic “Black September” militants.
- 1979 – Grand Mosque seizure in Saudi Arabia that killed about 250 and wounded around 600.
- 1983 – The April bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon by the Islamic Jihad Organization – 63 dead, 120 injured.
- 1985 – On June 14, TWA Flight 847, on an international flight, was hijacked by members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.
- 1989 – to 2012 – Israel has seen the most terrorists attacks of any nation with indiscriminate bombings in restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, office buildings, buses, bus stations, markets, etc, murdering at total of 614 and leaving over 800 injured.
- 1993 – the February U.S. World Trade Center bombing leaving 6 dead and the bombing in Bombay, India taking the lives of 257 and injuring 713.
- 1994 – – the December hijacking of Air France by an Islamic Group of Algeria – 7 killed.
- 1997 the Luxor attack by armed Islamic terrorists in Egypt leaving 62 tourists dead and 26 injured.
- 1998 – 13 bombs exploded within a 12 km radius in India killing 46 and injuring over 200.
- 1998 – U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya leaving 224 dead and over 4000 injured.
- 1999 – Russian apartment bombings hitting four apartment blocks that left 293 dead and over 1000 injured.
- 2000 – the October bombing of the USS Cole at a Yemen port that left 17 American sailors dead and 39 injured or the Christmas Eve Indonesia bombing that killed 18.
- 2001 – 9/11 where 19 al-Qaeda hijackers crashed two planes into the U.S. World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and Flight 93 where passengers overpowered the hijacker and crashed the plane in Pennsylvania, that left close to 3000 dead and numerous injured.
- 2002 The Moscow theater hostage crisis where up to 50 Islamist separationist killed 170 and injured 700.
- 2004 – Madrid training bombing linked to al-Qaeda that killed 191 and injured 1460; the Beslan school hostage crisis that killed 344, 186 of which were children; and the Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta that killed 9 and injured over 150.
- 2005 – Multiple bombings in the London Underground where 53 died and almost 700 were injured; the bomb attacks at an Egyptian resort city that took the lives of 64; the Kelhi bombings in India killing 50 and injuring over 180; the series of bombings in Jordan that killed over 600 and injured 115.
- 2006 – the Varanasi bombings and the Suburban Railway bombings in India that took the lives of 237 and injured 800.
- 2007 – Glasgow Scotland air terminal attack where terrorists used a car loaded with propane canisters that thankfully only killed 1 and injuring 5; or the multiple suicide vehicle bombs in Iraq’s that killed nearly 800 members of the Yezidi sect.
- 2008 – 2009 – A series of bombings in India, South Jakarta, Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan took the lives [only those reported] of close to 700 and injured close to 1200 people.
- 2010 – 2012 Islamic militants attacked a Jewish School in France, an Egyptian Coptic [christian] church, Buddhist Monks in Thailand, along with attacks in China, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel and Russia killing over 700 and injuring well over 1300 people.
- 2012 – 9/11 anniversary – Islamists killed 4, including a U.S. ambassador and wounded 7 in Benghazi attack.
- 2013 – Two bomb blasts in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh killed 16 and injured 119, in February.
- April 15, 2013 – the indiscriminate bombings at the Boston Marathon that took the lives of 3 innocent bystanders and seriously injured 140.
Terrorism is an intentional, rational, political act of violence to cause fear. It is indiscriminate and indirect. Who gets killed is not as important as the fact that people are killed. Targets are chosen because they will cause a desired impact.
We are in a war driven by ideology. “Violent extremism,” which is the label the government and the commentarial prefer to put on our enemies, is not an ideology — it is the brutality that radical ideologies yield. Our enemies’ ideology is Islamic supremacism. To challenge and defeat an ideological movement, you have to understand and confront their vision of the world. Imposing your own assumptions and biases will not do. Islamic supremacists do not see a world of Westphalian nation-states. They do not distinguish between Russia and America the way they distinguish between Muslims and non-Muslims. Their ideology frames matters as Dar al-Islam versus Dar al-Harb: the realm of Islam in a fight to the death against the realm of war — which is everyone and everyplace else.
Politicians and the lap-dog media do us no service when they put on their blinders and refuse to speak its name. In not one of the aforementioned terrorists attacks, will you find acts committed by Evangelicals, Conservatives, Christians, or Republicans or the Tea Party.
Facts are stubborn things and truth has no agenda.