When it comes to Islamist terrorism, denial — by Muslims and non-Muslims — is the politically correct preference

“the government, press, and academy routinely deny that Islamist motives play a role in two ways, specific and general. Specific acts of violence perpetrated by Muslims lead the authorities publicly, willfully, and defiantly to close their eyes to Islamist motivations and goals. Instead, they point to a range of trivial, one-time, and individualistic motives, often casting the perpetrator as victim.”

Examples from the years before and after 9/11 include:

  • 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York: “A prescription drug for … depression.”
  • 1991 murder of Makin Morcos in Sydney: “A robbery gone wrong.”
  • 1993 murder of Reverend Doug Good in Western Australia: An “unintentional killing.”
  • 1993 attack on foreigners at a hotel in Cairo, killing ten: Insanity.
  • 1994 killing of a Hasidic Jew on the Brooklyn Bridge: “Road rage.”
  • 1997 shooting murder atop the Empire State Building: “Many, many enemies in his mind.”
  • 2000 attack on a bus of Jewish schoolchildren near Paris: A traffic incident.
  • 2002 plane crash into a Tampa high-rise by an Osama bin Laden-admiring Arab-American (but non-Muslim): The acne drug Accutane.
  • 2002 double murder at LAX: “A work dispute.”
  • 2002 Beltway snipers: A “stormy [family] relationship.”
  • 2003 Hasan Karim Akbar‘s attack on fellow soldiers, killing two: An “attitude problem.”
  • 2003 mutilation murder of Sebastian Sellam: Mental illness.
  • 2004 explosion in Brescia, Italy outside a McDonald’s restaurant: “Loneliness and depression.”
  • 2005 rampage at a retirement center in Virginia: “A disagreement between the suspect and another staff member.”
  • 2006 murderous rampage at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle: “An animus toward women.”
  • 2006 killing by SUV in northern California: “His recent, arranged marriage may have made him stressed.”