Jihadists in America: The Media’s Narrative

Shortly after the terrorist attack in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015 and before the dead were even interred, the mainstream media commenced their time-honored search for clues as to what could have possibly caused a young Muslim man from an affluent family, Mohammad Abdulazeez, to commit a terrorist attack. As with the Fort Hood shootings in November of 2009 by army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan, and the Boston Marathon bombing in April of 2013 committed by the Tsarnaev brothers, many of these amateur psychoanalysts deduced that there were underlying psycho/social causes involving alienation from society which promoted pathological feelings of isolation and anger.

The subscript, of course, was that America had failed in its outreach to those wounded souls. If only ours was a welcoming society based on multiculturalist values and a sincere appreciation of the “other,” we wouldn’t suffer such tragedies.