Religious Extremism by Any Other Name

We knew within hours of the attack that the New York truck killer was a Muslim extremist, inspired by ISIS. In today’s climate, that means that NPR was hesitant to report that he had shouted “Allahu Akbar,” and Donald Trump thundered that our legal system is a “laughingstock” (he frets a lot about being laughed at) and that immigration is to blame.

The left fears that any terror attack will be exploited to stoke animosity toward Muslims and immigrants. President Trump obliges by vowing to end the diversity lottery and fulminating about the death penalty (thus making it more difficult for prosecutors to secure capital punishment, but oh well). Trump embodies the caricature of the ignorant bigot. It’s a stark contrast to the prudent response of President George W. Bush to 9/11. Bush was resolute against our enemies yet determined not to scapegoat our friends.

That said, the left suffers from a crippling blindness about the link between ideology and violence.

  • Dwayne1011

    No Capital Punishment in New York State. So no worry there. “Diversity Lottery”, I am shocked that Canada doesn’t have that, do we? I mean, if not the not ready gang will bring that in toot sweet, eh?

    • Gary

      I wonder if that fuel truck crash on the 400 may be linked to an Internet Jihad call by ISIS where the driver saw the change to ram the fuel truck in the stopped cars.

      • CJ

        If is was, it would be covered up by the OPP.

    • tom_billesley

      He’s been charged with terrorism offences. That’s federal.
      The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, passed after the Oklahoma bombing, made provision for the death penalty

  • Sid Falco

    “the prudent response of President George W. Bush to 9/11”

    Bush shit himself on 9/11 then caved in to PNAC.

    Just another bs article promising an endless, unwinnable war.

    • Barrington Minge

      Dubbya had absolutely no idea what was happening on 9/11 mainly because the perpetrators, Cheney, Rumsfelt, Wolfowitz et al didn’t tell him.

  • Gary

    Has anyone noticed how Leftists and democrats linked Trump to the Charlotteville death by a lone wolf Challenger driver ramming his car into a crowd…..but this New York jihad slaughter was right after Linda Sarsour called for all muslims in the USA to rise up and do Jihad for allah, and yet Linda hasn’t been brought on TV to aks her if she’s happy her muslims brothers obeyed her call and are now slaughtering Americans .

  • tom_billesley

    Bush was resolute against our enemies yet determined not to scapegoat our his friends.

  • I think it may have been Robert Spencer who said there are no moderate Muslims, only passive ones. The difference is significant, even if Lefties cannot grasp it. But then they are not known for their critical faculties.

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