On Sunday, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old resident of Florida who was of Afghan extraction, entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, armed to the teeth, killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others before he was gunned down by law enforcement officers. The shooting is being called the worst mass shooting in our country’s history.
Omar Mateen was also a devout Muslim.
At first, the attack was seen as having been motivated by Islamic doctrine condemning homosexuals, particularly since the Pulse was chiefly frequented by people in Orlando’s gay community. It was also reported that the FBI in Orlando had become aware of Mateen in 2013, when co-workers alleged that he may have ties to terrorism, and that Mateen had recently sworn allegiance to the ISIS terror group.
Mateen was described by a former colleague as an “unhinged and unstable” person who regularly made racist, misogynist and anti-gay remarks. Yet, the same individual also described Mateen as a devout Muslim who brought a prayer mat to work and prayed several times a day.
Subsequently, testimony surfaced placing Mateen at the Pulse on numerous occasions in the recent past, carousing with patrons there and communicating with some of them through gay online chat and dating applications.
So, was Omar Mateen a devout Muslim, a jihadi and possibly a member of ISIS? Was he a conflicted, self-loathing homosexual? Was he mentally ill? If the latter, his behavior was still consistent with quite a few Muslims who went on to commit murder in the name of Islam. According to reports released by the FBI Tuesday, the attack was at least well-planned and involved the indirect involvement of Mateen’s wife, who is now cooperating with law enforcement.
Within hours of the massacre, President Barack Hussein Obama was standing before reporters in the White House briefing room, completely ignoring Mateen’s Islamist bent, but parroting activists’ calls for more gun control and blaming Mateen’s actions on the easy access to firearms in America.
This example of institutional denial did not sit well with some, however, and when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump renewed his call for a moratorium on Muslim immigration and some in the GOP complained about Obama’s refusal to call a spade a spade with regard to Islamic terrorism, Obama reacted Tuesday with a petulant tirade against those who’ve criticized him in this area.
Speaking from the White House, Obama said, “There’s no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam,’” which he said is merely “a political talking point.” Obama made the nebulous claim that his reluctance to use the phrase “radical Islam” has “nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with actually defeating extremism.” He also asserted that identifying acts such as the Orlando and Santa Barbara shootings as examples of Islamic extremism would somehow validate and empower Islamic extremists and groups like ISIS, who “want to claim that they are the true leaders of over a billion Muslims who reject their crazy notions.”
Obama’s attempt to explain the delicate tone of his references to the actions of militant Islamists to date reflects a policy of incoherent rhetoric, one that not only minimizes the threat of Islamic terrorism, but mischaracterizes its nature and often draws a fallacious equivalency between the threat posed by Islamists and that posed by right-wing extremists, even placing the actions of truly unhinged mass murderers with no political agenda in the “right-wing extremist” column in order to validate this convoluted logic.
Indeed, neither history nor the ongoing silence of “over a billion Muslims” give any indication whatsoever that they reject militants’ “crazy notions.”
Obama also played the “American Values Card,” claiming that moves to limit Muslim immigration or single out Muslims in America as a threat “betrays the very values America stands for.” This was echoed by Republican House speaker and treasonous invertebrate Paul Ryan, who said Tuesday, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest.”
These positions are in keeping with the agenda of international socialist elites in government who have been facilitating Islamic militancy in order to destabilize their nations and necessitate draconian policies in the interest of public safety. In short, their efforts are calculated to bring about a police state. The dogged efforts of the Obama administration in blaming the access Americans have to firearms for this violence is a clear indicator of that strategy. One can only imagine the kind of nation we will have when guns become scarce, Americans are at the mercy of murderous Muslims, and law enforcement is loath to intercede over political correctness – but the prospect is chilling to say the very least.
Unfortunately, this policy of incoherent rhetoric also plays upon the predilection for denial many in the West possess.
I’ve used the phrase “liberalism is communism [or socialism] on the installment plan” fairly frequently. For all I know, I may have coined the phrase. While even many conservatives may be skeptical of what I deem an inevitable progression, the empirical evidence bears it out.
The bottom line is that the American people must wake up to the fact that we are at war against Islam and against international socialism. Muslims and socialists are our enemies, and both of the major political parties are lousy with the latter. Rank and file political liberals, as agents of the incremental ascendancy of socialism, are also the enemy, no matter how innocuous they may attempt to make themselves appear, or how benign we may want to believe they and their intentions are.
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