The Real Islamic Threat
Obama said, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
Two weeks after terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans in Benghazi in September 2012, Barack Obama announced to the UN, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
The Religion of Peace™ took his advice Wednesday in Paris, as jihadis killed 12 people for daring to “slander the prophet of Islam.”
Two of the victims were police officers (one of whom was wounded and then executed), and 10 were journalists (including the editor-in-chief) for the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was firebombed in 2011 for printing cartoons of Muhammad. Charlie Hebdo recovered from that terrorism and published a few more cartoons skewering Muhammad and, more recently, the Islamic State. ISIL filled the terror vacuum in the Middle East after Obama claimed victory against al-Qaida ahead of his 2012 re-election bid.
Three masked men perpetrated the well-planned attack with Kalashnikov rifles and other small arms – perhaps either a rocket or grenade launcher. They reportedly knocked on office doors asking by name for individuals who had created certain offensive cartoons. In a clip aired on French television, the attackers were recorded shouting, “We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad.”
The jihadis escaped after the attack – quite a different ending from most such killing sprees. One turned himself in to police; the other two are still at large.
The men told the journalist they forced to let them in the building that they were from al-Qaida. Meanwhile, ISIL supporters praised the attack.
Not surprisingly, however, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest initially declined to call it terrorism: “[T]his is an act of violence that we certainly do condemn. And, you know, if based on this investigation it turns out to be an act of terrorism then we would condemn that in the strongest possible terms, too.” He also once again referred to Islam as a “Religion of Peace™.”
And the White House issued a statement condemning the attacks while not mentioning the words Islam, Muslim or jihad.
Former DNC Chief Howard Dean flat out denied Islam’s culpability: “I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life. That’s not what the Koran says. … I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.”
Meanwhile, numerous media outlets cowered in fear, refusing to show the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, blurring them out if images were shown at all. By contrast, the Associated Press and other outlets had no problem showing the “piss Christ” “art” some years ago.
Not cowering, however, was cartoonist and Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, who was killed Wednesday. In 2012, he said, “I prefer to die standing than living on my knees.”
The Obama administration clearly would rather kneel, or at least bow. Yes, Secretary of State John Kerry declared the murdered French journalists “martyrs for liberty,” and said we “wield something that is far more powerful” than the weapons the jihadis used. But, again, it was his boss who said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
Ironically, in 2012, Obama was condemning an obscure Internet video defaming Muhammad, which his administration blamed ahead of the 2012 presidential election for the al-Qaida attack on Benghazi. Obama’s campaign was built on having defeated al-Qaida. And not only did he criticize free speech, U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for ads in Pakistan condemning the video.
Not only will Obama not stand for such “slander,” but he has been regularly releasing terrorist leaders from Gitmo, who historically just return to their deadly trade.
While there was much media handwringing about freedom of speech after North Korea compelled Sony to censor a satirical movie, the real threats to free speech are Islamist terrorists. For example, instead of firing off a nasty letter to the editor, the Paris jihadis brutally murdered Charlie Hebdo employees.
Also noteworthy is that the police who initially responded to the attack were, incredibly, unarmed and quickly fled. Indeed, given all the videos that were shot of this attack, it’s too bad that Paris is a gun free zone – instead of shooting videos, someone could have been returning fire.
Furthermore, the French have allowed this Islamist menace to fester in their country for years. In fact, one of the men was a known and convicted terrorist. Now they are paying the price, and make no mistake, this menace is also festering in our homeland. Islamists, like Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 14 people (including an unborn child) and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, will continue to strike with increasing frequency. See also the attacks in Boston, Australia and Canada.
While the media refers to these deadly assaults as “lone wolf attacks,” that is a deadly mischaracterization. Nor is there a “homegrown” Western threat. All these actors are part of an ideological Islamist web that has metastasized into our homeland. (Anyone for terrorist profiling?)