In a new supplement that will surely be hot reading for all of the would-be terrorists lurking in mosques across America, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula lavished praise on Omar Mateen while offering some constructive criticism for others thinking of following his lead.
In “Inspire Guide: Orlando Operation,” the group praised Mateen for killing homosexuals, referring to this act as “the most binding duty,” they question the wisdom of “targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found in America.”
Apparently annoyed that the focus of the Orlando attack has been on such sidebar issues as gun control and the LGBT movement, Al Qaeda instructs their followers to choose less controversial targets. The guide advises striking “areas where the Anglo-Saxon community is generally concentrated. This class of the American community is the majority and it is the one that is in the American leadership.”
You can see that these terrorists are more sophisticated than we typically give them credit for, but they don’t know the Obama administration if they think simply killing whites will change the narrative. This administration can find their preferred political agenda in any attack, no matter how deeply they must dig. And if they can’t find it, they’ll just make it up.
To some, this advice will seemingly justify Obama’s refusal to keep the focus trained on Islamic radicalism. Hey, that’s exactly what the terrorists want, you turkeys!
And? If it’s the truth, then it shouldn’t matter. And there’s absolutely no question that it’s the truth. We don’t have a “guns” problem. We don’t have a “hate crime” problem. We have a “radical Islam” problem, and it should be a warning sign to the world that even Al Qaeda is baffled by Obama’s ability to blame this problem on everything else under the sun.
Neither ISIS nor Al Qaeda will stop killing Americans just because Western leaders shovel politically-correct propaganda in the aftermath. Nor will they suddenly start killing more Americans just because Western leaders start calling this terrorism what it is. They are going to kill Americans either way, because that’s what they do.
“Ignore them and they’ll stop” might be good advice for a 2nd grader dealing with a bully, but it makes for bad national security policy.