By Hunter Wallace
Once again, the staggering hypocrisy of the American mainstream media is on full display in the wake of yet another mass shooting involving an Islamic terrorist. We saw the same scenario play out after 9/11, the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Garland shooting, Fort Hood and the Boston bombing.
In the aftermath of Charleston, several political pundits wondered aloud why the mainstream media were pouring gasoline on the “backlash” against Confederate symbols and monuments and blaming the entire South for the actions of Dylann Roof, a lone fanatic with no known associates, but every single time an Islamic terrorist commits a similar atrocity the same media worries about an “Islamophobic backlash” and insists that Islam has nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism and that only an anti-Muslim bigot would associate all Muslims with the actions of one lone jihadist.
I almost fell out of my chair in disbelief when I read the latest David Cook column about the Chattanooga shooting. This article comes from the very same man who just two weeks ago called for “the second surrender of Dixie”:
[“In the big heart of Chattanooga,” Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7-19-2015]
“But beware the carnival barkers and their cries for a fear-based response.
Beware the Islamaphobic witch-hunt.
For that’s just what Abduladeez would have wanted — his narrow violence met with a narrow response.
Instead, our salvation and healing must come from the transcendence that is only achieved through the great multiplier that is community, the place where two become one, the land where divisions fall away. …
Fazio is a former U.S. Marine Corps reservist, a Spanish teacher at Baylor School and a dear friend. Along with 1,000 other Chattanoogans, he and I sat together, wept and hugged together during Friday’s interfaith service at Mount Oliv
et Baptist church."
See, there's a standard here: it is politically correct to hate and witch hunt the South and advocate cultural genocide and physical displacement of the White South, but suggesting there is link between Islam and terrorism is nothing more than reprehensible "Islamophobia." We're also getting a clearer picture of Mohammad Abdulazeez who fits the classic profile of a spree shooter:
["Chattanooga Shooter Researched Religious Justification For Violence: Official," ABC News, 7-20-2015]
"The family representative said Sunday that the family told the FBI there were no outward signs of radicalization but added Abdulazeez “was susceptible to bad influences” and would be affected by watching news accounts of “children being killed in Syria.” For all his struggles with drugs, the representative said, Abdulazeez also struggled with being a devout Muslim. ...
The family representative said Abdulazeez's family sought, without success, to get him treatment for his mental illness, and to keep him away from a group of friends with whom he would drink and smoke marijuana."
So, Mohammad Abdulazeez was suffering from a mental illness, was abusing drugs, was struggling with his sense of identity, and fantasized about martyring himself in a heroic cause. Who does that sound like? Ring any bells?
Two days after the Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston, I wrote an article on this website called "A Deadly Cocktail: Self Expression, Fantasism, and Mental Illness":
"In light of the successful prediction that I made after Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011, let me make another prediction: if history is our guide, by the time the American public has digested the Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston, yet another rampage shooting starring a different character with different motives will have seized national headlines. In hindsight, it is amazing how quickly the public loses interest in even the worst atrocities, as there is always another self-detonating fantasist out there ready to tee up the next dish of carnage.
And you know what? Next time there is a rampage shooting, and the next time after that, and the next time after that … and talking heads wonder aloud about the “root causes” of “the sickness in America,” the same deadly cocktail of expressive individualism, fantasy ideology, and mental illness will rear its ugly head. When the next self righteous narcissist walks down the catwalk of the 24/7 cable news media, only the details will be different.
Oh, and that Confederate flag … that’s just a small, irrelevant detail."
As if on cue, President Obama who was so confident that Dylann Roof was a white supremacist terrorist on the basis of his website is unable to discern any link between Mohammad Abdualazeez and Islamic terrorism in spite on his own writings on his blog and journal about jihad and martyrdom:
“Give the president this much: At least he didn’t call the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting workplace violence.
Speaking from the Oval Office just hours after the attack, President Obama did not once use the word “terrorism” in relation to the assault by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez on military sites in Chattanooga. …”