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Prepare for the "workplace violence" meme for #SanBernardino

From RedState:

The Washington Post Tries to Humanize the Terrorists

By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | December 3rd, 2015 at 11:27 PM

They didn’t do this with the Colorado shooter. They just passed him off as a violent Christian extremist. But the Washington Post wants you to know

The home Farook grew up in was troubled and at times apparently violent. In 2002, when both husband and wife were unemployed and had run up credit card and retail debt of about $50,000, the couple filed for bankruptcy protection. And for most of the past decade, right up to early this year, his parents waged war in court against each other. Rafia repeatedly sought — and at least twice won — restraining orders against a husband who she said abused her verbally and physically.

See. It was not poor little Farook’s fault. He was driven to it by his parents. We need to be understanding of him. The Washington Post goes on to paint a rather fawning picture of the quiet and “respectful” kid who loved Chinese food.

The media always does this to terrorists. Rolling Stone put the glamour shot of the Boston bomber on its cover as if he was a rock star. Now the Washington Post want you to know Farook was a hard worker, quiet, and and smiled.

The American left, time and time again, tries to rationalize that somehow they and/or American society caused these people to become terrorists. It’s not them. It’s us. The Washington Post has just given us another example.

That’s hardly the only thing: Caleb Howe, also on RedState, noted that CNN Asks Slain San Bernardino Man’s Widow If He Was Asking For It, because one of the victims was a messianic Jew. It could be argued that the killers didn’t like Nicholas Thalasinos, but that doesn’t explain why they’d then choose to try to kill everybody.

Make no mistake about it: the left have a vested interest in labeling this workplace violence!

  1. If it is labeled terrorism, and especially Islamist terrorism, then the Democrats start losing the arguments about accepting 10,000 (or more) Syrian refugees;
  2. If it is labeled terrorism, the left’s arguments that this means we need more gun control automatically fail; and
  3. If this is labeled terrorism, then President Obama’s policies to contain and defeat terrorism are once again exposed as wholly ineffective.

The left were cheering after a whacko shot up a Colorado abortion “clinic,” because the three people killed were utterly meaningless beyond their value as political pawns, and some on the left immediately jumped on the fact that there was a Planned Parenthood center only a bit more than a mile away from the San Bernadino killings; when more of the facts came in, noting that the Planned Parenthood center’s nearby location was only a coincidence, the left were disappointed. When it turned out that the killers were Muslims, the left were crestfallen.

Why did Syed Farook and his wife choose to shoot up a Christmas party for his workplace rather than someplace else? It’s logistically simple: Mr Farook was familiar with the layout and the people, and knew he wouldn’t be questioned there! Terrorists look for soft targets of opportunity, and this was the perfect one.