July 3, 2001, was a day I will never forget. I was at the concrete plant when the cement tanker driver, a 41 year old independent trucker who looked to be in good shape, complained that his chest hurt. “You’re probably having a heart attack,” I joked.
“Well, my left arm does hurt.”
We laughed it off, and I got the call the next day: he had gone home, sat down in his recliner, and died. If I had taken him seriously, when he said that his left arm hurt, and taken him to the hospital, he might be alive today. Instead, because I, personally, failed to do something, when I knew better, a good man, with a wife and family, is stone-cold graveyard dead.
Neighbors of husband and wife San Bernardino shooters ‘noticed them acting suspiciously but did NOT report them for fear of racial profiling’
- Syed Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik were ‘receiving packages’ and ‘working at strange hours in their garage’ according to their neighbors
- But neighbors feared reporting them in case it was merely racial profiling
- It has since emerged Farook and Malik had 12 pipe bombs in the house
- The couple shot 65-70 rounds at Inland Regional Center on Wednesday
- They had 12 pipe bombs, tools to assemble bombs, 2,000 9mm rounds, and over 2,500 223 rounds stored at their suburban home, according to the FBI
The husband and wife shooters who shot 36 people in San Bernardino in Wednesday had been acting suspiciously in recent weeks, neighbors claim.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were apparently working late at night in their garage and receiving numerous packages to their home in Redlands, California.
But according to nearby residents, they did not report them for fear of racial profiling.
It has since emerged the couple had 12 pipes bombs, a stock pile of tools to assemble explosives, 2,000 9mm rounds, and over 2,500 223 rounds in their suburban home.
Aaron Elswick, whose friend lives on the street, told KTLA a neighbor described her regret at not reporting Farook and Malik.
‘Sounds like she didn’t do anything about it,’ Elswick said.
‘She didn’t want to do any kind of racial profiling. She’s like, ‘I didn’t call it in … maybe it was just me thinking something that’s not there.’
There’s more at the link, but, interestingly — though not surprisingly — a Google search for didn’t report profiling, made at 6:10 PM EST on Sunday, December 6, returned only two “professional media” sites, the Daily Mail story quoted above, and this local CBS story on the first page. There was this Fox News story at the top of the second page, but that was the only professional media story on that one. Going through the first ten pages of that Google search turned up exactly zero references to that story in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, or any other major metropolitan daily newspaper. Oh, there were plenty of links to conservative sites, but as far as the left are concerned, this is news to be buried. We have found out just what news the media believe is fit to print!
Well, President Barack Hussein Obama addressed the nation last night, discussing the war against Islamism — not that he ever called it that, or anything like that! — and said:
(I)t is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West.
Is it really a “perverted interpretation of Islam,” or is it actually fairly mainstream?
Here’s what else we cannot do. We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death, and they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world — including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology. Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim. If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.
That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities. This is a real problem that Muslims must confront, without excuse. Muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like ISIL and al Qaeda promote; to speak out against not just acts of violence, but also those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.
But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL. Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes — and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that.
First of all, I object to the Administration’s use of the initials “ISIL,” which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the Levant includes Israel; President Obama, by his choice of using ISIL rather than ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), subtly legitimizes Da’ish’s claims over the Jewish State.¹
But, more importantly, he is telling Americans to do just what the witnesses who didn’t report the suspicious activities of Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, did, to refuse to say anything to the authorities which might indicate the profiling of Muslims. Our esteemed President would rather restrict the rights of all Americans rather than concentrate on the people who are most likely to actually be or become terrorists.
January 20, 2017, cannot come soon enough!
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.
¹ – Da’ish is my preferred way of referring to ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fī ‘l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām. The group renamed itself simply ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah, or simply Islamic State.