Venn diagram found on the Web: Less than 0.00001% of Muslims are terrorists, so far
Let’s leave aside for now the question of whether the plot to blow up a Christmas tree celebration in Portland, Oregon was concocted by an actual terrorist or perhaps by the FBI. Let’s think about the motivation of alleged terrorist (or jihadist wannabe) Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized Somali-American citizen.
This is from an FBI transcript of a video made by the accused (emphasis added):
This is a message [if God wills] to those who have wronged themselves and the rights of others. From the Americans and others. A dark day is coming your way [with the permission of Allah the glorified the exalted]. For as long as you threaten our security, your people will not remain safe. As your soldiers target our civilians, we will not help to do so. Did you think that you could invade a Muslim land, and we would not invade you, but Allah will have soldiers scattered everywhere across the globe. To those doubting the victory of Allah’s [the glorified the exalted] then we say there’s a lesson in the USSR for you, and also in the events going on in Afghanistan…
We hear the same exact thing over and over and over from accused Terrorists — that they are attempting to carry about plots in retaliation for past and ongoing American violence against Muslim civilians and to deter such future acts. Here we find one of the great mysteries in American political culture: that the U.S. Government dispatches its military all over the world — invading, occupying, and bombing multiple Muslim countries — torturing them, imprisoning them without charges, shooting them up at checkpoints, sending remote-controlled drones to explode their homes, imposing sanctions that starve hundreds of thousands of children to death — and Americans are then baffled when some Muslims — an amazingly small percentage — harbor anger and vengeance at them and want to return the violence. And here we also find the greatest myth in American political discourse: that engaging in all of that military aggression somehow constitutes Staying Safe and combating Terrorism — rather than doing more than any single other cause to provoke, sustain and fuel Terrorism.
The question of motive usually isn’t discussed much in the media, especially not on the TV news — despite the constant parade of alleged “terrorism experts.” As Greenwald points out, it’s lucky for us that so far the large numbers of pissed-off Muslims have not translated into large active contingents of fighters and terrorists except in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, the concept of defensive jihad (as al-Qaeda propaganda constantly asserts) extends to all Muslims everywhere. I don’t know if the White House and the Pentagon have given this enough consideration.
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