The fumes hadn’t cleared from the Manchester bomb site before the Left moved on to a threat apparently much graver than that posed by Jihadis. You see, in the same week Salman Ramadan Abedi blew himself to pieces, taking 22 others with him, a couple of deranged white guys back home in the U.S. between them stabbed three innocent people to death. Leave it to the far Left to politicize incidents like these: “White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years.” And: “The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All.” Out: Islamic terrorism. In: White terrorism.
What were the events triggering this swift pivot? On Friday night, May 26, one Jeremy Christian was shouting racist remarks at two young Muslim women on a train in Portland, Oregon. When other passengers intervened, he stabbed two to death and wounded a third. On the Saturday before, a guy by the name of Sean Urbanski stabbed to death a black man who turned out to be a newly commissioned U.S. Army lieutenant, after the latter had refused to step out of the way for him.
Both perpetrators were found to have blabbered on their Facebook timelines about Nazis and white supremacy. Christian also seemed to support Bernie Sanders, however, a fact that was conveniently glossed over by the Left, before he moved on to Donald Trump in the general — though apparently he couldn’t bring himself to vote for The Donald in the end. All in all, this sounds to me more like a guy with a screw loose than someone with a clear ideology.
But before you hit that fatwa button, let me make clear I don’t wish to belittle these heinous crimes. In my book, the death penalty by firing squad within three weeks of the verdict would be a fitting consequence for these two gentlemen. The larger picture, though, is that headlines such as the above pop up on our social media timelines every now and then. “White terrorists have killed more Americans than jihadists since 9/11,” blared just one last year on USUncut.com, another activist website that went offline a few months ago (screenshot below). Pictured with the title are photos of Jared Loughner, Dylann Roof and James Holmes.
So now white terrorism is scarier than both refugees and Jihadis. Who knew? It’s evident that half-witted and unwilling yokels like you and me need to be reminded every now and then where the true danger lurks in our deranged society.
Of course, these claims are so patently stupid we would have never noticed them if they hadn’t shown up on Facebook thanks to our friends over at the other end of the political spectrum. For all their wailing about fake news, liberals don’t see any problem posting from sources with such ominous names as “U.S. Uncut” and “Resistance Report”. But then, these articles serve the Left’s political agenda. On the one side, they tell us there’s nothing to fear with importing Islam into our midst; On the other, they purport to demonstrate that the danger of deranged right-wingers with guns is hiding all around us.
Liberals don’t get to make up their own facts, however. To think of just a few examples here, weren’t the San Bernardino and Orlando shooters, as well as the Boston bombers, either immigrants or refugees? Why, yes. Rizwan Farook’s parents immigrated from Pakistan, and he met his wife Tashfeen Malik, who lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia, on the Internet. He married her a month after meeting her in that country to bring her back to the U.S. Omar Mateen was born in New York, but his father immigrated from Afghanistan in the 1980s. The Tsarnaevs came here on a 90-day tourist visa with their family in 2002, and their dad applied for political asylum while in the U.S. Combined, these guys killed a lot more than just three people, and also a lot more than the 27 who died in the Aurora, Colorado and Charleston shootings combined.
But strictly speaking, these people weren’t refugees from “war-torn” countries, you see? I guess it’s all about the definitions: The Resistance Report writer deliberately dichotomizes asylum seekers and immigrants on the one hand, and refugees hurt by President Trump’s executive order on the other. This distinction is both narrow and semantic, and it also pushes the boundaries of logic a bit: An asylum seeker is, by definition, a person claiming to be a refugee and waiting for that claim to be evaluated by the host country.
Whether or not the claim is legitimate, these people flee a certain country for reasons having to do with said country being an unpleasant place, and seek at least temporary settlement in ours. These days this unpleasantness can take various shapes, as is illustrated by all those “Syrian” “refugees” flooding into Europe at the moment from countries such as Kosovo, Albania, Russia, the Ukraine, Macedonia, Eritrea, Gambia, Somalia, Pakistan, and yes, Syria. True, that latter country is the number one supplier of refugees, not taking into account all the other Arabs tossing their passports overboard and claiming to be Syrian in order to minimize their chances of being thrown on a plane back home. But Kosovo of all countries is a close number two, and all in all, “Syrian” refugees don’t even account for half of the total.
You may recall that some of these recent refugees or immigrants or asylum seekers — whatever you’d like to call them — have been causing quite the consternation in Europe lately. Rakhmat Akilov, the recent Stockholm attacker from Uzbekistan, is being described left and right as a “rejected asylum seeker,” but nowhere as a “refugee”. Which is it? Anis Amri, the Berlin attacker, was another “rejected asylum seeker” but from Tunisia. In addition, Germans saw three smaller terrorist attacks involving refugees just in July of 2016, in which one woman was killed and several others wounded.
Apart from the perps’ backgrounds, a clear pattern emerges with these Jihadist attacks in both Europe and the U.S.: All of these guys were driven by a clear ideology and highly motivated. They all committed a premeditated and well-thought-out attack, and were either supported or cheered on after the fact by international terrorist networks. And all of them were of immigrant or refugee background.
Contrast that to the string of losers being spotlighted as “white terrorists” by the Left. By definition, the objective of terrorism is political; committing a hate crime alone doesn’t suffice. The case could be made that Dylann Roof committed an act of terrorism (his aim was to ignite a race war in the United States), but it’s a different story for a mentally-ill loner dressing up as the Joker and shooting up a movie theater, because, frankly, he just doesn’t have it all together. Jared Loughner’s political views were a “hallmark of the far right and the militia movement,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, that Alabama “research” outfit that spots little white supremacist monsters behind every tree it passes. Loughner was also diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, though, and believed in 9/11 conspiracy theories. His hatred of Gabby Giffords was matched by an equal dislike of George W. Bush.
So what are the political motives of all these “white terrorists”? Are they big-government-hating constitutionalists? Do they want to set off race wars? Are they against abortion or gay marriage? Do they think the Illuminati were behind 9/11? Do they support Donald Trump, or actually Bernie Sanders also? Are they just deranged lunatics, fit for the psychiatric ward? And for that matter, were their acts premeditated and carefully planned beforehand, or spontaneous outbursts of rage? Is all of the above required to get the “terrorist” stamp, or will any of these conditions suffice?
These guys don’t follow a single political objective or share a coherent belief system. Because, unlike with Jihad, none exists. They’re politically all over the map, and most of them are just plain crazy. Their only real common denominator is that they’re all white. But, once the Left is done cherrypicking its way through the evidence, what’s left is a hoplite army of white terrorists and a bunch of conservative apologists running for the hills.
The calls I spotted on my social media timelines for President Trump to publicly “distance” himself from these two chaps put the Left’s hypocrisy on full display. In a nation of 325 million that saw well-nigh 12,000 murders in 2014 according to the FBI, Trump has to single out these two due to a supposed “climate of hate” to which he contributed? Do you know which former president actually crossed paths numerous times throughout his career with a real terrorist, one who formed an organization that “declared war” on the United States government in the 1970s and set off bombs to further its goals? Yeah. Imagine the outrage if Trump had cultivated associations like his predecessor.
Western Europe witnessed at least 12 major terrorist attacks within just the last three years. Hundreds of people have died in the aggregate, many of whom women and children. I’ve stated before that this is just the beginning. Do we really want to follow the Europeans in this direction? And even if it were true that white terrorism in the U.S. has the potential to exceed this level of massacre, that is by itself not a reason to open our borders to more Muslim migrants and all the negative collective consequences they bring with them. To make that argument in this stealthy manner is intellectual laziness and dishonesty cloaked in cheap moral grandstanding. But sadly that’s what we’ve come to expect these days.