The predictable evolution of the Boston bombing story is being run out in the media. Why did they do it? What can we do? What is it that drove them to terrorism? Do we have to live with this manner of terrorism?
For now, the answer is yes!
When the Fort Hood shooting is officially categorized as workplace violence, yes we have to live with it. When the official report about Fort Hood contains not a single reference to terrorism or radical Islam despite the shouts of Allahu Akbar by the shooter, yes! When Major Hassan’s formal presentations within the structure of the Army represent radical Islamic ideology and no one does or says anything, yes we have to live with it.
When the FBI is constrained by political correctness during interviews with suspected perpetrators, yes we have to live with it. When the President rushes to the podium after the Boston suspect has been brought into custody to warn us we can’t “rush to judgment about these individuals of groups of people”, yes we have to live with it. When easily identifiable Islamists are brought into the key departments responsible for American security to ‘sensitize’ law enforcement and security resources to the long list of Islamic complaints and manufactured sensitivities; we have to live with it. When Stephen Coughlin, the singular expert on Islam and Islamic radicalism within the Pentagon is fired for representing the truth of the situation under pressure from Islamist apologists, you’re damn right we have to live with it. When senior military officers tell us that Global Warming is our most significant threat; duck!
When public expressions of radical ideology, anti Americanism and calls to Jihad are tolerated and protected we can count on more of what we saw in Boston.
Expertise armed with facts is dismissed as xenophobic. The President cares more for warning us off making judgments than he does protecting us or altering his politically correct view of the world, the message goes forth to those who intend terror that the law enforcement environment will continue to protect and preserve them until they actually perform the act.
This is not to say that there are not committed, competent people in the counter terrorism business, without question there are. They, however, must function within the political leadership context that is defined for them. Or, should I say, lack of political leadership context?
Our current leadership simply refuses to call the threat what it is; workplace violence? The absence of the ability to identify a threat for what it is guarantees our inability to deal with it. We have, as well, suffered confusions, willing to kill Anwar Al-Awlaki with a drone strike but not to have a look at the infrastructure that supported his teachings while in America, nor to do anything about him when clear connections to the 9/11 terrorists were demonstrated.
Yes, you have to live with it!