On Thursday night, two Palestinian terrorists sat quietly in the Max Brenner café in Tel Aviv. Disguised as businessmen, suddenly they jumped up and began a deadly shooting spree. On Sunday morning at 2:02 a.m., Omar Mateen entered the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and began a rampage that has become the largest mass murder in U.S. history.
When President Barack Obama addressed the country about the threat of ISIS Sunday night, he predictably said one more time, ISIS does not represent Islam. “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.”
Since the horrific massacre last week in San Bernardino, it's been reported that Tashfeen Malik swore allegiance to the leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, and the caliphate. An analysis posted in The Long War Journal explained why that is so significant. Here's an excerpt:
As Americans recover from the shock of the San Bernardino terror attack, as the families mourn the tragic loss of loved ones, and as the Obama administration continues to obfuscate the enemy we face, I thought it important to cite two Islamic scholars who understand the war America now faces. For a number of years, I’ve had the privilege to interview Professor Moshe Sharon of Hebrew University. He’s studied Islam for most of his life and has spent much of that time warning about the dangers of radical Islam, long before 9/11. Here’s how he defines our struggle.
For several years, many in the Middle East have disparaged U.S. President Barack Obama's policy in the region. As shown in this video clip posted on Facebook, the traditional allies of the U.S. often feel abandoned. Other traditional adversaries feel emboldened. Here is one example of how some Egyptian commentators view the way President Obama sees as a major security threat to the United States.
I listened this morning to the tributes of those struck down in Paris. They wrench the heart. Earnest students, aspiring lawyers, young couples in love … dozens of lives full of promise and potential gunned down in the prime of their lives. The attacks – called the worst against France since WWII – stunned the French Republic, Europe and the world. Many wonder why. ISIS itself answered that question in its claim of responsibility.