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In Wake of ID of Boston Bombers, a Look at Jihadist Terror

By Mark Potok on April 19, 2013 - 10:11 am, Posted in Muslim Extremism

With the news that the Boston Marathon bombers may have Chechnyan roots, attention is turning to the threat of “self-radicalized” Muslims in the United States. In the fall of 2011, the Intelligence Report ran a cover story and several sidebars on that phenomenon that may be useful to readers.

Our lead story explored the changing nature of the jihadist threat as extremists living in the country have become at least as dangerous as operatives from abroad. We also published a timeline of 30 attacks by homegrown jihadists since 9/11 and profiles of 10 extremists. I also wrote an accompanying editorial.

At the same time, the fact that the two suspects, one of whom died in a shootout with police, may be Muslim has prompted serious concerns about a backlash against Muslims in this country. We explored issues of Islamophobia in a cover story in our Summer 2011 issue. Accompanying that story was a look at the anti-Muslim inner circle. We also reported recently on the rise in  anti-Muslim hate crimes that began in 2010. Pro-immigrant activists are also worried that the fact that the two suspects were immigrants may harm or even derail efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the near future.

  • Sam Molloy

    John Abbott, Sr. Balboa, who was the first European to explore Panama, was told that some of the Native men lived as women in otherwise normal monogamous family relationships. (Among North American Indians they were called Win-Tay’s.) Sr. Balboa rounded up 30 or so that assumed since they were not doing anything wrong, nothing would happen to them. They were wrong, as he set his ferocious dogs on them in their enclosure. Sr. Balboa claimed to be a Christian but obviously was not.

  • Reynardine

    Donna Marie, I was working with disturbed adolescents before you learned not to wet your training panties. And before you go insulting anyone’s intelligence, make sure your own is even visible enough to insult.

    Mr. Carter, various etymologies have been applied to “cracker”. That Florida cowboys used bullwhips in roundups, because our vegetation did not permit the free use of lassos, is one of them.

    And, sorry, when you give specious statistics like those to demonize icky brown people that you hate, you wholly justify the Georgia cracker jokes.

  • http://SPLC Neel

    Peace to the readers of this blog. It is unfair to associate
    the Islam and identify one Muslim who goes astray and commits crimes of terror.
    Islam is peace and a Muslim is one who obeys G-d’s
    laws. People who commit crimes of terror are not Muslim.
    Within the last year two years their was four other terrorist
    crimes in the United States and religion nor faith was not
    cited.

  • Douglas Hainline

    Of course, the FBI should keep radical mosques under some sort of surveillance. What a ‘radical mosque’ is, is unfortunately a fuzzy concept. No matter, it should be done.

    And of course it should keep extreme white nationalist and extreme anti-abortion groups under surveillance, for the same reason. And, once again, what ‘extreme’ means is not amenable to an absolutely strict definition.

    In a liberal democracy, secret police, informers, wiretapping, etc are abhorrent. Sadly, they are necessary. We have mechanisms for trying to keep the abuses of privacy which will necessarily follow, within limits.

    In the meantime, if you’re a Muslim fundamentalist, a white nationalist, a militant anti-abortion campaigner, a radical leftist, but not a terrorist … use your brains, such as they are, and don’t say things that could ignite less stable members of your group to go out and commit violence.

  • john abbott

    In case anyone did not know, most Christian churches in the South are still segregated…..go figure. Its all about the hate for them….they do NOT evolve like the rest of life on this planet, obviously. So much for Christianity being a religion of Peace….oh, and let’s not even mention the 150 million innocent people murdered by the Christian church in the last 1800 years or so on every continent….more humans have died from ‘religion’ than any other cause in the history of our world, and it continues to this very day, sadly….so many wars waged by fundamentalists due to their religion have been fought throughout our bloody human history…it is horrible and must be stopped. Humans are obviously a rather stupid species….we never seem to learn, and that is the definition of stupidity.

  • john abbott

    To be perfectly honest, I think all fundamentalists in the US of EVERY religion should be watched closely and monitored. Virtually every terrorist attack anywhere in the world is carried out by fundamentalists of one religion or another….mostly Muslim and Christian, though a few have been carried out by Jewish and Hindu extremists. ALL fundamentalism is by it’s very nature extremism, and it’s proponents need to be kept under surveillance constantly since terrorist attacks come almost exclusively from such people. The fundamental evangelical Christians are working to create a holocaust against LGBT people all over the world, especially in Uganda and other ignorant African and Eastern European states including Russia. The Catholic and Mormon religions are also in the front line of this great evil perpetrated upon innocent LGBT people. The evangelicals are even worse than the Islamists for LGBT people. Ever hear of the “Kill the Gays” bill in the Ugandan legislature? Look it up….written by American evangelical Christians (including a sitting US Senator!) for the government of Uganda….here you are, Christian terrorists! That’s why so many American evangelical, fundamentalist Christian groups are on the designated Hate Groups List per the SPLC. Fundamentalism=evil!

  • Don Carter

    These two men were indeed Muslims. They sure as hell weren’t Baptists, Methodists, or Catholics. I think Muslims make up only about 2-3% of the total U.S. population, but are responsible for over 80% of acts of terror in our country. What’s wrong with that picture? The news media has done its darndest to downplay the fact that these men are Jihadists. As Americans, what are we supposed to do when Muslims attack and kill American citizens either overseas or here in the states? Are we supposed to embrace them?

    I don’t hate Muslims. As a Christian I’ve been taught that hate is wrong. But I have to tell you that when Muslims do an act of terror it sort of sticks in my craw. There’s an old saying that goes something like this: hate the sin, but not the sinner. I am pretty sick and tired of people apologizing for poor behavior on the part of militant Muslims. These people were hating Americans long before the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and long before drones were used.

    Oh and by the way, the term “Cracker” comes from the state of Georgia. It was when men who drove teams of mules “cracked” whips over their heads to get the mules moving.

  • Douglas

    I think radical-Muslim is the correct term Many of my Muslim friends detest your blanket statements. They do not like this slant which reflects on American Muslims who are very supportive of exposing the radicals who are trying to use the belief as a cover for their evil deeds.

  • concernedcitizen

    April 20th comment, Steve I don’t believe people would be likely to warn anyone, they would be more inclined to just leave.

    And a great deal of them would probably ignore the action all together.

  • concernedcitizen

    Steve I don’t agree with planting bombs in crowds and yes I agree that their ideology was harmful. We can say the same about radical Christians as well who burn crosses and burn down buildings in the name of a made up bigoted demi god of theirs that simply does not exist because no Christian God would ever support such actions.

    We need to understand, and not to say you do not this is not directed at you, all Muslims do not support violence.

    We simply must remember as all Christians do not support the lies of bigotry and divide amongst our countrymen, neither do all Muslims support bombing and killing of innocent people.

    It’s really sad to hear that they want to start surveillance on all Muslims, if we were to live by that rule of thumb then according to the sins of the hate groups that claim to be Christian we might as well put all Christians under surveillance…doesn’t make any sense does it?

    That’s how ridiculous it is for us to put all Muslims under surveillance as well.

  • http://donna@onpointfirearms.com Donna Marie

    Sam Molloy -Got it right! DAYS EARLY!

    Reynardine -”Youngsters who have a turbulent and disjointed growing-up often keep themselves alive through it by telling themselves fairy tales. “- You are making excuses for murderers!
    Further-”What do you get when you cut a Florida Cracker brain in half?” What a caustic remark!

    Ian-According to the US DOJ under 2% of guns used in crime are from gun shows. These murderous thugs acquired their Ruger with destroyed serial numbers,from the street, as do 37% of all criminals.

    Aadila-Though you think you are a genius,it’s time to grab your dictionary,”not a perjorative term.”Or, just right click.The Sandy Hook murderer committed matricide to acquire his weapon.He did not go shoot up the local PD.He chose a soft target where he would be unopposed.

    Homegrown or sleeper cells, Newtown, Boston, Aurora, Columbine, How do you spell homicidal maniac?

  • Sam Molloy

    Ruslan, my admittedly limited understanding of Islam includes the notion that the Jihad radical philosophy of taking over the world by blowing people up and scaring them to convert, is a relatively recent development. It does not seem to correspond to their rich history of education, science and peace. Moderate, well educated Muslims have to take the lead to end this scourge, just like moderate Christians have to speak out against those who preach hate and violence. The current plan of denying the problem is simply not working.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, what pretzel factory did you buy your “logic” from?

  • aadila

    Sam, if the Sandy Hook shooter’s home had been a “gun free” zone none of this would have happened. It’s time to grab all the guns.

  • MRJ

    @ concernedcitizen:

    Thank You.
    There was more, but, well, new Hays regulations, which I will follow: I won’t be mean, or use gutter language in describing the various bodily waste/end functions wandering around this area stalking minorities.
    I have read your posts.
    It becomes very obvious after a while when they escalate.

    As another exercise or two, has anyone attempted to find if there is an “Oathkeeper” faction in their area?
    If you find one: have you noticed that their group is closed and they do not list member’s names, that membership requires being sponsored by another already in that group, and, if you do the math, you realize that 46 or 48 members for a small community could very well include just about every single Law Enforcement officer there? Let alone the conversation you had with a retired “railroad cop” about his buddies: one convicted of B+E, who is their “go to” guy if they want a lock picked for whatever reason: “We got one guy who does (this: lock picking), and another who does (that: “electronic” or computer “work”)….”.

    This guy is retired: why is he organizing Felons, and promoting/forwarding their criminal activity for which they were Convicted?
    Even going so far as to provide hundreds of esoteric and strange locks from his “collection” for this guy to practice on.

    You start to realize that some Law Enforcement (whether “retired” or not) will actually collaborate with Felons to help them break into something, or someone’s property to ascertain whether the completely fabricated accusations about someone are “true” or not… or, as has been noted, breaking and entering to set someone up: local garages and deer blinds broken into, and myself blamed by name.
    Or stealing property of the State (roadsigns), and trying to get someone else to display it in their garage, as has happened to myself as well: yes, touched only by the edges by myself, saved and reported, as well as that individual attempting to involve myself with automatic weapons (a PPSh 41), who has tried to get you to go to “Snowdog” and other “events”, and was burning crosses way out in the woods with a local High School graduating class, etc..
    Duuuhhhhhh….

    Hey, Law Enforcement! Have you ever looked into the local (living/lived on the main drag here) with the Kepi caps and Confederate Battle Flags on his hats, T-shirts, and hanging in his garage who made a fortune selling “super dirt” fertilizer to grow 20′+ castor plants with the stated intention of tripling the size and output of those particular plants a couple of years ago?
    Y’all don’t get it.
    He even had a control group removed from the others to show the actual size they will only grow to in this climate.
    What can you make from castor?
    Ask the Senate.
    Duuuhhhhhh….

    I say there’s a Major Problem Here, I want out, I didn’t ask for this….

  • Sam Molloy

    The two perps in Boston planted bombs hoping to kill as many Americans as they could because of a warped religious / political conviction. Possibly if someone had noticed them leave their knapsacks and walk away they could have told one of the many Police there at the scene. The person at Sandy hook was completely insane, and chose a site he knew to be “gun free” as his best opportunity to kill people. The mere possibility of someone on that campus having a gun may have deterred his crazy a**. Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security and should be aware of the dangers around them.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Sam, what you fail to realize is that the fact that they were Muslim did not CAUSE them to go out and commit those crimes. You see, there are millions of Muslims worldwide who are upset about the actions of the US in Afghanistan and Iraq(as the remaining brother claimed to be), but they don’t go blowing things up. There is usually some other cause that actually convinces a person to carry out acts of terror.

  • Gregory

    I would recommend that the “facts is facts” crowd read the column that I’ve linked below. It is chock full of facts, if reading comprehension allows their absorption

    . http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm.....s-violence

  • aadila

    John, “Florida Cracker” is not a perjorative term. It refers to the original European settlers of Florida, about the time Spain lost its grip on the territory.

    And I’m pretty sure Mark Potok has a better sense of what is and isn’t a racial slur than you do. Pay attention and you might learn something.

    By the way “cracker” means a loud mouth and it goes at least as far back as Shakespeare. If you have ever heard someone from Ireland speak of lively conversation as “craic”, that’s the same word.

  • Aron

    John, you obviously have no idea what Florida Crackers are.

    They are old-timey residents of Florida. And they often use the ‘cracker’ term as one of pride.

  • Reynardine

    P. S. I have, however, eaten gator and snapping turtle. Also, in the old days, conch chowder.

  • Reynardine

    John, evidently you missed the lecture on Florida Crackers. It’s an honor to be one. There was even a Florida Cracker Festival in Flagler County the other week. And though I cannot claim the title, having been born in Northern Illinois, I learned the lore from my mother at her kneecap, have been here most of the time since I was thirteen, and though I haven’t lobbed squirrels or cooked Hoover hog, I have most of the survival skills. Now, ‘scuse me. Time to water the collards.

  • John

    Reynardine, crackers are not just indigenous to Florida..These toasted goodies are found all over the world.
    Now if you were using it as a pejorative for whites, then shame on you..What would Mr Potok think?

  • Reynardine

    Sam, a lot more children were murdered at Sandy Hook by a non-Muslim, and your only response was that we need more guns.

  • aadila

    Sam,

    There is some anectodal evidence that one of the bombers is gay or bisexual. What conclusion should we draw from this, that it was an act of extremism based on sexual preference? “Facts is facts” right?

    Before anyone gets weird on me, I supported gay rights way back when, when it wasn’t fashionable or in any way mainstream. There was a time in our country’s history when if you used an ACT UP shirt or bumper sticker it was dangerous. It was a time when gay people were being blamed for HIV. People would insult you on the street for speaking up for decency. It would draw the hate. But then as now, I follow what’s right.

    And I just don’t think it’s right to associate Islam with people who perform acts of terror in the name of Islam. Islam specifically prohibits such acts. Why must you search for collective identity in this based in religion, Sam? What is the validity of doing so?

  • concernedcitizen

    Well Mr. J, your April 22nd comment was well put.

  • Reynardine

    What do you get when you cut a Florida Cracker brain in half?
    ………

  • Sam Molloy

    These people were Muslims. That fact has been established without any doubt. This does not mean that all Muslims murder children. But, “facts is facts”.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Please explain how immigration reform would have stopped this attack.

  • Aron

    Yes! Let’s stop letting anyone who isn’t a white Christian into the country?

    Rite, Jorja Sitezin?

  • Georgia Citizen

    I will say it again. We need immigrarion reforms!!! It’s time to smell the coffee. Pediod!!!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Minor correction for future reference, the proper term for someone from Chechnya is Chechen.

  • MRJ

    And this is how the KKK operates:

    “That includes with one’s neighbor’s or even one’s own children. Be a community!”

    This particularly includes Klansmen, “Patriots” with stockpiles, Hate Group organizers, deranged and gibbering racists and drug dealers working in healthcare or local businesses, “Sovereigns” and NWO/ZOG/JOG chanters, people with various insane ideas about who is “supposed” to be in a community and fomenting what the agenda of that “community” is supposed to be based on the depravities of individuals who watch Fox, and pant after Glen Beck’s every word, hate women and minorities, or believe that the Ku Klux Klan are good, and just, and kind, have engaged in powerlifting in college because they are short and lacking in the men’s department and are overcompensating….

    Of course trying to have civility, and civil discourse, and reasonable communities goes right out the window the minute a Klansman moves into your neighborhood and starts targeting minorities with the stereotypes that they are so fond of using for their own personal, pathologic short comings and projection.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    The fact that they were Muslim comes from their Vkontakte pages where they listed their religious views as “Islam.” Guess what- virtually every Russian on their lists their religion as “Orthodox” despite many of them having never been to church in their life.

  • aadila

    Why does every act by someone who may or may not have some form of religious creed have to represent that creed? This strikes me as incredibly obtuse oversimplification.

    The other day I read about a local pastor who was arrested for driving while impaired. This was not the first time. Now here is a case where I think anyone with a reasonably acute mind can recognize that alcholism is not a function of this man’s faith. Should we start setting up police checkpoints in thoroughfares heavily trafficked by evangelical Christians, just in case?

    The likeliest answer for the motivations of an act like the Boston bombing is complex and subtle, full of nuances from various perspectives: psychological, sociological, economic, political, existential, and theological to suggest just a handful. My sense it that what leads to such a thing is extreme distress over the state of the world, personal despair and a sense of powerlessness, frustration from many areas of one’s life, perhaps some deep rooted trauma or even something relatively banal like envy or wanting to be noticed.

    We live in a culture steeped in violence and lacking much that could be described as a cohesive moral fabric to our society. We are constantly presented with the unattainable ideal that happiness comes from wealth and physical beauty. The drive to consume and become leaves many feeling empty, disoriented, and lacking empathy for others. It is simply not a solid foundation upon which to build a healthy society.

    See for yourself as you drive around: how many billboards are advertising things that you don’t need. How many are reminding you to be kind? You might see such a thing in certain areas of the country, but I point to billboards because morality is not something that we consume. Humane conduct has no bar code to tell you the price at the cash register. We shouldn’t have to scour the country looking for examples of societal reminders to behave responsibly and ethically, when we are bombarded with violence, greed, and callous avoidance of our own complicity in how things are.

    Nothing happens in isolation of everything else. To attempt to define one single cause for any human action is to forget that we are deeply and inexorably connected to that which we experience, no matter how subtly or how great the distance between factors.

  • Reynardine

    Ruslan: Pot is a vegetable. It’s good for you, and if young Djokhar had continued consuming his vegetables, he would never have made it to the Boston Marathon that day ( Far out, man…)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee Critical Dragon1177

    Mark Potok,

    Thanks for writing this. Hopefully it will help a lot of people understand what’s going on.

  • A.D.M.

    How do you know they’re Muslims, Sam? Where’s your proof?

  • Linda Garcia

    I believe if this man carried out these bombings he is entitled to all the protections accorded to him by our judicial system. I also believe if he is found guilty he deserves to spend the rest of his life(until he dies) in a maximum security prison, subject to the most severe punishment accorded by UN Charter. I personally do not believe in the death penalty, but I do believe in justice. This man should never see the light of day. You cannot kill and injure children and innocent people and expect to live in civilized society.

  • Steve

    @Concernedcitizen, to hazard an educated guess, their faith is that of Islam. It was probably tempered by poor choice in association, either online or in person. It’s up to interrogation and time to ascertain that part of the equation. That doesn’t make the faith “bad”, only the ideology that was accepted by them. Either way, one is dead, one is in custody, many are injured a few are dead. It’s all now to investigation and ascertaining true facts, not the guesswork of the press and the agenda of each network.

    @Sam Molloy, by definition, a surveillance state *is* a police state. Something as un-American as any hate group or even the police state warned of in the book “Nineteen Eighty Four”. I’ll have to somewhat side with Mark Costanzo, as checks and balances must be in place. Something lacking under our current legislative framework today, as citizens can be held indefinitely under a terror suspicion. Eventually, the courts will catch up and remind Congress that habeaus corpus cannot be suspended while the courts remain in session.
    Note the courts and the concept of checks and balances? They’re not instant, as a democracy, even our representative one has no instantaneous response. Even that is a safeguard against things harmful to the nation, lest public opinion or an erroneous court decision deprive large groups of their right against improper imprisonment or even their very lives!
    So, we must have a gauged, measured response and oversight to prevent either abuses by misguided application of law or intentional abuse. That can and should include some measure of surveillance, but again, not unchecked.
    For, a nation that looks over its shoulder to see if one is observed no longer resembles the USA, but more resembles the old USSR.
    And Oceania.

    An educated guess is this is due to jihadist influence and poor choices in following a brother, rather than guiding and protecting a brother from an idiotic deed.
    The latter isn’t so uncommon, indeed, it’s part and parcel of brothers growing up.
    The former, that is something that can be watched for by all families and friends and acted upon. First, but advising, second by warning family members, finally, but notifying the authorities.
    Every one of us plays a role in our common defense. Be it the defense of young men doing something stupid, even if it’s non-violent (such as getting drunk, then driving). Our nation was designed to be a nation of many, many communities.
    That concept seems to have become misplaced today.

    I’ll offer one counter-terrorism defense suggestion gleaned from years of training and hard won experience:
    If you’re in a public place and someone puts down a bag or box, then leaves and such behavior is unusual, get away and warn everyone.
    Better to be thought the fool and survive than to receive an unpleasant surprise.
    Or, as some rarely wise folks said some time ago, “See something, say something”.
    That includes with one’s neighbor’s or even one’s own children. Be a community!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Of course they were Muslims. They got those ideas from other radical Muslims”

    Sam is not a law enforcement agent yet he somehow knew that these kids were supposedly connected to radical Muslims. For this reason I would suggest that law enforcement trace Sam’s IP and bring him into custody immediately so as to determine how he managed to come by this information.

    Anyway, here’s a culture lesson from someone who lives in Russia: Many people in Russia and Eastern Europe identify with certain religions without necessarily practicing said religions or even giving them much thought. Every Russian you meet is “Orthodox” even if they have never been to Church; every Tatar is “Muslim” even if they’re drinking a beer and eating pork while talking to you. From what has been released so far, at least one of the boys was described by friends as a normal American teenager, into things like video games and weed. Not exactly your typical Islamic fundamentalist jihadist. And if he were, he would have had far more reason and opportunity to carry out an attack in Moscow than in Boston.

    Tim McVeigh no doubt had some religious beliefs when he carried out his politically motivated acts of terrorism, yet people don’t attribute his acts to his religion. It is still well within the realm of possibility that the brothers’ acts were motivated by a Columbine-style mentality rather than Islamic fundamentalism, given the description of them coming from their friends.

  • http://www.vivalatina.fr nicolas

    Surveillance is not an option, it is a necessity. Let’s say that you don’t want to blame all the muslims for what few extremists do, but you have to control the mosques and imams because no one does, not even the moderate muslims do, so the extremist can act as they wish.

    This is the weak point of democracy, when you speak about security, everybody fears bigbrother. In my opinion, with the cost of such a security system to watch terrorists, BB won’t bother you because your parked your car in the wrong place.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, do you imagine for five seconds that ” good people carrying firearms” could have stopped that bombing? What will happen now is that bad people carrying firearms will gun down dark-haired young men with gym bags for “looking like one”.

  • mark costanzo

    I noticed Rep. P. King(R-NY) is calling for increases surveillance of all Muslims in U.S. .The trajectory of this kind of logic is a slippery slope, esp. as the definition of what constitututes a ” terrorist ” could change @ any time, depending on circumstances. Big Brother is watching you.

  • aadila

    “It pales in effectiveness to good people carrying firearms and should not be considered an after the fact substitute for that.”

    Sam, look. I’m not going to let you get away with a complete falsehood like that. There are virtually no cases where a non-LEO (law enforcement officer) had a firearm in a public place and stopped a violent crime. There was one recently at a mall shooting where there was someone who had a concealed carry permit but he feared for his life and hid. Which is the sensible thing to do. Even trained LEOs screw up under pressure. I don’t think it is at all responsible to be crowing about firearm laws when your facts are flat out wrong. Shame on you, Sam, for exploiting the death and dismemberment of so many people for your own narrow political goals. How on earth is a concealed handgun going to stop explosives from going off in a crowd?

  • Ian

    Sam,

    A woman in a hijab was attacked this week by a man shouting an anti-Muslim diatribe. Would the situation have really been better if that man had a handgun or an AR-15?

    The older brother allegedly killed one trained police officer and wounded another. Do you think non-trained civilians who were “good people carrying firearms” would’ve fared any better? Would they not have put other lives at risk?

    Are you not conerned that al Qaeda’s American spokesman told terrorists in the United States to “go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic [sic] assault rifle without a background check and most likely without having to show an identification card”?

  • Sam Molloy

    Of course they were Muslims. They got those ideas from other radical Muslims. This is a very real threat, and sugar coating it or forbidding Government workers from saying the words “Muslim Terrorists” will not make it go away. Reaching out to moderate Muslims and joining hands with others against violent extremists of all types is our best course of action, and the SPLC is in just the position to help.
    Mark, surveillance can be a great deterrent to all types of violent crimes. It pales in effectiveness to good people carrying firearms and should not be considered an after the fact substitute for that. Surveillance could also deter overzealous Law Enforcement agents from the excesses of a Police state.

  • mark costanzo

    This issue will bring again into focus: 1) the actual threat of terrorism, 2) potential backlash against Muslims, if that actually proves to be the case,and/or a new wave of anti-immigration frenzy, 3) a further tightening of civil liberties, increased surveillance, inching us closer to a police state.

  • concernedcitizen

    Really, we don’t know if these men are Muslim, but let’s say and we can that a white man goes out and blows up a bunch of American’s, and it has happened, do we then mob attack all white men? Of course not! Even if the white man or men who did the violent acts were all Christians we don’t blame the whole Church of Christianity. And that is exactly what the idiots in this country would like to do and lead other clodpolls down their paths of destruction.

    Turning violence towards all Muslims because there are a few extremists is nothing more than a sign of pure ignorance.

  • Reynardine

    Youngsters who have a turbulent and disjointed growing-up often keep themselves alive through it by telling themselves fairy tales. Unfortunately, in the case of boys, especially, these fairy tales may be violent, especially when there are malevolent adults motivating them to act on them.