Here We Go Again

March 30, 2017

 

Here we go again. As with previous terrorist attacks, the media is scratching its head wondering about the motivation of the London jihadi attacker. We saw this in response to the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, the airport attack in Fort Lauderdale, and others.

 

In the case of the attack on the British Parliament, the media continues its refusal to tell the truth about Islamic terrorists. One does not need to know anything about Islam, terrorism, or the false reporting that has gone on for decades to see it. The BBC reported that there is no evidence that Khalid Masood (born Adrian Russell Elms) was linked to ISIS or al Qaeda, but also that multiple arrests were made in connection with the attack. While an arrest is certainly not the same thing as proof of complicity, I would hope that the U.K. arrests are based on some degree of suspicion.

 

The BBC also reported that Masood was thought to be acting alone, but that the police were investigating whether “others have encouraged, supported or directed him.”

 

This dithering confusion extends to his motives. The police purport not to know why he committed these attacks. At the same time, they acknowledge that the attack copies "other attacks, and echoes the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians."

 

Where is the confusion? Why the refusal to state the obvious? Journalists report on “facts” and conclusions that can validly and logically be drawn from them all the time. (They also distort the facts and draw unsupported conclusions in droves, but that is a subject for another day.)

 

What are we afraid of? Why won’t the media report accurately about his motives, methods, and tactics? It is one thing to maintain journalistic objectivity (although the media seems ready to abandon its supposed objectivity when it suits their own bias), but it is another thing completely when the media’s distortions are so large that they are lies.

 

Unless the average person understands what is happening, we have no way to be ready for the next attack of this kind when it comes. Protecting my community is a responsibility I accept willingly and fully. The more people understand the true nature of the threats facing us, the better equipped we will be to deter them.

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