The Mosque Missing from the Media's Boston Marathon Bombing Remembrances
Amid all the observances and solemn statements and cries of “Boston Strong,” the first
anniversary of the Boston Marathon jihad massacre proved one thing: denial about jihad
terror and the mosques that encourage it is stronger than ever.
All the observances, commemorations and coverage studiously avoided mentioning
why the attack happened in the first place (jihad) and the Islamic Society of Boston,
where the jihad murderers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended mosque prayers.
Boston’s former Mayor Thomas Menino put on a sad, grieving face for the anniversary
observances. He should have been grieving over the outrageous sweetheart deal he gave
to the Islamic Society of Boston on some prime Boston real estate, enabling them to build
their huge mosque essentially at taxpayer expense.
No one mentioned what I wrote about at Breitbart last year: that the Islamic Society of
Boston, which the Tsarnaevs attended, has numerous connections to jihad terrorists. I
noted that the Islamic Society of Boston “was founded by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, the
leading "moderate Muslim" in Washington throughout the 1990s. Alamoudi turned out to
be an al-Qaeda financier and is now in prison.” Alamoudi was also a close associate and
financier of Republican power broker Grover Norquist. Convicted jihad terrorists Aafia
Siddiqui and Tarek Mehanna had also been members of the Islamic Society of Boston.
The imam of the Islamic Society of Boston, Suhaib Webb, is revered in the mainstream
media as a “moderate,” but he has actually denounced secularism as a “radical lunatic
ideology.” Webb also once headed up a fund-raiser for a cop killer, together with arch-
terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. That didn’t stop the Boston Globe from running a piece
several days ago entitled “Inclusive spirit reassures Muslims after bombings,” as if
Muslims had been the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, not its perpetrators.
This was the same mosque about which Fox News reported after the bombing “has a
controversial history, with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, terror funding and frequent
fiery sermons.” USA Today added, “Its sister mosque in Boston, known as the
Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, has invited guests who have defended
terrorism suspects. A former trustee appears in a series of videos in which he advocates
treating gays as criminals, says husbands should sometimes beat their wives and calls on
Allah (God) to kill Zionists and Jews.”
Yet during all the anniversary observances and analyses, there was no mention made of
the Boston mosque at the center of the Boston bombing. Not a word in the mainstream
media. Nor is there ever mention of the mosques behind any and all Islamic attacks.
There have been close to 23,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11, each one with a
mosque behind it and the impimatur of a Muslim cleric.
Yet the media remains silent, and the politicians are complicit and/or compromised. Last
Friday, in a Clinton Library document dump, there came to light Bill Clinton’s mash note
to the 9/11 terror mosque – written not a year before 9/11.
The same cluelessness is even more prevalent today. At the “solemn tribute” in Boston,
Barack Obama said: “One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who
continue to inspire us.” But of course neither he or anyone else said even a single word
about the ideology that motivates this global war against freedom. Obama wouldn’t have
dreamed of calling out the Islamic Society of Boston and demanding that it work to make
sure this kind of bloody jihad attack doesn’t ever happen again on American soil. Neither
he nor anyone else would have dared to call upon Boston mosque leaders to work toward
genuine reform of Islam, demanding that they institute programs to make sure that young
Muslims resolutely reject the Quran’s calls to make war against unbelievers, hate Jews,
oppress women, and more.
Even after people are blown to bits on an American city street, we still refuse to discuss
the identity, motives and goals of the enemy, and the role played in such attacks by the
places where the enemy congregates and plots.
This denial, defeatism and fear is heading our nation toward catastrophe. Our officials’
steadfast refusal to name the enemy is opening the door to future jihad attacks. It’s an
invitation to disaster, and that disaster will surely come in the form of yet another jihad
attack that officials missed, as they were too busy doing “outreach” to jihad-tied mosques
like the Islamic Society of Boston.
It isn’t just Boston, either. One year to the day after the Boston jihad mass murder,
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City pulled the plug on a counter-terror program that
saved lives. So it comes down to this: which is more important, saving lives or offending
savages and their apologists? We have our answer. We are witnessing civilizational
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI),
publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The
Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A
Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here.