If Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s alleged July 16 attack on the Chattanooga Navy Reserve Center brought anything to light, it is the elite’s hypocrisy in demonizing southern heritage while protecting radical Islam.
After all, no photos have emerged of Abdulazeez holding a Confederate flag, but his Islamic ties are there for anyone who wants to see them.
Yet the same elitists who seized on a photo of a Confederate flag as quasi-causal in the rampage against church-goers in Charleston have yet to say a word about Abdulazeez’s belief system. They are suddenly mum in the same way they were mum after Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi struck Garland, Texas, on May 3, after Faisal Shahzad’s foiled Time Square bombing attempt in 2010, and after Nidal Hasan’s mass shooting of fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in November 2009.
It is common knowledge that elitists responded to the Garland attack by blaming Pamela Geller for holding a cartoon contest. That’s right—Geller and those who joined her were drawing pictures, and when two Islamists responded by opening fire, it was Geller’s fault.
CNN reported that President Obama responded to the failed Times Square bombing by saying:
This incident is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live. Around the world and here at home, there are those who would attack our citizens and who would slaughter innocent men, women and children in pursuit of their murderous agenda. They will stop at nothing to kill and disrupt our way of life.
Note—not the slightest mention of radical Islam.
And of course, elitists in all stations—from the military to Washington DC to London newspapers—assured us that Hasan’s 2009 Fort Hood attack ought not be called terrorism. Rather, we were told again and again it was “workplace violence.”
On August 14, 2013, The Guardian went so far as to claim that the push to use the term terrorism to describe Hasan’s slaughter of 13 and wounding of over 30 more was what results when the “symbolic weight of a label overshadows law and logic.” Ironically, less than two years later, The Guardian chimed in on the elitist push to banish the Confederate flag by mocking those who cite “heritage” as the reason they like the flag. The paper talked about how the word “‘heritage’ does a lot of heavy lifting with the racist crowd.”
So here we are—the Confederate flag was a no-show in the Chattanooga attack, but Abdulazeez’s life in Islam was thoroughly set forth by The Washington Post. Would any elitists like to comment?
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