Obama & Orlando
Sunday afternoon, President Obama took to the podium at the White House briefing room and turned the Orlando attack into a tirade against guns. Obama said that the FBI had "reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer." In fact, the FBI had a pretty good idea given that Omar Mateen called 911 and pledged his loyalty to ISIS.
Obama blamed hate and guns. And as he has done his entire administration, he left out the most important point: This was an act of ideology, formed and driven by an Islamic supremacist theology.
We do not have certainty about how many Muslims are infected with this supremacist ideology. We do know, however, that it is not an insignificant number.
For example, it is so widespread that the Islamic Republic of Iran is built on it, and many Iranians pray and work toward the day when a second Holocaust can be successfully carried out.
We know on battlefields reaching from Syria into Iraq that the Islamic State has been able to hold off the armies of multiple nations.
For the 3,000 people killed on 9/11, for the runners at the Boston Marathon, for the soldiers at Fort Hood who thought they could safely relax back in the U.S., for our fellow Americans enjoying a party, for young rockers at a Paris concert, for iconoclastic journalists in the same city, for Israelis quietly sipping coffee just a few days ago in Tel Aviv, the number of jihadists in our midst is a theoretical argument that can only be had by the living.
We know the jihadist army is growing, not shrinking. At the same time, western countries have repeatedly assured their Muslim citizens that we feel no anger toward them; that we want them to enjoy all the benefits of our free and open societies. Mosques are being built at a faster rate than before 9/11.
During this period, Muslim supremacism has been spreading. Terror attacks have increased. Curiously, political elites throughout the West have increased immigration and refugee resettlement from the very countries where the jihadist ideology burns the hottest.
Politicians in Europe and the United States who question this policy are compared to Adolf Hitler and Nazism. One can't help but notice the irony that the closest thing to Nazism in the world today is this very Islamic supremacist ideology, including its hatred of Jews.
But questions must be asked. For example, did the FBI know that Mateen's father supports the Taliban?
The attack in Orlando Sunday morning was the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Slouching towards us is a "beast," just over the horizon, bringing so much death that 9/11 will look small in comparison.
It's Your Fault
The left is already trying to make the case that if you believe in traditional marriage or don't want your daughter using the same bathroom as boys who think they are girls, then you are responsible for creating the atmosphere of hate that lead to the Orlando shooting.
One ACLU attorney tweeted yesterday morning, "You know what is gross -- your [Christian] thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate."
Yet, Mateen had ties to a radical imam and traveled to Saudi Arabia twice in recent years as he reportedly grew more devout.
So let's just summarize: If you're a Muslim listening to Muslim leaders saying gays should be killed and you kill gays, it has nothing to do with your Muslim faith.
But if you are a conservative who believes marriage is between a man and a woman, and that little girls should not be forced to use bathrooms with little boys who think they are girls, then according to ACLU, you have created the atmosphere that led the Muslim jihadist to kill gays.
Over and over again, our elites keep referring to the Orlando attack as a tragedy. A tragedy is when a newborn dies of a rare disease or when someone is killed in an accident.
What happened in Orlando was an atrocity. It was an attack -- an act of war. It should be treated as such, rather than dismissed as an unexplainable accident.
Commentators have repeatedly compared this attack to Sandy Hook and the Aurora, Colorado, theater shootings, as Barack Obama did in his White House statement. In those cases, two insane individuals committed horrendous crimes, raising serious questions about the need for reform in our mental health system.
What happened in Orlando, at Fort Hood, in Boston and San Bernardino were not mental health issues. They were not gun issues. (The Tsarnaev brothers used pressure cookers as bombs in Boston.) They were examples of the Islamic supremacist threat within our country.
Yet once again, the left is using this Islamist attack as a battering ram to knock down your door, take away your gun and limit your rights.
Our left-wing elites, desperate to disassociate this atrocity from Islam, also keep telling us that Mateen was just a lone wolf, acting on his own. Just like Major Nidal Hasan. But how many lone wolves do you need before you have a pack of wolves?
Like Hasan, there were warnings about Omar Mateen. Co-workers repeatedly complained about his rhetoric, including his praise Hezbollah and ISIS. He was investigated by the FBI at least twice.
FBI Director James Comey told reporters today that Mateen "admitted to making statements about the terrorist organizations, but he said he did it in anger because he thought his coworkers were discriminating against him." The investigations were closed without any charges.
In other words, Mateen used political correctness to his advantage and manipulated the FBI!
One classmate said Mateen celebrated on the morning of 9/11. From then until now, he walked through America expressing his sympathy for radical Islam.
Once again, the government's mantra of "If you see something, say something," completely failed us. Russia said something about the Tsarnaev brothers. Co-workers of Major Nidal Hasan said something.
The left's politically correct worldview is killing us. On a range of issues, its goal is to stamp out normal human emotions.