Tsarnaev didn’t get the memo. It is one thing for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be seen on security camera videos placing one of the bombs that killed three people at last week’s Boston Marathon. But now he’s telling investigators he and his brother were motivated by Islam to plot their carnage.
The Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations (CAIR) tried to stem the tide about Islamic terrorism that Tsarnaev unleashed by issuing a news release Tuesday. It decried the focus on an Islamic motive for the Boston Marathon bombings as inherently bigoted. The “wave of inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric” is solely due to the Tsarnaev’s Muslim faith, the statement said. (WOW! I agree with CAIR) CAIR also noted that Americans of all faiths have rejected the call by right wing extremists to stereotype Muslims. (You wish!)
BREITBART Islamic Jihad. It’s a label banned by the Obama administration. National Islamic groups say it doesn’t belong in conversations about terrorism.
Recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, Dzhokhar told investigators from his hospital bed that he and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev were driven by Islamic religious fervor and took their instructions from al-Qaida’s Inspire magazine, NBC News reports.
That motivation echoes justifications offered by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan for the Fort Hood shooting spree that killed 13 people and Faisal Shahzad’s sentencing rant about his attempt to bomb Times Square in 2010.
“The crusading U.S. and NATO forces who have occupied the Muslim lands under the pretext of democracy and freedom for the last nine years and are saying with their mouths that they are fighting terrorism, I say to them, we don’t accept your democracy nor your freedom, because we already have Sharia law and freedom,” Shahzad told the court. “Furthermore, brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun. Consider me only a first droplet of the flood that will follow me.”
Despite this candor from terrorists, the Obama administration and Islamic groups have argued that referring to terrorists’ religious motivations somehow grants them religious legitimacy.
“Nor does President Obama see this challenge as a fight against jihadists,” CIA Director John Brennan said in 2009 when he was White House terrorism adviser. “Describing terrorists in this way, using the legitimate term ‘jihad,’ which means to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal, risks giving these murderers the religious legitimacy they desperately seek but in no way deserve.”
Similarly, Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Paul Stockton squirmed and obfuscated when asked about the role radical Islam played in past terror plots.
CAIR co-founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad “said the recent spike in hate rhetoric comes in the wake of a coordinated long-term effort by Islamophobic activists and bloggers to demonize Islam and marginalize American Muslims.” (I concur!)
One imagines they’ll give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a good talking-to for demonizing Islam in his statements to investigators. The Tsarnaev case threatens the Islamic narrative that radical Islamist ideology in terror attacks should be ignored or minimized.