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-Tennessee Shooter a Crazy ‘Lone Gunman’ or Motivated by Radical Islam?

by Dr. D ~ July 17th, 2015

In the aftermath of the recent shooting in Tennessee that resulted in the deaths of 4 members of the US military, questions are being asked about the motivation of such an act. Was the shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez merely a crazy ‘lone gunman’ with a Muslim sounding name or were his actions motivated by radical Islam? Since Muhammad was killed in the process we may never clearly know his motivations for the attacks.

One thing for sure, President Obama always downplays any possible connection with radical Islam even when there is clear evidence that a perpetrator was influenced by radical teaching within Islam. Major Hasan’s attack on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood is one glaring example. In the video above, Charles Krauthammer calls the president on his continuing tendency to dismiss any domestic example of the threat of radical Islam. From the Blaze:

“The general issue is radical Islam,” he stated. “And unless we have a president who immediately says ‘this is a lone gunman,’ how does he know?”

“I think it’s sort of the whole six and a half years of Obama always wanting to err on the side of downplaying the threat. The threat is radical Islam, which he won’t say,” Krauthammer added. “The war is going to be generational.”

Response: What do you think? Was Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez just one crazy guy or were his actions somehow motivated by radical Islam?

We may not have a clear answer to that question unless he actually talked to someone about what he was thinking lately. We will probably get all of the media stories of how shocked his neighbors are that such a ‘nice young man’ would do such a thing. Also look for stories from American Muslim leaders that there could be no theological basis for these kind of actions for ‘true followers’ of the ‘religion of peace.’

One thing we do know, he attacked US military personnel. Another thing we know is that it happened during the month of Ramadan- the most holy month in the Muslim calendar (It ends tonight July 17).  Another fact, at the beginning of Ramadan, ISIS called upon their supporters around the world to commit acts of terror during the month. Add to that the call by ISIS for all ‘faithful Muslims’ in America to attack US military members.          

We may never know for sure what his motivations were. But the facts above should at least give us a pause to consider that Muhammad may not have been just a ‘lone’ crazy guy who killed some folks for no reason but may have been the latest example of domestic terror motivated by radical Islam.                 *Top

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2 Responses to -Tennessee Shooter a Crazy ‘Lone Gunman’ or Motivated by Radical Islam?

  1. Brian

    This attack is extremely similar to an attack in Little Rock in 2009 on a recruiting post – in that attack, the perpetrator’s motives were also downplayed – but he happened to be a Muslim.

    Compare, please, the witchhunt now underway against all things Southern in the wake of Dylan Storm Roof’s attack on a black church. The perpetrator posed with a Confederate battle flag some months before his attack, so Confederate flags suddenly become taboo. There are calls to obliterate the huge sculpture on Stone Mountain, GA (the largest relief sculpture in the world, carved by the same team that did Mt. Rushmore – Borglum et al.) There are calls to rename streets, schools, US military bases, parks, and even cities with Confederate associations. There are calls to dig up the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest from his grave in Forrest Park in Memphis. By way of example, let me quote a speech given by Forrest in July, 1875 to the “Order of the Pole Bearers”, an early Afro-American civil rights organization:

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God’s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man, to depress none.

    I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don’t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand.” (Prolonged applause.)

    End of speech.

    Now, compare the knee jerk reaction of the chattering class to gunman Roof to the reaction that is occurring now (and that will follow in the days and weeks to come) to this Chattanooga shooter.


  2. Dr. D

    Meanwhile Brian, the American media can’t seem to figure out why such a nice young ‘American’ would do such a thing:

    Then there is Andrea Mitchell who keeps the Southern ‘witch hunt’ going. She tries to blame it on the Southern ‘red neck’ culture of ‘guns and hunting’ but a classmate of Muhammad’s would not cooperate:

    The only thing someone could find of his so far is a quote from the Quran and then they make it very clear that it couldn’t have a thing to do with his motivation?
    It is the media that is really crazy.

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