WASHINGTON, September 22, 2016 — When an explosion rocked the Chelsea section of Manhattan last Saturday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump called it a “bomb,” assuming it to be the work of Islamic terrorists against which he insisted the U.S. government must “get very tough.”
Later that evening, a member of the press asked Trump’s Democratic rival if the New York real estate tycoon was premature in his assessment, “I think it’s always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions, because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened,” said Hillary Clinton.
When on Sunday authorities said the bomb in New York City might be tied to one that exploded in Seaside, New Jersey, Trump told Fox News, “I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news.”
He also said lax immigration policies were allowing jihadists “to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people.”
Then on Monday, Mrs. Clinton told a group of supporters, “We know that a lot of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam… We know that Donald Trump’s comments have been used online for recruitment of terrorists.”
That same day, police in Linden, New Jersey, captured Ahmad Khan Rahami – the suspected bomb maker – after wounding him in a gun battle that left two officers injured.
Besides a handgun, police recovered Rahami’s personal journal, its pages pierced by a policeman’s bullet and stained with the suspect’s blood.
According to the complaint filed in court Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, the suspect’s journal referred to “pipe bombs” and a “pressure cooker bomb,” adding that if circumstances prevented planting the devices, his backup plan was to “attack the Kuffar [non-believers] in their backyards.”
A section of the complaint written by FBI Special Agent Peter Licata said Rahami referenced “Nidal Hasan, who shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas” and his mentor “Sheikh Anwar.”
“Based on my training and experience,” wrote Agent Licata, “I believe that ‘Sheikh Anwar’ is a reference to Anwar al-Awlaki, formerly a senior leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based designated foreign terrorist organization.”
You may recall that al-Awlaki was the American-born radical Muslim cleric that inspired U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan to turn his weapon on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. The Obama administration deemed the attack an act of “workplace violence.”
In response, Obama issued a “Presidential Finding” authorizing the CIA to terminate al-Awlaki with extreme prejudice using a missile-firing drone.
Before his explosive demise, al-Awlaki said of his protégé Hasan, “Any decent Muslim cannot live understanding properly his duties towards his Creator and his fellow Muslims and yet serve as a U.S. soldier. The U.S. is leading the war against terrorism, which in reality is a war against Islam.”
If the claims made by federal prosecutors and those within the blood-soaked journal of accused bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami are true, it is the actions of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were “used… for recruitment of terrorists” – and right here at home.
That is, if we use Hillary Clinton’s tortured logic.
After eight long years love-bombing the Muslim world, President Obama and Hillary Clinton have failed to learn that radical Islamists have always and will always view the United States as being at war with Islam.
The English translation of “Islam,” of course, is “submission.” As such, anyone unwilling to submit to honor killings, the wanton murder of gays, the extermination of international Jewry and the demeaning subjugation of women are by definition at war with – and a recruiting tool for – radical Islam.