WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 — Was the beheading of a woman from Oklahoma last week just another horrific case of workplace violence or was itanother example of a lone wolf Muslim extremist engaging in Jihad?
It seems as if some of our good friends on the left insist that the Oklahoma Beheading, like the Fort Hood shooting back in 2009, was nothing more than a case of “workplace violence.” On MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry immediately called the beheading a case of “workplace violence” while her guests criticized conservatives of being offensive to Muslims.
Why is it that so many on the left have trouble connecting the dots when it comes to Islamic terrorism? It is now being reported that Alton Nolen, the man who allegedly carried out the beheadings, not only was a recently converted Muslim but also an Islamic State sympathizer. According to an article by the Daily Mail, Nolen was shouting “Islamic Phrases” while carrying out his attack. These details should be setting off red flags that there is much more to this than simply another case of workplace violence. This is especially true if you consider the recent beheadings carried out by the Islamic State over the last few weeks.
What is even more alarming is that it is not just the liberal media trying to push this narrative, according to an article by the Washington Post:
“the FBI, which is assisting in the investigation, has so far found no links to terrorism, the officials said. There was also no indication that Nolen was copying the beheadings of journalists in Syria by the Islamic State, the officials said, adding that they are treating this as an incident of workplace violence.”
It is hard to believe that the FBI could not find a link between the beheading and terrorism, even though Nolen was posting constantly about Islam, Osama bin Laden and his frustration with US Foreign Policy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Is this similar to Homeland Security using the the phrase “man caused disaster” to replace terrorism?
Throughout the Obama Administration, we have seen the mainstream liberal media and the Administration down play many acts of radical Islamic terrorism. Whether we are talking about the first Fort Hood shooting, the Boston Bombing, or this recent beheading, it seems as if many on the left having trouble calling these acts what they are: terrorism.
As we have recently learned with the rise of the Islamic State, Radical Islam is not going away anytime soon. Instead of trying to forget the lessons of 9/11, it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant.