WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2015 – The residents of sunny Southern California are nothing if not dutiful in their adherence to political correctness. Los Angeles television station KTLA reported that a female neighbor of Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, the jihadi couple that died in a shootout with police following their murder spree, which left 14 dead and 17 wounded in San Bernardino County on Wednesday, did not report the couple’s suspicious behavior.
Another neighbor and friend, Aaron Elswick, said the woman “didn’t want to do any kind of racial profiling. She’s like, ‘I didn’t call it in… maybe it was just me thinking something that’s not there,’” said Elswick.
You see, political correctness is a form of self-imposed blindness that requires you to consider everything – race, gender socio-economic status – before responding to what is obvious and sitting in front of you.
According to Psychology Today, “Political correctness has evolved from a means to protect the emotionally weak to a powerful offensive weapon used by politically correct bullies to win losing arguments or suppress opposing ideas or ideology. Political correctness is now being marketed as ‘insta-win.’”
And this self-imposed blindness is institutional as well. The U.S. Senate investigative report on the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, said:
“Both the public and the private signs of [U.S. Army Major Nidal] Hasan’s radicalization to violent Islamist extremism while on active duty were known to government officials, but a string of failures prevented these officials from intervening against him. His radicalization was well known during his military medical training to his superiors and colleagues, but no action was taken to discipline or discharge him. In fact, signs of his radicalization to violent Islamist extremism that troubled many of his superiors and colleagues were sanitized in his Officer Evaluation Reports into praise of his supposed research on violent Islamist extremism.”
The report goes on to say that our crack FBI conducted a superficial investigation of Hasan’s email communications with his Jihadist handlers abroad.
After the ISIS-inspired Paris attacks of last November, David Khalfa, a French public relations and political consultant, told the Times of Israel, “The French Jews know that terror is an almost daily threat that the Israelis are facing… now every French citizen understands the issue and will have to confront the threat… it happened in coffee shops, in restaurants, in a concert hall, and I think it has changed the whole perspective of fighting terror.”
That remains to be seen.
In Florida, where a number of jihadists attended flight-training school and staged the attacks of 9/11, Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh, spokesman for the Islamic Society of Brevard mosque, said the mass shooting in San Bernardino “comes as a double sadness because there is a fear of a backlash. We are very anxious about this,” he told Florida Today.
Dr. Shaikh needn’t worry. The neighbors of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik so feared that very “backlash,” they failed to report the jihadist couple’s suspicious behavior for fear of appearing racist Islamophobes.
That fear cost 14 people their lives.
The paralyzing dread of the politically correct – a backlash against Muslims – has yet to materialize. Meanwhile, the streets of the Western World continue to run red with the blood of “infidels.”