With yesterday’s Istanbul atrocity (not tragedy: a tragedy is an event everyone deplores) reminding us how sweet and cuddly Muslims are, I think it is timely to revisit I reported Omar Mateen to the FBI. Trump is wrong that Muslims don’t do our part. By Mohammed A. Malik The Washington Post June 20 2016.
The times being what they are, this is framed as a denunciation of Donald Trump rather than a discussion of the wisdom of encouraging the presence of Muslims in America. The author apparently informed the FBI he thought the Orlando gunman Omar Mateen worth watching.
Donald Trump believes American Muslims are hiding something. “They know what’s going on. They know that [Omar Mateen] was bad,” he said after the Orlando massacre….they didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death and destruction.”Leaving aside the absurd idea that one single Muslim ineffectually alerting the FBI means the community as a whole is doing what it should to flag its potential murderers the story, carefully read, contains enough information to (so to speak) blow up the propaganda line it tries to advance.
This is a common idea in the United States. It’s also a lie… Trump is wrong that we don’t speak up when we’re able.
I know this firsthand: I told the FBI about Omar Mateen
When he worked as a security guard at the St. Lucie County Courthouse, he told me visitors often made nasty or bigoted remarks to him about Islam. He overheard people saying ugly things about African Americans, too.(News reports say he spared Blacks in the nightclub.)
…during the summer of 2014…a boy from our local mosque, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, was 22 when he became the first American-born suicide bomber, driving a truck full of explosives into a government office in Syria. He’d traveled there and joined a group affiliated with al-Qaeda, the previous year.The insinuation that White America was responsible for provoking Mateen’s murderousness can be dismissed out of hand. Afghanistan from which his parents came is famous for the ferocity of the feuds between families, clans and ethnicities – quite apart from against non-Muslims and foreigners. Mateen was simply doing what Afghans do – work up a lethal hate against someone.
It is not clear from its website how many members the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce has. The building is not large. The town of 42,000 is only 0.9% ‘Asian’ but maybe people drive from neighboring communities. However it is clearly not a Mega Church.
The fact that such a small group should in the past three years have produced TWO mass murderers (and who knows how many pending) tells us all we need to know.
Permitting Muslim immigration is crazy.