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It's The Islam, Stupid
GrassTopsUSA Exclusive Commentary
By Don Feder

       Two weeks ago today, two brothers are alleged to have set off a bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that left three dead – including an eight-year-old boy – and injured 282. At least 14 lost limbs. Our president implored us not to "jump to conclusions" and thus end up stereotyping his favorite faith.

       In the interim, a friend sent me a link to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists website. (In case you’re curious, here it is With one exception (a convert named Adam), all had names like Ibrahim, Abdul, Omar, Jamal, Abdullah, Ramadan, Hasan, Mohammed and Muhammad. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.

       As the political establishment, mainstream media, academia and our moralizer-in-chief have pointed out repeatedly in the past fortnight, there’s absolutely no connection between Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (AKA, the Boys from Chechnya, via Dagestan) and the Religion of Peace

      "The Boston Bombers Were Muslim: So?" ran a headline in The Atlantic. Over at MSNBC, Chris (if I only had a brain) Matthews told us motivation was irrelevant: "Where was their inspiration? Where did they get the guidance? Why is that important? … I mean, what difference does it make why they did it, if they did it?"

       In 1945, six million Jews were dead – murdered in death camps and by mobile killing squads. Why did Hitler, Himmler, Eichmann and the S.S. do it? What was their motivation? (Could it have had something to do with Nazi race-theory, set forth in the fascist bible?) Why is that important? I mean, what difference does it make why they did it, if they did it? "The Architects of the Holocaust Were Nazis: So?"

       A front-page story in The New York Times, by book critic Michiko Kakutani, offered "Holden Caulfield-like adolescent alienation" as an explanation. "Catcher In The Jihad?" A week after the atrocity, Politico's John Gerstein claimed "The Boston Marathon bombing suspects’ geopolitical leanings are still a mystery?" Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir maintained, "We still have no idea what role their religion and national background may or may not have played in motivating the crime."

       Now, let’s see: Who blows people up to advance their "geopolitical leanings"? Who regularly kills in the name of their deity? Franciscan friars? Hasidic rabbis? The Munchkins? (“Follow the Islamic Green Road!”)

       According to a story in the Daily Free Press, at my alma mater, "In light of news that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were from predominantly Islamic Chechnya (which is like saying that Vatican City is predominantly Catholic), students and professors at Boston University said U.S. citizens should not create harmful generalizations about the Muslim community and violence."

       Warning: The following are harmful generalizations – based on the overwhelming weight of evidence.

       Anyone with half a brain – which immediately eliminates anyone who works at The New York Times, The Atlantic, MSNBC, Salon or Politico – knows exactly what motivated the Chechen Holden Caulfields – the same lethal ideology masquerading as a religion that drove the 9/11, Ft. Hood, Little Rock, Benghazi and the Beltway killers.

       After his 2012 trip to Dagestan, the Russian Federal Security Service warned the FBI that Tamerlan had become "a follower of radical Islam." Back in what used to be the USSR, Ma Tsarnaev herself is on a terrorism watch list. She’s convinced her sons were framed by the FBI. ("Why’d ya shoot my boy? He was a good boy!")

       On his YouTube Channel, Dzhokhar had three play lists, labeled "Islam," "Terrorists" (a bit of redundancy there) and "Timur Mucuraev." The latter is a popular Chechen Jihadist singer, who croons such toe-tapping tunes as "12,000 Mujahedeen," "The Warriors of Jihad" "Hey, Shahid" (Muslim martyr/murderer) and "Islamic Reconquest." Murcuraev’s geopolitical leanings remain a mystery.

       Also on YouTube, Brother Tamerlan was an aficionado of Feiz Mohammad, the Australian imam who preaches that women rape victims had it coming and calls for the decapitation of Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders for hurting the feelings of the Religion of Peace.

       Both brothers prayed at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and Jihad Super-Store – a mosque run by the Muslim Brotherhood. A former high school classmate of Dzhokhar informed CNN that the alienated and angst-ridden youth once told him, "When justified, terrorism isn’t necessarily a bad thing." In 2011, Tamerlan texted dear old mom that he was willing to die for Islam. A neighbor recalled that he told him the Bible was nothing but warmed over Koran and the United States was the oppressor of Muslims and all Third World peoples.

       From a hospital bed, Dzhokhar explained to investigators that he was driven to detonate a bomb packed with ball bearings and nails next to an 8-year-old, to "defend Islam" and protest U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. We might have learned more from Dzhokhar, had not the Obama administration sent in a federal judge to Mirandize him – in furtherance of the president’s pledge to combat negative stereotypes of Islam.

       Terrorism is one of the most perplexing mysteries in the universe. We’re told that since 9/11, there have been 20,730 attacks by followers of radical Islam. In March alone, there were 189 jihad attacks in 21 countries, resulting in 988 deaths. In Egypt, under the Muslim Brotherhood Obama helped put in power, mobs are merrily murdering Coptic Christians and attacking their churches.

       The Koran enjoins the faithful to "Slay the idolators wherever you find them" and "When you encounter unbelievers, strike off their heads until you have made a great slaughter of them." It must be speaking figuratively.

       An Egyptian cleric (see if you can guess his geopolitical leanings) recently declared: "Trust me, very soon we will see the flag 'There is no god but Allah' flying over the White House. They are already holding (Muslim) prayers in the White House." In his 2009 Cairo speech, the resident of that historic edifice revealed that, as president, it was his solemn duty to fight against "negative stereotypes of Islam." I’m surprised he can find the time to do anything else.

       Everywhere, questions abound about geopolitical leanings. Last week, Canadian police nabbed a Tunisian-born student and an accomplice on suspicion that they were planning to bomb VIA Rail, Canada’s national railroad system, in Toronto. Ma Tsarnaev probably thinks the lads are being railroaded by the FBI.

       In the United Kingdom, Richard Dart (a 30-year-old convert to Islam) is on trial for plotting to assassinate the heads of British intelligence. Also on trial are his accomplices – 22-year-old Imran Mahood and Jahangir Alom, 26, a former "community support officer" with London’s Metropolitan Police. He was supporting the community, wasn’t he?

       Meanwhile, 25,000 British Pakistanis and their sympathizers marched in Birmingham demanding criminalization of speech that offends Muslims (anything too candid). Imagine these headlines: "Southern Baptists March to Ban Sacrilegious Speech," or "Hindus Demand Action Against Those Who Slander Shiva." To paraphrase Yogi Berra – Only in Islam.

       And in France, on April 23, an Iranian immigrant tried to slash the throats of a rabbi and his son using a box-cutter. See if you can guess what the assailant was shouting at the time of the attack: 1. "Jesus saves!" 2. "Hail Mary, full of grace" 3. "Shema Yisrael" 4. "Hare, hare Krishna" 5. "No taxation without representation!" 6. "I am the Walrus, coo coo ca-choo" or 7. "Allah-u-Akbar!" What – who told you? A Washington Post story, I kid you not, says French authorities are unsure of the motive.

       After the Ft. Hood murders, Obama said he was at a loss for an explanation. ("We can not fully know what leads a man to do such a thing.") Like the Boys from Chechnya, Major Nidal Hasan attended a radical mosque and believed the war on terrorism (an expression Obama refuses to use) is actually a war on Islam. Like the rabbi’s attacker, he shouted, "Allah is great," while gunning down his fellow soldiers. Motives anyone?

       Islam – about which harmful generalizations must never be made – is the fastest growing religion in America, thanks in part to Obama’s policy of pushing asylum for Muslim "refugees." In the decade after 9/11, the nation's Muslim population doubled.

       According to a story in USA Today, the same period saw a 42% rise in U.S. mosques – now numbering 2,300. The Obama Justice Department regularly intervenes in behalf of mosque construction that encounters local opposition.

       In 2010, America’s most prominent Islamophile endorsed the Ground Zero Mosque, proclaiming: "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable" – except when it comes to forcing the Catholic Church to pay for contraception and abortion services. But the Religion of Peace deserves special consideration. Is not our national motto, "In Allah We Trust"?

       Don’t ask what goes on in these temples of tolerance and brotherhood. The answers might lead to negative stereotyping.

       In 2008, my friends at the Center for Security Studies started their Mapping Sharia Project, which has ex-intelligence officers fluent in Arabic or Urdu monitoring U.S. mosques.

       Of the hundred or so surveyed so far, 75 are considered dangerous – in other words, three out of four. This judgment is based on sermons about: the inferiority of women (and the need to regularly beat them for disobedience), non-Muslims (especially Jews) being inferior, jihad as a Muslim’s duty, suicide bombers as martyrs worthy of the highest praise, and the United States will one day be part of the Islamic caliphate. They also discovered that the bookstores which were part of said mosques and cultural centers sold DVDs, CDs and books extolling jihad (not the spiritual struggle variety) and martyrdom.

       Did Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (Mini-Barack, generally the jerkiest of knee-jerks) jump to conclusions when he withdrew an invitation for Imam Suhaib Webb of the Boston mosque to speak at an interfaith service for the Marathon bombing victims?

       Americans for Peace and Tolerance noted that, besides its connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, the house of worship frequented by the Boys from Chechnya had other notorious leaders and members, including those convicted or suspected of: plotting terrorism as al-Qaeda’s top fundraiser in America (for which Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque’s founder, is serving 23 years in federal prison), planning a chemical attack in New York (83 years in prison), planning to use automatic weapons to attack a shopping mall in suburban Boston (17 years in the slammer) and issuing a fatwa for killing U.S. soldiers.

       Not to worry, Patrick – who attended a 2009 ceremony for the opening of the Boston Islamic Society, along with Mayor Tom Menino – will soon recover from his fit of sanity.

       In the meantime, the religion-whose-name-must-not-be-spoken in connection with terrorism, goes rolling along.

       Remember: Don’t jump to conclusions. Motivation is irrelevant. (Why does it matter why they did what they did, if they did it?) Geopolitical leanings are in doubt and harmful generalizations – as well as negative stereotyping – must be avoided. Wherever did you get that smart suit, Imam – Savile Row, right?

       P.S.: The proverbial elephant in the room is kneeling on a prayer rug

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,

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