ISIS has claimed “responsibility” for the two gunmen shot down in Garland, Texas, on Sunday.
One wonders why, since the pair failed miserably in their attempt to kill some of the crowd at the event. Why crow about abject failure?
As many Muslims have already pointed out: all their attempt did was call international attention to an event that should have been allowed to remain in obscurity.
It’s one thing to use a cartoon or caricature to make a political point (as did the publication in France); it’s another to purposefully incite negative reaction with a “contest” designed just to tempt a couple of idiots to do something crazy.
Most of us, however, are aware that the underlying purpose of the sponsoring organization, Stop Islamization of America, is to incite violence by Muslims against non-Muslims — and we just ignore ‘em. Too bad the guys from Phoenix weren’t as politically savvy: they gave SIOA its fondest wish last weekend.
Here’s more: Texas Attacker Left Trail of Extremist Ideas on Twitter
Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, 34, both of whom attended the same mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, turned up at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Sunday in body armor and carrying weapons. Both were shot and killed by a Garland traffic officer who sustained a minor gunshot wound to the ankle.
The backstory to this event will prove interesting. (Phoenix? Why would they drive all the way to Texas? How could two men with AK47s in hand do so little damage? Where did they get the guns? Were they paid to do this? If so, by whom?)
The opening of the exhibit and its contest certainly are akin to waving a red flag in front of a bull, especially since the whole point of the event, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (a New York-based group that also uses the name Stop Islamization of America). was to exhibit anti-Islamic cartoons and award a $10,000 top prize for the best caricature of the prophet. (“Best” is an arguable point, as the cartoons are described as juvenile and amateurish.)
Here’s one place to read more: Gunman in Texas Was F.B.I. Suspect in Jihad Inquiry
As reported by the Associated Press: “Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside of a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said Sunday night.”
There’s no doubt this is just the beginning of that story.
According to Ann Corcoran’s new monograph titled “Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America” (published April 21, 2015, as part of the Center for Security Policy’s Civilization Jihad Reader Series, the “federal government is attempting stealthily to relocate Muslim immigrants into unsuspecting and often unsuitable rural communities”.
Ms. Corcoran “documents that Muslim immigration as a form of jihad via colonization called hijra dates back to the time of Mohammed. In fact, she quotes hadith sources that assert that migration is a religious obligation for Muslims to spread Islam and build the Islamic state.”
So…comments from the Ummah?