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Shocker: Muslims See No Backlash – Once Again

From a crestfallen Associated Press:

Muslims see little backlash after Boston bombing

By RACHEL ZOLL | April 26, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — It looked like the backlash was starting even before the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified as Muslim.

Hours after the explosions, a Bangladeshi man told police he was dubbed an "Arab" and beaten in New York.

Abdullah Faruque says he was beaten up by three or four Hispanic men outside a bar in the Bronx, less than three hours after the bombing. There is nothing in the news reports to connect the beating to the Boston bombing.

A veiled Muslim woman in a city near Boston said she was struck in the shoulder and called a terrorist.

And how can doubt her?

When the public learned days later that the FBI was pursuing two Muslim men of Chechen descent, American Muslims feared the worst.

But the worst didn’t happen.

Alas. You can hear the disappointment in the AP’s voice here.

Muslim civil rights leaders say the anti-Islam reaction has been more muted this time than after other attacks since Sept. 11, which had sparked outbursts of vandalism, harassment and violence.

Most of which was grossly exaggerated by the AP and the rest of the news media.

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which monitors bias and hate crimes against Muslims, said his organization has seen no uptick in reports of harassment, assaults or damage to mosques since the April 15 bombings. Leaders noted a larger, broader chorus of Americans warning against placing collective blame.

That is, once they found out that the culprits were not NRA members or Tea Party supporters.

The change may only reflect the circumstances of this particular attack. The two suspects are white and from an area of the world, Russia’s turbulent Caucasus region, that unlike the Mideast, Americans know little about. Investigators say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar, 19, who had lived in the U.S. for about a decade, carried out the bombings, although it’s not clear why.

No. And perhaps we will never know. That is, if the AP has its way. We certainly cannot believe Jokar, when he said they did the bombings to defend Islam.

But U.S. Muslims also credit a new generation of leaders in their communities with helping keep tempers in check after the attack. Many are the American-born children of immigrants who saw the impact of the 2001 terror attacks on their faith and have strived ever since to build ties with other Americans.

"There seems to be a much more mature, sophisticated response to this tragedy than in the past 12 years," said Wajahat Ali, 32, an attorney and co-author of "Fear, Inc.," a report by the Center for American Progress on the strategies of anti-Muslim groups in the United States. "We really do see a palpable shift." …

The Center For American Progress is the Democrat front group. They are naturally crediting Obama’s Presidency for bringing us all together.

Yet, American Muslim groups – only a decade ago, more inward looking than publicly engaged – pushed back in a more confident way.

Thank Allah. We certainly need more Muslim pushback. Muslims are famous all around the world for accepting attacks on their religion in silence.

As they have after any national tragedy since Sept. 11, Muslim groups issued a flurry of statements condemning the attack, organized blood drives and thanked law enforcement for protecting the country. The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, in the city’s Roxbury section, held vigils and formed medical teams to help with the wounded. On his Facebook page, Imam Suhaib Webb, who leads the mosque, posted a black ribbon and banner across his Facebook page with the statement, "We’re Bostonians – We mourn with the city."

And never mind that this is the same mosque that USA Today pointed out has numerous "radical ties." A mosque that has been whipping up Muslim extremism for years. And helping to fund it.

The Boston explosions also inadvertently underscored a point Muslims have been making for years: More are monitoring their own communities for signs of extremism.

Given the numerous attempts by ‘home grown’ Muslim terrorists since 9/11, they don’t seem to be doing a very good job.

Leaders of the Islamic Society of Boston, a mosque in Cambridge that is affiliated with Webb’s mosque in Roxbury, said Tamerlan Tsarnaev occasionally attended Friday prayers, but had protested the community’s moderate approach. Family members said Tamerlan was steered toward a radical strain of Islam by a friend they didn’t know, began opposing the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned to websites and literature claiming the CIA was behind the Sept. 11 attacks and Jews controlled the world.

According to leaders of the Cambridge mosque, Tamerlan once stood up during a sermon and objected when a preacher told worshippers it would be appropriate to celebrate national holidays such as Thanksgiving or Independence Day because it went against Islam. A couple of months later, Tamerlan objected when a preacher praised the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He called the speaker a hypocrite and accused of him contaminating people’s minds. In response, worshippers shouted at him and told him to leave the service.

The mosque offered these accounts in a detailed written statement released after Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar was apprehended.

"Trust me – no group of people wants to stamp out radicalism more than Muslims, who have seen it soil their faith and define its image," said Khurram Dara, 24, author of "The Crescent Directive," a well-known e-book urging U.S. Muslims to more fully integrate into American society. "They’re vigilant of radicalism in their communities."

How many members of this mosque called the FBI when the photos of Tamerlan were first posted? We suspect none, or we would be hearing it shouted from the rooftops minarets.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, April 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Shocker: Muslims See No Backlash – Once Again”

  1. Petronius

    Of course we would expect to see no backlash in a country that has lost the will to live. In a country that has swallowed the Liberal Death Wish hook, line, and sinker.

    A general principle: When a country slips into the final downward chute, it seems to lose the ability to look at its predicament objectively in direct ratio to the seriousness of the predicament. If that is true, then the predicament must be very serious indeed, because all objectivity has fled.

    Instead of objective facts, the narrative we are given is that America overreacted to 9/11. That Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. That al Qaeda is no longer a threat to anyone. That we need to avoid any emotional response. That all these disturbances can be attributed to Israeli intransigence and mistreatment of Palestinians. That we need to show the world how America really works. That it is time to declare victory in the global war on terror and turn our attention inward to more important matters (tax hikes, growing government, more immigrants, gun controls, disarmament, more welfare spending). In fact that terrorism no longer exists –– there are only small, insignificant bands of transnational extremists. And therefore that it is time to turn the page of history.

    And so the White House has gone into full damage-control mode. Tempers flaring. Fingers pointing. Goats scaping.

    So when something does happen, when somebody screams “Alluhu Akbar” and blows up some Americans, the president and the powerful people around the president go looking for a different explanation.

    Workplace violence. Gone postal. Man-made disaster. Normal response to Israeli provocations. No immediate threat. Angry white males. Lone wolves (an oxymoron if ever there was one). You-name-it.

    Luckily international airline passengers and New York hot dog vendors seem to have become quite adept at taking matters into their own hands. Otherwise we’d be totally at the mercy of the millions of lone wolves.

    • mr_bill

      Well said, Petronius. I would submit that the patriots still feel obligated to the rule of law, whereas the statists have subverted it and ignore it at their pleasure in order to achieve their objectives. To that end, America’s patriots expect the appropriate response to be made through the appropriate agent of the government (one of the functions Constitutionally required of government). However, the statists in government are blatantly refusing to honor their end of the social contract. The anxiety, resentment, and pressure continues to build among those who still believe in the rule of law.

      Meanwhile the terrorists are still hunting for their “coup de grace” attack. A feather they can place in their bonnet. The left is seeking a decisive blow that will “defeat the right, once and for all.” What neither group understands is that when America’s patriots have had enough, when they finally decide that the rule of law only works against them, and not against their enemies, the rule of law will be cast aside in favor of a more “fair” method of delivering some actual justice. The patriots will stop waiting on government to do its job and they will do it themselves.

      As Thomas Jefferson said “Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” Perhaps there is a component of apathy in the response of the average American, but I think Americans are by nature a resilient, hearty, enduring, tough and tolerant people. We’re willing to give people the benefit of the doubt and put up with a lot before we collectively throw down the gauntlet. When that glove is thrown down, all hell will break loose. When that finally happens, I wouldn’t want to be one standing in opposition to that force.

  2. Would they like to see a backlash?

    Are they itching to be engaged?

    I remind them that when Minorities riot they burn down their own neighborhoods. But when average Americans get to the point of rioting … they burn down everything.




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