By now the news regarding the terrorist-bombing attempt at the hands of Faisal Shahzad is fairly common knowledge….and, the members of the left are in absolute anguish. They are in anguish simply because this terrorist turned out to be…wait for it…something other than a white, male, member of the Republican Party, Tea Party movement or a Conservative.
Early reports were that “authorities” were looking for a “white male.” See – here – as well, wherein state-run ABC news not only references the “white male” suspect, but also goes on to, for good measure, mention Timothy McVeigh. CBS did much the same, also mentioning McVeigh and going on to to echo Barack Hussein Obama’s Administration’s “cautioning” against “presuming links to Muslim extremists.” This was the same message from Janet Napolitano who would rather refer to “terrorism” as “man-made disasters,” who recently lectured us by stating that the Obama Administration “would caution against premature decisions one way or the other.” Rather, NYC Officials (e.g., Mayor Bloomberg – see below) “ruled out” the Taliban’s involvement and instead reviewed threats against the creators of the cartoon South Park. You really can’t make this stuff up. If there were any uncertainties as to where this Administration’s allegiances lie, there should be none any longer.
When the news came out that the terrorist is Faisal Shahzad, a muslim Pakistani-native who, now a naturalized US Citizen, most recently resided in Connecticut, the attempts to downplay this and begin crying “racism” began. Even when the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsiblity for the attempt, Barack Hussein Obama and his administration dismissed it. See – here – as well.
Evan Thomas, editor of Newsweek and grandson of Socialist Party of America member Norman Thomas, stated that he “cringes” that Shahzad is muslim.
PMSNBC’s “brilliant” Contessa Brewer, who likes to report on out-of-work topless dancers, went so far to reveal, in what is uncertainly the sentiment of the lot of the Left, that she is sorry that Faisal Shahzad is not white and that he has Islamic ties (*h/t to The Radio Equalizer c/o The Jawa Report):
Then there’s the lefto Susie Madrak who opined that Shahzad (before his identity was known) surely had to be a white, male “Beck Patriot” and that it would be “irresponsible” not to speculate as such. When Shahzad was taken into custody and his role in the bombing attempt revealed, Madrak, true to lefto-form, ignored the obvious and, hypocrit that she is, instead queried “…isn’t it just a little wacky that some people are more interested in who they get to blame…?” (*h/t to Robert Stacy McCain at The American Spectator)
New York Mayor Bloomberg in his learned analysis first opined that Shahzad would be “…homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.” See the footage – here. Wow…what an analysis Mayor. Your first suggestion was a terrorist who opposes Obamacare. Read more from the always great Allahpundit over at Hot Air – here. Also be sure to check out – this – great piece from The American Catholic.
In fact, the brilliant Mayor Bloomberg first stated that this terrorist attempt was “NOT linked to Al Qaeda” and that there was “NO evidence that this has anything to do with one of the recognized terrorist organizations.” Mayor Bloomberg went on to opine that the Times Square terrorist suspect “acted alone.” Really? Bloomberg was wrong on that count too – now, up to eight people have been arrested in connection with this terrorist attempt (see – here – as well). Also read Ed Morrissey’s current piece on this – here.
Of course, such is life under Barack Hussein Obama – who thumbs his nose at at Christianity but fawns over Islam, calling it a “great religion.” With Bloomberg’s foot shoved firmly down his throat, he appeneded his earlier analysis by stating that all of New York will “not tolerate any bias” against “New York Muslims.” Presumably that was the best Mayor Bloomberg could come up with….after all, the idiot Bloomberg was (a) wrong on the nature of the person involved, (b) wrong on terrorist-group involvement, (c) wrong on “acting alone,” etc. Well, at least he ”wined and dined” the Times Square Police Officer, Wayne Rhatigan; a dinner which did not include Lance Orton or Duane Jackson, the vendors who alerted authorities to the burning vehicle.
At any rate, the state-run media/Left have continued to attempt to downplay this terrorist attack by vaguely referring to Shahzad. The Staten Island Advance, on SILive, merely referenced Shahzad as a “Connecticut man” in their headline. A Reuters’ reporter did the same. The NY Times limited their headline to simply “Arrest Made in Times Square Bomb Case,” refused to mention “terrorism” and didn’t mention Shahzad’s name until the second paragraph, first having called him, also, a “Connecticut man.” Look for such efforts to continue, as well as continued admonishments against “bias” or “racism,” etc.
UPDATE – Also, I forgot to include yesterday the media’s reports that this terrorist recently faced foreclosure with respect to his house. Here’s another article from the WSJ which also references the foreclosure “issue,” but also adds that Shahzad didn’t even appear to live at the foreclosed-upon house. Obviously then, had this terrorist been a “white male” Republican, all of this would be relevant as well, right? You don’t see the millions of other people who have faced, or are facing, foreclosure driving to Times Square to detonate a car-bomb do you? Yet, bombing has long been a favorite tactic of the left – just ask Barack Hussein Obama and his good-buddy Bill Ayers. This latest effort by the media to report that Shahzad was facing foreclosure is just another pitiful effort by the media to drum up sympathy for this terrorist and try to “explain away” what he did by implying he was somehow a “victim” of America. Absolutely disgusting.
Then, there’s the reports this morning that this terrorist is “anti-Bush” and “anti-War.” See – here – as well. What would the media do if this terrorist was a “right-wing nutjob” who was anti-Barack Hussein Obama?…the coverage would be incessant. Yet, when the terrorist is an Obama supporter and Democrat, it barely gets mentioned; recall the pro-Obama murdering nutcase of Amy Bishop, who went to her Hunstville, Alabama campus on a killing spree.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration will go into full-high-five mode, claiming success in having “foiled” this terrorist-bombing attempt while the efforts of Lance Orton and Duane Jackson in preventing this disaster go scarcely mentioned. Also barely mentioned is the fact that Shahzad was able to get his car-bomb to Times Square, deploy it, leave for JFK, board a plane for Dubai (even t hough Shahzad was on a Federal “no-fly” list), that then began to taxi down the runway before returning to the gate (see more – here). In reality, Shahzad did exactly what he set out to do, but for having his bomb actually detonate. Here’s more on how close Shahzad was to getting away.
To supplement, be certain to read Jonah Goldberg’s excellent piece from The Corner (@ National Review Online) – “Their Terrorism Problem – And Ours,” as well as Mark Steyn’s “Crying Lone Wolf.” Also be sure to check out Dan Gainor’s excellent piece – “After Times Square Near-Attack, Now Comes The Blame Game.”