A Homegrown Buckeye Terrorist

Another surprise.  The homicidal maniac who went on a rampage at Ohio State turns out to be one Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old Somali Muslim.  No one knows why he did it.  NBC has informed us that "a senior law enforcement official said authorities are a "long way" from pinpointing a motive for the Monday morning attack, which sent 11 people to the hospital.  Apparently irrelevant are the the young man's complaints against America for the persecution of Muslims in Burma.  Yes, Burma.  Why didn’t he go to Burma to kill the enemies of his religion?  Perhaps because that would have required a bit of initiative, and the Burmese authorities are not the gentlest people in the world.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan was not, it appears, fond of the country that had given shelter to his family and showered the blessings of the welfare state upon them.  At OSU, he complained, Christian taxpayers had not even provided Muslim students with places for Islamic prayer.  Why didn’t he go back to beautiful Mogadishu or whatever hellhole his family came from?  That’s an easy one.  He would have to be on his own.  The harder question to answer is why the US government, working hand in glove with pseudo-Christian charities, continues to import Somali Muslims, who are among the most eager recruits for Islamic terrorist organizations.

A great deal of time is going to be wasted trying to figure out why Abdul Razak Ali Artan chose to attack people he had never met.  We know why, because he told the world in a a tweet:  “If you want us Muslims to stop carrying out lone wolf attacks, then make peace with ‘Dawla in al sham.’  Make a pact or treaty with them where you promise to leave them along, you and your fellow apostate allies.  By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims.  You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday…. “

Put more simply, the young Muslim militant gave  Americans the choice to submit to Muslims on their own terms—or die.  If we do not submit, then we can expect more attacks, not just from people currently enrolled in some Islamic Boy Scout organization, but even “every single Muslim who disapproves of my actions is a sleeper cell, waiting for a signal.”

So, then, even though we let Somali Muslims into our country and treat them to luxuries unimagined in the horrifying nightmare they have made of their own countries,  they will continue to attack us, so long as Muslims in Burma or Nigeria are "persecuted" by people that we Americans have no connection with.  Muslims have a flexible definition of persecution, ranging from torture and murder to the refusal to impose sharia law on non-Muslims.

This is the essence of the terrorist mentality:  You don’t like what people in group A are doing, so you kill or rob or rape or generally make life miserable for people in group B, who are more accessible.   American leftists and members of the Black Lives Matter movement call it “civil disobedience,” but the only difference between the terrorist and the civil disobedient is that the terrorist is more willing to use violence as the first resort, while the civil disobedient is only willing to accept crime and violence as collateral damage for which they are not responsible.  On the whole, I have more respect for the terrorist, though I should like to think that President Trump will soon permit us to show our respect at a distance of thousands of miles.

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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

7 Responses

  1. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    NBC tells us: “A senior law enforcement official said authorities are a “long way” from pinpointing a motive for the Monday morning attack, which sent 11 people to the hospital.”

  2. Dot says:

    SO! Abdul Razak Ali Ailan is a Somali Muslim! I clearly recall reading an article in the paper when Don and I were staying at the cabins about that time, that a group of them didn’t like Georgia so they headed to Maine because Maine had better welfare benefits. Nothing in the NY Times article of that time mentioned that the US was going to let some of them into the country. It’s amazing, or perhaps shouldn’t be, that that bit of news was left out.

    Per the NBC report reporting on a statement of a senior law enforcement official — that there is no need to pinpoint “a motive for the Monday morning attack, which sent 11 people to the hospital.”” The act by Abdul Razak Ali Ailan was a jihad. It is what they do.

  3. Dot says:

    I mean to say that there is no need for the senior law enforcement officer to pinpoint a motive——– for the Monday morning attack. The attack is a jihad.

  4. Andrew G Van Sant says:

    And I understand VP-unelect Tim Kaine immediately blamed the attack on gun violence.

    I think there is a large Somali population near the Minnesota-Wisconsin boarder. There was a violent attack conducted by one during hunting season a few years ago.

  5. Alexander Coleman says:

    Evidently 43,000+ Somali Muslims were brought into the U.S. as “refugees” under the great and glorious Barack Hussein Obama.

    Recall, too, that source after source in and around St. Cloud, Minnesota, called the young man responsible for the knife rampage there only weeks ago “the most assimilated Somali of the entire community of refugees.”

    Oh, yes. There will be more Abdul Razak Ali Artans coming out of the woodwork, subsidized by American taxpayer dollars.

    Little surprise that the “War on Terror” is just as big and bloated a joke as the “War on Poverty,” the “War on Drugs” and every other war the fools claiming to be wise foist upon us.

  6. James D. says:

    Low average IQ, coupled with cousin (sometimes sibling) marriage, high rates of drug use, and Islam is a potent brew.