Saturday, July 29, 2006

Attack on Jewish Community Center in Seattle.

Yes the shooter was a member of the "Religion of Peace" - Islam. (Excellent Coverage at Little Green Footballs:
Six Shot, one killed at Seattle Jewish Federation
Six women were shot - one fatally - this afternoon at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle by a man who told a witness he was upset about "what was going on in Israel....When asked at a news conference if that meant the alleged shooter was Muslim, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said: "You could infer that."...Marla Meislin-Dietrich, a database coordinator for the center, told The Associated Press. "He said 'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' before opening fire on everyone," Meislin-Dietrich said. "He was randomly shooting at everyone.""
it turns out that the suspect is a Pakistani man with a criminal background. He is from the Tri-Cities but his citizenship is unknown.

How long before the local Muslim community half-heartedly "condems" the attack and then loudly worries about a backlash against Muslims?

Oh, they already did.
In a statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said:

“We condemn this senseless attack on a religious institution and offer sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured. The American Muslim and Jewish communities must do whatever is within their power to prevent the current conflict in the Middle East from being transplanted to this country. We also urge local, state and national law enforcement authorities to step up security measures at synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions of both faiths.”

And the police of course buy into it:
Kerlikowske said police officers throughout the city were being asked to step up patrols of synagogues and mosques.
"We are protecting mosques because there is always concern about retaliatory activity," he said.
Yeah right, how many retailiatory attacks have we seen on mosques by Jews? Exactly...none.

This attack technique puts the western democracies in a very bad tactical situation - lots of Muslims within the gates, any of whom can go commit a terrorist act while the Muslim community then "condemns" it and then loudly worries about a backlash runs for protection from the authorities, and then another Muslim goes to perform another attack and the cycle contines with no response, which shows them that the tactic is working, and non-muslims keep dying.

At what point is the West going to wake up that this is not an isolated incident and actually make a response?

It should be announced that if this continues all non-citizen Muslims will be deported as enemy aliens. No, it is not a collective punishment, its self-defense from future attacks and will send a message that this type of attack tactic will not be tolerated and that there will be a response to these acts of terrorism. This is a non-violent and legal response, if "disproportionate". If we truly are in a War on (Islamist) Terror, we owe it to ourselves to protect ourselves from the agents of the enemy from our midst and to show trhat there will be consequences for terrorist attacks.

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