Times Square Car Bomb: A Jihad?

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


Like the Fort Hood jihad massacre and virtually all such attacks and attempted attacks these days, the car bomb discovered in Times Square Saturday was initially dismissed as having nothing to do with terrorism. The New York Times reported: “A federal official said it was not considered a terrorist threat and that the New York Police Department had told the Department of Homeland Security to stand down.”

Soon, however, the weight of evidence became too great for officials to sustain this wishful thinking. New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said: “I think the intent was to cause a significant ball of fire.”’ New York Governor David Paterson declared the incident an “act of terrorism.” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano revealed on Meet the Press that the car bomb was being treated as a “potential terrorist attack.”

Napolitano offered no hint as to which terrorists might have done it: “It’s too soon to tell who was responsible.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was just as puzzled: “We have no idea who did this or why.”

Yet for all this official agnosticism, there were a number of clues – and even a group claiming credit. The explosives-laden car was found on 45th Street between 7th and 8th – not far from the offices of Viacom, which owns Comedy Central. Comedy Central, of course, presents South Park, the irreverent cartoon series that recently lampooned Islam’s prophet Muhammad. After the show aired, the jihadist website RevolutionMuslim.com posted this threat against the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Theo Van Gogh was brutally murdered by a Muslim on an Amsterdam street in the middle of the day in November 2004 after he made a film, Submission, about the oppression of Muslim women. Younus Abullah Muhammad of RevolutionMuslim.com told journalist Aaron Klein Sunday that the car bomb was “a retaliation for what your government is doing overseas. If you want to continue killing civilians, then you’re going to get many incidents that resemble what happened yesterday.” Not that RevolutionMuslim.com was claiming responsibility: “We do not condone nor condemn terrorism. There is no relation between our organization and these attacks.” However, “there will be a lot more terror attacks in the United States.”

Younus Abullah Muhammad’s denial of responsibility notwithstanding, have authorities questioned the owners of RevolutionMuslim.com about this attempt to explode a car bomb outside Viacom’s offices?

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban rushed to claim responsibility, releasing a video calling the botched attack a “jaw-breaking blow to Satan’s USA.” Sounding much like Younus Abdullah Muhammad, a Taliban spokesman said that the attempted car bomb was revenge for American “interference and terrorism in Muslim countries, especially in Pakistan.” American officials, however, said there was no evidence to back up this claim, and Bloomberg added: “So far, there is no evidence that any of this has anything to do with one of the recognized terrorist organizations.”

Still, even if no Muslim group had anything to do with the car bomb, it was noteworthy that only Muslim groups went on record praising it as a good thing. Recently I have received an increased number of emails and Facebook messages from Muslims telling me that I have completely misunderstood Islam and jihad, and that Islam is in fact the Religion of Peace of fable and fantasy. The only problem with all such messages, and with various windy pseudo-academic “refutations” of explanations by me and others of Islam’s doctrines of warfare against unbelievers and their subjugation under Sharia, is that however good they sound on paper, somehow the last people to be convinced seem to be Muslims themselves – Muslims like Younus Abdullah Muhammad and the Pakistani Taliban spokesman who claimed responsibility for the car bomb.

Somehow Muslims like those two – and there are untold numbers of others like them around the globe — seem to have missed the memo about Islam’s vaunted respect and tolerance for non-Muslims. And Younus Abdullah Muhammad and other Muslims like him can and do point to Qur’anic verses enjoining violence against unbelievers in order to justify bombings and all manner of murder and mayhem – for Muslims are to “fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you” (Qur’an 9:123).

Until such the ways in which jihad violence and supremacism is rooted in Islamic texts and teachings is studied openly by law enforcement and intelligence officials, we will see many more jihad attacks in the U.S. – and some will be successful. For the belief system that motivates them is being neither challenged nor even examined. While officials in this case had to revise their initial dismissal of terrorism as a factor, they have never reexamined or reevaluated their dismissal of any need to understand Islam in order to understand jihadis and how they can be stopped.

And so they are not being stopped, except when we get lucky, as we did Saturday night in Times Square. But our luck is unlikely to hold forever.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    O'Bummer's not going to like this. All his do not utter keywords have been spoken. So he's run off to the Gulf. Its like pushing a button! LOL!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    And here's another terrorist event in the making –

    http://www.revivingtheislamicspirit.net/index.php

    Watch the video, complete with 1930s Nazi Germany theme music. It will spook you!

  • Jaladhi

    Great article, Mr Spencer!!! Unfortunately our officials, MSM, academia would never ever examine the Islamic texts, Quran in particular, to get a clue about Muslims as to why they keep on killing non-Muslims throughout the world even today as they have done for last 1400 years. Like a parrot they keep repeating the mantra, "Islam is peaceful religion" and such other garbage. Until this stops and the truth about Islam is widely disseminated, we are not going anywhere fighting this scourge on humanity!!

  • pat

    great story. I hope the dirty muslim animals get what is coming to them.

  • PW Virginia

    good point to look at who is cheering…remember the dancing Arabs after 9-11…also these Muslims are busy killing anyone who is "not Muslim enough". This has been going on almost since the beginning of Islam, think Sunni-Shia…

  • TBranin

    Amen Dr. Spencer! Well written and an accurate prediction.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Stephen_Brady Stephen_Brady

    How long will it take for our "leaders" to realize that we are in the midst of a religious war? How long before the American people realize that … wanted or not, desired or not … we are in the middle of a religious war?

    Both government and people are running from this realization – this fact – with every bit of strength that they can muster. And still the attacks, like Major Hassan's, and the near-misses continue. We will get hit, and hit hard. And that still won't do it.

    Obama doesn't want ideologically-based terrorism to happen, and so it won't. I feel safer already …

    • guest

      You're right. It MAY change when the first Islamist radiological bombs start to explode in the U.S. before long. Obama has actually strengthened Jihadists and their ilk since his tenure. For 15 months he has slept through Iran's race to a nuclear arsenal while muttering "sanctions" periodically for public relations. So he has strengthened them by giving them valuable time in their nuclear programs and continues to. Islam IS what Islam DOES in the end…I do not consider it a religion at all, but to be a Totalitarian, expansionist and violent socio-political ideology–one that makes Communism, looking back, to look like a philanthropic organization. How Americans will put up with another 3 years of Obama and his arrogant handlers I have no idea. Its The Religion of Piece(s); Mostly, Body Parts.

  • Startabacklash

    Awesome article Mr Spencer. So well written and explained! I have so much admiration for you. Continue your good work.

  • Anthony

    The carelessness, PC stupidity in dealing with Islamic terrorism cannot be attributed to blissful ignorance on the part of our leaders, media, and academia; it's is outright treasonous; it is CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE! They should be called on it for what it is and leave the nice platitudes aside; THEY ARE CRIMINALLY NEGLECTING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY; beginning with BHO!

  • sita
  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/nojizyatax nojizyatax

    The authorities will act when they are FORCED TO ACT. They'll oppress the "civil rights" of 1% of the population to keep the other 99% from burning down the house. Every time Younas Abdullah Muhammad opens his mouth he should get his teeth kicked in.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/juniper3 juniper3

    The big O has already greased YOUR @$$!

  • Liarsall

    TOO EARLY TO BLOG MUCH OF ANYTHING ON THE NYC BOMBING. PLEASE DESIST THIS STUPIDITY AND ALLOW THE INVESTIGATORS TO DO THEIR JOB. THANKS

    • Irgun

      Ok Junior, they discovered that he was Muslim terrorist trained in Pakistan. Does that make you sad?

  • rib/eve

    EXCUSE ME!!! Janet my dear you had no problem calling me and my fellow Americans terrorist when we were protesting in Washington last year! Profiling for angry white, Christians, possibly veterans as well.

    Who does she think left the bombs??? Santa Clause?

    She isn't that stupid, just corrupt!

  • mikeb

    Dude was a tea party right wing radical extremist. He just happened to be going to Dubai for a golf outing with his redneck Christian evangelical friends.

  • kafur

    Well people…….. welcome to how Bitain deals with terrorists!! Just like this one, we get told "Its not Islamic"………. and we wait to die.

    We are having an election………… lets hope the new government deals with this crap as it should.

    • Irgun

      It won't. Flee while there's still time, your wife will look silly in a burqua.