Media Still Wondering What Possible Motive Muslim Terrorists Could Have for Killing Americans

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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“Why would Chechen refugees, who’ve been locked for nearly two decades in a bitter, violent conflict against the Russian government, harbor such anger against the United States that they’d want to carry out a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon?” Politico asks.

“The answer is far from obvious,” it concludes.

Those few lines sum up the whole problem with our war on terror. A Muslim terrorist attack by Muslim terrorists? Why? The political establishment has spent decades choosing to ignore the basic facts. Then each time it’s baffled when the obvious happens.

The motives are obvious enough.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s YouTube channel had a playlist titled “Islam” and another playlist titled “Terrorists”. That should be obvious enough even for Politico.

His last subscription was to a channel “Allah is the One.” His Islam playlist includes “The Emergence of Prophecy: The Black Flags From Khorasan”, a Jihadi video that refers to those black flags you see Salafists, including Al Qaeda, waving around.

The video deals with a key part of jihadist mythology: That one of the most significant battles fought against the “infidels” will take place in the Khorasan, a geographic area that includes parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

As my colleague Bill Roggio has explained, “The Khorasan is considered by jihadis to be the place where they will inflict the first defeat against their enemies in the Muslim version of Armageddon. The final battle is to take place in the Levant – Israel, Syria, and Lebanon. Mentions of the Khorasan have begun to increase in al Qaeda’s propaganda.”

How much more confusing could a motive be?

The YouTube page is here. On the right of the upper row and the left of the second row are videos by Feiz Mohammed.
Sheik Feiz Mohamed’s defence of his comments on a DVD calling children to jihad has been undermined by revelations, the video also urges Muslims to kill the enemies of Islam and praises martyrs with a violent interpretation of jihad.

In the DVD, which runs for almost four hours, Sheik Feiz describes inmates of Guantanamo Bay as better Muslims than those in Australia, who would would not forsake their lifestyles for martyrdom.

The sheik, who left Australia in 2005 to live in his father’s homeland, Lebanon, exorts his followers to seek the honourable death of the believer, quoting from narrations about the prophet Mohammed.”They fight in the cause, they kill others – the enemies who fight Islam and they themselves are killed as martyrs,” he said.

He gives the example of a mujaheddin who fought in Bosnia in the 1990s who spoke of nothing but jihad and was killed on the battlefield.The DVD was a recording of a series of passionate fire-and-brimstone sermons that told his audience over several weeks nearly four years ago his thoughts on the way to live their lives. “This is our intention that we want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam, loving Islam,” he said.

Still confusing. What possible motive could there be?

We know it can’t be Islam. That’s a religion of peace. Islamism can only refer to the political program. Just ask the AP.

Muslim terrorists are non-persons. The political establishment pretends they don’t exist. And then they kill a bunch of people and the media has to explain why the people they can’t see and who they don’t believe exist somehow carried out an atrocity for no reason at all.

“I have been made victorious through terror” Mohammed said.

  • Anonymous

    The same thing is occurring on CNN — the reporters are expressing their utter befuddlement at what is transpiring — it is as if they have been comatose for the last decade or so. It really is appalling that such ignoramuses have just a public platform. Such stupidity!

  • kafir4life

    I know the answer.
    They're muslim.
    We're not.
    Question answered.
    allahu snackbar!

  • FAREED

    It's because they're white that they can't possibly be MUSLIMS- THEY MUST BE SEPARATISTS???

    WEIRD LOGIC. THEY ARE STILL MUSLIM, EVEN IF THEY ARE WHITE!!!

    • WilliamJamesWard

      It's what is in the heart, appearances are deceiving, the media is misleading………….William

  • Omar

    Well, there is a possibility that the two terrorists identified by authorities were agents of the Putin regime in Russia.

  • Chezwick

    Yep. Even Fox keeps focusing on the "Chechen" angle. Anything but Islam.

    • JesusisLORD

      Have you heard the excitement in the media regarding the capturing alive of the suspect? It was so important to capture him alive so we can discover the reason why he did this. The tax payers will pay for a leftist "al-Qaeda bar" attorney to represent him, room & board with many amenities such as foot washing facilities, prayer five times a day on a prayer rug and halal food at a prison. A G Holder might insist on a trial in Boston so he can denigrate the United States and the jury might be sympathetic and he'll get off.

  • guest

    I know the routine by now…it's all caused by global warming, or because the rich don't pay their fair share. And if you disagree, you must be a racist. Or a gun owner.

    • morris adams

      you idiot, you can't be a racist OR a gun owner, you have to be both, get your head out of your ass. gun owners ARE racists! i have a butt-load of guns,, i know!

  • Paul Blair

    Did it matter if a Nazi was from Germany,or Italy, or the U.S.A. …during the period that other nations were at war against Nazis?

  • Michael Copeland

    “For peace to reign in the land, all Christians must convert to Islam. Allah has tasked all Muslims in Quran 9:29 to continue to attack Jews and Christians who refuse to believe in him and his messenger, Prophet Mohammed.” Abu Qaqa, of Boko Haram, http://www.Persecution.org 17 July 2012

    Koran 9:29…”Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. “ Yusuf Ali translation.

    The fighting is not against those who have attacked first: it is against non-muslims, without restriction, for all time until Islamic law is the only law (8:39).

  • BLJ

    The answer is simple. Terror and Islam are one in the same. The dolts in the media are just another example of the useful idiots that seem to overpopulate the non-Muslim world these days.

  • Michael Copeland

    Pamela Geller calls the media "the enemedia". They are quite possibly compromised or threatened, apart from appearing to be "dolts".

    • kasandra

      I think it's a psychological problem – a case of cognitive dissonance. Their belief system teaches tells them (without evidentary support) that all cultures are equal. They hold this as a matter of faith because it cannot be demonstrated empirically. When they find a culture that hates them and wants to kill them indiscriminately, combatant or non-combatant, they would have to either conclude that their belief system been wrong and all cultures are not equally valid (and everything else they believe in may also be false), or they would have to continue believe in their politics but come up with a rationale (it's something we did, Christianity killed people in the name of religion hundreds of years ago, it's violence but has nothing to do with Islam, etc.). To resolve the dissonance and thus validate their belief system, they divorce the terror from Islam. Leastwise that's what I think.

      • JesusisLORD

        True followers of The LORD has never killed in His Name.

    • morris adams

      i think there's no question they're compromised. i just wonder how big a paycheck i would need to be compromised?

  • Ralph Taylor

    Will the administration identify these attacks as radical Islamic terrorism? No.

    • shreff

      They will classify Boston as a Tax Day Sporting Event Violence.

  • unclejim

    They hate achievement because that gives the achievers a way to control their own lives. And all religions; including Islam, because ff religions are based on the notion that humans are; by their nature, evil and therefor need to be 'helped' even if that requires that some are killed in an effort to convince others to 'cooperate'.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "And all religions; including Islam, because ff religions are based on the notion that humans are; by their nature, evil and therefor need to be 'helped' even if that requires that some are killed in an effort to convince others to 'cooperate'."

      Sounds like atheistic moral equivalence fallacy.

      Humans are imperfect. Killing everyone is not the answer. Only Islam AFAIK teaches one can be "perfected" through coerced obedience.

  • charlessamuel

    All the confusion can be easily fix….If everyone was to read the ARAB KORAN..then they would understand what Islam is abot!…..it’s about killing everyone who is not Muslim or refuse to be Muslim…When Muhammad tried to sell his teaching to the people in Mecca..they all laughed at him..the Jews, the Christians, and the pagans..so Muhammad left Mecca and went to Medina…he came back years later with an army. Kill everyone.. And through the sword, force everyone to become Muslim…THAT was how the Islamic moment started…And if you read the ARAB Koran..it talks about killing all the time..even of women and children……Muslims are as peaceful as I am Muslims..which I am not..
    The problem with many people that are Muslims..they don’t know Arab ..so they can’t read it in the Arab Language about always in the state of Killing…another problem is..their Allah does not guarantee them salvation..Then why follow the jerk?

    • JacksonPearson

      "If everyone was to read the ARAB KORAN..then they would understand what Islam is abot!…..it's about killing everyone who is not Muslim or refuse to be Muslim."
      True..and add:
      Egypt's new president Morsi stated:
      "The Qur'an is Our Constitution, the Prophet is Our Leader, Jihad is Our Path, and Death in the Name of Allah is Our Goal."

  • Elaine

    Those on the left have had an agenda for over a century to destroy Western civilization from within. This agenda does not allow any thoughts, ideas, or realities that oppose it or threaten it. The end justifies all means including bedding down with the most vile and barbaric human beings and becoming the most vile and barbaric human beings in the history of mankind. The believers of Islam are the left's newest friends since the fall of Communism and the reality that Socialism has failed to bring in their hoped for utopia because these new friends also exist to destroy Western civilization.

    This is why their media pretends Islam isn't an anti-human, demon induced religion of barbaric thought and action. It fits perfectly with their own ideology and thus must be defended at all times.

  • Ar'nun

    The answer is obvious. Look at the video and photos of the Marathon route, not one Gharqad tree.

  • Heavily Armed Muppet

    Chris Matthews will no doubt call them Republicans while Rachel Maddow will ascribe to homophobia. Chris Hayes splutters too quickly to really understand what he’s saying.

  • pfwag

    72 virgins. Perpetual virgins. Allahu akbar!

  • Lujack Skylark

    The Chechens were Wahabbis a religion created in Saudi Arabia and the president is releasing the Saudi Arabian student whose family has ties to terrorism. Then the U.S. politicans want to support the Saudi backed rebels fighting in Syria. Our politicans are selling us out for Saudi oil.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      I would think Saudi gold!!!…………………….William

  • Patriot

    Muslims live to kill all of us. It is written in their peaceful Koran.

  • Marti

    Muslims are 7th century tribal savages!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The media like the alcoholic and drug addict that denies and will not confront thier
    addiction and the consequences, the media clings to it's PC while tiptoeing through
    the graveyard…………….It may be that most of the media like our politicians are paid
    advocates of Islamism…………………………William

  • Sean Porbin

    Our existence offends them.
    Our existence is not negotiable.

  • http://twitter.com/kattaB4 @kattaB4

    All they want is to kill as many "infidels" as possible. Motive?? Stop looking for a motive and start thinking like a Muslim!

  • thatsitivehadenough

    I think we should really start to look at the possibility that these young men are scientifically being brain washed to kill. That's why so many seem to 'become' so radicalized. Maybe.

  • jihad joe

    why don’t ALL muslim leaders become martyrs?? instead of sending someone elses family member to die ?? If jihad is so right then others will take up the cause, but these clerics fear that no one else will have the brainwashing skills to make these poor muslims become killers