Jihad in Boston?

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.


The Boston terror bombings may be jihad. It is also possible that they may not be. As of this writing on Monday evening, those who know – the perpetrators and their accomplices, and possibly law enforcement officials — aren’t saying anything. Whatever the truth may be, the reactions to the initial reports from various quarters were telling.

An early report from the New York Post stated that “investigators have a suspect — a Saudi Arabian national — in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings.” However, Boston police denied that they had a suspect in custody, and Leftists and Islamic supremacists rushed to spread that news: Talking Points Memo ran a fairly straightforward piece, but at Salon, Alex Seitz-Wald headlined his report “Pamela Geller blames a ‘Jihadi,’” excoriating Geller for “seizing on a thinly sourced New York Post report.” Islamic supremacist writer Reza Aslan tweeted: “Boston Police: No Arrests Have Been Made In Marathon Bombing so Enough with the Saudi National BS.”

The implication was that if there was no Saudi national in custody, then the bombings were not jihad. The egg was on their faces, however, when it turned out that the New York Post had been right, and that authorities really did have a Saudi national in custody. According to CBS News, “Law enforcement sources told Miller a witness saw a person acting suspiciously when the explosions happened along the marathon route.” Miller explained:

They see him running away from the device. Now, a reasonable person would be running away. But this person had noticed him before. This is a civilian — chases him down, tackles him, turns him over to the Boston police. The individual is being looked at [and] was suffering from burn injury. That means this person was pretty close to wherever this blast went off, but not so close as to suffer the serious injuries that other people did.

There are other indications that this was a jihad attack: the timed and coordinated bombings were of a kind we have seen previously in the Mumbai jihad attacks, as well as in numerous jihad bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also like Mumbai, the bombs seem to have been set off remotely by cell phone. Yet characteristically, some in the mainstream media rushed to blame “right-wingers”: according to Victor Medina in the Examiner, “Esquire Magazine’s Charles P. Pierce attempted to link the bombings to right wing extremists similar to Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber. In another, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen speculated that the type of bomb device could link it to right wing extremist groups.”

Such reactions were illustrative of the general mainstream media avidity to downplay and even deny outright that there really is a jihad threat at all. Ultimately, however, whether or not this Saudi (who has been identified as being in the U.S. on a student visa) was involved in the attack or not, and whether or not this Boston Marathon bombing was a jihad attack at all, the jihad against the U.S. still rages. ‪Jihadists worldwide have made their hatred for Americans, and determination to murder them in the name of Allah, abundantly clear on numerous occasions. If the Boston terror bombings turn out to have been perpetrated by someone else, this doesn’t mean that violent jihadists have disappeared. Jihad is already here in the United States, as we saw not only on 9/11, but in the Fort Hood jihad murders, the attempted Times Square bombing, the Portland Christmas tree bomb plot, and so many others. There have been over 20,000 jihad attacks worldwide since 9/11; the denial that dominates the media and government response to those attacks only ensures that such jihad attacks will become ever more common stateside.

And so as the new coverage continued on Monday night, commentators speculated about whether the terror attack was “domestic” or “foreign.” While leftist analysts freely speculated about “right-wing” involvement, those who declared the attack jihad on the basis of the questioning of the Saudi national were excoriated as “Islamophobes.”  The media marches in lockstep, aided and abetted by a Greek chorus of activists and fellow travelers on Twitter and other social media. And the direction in which they are marching is rendering us all more unsafe.

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  • EarlyBird

    I agree, General. But to not also consider a right wing psycho fighting for "liberty!" And to not acknowledge how irresponsible much of the propaganda and rhetoric is on this and similar boards, and how it could contribute, is denial.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "And to not acknowledge how irresponsible much of the propaganda and rhetoric is on this and similar boards, and how it could contribute, is denial."

      We inform you constantly how irresponsible you are to spread lies. We're not in denial at all.

    • Hikerdude

      How about left wing psychos . I give you Ayers and Dorhn and their terror era.

  • EarlyBird

    Even the pressure cooker bombs are very inexpensive and easy to put together. We'll find this is some Muslim kid on a student visa, who has no more "connection" to AQ or other orgs, than some website. To some degree this lone jihadist type is more dangerous because of that.

    • defcon 4

      LOL, tell that to the victims of 9-11 asshat. Or those killed on 7-7 or those killed in the Madrid train bombings.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "We'll find this is some Muslim kid on a student visa, who has no more "connection" to AQ or other orgs, than some website. To some degree this lone jihadist type is more dangerous because of that."

      Basically every time you attack someone, you're projecting. Who's speculating beyond what the evidence already suggests? You.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If the Boston terror bombings turn out to have been perpetrated by someone else, this doesn’t mean that violent jihadists have disappeared. Jihad is already here in the United States, as we saw not only on 9/11, but in the Fort Hood jihad murders, the attempted Times Square bombing, the Portland Christmas tree bomb plot, and so many others. There have been over 20,000 jihad attacks worldwide since 9/11; the denial that dominates the media and government response to those attacks only ensures that such jihad attacks will become ever more common stateside.

    Here's where Robert Spencer and I part ways: He considers only those that perpetrate violent acts of jihad or those that are working to facilitate it as being jihadists, which he calls Islamic supremacists. Meanwhile, I consider all Muslims to be jihadists, either violent jihadists, which are misconstrued as being terrorists, (as jihad and terrorism are two very separate and distinct manifestations), or non-violent jihadists that pursue jihad via stealth and deception.

    This latter group would include all Muslim immigrants now living in the West today, as the evidence proves unequivocally that Muslim immigrants never ever assimilate and integrate the same way other immigrant groups do because they are jihadists. Instead, they form Muslim enclaves that in time morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by sharia and as tiny Islamic statelets within the larger infidel host states. Obviously, their strategy is to maintain their submission to the will of Allah, which is sharia, while working behind the scenes for long-term demographic conquest, which is jihad.

    In any event, terrorism is virtually impossible to prevent, but thankfully is very rare. Meanwhile, jihad, on the other hand, which is astronomically far more widespread and pervasive worldwide relative to terrorism can be 100 percent eliminated in the USA and, as a matter of fact, the entire West. In fact, all we have to do to eradicate jihad in the USA and, indeed, the entire West is to ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration. Without any Muslim jihadists living in the USA and the West there would be no jihad. It's not rocket science.

    Of course, the left considers jihad to be terrorism so that they can conveniently blame America and capitalism for creating terrorists and terrorism, while at the same time they can also continue advocating for the mass importation of Muslim immigrants that are really stealth jihadists to the West. Indeed, the left conveniently sees no difference between jihad, which is holy fighting in the cause of Allah, and terrorism.

    Nevertheless, if you doubt what I say, remember that the first and foremost prerequisite of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission of its adherents to the will of Allah, which, by the way, is Sharia, where apostasy and blasphemy are capital offenses.

    Hence, all Muslims are jihadists, either violent jihadists like AQ or non-violent jihadists like the millions of stealth jihadists now living as immigrants in the West. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostate that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

    In other words, for a person of Islamic heritage to be a true moderate, that person would also necessarily have to be a blasphemous apostate that must be executed according to the tenets of Islam. Indeed, such a person would cease being a Muslim the instant he or she rejected their submission to the will of Allah and ceased pursuing jihad to become a moderate. Nevertheless, such a person would no longer be a Muslim at that time, which is why per the tenets of Islam such a person must be executed. Indeed, the word Islam in Arabic means "submission" and the word Muslim in Arabic means "one who submits."

  • Drakken

    There is no such thing as a islamofascist, they are muslim jihadist. The effing muslim savages of fakestine, hezbollah and the MB are singing the praises and dancing on the street like they did on 9/11,and useful idiots like you actually side with these effing savages, your as much of an enemy of us as they are.

  • Drakken

    Oh Trevor, your love of all things muslim really is precious, please by all means, put your money where your jihadist loving mouth is and go join your precious muslims in whatever islamic paradise of your choice. You won't be missed.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "News flash for Mary Sue. Most of the non Jewish commenters here on fpm are also anti semitic. But right now they're busy hating on Muslims so they leave the Jews alone….And i include you in their number."

    Another mind reader. The anti-Semite projecting his hate on to others. He identifies them by their pro-Israel stance.

    Very clever.

  • Mary Sue

    LOL I don't hate Muslims. I hate Jihad. There's a difference. I'm perfectly happy with Muslims that sit home watching TV instead of willingly subjecting themselves to vile hate speech from radical Saudi Imams.

  • guest

    It was NOT a muslim, because it can NEVER be a muslim. Win, lose or draw. Even if you saw him with a detonator, it cannot be a muslim. Too rich to be convicted! Sent home in the interests of national security.

    Same treatment you would get in Saudi Arabia as a Christian? Americas' media is in total denial. As these attacks become more numerous like the mosques you are now seeing, remember, the media supports the enemy, not you!

    Its not a terrorist attack, it is simply workplace violence, and like Benghazi, we don't arrest and convict Muslims. Its the extreme right that are guilty, no matter what happened, or who did it. And that means getting them disarmed is more important than ever. Ignore the F16s we send to muslim brotherhood countries, or YOU are an islamophobe.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embe

  • hinduexistence

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    Thanks and Regards,
    Upananda Brahmachari,
    EDITOR, HINDU EXISTENCE.

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  • hinduexistence

    Sir, you can republish this article "Boston to Bangalore, Islamic Jihad wants to destroy Global Peace. Is it not the time to 'Say No to Jihad and Radical Islam'?" [ http://wp.me/pCXJT-2WZ ] in your site. Definitely it will show some ways to resist sporadic Jihad.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Upananda Brahmachari,
    Editor, Hindu Existence.