The jihadist who decided to kill dozens of people in an Orlando gay nightclub last week made very clear why he carried out the attack. But for some reason, the Obama administration doesn’t want to discuss his motives.
Omar Mateen’s study and acceptance of radical Islamic ideas wasn’t a secret to his coworkers and others who knew him personally. It wasn’t even a secret to the FBI— the agency had interviewed the Orlando shooter twice because of extremist statements before his homicidal rampage.
And as Mateen mercilessly slaughtered revelers at the Pulse nightclub, he wanted to make sure the rest of the world would know the reason he was murdering innocent people. So the self-identified Islamic soldier called 911 and told the dispatcher that the bloodshed was motivated by both his religion and as a reaction to U.S. policy in the Middle East.
During a press conference around the middle of last week, one survivor of the massacre told reporters what she saw and heard while trapped in the nightclub bathroom:
He actually made a call to 911 from in there. Everybody could hear – who was in the bathroom, who survived. We could hear him talking to 911, saying that the reason why he’s doing this is because he wants America to stop bombing his country. From that conversation, from 911, he pledged allegiance to ISIS, he started speaking in, I believe … after he get off the phone with 911, he started speaking in Arabic … at first I didn’t know what the language was.
Mateen also made his intentions clear via posts to social media during the attack, writing: ““I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me” … “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west” …“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes.. now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”
The Obama administration, however, wants to scrub that story a little bit. In releasing a partial transcript of Mateen’s conversation with 911, the Department of Justice opted to edit out references to ISIS and Islam.
Here’s what the FBI provided:
Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD)
OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted].
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]
You can probably fill in the blanks without too much imagination.
Update: Following the publication of this post, the FBI released another version of the 911 call transcript which included Mateen’s pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS.
Remarkably, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said over the weekend that the Feds are still searching for a clear motive in Mateen’s attacks.
“We’re still exploring why he chose this particular place to attack. We’re asking people who have information to come forward,” she said, adding, “We are trying to learn everything we can about this individuals’ motivations.
“This was an act of terror and an act of hate targeted against a community, the LGBT community, the Latino community, and of course the LGBT community is so far too often the victims of these types of crimes,” Lynch continued.
In other words, Lynch and company want to categorize the attack as a hate crime against the LGBT community. But they want to do so without also noting that its perpetrator happened to belong to a religious group that allows for LGBT individuals to be publically executed in the countries where it exerts its influence with the most force.
Lynch said the record of Mateen’s attack was scrubbed of evidence of his devotion to Islam in an effort to avoid furthering his propaganda.
That, of course, is a lie.
When there’s a mass shooting, the star of the show for this White House is the AR-15— even if the killer didn’t use one.
Granted, there are times when it makes sense to talk about a killer’s motives from behind a podium bearing the presidential seal. Like when some half-wit white hick from South Carolina writes a scarcely intelligible screed about black/white race relations and attacks the congregants of a predominately black church.
That’s something that no race baiter worth his salt could pass up. And for months after societal loser Dylan Roof committed his horrible crime, we were forced to talk about rebel flags, white privilege and rampant American racism.
The truth is that it just doesn’t play well with Obama’s preferred line of propaganda to talk about motives this time. We only talk about the Islamic component of a story when a boy who happens to be a Muslim also happens to hack together a crappy science project clock that looks like a bomb. We talk about what a victim he was. We invite him to the White House.
As for the 49 Americans who were just murdered because of a barbaric fundamentalist reading of Islam that time and again proves incompatible with modern Western civilization, they’re the victims of willful ignorance. The tragedy is a sobering reminder that though we may not be at war with Islamic fundamentalists, they’ll forever be at war with us.