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The Mysterious Motive

Posted on | January 17, 2022 | Comments Off on The Mysterious Motive

A huge clue that Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are just using the phrase “white supremacy” to exploit fear for political gain:

On Sunday, Joe Biden acknowledged the Texas synagogue hostage situation, dubbing the incident an “act of terror,” but refused to “speculate” on Akram’s motives when asked about it by reporters.
“No, I don’t. I — there’s speculation, but I’m not going to get into that. I will — I’m going to have a press conference on Wednesday, and I’ll be happy to go into detail of what I know in detail at that time,” Biden said in a press conference Sunday.
The now-dead hostage-taker was identified as Malik Faisal Akram, and he demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a jihadi known as “Lady al Qaeda.”
Just like the FBI, Biden seems intent on “whitewashing” Akram’s motives. Akram only targeted a synagogue. I wonder what his motives were.
This insistence on pretending that Akram’s motives are unknown is troubling but not surprising. So much of this incident doesn’t fit the preferred narrative of the political left.
But it wasn’t all that long ago that Joe Biden was very willing to speculate the motives of Kyle Rittenhouse — who shot and killed two people in self-defense during the Kenosha riots — and label him a white supremacist without any proof whatsoever.
In 2020, in the final months of the presidential campaign, Biden featured a photo of Rittenhouse in a video posted to Twitter accusing Trump of refusing to “disavow white supremacists” . . .
Then Biden falsely linked Rittenhouse to white supremacists during an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
“I don’t know enough to know whether that 17-year-old kid, exactly what he did, but allegedly he’s part of a militia coming out of the state of Illinois. Have you ever heard this president say one negative thing about white supremacists? Have you ever heard it? That’s the reason I got back in this race because of what happened in Charlottesville,” Biden claimed.
The only thing he got right was Rittenhouse’s age. Everything else was wrong. He wasn’t part of a militia. He wasn’t a white supremacist. A jury of his peers also agreed he acted in self-defense and found him not guilty.
Biden never apologized to Rittenhouse for his smears. In light of his unwillingness to “speculate” about Akram’s motives, Rittenhouse deserves an apology now more than ever.

Biden and other Democrats wouldn’t do this without the willing collusion of the media. If journalists were as critical of Democrats as they are of Republicans, Biden and his advisors would know they couldn’t engage in such irresponsible rhetoric without being called out on it. The idea that America is a nation besieged by “white supremacy” is absurd, but because liberals in the media understand this phrase to be code for “Republican voters,” they’re willing to let Biden and other Democrats get away with this disgusting smear. Oh, but you can’t say that a Muslim who takes hostages in a synagogue might be an anti-Semite because that could incite Islamophobia! Meanwhile in England:

The terrorist attack on a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas Saturday during Shabbat services ended after an eleven-hour ordeal. Fortunately, the four men held hostage, including the rabbi, were released unharmed. The Jihadi terrorist, a British national, is dead. His identity was released on Sunday.
Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old Muslim from Blackburn, traveled two weeks ago to the United States and lived in homeless shelters before Saturday. His brother says he was mentally ill and asks a good question – why was Malik Akram allowed into the U.S. with his criminal record? . . .
Two teens from Manchester were arrested and are still in custody. There is little information coming forward on them, due to their ages. . . .
From the first statement issued by the FBI on Saturday night, there has been a lack of honesty in how the FBI has spoken about the terror attack. In an initial statement, an agent referred to the terrorist as a hostage taker and claimed that there was no known motive. He also said there was no indication that of a larger plot involved. By Sunday night, the FBI finally called it what it was – an anti-Semitic terrorism attack on a synagogue during worship services. Why was that so hard? Never mind, that’s a rhetorical question. Everyone following the story knew what it was from the beginning. The man admitted he traveled “5,000 miles” and chose the synagogue because of its proximity to DFW airport. That was heard on the live stream during the ordeal.

So, in the case of Rittenhouse, Biden falsely claimed to know the teenager was a “white supremacist,” but now the FBI pretends it doesn’t recognize the motive in what was self-evidently an anti-Semitic terrorist attack.

There is a double-standard in operation, and it is purely political.

(Hat-tip: Stephen Green at Instapundit.)



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