Today is the third anniversary of the jihadi attack on our free speech event in Garland, Texas. I know of no commemorations or remembrance of the brave Americans who staved off the attack in Garland. Unlike “Boston Strong” (they have been anything but), Garland was truly “Garland Strong.” Taking out those jihadis was a real American response, and we had the best of all possible outcomes. San Bernardino and Chattanooga and Orlando and the other jihad attacks since then were Garland without guns.
As for me, how am I commemorating? I am alive, that’s how.
Yet three years after jihadis attacked our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in defense of free speech, the Western establishment media, and most of the political class, is in full surrender mode. In the wake of the Garland jihad attacks, the world says: let the bullies silence you. Don’t draw Muhammad. Comply with their other demands.
Garland changed everything for my colleagues and me. Its personal toll has been enormous. It has affected our lives and our careers in innumerable ways, all of them negative. Our security costs are now astronomical. We cannot step outside without remembering that we are hunted, and at any time jihadis could strike at us.
We went into the event with our eyes open. We knew the risks. But we knew the risks were greater, for our children and our children’s children, if we allowed the freedom of speech to be destroyed by violent intimidation.
Yet still we were cast as the villains. An imam told Sean Hannity that I should be executed. Non-Muslim media and political figures agreed with him that in standing for free speech, I had provoked the jihadis. Fox News host Martha McCallum pleaded with me to respect Islam and constrain myself. Bill O’Reilly said I “spurred” the violence. Erin Burnett accused me of “relishing” being targeted for beheading.
Alisyn Camerota on CNN battled with me, trying to bully me into adhering to sharia law.
Chris Cuomo was almost brought to tears by the thought of drawing Muhammad. Juan Williams and I had a knock-down drag out on Hannity. Geraldo Rivera compared me to the Aryan Nation, skinheads, and the KKK, and said, “Every time I see her on TV, I want to take a shower.” Carly Fiorina likened our free speech event to white supremacist marching.
The list is long. The leftist networks (i.e., MSNBC) were unhinged. I could go on, but you get the picture.
We were right. The media lynch mob was extraordinarily short-sighted. Yet even now, people are still afraid to have me speak. What have we learned since Garland? Nothing. But here is what we know and what the media does not deign to cover, as they are too consumed with destroying President Trump. The mediasphere is devoid of actual news now.
I have been covering jihad activity 24/7/365 for the past 15 years. I am stunned that we are more cowed than ever. Stunned that my colleagues and I are still blacklisted, shunned, and demonized. Stunned that hate groups such as the SPLC and terror-tied groups like CAIR and ISNA are given the imprimatur of legitimacy by the media and academic elites. Stunned, in light of the rivers of blood.
The biggest news that has come out regarding the Garland jihad attack since it happened is that the FBI egged on the attackers, and did not have a team in place to stop them. The corruption in the FBI is at extraordinary levels. Garland was the first sign of it. And the swamp has not been drained.
This anniversary is nothing to celebrate.
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