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The Mysterious Motive of Muhammad Alshamrani

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In Pensacola, Florida, a Saudi airman, in this country to receive flight training, opened fire on American airman in a classroom, killing three and wounding eight, before himself being killed. Nothing strange here – we’ve had many Muslim terrorist attacks before, in New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, Chattanooga, Orlando, Little Rock. And then there are the additional 36,000 attacks around the world carried out since 9/11 by Muslim terrorists. But some of us were hopeful that this time, the American authorities and media would dare to describe this attack correctly, as one carried out by a Muslim sowing terror among Infidels, as commanded to do so by the Qur’an.

But again we were disappointed. Again officials stated they were still trying to determine if this was “a terrorist attack.” Again they were scratching their heads and admitting to reporters that they still couldn’t figure out what could possibly explain the behavior of Mohammed Alshamrani. They continued with this absurd puzzlement all through Friday, Saturday, and most of Sunday, until finally, in the late afternoon of Sunday, Rachel Rojas, FBI special agent in charge, said at a news conference that the possibility of “terrorism” was now being investigated but even so, she insisted that investigators were still trying to determine a “motive “for Friday’s attack. The comedy continues.

How often must this farce be endured? If, like me, you’ve been monitoring the main networks, CBS, NBC, and ABC, as well as PBS, steadily since late Friday morning, when the Pensacola attack was first announced, you will have noticed that the words “Islam” and “Muslim” are never mentioned. Is it because the media, like the FBI agents, feel it would be bad form, islamophobic even, to bring up the religion of the killer because, after all, we can be certain, from Pope Francis on down, that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Quran are opposed to every form of violence”? Is Alshamrani going to be described, as happens so often with these Muslim terrorists, as suffering from a sudden murderous outburst prompted by an underlying mental illness? It certainly was not a sudden lapsus on his part, for we now know that the night before the killings Mohammed Alshamrani had enjoyed watching, at a dinner party with fellow Saudis, videos of mass shootings; clearly there was malice aforethought. One would like to know what those videos were: mass decapitations of Christians by Al Qaeda or the Islamic State? Something to inspire him to his own murderous deed the very next morning? Who knows how long he had been contemplating his own murderous escapade? What happened on Friday morning was not the outburst of a madman, but the plan of a pious Muslim determined to follow the many Qur’anic commands to “strike terror in the hearts” of the Infidels whom he quite understandably hated, for so the holy book had instructed.

Will there come a time when the mainstream media, or some intrepid political figure, will dare to state the obvious?

To wit: Mohammed Alshamrani was a devout Muslim. He hated Americans not, as is already being claimed, because of specific policies (American intervention in Muslim countries, American support for Israel) but because we are Infidels, and according to the Qur’an that makes us “the most vile of created beings.”(98:6). Had America never “intervened” in Muslim countries, had Israel not existed, there would still be the same hatred for the most powerful Infidel state. The Qur’an contains 109 verses about how to treat Infidels; these verses command Believers to fight, to kill, to smite at the necks of, to strike terror in the hearts of, Infidels. It is scarcely conceivable that Alshamrani would not be familiar with these verses. He would have known these verses: and another one hundred to the same effect:

2:191-193: “And slay them [the Infidels] wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”
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4:89: “They [the Infidels] wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of Allah; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.”

5:33: “This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger,[the Infidels] and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”

8:12: “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!’”

8:39: “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”

8:60: “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to terrify thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.”

9:5: “Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”

9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.”

There are many more commands in this violent vein. These are the Qur’anic verses that Muhammad Alshamrani read, recited, memorized from an early age. Should we conclude that they had no effect on him, or should we, rather, assume the obvious: that of course these verses were taken to heart. Why would they not be? And would he not have learned one of the most famous hadith, in which Muhammad claims that “I have been made victorious through terror”? Alshamrani could hardly have been unaware that Muhammad is regarded by Believers as the Perfect Man (al-insan al-kamil) and Model of Conduct (uswa hasana); as a good Muslim he should in all things emulate Muhammad, including his being “victorious through terror.” That’s what he was doing at the Pensacola Air Station on that fateful Friday morning: striking terror in the hearts of Infidels.

What did Alshamrani grow up thinking? There is no mystery about it. As a schoolboy he read the Saudi textbooks, which have long been a source of Western complaints, for they remain full of antisemitic and anti-Christian teachings. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, he was immersed in anti-Infidel hate from a young age, both at school, and at the madrasa, and at the Wahhabi mosque he attended. It is, alas, only the least dutiful Muslims, the “bad” Muslims, those who do not follow those Qur’anic commands to wage violent Jihad, and who refuse to despise the Infidels, whom we can allow — if we must allow any , since the “bad” Muslim can backslide into being a “good” Muslim — into our midst. Alshamrani was a good, pious, and dutiful Muslim, which made him a security risk that our authorities, who presume to protect us, failed to recognize. And the result of that failure was three dead Americans, and eight wounded. .

How long will our political and media elites continue to ignore the contents of the Qur’an? How long will the farce of their head-scratching puzzlement continue, as they seek for a “motive” other than the obvious one, the one that is staring them in the face in 109 Qur’anic commands that are taken to heart by dutiful Muslims like Mohammad Alshamrani? It’s been nearly 20 years since 9/11. It seemed at the time that the texts and teachings of Islam might actually be openly discussed,, but a massive campaign of Taqiyya, to protect the faith and to label all well-informed islamocritics as bigoted islamophobes, succeeded. And because that campaign succeeded, we are still seeking the mysterious “motive” – what oh what could it be? – that led Mohammed Alshamrani to commit those premeditated murders in sunny Pensacola.

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