the assailant -- a French national born in Burundi in 1994-- cried "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") during the attack.Call me cray cray (which is what French authorities are calling the perpetrators of these three "completely unrelated" incidents), but were I in charge of investigations, I think I might want to look into this Allah chap and why he seems to be having such a negative impact on some (let's call 'em) excitable men. Re the refusal of officials in Dar al-Harb, be they in France or New York City, to connect the links (or the "lone wolves"), Mark Steyn writes:
Is this one of those parlor games - like "Dead or Canadian?" Or "Gay or European?" Don't forget, if you're playing in the western media's daily Nothing-to-See-Here quiz, in the "Crazy or Muslim?" round the correct answer is "Crazy", every time.
These are not mutually incompatible categories: There are dead Canadians, and gay Europeans, and crazy Muslims. To get people to march in the streets shouting "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!" is relatively easy. To persuade Al Sharpton's swaggering halfwit goons to act on their slogans is another matter. A person has to be suggestible, and there's an accumulation of evidence that in today's world disaffected young Muslim men are the most easily suggestible of all. Whether they're suggestible because they're Muslim or they're Muslim because they're suggestible is one of those chicken-or-egg conundrums.There's a third category, surely. They're suggestible and disaffected so they become Muslim. Hence the high percentage of urban terrorists who are "reverts."
Update: Jihad expert Robert Spencer takes a different tack. Instead of examining the "crazy-or-Muslim?" dichotomy, he points to the deadly synergy of leftist and Islamist grievance mongering:
When he became Mayor, de Blasio moved swiftly, dismantling the legal NYPD Muslim surveillance program in April 2014 – thereby validating the Muslim activists’ claims that the program was racist, discriminatory and unjust. But the end of this program did not end the Muslim and Leftist sense of grievance, which was only fueled by the Brown and Garner incidents. Leftist and Muslim groups continued to fuel the perception that police were “racist” and “Islamophobic.”
The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has repeatedly exhorted Muslims to contact a lawyer and the nearest CAIR office if contacted by the FBI, and to “Know Your Rights” and say as little as possible. CAIR would, of course, hotly deny that they have given this advice to Muslims to protect those engaged in terror activity from detection and prosecution, but then the only other alternative is that CAIR wants Muslims to believe that law enforcement officials are engaged in an ongoing campaign to entrap and persecute innocent Muslims.
That message, of course, coincides perfectly with that of race-baiters such as Al Sharpton, who have labored so long to foster among black Americans the same idea. In Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, these dual and interrelated grievances came together, and two policemen are dead. There will be more.Update: Another suggestible "revert"--this time in Montreal--has it in for the cops. Luckily, he didn't get the chance to take action.