Surrender and Endless War Are Not the Only Two Responses to Terrorism

Scott Hudson’s It Could Happen Anywhere (Verge, Vol 6, No 6, May 2013) presents two possible responses to the Boston Marathon bombings, surrender and endless war.

We are at war with radical Islam and we will likely be in that state of war long past my lifetime. We have two choices in this war. We can give up and convert ourselves, institute Shariah law, pray five times a day facing Mecca, stop listening to music, outlaw dancing, outlaw alcohol, pull our daughters out of school, close down the barbecue restaurants that sell pork, and force women to wear burquas. We can surrender and abandon our entire way of life, because that is the aim of radical Islam, or we can fight.

The most important problem with this passage is that the expressed motivation of every terrorist attack against the United States has been against specific United States policies, such as the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and unqualified support for Israel, not against people’s consumption of pork and alcohol and women’s apparel choices. Continue reading

AG Holder: Why Don’t You Point Your Sting/Entrapment Operations at WASPs?

I don’t think we have enough information yet to know the motives behind the murders in Arizona January 8, 2011.

The suspect in custody, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, is a white male with no suspicious ethnic or religious tendencies, i.e. he’s not one of those white Eastern European Muslims or Orthodox Christians.

Some people are speculating on whether or not political rhetoric of politicians and pundits like She-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named and Rush “Oxycontin” Limbaugh should be condemned in the wake of this crime.

I believe, in an ideal world, politics would not use military metaphors. But any attempt to control political rhetoric would not work.

I am in favor of gun control. If Mr. Loughner was crazy, as the USA political right is now claiming, why was he able to purchase a weapon so easily?

Note that lack of mental health services may also be a lesson from this tragedy.

But the real purpose of this post is to ask why the FBI and Attorney General Holder waste so much time and money entrapping young Muslim men in the USA for terrorism charges.

Mahmoud Omar [the informer of the Fort Dix case] was paid over $200,000 plus expenses for the three years that the FBI hired him to befriend the young men who had gone to the Poconos and record their conversations. (emphasis added)

It seems like there are enough politically confused, emotionally unstable white people who are perfectly willing to kill on their own. Imagine how many convictions of marginally functioning WASPs the FBI could have made with informants being paid $200,000 and working three years.

I also want to know how many people are “uncomfortable” when seeing white males, displaying their white male identity through their clothing, appear at political events and museums and private airports.

I think I should add here that I oppose all of these sting/entrapment operations in cases where the informer is pushing people over the edge and manipulating them into law-breaking. If the FBI identifies people who are like this, their family members should be notified and mental health and other assistance offered.

White People Who Have Committed Political Violence Without FBI Instigation

The FBI spends a lot of time and money instigating terrorism plots among Muslims in the United States. I thought it’d be worth it to see how many terrorists kill for political reasons without the added motivation from our government.

This list is not comprehensive. Please tell me what I’ve missed in the comments. The people and events here are not listed in any specific order.

I’m actually getting tired of adding to this list. Here’s a good source.