If Boston is decidedly Islamic terror, will Obama mince words?

  • Article by: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER , Washington Post
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 11:57 AM

You can’t know until you know the motive, but once you do …

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pumiceApr. 19, 13 7:05 PM

In the article Charles Krauthammer asserts, "The real question is: If it turns out that the Tsarnaev brothers were acting in the name of jihad, will the President forthrightly say so to the American people?" Kind of reminiscent of the confirmation hearing for Thomas Perez this week. Not one Senator asked the real question: "Why has the West, Texas, ammonia storage plant not been inspected since 1985?"

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owatonnabillApr. 19, 13 7:40 PM

We can bandy terms all we want. That particular discussion is meaningless--this attack WAS terrorism, pure and simple, and all the verbal lily-gilding won't change that fact. But a deeper question remains. It turns out that a foreign government (as yet unnamed) warned our authorities about these two brothers and the fact that they were connected to radical terrorist organizations. This happened in 2010. Yet, subsequently, our government saw fit to grant them citizenship. Why?

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myob_STApr. 19, 13 8:15 PM

Now that the suspect is in custody, maybe we can find out what happened here. All else prior to that is sheer bloviating.

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bgronniApr. 19, 13 8:18 PM

Of course it will be downplayed just like Ft Hood. The left prayed for this to be white, right-wing males. didn't happen and they are depressed.

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marsbonfireApr. 19, 13 8:25 PM

I happened to stumble across some carnival barker, Obama hater named Mike Gallagher on the radio this morning. He was referencing this column while talking to Chris Wallace of Fox news and he was beside himself that even Chris Wallace thought that this obsession from the far right over the non-use of a noun was ludicrous.

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luzhishenApr. 19, 13 8:43 PM

Krauhammer is a race-baiting propagandist, nothing more, nothing less. I assume he would have been equally happy if all Jews were labeled like this after the bombings done while founding Israel? Read all about it in the Count Bernadotte library at Gustavus Adolphus. Shame on the Strib for printing his trash.

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luzhishenApr. 19, 13 8:45 PM

The goal of many terrorists is to provoke reactions that will cause the huge majority of their co-religionists to be the target of hate or oppression, thus giving them many new recruits. To go along with that is to, in essence, give them aid. Why would anyone want to do that, unless they had their own ideological axe to grind? Treat 'em like the criminals they are.

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jarlmnApr. 19, 13 8:51 PM

One of our problems here, is that we have too-long let the word "terrorism" expand it's definition. When we blithely say that a person is making "terroristic threats" for simply threatening to punch another guy in the nose, we needs realize we have stretched the definition much too far. A threat or an act can indeed cause us to be *terrorized" but the actual threat or act is not necessarily "terrorism." Properly, "terrorism" is targeted violence perpetrated as a political statement or as a strategic act against enemy combatants or oppressors. Thus, the President must seek to differentiate between the maniacal acts of crazies, such as at Colorado and Sandy Hook and the purposeful acts of the politically or religiously motivated, such as with 9/11. Just so Obama doesn't start to wring his hands and wail for a ban on "high-capacity pressure cookers," he should do ok calling this incident what it was.

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sharkysharkApr. 19, 13 8:58 PM

No doubt another "apology tour" will begin soon.

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luzhishenApr. 19, 13 9:19 PM

"A white terrorist will be framed as an individual aberration. A culprit who is an Arab, Muslim or black American will vilify an entire community of peopleā€

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