The attack at two Chattanooga military facilities that left four Marines dead at and critically injured another Marine, a sailor, and a police officer at a Naval facility has riveted the nation. The gunman, Kuwaiti born Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, was fatally shot himself. But what’s even more incredible about this atrocity is the way federal officials are talking about the attack. Once again, as he has done before, President Obama has referred to the assailant as a “lone gunman.”
In their statement, the FBI couldn’t say whether they would characterize this atrocity as a terrorist or as a criminal act. Disturbingly, the murderer wasn’t even on their radar screen.
For American it’s clear: This was no lone gunman. He’s not alone. He’s actually part of large extremist community who are tied together by a radical vision of Islamic theology who conclude that their religious traditions require death and mayhem. Mr. President: You are ignoring worldview issues at the nation’s peril.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215190113″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]