One Man’s ‘Terrorist’ is Another Man’s ‘Rancher’

What does it take to get labeled a "domestic terrorist" in certain precincts on the left? Slaughtering your fellow soldiers at Fort Hood doesn't make the grade, nor does maiming and killing innocent people at the Boston Marathon. And illegally occupying land in New York and Washington to protest Wall Street greedheads doesn't even come close.

No, if you are Harry Reid and you are the Senate Majority Leader, the real "domestic terrorists" are Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters. To be sure, Bundy is on the wrong side of the law and should be punished by the feds. But labeling him a "terrorist" is an outrageous slander, apparently intended to fire up the left-wing base and win some votes in November. Especially now, with Bundy bringing race into the mix, the media are sure to have a field day.

The distinguished Senator Reid has also taken to the well of the Senate to assail two charitable brothers as "un-American," and to falsely claim that Mitt Romney went a decade without paying taxes. You may have noticed the media's outrage at Reid's serial slanders. Maybe not.

Meanwhile, New York City's ultra-liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio has disbanded a unit that specialized in keeping tabs on some mosques and other places where radical Islamists tend to congregate. The new mayor claims his cops will now be able to "go after the real bad guys."

Well, former NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne knows a lot more about "bad guys" than the mayor. Browne recently recounted the case of Raees Alam Qazi, a Pakistani who biked around Manhattan in 2012, scouting for places to detonate bombs. Does Qazi count as a "real bad guy," Mr. Mayor? Paul Browne also documented numerous other plots that were intended to kill and injure hundreds of New Yorkers, plots that were foiled by undercover surveillance.

Terrorists, by definition, want to terrorize, and the best way to sow fear is to attack the capital of American commerce and culture. There is good reason to worry that Bill de Blasio's priorities have just made it a little easier for jihadists to accomplish their nefarious goals.

But to some people, Islamic terror is pretty much a figment of our imagination. This week on The Factor, Osama Siblani, the respected publisher of the Arab American News in Michigan, made this stunning claim: "I don't know if there is a militant jihadist in Detroit, and I don't even know if there are militant jihadists in New York." Siblani might want to brush up on some of the terror attacks that were stopped by the now-disbanded surveillance unit.

One enduring theme in post-9/11 America is the stubborn refusal by many on the left to use the words "Muslim" and "terrorism" in the same paragraph. One suspects Mayor de Blasio would not be quite so blas� if Christian evangelicals were threatening to bomb abortion clinics, but Muslims are another story. It recalls the horrible case of Mohammed Shafia, a Canadian Muslim who drowned his three teen daughters because they had become too "Westernized." When reporting on these "honor killings," some major U.S. media outlets totally avoided mentioning the man's religion. But just suppose a Catholic killed his daughter for disobeying the Bible or for getting an abortion? Wouldn't the killer's Christianity be worth mentioning? The politically correct U.S. media is cowed by Muslim violence and avoids the issue whenever possible.

Is it too much to ask for a smidgen of honesty and candor? Major Nidal Hasan is an Islamic terrorist and his massacre at Fort Hood was a act of pure terror. The Tsarnaev brothers were Muslim terrorists and their Boston bombing was also an act of terror. Cliven Bundy may be a lawbreaker and a scofflaw, but he is not a "domestic terrorist." No matter how many times Harry Reid claims otherwise.

  • loupgarous

    Thomas Jefferson once said: “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

    He also said: “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”

    And perhaps more to the point in the case of Mr. Cliven Bundy: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

    I suppose that Mr. Reid would consider Jefferson a terrorist, too.

  • Tim Bertram Black

    Papa Bear… I would reserve terrorist for foreign backed attacks.
    McVeigh? A mass murderer. He had some hokey political reason but it was as nutjob as Manson’s beliefs… Mass murderer.
    The fort hood thing? mass murderer…
    Boston? I dunno, were they funded overseas? Murderers.
    Cliven Bundy? He’s just a criminal right now. He and his posse haven’t murdered any Americans yet. If/when they do, they will be mass murderers.
    They seem bound and determined to murder americans, though.
    You are playing a name game — which politicians do, too. But can you cut through the bullcr**? Why do you have to be such a corrosive force? Don’t you LOVE America? Literally and with all your heart L-O-V-E america? I do… even though she gets it wrong sometimes. I love our history. I love that we try to do right and are sincere about it — torture notwithstanding.
    What you are getting at is that Obama isn’t protecting us from terrorists. The federal government can’t stop all bad things from happening. Some kid puts a pressure cooker in his backpack and walks into a mall… what can big government do about it, right?
    If we lose our rights because of terrorism. Then the terrorists win. The 4th amendment is gone now. They won already. They’ve got you musing every night about them. Terrorists try to induce terror in a population. You are sortof trying to do the same.