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STILLWELL: The Myth Of The Lone Gunman
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/9/6 | Cinnamon Stillwell

Posted on 08/09/2006 7:19:14 AM PDT by SmithL

Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the claim has often been made that no further acts of terrorism have occurred on U.S. soil. But anyone following the news closely knows better. 

While there has not yet been another large-scale attack, a number of terrorist plots have been broken up and a variety of suspicious crimes and incidents have occurred across the nation. But each time, authorities seem to have made every effort to downplay the terrorism angle.  

News of the shooting rampage at Seattle's Jewish Federation building last month involved the usual avoidance of the term "terrorism." Instead, the attack was labeled a hate crime and the perpetrator, Naveed Afzal Haq, just another in a long line of lone gunmen with a history of mental instability. As Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels put it, "This was a purposeful, hateful act, as far as we know by an individual acting on his own."

While this may be true, trying to separate Haq's actions from the larger context of the war on terrorism is tunnel vision at its worst. It is not just hate that motivates such acts, but ideology. One needn't be a bona fide member of an Islamic terrorist group to share their outlook.   

Haq made his motivations quite clear when he told a 911 operator during the attack that he was a "Muslim American" who was "angry with Israel" and the United States for the war in Iraq. "I want these Jews to get out … I'm tired of getting pushed around, and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East," he added.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: globaljihad; jihadinamerica; naveedafzalhaq; terrorist; thereligionofpeace; trop; wot
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1 posted on 08/09/2006 7:19:16 AM PDT by SmithL
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2 posted on 08/09/2006 7:21:02 AM PDT by SmithL (The fact that they can't find Hoffa is proof that he never existed.)
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To: SmithL

He was just taking the lead from the Party of Treason/Treason Media.


3 posted on 08/09/2006 7:22:14 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: SmithL

Hm...

The San Francisco Chronicle?


4 posted on 08/09/2006 7:25:02 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: SmithL

Good article.


5 posted on 08/09/2006 7:25:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SmithL

Cool!! A conservative in San Fran! I had no idea!!


6 posted on 08/09/2006 7:32:36 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: SmithL
But each time, authorities seem to have made every effort to downplay the terrorism angle.

I've noticed this myself. Terrorism is never suspected, even when Arab appearing men attempt to buy hundreds of pre-paid cell phones..or never arrive at College..

Good article from The SF Chronicle, but I imagine it is written to undermine the President rather than a benign attempt to expose the truth.

7 posted on 08/09/2006 7:34:05 AM PDT by PattonFan (“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.”..General George S. Patton)
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To: Tzimisce

They see it as a way to compromise the Republicans' claim of being stronger on national security, really weak attempt in my opinion.


8 posted on 08/09/2006 7:34:37 AM PDT by Uriah_lost (http://www.wingercomics.com/d/20051205.html)
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To: SmithL

Did you mention the Lone Gunmen?

9 posted on 08/09/2006 7:41:50 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: SmithL
Long list here, she left out a few !
10 posted on 08/09/2006 7:46:32 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: Abathar
Did you mention the Lone Gunmen?

Now there's a show I miss...

11 posted on 08/09/2006 7:48:20 AM PDT by Vroomfondel
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I know, for a few years it was by far the best thing on.


12 posted on 08/09/2006 7:56:48 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: SmithL

A beautiful mind has been opened. Thanks.


13 posted on 08/09/2006 8:03:40 AM PDT by wizr (Live life with a Passion!)
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14 posted on 08/09/2006 8:22:27 AM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Iran Azadi | Appeasement=Suicide | Hezbo rockets carry "peaceheads")
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To: SmithL

One big problem is that if anybody in the administration acknowledges that some or all of these are terrorist acts, they'll have to quit assuring us of their success keeping terrorism overseas.


15 posted on 08/09/2006 8:29:19 AM PDT by Gone GF
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To: SmithL
Drat!
I thought this article was about Lee Oswald and JFK.

(JFK was whacked by a trio of irate Husbands armed and funded by rouge CIA agents)

16 posted on 08/09/2006 8:39:41 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: SmithL
I'm not sure whether this is merely PC for fear of "profiling" or ingrained in the NE/Left Coast attitude.

Right after 9/11 and the Egyptian walked to the end of the LA terminal to shoot people at the El Al counter, Neil Cavuto practically yelled at someone for thinking that this was more terrorism. It was at that time that I decided I no longer needed his show as the seemingly knee-jerk reaction of media types is that none of the Islamofacist acts are in any way connected to either an area of the world or their fanatic religion (absolutely none of it is a "Religion of Peace.")

17 posted on 08/09/2006 8:59:11 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: SmithL

Neighbors said he was a good boy, kind of quiet. keeped to himself.


18 posted on 08/09/2006 9:42:57 PM PDT by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: 1066AD
Malkin left out a few, the truck driver from Columbus, Ohio that was accused of supplying info to terrorists about targets (ie bridges in New York) link is here. Faris was his name. Also, the dude that ran over a bunch of people with his SUV in North Carolina.
19 posted on 08/09/2006 9:52:58 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: SmithL

Cinnamon is an excellent writer. I have emailed her and thanked her for her point of view. She receives very little thanks, incidentally. A word of encouragement wouldn't hurt.

Off topic, but for those who might be interested, her Mother was one of the entertainers that spent time in Viet Nam entertaining us troops, for a couple years. She has a DVD out, a doumentary about those who willingly came over just to entertain us.

http://www.entertainingvietnam.com


20 posted on 08/09/2006 9:54:04 PM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: SmithL
Bump
To read later
21 posted on 08/09/2006 9:54:27 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: SmithL

Good writing.
BUMP


22 posted on 08/09/2006 9:57:11 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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