Earlier this week “Governor” Dayton declared the firebombing of a Bloomington mosque “terrorism” – notwithstanding the fact that no investigating agency has released any conclusions about motive.
Which is a little strange, given that tis’ been five days, now.
Make no mistake; there is a xenophobic minority in this state. Eventually, one of them could – or may have – done something stupid.
But on Monday, I pointed out that if I were a betting man (and I’m not), I’d put at least a little money on the idea that the Bloomington attack was a hoax. Too much says “contrived” to me:
- The “firebomb” was tiny; it scorched the floor and burned some drapes. Not that there’s such a thing as a good firebomb, but still.
- It landed in an unoccupied room. Now, that could have been blind happenstance. But…
- …the actual sanctuary of the mosque was full of people conducting morning prayers – who would, of course, be “witnesses” to this hate crime.
I could very well be wrong – but I say even money it was a hoax.
Oh, yeah – one other factor. Nearly every other “hate crime” since November 8 has been a hoax as well. By my unscientific but focused count, it’s not even close; among “hate crimes” that’ve gotten any publicity, it’s been overwhelmingly hoaxes.
Seems like people think being a victim includes victimizing oneself.
And there is, unfortunately, precedent; the vandalism at a Saint Cloud mosque two years ago, which was trumpeted far and wide as a sign of gathering xenophobia, turned out to be a parishioner – who, to his dubioius “credit”, turned out to be operating less from misplaced political victimology-mongering than from being, from the press report, kind of an impulsive idiot.
Which didn’t stop Minnesota’s Big Left from trying to pin that attack on, well, you and me.