Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Somebody threw an improvised explosive from a moving van onto the lawn at a mosque in Minneapolis at 5:00 a.m. last Saturday. Blew out some windows, nobody injured. Governor Dayton is all over this ‘act of terrorism’ which is part of a massive upsurge in violence against Muslims nation-wide, all caused by Trump, no doubt.
Except . . .
Most Minnesotans couldn’t identify a mosque if they were standing in front of one. Most Minnesotans couldn’t identify an imam if they were standing next to one, nor would they know his daily schedule to target him. Minnesota has no history of violence against Muslims (Catholics, yes; Muslims, no). IEDs are not a weapon commonly used in Minnesota crimes. It doesn’t feel like a Minnesota crime.
You know who could identify a mosque, uses terror as a weapon and is familiar with IEDs from the Old Country? Muslims. You know who blows up buildings all over the world? Muslims. You know which Minnesota minority has contributed the most new members to Islamic terror groups? Muslims. You know which religion has sects utterly devoted to killing each other? Shia and Sunni Muslims. This feels like a Muslim crime.
If the bombing was a real act of terror, how does the Governor know this was Minnesotans persecuting Muslims? How does he know it’s not ordinary Islamist sectarian violence?
And what if it wasn’t a real crime at all? The bombing was carefully timed to avoid hurting people and to do only cosmetic damage. Nobody has claimed responsibility. There are no suspects. What if this is another in a long string of hate crime hoaxes? You know who has the most to gain from a hate crime hoax? I’ll give you a hint: remember the ‘flying imams’ fake hate crime at the airport and who benefitted from that? Muslims.
The Governor insists this is an act of terrorism committed by cowardly Minnesotans. I’ve been skeptical since day one and now, we have more evidence it may have been a publicity stunt. Muslims are complaining Trump hasn’t dropped everything to rush to Minnesota to condemn the bombing. “He has to come here and at least express his feelings and say this is bad.”
No, that’s precisely what Trump does NOT need to do. Amazingly, he’s sharp enough to know it. The press secretary got it right. It’s a local crime, if it’s a crime at all. There are no national security implications. There is no federal government component that is being ignored. This is not a matter for the President.
Listen up, guys. You are not the boss of him. You don’t get to tell him where to go and what to say. Acting like you’re so special that the President himself is at your beck and call . . . is the attitude that got him elected in the first place. And Muslims setting off bombs in America is the reason his ban on travel from war-torn Muslim countries ban is entirely justified.
We don’t know much about the bombing – which was nearly two weeks ago – yet.
But Joe articulated a few points that I felt, but couldn’t quite put my finger on.