San Bernardino terrorist attack – ISIS terrorism comes to America

It has been nine days since the San Bernardino terrorist attacks that brought the threat of ISIS/ISIL’s radical Islamic terrorism to life in America. We decided to stand back and observe rather than post in haste and by doing so find some interesting trends that occurred after this devastating terrorist attack. We went from initial reports of three attackers, to the shifting media focus on gun (control), to the notion that this may have been a case of workplace violence. In the era of political correctness, we had to have been fed some of these trial balloons before finally getting official acknowledgement that this was likely yet another example of worldwide radical Islamic terrorism.


Map of the San Bernardino terrorist attack

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik are accused of this heinous terror act that killed 14 and injured 22 at the  Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.  They are believed to have been on their way to another target when they were intercepted by the police and killed in the ensuing gun battle.

We have learned a lot lately about Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik: he an American born of Pakistani descent and she, his wife and a legal American resident born in Pakistan. They met and were married in Saudi Arabia where they are also believed to have been radicalized. The Saudi connection seems to be a very sensitive topic in American media as no one really wants to rock any boats full of such wealthy benefactors. Pakistan is also implicated in this nasty affair as a haven for religious schools/madrassahs that promote radical Islam (some of these “schools” also operate in North America). Other questions remain. Are there any additional suspects being held in secret for this San Bernardino terrorist attacks? How were reporters allowed to rifle through the home of the terrorists days after it was a sensitive crime scene? How did they produce so many (14) pipe bombs?  Nor have we heard much about the help that Farook and Malik may have received from other accomplices in the United States.

The state of fear that has followed the San Bernardino terrorist attacks has been used by many special interest groups. Donald Trump has jumped on the bandwagon; hawks in the US Senate want to take the war to ISIS in Syria with a broad coalition of 100k soldiers; Silicon Valley is in the cross hairs of the American national security apparatus for providing “foolproof encryption”; “active shooter” is now part of the common vernacular and so on.

Terrorism is sadly a risk in these times but living in a state of fear is not the appropriate response.