It was the furthest thing from unexpected when two would-be jihadi roommates tried to shoot up a Mohammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, this weekend.
Police later said the two dead gunmen didn’t seem to have planned their attack very well before they tried to bust into the convention center, guns a-blazing.
If they had, they might have realized the contest organizers had hired heavy security on top of that already provided by local SWAT and other officers of the law.
Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were roommates before they responded to an online call for someone to “destroy Texas” because of the cartoon contest, which offered a $10,000 prize to the winning entry.
The contest was inspired by the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. The location was chosen because a hypocritical “Stand With the Prophet Against Violence and Hatred” convention was held there shortly after the Charlie Hebdo murders.
The cartoon competition was organized by conservative firebrand Pamela Geller, who has led an ongoing campaign to educate Americans about the reality of Islamic violence and to slow the spread of Islam in America.
The several hundred cartoon entries themselves ranged from rude and crudely drawn to inspired and skillful. But all of them found plenty of material to criticize in the life of a Jew-hating, woman beating, mass-slaughtering, child-marrying warlord whose most mentally unbalanced followers still plague the world.
Donald Trump blamed Geller for the weekend’s aborted terrorism attack. “What is she doing drawing Muhammad?” he asked. “And it looks like she’s actually taunting people – and it’s disgusting that it happened and everything else. But what are they doing drawing Muhammad? Isn’t there something else they can draw?”
The mainstream media has mostly picked up on the “blame Geller” theme, with the L.A. Times pointing out that the Southern Poverty Law Center considers Geller and her organization a hate group. (Then again, the SPLC is itself an anti-conservative hate group, so something about pots and kettles there.)
Trump is right that artists could draw something other than Mohammed — Donald Trump with his head in the sand, for instance — but “drawing something” clearly wasn’t the point.
The point was to take a stand for free speech — you know, that thing that all the world’s leaders except ours promised to do after the Charlie Hebdo march in Paris.
As always with Geller, the plan was to confront Islam then educate America by confronting liberals and other ignorant types with the truth about Islam.
In this case, two junior jihadis proved that Geller is right on every single point she has ever made about Islam.
Obviously, not all Muslims are terrorists. Two people attacked the contest in Garland. Two, not thousands, certainly not all.
But those media-dubbed “moderates,” as always, are nowhere to be seen. Geller is being blamed for taunting the jihadis.
That’s a bit like saying, “But, yer honor, she was wearin’ a pair o’ shorts and a very low-cut top. I was inticed.” Aren’t we repeatedly told by feminists that is no excuse?
The same principle applies here. Geller didn’t load those guys and their guns into a car and drive them to the convention center. That was all on their own initiative, with the encouragement of their online social network.
So where are the moderate Muslim voices condemning violence at the former site of a “Stand With the Prophet Against Violence and Hatred” conference? As usual, they aren’t heard.
When you look at the modern Muslim world, what you’re seeing is a backward, Medieval-based culture in which much of the population is being held captive by fear of what the fundamentalist believers in Mohammed will do.
Even here in the West we frequently hear about the beheadings, stonings, honor killings, maimings and other horrors regularly inflicted on people for the pettiest of crimes or even for imaginary transgressions. Videos of these events are regularly posted on the Internet as some sort of bizarre recruitment tactic.
The strange thing is, it works.
Across the globe, supposedly civilized young people are being drawn in to the ISIS cult and other jihadi groups, volunteering to kill themselves and the “enemies of Islam,” which is just about everybody.
In the case of girls, they are volunteering to be passed around as sex slaves for the glory of Allah. Most of them will wind up unwed mothers for the glory of Allah, too.
No, the Garland attack wasn’t “asking for it,” it was a laboratory for conducting an experiment — one that worked.
If there are Muslims who truly want Islam to be a religion of peace, they need to first find a way to be free of the bloodthirsty murder cult that’s using their name.