Here we go again: a Muslim attempts to mass-murder non-Muslims, and Muslims turn out to be the victims. In a sane world, Irie Price would be writing about how the Muslim community in Lubbock was working hard to prove its loyalty to American Constitutional values, instituting programs to teach against the understanding of Islam manifested by Khalid Aldawsari, etc. Instead, they're the victims, as always. Mainstream media journalists are drearily predictable in their readiness to retail this line. It is remarkable how it never seems to occur to any of them to ask even the most basic probing questions about what these poor victims actually intend to do on their side to try to prevent future Khalid Aldawsaris, and thereby head off this frightening "backlash."
The mainstream media story about Muslim fears of a backlash (that never seems to materialize) after the uncovering of a jihad plot is so common that I pasted that entire paragraph above from an earlier Jihad Watch post about backlash fears in Portland after the arrest of would-be jihad mass murderer Mohamed Mohamud. All I had to do was change the names. The mainstream media procedures in these cases are locked in place and utterly foreseeable -- as are the deceptive talking points of the Islamic spokesmen quoted in the "backlash" stories.
"Lubbock Muslim community braces for backlash," by Irie Price for the Morris News Service, February 25 (thanks to Twostellas):
Members of Lubbock's Muslim community reacted with surprise and dismay at the news of the arrest Wednesday of Saudi-born Lubbock resident Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
They are shocked! Shocked! To hear of jihad terror plotting going on in their community!
Imam Samer Altabaa of the Islamic Center of the South Plains had just begun to contact people in the Saudi community when contacted for comment Thursday. He said he did not know Aldawsari and had not heard of him before the arrest. He also said that no one in the Saudi community seemed to know Aldawsari, who identified himself as Muslim on his Facebook page.
Of course. It is a staple of these stories that the leaders and members of the local mosque say they never knew the jihad plotter, never saw him, never breathed the same air. No one in here but us benign and gentle peace-lovers!
"They are shocked," he said of the people he contacted.
Yet even though they don't know Aldawsari, they're ready to stick up for him:
Ben Chidmi, M.A.K. Lodhi and Adil Farooq, who all came for the 2 p.m. prayer at the Islamic Student Center, said they did not know the suspected terrorist.
Chidmi and Lodhi tempered their comments with the caveat that Aldawsari is still a suspect and has not yet been proven guilty of the charges.
"They are just allegations," Chidmi said. "If it's true, I think the Muslim community condemns any action like that."
"We condemn violence and terrorism without reservations," said the Texas Tech University professor.
If the charges against Aldawsari are true, Altabaa said, the suspect's absence from the local Muslim community is no surprise.
The suspect would "want to stay away from everyone if he is really planning for something bad," Altabaa said.
"We like to give (a) plain message to everyone that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion against terrorism or terrorists or any person who wants to terrify any human being," Altabaa said.
"These terrorist people, they never come to a mosque because they don't belong there," Altabaa said.
Of course they don't. Who ever heard of "terrorist people" hanging around in a mosque? Except, of course, for those occasions when mosques have been used to preach hatred; to spread exhortations to terrorist activity; to house a bomb factory; to store weapons; to disseminate messages from bin Laden; to demand (in the United States) that non-Muslims conform to Islamic dietary restrictions; to fire on American troops; to fire upon Indian troops; or to train jihadists. No, none of that has anything to do with "terrorist people." It's jihad, you see.
Then follows the predictable hand-wringing over the "backlash" that never materializes, in yet another patently transparent attempt to claim victim status for Muslims and deflect attention away from how Islamic jihadists use the Qur'an and Sunnah to justify jihad terror activity.
The Muslim community is bracing itself for possible retaliation. The Islamic Student Center has been vandalized multiple times, and Altabaa said Lubbock police have agreed to provide security in the coming days for the Islamic Center and the Islamic Student Center.
Altabaa said that retaliatory acts are often committed by people who do not know about Islam.
"We faced this before. We are afraid because there are some people that are ignorant or that don't have enough information about Islam."
This is a tired talking point, and increasingly absurd. People are afraid because they have eyes, and can see that Aldawsari and so many others plot violence against non-Muslims because they are Muslim, explaining and justifying their actions by reference to Islamic texts and teachings. Such people are not ignorant. Such people know too much.
Altabaa added, "They don't know that (Aldawsari) is an alien to Islam ... He is the enemy of humanity, not only the religion."
Aldawsari himself clearly doesn't know that. What is Altabaa doing to make sure that other young Muslims don't misunderstand Islam so drastically and lethally?
Lodhi, a professor of physics at Texas Tech, said that many Muslims have become accustomed to occasional acts of aggression directed toward them. Once, he said, an elderly man confronted him at the Islamic Student Center saying, "You Muslims should not be around here. You should go away."
"I try to explain that there is no threat, that Muslims are just as good as citizens in this country, as anybody could be," Lodhi said.
Nevertheless, Lodhi described his experience in Lubbock as being positive overall.
"I personally come across people who are very helpful, considerate and understanding," Lodhi said.
Farooq, a mechanical engineering student at Texas Tech, also had faith in the Lubbock community to act with nuance.
"My experience in Lubbock thus far has been good," he said. "These are just individual acts of violence that we should all work together and speak against."
Altabaa expressed appreciation for the role intelligence sources had in capturing the suspect.
"They are keeping our country safe from these terrorists," he said.
When asked about the Quran's stance on violent and terrorist acts, Altabaa responded, "The Quran always calls all Muslims to commit to peace, to live with peace, especially with non-Muslims."
Except for the passages in which it is telling Muslims to kill non-Muslims. A sampling:
"Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful." -- 9:5
"And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter..." -- 2:191
"They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them..." -- 4:89
"Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies..." -- 8:60
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." -- 9:29
"Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens..." -- 47:4
He added, "God sent (Mohammed) to have mercy in the world, and to spread mercy on all creation of the world."
Quoting a translation of the Quran, Altabaa said, "Whoever kills one person, (it is as) if he killed all human beings; he is equal to a person who killed all human beings. And whoever saves one person's life, (it is as) if he saved all human beings. The Quran makes it clear to every Muslim."
"Muslims are people of peace," said the imam, "because this is what Islam means."
Actually, Islam means "submission," not "peace."