Fort Dix is in New Jersey, but that ol’ devil backlash is getting around. Muslims attacked! Lynched! Mosques torched!
What’s that? There hasn’t been anything like that anywhere in the country? Not even one case? Prattling on about imaginary backlash is just a way to deflect attention from jihadist activity by Muslims in America, and to secure privileged victim status for Muslims? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?
“Fort Dix case puts Muslims in Iowa on edge: The accusations of a planned attack involving six Muslims in New Jersey have some residents here girding for a backlash,” by Shirley Ragsdale for the Des Moines Register:
Iowa Muslims are bracing themselves, fearful that allegations of a plot by six Muslim men to attack Fort Dix, N.J., will spawn new incidents of anti-Islamic harassment and bias.
“Everybody was talking about” the FBI arrests of the men, said Ibrahim Dremali, imam of the Des Moines Islamic Center. “Some are afraid backlash may be coming. People are becoming cautious again. I’ve told them they have to be careful.”
That sentiment comes on the heels of a nationwide survey by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which counted 1,972 incidents of anti-Muslim bias in 2005, up from 1,522 in 2004. The 2005 figure, from the group’s most recent tally, represents the largest number reported to the council, also known as CAIR, in its 12-year history.
A bit of background Shirley Ragsdale missed: CAIR’s Hate Crimes Nonsense by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha.
Ragsdale’s article continues:
The six New Jersey men, identified as “Islamic radicals” by the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, Christopher Christie, were arrested Monday as two attempted to buy guns. Authorities believe the men were “inspired” by international terrorist groups, although not directly linked to a specific organization.
The U.S. Attorney made it all up, you see? Nothing here about the plotters’ video of men firing rifles while calling for jihad and shouting “Allahu akbar.” Nothing about their video of Osama bin Laden and others who couch all their actions in the language of Islamic jihad. Nothing about what one of them said: “I’m doing it in the name of Allah.” The U.S. Attorney is just imagining a connection with Islam, you see. That wicked Islamophobe.