The mayor’s statement is absolutely incoherent. It’s “intentional” but not “terrorism.” All right. So this means the bomb in Chelsea was not an accident, but was put there deliberately in order to kill and maim. That seems to be the very definition of terrorism, but the mayor, a good friend of Islamic supremacists such as Linda Sarsour, assures us it is not terrorism.
What on earth could he mean? Remember that de Blasio is indefatigably committed to the mainstream dogma that Islamic jihad terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, and indeed, that “Islam” and “jihad” must never be mentioned in connection with terrorism. He won’t mention Islamic jihadis, but by saying that there is no connection to “terrorism” in this bombing, he is strongly implying that it was not committed by Muslims. His politically correct speech restrictions make it impossible for him to speak clearly and coherently about this, and so he entangles himself in a contradiction. Any other kind of terrorist could have planted this bomb, and it was certainly terrorism, but as de Blasio knows that most people (understandably) connect terrorism with Islam and Muslims, but can’t say that without violating his PC speech code, and was anxious above all to exonerate Islam, he said that the bombing was “intentional” but not “terrorism.”
Since it’s unclear whether or not de Blasio was speaking from knowledge or from politically correct wishful thinking or a will to deceive, the possibility that this was indeed a jihad attack can’t be ruled out. Or the bomb may indeed have been planted by some other terrorists. In any case, it is noteworthy that foremost in de Blasio’s mind as he made his initial statement about this was his desire to absolve Islam of all responsibility, albeit indirectly.
(Video thanks to Pamela Geller.)
“Is ISIS Behind the 23rd Street Explosion in New York City?, by S.J. Prince, Heavy, September 17, 2016:
Reports are coming in of an explosion in Manhattan at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue. Is this an Islamic State inspired attack in New York City?
As if now it is unclear but the NYPD’s counterterrorism squad is on the scene. A source to the New York Daily News reports that “the NYPD was questioning a possible suspect picked up about eight blocks away from the blast.”
A since suspended Twitter account associated with an ISIS sympathizer shows smiley faces next to a picture of the explosion site. The tweet was directed at multiple online “ISIS hunters,” or Twitter users who seek out the social media accounts of Islamic State sympathizers and get them shut down.
The explosion has been described as “outdoor” by the FDNY. One apparent witness, Camelia Entekhabifard, said that the blast was caused by a “bomb in a trash can.”…
New York City Alerts Twitter account referred to the explosion as an “IED Explosion.” An IED is an “an improvised explosive device.”
ABC News puts the latest number of those injured at 25, but no fatalities.
Around this time last year, ISIS made threats against New York City in a video that showed a suicide bomber attacking Times Square….
Earlier today, a trashcan bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, according to the Associated Press. Nobody was hurt during that incident which took place just prior to a charity 5k for Marines and sailors. CNN reports that there was no damage to the area. The network adds that two bombs were found in the area but that only one detonated.
In a press conference in the aftermath, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said, “This was an intentional act.” The mayor added, “There is no specific and credible threat against New York City at this point in time from any terror organization.”…