When would the timing be right for a jihad attack, sir?
“We are black. We are Muslim. We are Somali. We are all the negative stigmas.”
Poor victim! Why is being Muslim a “negative stigma” at all? Could it have any connection to the nearly 30,000 jihad terror attacks that devout Muslims have committed around the world since 9/11? If Hassan ever wonders why being Muslim is a “negative stigma,” which is, of course, false in the first place, he should ask Abdul Artan, or Syed Rizwan Farouk, or Tashfeen Malik, or Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, or Mohammed Abdullah, or Omar Mateen, or Nidal Malik Hasan, or Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, or Faisal Shahzad, or Mohamed Mohamud.
“Columbus Somali leader on attack: ‘The timing is not good,'” by Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, November 28, 2016:
COLUMBUS – Fifteen miles northeast of Ohio State University, where a Somali immigrant attemped a gruesome attack Monday, Omar Hassan grieved. And worried.
“The timing is not good,” Hassan, 54, said in reference to the country’s increasingly intensified anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim fears. “We are black. We are Muslim. We are Somali. We are all the negative stigmas.”
Hassan sat in the lobby of the Somali Community Association offices upstairs and around the back of a 1970s-era strip mall on Cleveland Avenue. He said the office is the first stop for people arriving from the east African nation who are seeking an apartment, a job lead or a decent school for the children.
In the past few years, the large Somali refugee community in central Ohio has come under increased scrutiny over concerns that ISIS sympathizers could be hiding there. Not so, said Hassan, who has been in the United States for 26 years and in Columbus for the past 17….
Hassan knows members of the suspect’s family. He spoke with them at 3 p.m. Monday.
“They said the U.S. officials came this morning and got his mother and siblings,” Hassan said….
Hassan said his community and many of its members live under a cloud of suspicion and scrutiny.
“America is not my enemy. America is my friend,” he said. “Anybody who sees my different is wrong. My Somali community loves America. We appreciate our country and the opportunity America gives us. We came here for a better life. We came here for an education. We came here to work. We came here to practice our religion.”…
“We do not have a spike in crime,” Hassan said. “But we are human beings. We might have a couple of bad actors, like any community does. Crime is everywhere. Criminals are everywhere. Punish the individual, not the entire community. We do not want to get a bad label because of an individual.”
He said a recent plot by white nationalists to damage a Kansas apartment complex and kill its Somali residents was greeted with “great, great appreciation” toward law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“We love the United States and we love Columbus,” Hassan said. “We vote. We pay taxes. We buy homes. We buy cars. We want to contribute to our country. We feel like Columbus is the perfect place to live.”