Ahmad Khan Rahimi didn’t plant these bombs because he was a “New Jersey man.” New Jersey is, as far as I know, not at war with New York City, and in any case he left bombs in New Jersey itself as well. He left these bombs because he is a Muslim who, as even the Times admits, was “drawn to online calls to jihad.” But the New York Times would rather endorse Donald Trump for reelection than identify him in accord with the motivating ideology that led him to do this in the first place.
Are authorities sure that Rahimi found calls to jihad only online? Have they investigated his local mosque? If not, why not?
“New Jersey Man Found Guilty in Chelsea Bombing,” by Michael Wilson, New York Times, October 16, 2017:
A federal jury convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a loner from New Jersey drawn to online calls to jihad, of setting the explosives in the Chelsea neighborhood that blew out windows and sent shrapnel flying into buildings, cars and people during a two-day bombing campaign in and around New York City last year….
Mr. Rahimi carried multiple bombs — nine in all — but most did not explode. The first was set early that morning in a garbage can at the finish line of a United States Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J. The race’s start time was delayed, however, and no one was hurt when the bomb exploded. That night, a blast occurred in Chelsea. A short time later, passers-by found a bomb on West 27th Street, which was disarmed by the police bomb squad. The next day, Mr. Rahimi returned to New Jersey, leaving six pipe bombs in a backpack at an Elizabeth, N.J., train station. They carried fuses, not timers, and they did not explode until a bomb-squad robot detonated one later.
Though no one was killed by Mr. Rahimi’s devices, because of a combination of bad luck and mistakes, the bombing spree left the region in fear for two days….
Later that night, on 27th Street, two men saw a suitcase on the sidewalk. One bent to open it, removing whatever was wrapped in a plastic bag — it was a pressure cooker with a cellphone detonator attached, packed with shrapnel. They took the empty suitcase. A neighbor passed, noticed the device and, rattled by the nearby explosion, called the police.