In other words, we’re not going to study the motivating ideology behind yesterday’s jihad attack. We’re going to pretend it isn’t what it is. We’re going to pretend it is not being spread in New York mosques. We’re going to pretend that Islam is a religion of peace. Sure, more people will get killed in jihad attacks that could have been prevented, but at least we won’t be “Islamophobes.”
“New York terror suspect planned attack for weeks, police say,” by Nicole Chavez and Holly Yan, CNN, November 1, 2017:
(CNN) — [Breaking news update, posted at 11:53 a.m.]
New York terror attack suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov “did this in the name of ISIS,” said John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence and counter-terrorism.
Saipov had been planning the attack for a “number of weeks,” Miller said, and appeared to have followed instructions ISIS has put out on how to carry out such attacks.
He said a handwritten note in Arabic found near the scene had both symbols and words, but the gist was that the Islamic State would endure forever.
[Previous story, posted at 11:01 a.m.]
All it took was a man and a truck to inflict the deadliest terror attack on New York City since 9/11.
A 29-year-old man plowed into bicyclists and pedestrians just blocks away from the World Trade Center Tuesday afternoon. Mangled bicycles littered the street as medics rushed to the victims.
Six victims were killed instantly. Two others died later. And more than a dozen are trying to recover as the country grapples with yet another terror attack.
“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, according to two law enforcement sources. The Uzbekistan native — who came to the US legally in 2010 — allegedly drove a rented pickup truck onto a busy bike path, crashed the truck into a school bus, then stepped outside of the vehicle brandishing imitation firearms.
A police officer shot Saipov in the abdomen, but the suspect survived and underwent surgery Tuesday evening.
Saipov was “radicalized domestically” in the US, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday morning.
“The evidence shows — and again, it’s only several hours, and the investigation is ongoing — but that after he came to the United States is when he started to become informed about ISIS and radical Islamic tactics,” Cuomo said.
“We have no evidence yet of associations or a continuing plot or associated plots, and our only evidence to date is that this was an isolated incident that he himself performed.”…
But Mayor de Blasio said “the last thing we should do is start casting dispersions [sic] on whole races of people or whole religions or whole nations. That only makes the situation worse.”
De Blasio also warned against stereotyping all Muslims as extremists.
“Anyone who wants to come into this country should be very thoroughly vetted as an individual,” he said. “But the minute you start generalizing it, especially to a whole religion, then unfortunately we’re sending the exact negative message that a lot of our enemies want and the terrorist wants to affirm — that this nation is somehow anti-Muslim. We’ve got to do the exact opposite. We’ve got to show we respect all people in America. That’s about as American of a value as there is.”…