Yet New York Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller says, “This isn’t about Islam, this isn’t about the mosque he attends.”
But doesn’t Miller have even the smallest modicum of curiosity about why devoutness in Islam and jihad violence so often go together? Despite frequent propaganda claims to the contrary, jihad terrorists are always devout Muslims. This doesn’t mean that every devout Muslim will become a jihad terrorist, but every jihad terrorist is certainly a devout Muslim. Might Islam, then, contain some clues as to the motives and goals of jihadis, that might aid law enforcement officials in understanding them better and countering them more effectively? Miller and others like him refuse even to consider this possibility.
“New York attack suspect’s family was ‘very mysterious,’ neighbor says,” by Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2017:
Even in a neighborhood packed with immigrants, all with their own customs, languages, foods and idiosyncrasies, there was something about Sayfullo Saipov and his family that seemed not quite right….
Others were uncomfortable with Saipov’s wife, who wore a niqab, a Muslim garment that reveals only the eyes. Other women among the many Muslims in the neighborhood wear simple head scarves, neighbors say.
“It was unusual around here. You could only see the eyes’’ said Dolores Stanton Vargas, 59, who lives across the street from the neighborhood mosque.
Saipov and his wife, Nozima Odilova, 23, moved about 15 months ago into a scruffy low-rise red-brick building behind the mosque. They had two girls, one now 6 and another 4, and a baby boy who was born about six months ago.
“The wife hardly went out. They were very mysterious,’’ said Altana Dimitrovska, 63, a Macedonian immigrant who lives in the same building. She said that the wife would watch through the curtains of her window as the girls played in the front courtyard, and would occasionally push the baby around the courtyard in a stroller. Saipov was the one who took the older girl to school.
“The girls didn’t have friends. There were no parties,’’ Dimitrovska said.
Language and cultural impediments kept the young family from befriending many people in the neighborhood. But Saipov did have two friends, men who looked similar to him with long beards, who were frequent visitors along with their wives, neighbors said. The wives dressed similarly to Saipov’s wife — wearing the niqab — which made them stick out in the neighborhood….
The Saipov family was last seen at the apartment complex over the weekend, neighbors said — suggesting that Saipov might have moved his wife to another location in anticipation of the attack. But he rented the pickup truck nearby at a Home Depot in Passaic, N.J….
Authorities believe Saipov became more conservative after he arrived in the United States. His neighbors say that his parents, who came to visit from Uzbekistan earlier this year when the baby was born, did not appear to be as devout as their son and that his mother didn’t wear a niqab….