Police blame Christmas party for San Bernardino Islamist attack

Police blame Christmas party for San Bernardino Islamist attack
FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2015 file photo, Kareema Abdul-Khabir, who teaches special needs students at an elementary school in Barstow, Calif., places some cards made by her students at a makeshift memorial honoring the victims of a shooting rampage, in San Bernardino, Calif. In Dec. 2015, San Bernardino County health inspector Syed Farook and his Pakistan-born wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire on a meeting of Farook’s colleagues, and were killed in a shootout with police. In the aftermath of the terror attack in San Bernardino, Muslims in this Southern California community feared a prolonged, hate-filled backlash. While there were some incidents, for the most part, their worst fears never happened. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The San Bernardino terror attack claimed 14 lives and stunned the nation, but a new development in the narrative being put out to explain it should shock every American even further. According to police, they believe that the Christmas party was the cause of the bloody attack by the Islamist extremist couple.

From ABC News:

Authorities believe the terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory employee training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations, including a Christmas tree, that shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend.

Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go.

Just before the attack, Farook posed with four fellow county employees in front of a Christmas tree in a conference room.

If this is accurate, it’s truly disgusting, but it’s also surprising that the police would frame the new evidence almost in a way as to blame the Christmas party for the massacre. Here’s what San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said to ABC’s “Nightline”:

[Malik] had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event. That really is one of the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can truly point to and say, “That probably is a motive in this case.”

Now this might be the immediate, proximate cause of the killings, but they had obviously been planning the attack for many months. After they killed their co-workers in cold blood, they posted a statement of allegiance to the leader of ISIS, which might explain their motivation a little more than a Christmas party.

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