One hopes during his December 18 meeting with families of the San Bernardino massacre victims (pressing vacation plans did not allow him to visit wounded victims), President Barack Obama was more forthright than in the immediate aftermath of the December 2 attack. It was there that truth conveniently became a victim.
A unique aspect of the attack made it obvious to Obama “work place violence” was never involved.
Work place violence, by definition, involves a perpetrator—usually a lone wolf who has blown a psychological gasket and gone postal—and a co-employee victim(s).
There is no known case of work place violence involving a perpetrator who has successfully enlisted a spouse or co-assailant, lacking the co-employee linkage, to the same cause. As soon as Obama knew the shooters were husband and wife, the work place violence theory went out the window and ideological motivation became much more likely.
Only a few days earlier, Obama mocked critics of his Syrian refugee re-settlement plan for fearing “widows and orphans” (despite 75 percent of these Muslims being young men of military age). The last thing he wanted was to see a female Muslim jihadist involved in the San Bernardino attack, proving his critics’ fears were warranted.
The female half of the Muslim husband-wife killing team, Tashfeen Malik, 29, demonstrated Muslim women every bit as capable of murdering non-Muslims as their male counterparts—in this case, husband Syed Rizwan Farook, 28. Not even motherhood could deter her from her mission.
As to Obama’s statement about nothing to fear from widows or Muslim women, he has never allowed facts to stand in the way of his fiction.
Attacks by Muslim women willing to sacrifice their lives in the name of Islam are on the rise and have been for a while. According to researcher Yoram Schweitzer, female Muslim suicide jihadists have been around for three decades.
Schweitzer wrote, “Between 1985 and 2006, there have been more than 220 women suicide bombers representing nearly 15 percent of the overall number of actual suicide bombers around the world and those intercepted in the final stages before the attack.”
In 2000, a Chechen Muslim widow, Hawa Barayev, donned a suicide belt and blew herself up along with 27 Russian soldiers to avenge her husband’s death. She became the first “black widow” of Russia’s Second Chechen War.
Half way around the world from San Bernardino, and within hours of that attack, another Muslim woman in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, demonstrated the sacrifice she was willing to make in Allah’s name.
After a suspicious-looking vehicle was stopped to question the occupants, the female passenger exited the car along with her three young children. She immediately detonated a suicide vest, instantly killing herself, an Afghan soldier and all three children.
Such acts underscore the haunting words of the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir who in 1957 proffered, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” If such hatred is sufficient to drive Muslim women to sacrifice the lives of their own children, killing non-Muslims in the process is a no-brainer.
As conservative political commentator Glenn Beck recently observed about radical Islam, “It is a diseased ideology (that is not) gender-specific, nationality-, not ethnic-specific, either.”
We need to recognize when it comes to Islam’s killing fields, inside our borders or out, the sex of the perpetrator is not material but the ideology driving the perpetrator is.
Based on Islamic teachings, the motivation for Farook to die as a jihadist was much greater than it was for Malik. Farook died believing he would be blessed with the promised afterlife of endless sexual rewards. However, for a devout female jihadist such as Malik, no such promises are made.
Islamic scholars and religious leaders openly acknowledge very few Muslim women make it to Allah’s Paradise.
Saudi Cleric Sheik Yahya Al-Jana’ explains it this way:
“There are not so many women in Paradise. It is mostly men who enter Paradise. (The Prophet Muhammad) said some women would not even smell Paradise, although it can be smelled from a distance that would take you 500 years to cross.”
But, for those few women making it, emphasis is put, as it is with Muslim men, on a sexual, rather than spiritual, reward. For men, it is an endless supply of “recycled” virgins; for women, it is but one virile, young man.
In the typically crude language Islam’s religious leaders and scholars use to describe the sexual afterlife, Palestinian-Jordanian cleric Sheikh Mashhoor bin Hasan Al-Salman preaches the young man a woman receives will have “a penis that never bends.”
It must be frustrating for a Muslim woman to be taught, after dutifully submitting to a husband’s abuse in this life, she may be denied an afterlife. Non-Muslims can only shake their heads in disbelief at such logic—or lack thereof.
What then motivates Muslim women to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Over three years ago, a Center for American Policy article about female suicide bombers noted that their “motivation(s) to carry out a suicide attack are often unique to the experience of females in conflict scenarios. One unique impetus is the loss of feminine honor and the desire to redeem it…If a woman’s honor is compromised through a violation of this purity, such as sex out of wedlock or being a rape victim, the shame is not only placed on her but also extended to her family. Suicide terrorism, frequently viewed by radicals as a form of martyrdom, is seen as a way to gain redemption and restore that honor.”
For decades now, Muslim women have proven themselves willing to sacrifice the lives of others in mindless pursuit of a redemption never to come. Despite Obama’s assertions, female Muslim jihadists will dwell for as long as there are non-Muslims around to target.
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