Sunday, March 6, 2011

Obama Is Not Convinced That Airmen Shooting Linked To Islamic Terrorism

In the aftermath of the shooting of two American servicemen in Germany by an Islamic radical shouting "Allah Akbar," most Americans would agree that radical Islam was behind the bloodshed and death. Most thinking Americans see the Frankfurt attack as terrorism, which appears to exclude President Barack Obama and his administration.
The Daily Caller's Jeff Poor quotes former psychiatrist now political pundit and commentator Charles Krauthammer as saying:  “[The] fact, when the president came out yesterday and spoke about this, he talked about it as if it was like it was a bus accident, it was a tragedy,” he said.
“It is incomprehensible why he cannot even say out loud this could have been a jihadist attack, part of the war on terror. This was attack on military abroad, an attack on our country, an act of war by a terrorist enemy and if a president can’t speak to that, what does it say against moderate Muslims around the world against jihad and here a president that won’t speak the truth about it? It is demoralizing,” said Krauthammer.
Two U.S. Air Force airmen were killed and another two were wounded on Wednesday in an attack on a bus carrying U.S. military personnel at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport. A counterterrorism expert told the Law Enforcement Examiner that an armed man boarded a U.S. military bus parked in front of a terminal and opened fire on the bus driver and the passengers as he yelled "Allah Akbar!"  
The shooter was identified as Arid Uka, a 21-year old Albanian from Kosovo. According to reports, the U.S. troops onboard the bus involved in the attack were destined for Afghanistan deployment.
There have been a number of terrorist plots targeting U.S. military members and installations in Germany in the past. Those attacks were classifed as "armed jihadist assaults" that were advocated by American-born radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki during his diatribes on Internet web sites.
Al-Awlaki is closely tied to U.S. Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 victims and wounded others at the Fort Hood military base in Texas in the shocking November 2009 shooting spree.
Immediately following Hasan's shooting spree, the U.S. government quickly reported that the Fort Hood attack was not terrorism-related. Eventually, however, when faced with the facts the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pentagon conducted a series of investigations and panel discussions. 
The investigation after the shooting revealed that Hasan was in contact with Muslim militant leaders in the Middle East.
A description of some mistakes leading to the shooting was part of a report released by Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), the ranking Republican on the committee.
"The administration is refusing to acknowledge that violent Islamic extremism is the ideology that fuels attacks," said Sen. Collins.
"The refusal to distinguish violent Islamic extremism from the peaceful, protected exercise of the Muslim religion sends the wrong message," she said, "as it implies they can't be distinguished."

Meanwhile Lieberman criticized the executive branch of government for refusing to use the term 'Islamic extremists,' saying, "I think some people in the administration feel it will compromise our relations with the broader Muslim world."