Victim Blaming is Bad…Except When it Defends Terrorists…

In a pretty shocking example of forcing the facts to fit a narrative, ABC News “reported” that last year’s San Bernardino terror attack may have been triggered by Christmas decorations…

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the terror attacks that resulted in 14 dead and 22 wounded. Apparently ABC needed to blame the victims before the 1 year mark hit, so they released this crock yesterday.

Let’s get this out of the way at the start: there is no excuse for murdering civilians. Yet this article takes two small pieces of evidence and construes them as the entire motive for the attack. The logical conclusion of that line is that the victims are to blame for the terrorism. A Muslim man was forced to attend a job training event, at which there was a Christmas tree…so blame the guy who brought the tree and tinsel, not the terrorist with guns and bombs…

Beyond the blatant victim-blaming, what I find disturbing about the article is how far the author had to stretch the facts to arrive at their conclusion!

Police evidence has shown that this attack was in planning long before the Christmas party was scheduled or the offending tree harvested. Straw purchases of firearms were executed, training was carried out, they made bombs, etc. On it’s face, the idea that the Christmas party was what catalyzed the attack is ridiculous.

The article points to an email where the female attacker expressed that, “she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event.” The more reasonable conclusion from this piece of evidence, when taken with everything else we know, is that these guys hated a bunch of stuff about America and this was one thing, among many, that they hated.

ABC’s supposed reinforcement of the victim-blaming is that they assert the terrorist couple didn’t actually have ties to ISIS or a terror organization, so they must have been acting alone. Therefore adding weight to their theory that the Christmas tree, not Islamic Radicalism catalyzed the attack…

Evidence to refute their ties with ISIS is a google search for the name of the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Their speculation is that if the terrorists were googling the name of their supposed leader then they probably weren’t really affiliated that closely.

Little enough information is shared about this evidence that I will limit my own interpolation of the data. However, I will tell you that I’ve used google to figure out how to spell more than a few difficult words. It seems possible that a couple terrorists might want to double check the spelling of their leader’s name before getting themselves killed.

It’s possible that we will never know the level to which the terrorists were tied in with ISIS but the degree to which they were self-radicalized or worked with an official terrorist organization doesn’t change the culpability of some freaking Christmas tree or the victims of this horrific attack.

Our thoughts and prayers should be with the victims of these monsters as  they’re mourning great loss and horrific pain. Blaming them for this atrocity as they deal with its first anniversary is unconscionable.


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Raz Shafer

Raz is a Christian, Texan, Conservative, Entrepreneur, Politico. Sigma Chi, Cigar/Fly-fishing/2nd amendment fan.
For the last 20 years, Raz has been involved in politics from grassroots organizing to running federal Pac efforts. Most of his current efforts are through his Candidate and Campaign Training organization, My Campaign Coach.

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