Think Progress: Somalis real victims of OSU terror attack

Artan Facebook rant Somali
Artan – Screengrab: ABC News

If you thought the victims of the Ohio State University terror attack were the students who were stabbed and targeted by a Somali student with his car, you’d be wrong according to the far-left Think Progress.  In a piece posted to the site on Tuesday, Justin Salhani essentially argues that the real victims are the “Somali community.”

According to Think Progress:

An attack by a Somali-American Ohio State University student on Monday has raised tension in an American community already facing demonization from figures as powerful as the president-elect.

Before Monday’s bloodshed, the Somali community was already on edge. Members of the community are double minorities — Black and Muslim — and their status as the “most visible Muslim community in America” has left them in a vulnerable state, despite denunciations of the OSU attacker from Somali-American community leaders.

“The timing is not good,” Omar Hassan, president of the Columbus-based Somali Community Association of Ohio, told USA Today. “We are black. We are Muslim. We are Somali. We are all the negative stigmas.”

There are concerns that the attacker’s heritage will impact the Somali community at whole. “We do know of his Somali heritage, and that will be enough for some people to falsely link this tragic incident to the faith of Islam and the Muslim communities,” Roula Allouch of CAIR International, told an Ohio ABC affiliate.

Never mind that ISIS praised Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee who was shot dead after he rammed pedestrians with his car and attacked others with a knife, and took credit for the attack.

Never mind Artan’s own words reportedly posted to Facebook just minutes before the attack:

Anti-US rant

Never mind that a Democratic congressman said the incident bears all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack.

And of course, never mind the attack came on the heels of calls by ISIS to engage in lone-wolf knife attacks.

At the time of this writing, two people commented on the Think Progress site, and they weren’t impressed.

One person wrote:

We now know the Jihadist openly expressed his respect and admiration of Al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on his social media, so everyone who knew this man knew he idolized Jihadist violence.

The community can’t feign ignorance, they supported and accepted this radical as one of their own and never tried to stop him and never called the police or FBI to warn them of his radical mindset.

This is the key to stopping Jihadist mindsets, it can only come from Muslim people. Infidels can’t stop it, we can fight them when they show their heads and attack but we can’t get inside the communities and the Mosques and the families to force them to reject these radical elements of their society.

When Muslims reject these people, completely reject them and not just offer a few words “after” they do horrible things, only then will we be capable of rooting the mindset out of the Muslim community.

Another person added:

Of course, they could have avoided all those ‘negative stigmas’ if they had simply remained in Somalia in the first place.

And yet, even given all these ‘hardships’, they still came to the US, improving their lives in the process. Funny how that works…

Something tells me the usual post-attack propaganda just isn’t going to work anymore…


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