May 2, 2013
By J.R. Dunn
we get too far away from the Marathon bombing, it needs to be
acknowledged that this was yet another incident in which the average
American proved crucial.
wasn't overweight and aging police Tac squads, lumbering around in
their armor through a shut-down city, clumped together as perfect
targets for an IED, crowded four to a doorway as they spoke to
residents, with no sign of lookouts or adequate cover. The Boston PD was
lucky they were not up against trained terrorists. A couple of Quds or
Hezb'allah operatives and the casualty list would have been much higher.
The department's methods need to be thoroughly overhauled.
wasn't the FBI, who succeeded in overlooking, for years on end, the
fact that not only were the boys terror suspects, but also Mom, their
uncles, aunts, and cousins, Genghis the dog and Kublai the cat, and half
the people in their home village, including the guy that cleans
the mosque. This marks something of a royal flush or bases-loaded home
run in incompetent intelligence, something that required actual skill
and will be difficult to surpass. We can top this off with the sudden
Mirandizing of Dzhokhar just as FBI questioning was starting to get
answers. Reports suggest that an FBI agent raced out to get a
sympathetic judge to handle it. Anybody want to bet that the agent in
question had "Mohammed" in his name? One thing for sure: there will be
no worthwhile investigation or punishment involving any of this.
for Homeland Defense, there is no sign that they were involved at any
level whatsoever. All that we know is that Aunt Janet is too busy to
answer any questions. So we'll just tiptoe away and not bother her.
-- it was a handful of ordinary Joes who held the fort in this one.
They include marathon spectator Bob Leonard and runner David Green, both
of whom provided clear photos
of the Tsarkaevs going about their filthy business (along with Green's
friend Jason Lubin, who closely examined Green's photos to discover
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev). The "official" photos were blurred and fuzzy to the
extent that they enabled the legacy media to claim the younger Tsarnaev
was a "white man," playing out their delusion that the Tea Party,
acting on the encouragement of Messrs. Limbaugh and Beck, was behind the
massacre. Left up to them, we might still be looking over our shoulders
for people wearing tricorns.
It was Watertown homeowner David Henneberry,
and not the roving phalanxes of armored Boston PD praetorians, who
noticed that the cover on his boat had been disturbed, with a closer
glance revealing bloodstains. The cops then took over, shooting up the
boat with dozens (some reports say "hundreds") of rounds only to discover at last that Dzhokar was in fact unarmed.
should we forget "Danny," the carjacking victim who smartly left his
cellphone switched on in his SUV so that police could track it.
This course of events has become commonplace since this conflict broke out in 2001. Flight
93, the Richard Reid "shoe-bomber" incident, the 2009 Detroit
pantybomber incident, and the attempted Times Square bombing were all
forestalled by average citizens intervening at the crucial moment. While
the FBI, along with various local police forces such as the NYPD, have
broken up a number of conspiracies before they went into action, they
have done less well with attacks in progress. At the narrow passage,
when it's one-on-one against the terrorists, it is American citizens who
is not the way that government would have it. Since the Bush
administration, the federal government's response to any terrorist
action has been to throw in another few billion and hire another layer
of personnel, apparently in hopes that a tidal wave of yoyos will
eventually drown the Jihadis. We're supposed to relax and shop while
Aunt Janet and her merry men protect us.
great Christian leader, Barack Obama, has taken things a step farther
by attempting to fight the conflict while pretending it's not going on.
Obama apparently really believed that his name, his Islamic...
"experience," is the harmless word, I suppose, his African relations,
and a few paragraphs of multiculturalist drivel would make terrorism go
away. When this failed to occur, he attempted to hold the Jihadis at
arm's length through a tactically and morally questionable use of drones
(anybody who didn't feel a twinge of conscience on learning that Anwar
al-Awlaki's sixteen-year-old son was killed alongside him has no soul),
while underplaying Jihadi actions in the U.S. and elsewhere with the
eager assistance of the media. Massacres in the U.S. became "workplace
violence," massacres overseas were blamed on loser would-be filmmakers.
for a return to normality in the midst of a seemingly endless war,
Americans allowed themselves to be fooled. Many -- probably most --
yearned for the pre-9/11 world with a longing that was constant and
heartfelt. They truly wanted a return to the Clintonian 90s, the
"holiday from history," when we could ignore things like WTC '93, the
Khobar Towers, the Dar es Salaam
and Nairobi embassies, and the USS Cole, pushing aside the fact these
atrocities were the milestones leading to our current predicament.
master of pretence catered to that impulse, and many have bought it.
To these people, the Marathon bombing came as another shock, just as if
9/11 (and Fort Hood, and the Seattle Jewish center, and Little Rock,
and...) never happened. Further attacks this summer will give them more
opportunities to look puzzled and frightened at the same time. If
they're lucky, their more alert brethren will be there to step in.
knows -- if Obama and his handpicked enablers hadn't gone to such
efforts to dissemble, somebody in Boston might have noticed the
Tsarnaevs acting oddly, walking away from their dumped shoulder bags, or
even wondered about the abandoned bags themselves, lying at the exact
spots where they'd do the most damage. (Israelis are conditioned to do
this with abandoned bags and packages, and succeed quite well at it.
Such means do not make up a large element of Palestinian terror.)
incident has taught us quite a lot. That Chechnya is a front in the war
on terror. That we have allowed entire tribes of potential killers free
entry into the United States. That Jihadis feel nothing in the way of
gratitude for being welcomed, assisted, and catered to in this country.
what we have learned over and above all else is that the war goes on,
and that no one, god-man though he may be, can make it go away for long.
We need to rebuckle our armor, reawaken our alertness, and relearn the
habits from the war's early days. The average American, the man and
woman in the street, have proven to be the most effective force in the
struggle against Jihadi terror. Eventually, somebody will wake up to
this. It's unlikely the name will be Janet, or Eric, or Barack.
J.R. Dunn is consulting editor of American Thinker.