Back in 1984 at the Republican National Convention, conservative political scientist Jeane Kirkpatrick popularized the existence of what she called the “blame America first crowd.” She recalled the story of a number of marines who were killed during a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon – only to have the left blame the United States for the murders, not the terrorists who committed them.
The left’s tactics never seem to change. It’s been less than a week since the San Bernardino shooting, and the blame America first crowd is out in full force.
When there’s a mass public shooting, we’re bombarded with stories talking about the epidemic of gun violence and need for strong gun control (though no one can ever seem to specify what exact gun control measures they want). But only when the shooter can be used to justify the left’s motives.
Since that wasn’t the case in the San Bernardino shooting, we’ve seen some pretty ridiculous explanations of the shooting, such as the shooter’s lawyers claiming that Syed Farook was teased about his beard at work.
But the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) takes the cake for the most ridiculous explanation for the shooting.Their culprit? America, obviously. “Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the west, have fueled that extremism,” Ayloush told “New Day” host Chris Cuomo during a discussion about Wednesday’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, as reported by Fox News.
Ayloush said U.S. support for repressive regimes in the Middle East, including Egypt, “push people over to the edge.”
“Then they become extremists,” said Ayloush. “We are partly responsible. Terrorism is a global problem, not a Muslim problem. And the solution has to be global. Everyone has a role in it.”
Such is the absurdity of the left, who sees the world through the lens of “oppressors and oppressed” rather than “good and evil.” If America had been around in the Middle Ages, these people would’ve blamed American foreign policy for the Crusades.
Terrorists do in fact report a hatred of American foreign policy – presumably because American foreign policy has tended to reduce the number of terrorists.
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]