No ISIS link? Try Islam!

The headlines are saying that officials are finding no ISIS link in the case of the murders committed by Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. Really?

I realize that lots of Muslims don’t commit acts of violence. Claiming a substantial link between Islam and terrorism or violence does not, in any way, imply that all Muslims are guilty.

But it is still blind and dangerous to refuse to actually deal with Islam as an increased risk. Statistics are not lying. It is especially hypocritical when there is a virtual industry in the Federal Government to come out with warnings about patriotic “conservative” domestic terrorism.

So this headline from The Hill is rather frustrating: “FBI: No sign of ISIS link in Marine killings.”

Authorities are declining to link the shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four Marines on Thursday to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) despite a suggestion from the House Homeland Security Committee chairman that the gunman was inspired by the terror group.

“At this time, we have no indication that he was inspired by or directed by anyone other than himself,” Ed Reinhold, the FBI agent in charge, said of the shooter, identified as 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, during a news conference Friday.

Reinhold added that law enforcement will continue explore any potential link to terror groups.

The statement comes hours after Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the attack at two military facilities seemed to be inspired by ISIS.

“My judgment and my experience is that it was an ISIS-inspired attack,” McCaul said Friday at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base. “The targets are identical to the targets called by ISIS to attack.”

As I have mentioned before, anyone who thinks they are in contact with ISIS or Al Qaeda is probably really in touch with the FBI.

Why is there need for a “link” that involves an ISIS member giving Abdulazeez directions? Obviously, ISIS has issued a general call for targeting the United States and Abdulazeez is acting like a volunteer.

The “link” was Islam or, if you prefer, the embracing of Islamic extremism.

But let’s put this in perspective. The FBI has arrested and charged people with terrorism who were never “directed by anyone” who was a terrorist. Instead, they were being directed by an FBI informant in a sting. So if those people can still be charged with terrorism, even though they were never directed by a terrorist group, why can’t we say the same of Abdulazeez?