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April 26, 2013

Radical Islam, once again

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It is all too easy, pace Gov. Patrick, to imagine why the Tsarnaev brothers killed and maimed innocents. It is the same template behind attacks on our shores since the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. All that makes their act different is that it succeeded, when so many others after Sept. 11 — with the exception of the Fort Hood and Little Rock recruiting-station shootings — failed.

Yet we don’t permit ourselves to grasp the obvious. At first, liberal commentators speculated that a right-winger might have been the perpetrator in Boston and picked April 15, Tax Day, presumably to make a point about the inadvisability of high marginal income tax rates. Now, they still minimize the role of radical Islam and wonder how the Tsarnaev boys could have done such a thing.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly dispelled all sense of mystery about the motive of the Boston bombing when he said that he — and every professional in the field — believes the Boston attack was al-Qaida-inspired. Then again, charged with protecting the city that is highest on the terrorist target list, Kelly doesn’t have the luxury of indulging puerile delusions. It is part of his job description to be a hardheaded adult. New York City has earned the ire of the press and civil libertarians for focusing investigative resources on monitoring the Muslim community.

The chances are that we will learn nothing important from Boston about the enduring terrorist threat against our country. When the next attack comes — and it will — we will again scratch our heads and wonder who could do such a thing, and why?

(c) 2013 by King Features Syndicate

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