Equal Opportunity Terrorism
As a long string of attacks from New York to Washington to London to Madrid to Bali to Lahore to Baghdad make plain.
1:37 PM, Jul 14, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
A fascinating nugget comes from an unnamed senior U.S. official in a story today by ABC’s Jake Tapper. Citing U.S. intelligence, the official states that "Al Qaeda recruits have said that al Qaeda is racist against black members from West Africa because they are only used in lower level operations."
This is a curious detail, suggesting that some time and somewhere black al Qaeda recruits are voicing discontent about a lack of equal opportunity to participate in mass murder and that U.S. intelligence has picked up such chatter.
This, together with the triple bombing in Uganda by the al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab, is being used by the White House to suggest that the terrorist organization holds “racist” views. In an interview recorded for South African television, President Obama says:
This is no doubt true, and it also may be true that al Qaeda, an organization with an entirely Arab leadership, might well harbor deeply racist ideas. Contempt for black Africans is, after all, endemic in the Arab world.
Obama is to be credited for trying to mobilize African opinion in the war on terrorism; such an effort is common sense. But it is still necessary to point out that even if it turns out to be true that al Qaeda does not offer equal opportunity to its operatives, it certainly offers it to its innocent victims, as a long string of attacks from New York to Washington to London to Madrid to Bali to Lahore to Baghdad make plain.