Exactly one year ago, the San Bernardino shooting happened. I was one of the few who was outspoken in questioning the government narrative on what took place. I still have questions, questions that have not been answered.
Now more than ever, we need to be skeptical of government claims concerning terrorism. God forbid this country or any country gets attacked, but we have to be prepared to ask questions.
And yes, you will be branded a “conspiracy theorist,” which is a facile way to discredit anyone who doesn’t automatically accept whatever government authority stuffs down one’s throat. But asking questions is not conspiracy theorizing. Neither is demanding evidence or due process.
The fact of the matter is, the anti-Muslim measures Trump and his advisers have been planning, all they need to wait for is the opportunity to pin something on Muslims. Let’s not be naive.
What national security officials have been trumpeting for the past few months is that ISIS is in its “last throes.” The implication being, they’re more desperate than ever. The narrative is already being written, I’m afraid.
I don’t mean to be alarmist, but it is far better to be prepared before the fact, rather than be caught off guard.
As for the Muslim community, if we are going to throw each other under the bus and ignore the weakest and most vulnerable in our community, then we deserve to get hammered. Just because a government agency accuses a Muslim of terrorism, do we just abandon that person? Do we just turn tail, run away? Issue condemnations and call it a day?
Yes, not every Muslim is innocent, but we have to demand due process and public evidence. If all it takes is an accusation of terrorism for us to abandon each other, we are in for big trouble.
Don’t believe everything you see on TV. Or your newsfeed.
HasbunaAllah, wa ni`mal-Wakil