European investigators call Frankfurt shooting spree “Islamic terrorism”

posted at 3:35 pm on March 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Gee, what would be the first clue? Shouting “Allahu akbar!” while firing nine rounds into a group of American airmen on a bus? If that’s not good enough, ABC News reports that German intelligence had warnings of an al-Qaeda plot to “open fire in a public place.” Martha Raddatz reports at the very end that German security had been increased at airports based on this tip. Those dots get connected in Europe, where investigators are already treating the attack as an instance of Islamic terrorism, but the US is more reluctant to make the call:

Authorities in Europe are calling the shooting at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport that claimed the lives of two U.S. servicemen an act of Islamic terrorism, though U.S. investigators said it is too soon to tell.

The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Arid Uka, who was captured immediately after Wednesday’s shooting, admitted to the deadly attack and said he acted alone, German Interior Minister Boris Rhein said today, according to a report by The Associated Press. Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was described as a long-time resident of Germany, had been apparently radicalized over the last few weeks, Rhein said.

Uka allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed, officials said.

Uka also yelled “Jihad, jihad” when he was captured moments after the shooting in the airport terminal by an alert US airman and German police officer. But that’s still not quite enough for American officials to reach a conclusion:

The U.S. has launched an FBI-led investigation into the shooting and officials told ABC News it is too soon to determine whether the attack was an act of terror and if the suspect acted alone. However, a senior U.S. intelligence official told ABC News the attack was likely terror-related.

The reluctance to acknowledge this as an act of Islamist terrorism is truly puzzling. Doing so would not mean that the US had reached any conclusions about whether Uka acted alone or in a conspiracy. Clearly, whatever else motivated Uka, his view of Islam and its relation to the West appears to have been primarily in his mind; he wasn’t yelling “Taxes, taxes!” as he fired his guns, or “Yankee go home!” either. Denying the obvious doesn’t make for better investigations, but in this case it does make the US look weak and hesitant — certainly more so than the investigators in Europe, who don’t have a problem acknowledging reality.


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Hmmmmm … well, are they sure? I mean I don’t want to jump to any conclusions here. I think I’ll wait for more evidence.

darwin on March 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was described as a long-time resident of Germany, had been apparently radicalized over the last few weeks, Rhein said.

“Few weeks”?!
That’s all it takes?

Count to 10 on March 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Holder couldn’t be reached for comment about defending his people.

search4truth on March 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Once Super Genius in the Oval Office figures out the cause of Fort Hood, and if golf season doesn’t come too early, I’m sure he’ll crack this case.

Hening on March 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM

The most important thing is that this doesn’t lead to feelings of intolerance.

MayBee on March 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

it does make the US look weak and hesitant

Well, that’s the entire point of the Obama Presidency, isn’t it?

pseudonominus on March 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Dang Norwegian Lutherans.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

The reluctance to acknowledge this as an act of Islamist terrorism is truly puzzling.

Not that puzzling.

Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo…

If he is a Muslim terrorist its rather embarrassing as they are who the US government is supporting so if they can, they would rather it not be Islamic terrorism.

sharrukin on March 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM

If he’d been an American Republican shouting “live free or die,” do you think we’d hear about that, and the “deeper meanings of it?”

RBMN on March 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Don’t see why a muslim from Kosovo would want to attack americans. He must of been put up to it by those evilserbs. (yes it’s one word)

jerryofva on March 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM

The reluctance to acknowledge this as an act of Islamist terrorism is truly puzzling.

By now it shouldn’t be, they are willfully aiding and abetting the enemy.

the_nile on March 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

This event doesn’t fit into the worldview of the left that Islam is peaceful so let’s all just do what liberals do and pretend it didn’t happen. Hey let’s let more Muslims into the country so we can spread this Islamic joy all over while we pretend islam is peaceful.

GardenGnome on March 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Wait, is the Obama Administration confused about ‘how’ it happened or ‘why’?

What is the exact word Obama used or did he cover them both?

Skandia Recluse on March 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Dang Norwegian Lutherans.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Hey! I resemble that remark.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Well Europe is just a couple steps from being Islamic so why the heck not tell it like it is?
Here, Islam is just a religion of peace and partner to the liberals (according to the liberals).

ORconservative on March 3, 2011 at 3:44 PM

If this mushy stand is all that we can muster when faced with these MUSLIMS who are also TERRORISTS, then we either need to change those in the lead, or go supine and call it a ballgame, the US is over. I for one say that we should stand and beat these MUSLIMS at their own game.

ted c on March 3, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Radical elements? Man caused disaster? Nonrepresentative individual? Stress related incident? Motive unclear? Lone event?

a capella on March 3, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Few weeks”?!
That’s all it takes?

Count to 10 on March 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I thought the same thing. WTF?

milwife88 on March 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Can’t call them terrorist, because Eric Holder’s recent reference to “my people” would be offensive.

Kini on March 3, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Ok… So it says it’s no longer available… HMMMM… it wasn’t deep on “understanding” and “tolerance”….

CynicalOptimist on March 3, 2011 at 3:50 PM

The reluctance to acknowledge this as an act of Islamist terrorism … does make the US look weak and hesitant — certainly more so than the investigators in Europe, who don’t have a problem acknowledging reality.

Truly Puzzling Not.
Ed had it figured but felt the need to cushion.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Denying the obvious doesn’t make for better investigations, but in this case it does make the US look weak and hesitant — certainly more so than the investigators in Europe, who don’t have a problem acknowledging reality.

Damn 0bama to hell.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Perhaps our dear leader should task our Director of National Intelligence (code named Idiot)to enlist the secular Muslim Brotherhood for an opinion…

maninthemiddle on March 3, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Shouting “Allahu akbar!”…

Let’s not jump to conclusions here. He may have nothing to do with Islam. Allahu akbar could mean many things. Perhaps he was thirsty?

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Ok… back up now…

CynicalOptimist on March 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM

*Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh*

Am I the only one , who is sick and tired of this abject stupidity coming from the left, on a daily basis?

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Perhaps our dear leader should task our Director of National Intelligence (code named Idiot)to enlist the secular Muslim Brotherhood for an opinion…

maninthemiddle on March 3, 2011 at 3:51 PM

ROFLMAO!!! Serious issue, I know, but that comment was just dripping with sarcasm. I love it!!! LOL

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 3:53 PM

That poor guy did it only because of US policy in the ME.

/Ron Paul

NEVER BLAME ISLAM!

/Libertarians

mankai on March 3, 2011 at 3:56 PM

If Obama was President during the 9/11 attacks, his administration would call it “4 extremely bad mechanical failures on 4 different planes. A tragedy.”

portlandon on March 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM

4 extremely bad mechanical failures on 4 different planes. A tragedy.”

portlandon on March 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM

not to mention …simultaneous….

ted c on March 3, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Hey, give them a break. It takes a while to see if he ever attended a Tea Party rally.

John Deaux on March 3, 2011 at 4:02 PM

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM

nope.

ORconservative on March 3, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Oh come on now,,yelling Aloha Snackbar while shooting somebody does not mean anything except for acting. foolishly

retiredeagle on March 3, 2011 at 4:03 PM

It’s Sarah Palin’s fault.

vcferlita on March 3, 2011 at 4:04 PM

This story is really frightening because imagine being deployed in an increasingly-islamic EU. They will not allow Americans to walk around in public armed. I’d feel like a sitting duck over there any time I was off-post. Even in civillian clothes it is VERY easy to pick out a serviceman in public. The haircut alone is like a neon sign.

Mord on March 3, 2011 at 4:04 PM

give them a break….they are just trying to connect him to PALIN before they speak…..

SDarchitect on March 3, 2011 at 4:05 PM

an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was described as a long-time resident of Germany, had been apparently radicalized over the last few weeks, Rhein said.

Waiting for all the anti-Kosovo people to pipe up.

MadisonConservative on March 3, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Once Super Genius in the Oval Office figures out the cause of Fort Hood, and if golf season doesn’t come too early, I’m sure he’ll crack this case.

Hening on March 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Hey man, don’t you know that golf courses is where you always look for “the real killers”? Just ask O.J. Simpson. It is a time honored investigative technique.

And once the real killers are located, then Wile E. Presidente, Super Genius, will know whose @ss to kick.

Lily on March 3, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Speaking of the religion of pieces: The clown who wanted to march in front of the WH on behalf of sharia law in America called off his circus.

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Obama & Holder are probably trying to figure out how to pardon the Jihadi and prosecute the Airmen for causing his emotional distress

Iblis on March 3, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Well, Lets see. Was he yelling “Islam is a religion of peace…” or “Islam respects Christianity…? Or was he yelling “allahu akbar…” as he was gunning down US servicemen?

WELL

tough call for obama

Kuffar on March 3, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Don’t see why a muslim from Kosovo would want to attack americans. He must of been put up to it by those evilserbs. (yes it’s one word)

jerryofva on March 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM

So the fact that he’s been in Germany for a long time and supposedly only became a jihadist recently holds no weight to you? In radical-Islam-pandering Germany?

MadisonConservative on March 3, 2011 at 4:07 PM

The European investigators are obviously racists.

/ernesto

CurtZHP on March 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Oh come on now,,yelling Aloha Snackbar while shooting somebody does not mean anything except for acting. foolishly

retiredeagle on March 3, 2011 at 4:03 PM

ROFLMAO!!! I need to remember that one!

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

How intolerant!!!!1!1!

Blacklake on March 3, 2011 at 4:10 PM

No Muslim… anywhere at anytime… ever… commits an act of violence that is not a direct result of something that isn’t Islam.

/

mankai on March 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

He was singing that annoying song played at Drive-Ins in the old days. “Let’s all go to the snack bar, let’s all go to the snack bar.”

carbon_footprint on March 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Labeling this guy as a jihadist could open the door to religious intolerance. People might see a pattern, and begin to actually believe there’s something wrong with Islam itself. Which couldn’t be, because a billion people can’t be wrong. So, let’s stop the hate, guys. Yes, he was heard screaming “jihad”. Obviously, his actions are a misinterpretation of Islam. Let’s move along. Nothing to see here.

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Derka derka, Mohammed Jihad.

trigon on March 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM

No Muslim… anywhere at anytime… ever… commits an act of violence that is not a direct result of something that isn’t Islam.

/

mankai on March 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Triple negative alert. PLUS a /sarc. Quadruple negative. *head explodes*

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Derka derka, Mohammed Jihad.

trigon on March 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Tut, tut. Cultural sensitivity class for trigon.

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Our military is fighting a war in Afghanistan and Pakistan against Islamists. We have Predator drones circling silently overhead waiting to fly a hellfire missile up their butts at any moment that they least expect it. I am fine with that. We are at war, and war is hell. We are targeting legitimate military targets, and we try our best to avoid unnecessary collateral civilian damage. Since our targets are legitimate, we are not involved in “terrorism”, even though we are terrorizing the bad guys.

However, this too was an attack on a military target. The shooter was an un-uniformed unlawful combatant, but his target was a legitimate military target. We cannot call this “terrorism” without opening up our tactics to the charge of terrorism as well.

Every attack by Islamists is not terrorism, just their attacks that intentionally target civilians.

tommylotto on March 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Madison:

If you didn’t get the sarcasm with the “evilserb” then there is not much I can do for you.

jerryofva on March 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

So what’s with the news clip that the Germans released regarding the newly converted Islamist who’s had his airport job for a long time, and their government’s investigation that counters his claim to have performed the terrorism independently, given observations that link him to established terrorist cells. Namely, his conversion and the advance intelligence that public attacks around airports were to occur.

As heinous as it was when FDR rounded up all Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, that greatest outrage is vested in those American citizens’ productive contributions within the American culture, whether agricultural, academic/research and industrial output. The Japanese-American population, though a potent few remained loyal to Imperial Japan, were indeed not only productive Americans, but were law abiding, respectful of neighbors, and extremely peaceful. The Japanese-Americans all endured disenfranchisement and abuse at the hands of non-Asian Americans, exercising the ultimate self-control and patience in confinement for the duration of that war. At the very least, it prevented grand scale domestic mob violence at their expense that would have, at the very least, distracted the home front from gearing up as America was forced to do immediately in response to Pearl Harbor.

As that epic generation of Americans are fading into the past, we their posterity face the radically violent and intolerant menace of Islamists intent on ruling the world from their theocracy.

America did not determine as Europe did to import cheap Islamic labor. We certainly did not abort Muslim immigrants from joining our American life; whereas Europe intentionally imported cheap labor with no intention of allowing Muslim assimilation into Western culture, compounded by the Islamic population’s dogmatic intolerance for the Western civilization in which the Muslims chose to relocate.

Given the course of events presented by organized crime lords and Islamists attacking America from within and around the globe, at the very least America must stop further immigration from Islamic regions, and from Mexico. Janet Napolitano sees no danger from decapitations, even in Phoenix. Other simultaneous “coincidences” unfolding include Obama calling the Tea Party Racist the day of the freak assassination (“not politically motivated”) of “the” White Supremacist who reportedly got along with everyone and had the ability to unify all such organizations nationally into one entity. The point is, there’s too much going on to make matters worse by importing more problems at the moment. And that doesn’t begin to address financial distress of American taxpayers and the Dollar itself.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Every attack by Islamists is not terrorism, just their attacks that intentionally target civilians.

tommylotto on March 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Going back to the 1983 Marine barracks bombing, this is an important issue. Unlawful combatants, out of uniform. I don’t know if that’s terrorism. In this case it is based on Islamic Jihad.

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Perhaps the Government feels they can’t afford to embarrass Kosovo after doing Jihad for the Muslims against the evil Christian Serbs from 30,000 feet. (to steer away attention from cigar dipping in the Oval office.

If Obama was President during the 9/11 attacks, his administration would call it “4 extremely bad mechanical failures on 4 different planes. A tragedy.”

portlandon on March 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM

It wasn’t so bad, everyone got fed the line that it was a teeny tiny fringe of radical religion hijackers that needed a good whack-a-molin in some far off Muslim boony away from the Sacred Saudis. Almost the same. Plus we got lectures from the top regularly on just how awesome Islam is.

BL@KBIRD on March 3, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Plus we got lectures from the top regularly on just how awesome Islam is.

BL@KBIRD on March 3, 2011 at 4:26 PM

In the upcoming war of social networking, the internet, and free speech, versus Islam, I’m rooting for free speech. Even though Islam is, you know, awesome.

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

The shooter was an un-uniformed unlawful combatant, but his target was a legitimate military target. We cannot call this “terrorism” without opening up our tactics to the charge of terrorism as well.

Every attack by Islamists is not terrorism, just their attacks that intentionally target civilians.

tommylotto on March 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

By accepting terrorism as legitimate, you negate your argument’s legitimacy.

The only legitimate way to declare combat against a uniform is with its opposing uniform.

A non-uniformed terrorist can not target American military personnel and feign legitimacy because the cowardly terrorist failed to wear his own uniform.

No matter how many illegitimate precedences occur, and I’m referencing the official Obama/Holder constitutional antipathy underway as their Policy, the Constitution yet prevails because Americans say so. And THAT is why Obama attacks the Tea Party American taxpayers; because we won’t assent to his abuses of powers, his Marxist perversion of our Constitutional Governance, and his malice for America itself.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 4:34 PM

This guy was clearly influenced by Palin and the Tea Party. Nothing to see here, move along, nothing to see here.

gary4205 on March 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM

The shooter was an un-uniformed unlawful combatant, but his target was a legitimate military target. We cannot call this “terrorism” without opening up our tactics to the charge of terrorism as well.

Every attack by Islamists is not terrorism, just their attacks that intentionally target civilians.

tommylotto on March 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

So was he a non-uniformed soldier acting on behalf of Germany or Kosovo?

If neither than where does he derive the legitimacy to attack a sovereign nations armed forces?

sharrukin on March 3, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Why does the AAAIIIRRR Force need a BUS to get from England (which, for those of you who went to publik sckool is an ISLAND) to Germany on the Continent? Does the AAAIIIRRR Force not have any AAAIIIRRR planes?

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Unlawful combatants, out of uniform. I don’t know if that’s terrorism. In this case it is based on Islamic Jihad.

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 4:26 PM

And as Jihadists illegitimately claim their civilian garb as if their “uniform”, they denote all who wear civilian garb as Jihadi terrorists, eliminating the concept of “civilians” in the Islamic region.

Terrorists can not legitimately have their cake and eat it, too.

When the US Military spokesman “apologized” as ordered to announce today for the death of children with the targeted enemy, I wished it needn’t have been said, or at most had been an expression of condolences to the families of those children who abide with terrorists.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Congress appropriates only so much for the military to budget. It is determined by the Joint Chiefs and CinC that our military personnel travel as inexpensively as possible. When only a handful of personnel and not an entire division are transported, they fly commercial and bus commercial. It’s been that way since Bush’s Afghan/Iraq wars began.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Won’t a bus fit through the chunnel?

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM

“4 extremely bad coincidental mechanical tragic failures on 4 different planes. A tragedy.”

~

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 4:48 PM


European investigators call Frankfurt shooting spree “Islamic terrorism”

Wow, sounds like somebody had a reat Sherlock Holmes moment!


“We will spare no effort, in learning how, this outragous act, took place.”

WHOOOOA! Easy there cowboy! Them’s fightin’ words! Obama’s such a badazz, the terrorists must be messin’ their pants after hearing that tough talk!

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Our troops are obvious targets even in civilian populations in allied nations. They need the right to carry arms no matter where they are, including Ft. Hood. Times demand it now.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 4:50 PM

“Few weeks”?!
That’s all it takes?

Count to 10 on March 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Jihadi women have some magical vag1nas!

lorien1973 on March 3, 2011 at 4:53 PM

When only a handful of personnel and not an entire division are transported, they fly commercial and bus commercial. – Mav

Yup, and now two G.I.s are dead for that obvious mistake. Big blue bus, big blue target.

When I was in the Air Force, I was stationed at a little base in England with no dorms or housing so we lived at a larger base and took a big GREEN bus to work every day. I felt pretty vulnerable then and that was BEFORE 9/11! Somebody always has to die before somebody says “Hey, ya know, that’s probably not a very good idea.”

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 4:54 PM

This story is really frightening because imagine being deployed in an increasingly-islamic EU. They will not allow Americans to walk around in public armed. I’d feel like a sitting duck over there any time I was off-post. Even in civillian clothes it is VERY easy to pick out a serviceman in public. The haircut alone is like a neon sign.

Mord on March 3, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Hey thanks for your input from your trailer in Hanksville, Utah- I’m in Europe but didn’t realise we were now a caliphate but I hear that Dearborn is a great place to visit when I’m next in the US

callingallcomets on March 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Religion of Peace.

Rollie on March 3, 2011 at 5:10 PM

America did not determine as Europe did to import cheap Islamic labor. We certainly did not abort Muslim immigrants from joining our American life; whereas Europe intentionally imported cheap labor with no intention of allowing Muslim assimilation into Western culture, compounded by the Islamic population’s dogmatic intolerance for the Western civilization in which the Muslims chose to relocate.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Germany imported Muslims as laborers but Britain did not. Many of the Muslims in Britain came from places that were formerly part of the Commonwealth. There were minimal problems with the first generation of Muslims, but each succeeding generation has become more militant.

The same is true in the U.S. I read an article about a Muslim family in the Chicago area. The mother has never worn the traditional head covering, but her teenage daughter does. That’s the inverse of virtually every immigrant group that has come to the U.S.

The more Muslims we let into the country the greater problems future generations will face.

bw222 on March 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was described as a long-time resident of Germany, had been apparently radicalized over the last few weeks, Rhein said.

Wow. All it takes is a few weeks to turn someone into a murderous Jihadi? I guess Gitmo’s to blame.

Buy Danish on March 3, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Anybody killer not in uniform, regardless of target is a terrorist. Period.

MaiDee on March 3, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Why does the AAAIIIRRR Force need a BUS to get from England (which, for those of you who went to publik sckool is an ISLAND) to Germany on the Continent? Does the AAAIIIRRR Force not have any AAAIIIRRR planes?

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I doubt that the bus carried the airmen from England but rather was used to transport them between the Frankfurt airport and the U.S. base about 25 miles away.

bw222 on March 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM

“Allahu Snackbar” . The sneaky coward who performed this murder should be made to write on a blackboard 500 times “ALLAH FELLATES GOATS” and then be executed by having Tootsie Rolls shoved up his rectum until he chokes to death.

MaiDee on March 3, 2011 at 5:32 PM

The religion of peace at it again???

coldwarrior on March 3, 2011 at 5:59 PM

There use to be a USAF base at Frankfort, Rheim Mein AB, I think that has closed. Ramstein AB is approx 25-30 miles away. Buses always run from bases to civilian airports when some airmen/officers have to fly commercial. I blame our intel services,,they have really failed everybody involved. If the SOS has to watch/read twitter and facebook and the head of the CIA has to watch CNN to find out what is going on,,we have some serious problems. Smart power, indeed.

retiredeagle on March 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM

The reluctance to acknowledge this as an act of Islamist terrorism is truly puzzling.

How so? The FT Hood shooting was just ‘work place violence’.

GarandFan on March 3, 2011 at 6:18 PM

GarandFan on March 3, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Yep, and the bus shooter is just a ‘disaffected yute’.

slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Either A. there is no tea party in Germany, or B. The shooter did not like the health care law. Not sure which.

kringeesmom on March 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

The White House is convinced the shooter was a “teabagger” acting on orders from The Demon Palin.

As long as this doesn’t harm our diversity that’s all that matters.

Django on March 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

in this case it does make the US look weak and hesitant

Truly fitting, Ed. Especially in light of the fact that the US is weak and hesitant.

Mr. Grump on March 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Every attack by Islamists is not terrorism, just their attacks that intentionally target civilians.

tommylotto on March 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Because soldiers on a bus in Germany are a direct threat to, ah, to ah….

mankai on March 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM

The U.S. has launched an FBI-led investigation into the shooting and officials told ABC News it is too soon to determine whether the attack was an act of terror and if the suspect acted alone. However, a senior U.S. intelligence official told ABC News the attack was likely terror-related.

No shlt? Really?

What gave it away, Sherlock?

YOU BIGOT!!!!!!! How can you say such a thing?

Someone might get OFFENDED. Oh noes.

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM

It’s those damn pesky Amish acting up again. Has to be.

Cuz, you know, Islam is all peaceful and shlt.

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Because soldiers on a bus in Germany are a direct threat to, ah, to ah….

mankai on March 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Since when did war have time outs or out of bounds? If Germany is out of bounds, how about Yemen? The Islamist should have some place too where they kick back and not worry about getting vaporized by a Predator drone. Right? The Islamists have declared war on the US. We may not have recognized that fact, but it is a fact nonetheless. In a time of war our military personnel are legitimate targets wherever they may be, and we should act accordingly.

The point I am stressing is that by not wearing a uniform and not being a part of a national military the jihadi would under international law be considered an unlawful combatant and not entitled to the protections normally afforded to lawful combatant. However, when in this case (as in Fort Hood) where the jihadi intentionally targeted a legitimate military target, it really is not fair to call in terrorism, because it cheapens the term. If any attack on our soldiers is terrorism, then the charge becomes unmoored from the meaning of a vicious attack intentionally perpetrated against innocent civilians that is beyond the pale of human decency. There is a difference between an IED destroying a humvee and a suicide bomber in a crowded cafe.

tommylotto on March 3, 2011 at 10:12 PM

There is a difference between an IED destroying a humvee and a suicide bomber in a crowded cafe.

There is very little difference, if it is in a peacetime setting, in a third-party country, and the soldiers in question are not involved in any military operation anywhere near a war zone or a combatant country, installation, or base.

This is an act of terror on the face of it and at the core of it. These guys weren’t on maneuvers or even in a recognized U.S military facility. They weren’t in a combat zone.

What do you suggest we do with the bad actors? Issue warrants and strongly worded memos?

Send the SF after the bastards and waste ‘em where you find ‘em if there is no intelligence to be gained by letting them live.

Of course, we can’t have anyone’s feelings hurt by detaining them and shipping them to Gitmo… Oh the humanity!

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Furthermore, if it was our guys doing this, there would be charges filed against them by our own government quicker than you can say “Holder”.

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2011 at 10:35 PM

The reluctance to acknowledge this as an act of Islamist terrorism is truly puzzling.

Not puzzling to me.

Alana on March 3, 2011 at 11:19 PM

fort hood part deux?

shameful….absolutely shameful

cmsinaz on March 4, 2011 at 7:12 AM

When is it going to dawn on the US that it HAS a weak and indecisive POTUS in a time of war?

{+_+}

herself on March 4, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Dang Norwegian Lutherans.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Hey! I resemble that remark.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Ya dang terrorist!!!

runawayyyy on March 4, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Just amazing that if one supposed Christian looks askance at an abortion clinic, then all Christians are indicted for Christian terrorism; but let tens of thousands of muslims blow up thousands upon thousands of people and buildings, while shouting Allahu Akhbar, and the lamestream media and democraps will claim those acts have nothing to do with islam, islamic fundamentalism or islamic terrorism. I guess that’s ‘smart diplomacy’. God help us that the proponents thereof won’t get us killed.

eaglewingz08 on March 4, 2011 at 2:57 PM