As America mourns the deaths and catastrophic injuries from yesterday’s terrorist attack in Boston, including the death of an eight year old boy, there are jihadists around the world who are hoping this was an act of jihad (see article below from the SITE monitoring service).
As of this writing, the closest thing to a suspect is a Saudi national who is here in America on a student visa. So at this time, while we wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be an act of jihad, we just don’t know for sure yet.
Yesterday, President Obama urged Americans not to jump to conclusions regarding who perpetrated this attack. Fair enough.
But if it turns out this was an act of jihadist terrorism, isn’t it time President Obama and his administration stopped denying that jihad and radical Islam has anything to do with attacks like this?
After all, the jihadists don’t hesitate to call it jihad.
Amidst ongoing media reports of two explosions in the American city of Boston, Massachusetts, near the finish line of the marathon race on April 15, 2013, jihadists expressed their joy and hoped the blasts are acts of jihadi terrorism.
One forum member noted that over a week ago, a jihadist announced his desire to plan bombings in the United States, but was chastised by others for revealing such a plot publicly. He is referring to a posting on the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum on April 1 in which a jihadist tried to recruit members for an attack similar in impact to al-Qaeda’s 9/11 strikes, but seemed focused on the attack being a suicide bombing. In other posts responding to the explosions, on the Ansar al-Mujahideen, al-Fida’ and Shumukh al-Islam forums, jihadists gave pictures circulated in the media of the aftermath, showing injured people and a bloody sidewalk, and some hoped more bombings will follow.
Administrators of Shumukh al-Islam, a top-tier jihadist forum and primary source for official messages from al-Qaeda, placed a two scrolling messages atop the forum, the first stating: “Urgent // Casualties and Injuries in an Explosion that Shook the US State of Boston, and a State of Panic and Chaos Spreads Across America in General,” and the second giving an oft-repeated statement from former al-Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden: “I swear by Allah the Great, who raised the sky without pillars, that America and those who live in America will not dream of security until we live it as a reality in Palestine and until all the disbelieving armies are expelled from the land of Muhammad, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him.”