At FrontPage Magazine today, Campus Watch director Winfield Myers takes a look at reactions to the Chattanooga shooting by professors of Middle East studies and finds plenty of obfuscation, equivocation, and denial. What he doesn't find is a close analysis of Abdulazeez's clear motive: jihad.
Less than one week after the slaughter in Chattanooga, Tennessee of four U.S. Marines and one sailor by Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born Islamist who grew up in suburban Chattanooga, a pattern has emerged in Middle East studies scholars' analyses of the shooting: obfuscation of any Islamist or jihadi motives accompanied by efforts to depict Abdulazeez as one among many troubled killers whose recent actions have shocked the country. No specialized knowledge of the Middle East is required for such politicized and misleading analyses, and none is evident in the examples that follow.
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