The single factor that unifies virtually all jihad terrorists — devout observance in Islam — is the one most commonly discounted and dismissed by mainstream analysts. That’s one key reason why we’re in the fix we’re in.
Are authorities investigating what is taught at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, or just taking the imam’s statements at face value? Probably the latter.
“Ex-wife of suspected Orlando shooter: ‘He beat me,’” by Adam Goldman, Joby Warrick and Max Bearak, Washington Post, June 12, 2016:
Sometime after 2 a.m. Sunday, Omar Mateen dialed Orlando’s 911 service to alert the dispatcher to the carnage unfolding at one of the city’s most popular gay bars. He spelled out his full name and location, and then he offered an explanation: He was a follower of the Islamic State.
By 5 a.m., Mateen lay dead, killed in a gun battle with police in a violent finale to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. But while the enormity of the crime was quickly apparent, authorities were just beginning to sort through the jumble of motives that may have led the 29-year-old immigrant’s son to open fire on scores of young men and women inside the Pulse nightclub.