Note to some readers, whose attention span is that of gnats on meth: I wrote this piece as events were unfolding. I also tried to take everything we knew then and know now into account when examining the events in San Bernardino. There are some strange details about this attack that make it seem like it was a bit more spontaneous than a normal jihadist attack. And if you actually read to the end, my assessment is that there may have been a bigger attack planned, but Farook probably lost his temper at the party and launched an unplanned, spontaneous attack on his coworkers, rather than waiting to execute a bigger event elsewhere that he and Malik probably planned. In essence, this is my attempt to analyze the actual details of the event and provide a deeper analysis than just “OMG JIHAD!”
Yesterday’s shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA remains full of questions. We now know both shooters were Muslims, and they’re currently warming a slab at the morgue. The nauseating rampage led to the parade of the usual suspects calling for more gun control on the left, and more Muslim control on the right. What I’d like to do is step back and examine what we do know as objectively as I can. According to NPR, this is what we know:
Syed Farook, an environmental specialist who was born in the U.S., has worked for the San Bernardino County health department for five years.
Tashfeen Malik was Farook’s wife, says Hussam Ayloush of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Malik was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi Arabia before she married Farook about two years ago, according to Ayloush.
The couple had a 6-month-old daughter, whom they left with Farook’s mother on the morning of the attack, Ayloush says.
The shooting was concentrated at an office party at the Inland Regional Center – a place that provides social services to people with developmental disabilities. We know that Farook attended the party as a county employee and left in anger at some point during the event, according to police.
We also know that the firearms used in the shooting were purchased legally. That means neither Farook nor his wife were prohibited from owning them, law enforcement officials told NPR. We also know now that police believe there was no third shooter.
And we know that police have not ruled out traditional Islamic terrorism, and one coworker described Farook as pretty quiet and reserved, but did note that he had recently begun to grow a beard. He did visit Saudi Arabia for about a month, and brought back Malik.
Farook’s father also told press that his son was “very religious,” and an individual who had been working in the area noted a half a dozen Middle Eastern men hanging around, but didn’t want to say anything, because he didn’t want to appear racist.
And there’s another weird component to this – mental issues. The Telegraph reports that Farook’s mother filed for divorce from his father in 2006, nothing multiple instances of physical abuse. It sounds like daddy dearest was a wife-beating fuckstain, which would also explain the hate-filled bloodlust.
She enumerated multiple instances of domestic abuse in the legal filing, and said her husband “threatens to kill himself on a daily basis”. During one incident, she said in a court filing, her son came between them “to save me.”
Those are the facts, and so far, as I see it, the evidence points to either traditional Islamic terrorism, or workplace violence. I wouldn’t rule out gang-related activity either, to be frank. I’m not ready to pass judgment on which yet.
That said, I’d like to note a few things.
There doesn’t seem to be any attached symbolism to this attack. I can’t imagine that a terrorist gets pissed off at work and decides to launch a terror attack. It’s weird. It was a center for disabled people, not anything symbolic of Western culture or military might. Terrorist attacks are meant as symbols to both cause fear and communicate.
… [T]he terrorist needs to publicize his attack. If no one knows about it, it will not produce fear. The need for publicity often drives target selection; the greater the symbolic value of the target, the more publicity the attack brings to the terrorists and the more fear it generates.
We all know the symbolism behind attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. It’s possible that the November 13 attacks in Paris were significant because of the date. Educational institutions – children – are powerful symbolic targets that evoke an emotional response. Beslan, Peshawar, Toulouse, Garissa… Where’s the symbolism in attacking a bunch of adults at a holiday party who work with disabled kids?
There doesn’t seem to be any symbolic value in what Farook and his whore have done. That makes me think that either they had been planning an attack at another site on another date, and just got so angry, that they decided, “Oh what the fuck! We’ll just make a go of it early,” or it really was a workplace incident.
It’s also curious that Daeshbags didn’t take credit for this. They celebrated all over social media, sure, but they’re normally pretty quick to claim the murdering shitstains as their own, and they haven’t claimed credit for this, which is weird.
I also don’t know if the police found anything that confirms a motive and are keeping it quiet, or whether there really was nothing. If it’s the latter, that’s kind of surprising. Generally jihadists like to leave declarations, letters, videos… something, anything that confirms the violent jihad. They don’t like to leave doubt as to their mission. As far as I know there is nothing. That may change in the future, but the fact that there was no note, no declaration, no video, or anything else that celebrates the glory of murdering infidels and giving themselves to their god is a bit odd.
And San Bernardino is home to some pretty severe gang violence. I keep wondering if that’s why this bag of rancid effluvia and his cuntastic whore had all that gear ready to go.
That said, a CNN update today says:
Syed Rizwan Farook — one-half of the couple behind the San Bernardino shooting massacre — was apparently radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Farook’s apparent radicalization contributed to his role in the mass shooting, with his wife Tashfeen Malik, of 14 people Wednesday during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County health department, where Farook worked, sources said.
At this point I’m thinking the theory that they were, in fact, Islamic jihadists who were planning an attack at another time and place seems pretty correct. Police found more pipe bombs, materials to make IEDs, and a lot of ammunition at the home of these apparently jihadist fucks. This certainly makes it seem like there was another – much bigger, more significant – attack planned, and that for some reason Farook lost his shit and decided to shoot up his co-workers in a fit of rage. That also makes it believable that this was a case of premature detonation.