|Ahmad Rahmani, after a shootout with police|
The captured New York and New Jersey bombing suspect, Ahmad Rahami, was a naturalized U.S. Citizen, born in Afghanistan. According to a source interviewed by the Boston Herald, he was radicalized (or perhaps recruited) during a trip to Afghanistan, two years ago:
ELIZABETH, N.J. -- A man who described himself as a childhood friend of the man wanted in connection with the New York City bombing told the Herald the suspect had made a life-changing trip to Afghanistan two years ago.
"At one point he left to go to Afghanistan, and two years ago he came back, popped up out of nowhere and he was real religious," friend Flee Jones, 27, said of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami. "And it was shocking. I'm trying to understand what's going on. I've never seen him like this."
New York City Mayor Bill Blasio originally described the Manhattan pressure cooker bomb attack as an "intentional act" that did "not appear to be linked with terrorism." Governor Andrew Cuomo claimed that while it was terrorism, there was "no evidence that it was connected to international terrorism." And just this morning White House Press Secretary Josh Ernst did a little finger wagging about the "false narrative" or "mythology" that ISIL (the Obama administration's weirdly politically correct term for ISIS) represented Islam. According to Ernst, we are in a "narrative fight" with ISIS. He didn't say it, but I assume he would lump, say, the Taliban or Al Qaeda in there as well.
Such statements of course have nothing to do with fighting terrorism and everything to do with confusing and misleading people. They are, to use Josh Ernst's terminology, part of the "narrative fight" that the collaborationist elites are engaging in, not with ISIS but with the American public.
Afghanistan is 99% Muslim, and we can be sure that when Mr. Rahami came back from his visit, he wasn't suddenly "real religious" about the tenets of Shinto.
Fifteen years ago, the United States launched a war in Afghanistan with the explicit purpose of clearing out sources of international terror. As everyone knows, we're still fighting that war. But apart from the depressing evidence on the ground - the territory that the government has lost control of, the mass-casualty bombing of the week in Kabul, etc. - there's additional evidence that we're not doing very well: Not only do the sources of international terror still exist, but they seem to be perfectly accessible to tourists from New Jersey who wish to pop in for a quick bit of "radicalization."
Luckily, Ahmad Rahami appears to have been a better fried chicken clerk than he was a bomb maker. Next time we won't be so fortunate. But I guarantee that many in authority will still be fighting hard to control the narrative.