Sunday, September 25, 2016

Yes, It Now Appears that the Cascade Mall Shooting was a Jihad Terror Attack

Everything initially reported or assumed about the incident was wrong.
  1. The shooter, Arcan Cetin, was Turkish, not Hispanic.
  2. As far as I can tell, there's no evidence that Cetin intended to murder his ex-girlfriend. The woman in question hadn't worked at that Macys in months and was not present in the mall during the shooting. Cetin entered the mall and scouted the scene. He then came back with a rifle and shot five strangers. One witness (more than one?) claims he shouted a woman's name. If accurate, this could have been his ex-girlfriend's or his mother's or "Allahu Akbar."
  3. More and more evidence is turning up of Cetin citing or praising ISIS or Jihad on social media. (We published one example yesterday, but there are additional examples.)
Was he violent and mentally unstable? Yes, there is also evidence for that. But humans being what they are, this will often be the case for terrorists and fanatics (and that's why the "mentally ill" explanation has become so tiresome).

The European pattern of attacks occurring on a weekly basis now seems to be happening here. This is frankly surprising to me as there are far fewer Muslims - both in terms of absolute numbers and in proportion to the population - in the United States than in Western Europe.

As in Europe, it now seems that many have accepted it as a sort of New Normal. And as in Europe, one might be forgiven for seeing the media and government authorities as just as concerned with "control of the narrative" - the withholding of information, censoring and damage control - as with informing or protecting people.

Or maybe it will all calm down. We'll see.


  1. Sorry to take up so much space - couldn't figure out how to do the linky thing.
    But here's today's "thought" by Fr. George W. Rutler
    Egyptian embalmers assumed that the brain would not be needed in the afterlife, and so they threw it away. Since there will be no need for sun or moon in the Heavenly City, for “the Lamb is the lamp thereof” (Rev. 21:23), the “glorified body” may enjoy immediate perception. But God expects us to use our brains in this temporal world. Jesus did not commend the dishonesty of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-12), but he said we should use our minds as justly as the steward did unjustly.

    The human brain is the most complex machine in the universe, with 86 billion neurons. The Johns Hopkins neurologist Barry Gordon refuted the myth that people on average use only ten percent of the brain’s capacity. Although at rest the brain uses just a small fraction of its capacity, even then it is using around twenty percent of the body’s energy, while making up only about three percent of the body’s weight.

    The Catholic faith is not a form of brainlessness. It needs reason to avoid superstition, just as reason needs faith to avoid rationalism. So Pope St. Pius X asserted in his Oath Against Modernism, “to be sworn to by all clergy, . . . religious superiors . . . and professors,” that: “…faith is not a blind sentiment of religion welling up from the depths of the subconscious under the impulse of the heart and the motion of a will trained to morality; but faith is a genuine assent of the intellect to truth received by hearing from an external source.” The first Bishop of Rome said that Christians must use their brains: “Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

    Étienne Gilson wrote: “We are told that it is faith which constructed the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Without doubt, but faith would have constructed nothing at all if there had not also been architects; and if it is true that the façade of Notre Dame of Paris is a yearning of the soul toward God, that does not prevent its being also a geometrical work. It is necessary to know geometry in order to construct a façade which may be an act of love . . .”

    Within a ten-minute walk of our church in these past few days, one man attacked an officer with a meat cleaver, and another man planted two explosives. The first man had shouted Islamic slogans outside a Brooklyn synagogue in July and was declared “not a terrorist threat.” The human brain can rationalize unreality if it replaces true faith in God with its own agenda.

    In 1899 William Hughes Mearns wrote about a ghost:
    Yesterday, upon the stair,
    I met a man who wasn't there.
    He wasn't there again today,
    I wish, I wish he'd go away...
    Terrorists are not ghosts and will not go away even if reasonably intelligent people misuse their brains to pretend they are not there.

  2. Thanks Nancy V. Father Rutler is sublime. His intellect is sparkling. I've been receiving his weekly sermons for over a year. I'm sure anyone could be put on his mailing list by contacting:

  3. That should read:

  4. The Somali demon was neutralized by an armed American cop. This is going to happen more and more. Maybe it is the new normal, but Americans are hoping and praying for a Trump victory where hope may raise it's weary head once more.

  5. I meant to reference the stabbing attack by a Somali in an American mall.