A Muslim Bosnian refugee loads up a backpack full of ammo, grabs a shotgun and a handgun and shoots up a crowded shopping mall in Utah.

Though law enforcement officials are puzzled over the motive, they see no indication of terrorism – again.

It’s as predictable as clockwork. Muslims inexplicably kill Americans without motive, yet officials can say with near certainty the motive is not terrorism.

How many times do we have to see this happen before we catch on?

We saw it Jan. 31 when Ismail Yassin Mohammed stole a car in Minneapolis, rammed into other cars, stole a van and rammed more. When asked his motivation, he said: “Allah made me do it.”

But that wasn’t terrorism.

We saw it again last August when Omeed Aziz Popal also used a car to plow through pedestrians, killing one and injuring 14. Asked his motivation, he said terrorism.

But that wasn’t terrorism.

We saw it again July 28 when Naveed Afzal Haq shot up the Jewish Federation Center in Seattle, killing one and injuring five. He explained his motivations: “I’m a Muslim American. I’m angry at Israel.”

But that wasn’t terrorism.

We saw it again last March when Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar drove an SUV onto the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, injuring nine. He said he was “thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah.”

But that wasn’t terrorism.

This has been going on for a long time in America – even before Sept. 11, 2001.

It is as if officials are blind to the obvious. Remember the Beltway snipers? Remember the Egyptian who shot up the El Al counter at LAX on July 4?

It’s never terrorism. Officials may not have a clue as to the cause, but they are certain it’s not terrorism – even when the perpetrators says that is the reason for their attacks.

As long as officials can find no direct links between the attackers and Osama bin Laden – no membership cards in al-Qaida – the incidents remain shrouded in mystery, mental problems, depression, loneliness, bad childhoods, etc.

We may never know for certain what caused Sulejman Talovic to attack the shopping center in Utah, but the pattern we’re all seeing should be cause for real concern among all Americans – particularly those charged with guarding the public safety.

I fear it is not.

I fear we will be forced to endure far greater attacks, much more mayhem, before we wake up to the threat inside our country.

For instance, Talovic, we’re told, was in the U.S. legally, part of a significant wave of Bosnian Muslim immigration approved by the U.S. government.

Are we making good decisions about whom we let into our country?

I think some families in Utah might be asking that question today.

And this insanity continues.

Last week the Bush administration approved a plan to bring 7,000 Iraqi refugees to the U.S. Refugees from what? Haven’t we liberated Iraq? Why aren’t Iraqi refugees leaving the U.S. to go home? Why are we bringing more here? Hasn’t America invested enough in blood, sweat, tears and billions of dollars toppling the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein?

If these are good people, shouldn’t we be encouraging them to take their country back from the bad people in Iraq?

That’s just one example of the insanity. Our borders remain open. Tens of millions of illegal aliens remain in the country with no plans to deport them. We are leaving open the back door, the front door and sending out engraved invitations to our enemies to bring this war home to us.

And then when it does come home to us, we avert our eyes, we turn away and we pretend the violence has no context, no meaning, no real motivation.



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