Was the April 15 terror attack in Boston committed by terrorists or "knock-off jihadis"? Joe Biden might go with option one or he might go with option two, depending on the day. (Image: Associated Press)
Was the April 15 terror attack in Boston committed by terrorists or “knock-off jihadis”? Joe Biden might go with option one or he might go with option two, depending on the day. (Image: Associated Press)

The death of slain MIT campus police officer Sean Collier is just another example of just how precious every moment of every day is. He died at the hands of terrorists Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as they sought to flee Boston for Manhattan, no doubt in search of more opportunities to maim and kill Americans.

Thousands of people mourned officer Collier at his funeral on Wednesday, among them Vice President Joe Biden. His statements, while sincere, are just another example of an administration that fundamentally doesn’t understand the threat Western Civilization is up against:

Vice President Joseph R. Biden had some choice words for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, calling them “perverted jihadis” while speaking at a memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier Wednesday afternoon.

“Why, whether it’s al Qaeda central out of the FATAs or two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis here in Boston. Why do they do what they do?” he asked rhetorically.

Four dead. Over 170 injured, many with amputated limbs. An entire city locked down for hours. American citizens pulled from their homes at gunpoint. Main roads deserted, like something you might find in North Korea.

Question: At what point do “knock-off jihadis” become “real jihadis”? Does a platoon of al Qaeda foot soldiers have to be charging into downtown Boston, guns blazing? Are they “knock-off jihadis” until they bring down large airliners in heavily populated cities using nothing but box cutters? The answer is that they are not knock-offs because they are cut from the same cloth.

Russian authorities warned the U.S. about Tsarnaev years ago. They told us this was most likely no “knock off” and, for whatever reason, Tsarnaev was interviewed and left to his own devices. We’re also told that “spelling errors” prevented the U.S. from realizing the guy spent six months (spending time with good old dad, I’m sure) in Russia.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has asked Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) to hold a hearing into why a spelling error in travel documents for bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev prevented federal authorities from learning he returned to the United States in 2012 after spending six months in Russia. …

McCain has also voiced concern about a lack of coordination among law enforcement agencies, a problem that plagued authorities before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

I said years ago that the Department of Homeland Security was unnecessary. I still believe that.

An entirely new department lumped onto the federal bureaucracy. Hundreds-of-billions of dollars spent. And yet, authorities still can not coordinate with each other, even though the whole rationale for creating the monstrosity was to improve coordination between agencies. The government gets bigger and bigger and bigger and spends more and more and more and yet … it is never is enough, is it?

But I digress.

The point is, this is the same administration that called the Fort Hood massacre an act of “workplace violence.” That’s right. The guy who got all buddy-buddy with Anwar al-Awlaki before going on an rampage that killed 13 and wounded 32 (replete with screams of “Allah Akbar!”) was just a disgruntled employee, kind of like your stereotypical postal service worker. Instead of “Newman!”, we can tell the injured — who weren’t awarded purple hearts — to just give a Jerry Seinfeld-ian “Nidal Hasan!”

This is the same administration that became infamous for calling terrorism a “man-caused disaster” in order to convince themselves that we could move on to bigger and better things (e.g., NIH obesity studies to figure out why lesbians tend to be fat and gay men do not).

Even as investigators were hunting for the perpetrator of the botched “man-caused disaster” in Times Square, our cool homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, was reassuring a frazzled nation that the failed bombing appeared to be an isolated incident — a “one-off” — and avoided the notion of (much less the word) “terrorism.”

“One off”? To quote Ned Flanders: “Whoopsie doodle!”

Listen to Joe Biden. He usually will tell the truth, even if he’s doing so inadvertently.

What was the saying? “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive”? Yeah. Unfortunately, the scope of the problem was always a lot bigger than one man or a well-known terrorist organization. But when you ideologically side with people who hope terrorism is caused by white Americans, you tend to get blinded by things like that.

The aftermath of the April 15 terror attack in Boston, perpetrated by jihadists — not "knock-off" jihadists.
The aftermath of the April 15 terror attack in Boston, perpetrated by jihadists — not “knock-off” jihadists. (Image: Associated Press)
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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

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