By Ryan Mauro:
A radical Muslim in Colorado named Hudson Taylor Clark was shot five times and arrested following his stabbing of a police officer. The authorities say the man had been visiting jihadist websites. This is the fifth Islamism-inspired attack in America this year.
The Canon City Police Department confirmed that the federal government had inquired about Clark because of online statements he made about jihad.
“For the last couple of months he has been working out a lot and he has been visiting Islamic websites and other types of websites described to us as jihadist in nature,” said Canon City Police Chief Paul Schultz.
In a video posted on YouTube on December 1, Clark stated he is a Muslim and that Allah informed him that he is Jesus. He said that when he asked Allah if he is Jesus, a torrential downpour began that then disappeared when he asked it to stop.
The Twitter account that apparently belonged to Clark has been deleted, but a search for it on Google shows it had proclamations of his Islamic faith and the anti-Semitic statement of, “Look out for that Jews horns and teeth!”
Clark carried out his attack on Saturday, December 6. He began the morning by telling his mother that he was leaving and would never return, prompting her to call the police several hours later.
Expect two distracting arguments to distort media coverage of the attack, if significant coverage even happens.
First, there will be a debate about whether it qualifies as a terrorist attack. As the author explained in analyzing the Oklahoma City beheading, this debate misses the point. The point is Islamism-driven violence and extremism; not whether to categorize it as crime or terrorism.
Secondly, the Islamist basis of the attack will be downplayed in favor of his obvious mental instability. There will be commentators who depict Clark as a violence-inclined crazy man who only happened to be Muslim.
This argument ignores the anti-Semitism he expressed and the jihadist websites he visited that caught the attention of federal authorities. Not everyone who is mentally unstable engages in violent jihad. The ideology shaped the violent result of that instability.
This is the fifth Islamist act of violence on American soil this year. The previous attacks are as follows:
- The October axe attack on New York Police Department officers by an Islamic State supporter following two attacks in Canada;
- The September beheading of a woman in Oklahoma City by a supporter of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State who previously justified beheadings online;
- The April-July shooting spree by a jihadist who killed four people in Washington state and New Jersey;
- The New Years’ Eve act of arson targeting a gay club in Seattle by an Islamist who sympathized with anti-American terrorists.
Islamism is a catalyst for all kinds of crime and violence. We should not waste time parsing words to categorize each individual act as if they are fundamentally different. The bottom line is that Islamism is an ideology that threatens innocents and it does so in many different ways.
Read more at Clarion Project
There was also an attack in October in DC but the media went silent on it: