Minority groups in any given society are more prone, on the whole, to believe in conspiracy theories about the government in power. Let’s be honest, even in America, until fairly recently, there’s been good reason for this. When incidents like the Tuskegee Experiment have come to light, anyone who was alive at time gained a new reason to assume that the government minorities in a way that would shock the conscience.
In a lot of the Muslim world, this is still basically how the government operates as a matter of course. In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ludicrously suggested that the oppressed minority Kurds might have helped ISIS with the deadly October bombings in Ankara. In a lot of Muslim countries, blaming minority ethnic or religious groups for any misfortune that happens as a propaganda tool is a regular part of doing business.
I’ve thought about that a lot as I watched the bizarre antics of the lawyers CAIR hired to defend the Farook yesterday, culminating in the bizarre press conference late yesterday afternoon which was widely and nearly universally panned by the Western media.
It’s obvious to anyone who watched that final press conference that the lawyers were not hired to actually defend the Farook family, as precious little of their time was spent on that at all. Rather, they were hired to defend Muslim PR in America. Literally, the opening statement of the press conference featured attorney David Chesley (who doesn’t seem to have a super Muslim name, but what do I know) purporting to speak for the “the Muslim community at large.”*
Consider the points made by one or both attorneys yesterday in public, carried widely on television:
- Sandy Hook might have been a fake incident (why say this at all unless they wanted to plant the seed that San Bernardino was a fake incident?)
- The utterly false or at least misleading claim that the Farooks were “found” face down in their vehicles and handcuffed, contrary to video evidence and the eyewitness testimony of dozens of people that they were returning fire from the black SUV. Note – it’s entirely possible per police procedure that after the police approached the vehicle they handcuffed the Farooks even though being almost certain they were dead – because you never know.
- The claim that every time the FBI investigates a Muslim, they are doing it for terrorism reasons.
- The assertion that “Until there is absolute clear evidence, every headline doesn’t have to say ‘Muslim massacre’ or ‘Muslim shooters,’” – when literally no mainstream headlines have said that.
- The bizarre claim that a 90 year old woman is incapable of holding a gun, or even more bizarrely, wearing a vest.
- The yet more bizarre claim, in spite of the fact that pipe bombs were found at the scene of the San Bernardino shootings, that the pipe bombs might have been planted at the Farook residence because “no one had ever seen Syed Farook with a pipe bomb before.”
The list goes on and on. Taking it all in as a whole, I think this is what is happening, strategically: the CAIR hired guns know that they cannot and will not convince most Americans of the innocence of the Farooks, but they can plant the seed of doubt in the Muslim community that the “official explanation” of the Farooks being responsible is a government conspiracy to pin a shooting on Muslims. Making Muslims as a whole more terrified of the United States Government of course increases the power and influence of groups like CAIR within the community that they depend on for support and money.
Maybe I’m wrong. I hope I’m wrong. But I don’t see another plausible explanation for this behavior, and if that’s what they are doing, then it is truly despicable indeed.
* Bizarrely, the point he wanted to make for “the Muslim community at large” was that the Farooks were not affiliated with any International terrorist organization. I don’t know what that’s an assertion that needs to be made for all the world’s Muslims, but following Chesley’s train of thought is an invitation to madness.