Stanford’s Crenshaw: “We don’t know the motives of the Orlando shooter.”

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By Lynn Woolley

So who is Martha Crenshaw and is she nuts?

The short answers are: She is a liberal academic – and – yes! Crenshaw wrote a column for the Washington Post positing that violence in America is not the result of mass radicalization. That’s the liberal point-of-view. But in the column, she said this:

“…we don’t know the motivations of the Orlando shooter, and we probably never will.”

Excuse me?

We know exactly what his motive was. 

Martha Crenshaw

Martha Crenshaw

He swore allegiance to ISIS and ISIS happily accepted credit for the massacre. He talked about “his country” being bombed. He meant Afghanistan, where his father emigrated. So, yes, we know —just as we know what Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s motive was – and the savages of 9-11. Liberals, including President Obama, seem to have a need to protect diversity – one of their religions – at any cost.

Crenshaw is writing a book that you might want to avoid.

She and her co-author, Gary LaFree, did research showing that there are only 200 perpetrators or would-be perpetrators of jihadist violence in the United States since 1993. That sounds like a lot to me. That would include the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the 911 attacks, Fort Hood, Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando and others. Lots of dead Americans. It doesn’t seem like much to Crenshaw and LaFree.

The Orlando Savage

The Orlando Savage

And then, you realize that her list does not include anyone who expressed support for al-Qaeda or who sent money to terrorist causes or who wanted to go join ISIS or some other band of savages. That would add thousand of names to the list. (Check out the Holy Land trial.)

Her column reads like an impromptu Obama speech without the long pauses.

There is a disconnect here. One instance of jihad violence anywhere in the world and certainly in the United States is too much. Liberals like Crenshaw and Obama seem willing to accept “a new normal” where just 220 such instances is not big deal – so long as we protect our precious diversity.

We will never stop jihad until we name it, isolate it, attack it, bloody it up, and utterly destroy it. Under Obama and his liberal university friends that provide his odd way of thinking, we cannot win.

Martha Crenshaw official biography from Stanford:

Crenshaw at graduation 2015

Crenshaw at graduation 2015

Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI and a professor of political science by courtesy at Stanford. She was the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor of Global Issues and Democratic Thought and professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where she taught from 1974 to 2007. Her recent work includes “Will Threats Deter Nuclear Terrorism?” in Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice, ed. Andreas Wenger and Alex Wilner (Stanford University Press, 2012) “Dealing with Terrorism,” in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift, ed. Chester Crocker, Fen Hampson, and Pamela Aall (Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2014), and “Terrorism Research: The Record,” in the journal International Interactions (2014). She is also the editor of The Consequences of Counterterrorism (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). In 2011 Routledge published Explaining Terrorism, a collection of her previously published work. She is currently writing a book with Gary LaFree titled Rethinking Counterterrorism: A Sensible Approach to Policy.

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