The Lesson of Las Vegas

Abul Abdul Bar al-Amriki is the “kunya” ISIS gave to Steven Paddock after the Las Vegas attack. A kunya is a name given to high-profile terrorists to honor them. They also called him the Lion of Tawhid.

The blogosphere is alive with theories and opinions about the Las Vegas shooting. It ranges from one shooter to multiple shooters without Stephen Paddock even being a shooter, and much speculation about connections to ISIS. The reports on most news outlets follow the line of reports coming from the Clark County, Nev. Sheriff’s department and the FBI.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said near the end of one news conference, “Did the shooter get radicalized unbeknown to us? We want to identify that source.” Lombardo didn’t actually say Paddock had been radicalized by ISIS, but the end of that statement seems to indicate a leaning toward that fact. ISIS immediately claimed the shooting as a victory, which no doubt demands investigation, and while refuting that Paddock had been radicalized by ISIS, the FBI said it would be investigated “to the end.”

Philip Haney, retired Homeland Security officer and co-author of “See Something, Say Nothing” says the FBI is damaging their own credibility by declaring there is no connection between Paddock and international terrorism, because when that statement was made it was not backed by fact. The FBI insists we trust them, yet now in bits and pieces the facts are coming together. Every day since the shooting ISIS has praised Paddock for “avenging our brothers” in America.

Haney made a very valid point: What’s the difference if it’s international terrorism or domestic terrorism? “But for some reason, we’re supposed to feel better about it if it’s not international.”

John Guandolo, former FBI counter-terrorism agent, is sticking with his original assessment that this attack was directly related to jihad in America. Guandolo, president of Understanding the Threat, a group working to train law enforcement agencies on counter-terrorism, said what is known now points to a either a Jihadist or Marxist motivation. Guandolo told Leo Hohmann of Worldnetdaily “None of this can be understood without understanding the Islamic and Marxist movements in the United States. Outside of those, none of this will make sense. In the light of a deep understanding of those, what happened in Las Vegas is easily understood as a part of the assault to take this nation down.”

Bill Donohue wrote on that Paddock was described as a loner by many who knew him. A neighbor living next to him in Reno said it was weird how Paddock kept to himself. It was like “living next door to nothing” he was so quiet.

The local sheriff from Mesquite, Nevada, where Paddock also lived, labeled him “reclusive.” One of Paddock’s neighbors agreed, noting that he was “a real loner.”

“‘Real loners’ are not only unable to commit themselves to others, they are unable to commit themselves to God. So it came as no surprise that Paddock had no strong religious beliefs (as Paddock’s brother said). It would have been startling to find out otherwise” said Donohue.

Perhaps not so startling if we learn that Paddock did indeed convert to Islam, and did indeed become a warrior for the caliphate. Between the socialist movement and Islamic jihad, this nation is under attack from within. If the American people fail to stand for freedom with responsibility and demand congress do the same, this country is going to fall. It’s no longer about compromise, tolerance, and acceptance; it’s about doing what is right for the freedom of this country.