The recent mass shooting in Orlando will go down in history as the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.
Wait, I need to tell you that in the previous sentence, emphasis should be placed on the word “history.” That’s a very important word. We all need to keep in mind that history is being written with every new example of terrorist carnage that comes our way.
So why does the Obama Administration insist on re-writing it?
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On Sunday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch went on the Sunday shows (our collective antennae should go up any time someone from this administration does that) to tell us that “partial transcripts” of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen’s 911 calls would be made public. Wait a minute — “partial?” On CNN, she said the redaction was done “to avoid re-victimizing those that went through this horror. But it will contain the substance of his conversations.”
Reality check: the omissions from this record include references to Islam and ISIS, and it makes no sense to say they were made for the reason she states. The opposite could, in fact, be argued: that in creating a fiction about the motive for the killings, they further victimize the people who suffered. Those people are owed the truth.
And the edited versions absolutely do not contain the substance of the killer’s conversations. In his actual calls to 911, he repeatedly pledges allegiance to ISIS. Commentator Pamela Geller has pointed out that his very first words are the Islamic prayer. The terrorist speaks of Allah, but the word “Allah” never appears in the appears in the government-approved version. “Allah” is changed to “God [in Arabic].”
Reading through the reworked transcript, one might think some enraged Presbyterian had taken up arms for no particular reason and slaughtered 49 people. This is the version of history our government wants us to see. But in this context, the words “God” and “Allah” are hardly interchangeable. When mouthed by a terrorist, the word “Allah” means something very specific. It means hatred fueled by twisted religious fervor.
Ironically, by trying so hard to purge history of the terrorists’ real motives, President Obama gives us good reason to question his own.
UPDATE: After I, and other commentators, blasted the Obama Administration, the DOJ quickly reversed itself and released the unedited transcripts. But I decided to leave this post as is, anyway. Removing or changing it would be rewriting history. I think the criticism needs to stand, so that future generations can understand what this Administration attempted to do, and so they never attempt it again. That’s what an accurate historical record is all about.
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