Syed Rizwan Farook was looking for a wife. On at least two online sites, he posted details for prospective brides. “Religious but modern,” he apparently wrote on one. He made a point of noting his American citizenship on another.
How he ultimately made contact with Pakistan-born Tashfeen Malik remains unclear. But family members said Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia, where Malik was living, and that they returned to Southern California as a couple and began a life in quiet Redlands, an area of ranch houses and once lush lawns now browned by drought.
Wednesday morning, they dropped off their 6-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother, according to family members. Sometime around midday, police say they donned masks and armed themselves with assault rifles and handguns before storming a holiday party hosted by the county health agency where Farook worked. At least 14 people died. Hours later, 28-year-old Farook and 27-year-old Malik were dead by police gunfire just two miles from the massacre site.
It certainly sounds like Farook was radicalized. That sure didn’t take long. He wanted a woman who was religious but modern. I struggle to understand why someone wants us dead because of Allah. It makes no sense.
Details about the lives and views of the two suspected assailants are still incomplete. But as authorities stitch together the events surrounding the latest U.S. mass shooting, two disparate portraits emerge — one of American suburban stability and the other of immigrant reinvention — that seem to intersect somewhere in the Pakistani diaspora.
Also still puzzling investigators is what drove the two suspected attackers to turn the holiday party into a killing zone. It is extremely rare for a mass shooting in America to have multiple perpetrators — and even more so for one of them to be a woman.
“We have not ruled out terrorism,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.
Ya think? What does it take to call out something as terrorism? I believe the spree killing at Planned Parenthood was terrorism. I believe we also don’t know the motivation of many of the spree shooters because they do suicide by cop before we can interrogate them as to motive.
According the Crime Library:
According to the United Nations Security Council, terrorism is described as “any act intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organization to do or abstain from doing any act”. But what are the actual components of terrorism? There are several aspects involved:
Fear: This is perhaps the most crucial factor. The goal is to strike terror into the minds of a victim. Terrorism is often thought of as a psychological warfare because it is done to intimidate people and cause them to cooperate out of fear of further retaliation. That is why terrorist acts tend to be done on a large scale – to impact as many people as possible.
Violence: The threat of harm or death is an essential factor in terrorism. The danger presented is most often to people and property. Most incidents of terrorism at least involve the possibility of a significant loss of life.
Political or Religious Cause: Some people argue that terrorism is done strictly for political reasons. The overthrow of current leadership or the destruction of a political enemy is commonly at the root of a terrorist attack. Many feel that terrorism is often motivated by religious beliefs as well. Militant groups who believe that other religions are heretical may use violence to try and destroy their followers.
Civilian Targets: Unlike in standard warfare, terrorism is generally aimed at civilian targets. This is one of the reasons fear is so involved, the general populace is not safe from a terrorist attack. The goal is to send a clear message that the political or religious beliefs of the people will not be tolerated, and to motivate their leaders to succumb to the demands of the terrorist organization
It sounds like many of our recent shooting sprees certainly fill the bill and are indeed terrorism. What do you all think?