James Taranto caught something that a number of conservatives (including yours truly) caught in reports on the reaction of civic officials in Oregon to the thwarted attempt of an local Muslim man to “blow up a van full of explosives during [Portland’s] Christmas tree lighting ceremony“:
We see the same two themes in the news coverage of every terror attack: the playing down of the terrorists’ religious motives and the playing up of the threat of retaliation against innocent Muslims. The motive of the terror defendant is treated as a great mystery, whereas the motive of an action like the fire at the Corvallis center–about which, in fact, we have nothing to go on beyond speculation–is assumed to be anti-Muslim enmity. Can’t Americans expect the same presumption of good will and innocence that journalists and public officials go out of their way to extend to the Muslims among us?
According to FoxNews, “Portland Mayor Sam Adams said Sunday that he beefed up protection around mosques ‘and other facilities that might be vulnerable to knuckle-headed retribution” after hearing of the bomb plot.‘” On Sunday, there was a fire at an Islamic center in Corvallis, 75 miles southwest of Portland.
Do wonder why the media and some Democratic officials play up this threat of retaliation against Muslims. Is it perhaps their prejudice against Americans, assuming their less-educated follows harbor an extreme animus against Muslims that they’re eager to express through assault and arson?