A cold-blooded murder in a city northeast of Dallas over the weekend hasn’t exactly made national news – yet. But it could be the first in a new wave of terrorist attacks spawned by President Joe Biden’s disastrous retreat from Afghanistan.
On Sunday, the day before the last U.S. military plane departed the Kabul airport, a gunman shot and killed a Lyft driver in Garland, then drove the car over to a nearby police station and started shooting at the people inside. The alleged gunman, later identified as Imran Ali Rasheed, died after police gunned him down.
The next day, an FBI official said that Rasheed “may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization to commit these crimes,” by which he meant “was inspired by rhetoric or propaganda by foreign terrorist organizations.”
Why the FBI got involved at all was because Rasheed apparently left a note in the dead Lyft driver’s car, which prompted local police to reach out to the Bureau.
What, we wonder, could have “inspired” Rasheed to go on a killing spree? Could it be that the humiliating defeat of the U.S. at the hands of the fanatical Taliban has energized Islamic radicals around the world, including in Texas?
The Economist helps answer that question. In the wake of Biden’s desperate evacuation and the loss of 13 Americans to terrorist bombs in Kabul, it notes:
In Yemen, they set off fireworks; in Somalia, they handed out sweets; in Syria, they praised the Taliban for providing a ‘living example’ of how to ‘bring down a criminal regime’ through jihad. Around the world, jihadists were elated by the fall of Kabul. Through willpower, patience, and cunning, a low-budget band of holy warriors has vanquished America and taken charge of a medium-size country. To Muslims who yearn to expel infidels and overthrow secular states, it was evidence that God approves. The ripple effects could be felt far and wide.
Far and wide indeed.
Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service is now warning about potential terrorist attacks on coronavirus vaccination centers, transport, and manufacturing facilities.
In the U.S., federal officials are currently on “high alert” for threats to the homeland, not just because some of the Afghan citizens we spirited away in our frenzied exit could be terrorists trying to get into the United States, and not just because Biden’s wide-open southern border could be a terrorist highway.
As CNN reports, another security threat is “people already in the U.S., who may be inspired by narratives associated with al-Qaeda, ISIS or other foreign terrorist groups,” and “will view the events in Afghanistan as an opportunity to engage in violence here at home.”
The Heritage Foundation’s national security expert James Carafano explains that, while Biden is busy casting his political opponents as dangerous terrorists, “the Taliban’s roughing-up of Biden will be a clarion call for transnational terrorism worldwide to get back in the game and go after the West. Small wonder that our European allies are outraged.”
As we pointed out in this space on Monday, that clarion call is exactly what happened when President Barack Obama’s inept dealings in the Middle East – which included a withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq – helped spawn ISIS. It then swiftly (and, for Obama at least, unexpectedly) seized huge swaths of land in Syria and Iraq, and went on a murderous rampage.
Here’s how National Review described the impact in 2014: “The Obama administration is the main reason for the growth of the Islamic State (or ISIS) – and with it, for the current crisis in Iraq, and for a greatly increased danger of terrorism in Europe and America.”
And, indeed, Islamic terrorist activity spiked around the world – with the number of deadly attacks going from four in 2013 to 106 in 2015.
Do we need to mention the fact that Biden was vice president at the time?
Today, Biden seems clueless about this risk.
But if the shooting death in Texas was inspired by the Taliban’s and ISIS-K’s victories, it won’t be the last. In addition to being responsible for the deaths of Americans in Kabul, and the fate of Americans now stranded in Afghanistan, Biden should be held responsible for any increase in Islamic terrorist activity, here and abroad.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board