It’s rare that you hear a Democrat say that an attack is terrorism even after authorities have determined that it was. Even President Barack Obama, after the San Bernardino attack, suggested that the Islamic State group-linked attack might have been “workplace related.”
So when Rep. Adam Schiff — the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee — came out after the Monday attack and said it was likely terrorism, that was big news.
According to the BBC, 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the man accused of running his car into a crowd at Ohio State University and then attacking pedestrians with a butcher knife, was a Somali-born refugee who had complained on social media about the plight of Muslims.
While most liberals would be trying to explain this one away, Schiff — a California representative — decided to be frank.
“While we are still awaiting more information from the investigation into the OSU attack, it bears all of the hallmarks of a terror attack carried out by someone who may have been self-radicalized,” Schiff wrote in the statement.
“The fight against ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terror organizations and their global incitement to radicalism must be carried out on battlefields far away, and by confronting online propaganda here at home. The intelligence community is providing all necessary information and support to law enforcement as they investigate this individual’s motivations and background, and we hope to know much more very soon,” Schiff wrote.
“Here in the United States, our most immediate threat still comes from lone attackers that are not only capable of unleashing great harm, but are also extremely difficult, and in some cases, virtually impossible to identify or interdict,” he continued.
“Like all Americans, my heart goes out to the victims who were wounded by the attacker, and I am grateful to the university police and others who acted swiftly and courageously to end the threat and return safety to their community.”
The OSU attack bears the all the hallmarks of a terror attack carried out by someone who may have been self-radicalized. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/BY48JjxBtZ
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 28, 2016
While I would question anyone who uses the “lone wolf” excuse and argues that these attackers are “virtually impossible to identify or interdict,” or who doesn’t mention the name of a religion whose radical form possibly precipitated this attack, this is certainly a far cry from the equivocation we’re used to from the Democrats.
Let’s hope we see more of this.
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