United States Senator Ben Sasse says the news media narrative on the New York, New Jersey bombings doesn’t help the country resolve the problem of terrorism.
Sasse says the national media too often assumes we have all the facts when we don’t and speculates wildly about the motive.
“But the problem is it misses the larger point which is, two weeks from now once we know the motive, and usually we end up knowing the motive and usually it ends up being connected to violent Islam, then they say its old news and there’s other stuff we should be talking about,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview. “So, we never have the conversation we should be having, which is that over the course of the next ten years, there are going to be lots of attacks by violent Islamists against open societies and against freedom-loving people.”
Sasse says the national media is looking for a smoking gun in the New York City area bombings that would tie the suspect to the Islamic State or al Qaeda.
“This isn’t just a question of whether or not bad guys travel to Libya or the former Syria and get training and then return to Europe or the U.S. and commit an attack,” according to Sasse. “This is about the fact that there are terror-training sanctuaries and safe spaces all over the world where governments have collapsed.”
Sasse says that at those command centers, terrorist organizations are building digital and cyber commands, using the Internet to spread the word on how to carry out attacks on soft targets.
Sasse reiterates his call for authorities to use the term “radical Islam,” claiming there is a leadership vacuum in the country. President Barack Obama has responded by stating there is no magic to the phrase.
“Well, sure, he’s right there’s no magic to the words ‘radical Islam,’ but admitting that we actually are at war with radical, violent Islamists is a prerequisite to having a strategy for it,” Sasse says. “If we continue to act like every one of these incidents is an isolated incident that is about domestic crime, we will never ultimately root out the terror training sanctuaries that are going to stimulate more of this stuff over the next decade.”
28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami has been arrested in Linden, New Jersey in connection with bombs which exploded in Chelsea, a neighborhood in Manhattan, and Seaside Park, New Jersey. There is evidence explosives placed in other neighborhoods failed to detonate. The investigation continues.
AUDIO: U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse comments on bombings in New York City area. [3 min.]