On June 12, 2016 Omar Mateen attacked patrons inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. Over the past weekend there were numerous observances of this brutal attack and they all had one thing in common.
They all attributed this to homophobia, none mentioned that Pulse was not his first target, but one that he picked at random after his first intended target proved to have security that was too tight for him to breach.
Given the rampant homophobia in the Islamic world, it was not unreasonable for people, including then candidate Donald Trump to comment that it was a dual purpose attack by a deranged Islamofascist.
This is a transcript of Mateen’s long phone conversation with a 9-1-1 operator and then hostage negotiator in Orlando.
SUSPECT: This is Mateen (speaking in another language). I want to let you know I’m in Orlando and I did the shooting.
911 OPERATOR: What’s your name?
SUSPECT: My name is I Pledge of Allegiance
to (unidentifiable name) of the Islamic State.
911 OPERATOR: Okay. What’s your name?
SUSPECT: I pledge my allegiance to
(unidentifiable name) on behalf of the Islamic
Note that he pledges his allegiance to the Islamic State.
A few minutes later he’s talking to the hostage negotiator.
SUSPECT: You’re speaking to the person who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of
NEGOTIATOR: Can you tell me where you are right now so I can you get some help?
SUSPECT: No. Because you have to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq. They are killing a lot of innocent people. What am I to do here when my people are getting killed over there. You get what I’m saying?
NEGOTIATOR: I do. I completely get what you’re saying. What I’m trying to do is prevent anybody else from getting —
SUSPECT: You need to stop the U.S. air strikes. They need to stop the U.S. air strikes,
NEGOTIATOR: I understand.
SUSPECT: They need to stop the U.S. air strikes. You have to tell the U.S. government to stop bombing. They are killing too many children, they are killing too many women, okay?
NEGOTIATOR: I understand that. Here is why I’m here right now. I’m with the Orlando
police. Can you tell me what you know about what’s going on tonight?
SUSPECT: What’s going on is that I feel the pain of the people getting killed in Syria and Iraq and all over the Muslim (unidentified word).
Again, nothing about homosexual, lesbians, trans, or anything related. It’s all about the U.S. bombing Afghanistan and Syria.
In it’s investigation of the attack, the FBI found plenty of evidence that Mateen was infuriated by the US attacks in the Mideast, but none that homphobia was a factor.
Yet, the myth persists.
It does that because it perpetuates two falsehoods that the Fake Stream Media loves. One is that there is little to no Islamic Terrorism in the US, the other is that homosexuals are under constant attack.
Of course countless opportunists are using the terrorist attack as an opportunity to further their own agendas.
That might be the greatest tragedy of all. Perverting the attack on America and Americans into another check box on someone’s political agenda cheapens the deaths and injuries suffered that night five years ago.
As I’ve noted before, the Left prefers sympathetic victims to those who would defend themselves.