Appearing on CNN Newsroom Sunday to preview the network's episode of The Nineties about terrorism, CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem predictably downplayed the threat of Islamic terrorism and instead asserted that the "biggest threat" is from "white supremacists or sort of anti-government terrorism."
Newsbusters reports that, in a desperate attempt to make this argument hold water, Kayyem cited everything from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski to the Waco and Ruby Ridge standoffs to the Columbine school massacre to Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph and Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols as examples of "anti-government terrorism," even though only Kaczynski, McVeigh and Nichols really qualify. Apparently she couldn't find an example of "white supremacist" terrorism.
And on the domestic terrorism side, of course what's animating all of them is anti-federal government animus -- Oklahoma City being the most significant and Timothy McVeigh -- access to weapons, and also wanting to play to the media. I think that's a lesson of Columbine, the, you know, the school shooting that shocked the world, but also this sense that they, there was this sort of hero aspect to what they thought they were doing.
Notice that she brings up "access to weapons" and Columbine, even though it has nothing to do with terrorism. That's because she's insinuating we need more gun control.
After host Ana Cabrera asked if there had been a change in "how America approaches domestic terrorism" since the 1990s, Kayyem responded inarticulately,
So, because I think 9/11 made us think terrorism was only Islamic terrorism, and I think, you know, all of us are guilty of that, you know, that, and what we saw in the '90s was the biggest threat in the United States then and now -- it's hard for us to fathom -- and now is white supremacists or sort of anti-government terrorism targeting individuals and, or, institutions or government buildings. And we tend to think of terrorism only as it relates to al-Qaeda or ISIS, and it's just not true.
The United States has been -- has suffered from domestic terrorism, and the number of cases that we go through in the documentary that's airing at 9 very soon. You're sort of overwhelmed by how many they were, right? You have Waco and Oklahoma City and Ruby Ridge.
This is all demonstrable nonsense. The Unabomber and McVeigh cases are more than twenty years distant, and yet McVeigh especially is still always trotted out whenever the left wants to argue that not all terrorists are Muslim. The undeniable truth is that far and away the most significant terrorist threat America -- and the world -- faces today comes not from marginalized white supremacists and anti-government sentiment, but from Islamic fundamentalists. That reality is borne out every day somewhere around the world.
The next most dangerous potential for terrorism comes from the radical leftists of Antifa, who have already taken violence to America's streets on many occasions. The leftist media won't denounce them either, because the media support the anti-Trump "resistance" and want you to believe that right-wingers clinging to their guns and religion are the real terrorist threat.