Terrorism remains alive and well in the US, but it’s not the kind of terrorism that seems to get the press that it should. Federal authorities in Georgia made an arrest of someone who planted a bomb in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Vickery Creek Park. That by itself is unremarkable given that there are hundreds of bomb plots investigated and arrests made annually (usually arson and for insurance purposes, but occasionally for political/ideological purposes). This is one of the latter instance, but not in the way people usually associate with bombings.
The bomber wanted to make it look like a Muslim was behind the bombing. He intended to injure or kill his fellow Americans so as to implicate the Muslim community in the attack. In other words, it was a false flag attempt that was thankfully stopped before anyone got hurt:
I thought I had seen every imaginable way to stoke the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry in America. There have been countless people on Fox News, certain Republican elected officials, the professional bigots, and even some right-wing “Christian” leaders serving up hate in various ways.
But these people all pale in comparison to Michael Sibley. You see, Sibley wasn’t content to just giving us the same old right-wing crap like Muslims wants to impose Islamic law so say goodbye to bacon cheeseburgers and whiskey and say hello to lamb kebobs and strong coffee served in small cups.
Nope, this self-described “patriot” planted a bomb at a national park in Georgia in the hopes that the public would think a Muslim did it. And yes, I know most haven’t heard about this incident. There’s not even a need to mention how different the media coverage would be have been if the bomber had actually been Muslim. I already detailed that scenario earlier this week in my article about a non-Muslim man that attacked federal officers at a U.S. airport with poison spray and a machete while carrying six homemade bombs in a duffel bag.
Sibley, who is 67 years old and lives in Roswell, Georgia, told FBI officers that he planted this bomb because in his view, “no one was paying attention to what was going on the world.” Apparently as a “patriot” he was going to maim or even kill his fellow Americans to wake them up to the threat facing America.
And what is this “threat” Sibley speaks of? Well, it’s pretty clear he’s talking Muslims. You see, according to the federal complaint, Sibley put some Muslim memorabilia in the backpack along with two “improvised explosive devices” (IEDs) he crafted.
We haven’t heard much about this incident because there wasn’t a loss of life (and without the bleeding, it doesn’t lead/lede the news). Rather, it turns out that upon deeper investigation that the bomber was trying to make it look like Muslims did it. The bomber? He was a older white guy who wanted to stoke the Islamophobia with a false-flag bombing.
The bombing would have taken place in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Vickery Creek Park.
And the materials he included in the backpack included a map with other potential targets identified, including a Jewish Community Center, transit facilities, and provided a Muslim name to go along with the ruse.
So, for those claiming that Muslim terrorism remains the primary threat, note too that the number of those killed by right wing terror groups in the US exceeds those killed by Islamic extremists in the US since 9/11 by a wide margin.