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ABC: Christmas — Not ISIS — May Be True Inspiration for San Bernardino Terror Attack

   DailyWire.com

In a report published just as Americans have begun putting up their Christmas decorations and sending out Christmas Party invites, ABC News suggests that an office Christmas Party, not ISIS, may have been the true “trigger” for Syed Farook and his Pakistani jihadi wife Tashfeen Malik to murder 14 innocent people and injure another 22.

“Authorities believe the terror attack on Dec. 2, 2015 in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations including a Christmas tree which shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend,” a team of ABC journalists reports.

The evidence that it was the Christmas-themed party Farook was “forced” to attend that supposedly inspired him and Malik to create pipe bombs, purchase weapons and ammo, and go to the firing range in preparation for their barbarous act is a few emails in which Malik expressed that she thought it really wasn’t fair that her jihadi husband had to attend a party where there was a Christmas tree:

Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go.

Just before the attack, Farook had posed with four fellow county employees in front of a Christmas tree in the conference room.

Shortly after posing in front of the supposedly rampage-inducing Christmas tree, Farook and Malik opened fire on his unsuspecting coworkers, many of whom had recently thrown the couple a baby shower.

“She had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event,” San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan told ABC. “That really is one over the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can truly point to and say, ‘That probably is a motive in this case.'”

Radical Islamist ideology, like that espoused by ISIS, is not mentioned by ABC News as the driving force behind the attack. In fact, the outlet suggests, ISIS wasn’t really a major influence on the jihadist couple:

Shortly after the attack, the couple posted an online message pledging their allegiance to the ISIS terror group and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

But police say the couple actually had to search online earlier in the day for the name of al-Baghdadi.

“You would think that somebody that truly wanted to do that, somebody that was truly committed, certainly wouldn’t be researching on that particular day,” said Chief Burguan.

In other words, authorities’ “proof” that the world’s most prominent radical Islamic terror group did not inspire the radical Islamic Bernardino terrorists is a Google search for the name of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which could of course have been conducted for a wide range of reasons, including jihad-empowering quotes or simply making sure they spelled his name right.

ABC and political correctness-hamstrung officials could not be more transparent in what they are attempting to do here; it is the same thing that ABC’s colleagues in the media continually do: attempt to blame the West, particularly America, for the evil actions of those who subscribe to anti-Western ideologies. The obvious truth, of course, is that we know exactly what “triggered” Farook and Malik. It’s the same thing that triggers every jihadist on American soil and around the globe — radical Islam.