Was it a murder? Was it an act of terrorism? How will the answer affect America’s Muslims?
US authorities are beginning to look at the recent atrocity in San Bernadino as an act of terrorism. 14 people were killed by a couple who went on a shooting spree for no apparent reason.
Tashfeen Malik, 29, and her husband Syed Rizwana Farook, 28, left their six-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother before carrying out the worst mass shooting since 26 were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
The Independent has prepared a profile of Syed Rizwana Farook. It is worth reading.
All the trademarks of the US’s gun culture related violence can easily make us ignore the burning question behind the murders; Why did they do it? And now it seems the FBI are beginning to uncover a more sinister reason than what was first expected.
Is life about to get even more difficult for Muslims living in the US as a result?
The possibility is so grave that President Obama is addressing the nation about it. To quote USA Today:
He will talk about his determination that the Islamic State group must be destroyed. And he will make the case that the United States must draw the nation’s values – its commitment to justice, equality and freedom – to prevail over terrorist groups.
What is the best way to deal with the Islamic group responsible?