One month after Jihadists publish a call for attacking American police officers a man named Thompson wields an axe and does just that. Was he motivated by it? Was he radicalized by it? Or did he merely find a convenient outlet that justified the psychopathic urges already rising within?
The jihadi essay "To 2.6M Muslims in USA: A Call to Arms to Defend Islam and Avenge the Slaughter of Muslims," which was distributed in Arabic and English on September 16, 2014, and in which its author wrote: "Even though just about every American man and many women are lawful targets you're well advised to pick your targets for maximum impact. For example, the impact of killing Joe Blow down the street is not the same as killing police officer Johnny Smith. Because the cost associated with the process of recruiting, training, preparing and outfitting Johnny for the job before putting him on the street is significant. So there is a significant economical impact resulting from eliminating Johnny in addition to the impact of loss of his life on his family and friends. There is also a very important icing on the cake, too. Knocking off a police, military or any other law enforcement officer sends a chilling message to the so called "civilians" and fill their hearts with consternation." [SITE]
The simplistic ‘explanation’ is clear: Islam is to blame, and Thompson received his orders from Jihadi Central. It’s so easy to put the cart before the horse...and, wait a minute: maybe there's no horse at all.
The NYC Police Department described Thompson as 'self-radicalized.' He had evidently browsed al-Qaeda web sites and watched beheadings. The media, as usual, jumped on the terrorist theme and built stories characterising Thompson as a "radicalized Muslim", with "Islamist extremist leanings" despite lack of evidence.
His Black Power anti-American feelings were rarely mentioned. In fact his postings were more anti-government, anti-Western, and anti-white than pro-ISIS or any such Islamist ranting.
Simplistic answers sell newspapers and thrill viewers but they don't really help us understand, or educate.