American foreign policy is to blame for the terrorism that struck San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, according to Hussam Ayloush, the Los Angeles director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism,” Ayloush said in an interview on CNN’s New Day Friday.
Specifically, Ayloush said the United States’ support of dictators creates terrorists. He didn’t say specifically which dictators or specific policies were at fault.
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“When we support coup leaders in Egypt or other places, when we support dictatorship, oppressive regimes around the world that push people over on the edge, then they become extremists, then they become terrorists. We are partly responsible,” Ayloush continued.
The shooters who stormed the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, dressed in full tactical gear with more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition and three pipe bombs, weren’t trying to overthrow a Middle Eastern dictator or defy oppression. Syed Farook, 28, was American-born. His wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, passed all vetting requirements and was in this country from Saudi Arabia on a permanent green card. Farook worked as an environmental specialist at the center the couple terrorized. He had even attended the Christmas party and left early, only to return and kill 14 people and injure 21 others.
One of the shooters reportedly declared their allegiance to ISIS during the attack, according to authorities. Law enforcement declared early in the investigation that Farook was “radicalized,” and now the FBI has confirmed the incident as terrorism.
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Ayloush said worldwide terrorism shouldn’t be blamed solely on Muslims.
”Terrorism is a global problem, not a Muslim problem. And the solution has to be global. Everyone has a role in it.”
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