On the terrorism in Kenya, CNN reports:
Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the carnage and vowed not to negotiate with Kenyan authorities. It claimed that “all Muslims” were escorted from the mall before the attack — suggesting that its targets were people who didn’t believe in their extreme form of Islam.
…which naturally led Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs to say (no link, you can find it on your own):
“ALL MUSLIMS LEAVE… WE ONLY WANT TO KILL NON-MUSLIMS”: JIHADISTS MASSACRE AT LEAST 22 IN KENYAN SHOPPING MALL AFTER RELEASING ANYONE WHO COULD PROVE THEY WERE ISLAMIC BY RECITING A PRAYER
I have not read any credible source that confirms this. Nevertheless, it is spreading like vilefire throughout the Wingnuttian blog-o-sphere (Weasel Zippers, Gateway Pundit, Scared Monkeys, Jihad Watch, Vox Popoli–who also take the opportunity to suggest everyone be armed because they are convinced it is coming here and specifically to the Mall of America).
What else ya got, Pam?
Where is the media coverage? This is Obama’s native land — where is his condemnation of the vicious sharia? His silence is sanction and support.
Oh, nice bit of smearing going on there. She’s a pro, kids. Don’t try that at home.
From the White House:
The White House on Saturday condemned a terrorist attack at a Kenyan shopping mall that has left dozens dead.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the despicable terrorist attack on innocent civilians today at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya,” said Caitlin Hayden, a National Security Council spokeswoman, in a statement.
So let’s recap: The Somalia-based Al Qaeda spinoff group Al Shabaab claims responsibility for a terrorist attack in an upscale (and decadent western style mall) in Kenya; Wingnuttia invents that the terrorists tested people for being True Believers and killed everyone else; somehow Obama is to blame; carry guns because the jihadists are coming to the Great Mall.