Was the Las Vegas attack inspired by ISIS?

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Islamic State has taken credit for the murders of at least 59 people in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 by gunman Stephen Paddock at the Jason Aldean concert. Initially, the FBI has said so far it has not found any evidence to validate the claim.

So, either Islamic State really connected with Paddock and inspired his cold-blooded massacre, or the group really wants us to think they did. Both possibilities are terrifying in their own right. Why?

Either, Islamic State is now successfully recruiting Americans with no background to speak of pertaining to Islam the religion or national origins from the Middle East, North Africa or Pacific Asia. Or, that is what the group is trying to achieve and are now attempting to inspire other Americans to join the ranks of radical Islam — or to commit attacks allied in the same cause.

Either way, Islamic State has been clear that it wants attacks by those who do not necessarily fit the profile to obfuscate where the threat is coming from.

Overall, one cannot help but see parallels in Las Vegas to the Manchester Arena bombing by Islamic State in May at the Ariana Grande concert that killed 22. Attacking large public events like concerts is absolutely the modus operandi of the terrorist group.

When the enemy speaks, perhaps we should listen.

For example, it appears the shooter may have been utilizing lyrics from the Robbie Williams song, “Me and My Monkey,” portraying an old Western-style shootout, which includes lyrics “with a dream and a gun” and “We made tracks to the Mandalay Bay Hotel… We got the elevator, I hit the 33rd floor.” Paddock had staged his attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

The song’s lyrics reference Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Kurt Cobain, all who met their ends by gunfire, just as Paddock did in the end. The protagonist in the song is meeting his end by going out in a blaze. The refrain reads, “Me and monkey, With a dream and a gun, Hoping my monkey, Don’t point that gun at anyone, Me and monkey, Like Butch and the Sundance Kid, Trying to understand, Why he did what he did, Why he did what he did.”

Was Paddock inspired by the song?

Maybe not. Prominently, Robbie Williams performed Manchester Etihad Stadium concert on June 2 just days after the Manchester Arena bombing. At the concert, he shouted, “We are Manchester and we are not f—ing scared!”

Days later, Williams also performed at the Manchester Benefit concert on June 4.

Of course, these could all just be coincidences. Was utilizing the lyrics of the song some sort of a message from Islamic State to Williams? Considering the savagery and cruelty of this attack, as facts emerge, law enforcement should pursue all possible leads.

Attacking concerts is something Islamic State has very prominently done in the past. They want you to be afraid to walk into an arena or stadium.

The fact that it was an American who the terror group says converted to Islam should not be lightly discounted. This would not be the first time. The case of Johnny Walker Lindh comes to mind, who was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan in Nov. 2001 as a Taliban combatant.

If Islamic State is taking credit for this terrorist attack, then whatever potential links there are should be fully investigated by the Justice Department and local law enforcement. Paddock may have had accomplices, after all, who are still at large.

Again, if the enemy speaks, we should listen.

In the meantime, for Americans trying to understand what happened in Las Vegas, they should wait for facts from law enforcement and not overreact to what has happened. It may be that the terrorist massacre was senseless in every sense of the word. Or Islamic State may have been behind it after all.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

ALPAC Editor: ISIS does not usually make false claims. In fact, the giving of an Arabic name is incredibly rare. The ISIS mouthpiece, Amaq News Agency, is generally very cautious in claiming responsibility for attacks. Its enthusiasm for the damage caused by natural disasters, or other terrorists, is not to be confused with a genuine claim on its own behalf. The fact thats Stephen Paddock was nicknamed Abu Abd al-Bar al-Amriki means we should await further developments. The news agency treads on thin ice when it makes false claims as it loses whatever integrity for the truth it might possess. If this is found to not be the case, they will lose access to headlines across the globe. 
Islamic State has released a new video bragging that the Las Vegas massacre was revenge for US attacks against their caliphate.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4944646/ISIS-release-new-video-bragging-Vegas-shooting-REVENGE.html#ixzz4uSlhTPMF
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  • TPS12

    It is best to wait for proof before making snap judgements, unless your pushing your agenda.

  • LarryMH47

    FACT: the taxi driver who video’ed her escape from the Mandalay recorded gunfire coming from at least two locations, one nearby and one further away. NOT A LONE GUNMAN.

  • ltbrown

    I think given the information at hand This man is one of the deranged Democrats and did the same kind of cowardly act as the Democrat who when to the ball field and shot Rep. Steve Scalise. I think this should have been one of the scenarios the FBI shot be inquiring about and first check his voting records for party affiliation, who he voted for and was he verbally abusing conservatives at anytime recently and over the past 2-10 years. I think you will see the pattern and it will point to the Clinton and Deep State criminal machine at work.

  • thaddeusbuttmunchmd

    Interesting that he wanted to attack a Chance the Rapper concert at the same locale, but couldn’t get the Hotel Suite at the time. Rappers=The Left, and Country Stars (usually)=The Right. That he didn’t care WHO he killed here means we need to dig deep.

  • John Richmond

    Y. This kind of false flag allegation in the absence of evidence has happened in most recent tragedies like this. Mr. Romano is falling straight into this. Please read the article before flaming me.
    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/uw-professor-the-information-war-is-real-and-were-losing-it/

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    don’t think you need to look any further, that the hate america hate americans, hate trump voters destroy america party. from the nfl, blm, antifa, mostly democrats and some lefty republicans with their continous hate speech.

    hate speech, that eventually resulted in one of their democrat constituants causeing physical harm to american citizens. from the same alleged as american party, that has the same agenda as isis and communist countries. doing the bidding of our, external enemies for them.