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Orlando Shooter’s Motive

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On Oct. 3, 2015, the Doctors Without Boards trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan was bombed repeatedly by the U.S. military.

Bradley is author of several bestsellers including Flyboys, Flags of Our Fathers and The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War.

He just wrote a piece titled “Omar’s Motive,” which states: “Instead of facing [Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s] true motive, we debate semantics. It’s as if we expect that after the left-wing or the right-wing identifies the correct way to depict the menacing mental virus, our national security state will root out the sickness.

“Omar announced his motive just hours before he died, but U.S. officials and our compliant media won’t report the truth. At that moment, Omar was holding about 15 people in the blood-streaked bathroom of the Pulse Orlando nightclub. Near him sat a young African-American woman from Philadelphia — Patience Carter — bleeding from the bullet wounds in each of her legs. Ms. Carter remembered, ‘I could see piles of bodies laying over the toilet seat and slumped over.’

“Omar said to Ms. Carter, ‘You know I don’t have a problem with black people, this is about my country [Afghanistan], you guys have suffered enough.’

“Then Omar dialed 911 from his cellphone. He spoke loudly and clearly and everyone in that hellish bathroom heard him declare his motive. Ms. Carter wept as she recalled, ‘He wasn’t going to stop killing people until he was killed, until he felt like his message got out there.’

“NBC News was the first to break the story that Omar had phoned 911, spinning the scary narrative that Omar had pledged his allegiance to ISIS.

“Lying near dead people, wondering if she was about to die, Ms. Carter understood Omar’s real motive. She said, ‘The motive was very clear to us who are laying in our own blood and other people’s blood, who are injured, who were shot. Everybody who was in that bathroom who survived could hear him talking to 911, saying the reason why he’s doing this is because he wanted America to stop bombing his country.’ …

“When I was a kid, the U.S. was not bombing Muslims and Muslims were not attacking us. Now we bomb many Muslim countries, with our secret CIA drone assassination campaign. These presidential-sanctioned bombings remain secret only to the American public. The Muslim victims on the receiving end know immediately what happened and who did it. …

“Many of my American friends believe that the U.S. bombing of Muslims has nothing to do with them attacking us. If they’re right, this would be history’s first example where a bombed populace didn’t fight back. It seems to me a foregone conclusion that if the U.S. started to bomb Australia tomorrow, we’d soon have Australian terrorism in the U.S.”

Referring to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent comments that “our most effective response to terror and hatred is compassion, unity and love,” Bradley added: “The idea that loving each other more will solve this problem shows that most of us are unaware of the regular U.S. drone killings of Muslims beyond our borders. Perhaps we need to love more peoples than just ourselves.”

See video of Ms. Carter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s article “Orlando shooting: Omar Mateen ‘wanted U.S. to stop bombing Afghanistan’, survivor says.”