(PatriotWise.com)- The FBI faced some serious backlash over the weekend after making the bizarre public statement that the man who held people hostage at a Texas synagogue did so without any anti-Semitic intentions.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno told the press after the horrific incident took place that the hostage taker “was specifically focused on an issue not directly connected to the Jewish community” and that there was “no immediate indication that the man was part of any broader plan.”
Thankfully every individual held hostage at the Synagogue survived, but the hostage taker – a Muslim man and a British national – was killed after an hours-long standoff.
The comment prompted some bizarre news reports that almost appeared to be defending the hostage taker. Curiously, left-wing media outlets chose to describe the man as British – rather than identifying the fact that he was a Muslim named Malik Faisal Akram. Doesn’t exactly sound British, does it?
Perhaps the media was too afraid to say the obvious.
Among those who slammed the FBI for the questionable comment was Dan McLaughlin of the National Review, who sarcastically wrote:
“Hitler was mad about the Treaty of Versailles, which wasn’t Jews’ fault, either.”
Gregg Carlstrom of The Economist also wrote:
“Just a coincidence that he targeted a house of worship used by this one particular religious minority, a coincidence that seems to happen an awful lot throughout history.”
The only reason the standoff came to an end with no injuries was thanks to the heroic actions of Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker. The rabbi told the media how in the final hour of the hostage period, which lasted for 10 hours, the hostage taker became “increasingly belligerent and threatening.”
That’s when Cytron-Walker made sure that the other hostages were close to an exit and ready to run, before he threw a chair at the man and ran for the door.
“And all three of us were able to get out without even a shot being fired,” he said.
Why would the FBI want to try and underplay a hostage situation that could have easily turned into a deadly terror attack if it wasn’t for the brave actions of one rabbi?