Forgetting Jihad


The Boulder massacre took place less than a year ago. Why is it so difficult to remember? What accounts for the epidemic of amnesia over Islamic terror? We all have reasons for forgetting past events. New events push them out of our minds. We have work to do, bills to pay, children to raise. We can't be expected to remember every news item of the last decade.

Yet some events stick in our memory, and some don't. Why do the names of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman stick in our minds, and the name Ahmad Al-Issa (the Boulder killer) does not?

My list also included:

  • The Bataclan theater massacre in Paris
  • The attack on the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande performance
  • The attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India
  • The coordinated bombing attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • The Brussels airport and subway attacks
  • The jihadist takeover of an elementary school in Beslan, Russia which resulted in over 300 deaths, many of them children
  • The coordinated bombing attacks on four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain which resulted in almost 200 deaths and over 2,000 injuries.
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