On Tuesday, a man in a rental truck killed 8 people when he drove onto a bike lane in Manhattan as part of an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack.
According to The Daily Caller, not only is the terrorist lacking remorse for the senseless killings, he’s proud of what he’s done. He told FBI he “felt good about what he did” saying his goal was to kill as many people as he could.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov unveiled himself as a terrorist when he murdered innocent pedestrians Tuesday. Investigators found notes written in Arabic proclaiming allegiance to ISIS, as well as “thousands of ISIS-related images” kept by Saipov.
According to CNN, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack saying Saipov was a “soldier of the caliphate.” In a propaganda piece for their newspaper, al-Naba, they said, “One of the Islamic State soldiers in America attacked on Tuesday a number of crusaders on a street in New York City.”
Officials believe that Saipov wasn’t directed by ISIS, but rather inspired by the terrorist organization’s ideology. They also believe he wasn’t formally recruited, but rather “self-radicalized,” as evidenced by the numerous videos on his phone and other ISIS propaganda consumed by Saipov.
Apparently, Saipov had been planning the attack for almost a year. He said he rented the truck in advance in order to practice the slaughter beforehand. Saipov claims to have considered plastering the truck with ISIS flags, but says he “decided against it because he did not want to draw attention to himself.”
Horrifically, the pedestrians near the West Side Highway weren’t Saipov’s only intended target. He had additional plans to attack innocents on the Brooklyn Bridge but was stopped when he crashed his truck into a school bus and was shot in the abdomen by NYPD officer Ryan Nash.
The New York attack bears a striking resemblance to a similar terrorist attack in March in London. According to Business Insider, four people were killed when a lone operative used to car to run them over on the Westminster Bridge, and an officer was killed with a knife.
Both attacks seem to follow directions offered by ISIS in their magazine, Rumiyah, which is for English-speaking consumers of Islamofascist pro. In the article, “Just Terror Tactics,” vehicles were recommended as the weapon of choice.
The article stated, “Though being an essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle and its capacity of reaping large numbers of casualties if used in a premeditated manner…”
Whether Saipov was an official member of ISIS or a radical supporter-turned-operative is irrelevant. ISIS inspired the attack by providing the know-how and Saipov used it to pledge his allegiance in blood.
The NYC terrorist said he felt good about what he did. Should the death penalty be on the table?
The fact that he shows no remorse and is glad for what he’s done shows just how dangerous the ideology promoted by ISIS truly is. It also evidences the very real danger that other lone operatives may currently be planning attacks of their own in the US and other nations.
Getting to the root of the problem, the cultural and ideological foundation of ISIS, and eradicating it is the only way to stop more terrorist attacks like these from happening. America needs to start that process now.