It seems like President Donald Trump and his administration are getting paranoid of the possibility of attacks or retaliation against the United States and its allies by terrorists or extremists from the Islamic State that they have been branding some incidents happening around the world as part terror attacks.
However, it seems that it may not be the case at all particularly in the murder of two British tourists in Australia sometime in August last year.
The Trump administration cited that the deaths of the two British tourists in the Land Down Under was part of the global terrorist attacks as mentioned in the list of the White House, which it also said, has not received enough attention from the Western media.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, was stabbed to death in front of dozens of people at a hostel near Townsville in Queensland state in August. Another Briton, Tom Jackson, 30, was stabbed when he came to Ayliffe-Chung’s aid and died in a hospital a week later, reports ABC.net of Australia.
Critics found the branding by the White House as ironic since the Australian police authorities have already ruled out a terrorism angle on the incident.
The incident appeared on a list of 78 attacks the White House said were terror-related and executed or inspired by the Islamic State.
Insane persecution of innocent people
In a letter to President Donald Trump and posted on Facebook, Rosie Ayliffe, the mother of Mia, said that she would not allow the Trump administration from using her daughter’s death to further the insane persecution of innocent people.
She said that the vilification of whole nation states and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when people allow themselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred.
Les Jackson, Tom Jackson’s father, also wrote on Facebook and said that he is pretty sure that Trump and his advisors know fully well, or could very easily verify, that Tom and Mia died not as a result of an act of terror but rather through the actions of a disturbed individual.
Jackson said that the Trump people only made it appear that it was a result of a terrorist attack to suit Trump’s agenda.
Ayliffe-Chung and Jackson were killed by a 29-year-old French national named Smail Ayad. Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski alleged that Ayad shouted ‘Allahu Akbar,’ which is Arabic for God is the greatest, during the attack.
However, investigators concluded that there was no indication the attack was motivated by extremism and the suspect had no known ties to the Islamic State.
Suffering from schizophrenia
Investigators suspect Ayad may have been romantically obsessed with Ayliffe-Chung. Ayad’s lawyer said in October that Ayad was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In fact, the Queensland Mental Health Court is considering whether Ayad is fit to stand trial.
In the letter, Ayliffe-Chung’s mother wrote that she wanted to discount the myth of a connection between her daughter’s death and Islamic fundamentalism, adding that any fool can shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they commit a crime.
Ms. Ayliffe said she wanted to point out the facts about what happened to her daughter, by saying that Ayad was not an Islamic fundamentalist because he wasn’t even a practicing Muslim.
She said that the branding of Mia’s murder as a terrorist act is a retrograde step on Trump’s part. Queensland Police has also rejected the claims, saying the crime was not race or religion.
In a statement, Queensland Police said they had ruled out the possibility that the stabbing was terrorism related.