Update February 2: Police arrest Musab Mohamed Masmari on the way to the airport, here.
That’s what friends of ‘Neighbors’ want to know. The incident is described here, note how the 700 plus patrons in the club on New Year’s Eve were likely saved by the swift action of a US Army Sargent who described the arson attempt as a “terrorist act.” Hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’
We reported on the fire that threatened to blaze through Neighbours, a legendary Seattle gay nightclub, on New Year’s Eve. But now two heroes have emerged from the tragedy, and their bravery and skill saved the lives of the 750 people in the club from an arsonist’s murderous plot.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Bostick was in the club shortly after midnight when he noticed the flames.“It was like the Carrie movie,” he told KTVU. “You see just fire everywhere. And that’s all you can see and for a second, that’s all you’re focused on.”
Instinctively, Bostick rushed to grab a fire extinguisher from behind the bar, and then he and Mike Casey, a friend in the Air Force, attacked the flames until the sprinkler system kicked in.
“If that fire did what the arsonist intended, there’s no telling how many people could have died,” said Bostick. “If we hadn’t reacted to it, it would have taken too long for someone to react, and that fire would have become unmanageable in another 30 seconds.’’ Police haven’t arrested any suspects in the blaze, set in a stairwell leading to the second floor, but are searching surveillance tapes for clues.
Bostick, who tracks terrorists for the Army, says the incident has the earmarks of a terrorist act: “This was a planned attack on a large quantity of people in order to affect an entire community—to me, that’s terrorism.” He believes the arsonist walked up the stairs to the second floor with the can, then poured out gasoline as he walked down again.
Why are we writing about this? Because, although no arrest has yet been made, many are pointing a finger at Musab Mohamed Masmari, described in some news reports as a Libyan from Benghazi. And, we are mentioning the story because we previously reported on arson as a weapon of choice for Middle Easterners/Africans with grudges to settle. You know they do bring their ‘cultural practices’ with them!
And, by the way, so far! (if you are wondering) we’ve only taken one or two refugees from Libya, so it is unclear how Masmari came to be living in Seattle or what his immigration status is.
There is one more reason I’m posting this story and that is to use it to tell you about a new facebook page entitled ‘Diversity’s Dark Side’ where news accounts like this one will find a home! We’ve long complained that there is no central place for US immigrant (legal and illegal alien) crime or cultural clash stories to be posted. Now there is! If you are on facebook, click here, and ‘like’ Diversity’s Dark Side! which was created by a loyal reader of RRW.
Obviously, we will continue to post stories here at RRW that involve refugees who commit crimes, but others involving illegal aliens and others with legal immigration status of some sort will be posted at DDS. If you are not on facebook and have crime/cultural clash stories for Diversity’s Dark Side, please send them to me and I will post them to facebook.
LOL! We need to provide a little balanced reporting to counter those, who, like parrots, tell us that ‘diversity brings strength’ when promoting open borders and more immigration!