So here’s my hypothesis about the recent terror attack in California. It’s based on the evidence that’s available to the public. It may or may not be accurate. It’s just a thought.
We know the male suspect was unstable. He was alcoholic, depressed, mentally ill, etc. She, a citizen of Qatar, was definitely radicalized and had contact with other terror suspects.
Maybe she manipulated an ill, weak man into joining her cause. Meanwhile, she planned a large-scale holiday season attack (at a shopping center, maybe?) along with the “half dozen” guys (that’s why so many guns/bombs).
The plan fell apart, however, because at his work holiday party, some coworkers said something the man found insulting. Being emotionally unstable, he decided to act rashly. He left the party, went home, and started arming himself. Maybe she caught him getting ready and confronted him.
“What are you doing?”
“Killing my coworkers.”
“Wait, what? Why?”
Perhaps she tried to convince him to calm down and hold off until they could carry out their full attack with the others, so that all their work planning and preparing wouldn’t be wasted. Since he was only committed to the cause because of her, he refused, placing his own desire for revenge over her religion-fueled mission of murder.
She dropped everything and went with him to keep him out of “trouble” and ensure they weren’t caught—hence the half-eaten food & dirty dishes that were discovered in the house by the press today.
The couple destroyed their phones, computers, and other electronics in case something happened to them so their co-conspirators would be “safe.” They shredded documents, again as seen when the press entered their house this morning, for the same reason.
She wrote a pro-ISIS Facebook post under a fake name so that in case they got away, the alias could serve as a red herring for the cops and draw suspicion elsewhere.
At the party, they started the attack. After killing several people—especially targeting the coworker who angered the male terrorist—they left. Because they hadn’t fully prepared, the one pipe bomb they brought with them failed to go off.
They hoped to escape before the police arrived, but they were tracked down and killed. Supplies captured, the larger attack was thwarted.
It’s just a theory, but it seems to line up with what we’ve seen and heard so far about the couple, the attack, and the surrounding events. It explains why so much equipment was left behind and why the choice of target seemed so unusual. It also fits with the reports that someone had “made fun of the male terrorist’s beard.” Anyway, just a thought.
If that does end up being close to accurate, however, it would mean that by killing these 14 people, these terrorists inadvertently prevented a much larger attack that could have potentially killed many more people.