by Mark A. Cohen - Over 120 of his blog posts can be read at fromthelefttotheright[dot]blogspot[dot]com
At the midway point in March, 2011, there have already been sixteen terrorist attacks committed by either Al Qaeda or the Taliban - so far! Al Qaeda is a militant Islamist group and the Taliban is an Islamist militia group, according to the neutral informational website, Wikipedia. Islam is a religion and a Muslim is an adherent of that faith. Islamism is the politicization of Islam, or a political movement which advocates Islam and supports Islamic law, known as Sharia. There are differing definitions of Sharia, but from what I have read and seen, this law is the antithesis of the freedoms enjoyed by the people who live in what is known as Western Civilization. Listen to the extremists with care and you'll uncover a radical movement whose goal is world domination. (Where have we heard this before?)
Attacks have been perpetrated against the U.S. from within by Islamist extremists many times. The attacks on 9/11/01 were initiated by radicals who came from outside the U.S. However, we have seen many radicalized Americans who have since committed acts of terror, both here and abroad. If our citizens are being changed, then our country's national security is threatened. Why and how has it happened?
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is holding a series of hearings to determine why and how some Americans may have been radicalized. Rep. King has said that these hearings are "about the radicalization of the Muslim-American community by Al Qaeda... The overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are outstanding Americans... Muslims have [already] testified at [these hearings] that their children are being radicalized." The threat is real, and yet many are denying it. They misunderstand Peter King and those who recognize the problem.
Three who deny the danger are Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). They believe this is some sort of attack on Muslims, but it is not. Instead of focusing on the world-wide Islamist threat, they point to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as evidence that others have committed acts of terror in the U.S. Yes, there were others, but they are not part of any kind of organized threat to anyone. Attacks by lone gunmen are also interesting, but studying them is not helpful in defining this issue. Driven by some kind of irrational sense of fairness, Ms. Lee thinks the King hearings are an attack on the Muslim community. She's entitled to her opinion, but she's wrong. They are being held to prevent attacks on the American community. These are not the McCarthy hearings and no one is threatened, so bring them on!
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