Getting a Spine on Terrorism

It took the election of a Republican majority to the House of Representatives to finally get some spine on the issue of terrorism. Starting in January, Peter King, the New York GOP congressman from Long Island is going to chair the House committee on homeland security and will hold hearings on the radicalization of the American Muslim community.


In other words, Washington will finally be dragged kicking and screaming from its politically-correct sleep and will be forced to face up to the fact that Islam is not the ‘peaceful religion’ that it claims to be.


King wrote recently that such hearings are critical because terrorists are “recruiting Muslims living legally in the United States — homegrown terrorists who have managed to stay under the anti-terror radar screen.” King added that American Muslims are not cooperating with law enforcement “to anywhere near the extent that they should. With al-Qaeda trying to recruit from within their community it’s important that they cooperate.”


Taking a cue from the left, however, a spokesman at the Council on American-Islamic Relations immediately claimed that the King committee will turn into “a new McCarthy-type hearing” and a witch hunt.


So the Islamists have learned well from liberals in America, with their prepared knee-jerk reactions and attack language.


How did Islamists know about the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s?


They learned about them from Democrats.


King is right on target. It is time to stop coddling Islam and start treating it not as just a religion but also as the radical political movement that it is becoming in many mosques and nations.


King said that before 9/11 that he had a close relationship with the Muslim community. “I attended the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury on a regular basis, visited socially with local Muslim leaders, had Muslim students intern in my office, and advocated for Pakistan’s position against India in Kashmir,” he said.


But after 9/11 King says that some Muslim leaders “were insisting there was no evidence that al-Qaeda was responsible for the attacks”, even claiming that it could have been the CIA, FBI or Israel.


King said he knows of imams “instructing members of their mosques not to cooperate with law enforcement officials investigating the recruiting of young men in their mosques as suicide bombers.”


Meanwhile Britain is hanging tough on Islamic radicals there. Anti-terrorism police recently arrested twelve males in age from 17 to 28 who will be questioned on suspicion of commissioning or preparing to commit acts of terrorism in a Christmas plot. The arrests follow a period of surveillance.


And this surely points to the necessity of increasing surveillance, eavesdropping, wiretapping, questioning and racial profiling of terror suspects here in the United States. Because these techniques are the only way to fight the asymmetric war that terrorists are waging. We cannot do it with bullets and bombs, or simply respond after the fact.


Democrats have spent years cultivating an atmosphere of laxity, which led to 9/11. After the February 26, 1993 truck bombing of the parking garage underneath the North Tower of the World Trade Center, the terrorist perpetrators were treated as American criminals and given civilian trials, rather than being seen as the terrorists they were. The Clinton administration then neglected any long-term scrutiny of terrorism, which easily could have stopped 9/11 by asking over time the kinds of tough questions that King now wants answered.


Even at the US Army post in Fort Hood, Texas, where an Islamic US Army psychiatrist was well known for engaging in radical talk and extremist internet activities, Nidal Malik Hassan was never seriously questioned or stopped before he killed 13 people in November 2009. This is the type of political correctness that has to end because it even has infiltrated our military.


And when a naturalized American from Pakistan, Faisal Shahzad, sought to detonate a car bomb in Times Square on May 1, 2010, liberal New York mayor Michael Bloomberg immediately dismissed the possibility of an Islamist plotter. He said, “If I had to guess, twenty five cents, this would be exactly that… Homegrown maybe a mentally deranged person or someone with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.”


This is outrageous, and this is why King is right and the liberals and Islamists are dead wrong. Because King wants answers while the Muslim community, allied with the American left, do not want to give them.


We conservatives urge congressman King to proceed with his hearings and not to be intimidated by the antics and misdirections of the progressives and their new Islamic allies. Our very security is at stake.


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