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Congress vs. Islam is the wrong context for cooperation

Post by Brian O'Neill on March 12, 2011 at 10:02 am with 11 Comments »
March 12, 2011 10:02 am

Is it ever okay to address the issue of radicalized Muslims and their presence in the American Muslim community?

This seems to be the defensive question U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is asking as he battles the forces of evil (i.e. journalists).  Yes, you can, should be the answer of a secure nation. Just not the way you’re doing it.

The media circus currently playing out in Congress, with Rep. King as ringleader, is truly nothing more than show. The current hearings seem to be a misplaced attempt at the national equivalent of an Islamic neighborhood block watch, with the intent of conveying the message, “You need to do a better job at policing your own people.” The effect, like many politically inspired witch hunts, has backfired.

The congressman and many of his peers are correct that radicalized American Muslims are a threat to our country’s security, and the discussion is arguably a necessary one to have. So what’s the problem?

In a word, context.

Politicians are merely vocalizing what intelligence analysts and law enforcement officials deal with on a daily basis. Local and national groups, like the Joint Terrorism Task Force, are acutely aware of communities that have a habit of sending their young men to foreign mosques known for turning out jihadists. Agents and cops in these units spend a large amount of their time tracking the movements of such individuals, especially when they turn up on battlefields in the Middle East, or back home in the U.S.

That is why it is so vital for government officials to keep an open and friendly dialogue with the law-abiding members of any group with a propensity for sloughing off individuals capable of terrorist activities. If recent events are any indicator, we need to include in our dialogue many other religious and secular organizations with a propensity for creating home-grown terrorists.

White supremacist groups, as seen by the recent arrest in Spokane’s bomb scare, require close watch. Anarchist groups, that seem to lie dormant until the opportunity arises for a riot, are a constant threat. Some so-called Christian churches are far more likely than others to spin off members eager to bomb abortion clinics or target physicians for death. Then there are the lone wolves, such as Maurice Clemmons or Jared Loughner, who hide in plain sight.

In this context, making bold statements berating American Muslims is all flash and no substance. Worse, it’s counterproductive.

If politicians want to have a national block watch on home-grown terror, they are welcome to attend any number of local meetings for examples of success. When they do they will find that the best results of such cooperation, mutual trust and communication, begin with an open and friendly dialogue.

That ingredient has long been missing in Washington, D.C.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. King’s actions are a disgrace. We told him so before the hearings began and he still went ahead with them. That’s ego along with the sensationalism he was looking for. So very ignorant!

  2. Pecksbadboy says:

    King’s idea taken further:
    All Germans are still members of the Nazi Party, all Japanese will give up their lives for the Emporer and all African American Men want to rape white women.

    He and all that believe in what he is doing is righteous are NOT Americans.

  3. Sad that someone with law enforcement experience has the ability to see this hearing as “congress vs. Islam”. Should take away the badges of every frickin liberal. As Mr. King has said, this is not about Islam. This is about radicalized Muslims. Dumb editorial, I knew better than to waste 5 minutes reading anything this yayhoo writes.

  4. ItalianSpring says:

    The correct context is “freedom vs. Islam” or “no beheadings vs. beheadings”.

  5. I support Rep King and what he is doing, so does the majority of Americans.

  6. ratujack says:

    I totally support Rep. KING Taking on this serious problem that the main stream media will not tackle. Obama sticks his head in the sand. Obama is so worried about offending muslims. Radical Islamic/Muslims that have no rule of law and we should be worried. No more bombing and beheadings. If they want to have hearings on the KKK go for it. Muslims are the ones setting up NY bombings, Ft Hood 13 dead,underwear bomber said more’s coming etc etc…….no one else doing it just radicalized muslims. Go to the source.

  7. Pecksbadboy says:

    You who support Mr King are not the majority.
    Where did you come up with that, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck or Fox Entertainment?

  8. Brian O'Neill says:

    I recognize the opposing viewpoints to my blog, but I must admit that you are not arguing against my point. To be more clear, there is no doubt that radicalized Muslims are a true threat to our security. Rep King knows that and so do we. However, King does not spend his time wisely when he chooses to alienate the one segment of the population, American Muslims, to whom he is requesting assistance.

    Do you really chew somebody out and then ask for their help? In congress, yes.

  9. BlaineCGarver says:

    I don’t see how anyone, including Muslim leaders, can miss the fact that radical izlam hides in plain sight among the loyal, American Muzlims.

  10. pecksbadboy…..several poll’s have been taken by Gallup to Rasmussen ad-infinitum…you have had your head stuck where the sun don’t shine…no hearing no seeing. Polls are wayover 75%.

    Kings hearing are popular………..

  11. BlaineCGarver says:

    Rat, IMO, letting polls are a dangerous way to run security. It’s tough, but leaders should do the proper thing to protect the country, not what is popular among knee-jerk liberals.

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