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Some further thoughts about Muslim Americans

Yesterday, I spoke about the Muslim community of Lodi, California, and their apparent greater concern about an FBI informer who had been among them than a couple of their fellows who had allegedly joined Al Qaeda. This caused a bit of a heated discussion in the comments, including one person who wanted to know if I was next going to call for internment camps or Holy Wars.

That was flagrantly stupid, but I'll treat it seriously to make my point. No, I'm not going to call for either of those any time soon. Further, I'll even point out that what they did in Lodi wasn't illegal. It's a principle of law that you are not obliged to report crimes or wrongdoings (except in very special cases, where certain people are called "mandatory reporters"). The Muslim community of Lodi was under no legal obligation to report the alleged terrorists among them, and did not.

But I look beyond the letter of the law. Indeed, society is more than laws. What these Muslims in Lodi did was, to my way of thinking, reprehensible. And there must be consequences for their choices.

The consequence, to me, is the forfeiting of the presumption of patriotism. They are losing the good will of their fellow Americans, who more and more believe that they can trust in the common bond that unites Americans to outweigh the sense of loyalty Muslims feel towards each other when those come in conflict -- regardless of what their fellow Muslims might have done.

The greatest enemies the United States faces right now are Muslim extremists. This puts American Muslims (of the non-extremist bent) in a conflict -- whose side will have their sympathies? Their fellow countrymen, or those who are dishonoring and besmirching their faith?

And every time another American Muslim chooses the latter, the more they lose that presumption of patriotism. And that is not any kind of penalty or discrimination, but a simple consequence of their choice.


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The law varies from state t... (Below threshold)

The law varies from state to state and it's not prosecuted often but failing to report a felony in progress or give information regarding one after the fact is a crime and in some cases af felony itself. That would include failing to report a conspiracy to commit an act of terrrorism. In some states someone who doesn't report a crime is guilty of that crime as an accessory. Not coming forward after the fact is also covered under obstruction of justice laws. The only people I know of who are exempt are spouses who cannot be compelled to testify against each other but that exemption only applies to married couples, doen't get you off the hook for not ratting out a parent, child, or sibling. Someone who is aware of even the planning of a felony crime must legally notify the authorities or face being charged themselves. I know a man in Texas who is on probation right now for not reporting his brother for a home invasion/robbery.

Jay,Now that respo... (Below threshold)

Jay,

Now that response I understand a little better than your previous post.

But it will take time, the leaders of the Muslim communities issued a Fatwa against terrorism and are moving to spread this message.

I do not claim to be an expert on Muslims but I do have a lot of Muslim friends and their communities have been traditionally very close-knit.

This does not excuse their actions or I should say inactions, especially the American born Muslims, but the immigrants are taught right of the boat to fear authority. Why?

Because the authorities in there home countries are known to cut things off. And neighbors can freely abduct and kill at will. It is up to us as one big community to break this cycle. Be cautious on one hand but open minded on the other. It's a very thin line that either way you go can become dangerous territory.

Don't mean to self promote but Jay and I had a little discussion about this over here.

Hmmmm."But it will... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"But it will take time, the leaders of the Muslim communities issued a Fatwa against terrorism and are moving to spread this message."

Got a copy of that "fatwa"? Because if it's the one CAIR wrote then that's hardly anything worth quoting.

"but the immigrants are taught right of the boat to fear authority."

And that excuses what? How long *after* they get off the "boat" and live in America does that exceedingly worn excuse last?

"It is up to us as one big community to break this cycle."

No. It's up to muslims to decide how this is going to play out. Will muslims put patriotism for their country first or will they become enemies of this country. In the first case they will cooperate fully and completely to eliminate all terrorists from their ranks. If it's the latter then, at some indeterminate point in the future, Americans will either kill them or deport them.

That's the choice and the patience frankly is running out. Not fast mind you, the MSM hasn't really reported fully on this nonsense. But think about what will happen if a major attack involving chemical or nuclear materials involves a huge number of casualties.

Your muslim friends will find out extremely quickly that, in the end, they'll have to shit or get off the pot. And if they don't make that choice, it'll be made for them.

Hmmmm.I'll make on... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

I'll make one more point. There has been at least two other immigrant communities that suffered harshly at the hands of authorities in their homeland. Who fought and bled to come to America. Who have close-knit communities tied by blood and religion.

Vietanmese Boat People
Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge

Contrast these wonderful Americans with some of the crap going on in domestic muslim communities.

Those excuses are wearing very very thin and are becoming transparent.

Ed: Have you read a ... (Below threshold)

Ed: Have you read a paper lately?

Great you picked out societies that do not promote suicide bombings, so, how would that compare to the Muslim population?

If it's the latter then, at some indeterminate point in the future, Americans will either kill them or deport them.

Remind me not to move next door to you.

Since when did this country start to reflect the countries they are coming from?

The Italians caused a lot of chaos in the early 20th century and I'm sure people had your same feelings but we survived, right?

It is without a doubt the responsibility of the leaders of the Muslim community to step up to the plate. But it would be nice to see Bush step up to that plate as well. Sending Karen Hughes is not the answer.

What logic, send a holly hobby home baker to a Muslim conference. She is so far down the feeding chain I would think he would have been better off sending Bolton. Damn at least that way he would have a guy that could smack some sense into these people.

Ultimately the responsibility of guarding our communities lies with the federal government. Go figure, Mohammad Atta was here legally, identified as a terrorist and allowed to stay.

Shit the least we could have done was given him a complimentary breakfast while we were hosting him.

I gotta agree with you ed, ... (Below threshold)

I gotta agree with you ed, you can even contrast those groups with some native born American liberals and see the difference. One group is willing to earn it's own way and the other seems to think it's owed something. An if the Muslims are using the excuse that they once lived under a murderous, oppressive regime somewhere else as a reason not cooperate here I have to wonder why in the hell they came here to begin with. They claim the came here to escape that but when given the opportunity they seem to be inviting it to follow them here.

Who knew about Mohammad Att... (Below threshold)

Who knew about Mohammad Atta? We did!! That's who. Yet we did nothing and you want to complain about the Muslim community at large. It is a minority of people committed to terrorism so lets get rid of all of them!!!! Damn that would have sucked if they followed through on those thoughts about the Irish, the Italians, the Negro's, the Japs, those nasty wetbacks from down south.

If our federal agencies actually functioned properly maybe, just maybe 3000+ people would still be alive today!!!

Remember Mohammad Atta, he is your symbolic dive bomber from Pearl Harbor!!!!!!

Even during the internment ... (Below threshold)

Even during the internment of Japanese at the outset of WW2, many Japanese living in the U.S. felt that it was a point of honor to enlist and fight for their new nation, to demonstrate that they were true patriots.

I'd be interested to see if the Muslim community is doing the same thing in the same proportion.

Here is an essay I wrote on the Japanese internment

About 3500 Arabs serve in t... (Below threshold)
The Bastard:

About 3500 Arabs serve in the US military (Arabs meaning "foreign") no to be confused with Muslims which is a religion.

But most interesting is the head of CENTCOM. An Arab himself he replaced Tommy Franks. Not bad for an A...RAB. Wouldn't ya think?

WOW they put an Arab in charge of an Arab region but send Karen "I Bake" Hughes to the Arab conference in DC, go figure.

Arab v Muslim - good point.... (Below threshold)

Arab v Muslim - good point.

Still, while Arab does not neccesarily mean Muslim, my greater point is that among the Muslim community that feels put upon, I wonder how many have a sense that they ought to demonstrate that their love of America is as great as any.

The Iraqis in my neighborhood are overwhelmingly Pro-American (I have had dinner with many, and we talk about these things) and many serve as translators on contract with the DoD.

The Japanese raised a full regiment that was, for the amount of time they served and the size of the unit, the most highly decorated group in WW2.

If these Muslim communities are enlisting at lower numbers than the general population, that would not neccesarily mean they lack love of country, but fighting for your nation against the very people you escaped would mean a lot to me.

But the Islam religion proh... (Below threshold)

But the Islam religion prohibits violence unless in self defense (bring on the onslaught).

Just like the peace loving religion of Christianity, Islam preaches the same. Again, a minority believes in extremism but the majority take it to the other extreme of peace. So.....maybe that is why there might be a low turn out in the armed forces.

Hey, enact the draft and we won't have to care about belief systems. Fuck um' won't need em' until your in a fox hole praying for your bud not God to save your rightious ass.

Who is more American a person who serves and dies or an American that serves (regardless of military service) and lives to prosper?

Mind you, I am a vet and sometimes the service to your country is not always wearing a uniform.

Hmmmm."Great you p... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"Great you picked out societies that do not promote suicide bombings"

Oh? So your point is that I have to contrast muslims with another group that advocates "suicide bombings" in order for the contrast to be proper?

Normally I'd include some severely sarcastic remarks but I'll leave it up to your imagination instead. Just make sure that, when you imagine my sarcastic reply, you include a lot of negative comments about logic, reality and nonsense.

"But the Islam religion pro... (Below threshold)

"But the Islam religion prohibits violence unless in self defense (bring on the onslaught)."

...

Bah, not even worth trying...

Hmmmm.@ The Bastar... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

@ The Bastard

I should have finished reading your fluff-filled posts before replying.

1. "Ultimately the responsibility of guarding our communities lies with the federal government."

No. The ultimately the responsibility for guarding out communities lies with **American citizens**. We live in our communities, not the federal government. Why do you think there is the 2nd Amendment to the Consitution? For skeet shooting?

2. "But the Islam religion prohibits violence unless in self defense (bring on the onslaught)."

Just because it's in the Koran doesn't mean jack.

3. "Just like the peace loving religion of Christianity, Islam preaches the same."

And your point is what? How many Christians have crept into an Israeli settlement to shoot a nursing mother, and her child, dead? How many Christians have blown people up as suicide bombers? How many muslims, and/or muslim groups, have gone to none-muslim areas to provide education, clean water, housing and food?

Don't use examples you can't backup, it'll make you look the fool.

4. "Again, a minority believes in extremism but the majority take it to the other extreme of peace."

Really? Well if they were such a minority then why are we having this discussion at all? Why isn't there a huge number of American muslim *citizens* providing all the help and information they can to combat terrorists?

If they are so moderate, then where are they?

5. "So.....maybe that is why there might be a low turn out in the armed forces."

Maybe it's because they're more muslim than American.

6. "Fuck um' won't need em' until your in a fox hole praying for your bud not God to save your rightious ass."

What kind of drugs are you on?

7. "Who is more American a person who serves and dies or an American that serves (regardless of military service) and lives to prosper?"

How about the American muslim *citizens* get with the program? And I'll point out that the operative word in your little diatribe is "serve".

It would be nice if muslims stepped on up and did that.

8. "Mind you, I am a vet and sometimes the service to your country is not always wearing a uniform."

So am I, USMC. So who gives a rat's ass?

9. "Remind me not to move next door to you."

Well if you're into being a terrorists, beheading people and/or blowing people up, then yes you probably would be much better off not living next to me.

10. "Since when did this country start to reflect the countries they are coming from?"

Normally I would assume people would have already heard the term "melting pot" so this is a bit of a surprise.

11. "The Italians caused a lot of chaos in the early 20th century and I'm sure people had your same feelings but we survived, right?"

The "Italians", by which I assume you mean gangsters, were originally jewish, but I get what you mean.

So you're equating Italians with muslims? Do a better job and explain your reasoning in detail.

12. "But it would be nice to see Bush step up to that plate as well."

Bush all but licked the muslim communities ass. I assure you that, were I President, these people would have already been deported back to their home countries. Good thing I'm not, and cannot be, President eh?

Why is that? Well because I'm a first-generation immigrant from South Korea that's why. Oh so that makes me a member of a member of an immigrant community with close-knit ties of blood and religion? Well, imagine that.

If only my sub-group had "suicide bombings" in it's resume, could I have the pleasure of contrasting with muslims.

Oh woe is me.

Hmmmm."a member of... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"a member of a member "

lol. Never post before your first cup of coffee. :)

Bullwinkle is so right!...I... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

Bullwinkle is so right!...I always agree with him!

Several seem to miss the po... (Below threshold)
MikeB:

Several seem to miss the point of Jay's original post. I think I can summarize it in single sentence (albiet a run-on).

The fact that the Muslim community in Lodi was shocked by the fact that there was a mole living in their midst moreso than the fact that there was someone who had attended a terrorist training camp living in their midst says a lot about that community.

Mole living among us = SHOCK
Terrorist-in-training living among us = not news worthy

- MikeB

Here's a newsflash people: ... (Below threshold)
Ed:

Here's a newsflash people: a fatwa against terrorism is meaningless. Why? The fatwa, (if it issued by an Islamic cleric) though it prohibits the taking of innocent life, does not apply to non-combatant infidels because they are not considered innocent. See www.danielpipes.com.

Now about Islamic cooperation:

You're right, the muslim terrorists are only a "tiny minority" of a peace loving people. And everybody with a brain knows that muslims are against this type of thing, as they've been continuously speaking out against it, having countless protest marches against terrorist activities, forming their own task forces to root out such extremists, cooperating on all fronts with the authorities in multiple countries, opening their mosques for investigators, not hindering investigations in any way, refraining from raising money supporting such groups, speaking praises on efforts to hunt down such extremists, passing out lollipops and kittens, and singing Kumbaya on an endless loop.

About the only thing that w... (Below threshold)
cro:

About the only thing that was accurate in any of Bastard's posts was the name on them....

Ed said; And your... (Below threshold)

Ed said; And your point is what? How many Christians have crept into an Israeli settlement to shoot a nursing mother, and her child, dead? How many Christians have blown people up as suicide bombers? How many muslims, and/or muslim groups, have gone to none-muslim areas to provide education, clean water, housing and food? Don't use examples you can't backup, it'll make you look the fool.

I stopped reading after #3. I can think of a lot a worse things Christians have done to each other over the last few thousand years so don't even go there.

This new and it is new kind of radicalism was brought on by years upon years of the west ignoring the plights of the middle east. Remember up until the 1950's the largest oil find was in Texas.

So there wasn't much use for the middle east. All of a sudden we have this giant craving for oil and think we can treat these people like shit and just take it. 40 years of treating people like that and yeah they will start blowing themselves up to get their point across (I AM IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM CONDONING THE ACTION JUST EXPLAINING WHY) they have nothing left to lose.

And visions of Christians pushing jews, muslims and other Christians into ovens by the millions far outways a few thousand suicide bombers.

Get a grip pal, the "Christians" corner the market on toture, maming and killing. They have been practicing that peaceful part of their religion for thousands of years. Gotta love the Spanish Inquisition!!!! That was a HOOT!!!!

The ignorant bastard that t... (Below threshold)
Ed:

The ignorant bastard that thinks that Christianity has "corner[sic] the market on toture, maming and killing." is a piece of sh*t. Do Christians do this today? Answer: No. When was the last Christian crusade? Anyone? Anyone??? Now, when was that last Islamic attack of murdering infidels in the name of Islam?? Answer: what time is it? Is it 7/7/2005? The 21st Century. Islam is living in the 7th century, 1400 years behind modern times.

There's only two reasons fo... (Below threshold)
JohnG:

There's only two reasons for getting off the boat. To become part of your new country, or to work from the inside to bring it down. The moment you step on our land, you're either a citizen or a saboteur. Citizenship brings with it certain responsibilities - if you're not willing to accept them, get back on the damn boat.

Hmmmm.@ The Bastar... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

@ The Bastard

1. "I stopped reading after #3."

Yes that is rather indicative of your writing.

2. "I can think of a lot a worse things Christians have done to each other over the last few thousand years so don't even go there."

So you have to go back a couple "thousand years" to find something awful about Christians?

That should give you a clue right there, but it obviously doesn't.

3. "This new and it is new kind of radicalism was brought on by years upon years of the west ignoring the plights of the middle east. Remember up until the 1950's the largest oil find was in Texas."

Really?

How has the West ignoring the plight of Eskimoes brought about Eskimo suicide bombers pray tell? Or how about the West ignoring the plight of Kalihari Bushmen brought about Kalihari Bushmen terrorists?

And just what did the West do to those poor benighted muslims sitting on all that oil? Well we brought them clean water for one thing. What a f-ing horror show that is eh? And what is it that terrorists object to so much about the West? Our culture right? And how pernicious it is and how invasive it is and how corrosive it is.

All you're capable of is an illogical defense of the indefensible. And btw the majority of terrorists have been proven to be middle-class to wealthy upperclass people with college degrees.

What a f-ing horror that must be eh? It would sure drive my ass to jihad if I had hundred million dollars and nothing to do with my life but boink a dozen beautiful wives all damn day long.

Oops. My contempt is showing through. Sorry.

4. "So there wasn't much use for the middle east."

There still isn't.

5. "All of a sudden we have this giant craving for oil and think we can treat these people like shit and just take it."

You're right. When you're right, you're right.

Perhaps we should buy the oil instead eh? What a novel idea. That people should buy oil from the producers of oil. I'll send a f-ing memo to President Bush tomorrow morning.

6. "40 years of treating people like that and yeah they will start blowing themselves up to get their point across"

Isn't that amusing? Muslims have been murdering westerners for the past 1,300+ years so we've got 1,260 years to catch up right? Well since you'er going back a couple thousand years to indict Christians, I'm sure you'll allow me to do the same to muslims right? Nobody would be that pretentious to disallow something that they're relying upon as a foundation for their argument.

Then again muslims have been committing acts of terrorism since at least 1946, and before. So that rather predates the "40 years" nonsense.

Frankly your arguments are complete shit. Can't even frigging figure out why I even bother.

7. ""

I'd include a response, and a quote, here but you're boring the crap out of me so I won't bother.

Consider this a pre-emptive rhetorical bitch-slap.

8. "(I AM IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM CONDONING THE ACTION JUST EXPLAINING WHY)"

Really? Then why did you insist that I use the example of a culture that promoted suicide bombing to contrast with muslims? Aren't you taking the position that muslims, by definition, are suicide bombers? Isn't that an advocacy after all?

9. "they have nothing left to lose."

Yeah cause America oppresses them so damn much in Boise, Idaho! Or Buffalo, NY. I know for damn sure that, were I stuck in Buffalo in the winter, I'd damn sure put a bomb-belt on and look for those infidel bastards.

Your arguments have the fleas of a thousand rabid camels stinking of stale beer and excessive High Karate.

10. "And visions of Christians pushing jews, muslims and other Christians into ovens by the millions far outways a few thousand suicide bombers."

Man you can't get anything right can you? Nazis were not Christians you pompous ignorant ass. This is why the SS used ***Lightning Bolts*** as it's collar device. The Nazis glorified the ancient pagan religions, not Christianity you doofus.

Go read a damn book or something. Learn something. Read something. Know something, any damn thing at all. How on earth anybody could live through three, count'em ***3***, Indiana Jones movies without realising that the Nazis weren't Christians I have no idea.

11. "Get a grip pal, the "Christians" corner the market on toture, maming and killing. They have been practicing that peaceful part of their religion for thousands of years. Gotta love the Spanish Inquisition!!!! That was a HOOT!!!!"

Wow that was a set down wasn't it? You only had to go back a few hundred years. Why if it weren't for those virtuous muslims those damn Christers would still be doing their awful deeds of bringing clean water, schools and medical care.

Those dastardly Christers!

Here's a challenge for you:

List all of the muslim charities that have provided charity to non-muslims and an example of what they provided and when.

I'm sure there are some. It's just that I can't seem to find any. I'm sure it's just my bad Googling skills. But such a bright scholar such as yourself should be able to list a couple thousand right off the bat.

After all Christian charities have been providing charity to non-Christians for a couple hundred years now. So it shouldn't be all that hard.

...

@ The Bastard:

Normally I refrain from this sort of nonsense but frankly you deserve it and more. Your arugments are illogical, lame, pompous and idiotic. Your arguments have no grasp of facts, history or of anything relevant to the discussion at hand.

In short: your arguments, one and all, suck ass.

Re: Mr. McNabbI th... (Below threshold)

Re: Mr. McNabb

I think our continued shortage of Arabic translators may be reveal the answer to your question.

Hmmmm."I think our... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"I think our continued shortage of Arabic translators may be reveal the answer to your question."

Actually the biggest problem is the security clearance, not applicants. The problem is that a lot of recent immigrants have relatives back home that may, or may not, be engaged in some shady business, and not necessarily terrorism.

Getting people through the security background checks can be tough. Especially if they're relatives are living in heavy terrorist areas and/or inaccessible.

Really in this case I'd place the blame on the US intelligence services. They've known for 50 years now that Arabic speaking terrorists are a problem and these self-same intelligence services haven't bothered to train up enough translators.

Funny isn't it? There's a government program to help librarians get through school but the CIA has only recently decided to give that technique a try.

To Ed...Admirable wr... (Below threshold)
Moon Monkey:

To Ed...
Admirable writing and thought process.You are obviously bright and a patriot.
That you choose to exchange comments with Bastard is,however,baffling. Why would you,beyond a point,attempt logical and reasonable dialogue with someone clearly illogical and consumately unreasonable?
Bastard suffers from a Herculean case of blocked lower intestine. The only thing that could save him from himself would be an enema the size of Lake Superior! The fact that he has shit for brains precludes neuro-surgery,so he should be pretty much written off.
When someone feigns intellectual insight on so many levels,with so much misguided anger,it becomes apparent that meaningful dialogue is worthless. I don't pretend to have the last word on a lot of things...I'm not that smart. But I can recognize a "Know-It-All" when I hear one,and this guy is a quintessential example.
In short,don't waste your time attempting to make any point with this type. He is unreachable,probably because of long-standing disappointments that will forever haunt and cloud his judgement and sense of right and wrong.

So, somehow our "ignoring t... (Below threshold)
Battsman:

So, somehow our "ignoring the plight" of the Middle East begat the wanton murder of children and women.

Strange, isn't it, how impoverished peoples (non-Muslim) come to this country, not to destroy and blame it for their woes, but to partake of its freedoms and greatness.

No, son, the ugliness is inherent in the peoples of the Middle East (and, I dare say, their religion), not in our conduct.

Hmmmm."Admirable w... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

"Admirable writing and thought process.You are obviously bright and a patriot."

Thanks but it's not true. I'm rather more like the biggest jackass in America. I'm a fiscal conservative and I voted for Bush twice. LOL.

*shrug* I can only hope that I prodded the guy hard enough that he'll remember it. People tend to not remember pleasant conversations, unless it's with pretty girls, but severely antagonistic ones they tend to remember.

Perhaps he'll have his "silver bullet day".

I did in 1982. Before that I was a liberal Democrat, as is my family today. Which is really funny actually since my family has been Democrats for as long as anyone can remember there being something call Democrats.

Maybe he'll have his epiphany and wake up to the really-real world. It's worth a few minutes of time to try and make it happen. If I'm lucky I've pissed him off enough to do some actual reasearch on his own rather than taking other people's word for things. It's when you delve deeply, personally, into whats real and what's mere fakery that the epiphany begins.

Patriot/Jackass Ed:S... (Below threshold)
Moon Monkey:

Patriot/Jackass Ed:
Sorry,but I've been a jerk for longer than you!
Also (as an esoteric aside,I was a guest of the USAF in Osan-ni) a long time ago.
The silence has been deafening...maybe Katrina ate The Bastard. Hmmmmm...
Amen.

No sane person denies ... (Below threshold)

No sane person denies that Islamofascist terrorism is criminal and intolerable. But too many bigots handily use it as an excuse to fuel or justify racist and anti-immigrant hate. They handily forget that America has home-grown terrorists like the KKK and the American Nazi Party, and that blacks and Jews are just as threatened by them as all Americans are by Al-Qaeda.

American racism is just like European anti-semitism. European anti-semitism went to sleep for a hundred years after the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte's reforms gave Jews equal citizenship. For a time, in the early 1800's, peaceful assimilation of Jewry into western civilization seemed really to be working. But then with economic woes, anti-semitism again began rearing its ugly head. First with the Dreyfus Affair, but really with the Holocaust.

Today, people likewise think that Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights era have done for American racism what 1789 and Bonaparte did for European Jewry, that blacks have the same rights though prejudice still persists...bla-bla-bla...

The only reason Mid-Eastern terrorists got away with 9-11 is that the oil companies have too much influence, and we are too much in bed with the Saudis. if America really got its act together, we could lick those terrorists with one hand tied behind the nation's back.

No, the real menace to national security is the SLEEPING VOLCANO OF RACIAL HATE between America's two mutually hostile nationalities, black and white. Sometimes I worry that in decades ahead, we could be torn apart by nationwide race war.




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