Yesterday, I caught bits and pieces of Representative King’s hearings on radical Islam in America, and I learned quite a few things.
First up, I saw Representative Keith Ellison (D-Dearbornistan) get all choked up over a Muslim first responder who was killed in 9/11. It seems that in the immediate aftermath, some folks said that he must have been involved in the attacks. That was immediately corrected, and Muhammad Hamdami has since been recognized as a hero.
The smearing of Muhammad Hamdami was wrong, but all too common and quite frankly not that big a deal. It was quickly corrected — unlike, say, the cases of Richard Jewell, the Tea Party movement in the wake of the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the suicide of Census worker Bill Sparkman, and the current libel of liberal patriot (no, that’s not an oxymoron) Brandon Darby by the New York Times.
Next, some of the statements made at those hearings drew a lot of heat — especially ones like “we have too many mosques in the US” and “too many Muslims.” Well, I happen to agree with them — as long as the removals are targeted. There are quite a few very radical mosques, holding quite a few radical Islamists, that we’d be better off without.
A lot of folks also said that we should have expanded the scope of the hearings to include radicals and militants of several other bents, including neo-Nazis and the Klan and such. I would point out that as awful as those folks are, one radical American Muslim — Major Nidal Hassan — killed more Americans in the name of Allah in incident than the Klan, the neo-Nazis, and the anti-abortion radicals have in the last decade. Priorities, people.
And Major Hassan is hardly the only example of dangerously radical Muslim Americans. Faisal Shahzad, the failed Times Square bomber. Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born imam who is now a major leader in Al Qaeda (and whom President Obama has issued an assassination order for). Muzzammil Hassan, who started a TV network to push the image of peaceful, tolerant Muslims, who beheaded his wife. Adam Gadahn, a leading Al Qaeda figure now called “Azzam Al-Amriki,” or “Azzam The American.” Colleen LaRose, the “Jihad Jane” who tried to engineer the assassination of Dutch cartoonists who drew caricatures of Mohammed. Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, who drove his SUV through a college quad. Naveed Haq, who shot up a Jewish community center in Seattle, killing one and wounding several more. John Allen Muhammed and Lee Malvo, the DC snipers. Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar, who shot up a Baltimore theatre.
Those, of course, are all in the past. We ought to be more concerned with radical Islamists who have yet to fall victim to “sudden jihadi syndrome.” For starters, I’d like to nominate the nutjobs of Islamberg, New York.
Another point brought up was how many American Muslims have helped foil terrorist plots. While this is true, it’s also true that a lot of plots have gone forward with non-involved Muslims’ knowledge — and refused to get involved in stopping them. Hell, several of the bigger Islamic organizations, such as CAIR, are on record urging Muslims to refuse to cooperate with the FBI and other officials investigating terrorism.
It’s also worth noting that Representative King received numerous death threats — presumably from members of the “Religion of Peace” and their allies — for even wanting to bring the subject up.
Infamous bank robber Willie Sutton was (falsely) attributed with the explanation of why he robbed banks: “because that’s where the money is.” That didn’t mean that he robbed every bank, or that he committed every bank robbery.
Likewise, not every Muslim is an Islamist or a potential terrorist. It’s not even a majority. I’d even go so far as to say it’s a small percentage. But that’s the group where the vast majority of terrorists are coming from, and refusing to recognize that in the name of political correctness (or, in some cases, fear of retaliation) is little short of suicidal.
Update: Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit, points out that the horrific post-mortem slandering of Mohammed Salman Hamdani simply never happened. Keith Ellison got terribly broken up over a convenient lie.