I don’t understand the outrage against Representative Peter King. He is asking whether there is a problem with Islamic terror within the population of Muslims in America. The sensible nature of his inquiry is on display in the shootings at Ft. Hood and in the attempted bombing of Times Square and in the attempted bombing in Detroit and in the attempted bombing in Oregon—not to mention the fall of the World Trade Center and the more than 3,000 souls who perished in a single day of Islamic terror.
I watched a news report concerning these hearings, and the audience appeared overly eager to pronounce the patriotism of Muslims in America because there was a Muslim man killed on 911 in the World Trade Center. Yes, he was a courageous American, but the 19 other Muslims who carried out the terrorist attack that day certainly were not. The question being asked by Representative King is not whether Muslims are patriotic in general. The question is not whether the majority of Muslims are terrorists. No one thinks that the majority of Muslims are terrorists. But anyone who doubts whether the majority of terrorists are Muslims is a lunatic. The majority of terrorists in the world and in the United States are Muslims. It is a fact.
This fact needs to be admitted by all so that a measure of sanity might again prevail. The question is not whether the average American Muslim is a terrorist. The question is whether the average American Muslim understands the nature of Islamic terror. Indeed, the question is whether the average American understands the nature of Islamic terror. We desperately need to get a handle on the reality of Islamic terror.
Calling a member of congress an Islamaphobe because he is asking important questions is childish, and, worse, it is deadly. The case of Major Hassan in Ft. Hood, TX, shouts as an indictment against our feigned outrage concerning Muslim inequality in America. Major Hasan was propped up in his position as a Captain and a therapist in the army, even though he was known to have sympathies with Jihadist terror movements. So, while he was plotting the murders of 13 innocent and unsuspecting Americans, our military leaders were appeasing him at every turn so as not to give the impression that there is any bias against Muslims. Granted, there should be no bias against Muslims, but there should be no bias toward them either—especially when those Muslims are known to have ties to terror cells! How many Americans have to die before we wake up from our drunken stupor of political correctness?
I am glad Representative King has the fortitude to ask some basic questions to find out how many Major Hasan’s are plotting to kill American citizens. I don’t want America to become like Egypt or Ethiopia, where Muslims slaughter non-Muslims at an alarming rate. I don’t think anyone living in Soul (Atfif), Egypt, really cares that the majority of Muslims are peaceful. All they know is their village was ransacked and burned, and their relatives were killed by Muslims in the name of Allah. Likewise, in the Jimma zone of Ethiopia, 59 churches have been burned, 28 Christian homes have been destroyed, and more than 4,000 Christians have been displaced in the name of Allah. Do these thousands of displaced people need to be told that the majority of Muslims are patriotic and peace-loving? It hardly matters to them. What matters to them is finding a place to live now that Muslims destroyed their homes.
The sad reality is that Egypt and Ethiopia are not as bad as other Muslim areas. To act as though there is no problem with Islamic terror is to act as a fool who naively offers the hangman his own noose. Moderate Muslims are irrelevant. They do not speak for Islam. If moderate Muslims wish to become a relevant part of the conversation, then let them speak out against Islamic terror rather than speaking out against an American representative who is trying to do something about it.
When has there even been such an Islamic outcry against acts of terror as there is now an Islamic outcry against Representative Peter King of New York? When there is, then we will know where the peaceful Muslims stand.