ALL THIS TIME, MONEY AND ENERGY BEING WASTED ON INQUIRIES WHEN THE ANSWER HAS BEEN TOLD TO THEM TIME AND TIME AGAIN…MUSLIMS JIHAD BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT MOHAMMED PREACHED AND THEIR ALLAH EXPECTS.
Questions worth asking
U.S. congressional hearings on Muslim extremism aren’t McCarthyism
By PETER WORTHINGTON, QMI Agency
Last Updated: March 21, 2011 2:00am
As head of the House homeland security committee, U.S. Congressman Peter King is encountering flak about holding congressional hearings on whether Muslim youths in America are being “radicalized.”
Since the greatest threat of terrorism — not only in America but the world — comes from Muslim jihadists, a case can be made that it would be irresponsible not to investigate the whys and wherefores of such extremism.
Yet the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other human rights groups cry “McCarthyism” against King’s hearings.
Some compare it with interning Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbour in 1941, as suspected agents of Japan — a policy also imposed by Canada, which successive governments have apologized for ever since.
The witch hunts launched by Sen. Joe “Tailgunner” McCarthy in the mid-1950s marked a sorry, misguided time in U.S. history. McCarthy was rooting out communists when it would have been more appropriate to root out Soviet spies and saboteurs, of which the U.S. administration abounded.
Revulsion against McCarthyism helped protect enemy agents in America’s (and Canada’s) midst. Who cares if a Hollywood movie actor (then or now) thinks Marxism is political and social Utopia? During McCarthy hysteria, it was a death warrant for some careers.
That’s not today.
Since 9/11, Muslim jihadism has been threat to the world — not only in developed countries, but in Islamic countries. No one has killed more innocent Muslims than militant Muslims.
Soon there will be the trial of army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 people in a shooting spree in Fort Hood. Indications are this erratic guy was promoted to major only because he was a Muslim, not because he was an exceptional officer. A gesture of trust, not McCarthyism.
The Christmas underwear bomber and the aborted Times Square bombing involved young and privileged Muslims. Why? That’s what Rep. Peter King’s hearings hope to delve into.
In Toronto right now we have a moderate Muslim leader — Tarek Fatah — under threat by other Muslims precisely because he is so moderate and active in opposing terrorism and advancing citizenship of Muslims.
As founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, Fatah has shown commendable courage in standing up to extremism. The Toronto Sun has reported how threats to his life tend to be ignored by the Toronto police — perhaps because he gets so many of them.
If, heaven forbid, something were to happen to Fatah, there’d be all sorts of soul-searching and concern that we didn’t take the threats seriously.
The hearings in the U.S. are not to point blame, but to probe for reasons or explanations. Are Muslim youths being radicalized to the point where suicide bombings and violent acts are attractive? If so, what can be done to counteract it? That’s not McCarthyism. That’s common sense.
Western leaders have shown restraint and generosity when jihadist terrorism has occurred. Prime ministers have made a point of attending mosques to show the world that moderate, law-abiding Muslims are not blamed, and are neither suspects, nor targets for recrimination.
It’s unfortunate if human rights organizations like the ACLU can’t be evenhanded, but prefer to see virtue and innocence in causes that are left of centre or that challenge the status quo.
When it comes to terrorism — domestic or international — better we understand its attraction for some. That’s why the congressional hearings of Rep. Peter King are important.