The Committee on Homeland Security has just completed five hearings on the subject of Radicalization within the Muslim American Community. I would think the fact these hearings took place, as well as the full transcribed text of each of the five hearings would have been front page news all across America.
The mantra out of Washington for the past ten years has been that we are not at war with Islam. From there, the message gets garbled according to who is speaking and the agenda they are defending.
The one, unequivocal point is that radical, politicized fundamentalists who claim to be Muslims attacked us, on our soil. I will not
even entertain the lunatic fringe who is trying to re-write history, claiming it was anything other than a declaration of war on the United States of America, her people, all we are and all we believe.
Those homicidal maniacs hate freedom, and as the perceived bastion of freedom, they hate us above all else. We can get into an
intellectual debate as to why, how our foreign policy decisions of the past century have given fodder to that hate and how we can counter that hate and protect ourselves from another attack…wait, that is exactly what someone is trying to do.
I neither care nor know much about Representative Peter T. King, Chairman of this committee. Notice, I’m not even stating what district he represents or his party affiliation. For the purpose of this article, it doesn’t matter. Or maybe it does.
The very little information in the media about these hearings has been on the controversy surrounding them rather than the content. I guess it is like all things in Washington and politics. The content matters less than the potential for mileage various factions think they can get out of pontificating on that content, without of course actually disclosing all lest information
or facts that would undermine their position be too easily accessible.
The criticism and attacks on the very idea of these hearings I’ve enjoyed the most has been centered on the idea that even having these hearings is racist and/or discriminatory. There are a few out there declaring that any hearings about radicalization should include other religions, like Christianity. Why are there no hearings on how Christians become radicalized, they shout. I shudder to think those saying that are also elected officials.
The short answer is radicalized Christians did not fly aircraft into buildings on September 11th, 2001. Radicalized Muslims
did that. The longer answer has more parts and begs more questions and conversations than any one article can address. One place we can start, however, is understanding our self-proclaimed enemy.
The accusation that most Americans don’t understand very much about Islam is fair. As is the accusation that many Americans view all who claim to be Muslim as suspect. Without knowing how to tell the difference between someone who is a true follower of what they claim is a peaceful religion that respects others and someone who wants us all dead, it is clear information and wide dissemination of that information is critical.
It is an indisputable fact that there are those who live here, call themselves American and may even be born here are and continue to be recruited by our enemy. They call themselves our enemy, neither I nor anyone else is disparaging them by labeling them as such. If we don't understand them, how they operate and why, how can we possibly hope to defeat them?
The following link is for the list and full transcripts of the committee meetings. Read them, listen to them and tell all your friends.
Whether you agree or disagree, this is a conversation that needs to happen.