New York Republican Congressman Peter King, the incoming chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, is being criticized by the usual suspects on the Left for his plan to hold congressional hearings on the radicalization of some in the U.S. Muslim community. Alan Colmes, appearing on The O’Reilly Factor last night, typified the Left’s kneejerk reaction when he accused King of bigotry for singling out radical Muslims. Bill O’Reilly also played a clip in which Congressman Keith Ellison, a Muslim, joined the politically correct chorus against Congressional hearings on homegrown Islamic terrorism:
Congressman King has said a number of things that are disturbing. I think that he should demonstrate that he is not on a witch-hunt to just get the Muslim community.
But Congressman King refuses to ignore the obvious – the global Islamic jihadist war that is sucking in radicalized Muslim-Americans. This organized terrorist threat, fueled by radical Islamic ideology, is far greater than isolated instances of individual nutcases motivated by their own personal demons such as Timothy McVeigh or the fellow who flew a plane into an IRS building.
Bill O’Reilly had it right when he said during his “Talking Points” segment last night:
Individual terrorism is far different from Islamic jihad as Mr. Ellison and CAIR well know. The Muslim jihad worldwide has killed tens of thousands of people… Islamic theocracies like Iran are threatening the world.
So to say that Muslim terrorism inside the USA should not be scrutinized because a few non-Muslims have engaged in terrorism is insane. In the past two years, 24 Muslim terror plots have been exposed in this country.
Radical Islamic ideology binds together the vast majority of home-grown terrorists today, including the following most prominent examples:
(1) Jose Padilla (the Brooklyn-born Islamic radical suspected of planning a “dirty” bomb attack),
(2) Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (the Muslim convert who shot and killed Army recruiter William Long in Little Rock, Ark.),
(3) Nidal Hasan (the Virginia-born military psychiatrist who massacred thirteen soldiers at Fort Hood),