Muslim Radicalization Inquiry Brings Out the Radicals

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The idea that varying religions account for equal amounts of violence is a hallucination brought on by an overdose of political correctness. In India, in Israel, in Russia, in Somalia we see diverse acts of murder committed by terrorists uniform in faith. But in America, it’s impolite to notice. The impulse to dismiss Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as a crazy and to infuse politics into Tucson crazy Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting spree demonstrate the degree to which ideologues flock to the narrative when faced with uncooperative facts. Janet Napolitano’s 2009 report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” underscores this delusional take that the nature of the terroristic threat comes from the administration’s domestic political enemies rather than Islamists. Abstraction trumps reality.

If Peter King did call these hearings for publicity purposes, he did so better understanding the public mood than his critics. “The threat is coming from the Muslim community,” King matter-of-factly explained to the Times. “The radicalization attempts are directed at the Muslim community. Why should I investigate other communities?”

When people act differently they don’t get treated the same. This isn’t bigotry. The fact that young men populate prisons in greater numbers than old women doesn’t indicate sexism or ageism. It indicates that behaviors differ among various groups. There are surely old female murderers and young male saints. But to expend equal resources investigating both groups on the question of crime would be a colossal waste.

King’s focus on young Muslim men similarly isn’t motivated by bigotry but common sense. The liberal vision blames internal maladaptivity on the jaundiced eyes looking in from the outside. A Republican from Long Island, not Muslims killing thousands of Americas over the past decade, is responsible for the association of Islam with terrorism. But the American people don’t see it that way.

From Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab trying to unleash explosives in his underwear over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 to Faisal Shahzad leaving a car bomb in the middle of Times Square in May of 2010, the elaborate plots aiming to kill large numbers of Americans stem almost exclusively from young men practicing Islam. Why shouldn’t Peter King investigate this?

This isn’t, in the words of the New York Times, the stuff of a “show trial.” It is the stuff a Homeland Security Committee examines.

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Sky News, PBS, CSPAN, and other broadcast networks. He writes a Monday column for Human Events and blogs at


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  • Chezwick_Mac

    Last night, Bill O'Reilly's producer – Jessie Waters – went on campus at Columbia U to ask students about the up-coming hearings and the threat posed by "radical" Islam. I must say, leftist faculty is doing a bang-up job indoctrinating these impressionable (and clueless) young men and women.

    To a person, they mouthed all the typical, politically-correct platitudes. "There are extremists in every religion" was the most common refrain…an abstract truth to be sure, but entirely oblivious of scope and degree.

    It was – in a word – depressing.

    • John

      My friend, I've come to believe that "depressing" is it's most redeeming quality.

    • Jim_C

      Whenever I hear "What about the Oklahoma City bombing? There's white terrorists too!" (It's even worse when they throw the word "Christian" in there) I throw up a little. Yes, there's something pretentious and naive about the fight to appear most fair.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        I hear you, Jim. Happened to me last month. I was talking to my wife's niece's husband about Islam…and he came back with exactly that example (he literally used the word "Christian"). I had to remind him that Timothy McVeigh NEVER used religion to justify his actions…that he wasn't a Christian in anything but name, had no religious affiliations, etc.

        He conceded the issue, but refused to concede the broader point. The equivalence argument has become a veritable mantra.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    In a predictable reaction to Peter King's House hearings on Islamic radicalization in America, an obvious problem given the recent record surge in Moslems arrested for plotting domestic mass murder attacks*, Peter McDonough, deputy national security advisor to President Obama, said this: "Radicalization efforts prey on people who feel disillusioned or marginalized and that it is important not to fuel radicalization by stigmatizing Muslim Americans." Mr. McDonough and his clueless boss seem oblivious to the fact that it is ISLAM THAT STIGMATIZES ISLAM.


  • ApolloSpeaks

    They're oblivious that Islam has had a public relations problem with the infidel world from its inception 1400 years ago-since its prophet disillusioned with peacefully spreading his faith and marginalized within the Meccan community for attacking its religion as sinful, personally damning and violently hated by God, picked up the sword to save his failing movement; picked it up in rage against all infidels who scorned him and cried: 'Believe in me or die! Believe in me or die! And if it pleases me to let you live I'll crush you with oppression!' Since that fatal day when Mohammed lost his mind and was radicalized into a killing machine for God Islam has become the terror and scourge of mankind-slashing, burning and murdering its way to power, glory and empire in imitation of its bloodthirsty, ruthless, predatory founder. Islam means endless war against mankind until it's conquered and subdued. It means lawlessness and immorality in pursuit of absolute power. And the number of Moslems who believe in it are legion.

    Click my name to continue reading this widely linkd article.

  • davarino

    The left always resorts to accusations of McCarthy tactics. Unfortunately for the American public, they dont realize McCarthy was right. After the Soviet Union fell documents were released that showed there were Soviet agents all through our government. My money is with Rep King, I'll bet he finds more than just a few "radical" muslims in America and even in our government. Happy hunting sir

    • ziontruth

      "Unfortunately for the American public, they dont realize McCarthy was right."

      Ditto, but I'll add: He never imagined how right he was. He was right not just about America, but about the entire developed world. America, Western Europe, India and Israel alike are all held in thrall by a media owned and operated by the Marxist Left that enables the Marxists to exercise virtual power over the nation-states even when they aren't officially in the government seat. This is the reason why the nation-states make such boneheaded moves even when a right-wing government is in power.

      The free world owes Joseph McCarthy an apology. The best apology is not words but finishing the job he started. Criminalize Marxism!

    • loseyateefa

      Churchill…..or Chamberlain? hindsight is so brilliant, but Insight is priceless.

  • John

    What is so special about this religion/political system that there are so many that are willing to give it a pass for the terror it brings? It baffles me. Are these protesters that are siding with the radicals (and that is what they are doing) so fearful that we are going to make them mad? Well, they're already mad, probably at being born, and we had nothing to do with it. Here the situation: You've got a crazed lunatic standing in front of you with a knife saying either you do things his way or you will die. Do you think, "Maybe he didn't have a good childhood, maybe he didn't do well in school or wasn't picked for the baseball team when he went to school, was he an outcast, or the "F" word (it's not "faaaaiiiiirr") for him. This is what these protesters are doing in my opinion. Now when the man kills you or wounds you and your family, why do you still have this attitude? He's dangerous, he has the capability and obvious lack of conscience to kill you. Why do you tolerate it? You people baffle me, but I'll bet you're the first ones that come screaming like little third graders to protect you when evil happens, because we all know you will not protect yourselves or us either. Go away. In your search for tolerance and kumbaya lifestyle you're going to get the rest of us killed. They are dangerous people and you are helping them and you're giving them a pass for their actions and encouraging them to continue with impunity. Some of us are awake.

    • ziontruth

      "Are these protesters that are siding with the radicals (and that is what they are doing) so fearful that we are going to make them mad?"

      Fear is only a partial explanation. It is there, hence the Leftists' penchant for blaspheming any religion except Islam, but the intensity of the Left's positive support for Islamic imperialism goes beyond mere fear. Here are two articles, one recent and one older, but both doing a stellar job in explaining the Unholy Alliance:

      Jean-Jacques Jihad, by Andrew McCarthy.

      The Stupid Left vs. the Satanic Left, by Steven Plaut (who ocassionally writes for FPM as well).

      • John

        Wow Ziontruth. Thanks for sending these. Some terrific info. Blessings.

        • ziontruth

          You're welcome. :-)

  • sflbib

    "But to expend equal resources investigating both groups on the question of crime would be a colossal waste."

    Not only a waste but it would render investigations ineffective since resources would be spread thin; but then again, that's the goal of the Left since it doesn't believe there is such a thing as a legitimate government investigation.

  • Reason_For_Life

    Supporting Peter King will bring nothing but embarrassment to Frontpagemag. Peter King is a low grade moron who has demonstrated his stupidity on numerous occasions. His latest effort being that of advocating a ban on all guns within 1000 ft of a public official in response to the murder of a judge and the serious wounding of a congresswoman. The insane consequences of such a ban went unrecognized by the man Frontpage is touting as a savior.

    Indoctrination and the inculcation of terrorist values does unquestionably occur in Muslim communities to a far greater degree than in other religious communities. That is why you don't want a world class idiot running the investigation.

    • Jim_C

      "Indoctrination and the inculcation of terrorist values does unquestionably occur in Muslim communities to a far greater degree than in other religious communities. That is why you don't want a world class idiot running the investigation."

      I wholeheartedly agree. I don't know that I'd call him an "idiot," so much as a typical grandiose showboater on the Hill. He didn't want a public investigation of the 9/11 attacks that killed 3000 people, but now he seems to want to put Muslim-American communities "on notice." Given that law enforcement already monitors this stuff (King cites Obama adminstration officials' statements as being a pretext for these hearings) I don't know what he hopes to accomplish, here.

      • Reason_For_Life

        King made an idiot of himself already on an unrelated topic.

        “Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has introduced HR 607, the ‘Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011,’ which has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which handles telecommunications legislation). The bill would create a nationwide Public Safety broadband network using the so-called ‘D-Block’ of spectrum in the 700 MHz range for Public Safety use. But to pay for it, he wants to sell off 420-440 MHz, currently heavily used by the military, satellites and Amateur Radio operators.”

        Our entire national radar defense uses the frequencies that he proposed to sell. You can't make this stuff up.

        Here are the gruesome details:

        This guy is dangerously stupid.

  • Maggie

    There is no such thing as Islamaphobia.
    A "phobia" is something that isn't real.
    The ideology of Islam, is real.

    • Jim_C

      No, a "phobia" is a fear. "Arachnaphobia" is a fear of spiders. Spiders are real. "Claustrophobia" is a fear of closed spaces. Closed spaces are real.

      You probably mean the fear is irrational. So is "Islamophobia." Be wary. Be vigilant. But be strong. The entire purpose of terrorism is not to create fear–but to get you to ACT out of fear. That we must never do.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Just out of curiosity, Jim, would you agree that the Left's use of the accusation of "racism" to silence the Right today is not dissimilar to McCarthy's use of the accusation of "Communist" to silence the Left in the early 50s?

    • Jim_C

      Sure, it can be, though racism is an attitude where Left-ism is a political stance. But what are we talking about? We've come a long way from the open racism of even my childhood, but whether we're talking the euphemism "State's rights," the massive switch of Southern Democrats to the Republican party during Civil Rights, Lee Atwater's tactics, or some of the uglier things we hear about President Obama, it's hard to deny racism is alive and well on the Right despite the fact that it's been shamed into secrecy.

      Racism is tricky because it means different things to different people, though. I don't think most people want to think of themselves as racist, though I think we all harbor prejudices. I don't think Juan Williams is a racist–but what he said was, at bottom, racist.

  • Anthony

    The hearings are ovedue by years. No other "religion" is committed to overthrow the United States. Individual muslims may be quite harmless, but the politico-religious system they adhere to contains the imperative to subjugate the non-believers politically. Islam and the Constitution of the U.S. are incompatible, any informed mind knows this; it is only the liars and demagogues who throw smoke on the unawares and ignorant to blurr the isues. Does a Muslim want to postrate five times a day and pray to his god? Fine, be my guest. But if the Muslim wants to "impose" his believe system via political force, or the sword, I have all the right to resist him and attempt to stop him in his efforts. What's wrong with the "thinkers" of this nation, do they not know what has been transpiring int the Muslim world for the last 1400 years? The stealth jihad being conducted in our great country MUST be stopped by all means; we cannot allow these 7th century barbarians to bring and end to our great nation and civilization!

    • rib/eve

      3 years ago a study or poll was done and found that 10% of the Muslim population HERE in the USA thought that suicide bombing was acceptable in some cases.

      My point is that individual muslims can be very dangerous as a matter of fact it is what they specialize in.

  • rib/eve

    Let's see you can't speak about the atrocities that Muslim's are committing in the name of "Allah" because the youths of that religion might get snarky about it and start retaliating physically. You know maybe a little rioting or kill a person here and there.

    How dare we suggest that it have to do with the religious beliefs of the Muslim faith. Why when looking at the data there is no link between gender, age or profession of the killers.

    In fact all they have in common is their faith.

  • Kathleen

    I pray Americans are starting to realize how our intelligence is insulted on a daily basis and to what degree we have allowed those with sinister motives to silence our voices.

    This is not Denmark, France, or Germany and we should not and will not allow Muslims to intimidate us by threats of violence such as they exhibited in the above-named countries or by Muslims playing the race/martyr card. If there is nothing to hide they should not fear light being shed on them or their activities.

    Congressman Ellison should be shedding tears for the thousands of Americans killed at the hands of Muslims and does not receive one ounce of sympathy from me for crying over one Muslim who just happened to be included in a long list of victims. What I find sad is the fact that Ellison has sworn to protect and defend all Americans and collects a salary and generous benefits from American tax dollars, yet his total dedication is obviously to only those who share his faith.

  • BS77

    Could be radical and moderate are really the same?

  • wldbil

    Nice job Mr. Flynn it never ceases to amaze me how people can so blatently ignore the facts even though they are right there in front of them…
    We have a serious and potentially catastrophic proble with Jihadists in this counrty, that fact should be obvious to all…even casual observers….

  • joel

    The author says'"Pretending for social harmonys sake" that one religion is the same as another… I believe this is a typical PC statement,evading the true reason for the backlash against the hearings: the atheistic marxist/liberal/islamist axis goal to exterminate the Judeo/Christian ethic,seen to be the creator of capitalism. The great 20th century poet,W B Yeats said in his poem,"The Second Coming", "the best lack all conviction,while the worst are filled with passionate intensity". The best being Fox news,the worst being msnbc,cnn… Both are unwilling to shine the light of scrutiny on the koran that Brigitte Gabriel says preaches jihad on the infidels…Fox gives more air time to islamists than truthsayers like robert Spencer.

  • http://NO lagu simon

    Iam from sudan
    god blas

  • Jack

    The only thing I have to say in regards to Rep. Kings Inquiry is; "WHAT TOOK SO LONG" realize from what direction the wind is Blowing.

  • Amused

    The "King Hearings " will be a patrhetic farce , theatre for the masses . More political than usefull . Courage ? Oh really , when the actual authorities on islam in this country , that is AMERICANS , who have done the EARNEST investigation into islam and have come to the RIGHT CONCLUSION , are not invited to these hearings . King has ALREADY BACKED DOWN from inviting folks like Spencer , Geller , Hirsi , Bridgette etc . Why ? ….FEAR of loss of political credibility and VOTES .His excuses for this are already sounding contrite . Ahh yes , we will "study the causes of the radicalization process " , when everyone already knows ….IT'S THE RELIGION STUPID !!! . SSSSHHHHHHHH- but dont tell nobody .

  • Amused

    So sit back …..and enjoy THE SHOW . Nothing will be accomplished , true awareness of islam its ethos , intents and ultimate goal , will remain in the domain , of those , who at great personal risk , speak the TRUTH about islam , neverminding the social or POLITICAL consequences of their stands . I thought King really had something here , until he made it quite clear by his actions , that he will allow his political career to come ahead of his country .Oh , but we have no problem trashing fellow Americans , accusing the Pres ., teachers , unions , -traitors , marxist , communists , along with fallacoius insults , but oh "lets not get the muslims too pissed off . " We've already let organizations like CAIR domiate and influence the narrative of just what will be said at these delusionary hearings . For muslims it will be "buisiness as usual

  • Reason_For_Life

    I said before that Peter King was a bleeding idiot, well here he goes again, this time on a technical subject upon which he is even more ignorant than he is about Islam:

    Keep backing this pathetic moron and you'll go down in flames with him.

    Here are the basics:

    “Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has introduced HR 607, the ‘Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011,’ which has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which handles telecommunications legislation). The bill would create a nationwide Public Safety broadband network using the so-called ‘D-Block’ of spectrum in the 700 MHz range for Public Safety use. But to pay for it, he wants to sell off 420-440 MHz, currently heavily used by the military, satellites and Amateur Radio operators.”

    That's right, this twit didn't even know what the frequencies that he proposed to sell were used for! Our entire radar defense system uses them! And you trust this jerk with national security?

    Now do you still think that I was wrong to tell you to stay away from King?