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And in the summer of 2011 came another study showing that only 19% of mosques in U.S. don’t teach jihad violence and/or Islamic supremacism.
Shehadeh also named as jihad plotters “a livery cab driver, an Ethiopian Muslim in the U.S. Army and a College of Staten Island student who attended a fund-raiser at Brooklyn College for a terrorist.” He even identified “a reputed member of the terror group Hamas who lives in Syracuse.” Then there was the “homeless husband-and-wife — she comes from a wealthy family and he drives a luxury BMW sedan — who watched a beheading video with Shehadeh.”
Shehadeh says that in 2008 he went to “a lecture at the Brooklyn Islamic Center in 2008 with someone named ‘Omar’ and a second man who peddled pro-jihad T-shirts. ‘Almost everything [Omar] and his friend . . . talked about was jihad.’”
The range of occupations and situations in life of the jihadis Shehaheh claims to have come into contact with suggests that jihadist sentiments are far more widespread among Muslims in the United States than most analysts have been willing to acknowledge. Even conservative anti-jihadists make it their primary concern to tell comforting fictions about Islamic texts and teachings, and to insist on the necessity of refraining from telling the whole truth about the jihad and Islamic supremacism in order to support moderate Muslims, who in reality are so few in number as to be almost wholly ineffective against the jihadists.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has brought to its logical culmination a policy of ignoring and downplaying the beliefs, motives and goals of America’s jihadist enemies that began during the Bush administration. After a series of “exposés” in leftist media journals about alleged “Islamophobia” (i.e. truthful and accurate analysis of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism) in terror training materials used in the FBI and other agencies, aghast Obama administration officials promised to scrub training materials of anything that connected Islam with Islamic jihad terrorism, and to reeducate agents who had been exposed to such materials.
Now the revelations from Abdel Hameed Shehadeh suggest that this was just the opposite of what should have been done. Law enforcement officials should have deepened their study of Islam’s jihad doctrine, and stepped up surveillance of mosques and Islamic centers.
So will the report of his interview, if it is not suppressed and is proven correct, end the rush toward the adoption of politically correct fictions by government and law enforcement officials – fictions that hamper our ability to understand, and hence to defeat, our jihadist enemy?
Of course not.
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