In response to the thwarted terrorist attack in the Pacific Northwest, Portland’s Democratic Mayor Sam Adams has gone into politically correct mode concerning Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the man arrested in connection with the attempted bombing. Mohamud was born in Somalia and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He is also Muslim.
“Bad actions by one member of any group does not and should not be generalized or applied more widely to other members of that same group,” said Adams, “Otherwise, as the biggest racial group in Portland, we European-Americans would be in deep trouble.”
Mayor Adams misses the point. This isn’t about race. For that matter it isn’t about nationality either. This is a global problem. As mentioned earlier, Mohamud is Somali. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (a.k.a. The Christmas Day Bomber) was born on the other side of Africa in Nigeria; Faisal Shahzad (a.k.a. The Times Square Bomber) is from Pakistan and Nidal Malik Hasan (a.k.a. The Fort Hood Shooter) is an American of Jordanian-Palestinian origin. Let us also not forget that John Walker Lindh and Jose Padilla were also born in this country.
So what do all of these men have in common? They were willing to kill people (mostly civilian) in the name of advancing Islamic jihad. At what point will our political elite stop pretending that Islam has no connection with terrorism? Mayor Adams (and for that matter President Obama) ignore the cries of “Allahu Akbhar” at our peril. This is a problem that is not going away. It has already claimed too many innocent lives and one of these days it is going to claim a large number of innocent lives again. But how can you solve a problem when our political elite insists it doesn’t exist?
President Obama can say to his heart’s content that America isn’t at war with Islam. But that doesn’t mean Islam (or at least a very critical mass of it) isn’t at war with us.
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