Hold Our Jihad Enablers Accountable

Friday, 26 Apr 2013 08:54 AM

By Ernest Istook

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Punishing terrorists isn't enough. That's just an after-the-attack response.
 
We should condemn those who push a false sense of security against terrorism. Their approach reduces our chances to detect and deter attacks before they happen.
 
The enablers of homegrown jihadism should be held accountable. They are too numerous and too highly placed.
 
It should not require a Joe Biden slip of the tongue for the Obama administration to condemn jihadism. That term seems to be banned from Obama's teleprompter, so perhaps Biden's slip-up will earn him a teleprompter.
 
Whether the Boston Marathon bombing was a two-man effort or part of a larger group, the threat of radical Islam must not be ignored. 
 
When awareness is suppressed, then so is our ability to prevent attacks. The notion that infidels should be killed with impunity — or to earn eternal reward — should be publicly condemned by every faith.
 
Radical Islam is a threat whether it involves al-Qaida or "just" lone-wolf terrorists. Both are deadly and both share the same Islamist foundation.
 
Most Americans never heard about a congressional hearing that spotlighted homegrown terrorism and efforts to radicalize American Muslims. Our media ignored the testimony. Instead, most media coverage promoted the objections from Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim in Congress.
 
That hearing was two years ago, but its warnings were suppressed. Since then, most media continued to minimize the dangers of internal jihadism in the name of political correctness.
 
It’s dangerous when we’re given a false sense of security, whether it comes from the president, from other politicians, from our mass media, or from anyplace else. It's shameful that re-election agendas in 2012 relied on creating a false sense of security, which gave us the Benghazi killings, as one example.
 
It's sickening to watch how some on the left are casting the Brothers Tsarnaev as victims — alienated victims of America's flaws. That misportrayal is the latest effort to suppress awareness of radical Islam. 
 
Many mainstream Muslims (such as Dr. Zuhdi Nasser) are working to halt the jihadists' perversion of their faith. They are often denied media attention because it's not politically correct to awaken Americans to the threat of jihadism from within our borders.
 
The bombers must be held accountable, like all terrorists. But we also must hold accountable the politicians and pundits who downplay the threat from homegrown jihadists.
 
Former Congressman Ernest Istook is a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation. His commentaries and more are collected at www.istook.com. Read more reports from Ernest Istook — Click Here Now.
 
 

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