Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., says it is time for the U.S. to stop being politically correct and focus its search on radical Islamists in Muslim communities.
King tells Politico that while most Muslims are not terrorists, the international base for terrorism against the United States happens to be radical Islam.
"There have been 16 terror plots against New York [since Sept. 11, 2001], all Islamist-based,” King told Politico
. “We’re at war with Islamic terrorism.”
He said terrorism is coming from people with the Muslim community, “just like the mafia comes from Italian communities,” and that’s why counter-terrorism needs to purposely focus on Muslims.
King said he believes the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects are radical Islamists. The two, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are of Chechen heritage. They have been described by friends and acquaintances as secular Muslims, but recent YouTube postings by Tamerlan indicate a following for an imam who preaches the virtues of martyrdom.
King said that communities need to become more vigilant, as U.S. efforts have weakened al-Qaida and other radical groups’ ability to strike at America from the outside. People living in the U.S., he said, can more easily attack with the help of groups outside the country.
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