American education isn't a cure-all. The U.S. government thinks
it can appease young Muslims by offering them student visas to attend
American universities. Education, the government says, will pave the way for
future relations between foreign Muslims and Americans.
Only one problem: It doesn't work. Muslims studying at colleges
across America are funneling money to terrorist groups around the world. And
no matter how much liberty we promise these students, they will still hate
The media doesn't get it. Three Muslim men were arrested and
released after a woman reported them to the police for making suspicious
remarks about Sept. 11 and a possible future attack on Sept. 13. The media
zeroed in on one fact in their biographies: not their religion but their
"Medical students," each report stated; "medical students," the
headlines blared. The Muslim men even tried to justify their behavior by
citing their educational status. "We value human life," stated Ayman Gheith,
one of the men, "and that is why we chose to become doctors."
I am a university student, and bringing in foreign students in
the hopes of converting them to pro-Americanism does a disservice to the
campus and to the society at large. On campus, the America-haters do not
think about the opportunity the American government is giving them to learn
in a place of freedom. They promote their views.
The Muslim Student Association, a national campus group seeking
to promote Muslim solidarity and Islamic causes, has been linked to funding
for terrorist groups. It has given money to the Holy Land Foundation, a
terrorist-funding front charity, among others. Yet MSA leaders defend the
donations. "Nothing has been proven in a court of law yet," says Bilal Khan
of MSA at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Al-Talib, the UCLA Muslim student newsmagazine, is funded by the
tuition money of UCLA students. A few quotes from the magazine should
suffice to demonstrate just how patriotic the staff members' American
education has made them:
-- "Race and racism are deeply rooted in the very foundations of
American society and the collective American psyche."
-- "With the coming of death into this country, the U.S. has
entered Afghanistan so as to once again rob the world of its innocent
-- "Whether we behold the truth of this or not, Allah is King of
moments. It doesn't matter if Israel is well-financed, Serbia militarily
superior, or U.S. imperialism too powerful. Allah can change the state of
affairs in a moment."
-- "The truth is, our Western world is not quite the paradigm of
freedom and equality of which we're taught to sing in our national anthem."
-- The magazine also calls Osama Bin-Ladin a "prominent Muslim
activist" and jokes about changing the name of the magazine to "Al-Taliban."
It is a fallacy that only those who are poor and subjugated will
attack American interests. Many suicide bombers against Israel were medical
and college students, highly educated Muslims whose love of education was
exceeded by their love of death.
In America, the same concept applies. While benefiting from the
state-sponsored educational opportunities many Americans do not have,
foreign students plan acts of terror.
At UCLA, many student magazine offices are lined up side by side
in the same hallway, meaning that the Muslim newsmagazine is across the hall
from an office I often visit. One of my friends was in the office late at
night, doing homework, when she heard voices emanating from the Al-Talib
office. As she relates, the conversation went as follows:
"So, I'm going to do it and then go into hiding for two years,"
said a man.
"Really? Where are you going to get the weapons?" another man
"You should get them from China. They're cheaper."
I asked my friend if she thought they were joking. "No," she
said. "I thought that at first also. But they weren't laughing -- I'm pretty
sure they sounded serious." She was still hesitant about calling the FBI,
though, for fear of being labeled a racist. So I called for her. "We get
these all the time," the FBI operator said, "but we'll be over in 15 minutes
to interview her." I stepped out of the room when the FBI came, but I found
out later that they could do nothing since she hadn't gotten a look at the
If the government insists on promoting American education as the
solution to international hatred, more and more future terrorists will
continue pouring into our universities. And the FBI won't be able to do
anything to stop them, either.