If one visits some of the more radical Islamic Web sites (and they by far outnumber any so-called "moderate ones"), one sees information about voter registration and mobilization to alter U.S. domestic and foreign policy, particularly toward Israel, and to gain political power for objectives that may not serve the general welfare.
Clearly not all Muslims are terrorists, or wish to hurt or bring down America. But how can we identify who fits this profile when the fanatics are instructed how to "blend in" with the rest of us until they can unleash death and destruction? Where is the Muslim Martin Luther King Jr. to urge Muslims to embrace nonviolence, not jihad?
A Zogby poll conducted for the Center for Immigration Studies shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, found that 76 percent of Americans believed the government was not doing enough to control our borders and screen those allowed into the country. That view was held by self-identified liberals, conservatives and moderates -- and by nearly identical margins. An overwhelming majority (85 percent) of likely voters at that time thought that lax enforcement of border and immigration laws has made it easier for terrorists to enter the country, and most believed it was lax enforcement that contributed to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The war will not be won by platitudes, or attempts to convert radicals to our way of life by admitting people into the country who mean us harm. If we want to win this war, we must control the borders, substantially reduce or eliminate the immigrant quota from radical Islamic countries and find the Islamic terrorists already here and get them before they get us.
That's the way you fight a war. That war we can win. Anything less is appeasement and surrender, and guarantees defeat.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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