Having sponsored a flotilla of boats containing activists with ties to known terrorist groups, Turkey, a member of NATO, appears intent on embracing Islamic radicalism. It is hosting this week in Istanbul a summit featuring several Asian leaders the goal of which is to, "increase security and trust on the continent." Ahmadinejad, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmud Abbas and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are among the participants. Not many in the West would feel secure around, let alone trust, this bunch. Separately, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited a Hezbollah leader from Lebanon.
London's Daily Telegraph reported last week that British security services are concerned that a new generation of British extremists is being radicalized by Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaida preacher born in America, but hiding in Yemen from which he has inspired the accused Ft. Hood shooter, the Christmas Day bomber and the Times Square bombers. British security is concerned that Awlaki's followers might unleash a wave of guerilla-style terrorist attacks, similar to the Mumbai massacre.
In the United States, the construction of mosques continues rapidly. There is already one major mosque operating in Manhattan, another in Brooklyn, and another has been approved for construction adjacent to the location of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 by people who claimed to be acting in the name of their god. Last week, several hundred people packed a Staten Island civic association meeting to oppose plans to convert a Roman Catholic convent into a mosque.
According to the New York Times, protests against construction of mosques have also occurred in Brentwood, Tenn., Sheboygan, Wis., and Dayton, Ohio. No reciprocal rights have been granted to Jews and Christians to build synagogues and churches in Muslim countries, nor has President Obama called for such reciprocity.
A year after the president's Cairo speech, there is no evidence anything has changed. Radical Muslims are intent on changing us and they will not stop until they've reached their objective.
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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