Douglas MacKinnon
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“We are not at war with the Muslim faith.” So say various members of the media and government, either because they actually believe it, or because their blind adherence to political correctness dictates as much.

I know a number of Muslims in this country, and the farthest thing from their minds is joining or assisting a terrorist organization, or harming anyone. They just want to make a living, raise their children, and live in peace.

Of course, before the subway bombings of July 7, 2005 in London, or the multiple arrests in England recently of British born Muslims preparing to kill as many as 3,000 innocent people on board a number of airliners, I suspect most non-Muslims who knew the men involved in those atrocities and planned atrocities, would have said the same as me: “…they just want to live in peace.”

Talk with the British government, and at least off the record, they will tell you they have a serious and growing problem with “home grown Muslim fanatics.” Last year, after the horrific London subway bombings, a “moderate” Muslim cleric in England said he was disappointed that Muslims had carried out the bombings. Not, as it turns out, because he mourned the loss of innocent life, but rather, because in his estimation, it was a waste of time. That in twenty or thirty years, Muslims would be the majority population in England and would be able to control the government. A fate that is said to also await France and Germany.

If home grown Islamists ready to kill in the name of God, are on the rise in Europe, what then of our nation? Do we face a similar threat? Commonsense would say “yes,” while political correctness would order us to ignore the possibility.

I maintain that 99% of the population of anything as a whole, is good and just trying to do the right thing. That certainly includes the Muslim faith in the United States. I strongly believe that the overwhelming majority just want to be good citizens and good neighbors.

That said, if we accept the estimate that there are 6 million Muslim-Americans in our country, and 99% of them are law abiding citizens who are loyal to our nation, then that means that there may be – may be -- 1% who might put a twisted version of Islamic extremism before the wellbeing of their fellow Americans. When you stop to think that 1% of 6 million is 60,000 individuals, that then seems like a very intimidating one percent.

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Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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