Nonsense. That the vast majority of American Muslims are law-abiding citizens is beyond dispute. But so is the fact that certain terrorist organizations are attempting to deploy “home-grown” terrorists on American soil. As Post columnist Marc Thiessen notes, the “top leaders of all three al-Qaeda networks that no threaten the homeland have roots in this community.”
Why? It goes back to that long war we’re engaged in. The one that some liberals seem determined to ignore or downplay.
The fact is, more than three dozen terrorist plots against the U.S. have been foiled since 9/11. There’s Richard Reid, the would-be “shoe bomber.” There are the six U.S. citizens of Yemeni descent arrested in 2002 for conspiring with terrorists (the “Lackawanna Six”). There are the seven men apprehended in Miami and Atlanta in 2006 for plotting to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower. Just last year, Faisal Shahzad was arrested for trying to detonate explosives in an SUV parked in Times Square, and Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested for trying to blow up a car bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore.
The list goes on. It proves that we must take a serious approach to this threat. Small wonder that President Obama recently (and wisely) reneged on a campaign promise to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Like it or not, we’re at war, and we have to act like it.
Because we have real enemies. And unless we want to lose this long war, we must find, pursue and defeat them. Not being afraid to call a terrorist a terrorist is a good place to start.