Linda Chavez

Andrew McCarthy, a former special prosecutor in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and now director for the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, noted in National Review Online recently that we should expect more Fort Dix-style jihads. But McCarthy says that this homegrown and unaffiliated variety of terrorism is nothing new.

Most of the defendants McCarthy prosecuted in 1993 belonged to no international terrorist organizations; they simply shared a dangerous ideology. That ideology, radical Islam, appears to be what motivated the New Jersey Six as well.

As McCarthy points out, "If we want to understand why we are at risk from cells in places like Cherry Hill, which have no ties to foreign groups, and if we want to learn what authentic, moderate Muslim reformers are up against, we need to open our eyes to what motivates jihadists. It is powerful, enduring and frightening because it is a doctrine, not an organization."

I would add that if we wanted to crack down on the illegal aliens who are the greatest threat to us, we'd devote more resources to rounding up wannabe terrorists than busboys and gardeners.

Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .

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