Mona Charen

It turns out that the military relies for chaplain referrals on several American Islamic groups with questionable loyalties. One is the Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences, which has been raided by the Justice Department for suspected ties to Al Qaeda! Another group is called the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council (it sponsored Yee). The AMAFVAC is in turn linked with the American Muslim Foundation, another target of the Justice Department's sweep. Abdurahman Alamoudi, founder of the American Muslim Foundation, is a well-known sympathizer and supporter of Hamas.

The Pentagon also reportedly relies on the Islamic Society of North America. One of its board members is Siraj Wahhaj, a character witness for "blind Sheik" Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj was also an unindicted co-conspirator in an attempt to blow up New York monuments in 1995.

Does this mean that there are no loyal American Muslims? Obviously not. But it does suggest that simple common sense should dictate caution on the part of our government. Check twice about the affiliations of domestic Islamic groups. Some are totally sane and patriotic. But others are not. Islam is widely infected with the radical virus. Wahhabism and Khomeinism exert wide appeal right now, and those Muslims who oppose these radical movements are understandably frightened and cowed.

We are always at pains to prove how open-minded and accepting we are as a nation -- which is fine, to a point. But we cannot permit political correctness to keep us from self-preservation.


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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