Words are hard.
Just an act of workplace violence.
When Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan yelled “Allahu akhbar” and opened fire on his comrades in 2009, leaving 13 people dead and more than 32 others wounded, it was clear, at least to the National Counterrorism Center, that this was indeed a terrorist attack and was labeled as such the day after.
The Obama administration is following the direction of the United Nations and suppressing any mention of radical Islam's association with terrorism. Even the word “terrorism” is being censored because it has become associated with Islam. Remember President George W. Bush's “War on Terror?” The phrase has disappeared, even though terrorist attacks are increasing. Obama has stopped using the phrase.
Ten years ago, in the shadow of the crater at Ground Zero, the smoldering Pentagon and a field of honor in Pennsylvania, America found itself at war.
Many years ago, when I was finishing work on my graduate degree in political science in New York, I took a course on international affairs. The professor was a Muslim man from Beirut, Lebanon. One day for some reason he was talking about Pope John Paul II and he paused and looked over at me and asked: “What is the pope like personally?”
As reckless as it is to make sweeping statements about Islam -- and it is reckless -- isn't it equally irresponsible to claim there is prejudice where it doesn't exist?
This week, the House failed to pass a one-year reauthorization of three provisions of the Patriot Act, even though the Republican leadership tried fast-tracking the effort without allowing the traditional airing of grievances.
The ghost of 9/11 terrorist Mohammed Atta is probably laughing out loud over what he accomplished when he and his fellow murderers drove airliners into the World Trade Center towers.