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The West's Terminal Radical Islam Denial Syndrome

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Last year, there were 452 suicide terror attacks across the world. Four hundred and fifty of them were committed by Muslims. Last month, Muslims pledging allegiance to ISIS murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Last week, thousands of Muslims around Europe, from Germany to Sweden to Switzerland, sexually assaulted hundreds of young women on New Year's Eve. Just days ago, a Muslim man shot a Philadelphia cop at point-blank range and declared that he did it in the name of Islam.

In response, Hillary Clinton declared, "Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam." She agreed this week that "white terrorism and extremism" are just as much a threat to Americans as ISIS and radical Islam, and then proceeded to blame "gun violence." The mayor of Cologne, Germany, told young women not to walk within "arm's length" of young Muslim men, and leftist commentators explained that the wave of sexual harassment resulted from some generalized, nonspecific religious patriarchal attitudes. The mayor of Philadelphia said that the attack on the police officer had nothing to do with "being a Muslim or the Islamic faith," and that instead, we ought to focus our attention on the pressing issue of gun violence: "There are just too many guns on the streets, and I think our national government needs to do something about that."

If the West keeps this up, there won't be any West of which to speak.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who just won the Time magazine person of the year for her courageous decision to subject her citizens to the cultural sophistication of Muslims of non-Westernized Syrian Muslim refugees, is now preparing to allow another wave of such refugees into her country to enjoy New Year's Eve activities. According to Politico, Germany can expect another 1.5 million refugees this year, and according to Germany's minister for international development, "Eight to 10 million are still on their way."

Meanwhile, here at home, President Obama will invite a Syrian Muslim refugee to attend his State of the Union address so that he can browbeat Republicans about their supposed xenophobia with regard to the issue. The Syrian Muslim refugee entered the United States after a bombing killed seven family members; he's now living in Troy, Michigan. Obama wrote him a letter recently: "You're part of what makes America great." No word on whether Obama wrote letters to Palestinian Muslim refugees Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, of Houston, who was arrested last week for attempting to provide material support to ISIS, or Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, who was charged with making a false statement involving international terrorism, according to CNN.

Presumably, some people who don't make America great include Syrian Christian refugees, who have largely been excluded from the United States by the Obama administration. Simultaneously, ISIS happily continues to exploit the Radical Islam Denial Syndrome of the left; they've been planning a "sophisticated" smuggling operation to move people across the border into Turkey, from where refugees then enter the West.

The West is far too powerful to lose to ISIS or radical Islam -- unless the West decides to pretend that radical Islam doesn't exist. In pathological fashion, that's just what our leaders have apparently decided to do.

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