Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Only Muslims commit Islamic terrorism

Heather Mac Donald:

Time to get real: Only Muslims commit Islamic terrorism. By definition. Ask Osama bin Laden, who called on Muslims, and Muslims only, to kill Americans wherever they can find us.

Yet the New York Police Department has promised that its new policy of subway bag checks will be scrupulously random. This senseless sacrifice to political correctness will waste precious police resources with little improvement in public safety.

The British police have just released photos of the suspects in the Thursday subway bomb attempts. Did the police look for freckled-face Irish lassies on the subway videotapes? Unlikely. The suspects all appear to be South Asian or North African. The British are indifferent to the civil-libertarian hysterics because they were just attacked and fear they will soon be again. It will apparently take another strike on U. S. soil to wake up NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and the rest of the American law-enforcement establishment that public safety comes before political correctness.

To be sure, random checks have a certain logic. There is always a chance that al Qaeda will be able to persuade a Minnesotan grandmother, say, to carry a bomb onto a New York subway. If law enforcement pays extra attention to people of apparent Muslim origin, it risks ignoring the non-conventional Islamic terrorist.

But that risk is far smaller than the risk that while a police officer is inspecting the golf-club bag of a Manhattan banker on his way to Westchester, a Pakistani carrying a bomb will slip onto the Number 4 line. It is unlikely that al Qaeda and other Muslim terror groups have recruited large numbers of Anglo-Europeans to their cause; the vast majority of would-be killers remain al Qaeda’s core constituency: disaffected Middle Easterners, South Asians, and North Africans.

The disconnect between what we know and what we do remains stunning to behold. Public discourse after the 7/7 bombings focused exclusively on Muslim extremism — has it been exacerbated by the Iraq invasion, say, or is it provoked by an abstract ideological hostility to the West? Yet when it comes to taking action, government officials pretend that all groups are equally likely to commit Islamic terrorism and that Muslim identity should play no role in targeting preemptive law-enforcement action.

There’s always a hope that the NYPD is lying through its teeth, and will in fact allow its officers to notice national origin and back them up against the inevitable lawsuits. If Commissioner Kelly means what he says, however, it will be most interesting to observe whether following another New York attack, the NYPD searches for leads among worshippers in St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the same alacrity as it canvasses Brooklyn’s radical mosques.

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At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disregarding experience and common sense is apparently a new facet of modern policing.

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disregarding experience and common sense is apparently a new facet of modern policing

Any police commissioner who spoke the truth about terrorism would be immediatedly condemned as a racist by the media and forced to resign. The police have to spew out the PC mumbo jumbo just to keep their jobs.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

Islam is a religion, not a race or color. I agree they should be profiling somewhat (ignore the old ladies and younger hardbodies), but need you be reminded that John Walker was an American fighting with the Taliban? If they ignore people who aren't "asian or arab," someone like him could slip right by. If word gets out that the U.S. is profiling, the terrorists will obviously move to use people who blend in, whether it's caucasians or well-disguised arabs. Example: when the suicide bombers go to Israel, they shave their beards to blend in.

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but need you be reminded that John Walker was an American fighting with the Taliban

And how many of the men involved in the London bombings looked like John Walker?

when the suicide bombers go to Israel, they shave their beards to blend in

Since both Jews and Arabs are Semites there is a greater physical similarity between these two groups than there are between Arabs and Northern Europeans. Arabs are not exactly known for their blond hair, blue eyes or pale, freckled skin.

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take my chances with profiling.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...

To Thomas -- Welcome to Adam's blogsite. It's nice to hear your comments and to join me and "Anonymous" here!

But I must take issue with your comments about Islam and the comment about John Walker. People like John Walker, Timothy McVeigh, and Eric Rudolph, truly represent "needles in a haystack." The overall pattern of terrorism is undeniably one of young islamic men between the ages of about 18-35/40 committing these atrocities. If you need some instruction in identifying young muslim males, I and millions of other Americans can readily assist you. A fundamental tenet of police investigations is "profiling." If a young white blue-eyed, blond haired male is robbing banks in a locale, the police are not looking for a green, black, or yellow female. Terroists will "obviously move to use poeple who blend in"? Is that right? So muslims will begin recruiting NASCAR fans and hip hoppers and gang bangers? You need to provide some evidence for such a flimsy assertion. This has no basis in fact and represents the type of sloppy, politically correct thinking that prevents profiling and wastes limited resources for security.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...

One more question for our (non-profiling) friend Thomas:

It is late at night and you are driving through an unfamiliar urban neighborhood. Your car breaks down and you must walk to get assistance. You have a choice of 2 streets to walk down to get help (or, better yet, you have 2 streets to send your wife/girlfriend down):

a) a street populated by young black males;

b) a street populated by young Asian males.

Do you choose a) or b)?

If you do not do any "profiling" in your choice, you are either a (liberal PC) fool or you are a country bumpkin who has never been in urban America. By the way, even the "reverend" Jesse Jackson admits that he would not choose a) under such circumstances!! Gads!! Does this mean the reverend discriminates against blacks!! Gads again!!

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