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Four Myths About Muslims
CNSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2002 | C.T. Rossi

Posted on 06/13/2002 6:21:55 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen

If Robert Frost was correct when he quipped that "a liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel," then America has descended into the depths of leftism. The systematic way in which government and the media have consistently followed the path of self-loathing and self-negation could be the source of great humor, if the matters being bungled were not so grave.

While the attacks of September 11th roused a dormant patriotism in the collective American bosom, it also unveiled how deeply entrenched public discourse is in political correctness. Day after day the "war on terror" brings more misinformation, disinformation and propaganda. Most security measures are either window dressings for public consumption or usurpations of civil liberties by power-hungry elements within the bowels of bureaucracy.

The myths need to be dispelled and the elephant in America's living room needs to be addressed for the sake of that rarest of post-modern commodities - the truth.

Myth #1: Terrorism is not about Islam.

In fairness, someone did try to warn America to this sobering fact last fall in a Wall Street Journal editorial. The author, Amir Taheri, is a Muslim. He declared that "to claim that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam amounts to a whitewash." Some may think it ironic that a Muslim author is the one sounding the warning bell about his own faith. It isn't ironic in the least. Given the ground rules of politically correct discourse, only a minority may criticize a minority - only a Muslim may criticize Muslims.

Myth #2: Profiling is an evil to be avoided at all costs.

Profiling is an integral part of detective work and one component of the process is a person's race. When a cross is set ablaze on a black homeowner's lawn, you can guess that "white male" is placed atop the list of likely attributes of potential perpetrators. A white male is also most likely to be a serial murderer.

Truthfully, there is nothing in the genetic composition of a race that dictates social behavior. The real danger is that similar groups of people tend to share common cosmologies. If an ethnic group (pygmies for example) adopts an evil practice (cannibalism) in their world view, one may rightly call them backwards and savage - not because they are animists or short or black or from a different part of the globe, but because they have chosen to dine on human flesh. Terrorists are, overwhelmingly, Muslim males between the ages of 17 and 40 and from Middle Eastern ethnicities. If there doesn't exist a genetic predisposition to terrorism in the genes of peoples of the Tigres and Euphrates, then it must be their shared belief system - Islam.

If you are a young Islamic Arab male, you fit the profile for 19 of 19 terrorists of September 11th and you should be prepared to face additional security in airports.

Myth #3: Part of the FBI's failure on September 11th was lack of Arab or Muslim agents.

This laughable idea comes from the spin machine of the FBI's restructuring. Director Mueller has announced an Arab-American/Muslim affirmative action hiring policy as a part of the new proactive FBI. What Mueller or Attorney General Ashcroft have not done is explain exactly how having stuffy white-bread types at the Bureau led to the success of the attacks. If anything, there is evidence that just the opposite is the case.

FBI counter-terrorism special agent-turned-whistleblower Robert Wright has related an episode of some import. Wright asserts that while investigating possible Islamic terrorist activities, a Muslim special agent refused to wear an undercover wire, stating that "Muslims don't record other Muslims." Mueller and Ashcroft have not addressed this claim.

Uncooperative Islamic FBI agents aside, the FBI does not receive the lion's share of the blame for the incidents of September 11th. That honor goes to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Because of INS's incompetence, the United States is overrun with illegal immigrants - some are past terrorists, some are potential terrorists.

Myth #4: We must ally the "moderate" Muslims.

The truth be told, we don't understand who's who in the world of Islam. President Bush trotted out Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi as the imam of "peaceful Islam." However it wasn't long before Tantawi was advocating the suicide bombers in Israel.

Even Mullah Omar calls himself a "moderate" Muslim, in that his Taliban regime did nothing more nor less than is called for in the Koran. With causuistries like that, Omar should move to Washington. After all, the FBI is hiring.

C.T. Rossi comments on contemporary culture for the Free Congress Foundation.
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1 posted on 06/13/2002 6:21:55 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
This country needs another Senator McCarthy.
2 posted on 06/13/2002 6:26:44 AM PDT by rageaholic
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To: rageaholic
causuistries

Am I the only one zeroing out here on that word?

3 posted on 06/13/2002 6:39:49 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Stand Watch Listen; Prodigal Daughter; Thinkin' Gal; Jeremiah Jr; Light Speed; dennisw; Yehuda...
Good article.  Thanks for posting it.  Here is another early warning:

Why America Has Already Lost the War by Moshe Feiglin

The politics of the middle way of compromise and tolerance will get the nation spewed out.  There really are polar opposites such as black/white, good/evil, high/low, truth/lies, murderers/victims.  Saying it isn't so and wanting peace and safety when there can be none won't work.  There is a time for love and a time for war.  Now is a time for being strong and resisting the onslaught of the Muslims who are sworn to kill all Jews, Christians and Americans. 

4 posted on 06/13/2002 6:48:17 AM PDT by 2sheep
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Bump!
5 posted on 06/13/2002 6:55:22 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: Stand Watch Listen
"a liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel,"

I like it. It lampoons the left's self-image of being open-minded, while showing the uselessness of having no discretion. My sister, bless her, once said there is no absolute good and evil, it's all how we view it. That's a noble, utopian, dangerous idea. I asked her if she'd concede that Hitler was evil. "Only as we see it." she said, or something to that effect. You can imagine I avoid talking politics with her.

6 posted on 06/13/2002 6:56:44 AM PDT by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: txculprit
Must have a bigger dictionary than I do.
7 posted on 06/13/2002 6:56:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Stand Watch Listen
This one's a keeper.
BOOKMARKED
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8 posted on 06/13/2002 7:03:45 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
bump
9 posted on 06/13/2002 7:09:35 AM PDT by wita
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Must mean ~convictions~ or something.
10 posted on 06/13/2002 7:11:39 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Stand Watch Listen
The myths need to be dispelled and the elephant in America's living room needs to be addressed for the sake of that rarest of post-modern commodities - the truth.

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

11 posted on 06/13/2002 7:15:34 AM PDT by Palmetto
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To: Stand Watch Listen
This is all true and really goes to the heart of America's weaknesses. We have an exposed underbelly. I have the surefire solution to win the war on terror. Here it is:

Warn the terrorist nations that should the U.S. be attacked again, Mecca, Medina will be destroyed. Islam is a religion that is tied to places - take away these places and Islam is destroyed. What kind of God is Allah if he can't protect the holy places? A WEAK OR NONEXISTENT ONE!

This is the only thing that will get their attention. The risk of losing Islam is the only thing these people fear. We should issue this ultimatum immediately and stick to it! It is for our own self-defense! If we don't do it, we will not win this war. Kindler gentler wars are for idiots and cowards.

12 posted on 06/13/2002 7:15:45 AM PDT by exmarine
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To: txculprit;Eric in the Ozarks
Main Entry: ca·su·ist·ry

Pronunciation: 'kazh-w&-strE, 'ka-zh&-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ries
Date: 1725
1 : a resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty, or conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine
2 : specious argument : RATIONALIZATION

13 posted on 06/13/2002 7:18:10 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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Myth #1: Terrorism is not about Islam.

Well, not all. I believe all those bombs and murders in England and Ireland were the work of Protestants and Catholics. And don't forget our home-grown Christian terrorists.

Myth #2: Profiling is an evil to be avoided at all costs.

We just have to tiptoe that fine line between due diligence and extra inspection based on a consistent (this is where the drug war lost it) set of known profiles, and treating an innocent citizen as if he were a criminal just because of ethnicity.

Myth #3: Part of the FBI's failure on September 11th was lack of Arab or Muslim agents.

Wrong target. I'd say it was a lack of Muslim CIA operatives. The cells were already formed to be set up in the U.S., so I doubt having more Muslim domestic agents would have done us much good. We needed to nail those suckers at the source.

Myth #4: We must ally the "moderate" Muslims.

Yes, we must. This is a basic fact. There's no way we can go to war with 1,000,000,000 Muslims and expect to win. We have to get the vast majority to live peacefully with us and help put pressure on those who won't.

14 posted on 06/13/2002 7:19:53 AM PDT by Quila
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To: txculprit; Eric in the Ozarks
causuistries

The author probably meant:  casuistries

Ca-su-ist-ry
Pronunciation: 'kazh-w&-strE,
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ries
Date: 1725
1:  a resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty, or conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine
2: specious argument : RATIONALIZATION

SOURCE:  Merriam-Webster OnLine



casuistry (kàzh´¡-î-strê) noun
plural casuiistries
1. Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
2. The determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general principles of ethics.
[From CASUIST.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from InfoSoft International, Inc. All rights reserved.


15 posted on 06/13/2002 7:20:40 AM PDT by 2sheep
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; txculprit
causuistry - holding simultaneously two views which mutually exclude one another. Moreover, seeing this action as perfectly normal.

Or so as I recall.

16 posted on 06/13/2002 7:21:09 AM PDT by Palmetto
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To: 2sheep
Boy, that Moshe Feiglin article was MUY DEPRESSING.
17 posted on 06/13/2002 7:23:41 AM PDT by Inkie
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To: txculprit
causuistries

I think it means BS.

18 posted on 06/13/2002 7:30:42 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: 2sheep; Eric in the Ozarks; txculprit
Further research shows the sheep's definition correct.
19 posted on 06/13/2002 7:30:52 AM PDT by Palmetto
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Radical Islam is an insane death cult, "moderate" Islam is its Trojan Horse in the West.
20 posted on 06/13/2002 7:33:43 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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>Boy, that Moshe Feiglin article was MUY DEPRESSING.

I pretty much agree with Moshe Feiglin except that he said Christianity and Islam were the daughters of Judaism.  Wrong!  Christianity in its true form should be a branch which doesn't exalt itself above nor replace Judaism.  Islam is of the devil and is rising to be the enemy of the people of God to try them in the fire.  To yield a hair to Islamic lies and seduction is to oppose the Ruler of the Universe and provoke Him to the max.

Ecumenicism, Pluralism, Ceasefire, Disarmament, Flatteries, Tolerance, Multiculturalism, Diversity, Compromise, Unity, Cooperation, "Peace and Security" are all tools of the enemy used to defeat America and the West.  That enemy is Satan manifested as Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Globalism, New World Order, the Antichrist (and there be many antichrists) and false religion in any form, including Islam.  "Peace and Security" is what brought you Homeland SECURITY!  Don't you feel secure?

21 posted on 06/13/2002 7:36:49 AM PDT by 2sheep
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To: HIDEK6
>I think it means BS.

Some of the words in the Thesaurus indicate:  falsehood, sophistry, false reasoning.  We'll accept your addition.

22 posted on 06/13/2002 7:45:42 AM PDT by 2sheep
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Thanks for posting this, SWL! America had better wake up quickly and realize that our landscape will change even more drastically than 911!

This is all attributable to the moderate imbeciles that are supposedly in charge of protecting our nation.

23 posted on 06/13/2002 7:53:56 AM PDT by elcaudillo
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24 posted on 06/13/2002 7:56:38 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Cultural Jihad
Bump, C.J.
25 posted on 06/13/2002 7:59:42 AM PDT by Texas Gal
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To: Stand Watch Listen; Incindiary
Bump this one!!
26 posted on 06/13/2002 8:20:31 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: Stand Watch Listen
ISLAM IS THE ENEMY and the sooner we go after the real enemy we will win.
27 posted on 06/13/2002 8:27:53 AM PDT by TLBSHOW
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BTTT
28 posted on 06/13/2002 8:38:01 AM PDT by weegee
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To: 2sheep
Now is a time for being strong and resisting the onslaught of the Muslims who are sworn to kill all Jews, Christians and Americans.

It sure is frustrating that so few can face this cold fact.

Nice to see you're still around.

29 posted on 06/13/2002 8:49:08 AM PDT by GingisK
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30 posted on 06/13/2002 8:49:33 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: TLBSHOW
ISLAM IS THE ENEMY and the sooner we go after the real enemy we will win.

I'm curious as to how you would go about "going after Islam"?

31 posted on 06/13/2002 8:54:17 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: Quila
Myth #4: We must ally the "moderate" Muslims.

Yes, we must. This is a basic fact. There's no way we can go to war with 1,000,000,000 Muslims and expect to win.

Such a war would last decades, cause catastrophic destruction, and be a great mistake. Unfortuanately, so much is about letting off steam these days, rather than making the best choices for action.

32 posted on 06/13/2002 9:08:22 AM PDT by x
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To: 2sheep;hidek6
Isn't casuistry defining The Good in the most narrowly self-serving way possible ? Like taking a bribe is loyalty to your friends.
33 posted on 06/13/2002 9:31:04 AM PDT by Tokhtamish
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Another myth is that islamic/muslims do not worship muhammid----they most certainly DO WORSHIP a man /prohet named Muhamid!
34 posted on 06/13/2002 9:35:57 AM PDT by timestax
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Myth #1: Terrorism is not about Islam.
Well, not all. I believe all those bombs and murders in England and Ireland were the work of Protestants and Catholics. And don't forget our home-grown Christian terrorists.

Terrorism in this case refers to the present, indisputable, overwhelming (after 9/11) Islamic threat. But you knew that, didn’t you?

Myth #2: Profiling is an evil to be avoided at all costs.
We just have to tiptoe that fine line between due diligence and extra inspection based on a consistent (this is where the drug war lost it) set of known profiles, and treating an innocent citizen as if he were a criminal just because of ethnicity.

We are currently treating all innocent citizens as if they were criminals, for fear of “discriminating” against those who obviously, by ethnicity or actions, merit inspection. If a crime were committed on your block, I’m sure you’d approve if the police arrested the whole neighborhood, rather than discriminate.

Myth #3: Part of the FBI's failure on September 11th was lack of Arab or Muslim agents.
Wrong target. I'd say it was a lack of Muslim CIA operatives. The cells were already formed to be set up in the U.S., so I doubt having more Muslim domestic agents would have done us much good. We needed to nail those suckers at the source.

So you don’t believe that attempting to infiltrate cells, many of which are suspected by experts to be affiliated with Saudi-funded mosques in the U.S., is worth the effort? And you are so naïve to believe that these “cells” are not capable of acting on their own, or spiriting money and materials into this country, on their own? As far as “sources” go, our border-protection and immigration policies are so lax, we can’t even be certain of our ability to prevent the “sources” from settling right here in the good ol’ USA.

Myth #4: We must ally the "moderate" Muslims.
Yes, we must. This is a basic fact. There's no way we can go to war with 1,000,000,000 Muslims and expect to win. We have to get the vast majority to live peacefully with us and help put pressure on those who won't.

What the author is referring to here is our lack of ability, or willingness, to identify “moderate” Muslims, as evidenced by the administration’s alliances with radical American muslim groups and leaders. In the area of states, we ally ourselves with Saudi Arabia, a nation to which all roads of terrorism lead. No, we can’t go to war with a billion Muslims, but when we refuse to take the politically and fiscally correct blinders off, we create a situation where “moderate” Muslims are given no voice, while militant Islam flourishes under these so-called leaders.

35 posted on 06/13/2002 9:37:48 AM PDT by browardchad
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a Muslim special agent refused to wear an undercover wire, stating that "Muslims don't record other Muslims."

And one would hope that this person was fired? Doubtful...probably promoted.
36 posted on 06/13/2002 9:40:44 AM PDT by July 4th
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All your points are absurd, but the dopiest is your #1. Your Irish/Catholic example belongs in a category with the PLO, since both the IRA and all Palestinian terror groups are the same...Marxist revolutionaries.

Your "Christian" comment is just stupid. From the assassination of Robert Kennedy to the Olympic murders in Munich to the attempt to kill the Pope to the Achille Lauro to the murder of 80 tourists at Luxor to every attack during the Clinton administration...MUSLIMS, radical, insane, 70 virgin-lusting MUSLIMS have been the murderers. There are even muslim tenacles to the McVeigh bombing, so take your disinformation back over to wherever you slithered out of and give us some credit for common sense.

37 posted on 06/13/2002 10:11:11 AM PDT by Deb
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Myth #2: " Profiling is an evil to be avoided at all costs ".

Fact: Profiling is a part of my Daily Life.

38 posted on 06/13/2002 4:55:12 PM PDT by Pagey
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bttt

39 posted on 06/13/2002 8:21:31 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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bttt

40 posted on 06/13/2002 8:21:46 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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bump
41 posted on 06/13/2002 8:29:02 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Elephant in America's living room bump.
42 posted on 06/14/2002 6:06:37 AM PDT by Palmetto
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bttt
43 posted on 06/14/2002 7:46:21 AM PDT by timestax
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bttt
44 posted on 06/14/2002 1:37:28 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Quila
"Myth #1: Terrorism is not about Islam.

Well, not all. I believe all those bombs and murders in England and Ireland were the work of Protestants and Catholics. And don't forget our home-grown Christian terrorists.

Think a little bit here ....

Your comment doesn't make sense - or, inverting it - YOUR comment shows EXACTLY WHY profiling works, and is ESSENTIAL.

In North Ireland -- EVRY bomb against Protestants was FROM the young, white, CATHOLIC males - who happened to be in the IRA.

So, IN IRELAND, to attack the IRA, you MUST investigate FIRST young, white CATHOLIC males. You must profile for your target.

In the US, there have been no bombs against Protestants, and so there is NO CAUSE to profile against white catholic males --- HERE. There have been no bombs against catholics HERE, so there is no cause to investigate or profile white male protestants ... except by Reno, who attacks them based on a few superious abortion bombings. (Reno, in this, only hates white male conservative Christians.)

EVERY recent suicide airplane, truck, and building bombing and crash WORLDWIDE has been due to an organized islamic male attack..... No exception - even the suicide crash of the Egyptian Air plane outside of NY City last year was due to the deliberate crash by the islamic male co-pilot.

(Every case of recent political corruption is by a democrat, so we must remove democrats (black and white, male and female, from office to attack corruption and bribery and vote theft.)

So, by your logic, we must profile Islamic males if we are to track down abortion ring bombers, and must track down white male catholics if we are looking for airplane hijackers.

45 posted on 06/14/2002 1:55:50 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE
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BTTT
46 posted on 06/14/2002 2:44:19 PM PDT by Pagey
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
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47 posted on 06/14/2002 5:48:50 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
So, by your logic, we must profile Islamic males if we are to track down abortion ring bombers, and must track down white male catholics if we are looking for airplane hijackers.

No, by your twisting of my simple statement, all terrorists are Muslim. I simply refuted a false position, which is that all terrorism is about Islam -- it isn't. Simply by the existence of abortion clinic bombers and Catholic terrorists in Ireland and England, the statement that all terrorism is about Islam is false. For some reason, our state department also classifies certain South American rebels as terrorists -- and that is entirely non-religous based.

Everything else you wrote has no bearing on my comment.

48 posted on 06/15/2002 12:54:32 AM PDT by Quila
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Currrently, all terrorists attacking the US ARE Islamic-fanatics, young Arabic males... and those have converted to islamic religion: as in Miami, in the most recent arrest, and in the converted American who fought in Afghanistan.

Again, let me ask the question: Why NOT profile the young males of this religion ... when THAT is where the trouble lies, at THIS particular point in time?

Why do you oppose the using the ONLY common ground to attack this threat - when, at the same time, the liberals are claiming racial and religious bias as THEIR combining factor. (If the blacks claim ONLY a black can represent them (in poilice, in politics, as an astronaut, as a lawyer, in religion, as a teacher, as an employer, ... wherever, why do you claim law enforcement cannot profile?

49 posted on 06/15/2002 11:47:53 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE
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Currrently, all terrorists attacking the US ARE Islamic-fanatics, young Arabic males...

Unless we have another clinic shooting or a McVeih wannabe. Anyway, the statement didn't say "terrorism against the U.S." only "terrorism."

Why NOT profile the young males of this religion

If you'd read further, you'd see I'm not against profiling if done right. However, targeting people of that religion sounds very against the 1st Amendment's "respecting religion" clause. Paying more attenting to Arab males who fit the rest of the profile is sensible.

50 posted on 06/16/2002 2:23:26 AM PDT by Quila
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