Another radical Islamist attempted to kill innocent people in Portland. His plans were foiled because someone tipped off the FBI about his violent tendencies. Chances are fairly good that the heroic informants were Muslims. No proof, just a guess.
If this is the case, it once again highlights the reality that there are many Muslims who appreciate Western cultural values and are more than content to assimilate into them and embrace them.even defend them against members of their own faith.
But the reaction to this case also once again highlights the significant problem we are facing with a leadership so caught up in political correctness that they refuse to recognize the obvious.
As Mona Charen writes,
If a Christian or a Jew suddenly becomes more devout, there is very little chance that he or she will become violent. Quite the contrary. But religious zeal among Muslims is often expressed with bombs and the blood of innocents. Thousands of imams worldwide preach violent jihad, Islamic schools instill contempt for other faiths, and terrorists actively recruit killers willing to commit massacres for Allah.
Yet Attorney General Eric Holder could not bring himself to say, under questioning before Congress, that terrorists might be motivated by "radical Islam." The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security banned the words "jihad" and "mujahideen" from official statements about terrorism. And the president removed the term "Islamic extremism" from the National Security Strategy.
Why is it so hard to tell the truth? The truth is that while the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and law-abiding, there is a powerful strain within the religion that encourages murder and mayhem. Muslims, sooner or later, must deal with this, along with the rest of the world. But to suggest that acknowledging Muslim extremism amounts to bigotry, as this administration seems to, is both dishonest and cowardly.
It would be comical if it weren't so frightening that our current administration does a ridiculous dance around acknowledging the obvious problem with Islamic fundamentalists. They are not like Christian fundamentalists or Jewish fundamentalists. Those that cling to Christian or Jewish fundamentals are arguably the most peaceful among us. Those that cling to Islamic fundamentals are taught violent jihad.
So how many "thwarted" terror attacks will it take til one is successful? And where will it happen? Your neighborhood mall? If so, at least we can be thankful our administration didn't hurt anybody's feelings by attempting to stop it.