Like Barack Obama's other speeches, his “New Beginnings” address in Cairo, Egypt, to the Islamic world and its 1.3 billion inhabitants had an air of campaign rhetoric: part hyperbole, part fantasized facts. He delivered the June 4 speech well, and with style, that empathy thing, and charisma. Short on defined actions, the speech was long on platitudes and fuzzy accolades for Islam.
However, no amount of “We love you” chants for Obama in Cairo can erase the terrorist acts committed against the infidel in Muslim countries, in the West, and here at home. The word terrorism was conspicuous by its absence in the Cairo speech. Worldwide news media showed heavily armed and hooded Islamist terrorists listening to the speech, but these images were interspersed with reports on the most recent suicide bombings in the Islamic world.
At Home, All Is Not Well
Back in the United States, the Obama administration stands by as radical Muslim immigrants and home-grown converts develop a fifth column, with a plan of operation capable of dwarfing the 9/11 attacks. As we have seen in England, France, and Spain, lax immigration policies result in Islamist terrorist attacks. The success of the Bush administration in preventing a second 9/11 had the unintended consequence of creating a complacent U.S. population.
The Democratic Party, in step with the radical left, deluges U.S. citizens with the need for empathy to assuage Muslim sensibilities.
Meanwhile, counterterrorism experts track the emergence of home-grown Islamist terrorists attacking from within. Be they native-born converts or naturalized citizens, members of this new breed of radical Islamist have the outward appearances of the culture in which they reside.
As a German terrorism expert put it, “Outwardly, they pretend to lead a modern lifestyle; but deep inside, they adhere to a pure medieval strain of Islam.”
At last count, 35 jihadist training camps have been identified in the United States. Whether in Virginia, New York, Minnesota, or other states, jihadists have met with little opposition to their American training camps.
President Obama and his attorney general have yet to express concern publicly over the killing of a U.S. soldier in Little Rock, Ark., by a home-grown Muslim terrorist who trained in Yemen. That same week, however, the president and his administration issued public statements condemning the killing of a late-term abortion doctor.
Both killings were abhorrent, but why the difference in the president’s response?
In the same vein, federal and local officials have chosen, in recent years, to refrain from labeling a number of killings by Muslims in the United States as acts of terrorism. Some examples follow:
2002 — July: The Los Angeles Airport killing of two Israeli nationals and wounding of five others were reported as merely the act of a deranged Egyptian immigrant. October: The Metro Washington, D.C., area sniper killings by two black Muslims (one, an illegal immigrant) were not considered terrorist attacks or hate crimes, even though the snipers themselves admitted wanting to kill as many white people as possible.
2005 — October: When a student convert to Islam at the University of Oklahoma exploded a backpack bomb outside a school football game, law enforcement officials, federal and local, explained that the student was merely a troubled youth who committed suicide. Among the student’s effects, however, were a plane ticket to Algeria and additional bomb-making materials.
2006 — March: At the University of North Carolina, Mohammed Taheri-azar drove a car into a group of students, injuring nine. Taheri-azar, a Muslim, explained to law enforcement officers that he was motivated to attempt to kill “due to the treatment of Muslims around the world.” Although he pled to nine counts of attempted murder, authorities refused to acknowledge his crime as an act of terrorism. July: In Seattle, Wash., when Naveel Afzad Haq killed one person among the six he shot at the Seattle Jewish Federation Building, a witness stated that Haq shouted, “I’m Muslim-American. I am angry at Israel.” The local authorities and the FBI refused to declare this an act of terrorism.
2007 — Donald Joseph Maldonado, a U.S. citizen, was indicted in a U.S. court and convicted of training and participating in terrorism in Somalia. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, he became the first native-born American convicted of training and participating as a terrorist in another country. Maldonado had converted to Islam in Massachusetts in 2000.
2008 — June: Levar Washington, a U.S. citizen and convert to Islam, was part of Jam’lyyat-Ul-Islam-is-Saheeh, a terrorist cell formed in 1997 by Kevin James, a convict in a California prison. Washington was arrested and pled guilty to federal crimes of conspiring to wage war against the United States and to a weapons charge. A federal judge sentenced him to 22 years in prison. October: Minneapolis resident and naturalized U.S. citizen Shirwa Ahmed died as a suicide bomber in Somalia. The FBI, which brought Ahmed’s remains back to Minnesota for burial, failed to allege his terrorist status. December: Ruben Shumpert aka Amir Abdul Muhaimin, Somalia-born and a naturalized U.S. citizen, died in a suicide bombing in Somalia that killed 30 people. In 2007, Shumpert/Muhaimin had been convicted in federal court in Seattle on gun violations and counterfeiting. Fleeing the country, he called an FBI agent to say that he and his associates “would destroy everything the United States stands for.” That same month, five immigrant Muslims were convicted of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. One immigrant was born in Jordan, one in Turkey, and three in Albania –– all Muslim countries. Two were illegal immigrants, four were sentenced to life in prison, and the fifth was sentenced to 33 years.
2009 — May: Four Muslim plotters were arrested on allegations that they sought to bomb New York City synagogues and shoot down U.S. military planes. They were converts to Islam, and three were converted while in prison. One was a Haitian national, and the others were native-born U.S. citizens. The Islamic community offered excuses for the men, saying they were petty thieves, gullible and naive, who did not understand Islam, and that they a government agent radicalized them. The assistant U.S. attorney replied, “It’s hard to envision a more chilling plot. These are extremely violent men.” June: In Little Rock, Ark., a 23-year-old convert to Islam, Carlos Bledsoe aka Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, shot and killed a U.S. soldier and wounded another outside a military recruitment office. Bledsoe/Muhammad was charged with 15 counts of committing terrorist acts and first-degree murder. The shooter admitted he wanted to kill military because of what they did to Muslims. Law enforcement officers say Muhammad acted alone and that his recent trip to Yemen on a Somalia passport had nothing to with his acts.
Changing the Strategy
This partial list of murder and mayhem reveals the pattern of the Jihad strategy, as converts to Islam and young Muslims born outside the United States, acting alone or in concert, carry out the commands of radical Imans. The U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but not terrorism in the name of religion.
America bashing by President Obama justifies the misconception that America is the fountainhead of the world’s ills and emboldens terrorist sleeper cells in the United States. In the name of outreach, would Obama go beyond condoning the Muslim headdress for women to accepting Islamic law –– Sharia –– as England is doing?
With politically correct myopia and excessive concern for Muslim sensibilities, Democrats and those of the radical left fail to understand that the United States is dooming itself to a future of intermittent Islamist terror, unless some country or some leader can defuse the Jihad strategy. That would be change we can believe in.
James H. Walsh is a former federal prosecutor.
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