How does this –
“Islam is a much more peaceful and tolerant religion than it is an aggressive religion,” he said. “I don’t believe that Islam allows me to operate in any kind of warfare at all, including the U.S. military and any war it partakes in. I believe that our first duty as a Muslim is to serve God.” – Army PFC Naser Jason Abdo last year on why he needed conscientious objector status to avoid deploying to SW Asia.
Make sense in light of this –
Killeen police arrested Abdo, 21, on Wednesday after a gun store employee tipped them that Abdo’s behavior raised red flags when he purchased six pounds of smokeless gunpowder and other supplies.
FBI investigators who searched his hotel room found enough material for two bombs, a Defense Department official said. – CNN story today on arrest of Adbo
This happened in Killeen, TX, home to Fort Hood, where MAJ Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people two years ago. Maybe CAIR and all the others can explain to me their definition of the word peace – as in “Religion of Peace”. Although it goes without saying that not all Muslims are violent extremists, far too many are to dismiss them as aberrations. More importantly, even the Muslim apologists busy calling Islam a religion of peace cannot find the will or courage to denounce the violence. The Norway shootings by a non-Muslim (the meme of him being a Conservative Christian has already been exhaustively debunked) are the proverbial exception that proves the rule. It was news that he was not a Muslim precisely because it was so unusual.
Of course, it is one thing to grab the low hanging fruit of pointing out Muslim extremism. The key is finding a solution to the very real security problems presented by jihadist Muslims. I think that first and foremost, all of Islam is stained by these activities, as any other group would be stained by repeated actions of its members. It is not the responsibility of the non-Muslim world to absolve any or all members of that religion. It is the members of the religion that must atone for the sins of its followers and take actions to prevent them in the future. If the supposed moderate and peaceful Muslims will not stand up and denounce these activities, they should expect to be seen as complicit. Second, we cannot let political correctness blind us to the dangers. A certain demographic commits most terror acts, that demographic needs to be more carefully examined – especially considering the unwillingness of a majority of that groups’ members to take a stand against the violence committed by their fellows.
With all of the other nonsense going on in D.C., especially the budget battle, it is too easy for many to forget that there is a segment of the world population that spends its days contemplating the best way to kill us. We cannot allow complacency to make that task all too easy for them. It is the self-destructive political correctness that allowed MAJ Hasan to continue to be in a position to cause destruction even after many around him knew where his loyalties lay. It is the same PC attitudes that allowed the media to fawningly accept Abdo’s “religion of peace” conscientious objector rhetoric last year, rhetoric proven false today not because the expensive intelligence and law-enforcement agencies tracked him down, but because a Texas gun store owner noticed him acting strangely and buying explosives – and if that owner noticed it more so because Abdo is Muslim, I am okay with that. And I am sure the intended victims (American Soldiers and their families) whose lives were saved by the arrest of this man don’t have a problem with that either.
Asked how close Abdo may have come to pulling off an attack, Baldwin said, “I can tell you that we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped.” – CNN story on arrest