Saturday, March 12, 2011

Why Must the Entire American Muslim Population Pay for the Acts of a Few?

Last week, George Fulton, an Englishman who moved to Pakistan with his Pakistani wife in 2002, and then became a prominent TV personality there, moved back to the UK because of what he called the "spreading cancer of extremism and intolerance" in Pakistan. He claims "this is no longer a political problem or an economic problem, this is now a cultural problem".   Really? Is this guy some kind of expert? Why is NPR casting him in the spotlight right after the Islamic radicalization-hearing? Could the timing be more perfect?

Now, it's very possible Pakistani citizens are getting fired up. After all, over the last five years, American unmanned drones have killed more than 2,000 people in their country.  In 2010 alone, there were 929 casualties according to a study conducted by the Conflict Monitoring Center(CMC).    You see, drone aircraft, which lacks the human discernment and judgment to differentiate between the innocent and the dangerous, is designed to identify enemies as anyone who is armed, and then, once identified, automatically launch missiles.  Well, it just so happens that  civilians in the tribal areas, traditionally carry weapons and munitions.  The Brookings Institute estimated that for every terrorist killed, there are ten civilians who lose their lives. However, you will not find this out from US and Pakistan officials.  They report the opposite.  These officials "deliberately overlook civilian deaths that outnumber the killings of militants in CIA drone attacks."

"Our research observed that intelligence officials of US and Pakistan deliberately overlook civilian fatalities and relay only censored accounts to Western media organisations. However, study reports suggest that the civilian casualties generally outnumber the killings of militants in drone attacks"
Isn't it bad enough that we're murdering innocent civilians in their own country?  Do we have to put all American Muslims on trial as radical terrorist sympathizers "bent on a “stealth jihad” to usurp the Constitution and impose Islamic law on the land"?

As Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, one of two Muslim members in Congress, who broke down while "delivering a tribute to a young Muslim-American who lost his life in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - and whose reputation was later maligned due to his faith," at the radicalization hearing, said on Real Time, to Bill Maher, "You used the Irish example. I don't think you investigate the Irish, you investigate the IRA, perhaps. You investigate broke down in tears while delivering an emotional tribute to a young Muslim-American who lost his life in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - and whose reputation was later maligned due to his faith.the mafia, not the Italians..."

Nevertheless, Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, who considers comparisons to McCarthy, a "badge of honor", acting on behalf of the real terrorists DHS, continues on his witch hunt.


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