"If the problem was the White Citizens Council," Congressman Peter King recently explained, "it wouldn't make any sense to investigate African Americans." But the Homeland Security Committee chairman's inquiry into the radicalization into American Muslims, but not--Does anybody wonder why?--Methodists, Zoroastrians, and Jehovah Witnesses, has elicited cries of intolerance, bigotry, and fascism. Read my article @ FrontPageMag about why a hearing on Islamic radicalization has done so much to bring out the radicals.
Yeah, he's not the best representative to be holding these hearings.
However malignant his background is, it shouldn't detract from a frank discussion of what is a serious threat in todays world.
Hey, while we're at it, has anybody sued the Saudi government for civil damages based on the terrorist actions of radical Wahabists? They have as much responsibility for Al Queda's actions as King does for those of the IRA. Probably more.
I just hope no one suggests a violent streak. When it was suggested that the Pope did so, THOUSANDS of people took to the streets, grabbed their skulls with both hands, and shouted to the heavens in their best Ren (from Ren and Stimpy) impression: "AAAHH! I'll KILL YOU!"
I'm trying to understand how King's support for the IRA equates to his diligence in exposing a sub-group of people who murdered close to 3,000 American citizens ten years ago and who continue to be a major threat around the world. I mean, how many Americans have the IRA sworn to kill or have in fact killed? The idea that King should somehow be disqualified is ridiculous.
Good point asdf.
For me, it's just the optics of a former IRA supporter being in charge. These hearings are necessary, but people like Atlanta Roofing are going to try and muddy the waters by bringing something like that up and try to draw a moral equivalence; kind of a, "oh, well, he's got skeletons in his closet, so he shouldn't be able to speak to or examine this issue."
That's why I think it's too bad that King is the one holding the hearings; they've already become more about him than the issue.