January 24, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a piece, the thrust of which is entirely too prevalent with the head-in-the-sand MSM, we find Time Magazine's Romesh Ratnesar concluding that radical Islam is not on the rise in the United States. He does this by conflating intentions with effectiveness, that since the numerous recent attempts at violent jihad were carried out by apparent bumblers that there is therefore no threat.
"Myrick wrote in her letter to Obama. "The strikingly accelerated rate of American Muslims arrested for involvement in terrorist activities since May 2009 makes this fact self-evident." Actually, it doesn't. Though acts of violent extremism by U.S. Muslims appear to have grown, their potency has not..." [source, Romesh Ratnesar, The Myth of Homegrown Islamic Terrorism, Time Magazine, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2044047,00.html#ixzz1ByGXvAHD]
Let's get this straight...more attacks means less of a threat, an odd bit of logic even in a periodical which has about the same relevancy in intellectual circles as does Tiger Beat Magazine.
Indicative of an absurd historical revisionism, Mr. Ratnesar seems to assert that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan [a "Soldier of Allah," one must remember - SoA(SWT), Soldier of Allah (Glory to God) - as claimed on his business cards] wasn't a terrorist.
"...The killing spree by Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 doesn't fit the standard definition of terrorism: his motives were not wholly ideological..." [Time Magazine]
Anwar Al Awlaki [who mentored Hasan, Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and a whole string of jihadis including possibly members of the 911 plot] is similarly dismissed by the strident Ratnesar, "In the eyes of some, al-Awlaki and his ilk represent the vanguard of an even more sinister trend: the growing "radicalization" of the estimated 5 million Muslims living in the U.S..."
The author concludes in the next paragraph "...Actually, it doesn't."
Such mental contortionism is required by MSM writers because they must alter reality to fit their preconceptions and Mr. Ratnesar is no different. He simply tries to [unconvincingly] explain away the alarming increase in domestic terror plots undertaken by Muslims while completely ignoring the increasingly virulent rhetoric coming from America's radical Muslim lobby groups and what is potentially the greatest threat posed by radical Islam, the incessant drumbeat towards incorporating Shari'a into the U.S. legal system.
It is this avoidance of the stealth jihad, the seditious attack mounted by Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups from the inside, to gain sufficient political influence to further advance what is in their minds God's law, Shari'a, which absolutely places Ratnesar among the numerous apologists for Muslim extremism who have an agenda at odds with any semblance of what is required to establish reasonable national security measures.
As we have maintained since the announcement of the intended hearings by Rep. Peter King on the rise of domestic Islamism, if there is no threat, those allegedly linked to this phenomenon have nothing to fear and should, rather than mounting a campaign of vituperation and name calling, welcome the investigation because they will be exonerated in the court of public opinion once and for all.
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