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Thursday, January 11, 2007

 

Bigotry or Prudence?

Ref: Letters to the Editor of the SML Eagle, Pg 4A, 1/10/2007
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Having read the recent thoughtful and passionate letters to the editor by Mr. Bricca and Ms. Carr relative to Rep. Goode’s position on Muslim immigration, it appears to me that they and others may be failing to consider the stark facts of the current violent situation we all face from members within the Muslim community.
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Perhaps one should reflect on the Muslim situation with Salman Rushdie, the Pope’s recent interaction with the Muslim community, the European government’s and medias’ fear and capitulation to threats and intimidation by their domestic Muslim communities. This being compounded by the absence of the Muslim leadership and community condemnation of the Radical Muslim movement’s brutal attacks on Americans and other non-Muslims and the World War that Radical Muslims have launched across the globe.
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Perhaps concerns and reactions to these facts are not based on bigotry but may be based on data that would lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that there is a clear and present risk within that religious community and that the leaders of that community have not repudiated these violent acts nor mounted a visible effort to stop it. In fact it appears that many of the Mullahs are a key part of the problem. Many of their madrassa-schools have "graduated" thousands of violent radicals who have joined the Jihad against US. A Mullah who resides here in the US was the leader of the first attack on the World Trade Towers.
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The US has always used our immigration policy and procedures to regulate the number of people entering from other countries. Where there have been demonstrated or perceived risks among certain groups, the quotas have been zero. The fact that these risks might be wrapped in robes and carrying a religious book does not mitigate the risks but in fact may make the risks greater. The Japanese Kamikaze’s (The Sacred Warriors) were also very religious and were wrapped in robes and carried the Kojiki.
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Their devastating and successful attacks on our ships and troops were a key component in the decision to drop the atomic bombs to stop the war and avoid the massive losses of a mainland invasion. Unfortunately, we may be very close to that decision again in Iran.
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The following link is a good view of the responsibilities of immigrant assimilation as articulated by Teddy Roosevelt in a speech he made one hundred years ago. My parents and relatives who came here in the 1920’s were willing and eager to comply with all these responsibilities.
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http://www.roanokeslant.org/American.jpg
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As we reflect on the damage we have suffered and are suffering and the grave risks our country and our people are facing, perhaps we might acknowledge that prudence may be a far greater component of this debate than bigotry. And that labeling participants in this debate as bigots does not further dialogue on a subject that is critical to our national interests and security.
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New relevant book: God's Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad by Charles Allen, DaCapo Press.
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/01/very-sad-milestone.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/12/to-assimilate-or-not.html
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