At a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) conference, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole took the stage to talk about “the issue of religious and ethnic discrimination in the wake of 9/11.” But sadly, what ensued in his dialogue was anything but an honest assessment about cultural and religious biases.
Likely, that is because an honest assessment was clearly not the aim. Rather, Mr. Cole’s intention on this stage was to trivialize Islam’s role in international terror, while at the same time accentuating other religions’ contributions to it. The result, he must have hoped, would be that the conference attendees would come to the conclusion that there exists a moral equivalency among all religions- equally valuable to the American tapestry, equally malignant in their propensity to commit acts of evil.
This sounds very fetching to modern, politically correct sensibilities. The problem is that coming to this conclusion requires that political correctness carry more value than truth. And in the Department of Justice under Barack Obama’s administration, this is clearly the case.
James M. Cole offered his listeners: “All of us must reject any suggestion that every Muslim is a terrorist, or that every terrorist is a Muslim. As we have seen time and time again, from the Oklahoma City bombing to the recent attacks in Oslo, Norway- no religion or ethnicity has a monopoly on terror.”
True, no religion has a monopoly on religious terror. But unless you are completely devoid of deductive reasoning, it’s safe to say that Islam has the market cornered. To exemplify this point, consider that Cole’s flimsy support consists of two specific references to Christian terrorists, each having committed a crime set apart by nearly twenty years: Timothy McVeigh, who did not commit his crime in the name of religion, and Anders Breivik, the notorious psychopath who only recently replaced McVeigh as the poster child of Christian terror. Then, consider that in the ten years since 9/11, over 17,941 acts of terror have been committed by militant, devout Muslims. This means that four or five times every day, Muslim fundamentalists commit an act of terror predicated upon religious duty.
When compared to the level of Islamic terror the world endures, Christian terror becomes statistically marginal. Overlooking such awesome evidence of this is an act of intellectual fraud, to be sure. But when our DOJ, in thebes. spirit of political correctness, refuses to acknowledge the impact Islam has on global terror, it becomes something extremely dangerous.
Cole claims that the DOJ “is doing everything possible to protect the national security.” Yet in these same breaths, he says that he “recently directed all components of the DOJ to re-evaluate their training efforts” in a manner that reflects “racial sensitivity and respect for all peoples and faiths.” As Robert Spencer points out in FrontPageMag.com, Cole is “bowing to pressure from the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamic advocacy groups” by striking inflammatory truths from FBI training material. For example, FBI agents will no longer be trained to recognize that “devout Muslims are more prone toward violence,” despite the inarguable fact that the vast majority of jihadists are extremely devoted to their faith. In the future, our FBI agents will also be unaware that Islamic charitable giving is a “funding mechanism for combat.” So even though such charities are an indisputable sourceof funding for jihad, we can expect that our national security overseers will apply no more scrutiny to Islamic charities than they would the Christian or Jewish charities that cannot be significantly implicated of any such crimes.
The actions of the DOJ under Obama’s administration have been more than suspect. We all remember the failure to prosecute the black supremacist Samir Shabazz, though he was blatantly guilty of voter intimidation in Philadelphia. And of course, fresh in our memory is the “Fast and Furious”debacle that supplied weaponry to Mexican drug cartels with no clear route to a positive outcome. And now, the DOJ is willfully suppressing the truth about the demographic trends associated with global terrorism on the grounds that the facts are unpleasant for some people to hear. The result will be that future FBI agents will not have the knowledge to effectively profile and assess potential sources of violent extremism. And this all goes well beyond inefficiency- it is a self-inflicted wound to the very national security that our DOJ is sworn to protect.
William Sullivan is frequently featured in online conservative publications, and blogs at http://politicalpalaverblog.blogspot.com