Radicalizing the 'Homeland'
William Norman Grigg
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about a radicalization in this country that is linked to an overseas
enemy," insists former IRA fundraiser and current head of the House
Homeland Security Committee Pete King, in defense of his planned
hearings into terrorist recruitment among American Muslims.
A recent incident here in Idaho illustrates the connection King
is talking about, albeit not in the way he intended.
last Christmas, a resident of Twin Falls, Idaho was accosted by
a stranger at a local Wal-Mart, who threatened to kill her. That
threat was made credible by the fact that the snarling would-be
assailant was armed and had killed people overseas during an armed
conflict in the Middle East.
victim is a law-abiding American citizen whose only offense
was to commit an act of peaceful commerce while wearing a head covering
attesting to her Muslim faith. The aggressor, John C. Larsen, is
a veteran of Washington's illegal war against Iraq.
were killed by you!" Larsen reportedly
screamed at the woman, who was accompanied by two small children.
"I was blown up by you!" At some point in his tirade, Larsen also
told the woman that she "didn't belong in the U.S." Leaving aside
the fact that the target of his rancor was a U.S. citizen who had
as much right to be here as he does, it apparently never occurred
to Larsen that he and his gun-toting friends had no legitimate business
being in Iraq.
2006 National Intelligence Estimate acknowledged that the Iraq War
increased the terrorist threat, rather than abating it. This
is understandable, given the hatred and resentment that are the
predictable by-products of a war of aggression against people who
never harmed or threatened us in any way.
are "blown up" by foreign invaders, and who see their friends and
family slaughtered by them, often find themselves irresistibly tempted
to kill others in retaliation – at the price of their own lives,
in Twin Falls illustrates a largely unrecognized form of potential
"blowback" from the Regime's ongoing wars: The creation of a large
population of traumatized combat veterans, some of whom are prone
to criminal violence. Although at this point he has yet to be convicted
of a criminal offense, Larsen was undeniably "radicalized" by his
experience overseas, and it's difficult to describe his alleged
actions as anything other than a form of terrorism – albeit not
of a kind Peter King would condescend to recognize.
York Daily News reports
that King believes that American Muslims have a "misguided" belief
"that they were victimized by a backlash of hatred after the Sept.
11 attacks," that the "hate they feel is imagined, and [that] Muslims
need to put aside any fears they have towards official America and
"I think a
lot of that is a self-imposed fear they have, and that seemed to
put them underground in a sense of non-cooperation," suggests King,
who maintains that the purpose of his hearings is to entice reluctant
Muslims to "cooperate."
A few weeks
before King made those remarks, Muslims who assembled at a charity
benefit in Yorba Linda, California experienced a remarkable group
hallucination: Their imaginations, propelled by unreasonable, self-inflicted
fear, conjured up a demented fantasy in which they had to walk through
a vituperative mob that flung profane abuse at them and their children.
common to this shared illusion was a speech by Villa Park Councilwoman
Deborah Pauly, who boasted that she knows "quite a few Marines who
would be happy to send these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."
Also playing a role in this common fever dream was Republican Congressman
Ed Royce, who assailed the gathered Muslims – not the mob, mind
you, but the people quietly attending the charity event – as "brutal,
primitive, and barbaric," and expressed approval of King's impending
So strong was
this entirely concocted persecution fantasy, in fact, that it somehow
managed to impress itself on neutral recording media, leaving a
video document of what certainly appears – to those less perceptive
than Rep. King, of course – to be something perilously close to
happened in Orange County, where a few years ago the
FBI targeted a local mosque for an infiltration/provocation op
called "Operation Flex." The Bureau recruited a career criminal
named Craig Monteilh, who (according to an
affidavit he filed late last year) was instructed "to advance
an agenda that involved organizing terrorist activities, making
reference to 'jihad' (Holy War) and organizing terrorist plots and
activities." Accordingly, under the pseudonym "Farouk," Monteilh
hung around the mosque and tried to chat up anyone who would listen
about the supposed merits of waging violent jihad.
In the world
as depicted by Pamela Geller and her ilk, "Farouk's" incitement
to violence should have attracted an immediate and devoted following.
Rather than attracting recruits, however, Monteilh repelled worshipers.
Eventually, several members of the congregation were driven to obtain
a restraining order to keep "Farouk" away from their house of worship.
of the mosque, alarmed over the possibility that an authentic radicalized
Muslim was in their midst, approached Hussam Ayloush, director of
the Southern California Chapter of the Committee on American Islamic
guided by Glenn Beck's prophetic wisdom knows, CAIR is no commonplace
ethno-religious pressure group. As the infallible Frank Gaffney
insists, CAIR is nothing less than the operational directorate for
the North American Branch of the Global Jihad, and Ayloush – covert
Islamofascist that he is – did the predictable thing: He called
the FBI, with whom he had been cooperating since immediately following
9/11. J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant Director of the FBI's Los Angeles
office, wasn't surprised to learn of "Farouk's" dealings, since
he was the one cutting the provocateur's paychecks.
This was precisely
the kind of cooperation by Muslim religious and civic leaders that,
according to King, doesn't exist. The FBI rewarded this patriotic
action by framing one of the Muslims who had dropped a dime on their
informant on entirely spurious charges (that were dropped last fall)
in a transparent attempt to blackmail him into becoming a
replacement asset. None of this was legitimate persecution, mind
you – merely the insubstantial musings of unreasonable minds freighted
with entirely unfounded fears.
So potent are
the unreasonable Muslim fears of persecution that they conjured
into existence an
entirely confected incident near Sacramento, California in which
two elderly, turban-wearing men were gunned down, one of them fatally.
Oh, but here's the technicality upon which King could triumphantly
seize: Neither of the victims, 67-year-old Surinder Singh, who was
murdered, and 78-year-old Gurmej Atwal, were Sikhs, not Muslims,
so this likely case of mistaken identity wouldn't count.
The same would
be true of another incident in Sacramento last November in which
56-year-old Sikh immigrant Harhajan Singh, a cab driver, was beaten
and robbed by two young men who "shouted expletives and called him
Osama bin Laden," presumably because Singh, like most Sikh men,
wears a turban.
"He says, 'I'll
kill you,'" a brutalized Singh later told the press. "I say, 'I'm
not Muslim. Please."
this kind are uncommon, but hardly unheard of. Four days after the
9/11 attacks, a Sikh immigrant named Balbir Singh Sodi was the victim
fatal drive-by shooting at his Mesa, Arizona gas station. Frank
Roque, who was convicted of murdering Sodi, took potshots at two
other targets during his shooting spree – a Lebanese-American clerk
at a Mesa convenience store, and a local Afghan family.
Illinois resident Kuldip Singh Nag wasn't shot. However, he
was pepper-sprayed and severely beaten on the morning of March 11,
2007 by a police officer named Ben Grant, who materialized on
his doorstep to announce that he was going to tow away a van that
was sitting immobile in Nag's driveway because the vehicle had an
expired license tag.
When Nag objected
to the impending auto theft, Grant attacked him, threw him to the
ground, and beat him severely in front of his horrified wife and
children while befouling the air with obscene – and ignorant – racial
invective: "You f*****g Arab! You f*****g immigrant, go back to
your country before I kill you!"
Navy veteran who received the Bronze Star for his service in the
first Gulf War, was already residing in his country. Granted,
he had difficulty recognizing it after being severely beaten on
his own property by an armed, tax-devouring bully – and then being
charged with "aggravated assault" for the supposed crime of
trying to cover his head while Grant was repeatedly striking him
with a baton.
was just trying to cover up with my arms," Nag testified during
his trial two years later. "He kept telling me 'Go home' and '[expletive]
Arab.' I'm not Muslim, but if I was, is that a crime in America?"
Well, in contemporary
America – as Nag discovered – it is considered a form of "aggravated
assault" to impede, in any way, the trajectory of a cranium-bound
baton wielded by a foul-mouthed bigot in a government-issued costume.
And for an increasing number of people whose bearings on reality
are defined by the War Party's merry troupe of truth-twisters, it
is not only a crime to be a Muslim, but even to resemble
of radicalization, which is likely to be a prelude to profound and
pervasive ugliness as the economy continues to sicken, and the price
tag of the Regime's overseas misadventures expands, is one Peter
King eagerly abets.
Norman Grigg [send him mail]
publishes the Pro
Libertate blog and hosts the Pro
Libertate radio program.
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