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Unintended Irony in the Baltimore Sun

Posted by Jim Walsh on Monday, December 7, 2009

Fresh off the heels of the tragedy at Fort Hood, the page 1 story of the Baltimore Sun on Monday, 12/7/09 is headlined “Fear of native terror on rise; Homegrown extremists alarm White House”. The article described the growing problem of homegrown Islamic terrorists, acknowledging growing radicalization among U.S. Muslims. The commentary page (13) on the same date calls for “End racial profiling now.” I have my doubts as to whether the editors of the Sun appreciate the irony.

The Sun’s lead article doesn’t mention that the U.S. Army failed to intervene earlier in the case of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan, in large part because acquaintances who were alarmed by his increasing radicalization were discouraged, in the name of diversity, from singling out a Muslim soldier for scrutiny. Even our military now genuflects at the altar of political correctness. But let’s face it, all 19 of the 9/11 hijackers were Middle Eastern Muslim men, yet our security system is supposed to pretend that a representative sample of geriatric Icelandic tourists poses the same threat to our security as a planeload of 20-something Muslim males returning to their local mosque after an extended visit to a remote backwoods training camp.

And on Pearl Harbor Day, no less, we are expected to forget the consequences of the failure of vigilance.

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