Abdo’s case doesn’t mean that every self-described believer in Islam as a “good, peaceful religion” is a murderous liar as he was, but it does illustrate the fact that assurances are not enough from peaceful Muslims. Yet the major Muslim organizations in the U.S. continue to do nothing of significance to aid law enforcement efforts against jihad terrorism, despite their claims to oppose it. Even worse, they continue to protest against law enforcement measures to stop jihad attacks, complaining of “profiling.” The California chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) even once distributed posters telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.
CAIR and its allied groups would prefer that the FBI simply take their word that no Muslims in mosques in the U.S. are up to anything of concern. But Abdo’s words about Islam’s peacefulness show that it is not unreasonable for the FBI and other law enforcement officials not to be satisfied with fine words, but to look for actions as well. The trial of Major Hasan, however, shows that there also needs to be a comprehensive reappraisal of how jihad attacks are treated by law enforcement officials and in the courts.
But as long as Obama remains president, nothing is much less likely.