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Let us no longer speculate about the motive for the actions of the Tsarnaev brothers: despite growing up in the United States, both became adherents of radical Islam. This truth, in our politically correct age, we are not supposed to mention. To do so in liberal circles is to be accused of Islamophobia. Ignoring the truth, however, is no protection against the consequences of an extremist radical ideology.

The most interesting tidbit on Sunday’s 60 Minutes was an interview with the late Tamerlan’s neighbor, who revealed a conversation he had with him about Islam. Tamerlan told the young man that the Bible was nothing but a warmed-over Koran, and that the United States was an oppressor of not only Muslims, but of Africans and Third World peoples. America, he said, was a “colonizing power.” This point of view, as we all know, is not only held by Islamists, but is commonplace among many living in Cambridge, MA, affectionately known as “The People’s Republic of Cambridge.” Growing up in the most radical of American communities, that point of view was an accepted shibboleth among many of the Tsarnaev brothers’ friends and associates. Combined with a growing attachment to Islamic tenets, it became a lethal one.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey (2007-2009) warns that our FBI, now in charge of the interrogation of the surviving younger brother Dzhokhar, “has blowdlerized its training materials to exclude references to militant Islamism.” Mukasey wonders whether this “delicacy” has also infected the FBI’s top-level interrogation group.

Let us not forget that when radical Islamist Major Nidal Hasan went on his rampage at Fort Hood in November of 2009, the government report called his action “workplace violence,” refusing to even term it a terrorist action. With the Tsarnaev brothers, it will be much harder to repeat this error. Due to diligent reporting, the world now knows about their social media sites, their visiting of jihadist websites, and their growing radicalization at home in our country.

With all we know now, there are lessons to be learned via comparison to the Cold War and how the United States faced up to dealing with the Soviet threat, and also the ways in which KGB (then NKVD) agents stationed in the United States diligently worked to undermine our security and to engage in espionage.

The key point: like today, our nation’s security service was not up to the challenge then.

We now know that the top levels of the U.S. government during FDR’s presidency were infiltrated by Soviet agents, the most important of whom was Harry Dexter White, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, who made actual policy as he tried to tilt our country’s actions to favor the Soviet Union. As Benn Steil has written, from the 1930s on, White “acted as a Soviet mole, giving the Soviets secret information and advice on how to negotiate with the Roosevelt administration and advocating for them during internal policy debates.” Steil goes so far as to argue that White “was arguably more important to Soviet intelligence than Alger Hiss.”

To those few like the liberal anti-Communist Sidney Hook — who from the earliest days on tried to alert the liberal community and the media to the actual Soviet threat — the need to be alert and to have our country face up to the Soviet threat at home and abroad was met with disdain. When Joe McCarthy came along and exploited the failure to face reality by leveling exaggerated charges — such as calling the vigorously anti-Communist editor of the liberal New York Post, James Wechsler, a secret Red — those who were actually guilty were able to hide their actual betrayal of our country by proclaiming themselves innocent victims of McCarthyism.

I recall listening to a lecture in my college years by the then-famous dean of American historians, the late Henry Steele Commager, who told students at the University of Wisconsin “there is no Communist threat.” He received round applause.

As in the 1950s, so many of our liberal elites today refuse to acknowledge that there exists a real Islamic threat, an ideology whose adherents reveal that they can swiftly drift into a commitment to wage jihad against the inhabitants of the country in which they live and which gave them opportunities to assimilate and to advance personally.

Michael Mukasey understands: as he puts it, we have heard nothing from those leaders in our nation who actually wield power “suggesting any need to understand and confront a totalitarian ideology that has existed since at least the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1920s.” He  continues:

The ideology has regarded the United States as its principal adversary since the late 1940s, when a Brotherhood principal, Sayid Qutb, visited this country and was aghast at what he saw as its decadence. The first World Trade Center bombing, in 1993, al-Qaeda attacks on American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, on the USS Cole in 2000, the 9/11 attacks, and those in the dozen years since — all were fueled by Islamist hatred for the U.S. and its values.

Time is growing short.

We may, if we are lucky, get good intelligence from the interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. If he cooperates, we may learn whom his brother was in touch with when he returned to Russia for six months, or whom else they may have been in contact with in this country. But even so, we should remain vigilant. There will be others recently radicalized who will seek to emulate their action. There might also be actual sleeper cells of radical Islamists waiting for the call to spring into action.

The Boston Marathon bombing was a harbinger of what may come. Like Spain and Britain, we too are no longer immune to the actions of those who engage in jihad. To prevent such future attacks, the first step is to acknowledge that radical Islam — not “terrorism” — is our enemy, and jihad is the way the Islamists put their beliefs into practice.

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WILL BE THE DEATH OF THE WEST.
If we can't identify our enemies, we can't defeat them.
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I was reading the comments section from an article about the Boston bombing in Salon this morning and sadly, I think there is just no reaching some people.
I don't know whether they are just hate being proved wrong or they are blind, but they flat our refuse to admit that in today's world, the majority of violent acts committed in the name of religion are committed by Muslims.

"Christians are violent too! Jews are violent too!"
Really? What about Muslims?
"Um...Timothy McVey!"

Timothy McVey is the new race card for these folks.
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Guys, how in the world are we going to change the culture if we continue to allow our political opponents to define our lexicon?

We must stop refering to Statists as "liberals". They aren't. By definition of the word "liberal", people who claim to be liberal simply aren't. These folks are Statists - they are the exact opposite of liberal.
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An interview I would love to see but know I never will:-

Interviewer - What possible motive could these Terrorists have.

Politician - Islam

Interviewer - Oh well we know that they have had internet contact with Radical Islamists, we know that have viewed Radical Muslim video's, we know they have been for training in Russia/Pakistan/ Afghanistan/Iran, we know that their mother is radical and that their Imam and Mosque are radical too. But how do you know that they were influenced by this.

Politician - Are you a cretin.

Interviewer - But Islam is one of the worlds great religions and they tell us that they are peaceful and not to be afraid of them and that their allah is the same as our God.

Politician - Are you a cretin.
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All over North Africa, all over the Middle East, all over Asia Islam is on the march displacing terrorizing and killing Animists, Christians, Jews, Hindus , Buddhists and even ,with their 1400 year old Sunni/Shia, war each other. Muslim Terrorist , who have infiltrated most Western democracies because of pathetically lax immigration laws, are a Trojan Horse in our midst.
Pathetic Left Wing moonbat Multi Culti Political Correctness aided and abetted by the race Industry prevents our Politicians and Media from ever being able to utter their name and will be the death of Western Civilization.
There is no 'ISM' or IST' no 'ADJECTIVE' Islam there is just Islam. 'Moderate' Muslims are the REAL Misunderstanders of Islam.
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"and also the ways in which KGB (then NKVD) agents stationed in the United States diligently worked to undermine our security and to engage in espionage."
This is what will always give us a license to spin conspiracy theories . For example: Did Lee Harvey Oswald believe he would be caught ? No. He believed he world be the greatest double agent ,celebrated when Hollywood would flee to paradise Soviet Union and make James Bond type movies about him. Instead ,he saw he was just a little pawn ,used to deliver a simple message .
The same with frisky and feisty. Then the great art of the dictators is turn the frisky tribe against the feisty . . Heroes on both sides keep the war going and their are many patsy .Yet their dreams not loser dreams , tamerlan and dzhokhan tsar return to russia and become great generals ,greater the osama bin laden because he got caught and they free they dreamed of that day
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footnote
this can make an insider feel sorry for the poor lower class dictator always dependent on the great art masterpiece he believes he created but just a copy from the original master to keep the people in great need of him
ancient 2000 year old text excerpt Jesus teaching people how to pray:".....Deliver us from the Evil one......"
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Although Islam does have some "religious trappings", it can logically only be classified as a totalitarian system in a category with Communism/Marxism and Fascism/Nazism; and with it's shariah, without which Islam would not even be Islam, it is even more totalitarian. To instead classify Islam as a religion, as some would do, in a category with Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, is logically quite absurd. The "religion" of the Aztecs, with it's human sacrifice would surly be banned in the United States. Islam practices human sacrifice on a far greater scale than did the Aztecs, so the case to ban it outright from America is even more compelling. Slavery is now, and has been for a century and a half, illegal in the United States. and Islam enslaves far more women than the Confederate States enslaved Blacks, so here too the case to ban it outright from America is also even more compelling. Abraham Lincoln once asked, "If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?" The answer, of course, is four, as calling a tail a leg does not make it one. And calling Islam a religion does not make it one either. Islam is a totalitarian system created by a mass murdering, mass torturing, mass enslaving, lying, thieving, misogynist, rapist of little girls, psychopath and has not one redeeming feature. It is a disgrace to mankind and an abomination on womankind. It is the Plague.
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Tamerlan told the young man that the Bible was nothing but a warmed-over Koran, and that the United States was an oppressor of not only Muslims, but of Africans and Third World peoples. America, he said, was a “colonizing power.” This point of view, as we all know, is not only held by Islamists, but is commonplace among many living in Cambridge, MA, affectionately known as “The People’s Republic of Cambridge.” Growing up in the most radical of American communities, that point of view was an accepted shibboleth among many of the Tsarnaev brothers’ friends and associates.
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And....you nailed it. I've been saying the same thing for a long time. Islam is inherently theocratic, so one must put it in the box with Government, and not Religion.
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Your portrayal is such over-the-top bigotry I have to wonder why you are writing these multiple posts.
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FB when did you become a UI?

The reality is that many of your "nice Muslims" are sending financial support to the Jihadists through the Sharia Banking System. Take our Armed Forces as an example. While we have just under 1.5 million active duty military personel, however that's not 1.5 million combatants. I think the number is about 30% of that (correct me if I'm incorrect here) are actually combat troops, the rest are support, intelligence, and logistics.

So you have the Jihadists as the "combat troops" while many more Muslims provide support, logistics, and intelligence. There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim, the only "Muslim" that is moderate is one that is the equivalent of a Christmas & Easter Catholic, and even then they have the potential to "radicalize" if they ever decide to get religion back in their lives.

Additionally your "nice Muslim" serves to sow discord among Dar-al-Harb. If all Muslims were screaming terrorist suicide bombers it's be pretty easy for people to unite agianst them. The nice family down the street who "happens to be a Muslim" however creates a cogniative disonance. So do all the wealthy, educated, and urbane members of CAIR who hob nob with our politicians. I'm not saying they are looking at you and actively thinking "I want to kill or subjugate that filthy Infidel!" but in thier heart of hearts do see you as less then a Muslim and would be ok with the Jihadist vision of the world.

The other thing is you cannot have a "religion of peace" based upon a bandit warlord who committed mass murder, was a pedophile, and advocates the spread of his religion by the sword. A mass murderer is considered Islams "perfect man". People who renounce Islam must be killed. Think on that. The only "moderate Muslim" is one that would be considered an apostate by other Muslims, the equivilent of a C&E Catholic, and they can still "get religion" and be a threat.
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The difference between the Cold War and today is that infiltration of top levels of the government are in plain sight - check out some of the people that this administration has for "advisors".

As far as the competence of various government agencies: Follow the trail of bread crumbs and you will see that the various selection of agency directors (dictators) has/had nothing to do with qualifications, vis-a-vie, the quality of the end product reflects the quality of the leader.

As to the term "harbinger", I think that is very optimistic.


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TAKE HIS PIC DOWN, NOW!!!
Every news agency across the globe is showing the pic(s) of a sick murderer and all of the “wackos” and “nutjobs” who might be “on the fence” of doing, or not doing, something terrible are being encouraged into doing it for the FAME and NOTORIETY given by the Media. (AARRGGHH).
Show me pictures of the little boy this piece of dirt murdered in cold blood. I want to remember the joyful face of a bright-eyed young man living life to the fullest. Not some twisted killer. Show me the two women killed in the blast. Tell me stories of their lives, not the killers. I couldn’t care less about the slime that cowardly murdered innocents. Show me the runners in the Marathon – I have no idea what they look like. (But thanks to supreme stupidity by the media, I will never be able to forget the pics of a teenage killer.)
Show me the eight year-old boy – I want to identify with him, not the killer. Show me pics of the heroes – the law enforcement personnel who risked their lives to catch these butchers. Show me the guy with the boat who called it in! Show me the MIT Cop who was killed. Tell me about him, his life, his values, his experiences, not the killers.
Our collective Media is making a butcher of innocent children into a “relatable guy.” They are personalizing him. Please, please stop. I challenge you to a paradigm shift starting now. No longer does the media broadcast images of the criminal 24/7 and tell us all, all about his entire life and the lives of his relatives and friends. But rather, investigate, personalize and broadcast images of the innocent victims, the hard working law enforcement and/or military personnel. Tell us stories of their lives, their hopes, their dreams, their reality. Dig deep and deeper still, not into the killer, but in to the victims and heroes.
I won’t be holding my breath. littlegecko
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I'm wondering whether or not Islam should be reclassified as a political ideology rather than a religion. Islam seems to cover not only religion but also the government. Isn't it sort of like Communism in that way? Communism not only regulated behavior but also regulated the government as well. A true religion would be only concerned with human behavior. Just a thought.
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"A true religion would be only concerned with human behavior."

I believe you've forgotten the 'belief-system" factor. The religious belief system (of any religion) attempts to "regulate" every facet of ones life. All social (civil) and criminal laws established by a government are enacted when the religious society fails its religious responsibilities. Judeo-Christian beliefs are chucked full of Gods "laws" for which all believers are admonished by God to follow -- and governments admonish in the same way with religious redundancy.
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Sadly, a lot more bombs are going to have to go off in this country and a lot more people are going to have to die before it becomes unfashionable to support Muslim extremism. We're not there yet, but if we keep denying the obvious we'll be there sooner rather than later.
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