Allen West and the Religion of Peace, Pompano Beach Edition

I wish I had been in Pompano Beach, Florida, last night. Not only was it a balmy 70-something while it was spitting snow and freezing rain in Milwaukee, where I was holed up, but Pompano also featured an illuminating townhall meeting with one of my favorite new members of Congress, Allen West.

Here’s something you won’t want to miss: During the Q&A, Nezar Hamze, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), strode to the microphone with a copy of the Koran in hand. Alluding to a recent panel discussion (also delicious) in which Rep. West dispensed a few home truths about the violent nature of of Islam, Mr. Hamze angrily asked him to point to a single verse in the Koran that advocated violence against Americans. Allen West sliced, diced, and sautéed the chap, pointing out  that that it was scarcely odd that a book complied thirteen centuries ago should omit to mention a country that wasn’t discovered by Europeans until 1492. He then mentioned several typical Islamic moments — e.g., the Battle of Tours in 722, the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the Siege of Vienna in 1683, the destruction of the World Trade Towers in 2001, and Major Nadal Hasan’s murder of 13 people (and wounding of another 29) at Ft. Hood in 2009. Applause and gratitude among the assembled citizens.

But Nezar Hamze persisted: “I am ashamed,” he said, “to be here with all these people when you attacked Islam  . . .”

“You attacked us,” West interrupted, noting that he had gone as a U.S. Army officer to Iraq to protect and help free Muslims.