Don’t ignore radicalized Muslims

By March 18, 2011

With all due respect to Hamza El-Nakhal, I believe he has completely missed the point in his “Inclusiveness, Not Division” letter (March 18), which is more notable for what it omits than what it includes.

El-Nakhal notes that it was a Muslim vendor who thwarted the Times Square bomber. He omits that the bomber was a radicalized Muslim.

El-Nakhal notes that Muslims in Irvine turned in a fellow Muslim who apparently was inciting violence. He omits that radicalized Muslims have been inciting citizens in Irvine and students at UC Irvine for years.

El-Nakhal notes that the underwear bomber was reported to authorities by his father. He omits that the bomber was a radicalized Muslim.

El-Nakhal omits completely that the Fort Hood shooter who murdered 13 American soldiers was a radicalized Muslim.

El-Nakhal omits completely that all of the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 murders were radicalized Muslims.

The list goes on and on. One can think of numerous examples of radicalized Muslim suicide bombers who have blown themselves and countless others (including their fellow Muslims) to bits all over the world.

Muslims should be praised and mosques should be lauded when they work to deter the spread of extremism. But we ignore radicalized Muslims to our peril. It is radicalized Muslims who have cast suspicion on the Muslim community, not Rep. Peter King’s hearings.

George Rooks

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