April 19, 2016


Assimilation is counter-terrorism (Raymond Odierno and Michael O'Hanlon, April 18, 2016, USA Today)

At least on issues concerning Muslim-majority communities, the United States can help point the way. We are fortunate, largely to the credit of our nation's Muslims who join our society in full and pursue the American dream, to have relatively few problems with Islamist extremism. Of course, there are exceptions, but on the whole, Muslim-American communities are our single greatest domestic allies in the struggle against extremism at home. They help provide information on would-be terrorists in their midst; they do not typically shelter, aid or condone the thinking of such extremists. Most of all, acting as loyal citizens, they provide role models and hopeful visions to their young, reducing the odds that the 20-somethings who seem to wind up the main culprits in most attacks abroad will feel the same urge within the United States. Because our own terror watch lists have gotten better since 9/11, and because of the hard work of border and immigration agencies, we are also often able to limit the movements of suspected terrorists to the United States from abroad.

Ted Cruz Refused To Meet With Muslim Groups, Including One From Texas: Report (TIM MARCIN, 4/19/16, IB Times)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz -- the principal competitor to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump -- has recently earned the scorn of Muslim-Americans, much like his billionaire rival, who famously called for a temporary ban on allowing Muslims to enter the U.S. The Dallas Morning News reported Cruz and his staff were slammed for refusing to meet Monday with American Muslim groups, including one from his home state, during National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

Posted by at April 19, 2016 12:44 PM