I said this on the Alan Colmes Show last Friday night and Colmes was appalled. Now Andrew McCarthy says it in National Review (thanks to DC Watson):
Radical mosques are the spark lighting the fuse that can kill Americans. That has killed Americans. That will kill more if we let it. Such killing sprees, moreover, are plotted by young, male, Muslim militants who often enter to the United States on student and other visas from places known to sponsor or export terrorism.
None of this is news. But it is cloaked in taboo. Thus, controversy was stoked last week when Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts governor and potential Republican 2008 presidential hopeful, did something that you should never do in this country. Not, at least, if you want to escape the caterwauling of civil liberties extremists and a cacophony of activist Muslim organizations whose knee-jerk approach to “opposing” terror is indignant spewing at every effort made to prevent it.
He told the truth.
Gov. Romney suggested that in the ongoing war, we ought to be investigating mosques that preach Islamic militancy and the young men who come to this country from rogue precincts of the Islamic world.
For giving voice to such a notion, Romney’s comeuppance is to have the usual suspects screaming for an apology.
Instead, we should be giving him a medal.
Monitoring radical mosques is exactly what we ought to be doing if we want to avoid domestic terror attacks on the United States. It should be the top priority. And not due to conjecture. We know for certain, and we have known for many years, that modern terrorists are inspired by the Islamic extremism they are routinely fed in mosques “” whether here, or in Europe. Not all mosques, but many of them.
The only problem here is that we cannot know which mosques need monitoring without monitoring them. As long ago as 1999 Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani testified before a State Department Open Forum: “The most dangerous thing that is going on now in these mosques, that has been sent upon these mosques around the United States — like churches they were established by different organizations and that is ok — but the problem with our communities is the extremist ideology. Because they are very active they took over the mosques; and we can say that they took over more than 80% of the mosques that have been established in the US. And there are more than 3000 mosques in the US. So it means that the methodology or ideology of extremist has been spread to 80% of the Muslim population, but not all of them agree with it.”
Kabbani’s testimony is now over six years old and has never been investigated. It is time to do so. Let mosques prove they are not among that 80% (if Kabbani is right) by cooperating actively with investigations to that end.