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Could it be the American people are in denial?

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Submitted by Steve Klein (United States), May 6, 2010 at 06:38

Dr. Pipes wrote "...just hours after Shahzad had been arrested, authorities rushed to assure the public his action had nothing to do with Islam." One can only wonder what the motivations are in this effort to deny what is obvious, unless it is Comment #3: "Naming the enemy means changing some of the more pleasant aspects of Western life, and so is tough to do."

I wonder what the triad of politicians, law enforcement, and media fear might need changing as a consequence of an honest assessment or admission of what is driving these attacks on innocent people? A bit more scrutiny of American Muslim community? How would this be unpleasant? What is so pleasant about Western life that we need to live in a world of denial and delusion?

For decades, US policy has been to pressure Israel to make concessions of land and security to Muslim-Arabs living in Israel, many of whom are dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state according to the mandate of Islam. This immoral US policy astonishingly accelerated post 9/11 when former President Bush made the establishment of a Muslim state in Israel a "formal goal of US policy." I am a regular caller on talk radio. Most (the vast majority) conservative American listeners are apathetic or agnostic about this immoral US policy, even post 9/11. And these are conservatives mind you! Not far leftists.

I wonder, is it merely the triad of politicians, law enforcement, and media that fear naming the enemy means changing some of the more pleasant aspects of Western life or is it the American people who fear naming the enemy means changing some of the more pleasant aspects of Western life? Could it be that politicians, law enforcement and the media are telling the American people at large exactly what they want to hear and they (politicians, law enforcement and the media) know it?

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