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Reason for American politicians' reticence

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Submitted by Jim Bond (United States), Aug 31, 2005 at 05:41

"These statements, all dating from the past half year, prompt several observations. First, where are the Americans? No major U.S. politician has spoken of making American-based Islamists unwelcome. "

One obvious reason that American politicians are hesitant to call in no uncertain terms for the exclusion of Islamists is, of course, the wall of political correctness that has been erected to protect anyone seen as non-European and potentially the subject of "discrimination." But I would suggest that the underlying reason is that Americans in general feel reasonably confident that our laws are strong, Muslims in America seem to be aware of that and honor them (even if they may believe that sharia is the
ultimate just law), and, finally, we haven't had an assault on our people of the magnitude that Britain has had that was perpetrated by mostly native-born Muslims. Should the latter situation change, I think we can expect to see a decided toughening of attitudes
towards indigenous Islamists here, as we're seeing in Britain, Australia and elsewhere.

Jim Bond

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