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Reader comment on item: No American Muslim Terrorists? [A Reply to Spencer Ackerman]

Submitted by Jane (United States), Dec 12, 2005 at 15:50

Secrecy is the name of the game on both sides. Terrorists don't see themselves as terrorists and sure don't advertise. Islamists come in the proverbial rainbow degrees of involvement in radical and political actuivities, so how can anyone count their numbers.

Immediately after every disaster we hear that it is not terrorism related - long before anyone knows the actual cause. The LA FBI anti-terrorism squad, alone, is always swamped with terrorism work and yet we never hear about any thing they are involved in, so how can we assume LA terrorists are few? We simply don't hear about them.

Because you inspect a house in broad daylight and see no roaches doesn't mean they are not hiding in the walls waiting for darkness to fall. The liberal media would stand in the middle of a well lit kitchen and call, "Here roachie roach!" and when none showed up they'd report on the horrors of using toxic chemicals on nonexistent bugs. Worse yet, the media too often listens to radical Islamists without hearing the threat. And exactly what is an acceptable percentage? Do we wait until they out number our combined law enforcements before worrying? In any organization a well organized and motivated 10% is more productive than any 90% hear-no-evil see-no-evil, go-with-the-flow, don't-rock-the-boat bystanders.
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