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NYPD ‘jihad’ film a vital anti-terror tool

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One way to eradicate radical Islam is to keep a relentless spotlight on it and support law enforcement in its diligence to thwart terror attacks, 44 of which have been foiled against the U.S. since 9/11 — a miraculous feat considering it takes just one to create havoc.

Last month, FBI agents averted a potential disaster by arresting a Yugoslavian Muslim and naturalized U.S. citizen as he was about to bomb a bar in Florida because he wanted to “die the Islamic way.” But don’t expect Muslim American activists to rejoice over our counter-terrorism successes. They increased the whine volume last week after the New York Times ran a series of articles blaming the NYPD for using the documentary “The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America” in its anti-terrorism training.

The movie is a vital tool in our intelligence arsenal because it explores the existence of radical Islam in America, and exposes its risk to our security, our liberties and our way of life. It’s a must-see for another compelling reasons: it was created by Mohamed Zuhdi Jasser, the Muslim founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy who served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and testified at a 2011 congressional hearing, “The course of Muslim radicalization in the U.S. over the past two years makes it exceedingly difficult for anyone to assert with a straight face that in America we Muslims do not have a radicalization problem.”

Now, anarchists from the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition for Truth and Justice, and the Council on American Islamic Relations — the same group that federal authorities linked to Hamas terrorists in three separate 2007 court filings — want NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne fired for helping to expose the omnipresent dangers posed by Islam’s fundamentalists. Their knee-jerk reaction is as extreme as any jihadist’s, and more disturbing because Muslim cooperation is vital to winning the war on terror — a fact recognized in the movie which begins, “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims are radical.” Nobody should have a problem with that, except our sworn enemies.

The film opens with the 2004 Beslan hostage crises in post-Soviet Russia where Muslim radicals killed more than 380 people, most of them children. Jasser, also the narrator, moves swiftly to 9-11, commenting with refreshing candor, “I had expected to see Muslims in America taking to the streets and protesting against Bin Laden, instead in the years that followed, we saw many Muslim leaders standing up to defend or support the radicals.” How true.

“The Third Jihad” goes to great lengths to distinguish peaceful Muslims from radical ones, but the distinction was ignored by the Muslims who rallied outside City Hall last week for Kelly’s removal in a show of disrespect that wouldn’t be tolerated in their ancestral lands. If Muslim Americans were half as indignant over atrocities committed in Islamic nations — including 5,000 honor killings each year and the unchecked persecution of Jews and Christians — they might realize that “The Third Jihad” is a crime-fighting essential that protects decent people in the world’s most decent country.

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diogenesusa from Chicago says:
Unless an individual truly makes an effort to study other religions, that is, other than Christianity which is dominant in the U.S., law enforcement must rely on training films that may insult a particular ethnic group that are associated with that religion.
I have often asked Italians and more specifically Sicilians if they feel discriminated against by the very popular Mafia and organized crime movies and TV shows that even show a strong connection with the Roman Catholic Church. Invariably, the response is that a very small percentage of this ethnic group participate in criminal activities. It has taken several generations of hard working, honest people to dispel the institutional misrepresentation of an entire group of people.
Thanks to Hollywood, everywhere I have traveled in the world, I have been asked about Al Capone.
The reality is that American Muslims must prove themselves, just like all the other groups have that have come to America. No criminal should be able to justify their murder and mayhem by professing to serve their Creator.
A recently published Ebook at Kindle Books gives an quick yet comprehensive reference source on the teachings of Islam. The title is;
Allah of the Qur'an and the God of the Bible "Are They the Same?" The Verdict Is Yours.
This should be required reading for Law Enforcement.
Feb. 10, 2012, 2 pm
The Truth from Sydney says:
Muslims should not try and over take non Muslim countrays, when they come due to the fact they couldnt live with the Muslim in there own countries ? . A Muslim friend told me the problem is we are bringing over all the stone throwers, rather than the Merceedies drivers.
(When in Rome do as the Romans)
I have a Lebenees Christian friend, he said there Church had to right a leter to the President to get a tiolet fixed and wait 8 months, they cant just ring a plumer as the Mosks can.
Feb. 10, 2012, 6:36 pm
Captain kirk from Coney Island says:
As one who understands constitutional law and our right to be secure in our person,it is wrong to target innocent persons or religions without probable cause.
When you start looking under every stone you will find something or will create something,do you think the police are free from corruption. Does the means justify the ends ,I say no.Lets put cameras in the bed rooms and the bathrooms ,lets put tracking devices on people so we know where they are at all times [ooops we already do in,in cell phones] We are becoming obsessed with being safe,and fear is being exploited by those who use fear as a weapon.
Those in the security/military complex are making billions and we are surrendering our civil liberties in the process.
Feb. 11, 2012, 1:40 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Capt. Kirk: I agree with much of what you said. We certainly are giving up too many of our freedoms that our founding fathers had the wisdom to secure for us. The Homeland security's budget has grown to over $80 billion a year with no end in sight. We have cameras everywhere and as you said cell phones with GPS.
But, I also visually remember 9/11 as if it happened yesterday so I am not sure how I stand on this subject. My knee-jerk reaction to Muslims is shut up and pay the price for what other people who wrongfully represented your religion did. This country has made mistakes in the past in regard to its residence because of their birth heritage. The Italians and Japanese during World War II come to mind. The scrutiny and "observation" of the Muslim community today pales in comparison to what the Italians and especially the Japanese had to endure at that time.
I would suggest the Muslim community tried to cooperate, as difficult as that may be, and continue to be honest good citizens and the scrutiny and suspicions will subside.
Peace for everyone!
Feb. 12, 2012, 3:09 pm

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