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“I am a traitor to America because my religion requires me to be,” Samir Khan declared in a recent al Qaeda publication. “We pledge to wage jihad for the rest of our lives until either we implant Islam all over the world or meet our lord as bearers of Islam.”
Born in Saudi Arabia in 1986, Samir Khan is a glaring example of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama administrations’ failed immigration policies, particularly in relation to Islamic nationals.
Samir ibn Zafar Khan moved with his family to New York from the Middle East in 1993 and eventually to North Carolina. By 2001, Samir had joined two gateway groups on his pathway to radicalization. These groups, who define themselves as fundamentalist but nonviolent, are the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) and the Islamic Thinkers Organization.
After 2005, Samir began to blog pro-al Qaeda propaganda from his father’s basement in Charlotte, North Carolina and continued to do so uninterrupted by the U.S. government until 2007, when the New York Times broke his story.
In 2008, after bloggers like Hot Air and others stepped up pressure, Samir felt the heat and bailed for Yemen, where today he is the English editor for al Qaeda’s U.S. recruitment program.
The failure of successive administrations and the U.S. media to name Islam as a religion controlled by its most violent disciples has cost the lives of thousands of U.S. civilians and military personnel. Both the government and media have framed the war on America by Islamics as being conducted by a small group of radicals, primarily influenced by al Qaeda, when quite the contrary is true.
The Islamic world is full of radical sects, many of which consider the United States their mortal enemy. Al Qaeda is simply the most successful to date.
In the 1970s, most Americans had a hoot over the rise of the political correctness movement, but the last laugh has been on us. The government’s refusal to come to terms with this insane doctrine resulted in the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist attack, and yet we still recruit Muslims into our armed forces.
This insane refusal to admit that the United States is at war with Islam will cost more American lives if we don’t come to our senses now. The fact that every Muslim does not support terror is no reason to conclude that Islam is not the enemy anymore than the fact that every German was not a Nazi meant we weren’t at war with Germany.
Indeed, it is difficult to find the word “Muslim” in association with terrorist acts in newspapers and news broadcasts. Pop culture favorites like Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell have made it taboo to discuss Islamic terrorism openly. NPR recently described Samir as an “American editor” when running a story on the traitor’s al Qaeda activities.
In recent issues of Inspire, al Qaeda’s English language magazine, Samir has openly scorned the Obama Administration’s enhanced screening at American airports. The over-reactive bent of the government to screen every man, woman and child plays right into terrorists’ plans; it is in itself one goal of the terrorists.
It is time for a grassroots move in this country to redefine this war. While Americans can and should live in peace a multicultural society, we cannot afford to ignore the threat of this increasingly radical religion to our nation.