Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Apparently Peter King writes horror, too

I’ve really wanted to start commenting on some Canadian issues, but every time I start, something happens south of the border to fascinate and/or horrify me. Well, this time it’s Peter King. (Emphasize on the “horror” half of my equation here.)
He’s Republican, and he is promising to run a “fair and honest” congressional hearing. The goal of this hearing is to explore the extent and dangers of radical Islam in America. If anyone immediately thinks of the McCarthy hearings (just insert “communism” in place of “radical Islam” for their mission statement), you’d be right on the money.
But the difference here is that King’s going to be fair and honest (his words). That’s a relief. Bear in mind, this is the same man who has claimed that 80 to 85% of mosques in America are controlled by “Islamic fundamentalists.” He’s referred to Muslims as “an enemy living among us.” Another gem is his belief that “no American Muslim leaders are cooperating in the war on terror.”
It’s a good thing he’s heading into these hearings with an open mind. He’s even claiming that he’s not stacking the deck because he’s inviting an elected official who happens to be a Muslim! Wow, bold move. Very brave. One whole Muslim! That’ll even the odds. You’d just better make sure he’s checked for suspiciously large tubes of toothpaste and matches.
King is a little unsure if terrorism is a good thing or a bad thing, by the way. I suppose the dividing line is American soil. If it happens here, bad. Elsewhere, good. I mention this because his support for the IRA has been unstinting. He’s referred to the IRA as “the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland.” (It’s a powerful “voice” that can blow up buildings.) Again, to quote King: “If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, that is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the IRA for it.” While certainly a rich mine for disturbing quotations, please remember that this lunatic has been elected to high office in America. It makes me both weep and shudder in fear.
However, based on King’s long history of being able to examine both sides of an issue before leaping to a pre-conceived conclusion, I’m sure American Muslims have nothing to fear from him. Just tell the truth, name names, and it’ll all work out for you guys.

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