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The Terror Source that Dares Not Speak Its Name

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At least Eric Holder won't speak it.

In his recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the Attorney General seemed mystified about what might have been behind the attempted Times Square bombing.  As the redoubtable Andy McCarthy observes after seeing the painful/hilarious tape of Holder's "answer:"

 

Mr. Holder would obviously rather get a root-canal than utter the words "radical Islam" (despite the fact that his description of the American people as "a nation of cowards" on race and of Bush officials as war criminals seemed to roll of the tongue without much difficulty).

You'll be pleased to discover, via the AG, that there is an infinite variety of reasons why Muslims commit terrorist attacks. Those reasons, of course, have nothing to do with Islamic doctrine, which is why, even as we speak, agents are struggling to understand what might possibly have driven Faisal Shahzad to try to blow up Times Square. (I guess Mayor Bloomberg will be pleased to know that opposition to the healthcare bill hasn't necessarily been ruled out yet.)

 

Perhaps if Mr. Holder would attend for a moment to the guilty plea happily entered by Shahzad in the Justice Department's own case, he could get a mite clearer on how it is:

 

The AP reports:

Calling himself a Muslim soldier, a defiant Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing and left a sinister warning that unless the U.S. leaves Muslim lands alone, "we will be attacking U.S."

Wearing a white skull cap, prison smocks and a dark beard, Faisal Shahzad entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carried mandatory life prison sentences. He pleaded guilty to them all.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum challenged Shahzad repeatedly with questions such as whether he had worried about killing children in Times Square.

"One has to understand where I'm coming from," Shahzad calmly replied. "I consider myself ... a Muslim soldier."

 

It's bad enough having an Attorney General who's unable to see the cause of the gravest threat of violence facing our nation.  It's worse by far to have one who's unwilling to.

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I can not think of any previous Attorney General who has been more off-target on a matter of such grievous importance to the security of our country.

The vision of Holder twisting himself into a pretzel rather than confronting the threat of radical Islam head-on is the antithesis of the type of leadership we need from our leading law enforcement officer.

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