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    אכזרי סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן

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January 07, 2010



Hi Jim,

I only say that it's not acceptable that every Muslim becomes a potential "person of interest". If Pipes is honest, his rhetoric leads to exactly that conduct. The potential enemy is everywhere..if everyone believes this, the outcome will be life in constant fear and paranoia. "Cautious official inquiry" should, in my opinion, depend on evidence, not assumed temptation. Pipes, however, claims that while not necessarily turning violent, "the temptation is there" [in every Muslim, arguably]. A bit of McCarthy is in that, isn't it?

James S. Oppenheim

Hi, Oliver:

McCarthy accused without authentic evidence and fabricated evidence when he found it both convenient and expedient. America will go back (forward) to nothing like that. However, we now have a death toll and a record of attack in the United States associated with militant Islam and what security jargon refers to as “persons of interest”: Carlos Bledsoe who murdered two young men in Little Rock, Arkansas had been under FBI surveillance, but never confronted nor detained returning from travel in Yemen; Nidal Hasan had raised a military eyebrow or two, but his behavior and words failed to produce even five minutes of cautious official inquiry; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father reported concerns to CIA officers in Nigeria, and while his name made a slushy old watch list—a little more of Orwell in that than McCarthy—no effort was made to keep him walking explosives on to Northwest Airlines flight 253.

Where should be the point of intervention?

So far in my beleaguered country, intervention has come before the fact a few times through sting type manipulation of chat room braggers and, using the above as a baseline, at least three times after the fact, too late for those murdered and their families, and not a reassuring record for those who escaped death in the air through providence and, finally, passenger resistance. --Jim


"Focus on the preventive"? We had that before, hadn't we? I don't want to live in the world Pipes is eager to construct.

What does he want? Bring McCarthyism back to your wonderful country?

There certainly is no panacea against the growing Islamic fundamentalism(s), but Pipes' solution is a too easy one. He might have addressed the 'What' but leaves out the 'Why'.

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