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Islamic terrorism is no longer a distant threat. We have all read the headlines or watched the breaking news reports of so-called “homegrown” terrorists targeting for slaughter both soldiers and civilians alike.
The most recent example of a jihadi attack on U.S. soil happened on July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Terrorist Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, attacked an armed forces recruitment center with an assault rifle and pistol while carrying multiple rounds of ammunition. By the time the foreign-born terrorist was killed by responding officers, four Marines and a sailor were dead.
Unfortunately, there are likely more events like this to come. Earlier this year, FBI director James Comey made a stark revelation declaring, “I have home-grown violent extremist investigations in every single state.” He went on to describe how adept radical Islamists have become at using social media for recruitment and spreading their propaganda “at the speed of light.”
Explaining why Islamic terrorism remains at the top of the FBI’s list, Comey added, “Because ISIL in particular is putting out a siren song through their slick propaganda, through social media, that goes like this: ‘Troubled soul, come to the Caliphate; you will live a life of glory; these are the apocalyptic end times; you will find a life of meaning here fighting for our so-called Caliphate. And if you can’t come, kill somebody where you are.’”
According to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, to prevent the spread of ISIL radicalizing Americans, it is “critical” not to use the word “Islamic” in describing attacks or other actions motivated by adherents to the religion.
When the agency specifically created to thwart this escalating threat is more concerned with political correctness and not offending Muslims than identifying and engaging the enemy, more attacks on Americans at home will be the inevitable result.
Radical Islamists are committed to their Caliphate. Millions of foreign Muslim immigrants are in the US on visas or as refugees. Unfortunately, Islamic terrorists are radicalizing more and more of these Muslims to commit jihad against Americans on our own soil.