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Combating Muslim Domestic Terrorism

The Internet lures American Islamic youth to romantic lives of terrorism, and many American Muslims are hard-pressed but determined to combat it.  Such resistance to violent madness is of course obligatory and to be expected as a simple duty; the tougher question is how aggressive American Muslims will be in tracking down the agitators.  As under collegiate honor codes, it is easy enough to avoid cheating but a lot harder to turn in a suspected cheater.

The difficulty here was seen in the Japanese American relocation of World War II.  Pro-Japan militants would beat pro-Americans in the relocation centers.  Finally, a separate facility at Tule Lake had to be established for these domestic supporters of Japan.   Brian Hayashi's Democratizing the Enemy (see p. 127 via google search) has a solid account of the relocation.  As a professional historian, he presents a range of evidence well, thus allowing the reader to come to conclusions in variance with his own, ultimate criticism of the relocation policy. 

Finally, on the related matter of the Christmas airliner terrorism, the NY Times has details on the incendiary device.  See also the NY Post account.   

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"As under collegiate honor codes, it is easy enough to avoid cheating but a lot harder to turn in a suspected cheater."

No. You don't say.

The problem lies in enforcing an honor code; both cheating and toleration of cheating are equally violations. But it's a lot harder for students to turn in a cheater. The same holds true for those tolerant of terrorists, with greater consequences. Consider as well the case of Muslim-owned businesses required to contribute to various "charities," which are fronts for terrorist groups.

"Such resistance to violent madness is of course obligatory and to be expected as a simple duty; the tougher question is how aggressive American Muslims will be in tracking down the agitators."

How do pro-life/anti-abortion American Christians work together to root out the agitators in their midst who encourage and conspire to eliminate abortion doctors and those working at or connected to clinics that provide abortions?

How do conservative Americans work together to stop the Poplawskis, the Roeders, the Adkissons, the McVeighs (for starters)? I've seen no blog posts, or major announcements of any kind, here at NLT or Ashbrook that principled conservatives wish to purge such people from their midst. Where's the "sense of duty," the obligatory resistance to that violent madness?

I had no idea there was such a wide difference between the way in which conservative and liberal Americans work to stop the Poplawskis, Roeders, Adkissons, and McVeighs. What does the liberal "sense of duty" entail?

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