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Monday, March 14, 2011

 
King Hearings

The hearings are titled The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response. I have bones to pick over such an imprecise term as "radicalization." The term is no doubt intended to include terrorist attacks and not-politically-motivated violence such as honor killings.

Since Islamic violence is on the rise in the West, we should be trying to figure out what parts of Islam are producing it - and if other parts of Islam can help us ameliorate the threat.

But should that task be passed to Congress? Isn't that like hiring Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty to solve a crime? Moriarty may not have any personal involvement in the crime in question, but he is deeply invested in preventing Holmes from ever being successful at anything, so the Congressional Moriarties can't be trusted. Same goes for any Executive Branch political appointee.

Currently, the best vehicle for assessing the extent of Islamic criminal activity are think tanks and investigative reporters.

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