Islamic Terrorism in America: not mentioned in election debates

In the October 11 vice-presidential debate, GOP candidate Paul Ryan attempted to make an early point about the Obama administration's apparent unpreparedness in dealing with Islamic terror in Libya that caused the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and companions on September 11. His assertion was disdainfully greeted by Vice President Joe Biden who, throughout the debate, gave the appearance of jocular disregard for his debate opponent.

But what neither brought up is the growing unease among Americansabout homegrown terror. Even the French, who some might call 'surrender monkeys' because of their inability to fend off German armies in two world wars and their betrayal of their citizens by a collaborationist Vichy government in the 1940s, have recognized that France now faces a serious domestic terror threat. Terror attacks claimed the lives of French soldiers on leave in France this year, as well as several innocent school children at the hands of Mohammed Merah - a disgruntled Islamist jihadi who was eventually felled by French police in Toulouse.

In the United States, the cases of the Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan - a Muslim officer in the U.S. Army - and  Memphis shooter Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (a.k.a. Carlos Bledsoe), continue to challenge Americans to review their acceptance of violent Islamist ideologues who under the guise of asserting diversity and respect for religious tolerance are actually seeking to undermine the very fabric of American democracy. 

The latter case is the focus of the documentary film Losing Our Sons, which recounts the conversion of a middle-class black American Christian into a Islamist jihadi bent on destroying the historic American compromise over religious differences and to bring about an Islamist state where Christians and Jews are humiliated and then only tolerated if they pay the jizya - a head tax historically imposed by Muslim governments on the so-called 'people of the Book'. The former Carlos Bledsoe became radicalized while studying at Tennessee State University and attending local mosques led by radical Islamist leaders. His father, Melvin Bledsoe, recounts in the film it was Islam that turned his son's life upside down and converted him into a Muslim mujahid - a holy warrior. The result was that Andy Long, a U.S. Army soldier, was shot to death by the radicalized former Carlos Bledsoe. The film also recounts the refusal of the Obama administration, and certain members of congress, that there is an Islamist threat within the United States abetted by unwitting civic and non-Muslim religious leaders.

So, again, the two contenders for the vice-presidency gave evidence of this willful ignorance about the nature of the domestic war now underway in the United States. Watch 'Losing Our Sons' and you will have plenty of questions to ask the next administration, whether it is led by President Obama or a President Romney.

Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author only, not of Spero News.


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