Thursday, January 22nd
FIRST THE MUSLIMS, THEN THE WORLD!
Louisiana’s feisty absentee Governor Bobby Jindal sure knows
now to ignite a political firestorm half way around the world.
He sent out advance warnings of his lighting
rod litany when he admonished: “I will warn you in advance that I’m going to
say some things that are not politically correct, so brace yourselves.”
So naturally, I held onto my desk, took a
deep breath, assumed the worst, and braced myself.
presidential wannabe was on the political warpath.
He didn’t mince words in firmly stating:
“Let’s be honest here. Islam has a problem.”
He went on to elaborate that Muslims should reject terrorism and should
strongly speak out saying
terror in the name of Islam is in fact not practicing Islam at all.
If they refuse to say this, they are
condoning these acts of barbarism.”
So far, so good for Jindal.
But he then muddied his message by claiming that Europe was full of
“no-go” zones where Muslim communities are enforcing sharia law on residents, ignoring
the laws of the country in which they are living.
His speech was given in London, and the Times
Picayune reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron’s reaction was
swift and blunt:
“When I heard this, I
frankly choked on my porridge and I thought it must be an April fools
Cameron and numerous other
commentators rebuffed Jindal’s assertions, saying that no such “no-go” zones
existed anywhere in Britain or Europe.
So Jindal stumbled on the “no-go” zone issue.
But on the separate anxieties of rejecting
terrorism among one’s cluster, the Louisiana Governor was right on.
Most all of us would agree.
Jindal’s problem is that he micro focuses on
those who believe in Islam, and seems to conclude that not all Muslims are
terrorists, but all terrorists seem to be Muslims.
Is he right?
If the Governor did a little research, he might be surprised
to learn that a large majority of terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S. are
not committed by Muslims. The European Union’s police force, Europol, recently
released a study showing that in the past five years, less than 2% of all
terrorist attacks were by Muslims.
vast majorities were committed by various separatist groups who are demanding
High on the list in
other countries were Buddhist terrorists, who have killed hundreds of
The list of non-Muslim terrorist
attacks is extensive throughout the U.S. and throughout the world.
If you go to the FBI website, data is listed showing
terrorist attacks in the U.S since 1980.
The figures show that all terrorists are Muslims; well, except for the
94% that are not.
The breakdown indicates
that terrorism was undertaken in this order: Latino (42%), extreme left wing
groups (24%), others (16%), Jewish extremists (7%), Islamic extremists (6%),
One of the most recent studies of terrorism in the U.S. was
released last year by my alma mater, the University of North Carolina.
It concludes that since the 9/11 attacks,
Muslim-linked terrorism caused the deaths of 37 Americans. In 2013, you were
more likely to be killed in the U.S. by a toddler than by a terrorist. The Boston
Marathon bombers killed three Americans.
Five toddlers accidently caused deaths by firing guns.
Now I’m not saying the Governor Jindal is some right wing
Islamophobe who is inflaming us to live in mortal fear of radical Muslims. Well, maybe not. Unfortunately, he has a habit, in dealing
with Louisiana issues, of trying to convince us the perception is reality. I’m going to give the Governor the benefit of
the doubt. In coming weeks, I’ll look
for him to tell us more things that, in his words, are “not politically
correct.” Time for Jindal to start naming names and kicking butt. Time for him to speak out against terrorists
from all walks of life, including Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus;
the whole lot where extreme religious terrorism exists.
Better yet, with less than a year left in is term as governor,
maybe its time for him to get back home and perform the job he was elected to
do. Rather than putting his focus on
he may want to consider traveling back to the Bayou State and
tell us “things that are not politically correct” about keeping the rocky
Louisiana ship of state a float.
don’t “brace” yourself.
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