EARLIER this weekÂ US political analyst Monica Crowley posted a piece on the Big Government blog about the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani native-turned-naturalised-US-citizen who was arrested in connection with the attempted car bombing of Times Square in Washington last weekend.
Under the title The Case of the Disappearing Religion, Crowley wrote:
I have read countless reports about the arrest, in newspapers and websites big and small.Â So far, I have not seen a single mention of his faith.Â Not a single reference to his being Muslim.Â We’re left to deduce that by his Pakistani ethnicity and name.
Political correctness has stripped us of our ability to be brutally honest about the nature of the threat we face.Â It’s not from a bunch of maniacal Catholics or Jews or Hindus or Buddhists.Â The lethal threat is coming from radical Muslims.Â Even after September 11, even after repeated terror attacks and attempts here and abroad, we still cannot be truthful and outspoken about it?Â Pathetic.
This suicidal inability to call the enemy what it isÂ comes straight from the top:Â the President will not go anywhere near the words ‘Islam’ and ‘terror’ together.Â His administration has contorted itself into all kinds of politically correct gymnastics to avoid making the connection â€¦ He refused to speak the truth about the motivation of Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 fellow Americans in the name of Islam, and would not make the connection with the Christmas Day bomber, Abdulmutallab.Â Unless and until we can call the enemy and what drives him to kill us what they areâ€”Muslims propelled by their religious beliefâ€”we cannot and will not win this war.
What Crowley said of the American media is true of ours as well.Â I too have scanned dozens of reports in the British press of the attempted bombing – including this latest from the Telegraph – and nowhere is it mentioned that Shahzad is an adherent of the Religion of Peace.