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See No Radical Islam, Hear No Radical Islam
by Ryan Mauro
On May 13, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) confronted Attorney General Eric Holder about whether radical Islam was the motivating factor in the terrorist plots against the United States over the past year. Rather than acknowledge the religious-ideological threat posed to us, Holder continued the Obama Administration's pattern of trying to avoid using terms like "radical Islam" and "Islamic terrorism."
Rep. Smith repeatedly prodded at Holder, who tried to fend off the attack by saying, "There are a variety of reasons why people do things. Some of them are potentially religious."
Unsatisfied with the lack of clarity, Rep. Smith continued to ask him, "Are you uncomfortable attributing any other actions to radical Islam?" Holder replied by saying, "No, I don't want to say anything negative about a religion…"
Finally, Holder conceded, saying "I certainly think that it's possible that people who espouse a radical version of Islam have had an ability to make an impact on people like Mr. Shahzad," referring to the American who tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square as part of a plot by the Pakistani Taliban.
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