Ed Koch comes out swinging on the Islamic terrorism threat and what we ought to say and do about it
The former New York City mayor, a.k.a. “a liberal with sanity,” was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel. Here are highlights:
KOCH: Well, what bothers me is that the attitude of the administration—and I`m a supporter of the Obama administration … But, in any event, the attitude is not that of a war. Charles Krauthammer had a magnificent article, tough as nails, when he attacks the administration as thinking of it as a police action. This is not a police action. We`re going to be at war for the next 30 years. We are afraid to call them “Muslim Islamist terrorists.” We’ll call them anything but because we don`t want to alienate Muslim countries. That`s ridiculous. Of course the vast majority of Muslims—there are 1,400,000,000—are not terrorists, but there are hundreds of millions who are. They want to kill every Christian, every Jew, every Hindu who won`t convert. [Emphasis added.] And we ought to put it on the table. And when we put people through the lines, what, do you want to take some little elderly woman who just came out of Saint Patrick`s and pat her down? Yeah, if you have time.
The remark about “hundreds of millions” of terrorists may seem over the top; but if we think of it as meaning not just people who personally commit terrorism but people who support terrorism, then it is certainly true.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 09, 2010 10:30 AM | Send