Rep. Peter King has been catching a lot of flak for hearings about whether or not Muslim-Americans are doing their fair-share to stop all the terrorist attacks that are constantly happening in our country that he'll be holding later this week. But what people fail to realize is that he knows from whence he speaks.
The man happens to be personally acquainting with the type of mind that will help terrorism take root in a society…
For Representative Peter T. King, as he seizes the national spotlight this week with a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims, it is the most awkward of résumé entries. Long before he became an outspoken voice in Congress about the threat from terrorism, he was a fervent supporter of a terrorist group, the Irish Republican Army.
"We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry," Mr. King told a pro-I.R.A. rally on Long Island, where he was serving as Nassau County comptroller, in 1982. Three years later he declared, "If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the I.R.A. for it."
Oh, come on! This is like comparing apples to Muslims.
The people who Rep. King was supporting were patriots who killed civilians as a means of bringing about a political end. And the people who Rep. King is investigating are brown-skinned U.S. citizens who eat a bunch of weird-smelling food and don't even believe in the right version of an Abrahamic God.
Clearly, there is no comparison.
Tags: House of Representatives, Ireland, Islam, New York, Peter King, Terrorism