It is a sign of the times, no pun intended, that we can display vicious criminals so long as they are not Muslim jihadists.
Complaints about the advertisement in
The “Faces of Global Terrorism” bus ad campaign began running this month in connection with a State Department program to increase awareness of global terrorist threats. Considering how the Boston Marathon attack caught everyone by surprise, taking extra precautions while establishing the need for constant attentiveness to such possibilities is not a bad idea.
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McDermott suggested the ads might increase the risk of hate crimes saying, “You’re pointing a finger at a group of people, profiling them. I don’t think that’s fair and I don’t think it’s good for our society. It doesn’t make us any safer,”
In other words, according to McDermott, we are better off not to create awareness of who these people are and the ability to identify them. In typical PC fashion, if we pretend the problem does not exist, it will simply disappear.
There is a reason the 16 faces appear in the poster and it has nothing to do with Islamophobia. It has everything to do with the reality that these men are bona fide terrorists who are, at this very moment, plotting in one way or another against Western culture. The truth is that the majority of terrorist events that occur around the world are the result of Islamic jihad and no amount of appeasement will alleviate their degree of hatred.
Would it not be better to have open, honest debates about the inherent aspects of Islam that incite people to such inhumane levels of violence against mankind than to ignore the fact that the problem exists?
Of course, as we have seen with the recent effort by the Obama administration to negotiate with the Taliban, such discussions are virtually impossible until both sides decide to seriously participate.
In situations such as this, there is always a fine line between legitimate awareness and fear-mongering. Unfortunately, most Americans still do not recognize the perpetual threat that exists from international terrorism. Is it not, therefore, better to be diligent, and to err on the side of security, than to deny reality?
Without question the bus ad program is provocative. It is meant to be. If it was not, there would be no controversy and the subject would be completely ignored. The intent is to arouse suspicion and, in that sense, it is effective.
As to whether the ad profiles a specific religion, perhaps Robert Spencer said it best when he wrote “the FBI should just put out want ads for non-Muslim terrorists.”
Accept it or not, without Islamic terrorism, the world would be considerably safer. Until something changes within the Muslim world and so-called “moderate” Muslims denounce the violence that fundamentalists within the religion perpetuate, the problem has no viable solution
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