Homegrown jihad is growing, but we’ve got Dennis Rodman

It seems the world has gone mad with jihadists growing up in the US and Dennis Rodman becoming a diplomat, and it all seems normal. Photo: Dennis Rodman, Diplomat

CHARLOTTE, March 4, 2013 – According to Attorney General Eric Holder, Americans should not become “complacent” about terrorism because the threat from homegrown jihadists is now worse than the possibility of attacks from outside the United States.

That should raise some eyebrows within our media, but it hardly gets a notice. Especially when the mainstream press is either complicit or afraid to acknowledge that the U.S. faces serious threats from Islamic jihad.

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In an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily on March 1, several recent incidents of homegrown terrorism and violence were cited that went virtually unreported by the national media.

Perhaps the worst episode, if there is truly any way to measure such events, occurred on the fifth of February when a 27-year old Egyptian immigrant, Yusuf Ibrahim, was accused of beheading two Coptic Christians living in New Jersey. It is not surprising if you missed that story, because it went largely unnoticed.

But there were other acts of violence in the not so distant past as well: three people were slain randomly in Southern California on February 18 by a 20-year old Muslim who then killed himself, last year an 44-year old doctor who was born in Pakistan allegedly raped and killed a pregnant woman and her fetus in his Ohio office, and, in a story that did receive limited coverage, a 26-year old black Muslim convert killed three people in Las Vegas.

So what you ask? It happens every day doesn’t it? Actually it does. It happens far more often than we could ever count throughout the world. What is different is that attacks on U.S. soil by jihadists living in our own country are on the rise and, apparently, it is no big deal.

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All the Islamic influence is not violent, however, but it is equally dangerous in the long term. What about the high school in Texas where female students in a geography class recently dressed up in burqas? The counter argument was that it was a learning experience which involved several religions and the wearing of Islamic dress was simply part of the exercise.

Does that mean when they study India and the life of Mahatma Gandhi they should all wear diapers and fast for a month?

Meanwhile, newly self-appointed Secretary of State, Dennis Rodman, was doing his part by traveling to North Korea for a personal meeting with Kim Jong Un.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Rodman said of his newest BFF, “He loves power. He loves control. But guess what? He doesn’t want war. That’s one thing he doesn’t want.”

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Rodman went on to explain his theory of “Basketball Diplomacy” which he passed along to North Korea’s leader. Since both Kim and Barack Obama love basketball why not use that as the catalyst to begin talks? All Obama needs to do is to simply give Kim a call.

On the other hand, since Rodman is the first American who is known to have had a face-to-face meeting with Kim, the former NBA basketball star has more first-hand knowledge of North Korea’s leader than anyone else, regardless of how limited that might be.

In the 1960s there was a popular documentary film called Mondo Cane, which translates to mean “A World Gone to the Dogs.” The film crew went all over the planet to locate unique and unusual traits of various cultures. Some were remote uncivilized jungle tribes still thriving with no knowledge of the contemporary world around them. Others were so-called “civilized” societies that seemed every bit as savage as their forested anthropological brethren.

The contrasts were stunning, but perhaps totally relevant for our modern society. That being the case, maybe the media has it right after all, ignore the growth of homegrown jihad and make Dennis Rodman an international goodwill ambassador.

Until that happens, Secretary of State John Kerry is now praying five times a day and has piercings scheduled later this week.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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