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Mr. Rauf was right about one thing in his CNN interview. He said, “Our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this.”

Giving Mr. Rauf the platform to peddle tall tales of Islamic victimization with the powerful symbolic background of Ground Zero could easily result in some number of young Muslims sympathizing with the heinous attacks.

How much of a stretch would it really be to imagine a few of his followers going one step further by becoming inspired to strike an even mightier blow against the United States?

Joel Mowbray is a journalist living in New York City.