- The Washington Times - Friday, March 11, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It really is tiresome to continually hear some of our elected and appointed government officials and allegedly well-informed news pundits preach to the American public how to defend itself against Islamist terrorists lest it unwittingly invoke their anger (“King charges the Saracens,” Comment & Analysis, Tuesday).

Let me get this straight: Somehow our trying to understand who and where Islamists are is going to make them angry? Does that mean they are only sort of mad at us now, and would kill us if the chance arose, but if we get them really mad, they will kill us twice?

Gathering information from the American Muslim community about how and why some become radicalized is an obligation our leaders have. It can only be offensive to those who fear exposing these issues to the public view.

ROBERT A. POGGI

Alexandria, Va.


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