Threatening words

“If we don’t do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

“It could become something very dangerous indeed.”

You know what? That’s a threat. When are we going to start calling these things out for what they are? Americans should have had just about enough of threats from radical Muslims. Anger has already exploded in the Muslim world and it’s cost us plenty of lives as a result. Americans are the ones who should be angry here, not incendiary Imams in New York City. We’ve got a guy in Gainesville burning some Qurans and the entire country is pretty much unanimous in denouncing him. Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, terrorists are shooting rockets into Israel, beheading journalists, stoning women, etc. Let’s just say there’s not a comparable unanimity of outrage.

This Imam can’t even bring himself to criticize the terrorists who control Hezbollah. Obviously he’s not a terrorist himself but he’s definitely doing a poor job of distancing himself from the brutal killers who are. We should be proud of the tolerance we show in this country but let’s get some damned perspective around all this.

Of course this jerk in Gainesville shouldn’t be burning Qurans. There’s no good time to burn books – whether it be the Bible, the Quran or Mein Kampf. Burning books is wrong, period. Americans shouldn’t be doing it. Burning the Quran is not an insult to radical Muslims. If that were the only drawback, I’d be burning them on my front lawn every week. It’s an insult to actual Muslims. At least this “minister” isn’t pretending to be tolerant – like Imam Rauf is. He’s just out there burning books – which is pretty much the universal sign for “I’m an ignorant moron” in the human race.

While I think the president should not be giving this guy more attention, he’s certainly right to denounce him. However, I disagree with this particular argument:

“And as a very practical matter, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform,”

Our young men and women in uniform are already in danger. They are blowing up buildings and people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I’m pretty sure this is pissing off radical Muslims already. A few books going up in smoke in Gainesville isn’t going to make a huge difference. Most importantly, we shouldn’t be defining or moderating our behavior to placate the belligerent attitude of terrorists.

Muslims who get angry over a burning Quran have every right to be angry. The guy’s a jerk. Muslims who kill soldiers because of burning books are terrorists. Muslims who will allow their anger to “explode” and cause a “very dangerous situation” out of the sensitive decision to respect the wishes of families who lost loved ones in a violent mass murder are terrorists. Muslims who threaten the lives of the South Park creators because of a cartoon are terrorists. Enough with the “radical Muslims” label. Just because they call themselves Muslims doesn’t make it so. They’re terrorists. Americans – and tolerant Muslims for that matter – should not be concerned with the emotions of terrorists. We should be hunting them down and killing them – just as they are doing to us.