Pay no attention to those beheading plots, attacks on “Draw Muhammad” contests and the occasional bombing at the Boston Marathon.
The main terrorist threat in the United States is not from radical Islam, but from “right wing extremists,” two professors claimed in an opinion piece published Tuesday in The New York Times.
Despite a slew of recent high-profile cases — such as the Garland, Texas, attack where two Muslim terrorists bent on mass murder were stopped only by the accurate shooting of an alert police officer — Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer wrote in the Times that “headlines can be misleading.”
Claiming the real threat to peace in America comes from domestic politics, the two University professors say radicalization from the Middle East is a concern, but “not as dangerous as radicalization among right wing” groups in America.
The pair drew their conclusions from a survey of 382 law enforcement agencies and from follow-up interviews with 19 agents from across the nation, citing one police officer who said “we just haven’t experienced” any terrorism from American Muslims.
Which is true… if you don’t consider the previously mentioned attacks in Garland, the shooting at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon bombing, or any of the foiled Islamic terrorist plots since 9/11.
Kurzman and Schanzer also cited a Department of Justice memo that warned law enforcement about the danger of citizens who “fear that government will confiscate firearms” or believe “in the approaching collapse of government and the economy.”
The Times’ piece listed a string of little-known attacks by “right wing extremists,” including an attack on police in Nevada by a disturbed couple who had affiliations with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
The two academics tried to justify their assertions by portraying all acts of “anti-government violence” as being linked with right wing political ideology.
“An officer on the West Coast explained that the ‘sovereign citizen’ antigovernment threat has ‘really taken off,’” they wrote.
The Times’ piece ends with a plea to begin scrutinizing political groups, while relaxing the focus on potentially radical Islamic communities.
“Public debates on terrorism focus intensely on Muslims. But this focus does not square with the low number of plots in the United States by Muslims, and it does a disservice to a minority group that suffers from increasingly hostile public opinion,” they wrote.
The New York Times isn’t the only place to find an op-ed on terrorism that’s more afraid of American conservatives than ISIS killers, but it’s the most prominent — and one of the most dangerous.
Any wonder Barack Obama loves the rag?