Our re­ward for all that sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Michelle Malkin

Well, here is the thanks we get. Eight years ago, Amer­ica opened its arms to tens of thou­sands of eth­nic Al­ba­nian refugees from Kosovo. The first planeload landed at Fort Dix, New Jer­sey. Mil­i­tary lead­ers worked day and night to turn the base into a child-friendly vil­lage. They co­or­di­nated med­i­cal and se­cu­rity check­ups, men­tal health and trauma coun­sel­ing and eth­nic food prepa­ra­tions.

Sol­diers from Fort Bragg trav­eled up from North Carolina to as­sist in refugee op­er­a­tions at Fort Dix. Then-U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mitchell M. Zais also as­sem­bled a team of about 80 sol­diers from the U.S. Army Re­serve Com­mand in At­lanta. The New Jer­sey Na­tional Guard and Amer­i­can Red Cross teamed up to co­or­di­nate char­ity re­lief. The mil­i­tary also sup­ported the re­lief ef­fort’s in­ter­a­gency task force, headed by the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

In ad­di­tion to food and shel­ter, we pro­vided trans­la­tors, wel­fare con­sul­tants and Mus­lim chap­lains. The base con­structed prayer rooms and handed out Mus­lim “sen­si­tiv­ity” cards to the troops. Said Gen. Zais: “We want to wel­come th­ese peo­ple to Amer­ica the way we might wish our grand­par­ents and great­grand­par­ents had been wel­comed to El­lis Is­land.”

Fast-for­ward from 1999 to last week’s news: “Fort Dix Plot Aimed At Sol­diers; Au­thor­i­ties Say 6 Is­lamic Mil­i­tants Ar­rested, Were Plot­ting At­tack At N.J. Base.” Three of the al­leged plot­ters were il­le­gal alien brothers from the for­mer Yu­goslavia. An­other was a le­gal per­ma­nent res­i­dent from the for­mer Yu­goslavia. An­other hailed from Jor­dan, and the sixth was a nat­u­ral­ized Amer­i­can cit­i­zen orig­i­nally from Turkey.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint against Dri­tan Duka, one of the il­le­gal alien brothers ac­cused of know­ingly and will­fully con­spir­ing with the ji­hadi gang to kill U.S. sol­diers, the plot­ters have schemed for more than a year to mur­der our troops. They scoped out Dover Air Force Base and Fort Mon­mouth, as well as the port of Philadel­phia, be­fore set­tling on Fort Dix. One of the par­tic­i­pants used to de­liver pizza to the base — used to sup­ply food to our men and women in uni­form giv­ing him busi­ness — and knew the mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity “like the palm of his hand.”

You think all our hos­pi­tal­ity and char­ity bred good will in th­ese young men — all in their 20s and en­joy­ing the fruits of the Amer­i­can Dream? For­get about it. The crim­i­nal com­plaint de­scribes the plot­ters, along with a con­fi­den­tial in­for­mant, gath­er­ing at a rental house to train with Mu­ja­hadin video games:

“Mem­bers of the group pointed out that United States mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles were shown be­ing de­stroyed in var­i­ous at­tacks. [Il­le­gal alien] Shain Duka pointed out that a United States Marine’s arm had been blown off, at which point laugh­ter erupted from the group.”

Just hard-work­ing, “un­doc­u­mented cit­i­zens” plot­ting the plots and laugh­ing at the an­tiAmer­i­can atroc­i­ties or­di­nary Amer­i­cans wouldn’t laugh at, yeah? If they had only laid low a few ex­tra months, they might have got­ten that il­le­gal alien amnesty Pres­i­dent Bush and Congress are so ea­ger to hand out.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, they laughed at our troops get­ting maimed and killed. They soaked up Osama bin Laden’s evil rants. They stud­ied the 9/11 hi­jack­ers’ last wills and tes­ta­ments. They con­tem­plated in­fil­trat­ing our armed forces to frag sol­diers from the inside. They rel­ished the thought of spilling Amer­i­can blood on Amer­i­can soil. Is yours boil­ing yet?

“My in­tent is to hit a heavy con­cen­tra­tion of sol­diers,” Jor­da­nian-born nat­u­ral­ized U.S. cit­i­zen Mo­hamad Sh­newer is quoted telling the plot­ters. “You hit four, five, six humvees and light the whole place [up] and re­treat com­pletely with­out any losses.”

Eight years ago, at the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion’s be­hest, this na­tion wel­comed refugees es­cap­ing a geno­ci­dal regime whose mil­i­tary spread fear and bru­tal­ized its peo­ple. Eight years later, we have a home­grown ji­had plot tar­get­ing a base that sym­bol­izes the best, the bright­est and the most com­pas­sion­ate our mili- tary has to of­fer.

And what is the Mus­lim com­mu­nity do­ing to con­demn the ac­cused traitors in our midst? Carp­ing about the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions to stop ji­had in its tracks:

“If th­ese peo­ple did some­thing, then they de­serve to be pun­ished to the fullest ex­tent of the law,” said Mus­lim lawyer So­hail Mo­hammed. “But when the gov­ern­ment says ‘Is­lamic mil­i­tants,’ it sends a mes­sage to the pub­lic that Is­lam and mil­i­tancy are syn­ony­mous.’”

The thanks we get, huh?

Michelle Malkin is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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