The ji­had at home

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It’s a sad day in Amer­ica when the shoot­ing of an abor­tion doc­tor stops the presses but no one no­tices two sol­diers gunned down by an Is­lamist. When abor­tion­ist Dr. Ge­orge Tiller was shot in Wi­chita, Kan., on May 31, Pres­i­dent Obama rushed out a state­ment con­demn­ing the shoot­ing. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric H. Holder Jr. dis­patched U.S. Mar­shals to pro­tect abor­tion providers and clin­ics (of­fi­cially known as “ap­pro­pri­ate peo­ple and fa­cil­i­ties”), and the Jus­tice Depart­ment Web site promi­nently fea­tured Mr. Holder’s state­ment pledg­ing to “bring the per­pe­tra­tor of this crime to jus­tice.”

The next day, Ab­dul­hakim Mujahid Muham­mad, a home­grown, Ye­meni­trained Mus­lim who spent time in the Mid­dle East, gunned down two U.S. sol­diers in broad day­light near Lit­tle Rock, Ark., killing one. When ar­rested, he made state­ments “in­di­cat­ing his as­so­ci­a­tion with Ji­had,” ac­cord­ing to law en- force­ment sources. He told po­lice he hates the mil­i­tary for its crimes against Is­lam and would have shot more sol­diers if they had been avail­able. You would think this would be wor­thy of com­ment from Wash­ing­ton, but as of this writ­ing, we are still wait­ing.

This is the sec­ond home­grown ter­ror event by black Mus­lim con­verts in as many months. Four men were ar­rested May 20 for plot­ting to blow up a New York syn­a­gogue and use an anti-air­craft weapon to at­tack mil­i­tary air­craft in New­burgh, N.Y. Jim Kouri, vice pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice, who has fol­lowed th­ese in­ci­dents closely, says he is “sur­prised we’re not hear­ing more re­ports about this.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Kouri, the prob­lem of rad­i­cal re­cruit­ment among the black pop­u­la­tion is se­vere. “They pros­e­ly­tize young peo­ple who are per­sis­tently be­ing told by so­ci­ety that they have been vic- timized,” he said. “And young peo­ple are con­stantly looking for struc­ture in their lives. Is­lam pro­vides that struc­ture.” He said this par­tic­u­lar brand of Is­lamic rad­i­cal­ism “also ap­peals to the tough street men­tal­ity, the ma­cho males and sub­mis­sive fe­males, and, of course, po­ten­tial for vi­o­lence.” Ji­hadist re­cruit­ment in Amer­ica’s pris­ons is on­go­ing. Yet with re­spect to this most re­cent in­ci­dent, Mr. Kouri says, “no­body seems to care, at least not in the me­dia.”

There is a fun­da­men­tal blind spot in some cir­cles as to the threat posed by home­grown Mus­lim rad­i­cals. The March Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Do­mes­tic Ex­trem­ist Lex­i­con, which was pulled quickly in the wake of con­tro­versy with other depart­ment pub­li­ca­tions, was note­wor­thy for list­ing Jewish ex­trem­ism and var­i­ous forms of Chris­tian ex­trem­ism but mak­ing no men­tion of any form of Mus­lim ex­trem­ism.

In Oc­to­ber 2002, when D.C. Belt­way snipers John Allen Muham­mad and Lee Boyd Malvo were ter­ror­iz­ing the cap­i­tal re­gion, pro­fil­ers claimed with some con­fi­dence that the per­pe­tra­tor was a white male Chris­tian vet­eran rather than a pair of black male Mus­lims, one of whom had mil­i­tary ser­vice. This po­lit­i­cally cor­rect pro­fil­ing may have kept Muham­mad and Malvo at lib­erty and killing longer than they may have been oth­er­wise.

The FBI is cog­nizant of the Is­lamist threat on the home front and has done a good job help­ing keep Amer­ica safe. But the of­fi­cial si­lence is trou­bling. We sus­pect it is in part a mat­ter of tim­ing. With the pres­i­dent on his good­will tour of the Mid­dle East and about to make a ma­jor ad­dress reach­ing out to the Mus­lim world, it would be awk­ward to dis­cuss a rad­i­cal ji­hadist at­tack in the mid­dle of the United States. Maybe when Mr. Obama gets back home, he can give this mat­ter a few min­utes of his time.

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