Radical Islam: What Can Americans Do?

Since the release of my book in 2006, “Militant Islam In America,”I’m often asked to speak at civic organizations and other forums to discuss this profound menace to America. In doing so, I always infuse an important caveat, that I am not a scholar nor an expert in this field. But I do have a background of an investigator, and that’s what I have done… collect facts and assemble them in one document. After being commissioned by a European publisher, I embarked on six months of investigation, studying about fifteen books by scholars and experts, plus hundreds of documents and studies, many from both sides of the issue, plus the Koran, the history of Islam and the story of Muhammed. 

One important question that invariably comes up from the gallery: What can we, as Americans, do about this? It is the most valid of all questions. There’s no easy answer, considering our precious constitution, and particularly, the First Amendment rights.

In my book, I specify several points that, I believe, would make a difference in stemming the tide of this advancing menace. I’ve done some amending since, but here are my humble observations:

1) Call it like it is. The

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Ten Greatest Movie Actors

On a lighter note, having been a buff for life, I have always admired motion pictures as being one of the greatest art forms of modern times which, in my view, is not appreciated enough. The sheer complexity that goes into the making of a movie is mind boggling: script writing, acting, costumes, sound, music, photography, props and settings, make-up, wardrobe, research and so much more. I’ve engaged in writing novels, which is a tough road to tackle in itself. I couldn’t imagine being a director and handling the entire production.

Naturally, we in the audience pay most attention to the actors, and we form our opinions on who we consider the best in the business. Often, we will go to a movie knowing little about it in advance, other than the names of the players. Star power is everything. I plead guilty. When I know that Robert DeNiro or Meryl Streep is starring in a new release, it’s a sure thing we’ll be buying tickets to that movie.

I’ll be putting out some of my “Ten Greatest” lists (my opinions). I hope some of you movie buffs will share your opinions as well.

Starting with the Ten Greatest actors… …

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Well, here I go smearing Obama again…I guess I must be a racist.

Honest folks, I’m not making this up…the information is out there for anyone if they are willing to learn. As usual, the media is hands off the Teflon candidate.

Barack Obama has claimed that his entry in the most prestigious Ivy League University law school in the nation was financed by student loans. Seemed logical enough. That’s the route of thousands.

Along comes Percy Sutton, a rather imposing 88 year-old lawyer, a former president of the Borough of Manhattan and a loser in the race for city mayor to Ed Koch, years ago. A credible man.

In an interview earlier this year on New York’s all-news cable channel NY1, Sutton made some interesting revelations about his relationship with young Barack Obama. He told NY1 reporter Dominic Carter on “Inside City Hall” that he was introduced to the 25 year-old Obama by a friend raising money to help further his education. The friend asked Sutton to write a letter in support of Obama’s application to Harvard law school.

Sutton did so, and Obama was admitted. The rest is history.

But wait. Who was that masked man? Who was …

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“Traitor,” is a must see movie for anyone interested in delving deep into the bowels of the jihad netherworld where Islamic revolution is at the core of international terror. It was recommended to me by a close friend whose opinions and judgement I respect. He was right on.

This is not just another suspense/thriller replete with chases, Karate fights, crashing cars and bombed buildings, though there is plenty of that. The movie is also a learning experience for us who wish to know more about the internal mind-set of jihadists and methodologies used by terrorists in executing their mission all over the world.

Don Cheadle plays a Sudanese-born, American citizen educated and trained in the art of making bombs who finds himself caught up in the complex world of counter-terrorism, CIA, FBI and the radical Islamic underworld, while used as a tool by the plotters of terror. Without unveiling too much of the story, suffice to say Cheadle tackles a complex role inextricably caught in a vice between conscience, faith and duty, and he does it well.

To me, the most profound scene of all is one that is relatively obscure in any of the trailers and/or commentary. But …

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I’ve hesitated to speculate where Barack Obama has garnered his enormous record-setting mountain of campaign funds. His change of heart ( better known as flip-flop) from vowing to accept public funding, to vowing to rejecting it, was undoubtedly triggered by an awakening that money would continue to pour in from the private sector like Niagra Falls until the election is over.

Poor black communities? Doubtful. Movie stars, rock stars and generous liberal moguls, perhaps, but that wouldn’t assemble that much continuous cash on hand. Pro-choicers? Some, perhaps. Besides refusing public funds, Obama has also vowed that he will not accept donations from special interest groups as well.

Interesting to note; more than half of his $400 million has come from private donors sending under $200. The war chest is almost double that of John Kerry’s in 2004.

We do know that the Islamic world, not only inside the U.S., is licking their chops to see Obama elected. Some have openly declared their interest in seeing him win the Oval Office. Not only American Muslims ( www.muslimsforobama08.com ) but Palestinians overseas have formed phone banks to raise money for his campaign. Click here: Amanda Carpenter :: Townhall.com

What don’t we know? …

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I figured it would be Sen. Kay Hutchinson of Texas, or Christine T. Whitman of New Jersey, both conservative republicans and both women. Well, I was partly right, he picked a woman. But I never thought Sarah Palin, in my wildest imagination.

Whether it was a good choice or not, John McCain has done what he’s best known for: thinking outside the box, being a maverick, doing the least expected.

Like most folks who follow politics, I’ve done some homework. This is what I see as the pros and cons of her nomination.


 * Experience. That’s a no-brainer. The Obama pundits will certainly seize upon her less than two-year reign as a state governor, which follows a six-year mayoral stint and four as a town councilwoman. McCain’s emphasis on Obama’s lack of experience thus becomes nullified.

* Strong pro-life. Half of the voting populous is pro-choice.

* Too young. John F. Kennedy was younger when he took the oath of office. Obama is only three years older.

* Too many domestic responsibilities with five kids, one of whom has Down Syndrome.

* Far right wing conservative. This is only negative to those who are far left wing liberal.

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There’s an old saying about not fixing something if it’s not broken.

The founding fathers got it right the first time, but American politics, as usual, managed to screw it up.

It takes 17 million votes in twelve months and millions of dollars of primary campaigning to finally come up with a nominee for president. But the selection of vice-president — a heartbeat away — is left up to one person. There’s something wrong with that.

The chances of a vice-president ascending to the highest office are pretty good. Three of our last seven presidents had first been a vice president. Another four, ran and lost. Thus, the naming of a vice-president is extremely important to the future of Americans.

Candidates will tell us that their vice-presidential running mates are selected purely on the basis of who is most capable to assume the role of president. It’s the right thing to say.

But it’s not true. Vice-presidential nominees are selected for a single purpose: To get the presidential nominee elected. Bolster the ticket. Grab votes. Reach out to ethnic, religious and geographical blocks. It’s certainly not to provide citizens with the next best candidate to serve as president.

Was G. …

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