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Congress Should Proceed with Islamic Extremism Hearing and Include Scholars Such as Phares

March 9th 2011

The hearings on Islamic extremism scheduled by Rep. Peter King must move forward and should include our best experts, that is, those without a political ax to grind. When I read that scholar Walid Phares would be dropped from King's witness list, (see NY Congressman King Fends off Critics on Top Terror Expert Testimony at Congressional Hearings, News March 3, 2011), I asked whether this series of hearings is going to be yet another politically correct exercise--or honestly identify a true threat to the nation and the world. I have heard Phares. He speaks the Arabic language, knows the movements from the inside, and should be at the top of the list, not crossed off. For that matter, get the eminent scholar Bernard Lewis, analyst Brigitte Gabriel, historian Edwin Black, and expert Steve Emerson. We must all be sensitive to Muslim citizens, but Islamic extremism is a threat to us all, and someone must finally look at what is happening. We must talk to the most knowledgeable and face the facts.


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