“Attacks of terror cannot be allowed to go unpunished,” said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. That is the foundation of foreign policy and terrorism policy. Terrorism cannot be tolerated because it can spread like a virus and has no borders.
The largest amount of terrorist activity is from a subset of the Muslim world, a population that is very large and one that extends throughout the world.
The subset of Muslim terrorists is enormously large even though it may be a small percentage of the larger universe.
“There are 2.75 million Muslims living in the United States, a majority of whom, 63 percent, are first-generation immigrants. — Pew Research Center.”
“The whole world is watching” was the chant invented by protesters in Chicago in 1968, protesting war and violence. The chant now applies to Islamic radicals and rogue regimes throughout the world.
Truly, al Qaeda and allies, the extremists among Muslims in the order of hundreds of millions apparently must be reckoned with. That is why it is imperative for free nations to convene an international allied congress to address the problem.
Today, attacks by al Qaeda extremists in Kenya at a shopping mall is sufficient call for a global response. World war must be declared on Muslim extremists by any brand and everywhere. This is an assault on humanity just as Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons was an assault on humanity.
One group of people who have the numbers to address the problem are peace-seeking Muslims, those who can adapt to the modern world. It is most desirable not to let al Qaeda and related extremists spoil the universe of Muslim people. Yet, only Muslims can effectively deal with the problem among them without resulting in more religion-inspired hate and violence.
“70 percent of American Muslims identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party. — Pew Research Center”
How “American” Are American Muslims?:
56 percent of American Muslims say that most Muslims coming to the U.S. want to adopt American customs and ways of life. — Pew Research Center
Views on Extremism:
5 percent of American Muslims have a somewhat favorable opinion of Al Qaeda. — The Pew Research Center”
If 5% of American Muslims have favorable view of al Qaeda, that would be 137,500 American Muslims with a propensity toward aligning with terrorists to some degree. That is significant.
If 10% of the world population of Muslims have a favorable view toward extremist Muslim beliefs that are also aligned with terrorism, that is 160 million potential terrorists, and that is enormously alarming. It is a problem that demands reckoning.
Religious persecution is a possible outcome unless Muslims are aggressive in collaborating with world leaders to get a grip on this problem.
“Death toll rises as Kenya mall siege continues
Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY 8:58 a.m. EDT September 22, 2013
Kenyan authorities say an unknown number of hostages are still held
Nearly 60 have been killed, 175 hurt
Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from the upscale Kenyan mall where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles.
Two wounded Kenyan security forces were carried out of the Westgate shopping mall after a sustained volley of gunfire that may have included grenade blasts.
Kenyan authorities said the militants held an unknown number of hostages in the shopping center located in the Westlands area of Nairobi, after killing at least 59 on Saturday. The attack is believed to be orchestrated by extremists against non-Muslim Kenyans and Westerners in the area.
Kenya's interior cabinet secretary Joseph Lenku said that 175 were injured and that about 1,000 people have been rescued so far.”