The Daily Show: King of the Hypocrites

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

We all know this country has a real problem with Islamic extremists. Since 9/11 we've struggled with how to deal with people of the Islamic faith. We've tried sanctions, appeasement and invasions with mixed results.

So far none of this stuff is working because Muslims are still getting a free pass for their Musliminess. The people need a champion in Washington, and that man is Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

King opened hearings last week on what he calls "radicalization in the America Muslim community." He said that the threat of homegrown terrorism is on the rise, and American Muslims aren't doing enough to stop it.

It's not enough for U.S. Muslims to be law-abiding. To avoid congressional investigation, they have to be actively stopping terror plots. Oh my god, wait until they find out I've done nothing to stop the West Bank settlements.

King believes people should be investigated by the government for failing to denounce terrorist organizations - even ones with mainly regional ambitions.

King's philosophy is a contradiction, because in the past he's had ties to the IRA. That's not the individual-retirement-account people; it's the car-bomb-innocent-bystanders, political-terror people.

King, whom a Northern Irish judge once called "an obvious collaborator with the IRA," also regularly spoke at events by Noraid, a group accused of funneling guns and money to the IRA.

He even went on CNN in 1995 and said, "I will say what I've said for the last 25 years, that the moral standing of the IRA is equal to that of the British army."

It's walk of shame time, King! Cue the mea culpa and resignation from your post as chairman of the House Homeland Security committee.

But wait: King calls those who charge him with hypocrisy "uninformed." That's right, he's a Republican - they don't fold, they double down!

I see your charges of hypocrisy and I raise you a go f--- yourself.

King wants to spearhead an investigation of American Muslims because he feels they're too sympathetic to a group that's killed civilians with bombs while he himself has actively supported a group that killed civilians with bombs. WTF?!

"First of all, the IRA never attacked the United States," King said.

Yeah, screw England. What's your next point?

"Secondly, the IRA, which has a far from perfect record, it was not their policy to attack civilians," King said.

Maybe it wasn't their policy, but it kind of seemed to be their hobby. If the IRA is so fundamentally different from Islamic terrorism, then why can Glenn Beck connect them to the PLO in less than half a chalkboard?

According to the Associated Press, "The PLO, well-informed sources say, has provided the IRA with large quantities of weapons and has trained men in Libya and Lebanon since February 1972."

How do you respond to that, Congressman?

"I don't agree with everything they did, but they were a force that was there," King said.

So they killed civilians, but your defense is that they occupied space and time?!

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