We can’t gather the intelligence we need to foil future attacks if we are blindly granting terrorists the right to remain silent. But for some reason we’ve already done that – with the terrorist who tried to bring down Flight 253.
The Muslims have as everyone else says the right to practice their religion and they have the right to construct a mosque at ground zero if they wish. What I am saying though is that they should listen to public opinion they should listen to the deep wounds and anguish that this is causing to so many good people.
And if the imam and the Muslim leadership in that community is so intent on building bridges then they should voluntarily move the mosque away from ground zero and move it whether it’s uptown or somewhere else but move it away from that area the same as the pope directed the Carmelite nuns to move a convent away from Auschwitz.
As far as Iraq the important thing is that the Taliban is gone in Afghanistan three-quarters of the al-Qaida leadership is either dead or in jail and we now have Saudi Arabia working with us Pakistan working with us.
But 85 percent of the mosques have extremist leadership in this country. Most Muslims the overwhelming majority of Muslims are loyal Americans.