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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Sunday, March 06, 2011 :::

I suppose it's possible that the House Homeland Security Committee will jump to conclusions, but let's not jump to conclusions.

I think a hearing about "the radicalization of American Muslims" is a perfectly reasonable thing for the committee to consider. And, yes, I think they should be careful not to tar all American Muslims in the process. But my guess is that they will be more than sufficiently sensitive about that.

You could say I'm jumping to conclusions in assuming the protesters have jumped to conclusions about the committee jumping to conclusions. After all, the lyrics cited by CNN aren't those of the Jumping to Conclusions song. But I don't think you usually hold a protest over an outside possibility. And there's this:
Meanwhile, at a Muslim community center in Virgina, Denis McDonough, deputy national security advisor to the president, spoke about the need to prevent violent extremism and said U.S. Muslims are part of the solution.

"The bottom line is this - when it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem, you're part of the solution," McDonough said. "Of course, the most effective voices against al Qaeda's warped worldview and interpretation of Islam are other Muslims."
CNN reports that the White House denied that this was a "prebuttal" to the committee hearings, a denial which strikes me as entirely unnecessary; based on Chairman King's comments, it looks to me as though they're on the same page.


::: posted by Steven at 10:47 PM

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