CAIR and the latest Islamic terror plot

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I’ve never entirely bought the argument that the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is somehow in bed with terrorists and extremists. I do see a group that  has a hard time dealing with the extremism in its own community.  And its ambivalent sounding statements on terrorism and extremism sometimes undermine the group’s credibility.

In that, CAIR is similar to mainstream Jewish groups, which don’t support extremism – but often seem uncomfortable in denouncing the tiny minority of Jewish extremists.  Jewish groups, too, undermine their credibility when they go silent on the subject of Jewish terrorists – few and far between as they may be.

Now comes word that it may have been CAIR that put federal authorities on to the five Northern Virginia men arrested in Pakistan on terror-related charges  (see the Newsweek story here).

I’m not saying Jewish groups wouldn’t do the same if they uncovered a nest of Jewish terrorists. I am saying it’s going to be a lot harder to make the argument CAIR is a radical front group – although no doubt many will continue trying.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.