Immigration Is The Problem – Punishing Americans Is Not the Solution…

Liberal-stifled patriotism, pent-up for decades, has
burst forth in response to the events of September 11.
It is in fashion again to be a proud American.

Patriotism rallies people to the support of their
country, granting government new and expanded powers to
respond to terrorists. This is understandable, but a
headlong rush is no way to make good decisions.

Anxious to strike back, the U.S. is focused on
bombing Afghanistan, which has some abandoned terrorist
training camps and a rag-tag militia. But the terrorists
who threaten us are

not hiding in Afghanistan
. They are in the

United States


Ali Mohamed
pleaded guilty to assisting in the
terrorist conspiracy that blew up the American embassies
in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on August
7, 1998. Mohamed was a

sergeant in the U.S. Army
in a sensitive position at
Fort Bragg, N.C.

Mohamed told the FBI that there were hundreds of
“sleepers” in place in the U.S. who do not fit the
terrorist profile and are not dependent on orders or
financing from abroad. Trained and in place, the
separate cells

act at their own choosing.

Terrorism expert Simon Reeve recently told

audience the same thing.

According to the FBI and to a report compiled by the
Michigan police for the state legislature, most of the
Muslim terrorist organizations, including

Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Al Gamat,

are present in Michigan, which, thanks to former
Republican Senator Spencer Abraham, is home to the
largest Arab population outside the Middle East.

The police report says, “Southeast Michigan is known
as a lucrative recruiting area and potential support
base for terrorist groups.”

Chasing after the Taliban halfway around the world
will have no effect on the “sleepers” who represent the
real threat to Americans.

Neither will the new money laundering laws. The
members of terrorist cells are not dependent on Bin
Laden for money. They support themselves with jobs,
crime, and with funds raised by religious and charitable
organizations. According to the police report, the
terrorists raise enough money in the U.S. to support
terrorist operations abroad.

Capturing Bin Laden and destroying the Taliban will
have no significant effect on the terrorist network that
has been made possible by none other than U.S.
immigration policy.

The result of

U.S. immigration policy,
supported by Democrats and
Republicans alike, is the destruction of the national
identity of the United States and the creation in its
place of a multicultural tower of Babel that has no
common values or interests.

The attack on American national identity has been
remarkably successful. Through immigration, the U.S.
imports a million or more hyphenated-Americans every
year. Thanks to U.S. civil rights policy, the various
hyphenated-Americans have

group rights
as “preferred minorities” at the
expense of native-born white citizens. These group
rights foster exclusiveness and prevent


It is no longer possible to speak the

in the U.S. if a “preferred minority” finds
the truth to be “offensive.” Arab-American spokespersons
in Michigan found the police report about the terrorists
in their midst to be offensive, prompting Michigan
Democratic Representative David E. Bonior to damn the
report as “character assassination, the kind of thing
that went on during the McCarthy era.”

Washington politicians, dependent on
hyphenated-American interest groups, will block any
effort to deal with the terrorists in our midst and
continue to distract the public by bombing distant

The new airport security measures illustrate
political correctness at its worst. The measures fail to
focus on the small group of potential terrorists.
Instead the measures treat everyone as a potential

Nothing better illustrates the total lack of
protection in airport “security” than the spectacle of

non-U.S. citizens and persons of Middle Eastern origin

searching the personal effects of

native-born blue-eyed blond
mothers traveling with
small children.

Such indiscriminate screening is a clear indication
that the new FBI spy powers will be applied far more
widely than to obvious suspects.

The new terrorism powers have yet to have any impact
on terrorists, but they are already taking a heavy toll
on high school students and pranksters.

Everyone knows that teenagers and even adults handle
fear and stress by making jokes. But two Mosley High
School students in Panama City, Florida, who put Sweet`N
Low in the coin-return of a cafeteria snack machine,
face ten years in prison for “creating fear.” Two other
students have been arrested for giving classmates
envelopes containing baking soda as a Halloween prank.

President Bush has

pranks by Americans to be “a serious
criminal offense,” and Attorney General John Ashcroft

by throwing the book at a Maryland man
who, as a practical joke, sprinkled white talcum powder
on the desk of a co-worker.

The U.S. government, unable to tell real enemies from
pranksters, is demanding life in prison for the
offender–the same punishment given by a race conscious

to the Muslim terrorists who blew up the two
U.S. embassies, murdering 214 people and injuring

Homeland Security Czar Tom Ridge assures us, “We are
going to go after these people.” He means

, not terrorists.

The war against terrorism has become a

war against our own people.

The FBI is delighted with this turn of events. It is
a lot easier and safer to arrest teenagers for pranks
than to root out dangerous terrorists.

Craig Roberts is the author (with Lawrence M. Stratton)
of The
New Color
Line : How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy