I saw this on CSPAN yesterday, but many of you haven’t.
This is the story of a man whose son went of to University only to be co-opted by resident Islamists who brainwashed him to the point where he left school, went to the Middle East to learn the ways of jihad, only to return to shoot up a military recruiting center in Little Rock.
Melvin Bledsoe is a good and simple man, obviously uncomfortable with testifying before Congress but having the courage to tell his story as a warning to others. He’s also not afraid to call ‘political correctness’ ‘political fear’, which is what it is and is in full practice by many on Capitol Hill who are supposedly his betters.
What happens in our U.S. Universities and in some of the Mosques in this country is unfathomable, reprehensible and extremely dangerous. The fact that guys like Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform is enabling the infiltration of government by radical Islamists is inexcusable.
Thanks to Peter King for holding these hearings. However, there is a contingent of formerly radicalized Muslims who are urging Congressman King to include those who had drifted into militancy to be included in the hearings.
Here’s testimony from another man who also found that he’d wasted the best years of his life as he began his ‘dark excursion into radical Islam’.
I will never forget the look of pain and chagrin on (my parents’) faces as I impertinently informed them that I would no longer accept or give birthday gifts (as I saw it, a pagan practice) nor would I be coming home for the holidays. No, these festivities were the vestiges of the pre-Islamic life that I was now leaving behind; I would have none of it.
The result of my taking this hard-line approach to Islam is to now find myself a middle-aged man with many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins who are strangers to me. I have missed all of the most important episodes in their lives, such as marriages, funerals, and family reunions. Simply put, I lost the best years of my youth to a radical brand of Islam, years that I will never get back.
The author goes on to say…
The scourge of Islamic extremism will never be fully understood unless and until those who were once a part of it are given some skin in the game. Specifically, none of yesterday’s panelists, however sincere or at times dramatic, could speak about the militant Islamic world from the inside because they were never associated with it. I indeed find it somewhat amusing that those most often turned to as expects and “reformers” in the Muslim community, ostensibly the best equipped to combat radical ideology and provide hours and hours of ponderous commentary on it, have never enjoyed either popularity or credibility within radical Muslim circles.
Read the whole thing at Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project.