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MP Says US Is Mastermind of Terrorism

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TEHRAN, March 8 (ICANA) – Head of the Clerics Faction in Iranian parliament (Majlis), in reaction to the scheme of the US Congress to review the“role of Muslims in terrorism and limiting teaching of Quran, said, terrorism is an outcome of the attempts masterminded by the US, adding that Muslims should not be blamed for terrorism.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:09:55 PM
MP Says US Is Mastermind of Terrorism

Mohammad Taqi Rahbar told ICANA that inappropriate acts by certain extremist Muslims should not be attributed to Islam and the Muslims. “Islam has no relationship with terrorist activities,” he stressed.

He said the West was a base for terrorism and noted that wherever terrorists were present the US footprint could be traced. “In fact, the US should be considered the mastermind of terrorism.”

The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, New York Congressman Peter King, will begin Congressional hearings on March 10 into what he calls the "radicalization" of American Muslims.

King says he has an obligation to investigate what he claims is a real terrorist threat from certain elements of the Muslim community in the United States.  But critics say the hearings could demonize millions of law-abiding Americans who make up that community.  

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in the United States.  They include people from all walks of life, including Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress.   He is scheduled to testify at the hearings. 

On Sunday, Jews and Christians joined Muslims on Times Square in New York to protest the radicalization hearings.  Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, who is seeking to build an Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan, objects to Congressman King’s exclusive focus on Muslims and Islam.

"Extremism comes from all the faith traditions," he said. "There are American extremists and radicals as there are Muslim extremists and radicals.  It is this cycle of radicalization that we have to bring an end to."

An FBI report confirms that US domestic terror threats range from white supremacists and eco-terrorists to anti-government extremists and separatists. But King refuses to change the focus of his hearings. He says that they aim to show that overall Muslims are good Americans, but their leadership is not doing what it should.

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