QUOTE OF THE DAY – AT 8:20 A.M. ET: A Christian church was blown up in Egypt over the weekend. Of course, we just not be judgmental, not even suspect anyone. Well, Ed Koch, outspoken former mayor of New York, and powerful mouth, tells it like it is. It's about time someone did. From NewsBusters:
Appearing as a guest on Thursday’s Your World with Neil Cavuto on FNC, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch – known for being a relatively centrist Democrat – chided President Obama for being reluctant to use terms like "war on terrorism" or "Islamic extremists," and, when host Cavuto pointed out that Obama had managed to improve attitudes toward America in the Muslim world, Koch sarcastically shot back: "Isn`t that nice? Did they stop trying to kill us?"
Even while declaring himself to be a supporter of the Obama administration, the former New York mayor still voiced his frustrations about the "attitude" of the White House – citing an article by right-leaning columnist Charles Krauthammer – and came out in support of profiling Muslims at airports:
What bothers me is that the attitude of the administration ... is not that of a war. Charles Krauthammer had a magnificent article, tough as nails, when he attacks the administration as thinking of it as a police action. This is not a police action. We`re going to be at war for the next 30 years. We are afraid to call them "Muslim Islamist terrorists." We’ll call them anything but because we don`t want to alienate Muslim countries. That`s ridiculous...
...And there are no other people who are out there trying to kill us, other than Muslim fanatics. There`s nothing illegal, immoral to say that is the case. And you can also say the vast majority of Muslims are decent, law-abiding people. But that doesn`t mean we shouldn`t pat down specially if there are Muslims in line and we know that to be the case, boarding a plane. I don`t see anything wrong with profiling. What, are we crazy?
COMMENT: Yes, Ed, we're crazy. We're crazy to have a president who refuses to acknowledge, by name, those who attack us. We're crazy to have "journalists" who go right along with that madness. And we're crazy to send our kids to colleges and universities where "scholars" teach them that we must "respect" cultural attitudes, no matter what those attitudes are.
January 4, 2011