Would you have ever thought that we would someday get to the point where we were so concerned about being politically correct that we would purposely ignore dangerous warning signs of Islamic radicalism? This notion would have been virtually inconceivable in the weeks and months following 9/11. But according to a new report in The New York Times, that’s exactly what’s happening.
The FBI has developed a new website called “Don’t Be a Puppet” aimed at giving teachers and students an overview of some of the warning signs that might be apparent when someone is buying into extremist propaganda online. The program, says the Times, “leads the viewer through a series of games and tips intended to teach how to identify someone who may be falling prey to radical extremists. With each successful answer, scissors cut a puppet’s string, until the puppet is free.”
Well, that’s a good thing, right? Isn’t this a natural extension of the “See something, say something” campaign under President Bush? Isn’t this the obvious next step in the War on Terror? For the last year, all we’ve heard from Homeland Security is how susceptible young Americans are to the Islamic State’s crafty use of social media. How “lone wolves” are now a greater security threat than organized terrorist cells. It only makes sense, then, that we might be able to stop these lone wolves if we know what to look for.
Oh, but no. We might hurt someone’s feelings.
Always ready to put Islam above America’s national security, the FBI decided to run their website by a handful of Arab/Muslim groups to make sure they were being properly sensitive. And what do you know? They have some complaints.
“If this is shown to middle and high school students, it’s going to result in the bullying of these [Muslim] children,” said one Arab leader who got a preview of the website.
Another invitee was “particularly troubled” by one of the quizzes on the site. A question asked which social media post should raise alarm bells, an individual planning to attend a political rally or someone with an Arabic name planning to go on “a mission” in the Middle East. The answer, of course, is the latter. But the Arabic activist said that wasn’t acceptable.
“What kind of mission?” she asked. “It could have been humanitarian. It could have been religious.”
That’s right, you damn bigots! And hey, that kid who just changed his name to Mohammad is probably just a big boxing fan. That dude who just walked in with a bunch of dynamite strapped to his chest is just trying to show off his creative ingenuity! Is there even any proof that the 9/11 hijackers meant to fly those planes into the Twin Towers? Maybe they were just extremely poor pilots.
Will the FBI modify the website to appease these groups? Probably. That’s the way it usually goes under this administration. The new version will show teachers how to make sure students aren’t being radicalized by the Sovereign Citizens movement or by the Christian church or Sean Hannity. It won’t make us any safer, but at least it’ll make the Muslims happy. That’s the important thing.