A national defense advocate and terrorism expert wasn’t surprised that an Islamic man has been arrested in connection with the failed terrorist plot in New York City.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the suspect in last week’s failed Times Square car bombing has admitted his role in the nearly catastrophic attack. Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, is under arrest for the failed bombing. Holder reports that while Shahzad is talking to investigators, he has provided valuable information and faces charges for terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Brigitte Gabriel, founder and president ofÂ ACT! for America and author of theÂ New York Times bestsellerÂ They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It, is not surprised with the details of the plot.
“Right now they are talking about ten people involved with him in carrying [out] this attack,” she regards. “Some have been arrested or are under surveillance here, and some have been arrested already in Pakistan. So those of us who monitor this issue, who understand this issue, it was very easy to predict what the outcome of this was going to be.”
Gabriel finds it ridiculous that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to the arrest by worrying about “backlash” against Muslim New Yorkers. “What nonsense? What backlash? Since September 11, how many patriotic Americans have you seen strapping bombs on their bodies and walking into mosques in the United States and blowing themselves up in revenge?” she asks. “It is absolutely ridiculous for anybody to make such a statement about a backlash.”
However, the ACT! for America president notes that many Americans still choose to remain ignorant about the threat of men like Shahzad.
Meanwhile, American Muslim groups are condemning the attempted Times Square car bombing.Â In separate statements Tuesday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations —
pledged their loyal citizenship and support for law enforcement. CAIR’s national executive director, Nihad Awad, said: “In no way, shape or form does this attack represent the American Muslim community and what we stand for as a faith community.