Why Is Homegrown Terrorism a Surprise?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Updated: Mar 22, 2010

Why Is Homegrown Terrorism a Surprise?

March 22, 2010

Five northern Virginia men arrested in Pakistan last December have been charged with six counts of terrorism-related incidents, two of which carry potential sentences of life in prison.

The men, ages 18 to 24, pleaded not guilty, as they always do. Terrorists lie. The evidentiary phase of the trial begins March 31.

The arrested men are Muslims from Alexandria. They left the United States shortly after Thanksgiving without telling their parents.

Authorities are worried about homegrown terrorists, but what do they expect? We allow immigrants from countries like Pakistan, which is a center for extremist activity. We allow Muslims to build mosques and schools in our country when they would never allow for construction of churches and synagogues in theirs. We tolerate the preaching and teaching of hate and then when some buy into it, we are shocked and surprised.

We are not fighting this war is if it were a war, which it is. They are.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.

Why Is Homegrown Terrorism a Surprise?