There is one consistent aspect of the American story from day one of creation of this nation. We have always sought a group to depict as “the enemy.” Originally, the Indian was “the savage” who was brutal and had to be exterminated and driven from the land. It required a few hundred years, but eventually they were driven onto reservations and thus ended, “the Indian menace.” Next, came the Catholics with their Pope driven religion, and refusal to accept the Protestant religion. It was not until the election of Catholic John F. Kennedy in 1960 that the era of hating Catholics finally came to an end. Of course, the “Jew” always loomed large in American minds as an evil, Communist or Socialist or blood sucking criminal preying on young girls. It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that Jews were accepted into mainstream America.
Since 9/11, the MUSLIM has become the most prominent evil character in our lives. The New York City Police Department even established a special Muslim unit whose task was to infiltrate Muslim groups, their mosques, their phones, their mail and so on. Muslims were photographed, arrested on “suspicion,” lured by secret agents to make anti-government comments and their clergy threatened with punishment for daring to make a comment not approved by the FBI or the CIA. Finally, the courts of America have cracked down on dragnet approaches to surveillance of Muslims. The New York City Police Department under William Bratton have just announced the special “Muslim unit” is no more.
As of this date, exactly how many “Muslim terrorists” have been identified? Check with the special unit. But, there has not been any significant bombing in New York City since 9/11.