In case you just got back from Easter Island, I, your humble correspondent, am causing trouble once again.
Monday on "The View," the ladies addressed the shoot-out I had with them last Thursday when I said that building a mosque near Ground Zero is inappropriate because Muslims killed us there. That caused Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set.
Of course, what I said is absolutely true, but is insensitive to some. In a perfect world you always say Muslim terrorists killed us, but at this point I thought that was common knowledge. I guess I was wrong.
Anyway, the heated controversy continues and goes far beyond me and "The View" ladies. It has entered the fabric of America.
Barbara Walters said something interesting on Monday. She said that the nation is very angry, therefore commentators must watch the rhetoric.
OK, but my question to Ms. Walters is: Why is America angry?
There are a number of answers. One of them is that folks are fed up with politically correct nonsense. There is no question that there is a Muslim problem in the world, and if "The View" ladies will not acknowledge that, that's their problem because most Americans well understand the danger in the Muslim world.
Ms. Walters went on to say that my statement about the Japanese attacking the USA in World War II is not a valid comparison:
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BARBARA WALTERS, CO-HOST, "THE VIEW": I think that what Bill O'Reilly said was totally wrong. I also feel that on his program when he compared it to Germany and Japan, which he did, and said, "Well, you wouldn't have built monuments," those were countries; they were not religion.
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With all due respect to Barbara Walters, who has handled herself with dignity in this controversy, she is misguided.
American forces had to remove the Taliban government in Afghanistan because it supported the Al Qaeda killers. The U.S. and many other countries are now desperately trying to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb because most everyone understands some crazy jihadists may use that bomb to ignite a holocaust. Right now, the countries of Russia, China, the Philippines, many nations in Africa and Thailand are all fighting Muslim insurrections.
The Muslim threat to the world is not isolated. It is huge. It involves nations and millions of people. Yet, the left in America will not face that fact.
"Taking Points" has given President Obama a pass on his soft rhetoric towards the Muslim world because he needs to get nations like Pakistan to cooperate with us. The president cannot afford tough rhetoric, like the kind I am giving you. That's perfectly understandable.
In Germany, however, Chancellor Angela Merkel is getting tough. She told the world that attempts to build a multicultural society in her country have "utterly failed." Ms. Merkel has a huge problem with five million Muslims who are not assimilating into German society.
In France, the Parliament has outlawed burkas after that country endured rioting in Muslim areas that the police could not control.
Here in the USA, we are lucky. The vast majority of American Muslims are good citizens and deplore the extreme actions in the Muslim world. But they know that there is a clash of civilizations in play.
Despite all that, Ms. Goldberg was deeply offended by my statement about 9/11. Here's what she said Monday morning:
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WHOOPI GOLDBERG, CO-HOST, "THE VIEW": When you say Muslims are responsible for 9/11, does that mean Muhammad Ali? Because Muhammad Ali is a Muslim. Does that mean Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? To me, you need to be distinct when you say things like this because this is a volatile time. You cannot just throw stuff around like that, in my opinion.
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That statement is worth addressing. No sane individual thinks Muhammad Ali or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is responsible for 9/11. But the reality is that most Americans are uneasy with the Muslim world in general because moderate Muslims have not stepped up in a visible way to help combat the jihadists.
Look at all the problems we are having with Pakistan. We've sent that country billions of dollars hoping to motivate them to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
If Whoopi Goldberg doesn't think there's a Muslim problem, she ought to ask President Obama about it.
The cold truth is that in the world today, jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet. If Iran gets a nuclear weapon, Israel and other countries are in grave danger.
So I have had enough of the politically correct nonsense, and I condemn the far-left fanatics who label people with whom they disagree "bigots." That's what Joy Behar did again on Monday, which is simply stunning because, as Laura Ingraham pointed out last Friday, Ms Behar's anti-Christian analysis has been off the charts.
And then there is Rosie O'Donnell, who used to host "The View." Here's what she said:
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ROSIE O'DONNELL, RADIO SHOW HOST: Bill O'Reilly, you know, what does he do besides incite, kind of, hatred? What does he do besides that?
JANETTE BARBER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: To stand there and say Muslims killed us, I hope you didn't take that wrong. I didn't mean anything bad about them. It's like, I hate it when they lie within the same sentence. At least take a break before you lie.
O'DONNELL: But it's like that's what Bill O'Reilly does. Why would you book him?
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Ms. O'Donnell's analysis reminded me of this:
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O'DONNELL: Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have a separation of church and state. We're a democracy.