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Wednesday, January 07, 2015 

World needs to adapt to stop jihadism

A writer for Fox News explains why, following the horror that struck Paris today, we have to adapt to new realities:
First, we should call this what it is. It is not “workplace violence.” It is not the one-off crazy person. It is Islamist extremists who have been radicalized to kill in the name of religion.

Our leaders are worried about offending people’s feelings, so they refuse to link these escalating series of attacks to a religion
. But some in the Muslim world are now stepping forward to condemn the violence. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made a groundbreaking speech on New Year’s Day in which he called out his country’s religious leaders. He said they were trapped in a mindset of their own creation. Their fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law has led to violent jihad. If they are willing to acknowledge there is a problem, we should too.

Second, stop trying to look at 100 percent of our population and giving everyone equal scrutiny. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, and it takes our finite resources and spreads them too thinly. Stop treating granny from Grand Rapids on her way to Disney World with the grandkids the same as a young man who spends his time on jihadist websites and posts pictures of himself wearing a black ski mask in front of an ISIS flag. Let’s shake off our political correctness and come to our senses. This isn’t racial profiling; it’s terrorist profiling.

Finally, take advantage of the technologies that didn’t exist a few years ago, and use them to separate out the very small percentage of people who present the threat. After all of these attacks — in Canada, in Australia, in Oklahoma — we piece together the clues and realize the terrorists showed a lot of warning signs. We should put our new technologies to work to identify these people before they kill, and give them extra attention.

Data mining companies like Palantir have developed software that can track terrorists in Afghanistan and help Marines identify roadside bombs. That technology can be adapted to track potential terrorists here in the West. It works by combing through multiple databases, identifying anomalies and pulling together seemingly disparate pieces of suspicious behavior to identify someone whom law enforcement should take a second look at. There are other companies, like Guidewave, and Wynward Group which can comb through social media and flag people who merit a closer psychological profile.
She's right, political correctness must end. Only that way will jihadism be combatted effectively. In fact, that's something Europe's leaders are especially going to have to come to terms with.

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