At summit on 'violent extremism' (by nobody in particular) Obama stresses need to placate Muslims

Fresh off his op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that spent as much space chronicling the “legitimate grievances” of Muslims as on attacks by Muslims, yesterday President Obama addressed his “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” (transcript). As the New York Times reports: The president said it was crucial that such efforts include input from Muslim-Americans, who he said have sometimes felt “unfairly targeted” by government antiterrorism efforts.  “We have to make sure that abuses stop, are not repeated, that we do not stigmatize entire communities,” Mr. Obama said. “Engagement with communities can’t be a cover for surveillance.” Ever since the day after 9/11, our leaders have been cautioning us against blaming all Muslims for the acts of terror done in the name of Islam. And the fact is that there have been remarkably few hate crimes against Muslims, to the great credit of the American people. Jews...(Read Full Post)