Having followed Rep. Peter King’s distinguished congressional service, I feel compelled to respectfully disagree with Jewish critics who would categorize his committee’s hearings on domestic Islamic terrorism as un-American or McCarthy like (“Are Peter King’s Hearings Un-American?” Feb. 18).
It is naïve and shortsighted for Jewish clergy, of all people, to ignore or liberally whitewash the clear and present danger facing America and the Jewish community in particular from Islamic fanaticism.
King’s first and foremost obligation, as Homeland Security chairman, is to protect all Americans from those entities who would do our nation harm. Recent events — including the Fort Hood shooter, the Christmas Day and Times Square attempted bombings and many others — have established an undeniable threat. To ignore that uncomfortable truth would indeed be “un-American.”