Sen. Norm Coleman: “The Land of 10,000 Terrorists”

Read Senator Coleman’s commentary on the threat of terrorists in Minnesota in light of the recent arrests of young Minnesotans recruited by terrorists organizations.

Minnesota is ground zero in the recruitment of mostly young Somali men and women by radical Islamic terrorist groups whose principal aim is to attack and destroy America and its allies.   Over two years, more than 20 Somali-Americans from Minnesota have left the state to fight with ISIL/ ISIS or Al-Shabab.  

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, in announcing the most recent arrests, made a statement that should rocket past frightening and straight into alarming.   “To be clear,” he said, “we have a terror-recruitment problem in Minnesota. … This case demonstrates how difficult it is to put an end to recruiting here.”  

When the U.S. attorney tells the nation that Minnesota has a terror-recruitment problem, it is time for Minnesota to do something.   In particular, it is time for the governor and the Legislature to raise more than concern about our potential status as the Land of 10,000 Terrorists.  

We have seen among our European friends what happens when significant portions of a population are radicalized and political correctness takes the place of common sense.  

Once the Pandora’s box of terror is opened, it is nearly impossible to close it. It’s time Minnesotans brace for the reality that the Global War on Terror has reached our state.  

That young Somali men and women are prime targets of terrorist recruitment does not make this a Somali problem. It is a Minnesota problem.  

Minnesota has been a haven for immigrants from other nations since its inception. In recent decades, our state has seen an influx of Hmong, Somalis, Eritreans and others.   In large part this is because our state has experience in being a place where immigrants have flourished and contributed significantly to the quality of our life.


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