Below is an email I recently sent to my representative regarding YouTube’s refusal to deal with the islamist radicalization of muslim youth that is happening through YouTube’s services.
I suspect it will be some time before I get an answer if any, with the health care debate and all. Perhaps though, if we all sent letters, one might make it through the noise. It is not necessary to use the text I wrote; it is only a starting point. In fact, it would probably be better if you wrote your own from the heart, but be polite yet emphatic about the danger posed by islamic radicalization via YouTube.
Some may say it’s a first amendment issue, that the jihadists have a right to say what they want. I would counter that we are at war against the political ideology of islamisim, and YouTube is used to recruit fighters to bring the glories of sharia to the west. Would we have allowed the fascists to recruit fighters to bring the glories of nazisim to our shores? No we wouldn’t. Further, an American company that facilitated the radicalization of German youth would likely find themselves in deep trouble.
Unfortunately today, instead of combating radicalization, we are facilitating it. MADNESS! As Daniel Henninger aptly says in his Wall Street Journal piece, Hasan, Not KSM, Is Our Real Problem – Violent Islamic Web sites pose a clear and present danger to the U.S.:
“For now this is the way it is: Future Hasans can get jacked up all day on kill-the-Americans Web sites, and we have to wait until they put in motion a conspiracy like Fort Dix or the Colorado jihadists. Or until they start shooting.”
Is YouTube responsible for Ft. Hood? No, but youTube is a major source of kill-the-Americans propaganda and is the gateway drug to more violent jihad websites. It is clear something must be done. How many more Ft. Hood’s need occur before something is?
In light of the recent Ft. Hood shooting and arrests of David C. Headley in Chicago, Najibullah Zazi in Aurora, Colorado and others, I would like to know what your take is on the radicalization of Muslims that currently takes place on YouTube.
YouTube is chock full of users promoting violent jihad via their profiles and uploading jihad “nasheeds” – a music video promoting jihad and violence. YouTube says it relies on users to police content, but despite the concerted efforts of some YouTube users and groups like Operation YouTube SMACKDOWN, the content remains. In addition, YouTube continues to make it harder and harder for those same users it claims to rely on, to help.
Is it okay for radical imam anwar al awlaki to have a platform to reach millions of users?
Is it okay for users and videos like the following to remain on YouTube?
Thank you for looking into this matter,
A concerned citizen