Pete King on Boston Suspect: ‘What in the Community Radicalized Him?’

SWAT team prepares at  the Watertown Mall (Photo: Getty)

SWAT team prepares at the Watertown Mall (Photo: Getty)

With the news that two of the suspected terrorists from last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing have roots in the Russia’s Muslim-dominated Chechnyan region, Long Island Congressman Pete King says the United States “can’t afford to be politically correct” with its immigration policies anymore.

“I do believe that whether it’s Chechnya or whether it’s really any countries from areas where there is fighting going on–particularly terrorist fighting–that we have to be extra careful, extra scrupulous,” Mr. King argued during a PIX 11 interview earlier this afternoon. “That would include, to me, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Somalia [and] obviously …. somebody of a Chechnyan background. All of that, to me, we can’t afford to be politically correct and say that somebody coming from a country where there’s a Muslim war going on is the same as somebody … from Switzerland, for instance. There’s a difference.”

Mr. King, who is also the former head of the House Committee on Homeland Security, pointed to the fact that both suspects have been in the country legally for a number of years, one of whom immigrated when he was very young. Although the motives for the Boston attack are still very much unclear, Mr. King concluded that there’s a problem of radicalization in the local Muslim community.

“This person was 9 years old when he to this country,” he said. “Basically, he was raised as an American. It’s not like he came over here as some kind of a terrorist. So what in the community radicalized him? We have to look at the whole issue of radicalization as to why someone–who was 9 years old who he came to this country, has received scholarships to an excellent school–what would prompt him to kill and maim and cause such carnage to innocent people and kids?”

Of course, this is not the first time Mr. King has brought up the “radicalization” of America’s Muslims–the Republican congressman previously held high-profile committee hearings on the very subject that drew controversy and accusations of Islamophobia. Regardless, Mr. King feels it’s a simple issue as he pressed his case today.

“This is just something that has to be faced,” he said. “There are people in this country that want to kill us and we have to face up to that.” Pete King on Boston Suspect: ‘What in the Community Radicalized Him?’