This past weekend, Retired Brigadier General and WMU-Cooley Law School professor Michael C.H. McDaniel responded to the worldwide outrage over Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris by participating in numerous local and national media coverage and panel discussions. During one interview with Grand Rapids, Michigan’s WOOD-TV regarding the attacks, McDaniel warned that another attack from radical groups was high. “The reason I say there’s a 100 hundred percent likelihood of another attack is that government reaction, not just law enforcement, but statements by politicians, statements by the public and other actions, will cause further alienation of the radicalization.”
McDaniel also voiced his concern over the critical infrastructure, protection, and security in Paris at the time of the attacks. “How do you get explosives into a stadium when the French President is in attendance? How can you bring automatic weapons into a large concert hall?”
While speaking as a panelist on FOX 2 Detroit’s Let it Rip Sunday morning, McDaniel spoke about the United States role in preventing the radicalization of Islam. “We have groups in that region (the Middle East) who are oppressing each other. The U.S. tries to go in there, and we are surrounded by groups, and the only thing they are unified against is hatred against the U.S.,” said McDaniel. “So we (the U.S.) try to leave and the violence escalates again.”
“There is a tendency to radicalize in areas in which you have no education or low education, you have no employment or low employment, and you have a high percentage of the population under the age of 25. That happens to fit many of the nations in the middle east.”
In answer to what should we do with ISIS? McDaniel said emphatically, “First, fight the ideology. In the United States there is a much greater tendency for this debate, which is a beautiful thing, right, that we are having this debate. That we are friends even though we may have disagreements. So, we have the ability to have that adaptation and this debate. We need to have this in other places.”
Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab-American News, argued with the panel that this is a political issue, not a religious issue. “I think, through history, politicians, and people in general in power, use religion as a cover for their own political hidden game … Christianity has been used, Judiaism has been used, and now Islam is being used.”
Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel joined the Cooley Law School full-time faculty as a professor in the Constitutional Law Department in 2010. He most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance. His responsibilities included supervision of the Department of Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and Global Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Policy. He received the Zimbardo Award, given to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security graduate who best embodies high academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and innovation in homeland security thinking.
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