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Quotation

Now is not the time to shun our fellow citizens. America also needs its Muslim citizens to serve in the military. As with African-Americans in the Civil War and Asian- and German-Americans in World War II, we need their cultural, linguistic, religious and geopolitical expertise to help us defeat the Islamic State and its propaganda.

Haider Ali Hussein Mullick, a United States Naval Reserve officer with the Fifth Fleet, writing for the New York Times. Mullick teaches graduate seminars on combating terrorism at the Naval War College. His column, Don’t Make San Bernardino a Victory for Islamic State, is a must-read.