There is a lot of hate and vitriol flying around out there lately, admittedly on both sides of the political aisle, with regards to the refugee ban and stoppage of select immigrants recently enacted by the Trump administration.  This article is not going to litigate that issue.

What this article is going to do though is hopefully enlighten some readers with regards to the contributions made by some Muslims to the war on Islamic terrorism.  This author has been nauseated by recent tweets (I know, it is my own fault for spending too much time in the swamp) portraying all Muslims as woman-hating, female-genital-mutilating, gay-killing, anti-Jew and Christian heathens out to rule the world.

Generalize much?

Some have even claimed to me that one cannot possibly be a practicing Muslim and at the same time be a good American.  The underlying sentiment seems to be that Muslims are all imbued with a gene making them fundamentally unfit to be productive and functioning citizens of a democracy like ours.

Let me state at the outset: I place fully 90 percent of the blame for this flawed outlook on groups like al Qaida, the Islamic State, and all other violent jihadi groups, as well as on those regimes that have instituted some of the more draconian elements of sharia law into their national governance.  I wholeheartedly agree that there are some backward-looking, damn-near-medieval-level assholes within the modern day Islamic faith.  Stipulated.

My own personal experience with the Muslims alongside whom I have served, however, has shown me that painting them all with that particular brush is wrong.  There are many, if not the majority, of Muslims who want to live in peace and run their own communities according to moderate Islamic-inspired rules and laws.  They do not support radical Islamic groups, nor do they want to be at war with the West.  I have met them.  They exist.

Some have been so disturbed by what radical Islamic groups are doing to their faith that they have themselves taken up arms against these same groups.  Not only that, they have sided with America to do it, and provided invaluable intelligence and combat service.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and counterterrorism units within the Kurdish intelligence services have been some of our staunchest allies for decades.  They despise al Qaida and ISIS and fight them in Iraq and Syria.  They are loyal to America as allies and they are Muslim.