Readers of this blog will recall that I frequently refer to Fairfax County (and environs) as “Occupied Northern Virginia.” The original intent of this expression was simply to make a light-hearted dig at the preponderance of “yankees” and other out-of-staters who have congregated here, primarily because they are employed by the federal government.
Daniel Pipes, however, reminds us that there is an aggressive contingent of non-native residents whose presence stands for something more than merely the introduction of Boston accents and the addition of Cincinnati chili to restaurant menus. Some 600 supporters of the Islamic Saudi Academy showed up not long ago to push for a zoning waiver for expansion of their “school.” Based on the report to which Pipes links, they were a bullying crowd, who shouted down and otherwise tried to intimidate Fairfax County residents who objected to the waiver. This school, by the way, “has been frequently criticized for its reported use of textbooks promoting hate and violence, its former students associated with jihad plots, reports of negligence on reporting female child sex abuse, and ISA’s former valedictorian convicted of joining Al-Qaeda and plotting to assassinate the president” (follow the links in the original story for background).
Something to keep in mind. For the nonce, I shall double the guard around the Paco Command Center.