Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher called for more cooperation with Russia and the Central Asian Republics to combat Islamic Radical terrorism. Domestically, Rep. Rohrabacher called for recognition of radical Islamic elements within the U.S that may have been trained overseas.
"From what we know now, it appears that the attack in Boston was another example of the radical Islamic terrorist threat that hovers over much of the world," said Rohrabacher.
"The two young men directly involved in this terrorist attack were both Chechen and clearly influenced by radical Islam. One of them may well have been trained with terrorist weapons by radical elements overseas.
"The attacks by radical Islamic terrorists have taken the lives of innocent people throughout the world. The Chechen connection indicates we should be and should have been working more closely with Russia and other nations who are also suffering the same kind of mayhem we have seen in Boston.
"In 2004, Chechen Muslim extremists killed over 180 children at a school in Beslan, Russia. At that point we should have allied ourselves with Russia in the fight against fanatics who murder innocent children in the name of Islam.
"As we pull out of Afghanistan, it behooves us to work with Russia, the central Asian Republics, and those anti-Taliban elements inside Afghanistan, to ensure that the realm of radical Islamic terrorism will not dramatically expand its power base and thus pose an even greater threat to the good people of the world."
Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subco mmittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.