Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Thanks to FS for the IBD editorial below.
HJS Comments: For eight years we have heard almost every insult possible about our president, our country, our Constitution, and our Bill Of Rights. Much of this was part of the jeers and sneers of Radical jihadists. As a result, no one here raided any Muslim enclaves or cities in this country, massacring jihadists or anyone else for uttering the insults.
If anything, the insults were actually echoed by our insufferable leftists. Nonetheless, life went on as usual because nobody cared about these insults. We learned early in life that people had a right to their own opinions, except perhaps conservatives.
Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism, et al, were all criticized by Islamists. Even the pope did not escape the unfortunate insults. What did “The Great Satan” do about all of that? The Leftist newspapers usually do not print anything but bad news about non-Leftists, but had we shown even the least annoyance with the insults, those newspapers would have chastised us severely with no let up. We have learned to live with such shoddy circumstances, so life went on.
The shoddy journalists had nothing to print, except of course the usual insane leftist propaganda.
An unknown Islamist tore up part of a Quran and tossed it in a Copt’s trash can and suddenly “found it” there. As a result, Copts were severely beaten up, others went to jail, and others died.
Later on a group of church-goers were brutalized and houses were torched. A tourist on the day he arrived in the Middle East tossed away some business cards, but one of the cards was from a business man whose first name was Muhammad, so the man was jailed—is he still in jail?—for the insult to the prophet. People wanted him released into their “custody”. An old man was killed because while he was sweeping his yard, some dust may have touched the outside wall of a mosque compound and he was accused of blasphemy. The old man was a dedicated and observant believer.
Whole villages and towns in Africa, Egypt, and throughout Asia suffered attacks and killings simply because the believers were told that unbelievers were hated by Allah and had to be banished from their homes and their communities.
Where is the United Nations in all of this? Where is the European Union? Where is the United States? Why is nobody watching, listening, and doing something while one group of people believe and say they are commanded to dhimmify or kill everyone else in the world—and then continually show that they mean it?
Whenever we are all in danger because of inappropriate mob reactions to innocent or even non-existent actions, everything must stop and the perpetrators need to be re-educated and re-assimilated into this world, if possible. Whenever someone tells us that people who do not believe what they believe can never be “innocent”, the people who tell us that have a serious problem. Isn’t this more than just intolerance; is it not the beginning of genocide?
Beheading Ourselves Over Islam IBD Editorial
Posted 04/04/2011 06:57 PM ET
War On Terror: What can the U.S. do to quell the violent spasms of Islam? Promote Islam, naturally. At least that's the thinking of this administration. It's now official foreign policy.
President Obama's top Muslim envoy has been overseas encouraging devotion to Islam, including in terror hot spots like Afghanistan. In fact, Rashad Hussain, U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, just returned from Afghanistan, where he told locals the antidote to Islamic violence "is Islam itself."
"I am of the opinion that one of the strongest tools that you can use to counter radicalization and violent extremism is Islam itself, because Islam rejects violent extremism," Hussain said during a speech in Kabul.
Afghans responded to his message by slaughtering a dozen innocent United Nations workers in the name of Islam.
Stirred by mosque sermons, a mob of thousands overran a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan following Friday prayers. They sawed off the heads of two guards before killing the others, including Norwegian and Swedish nationals, inside. It was Afghanistan's deadliest attack on U.N. personnel.
The worshippers also burned American flags and effigies of Obama — all to defend the honor of a single, paperback copy of a Quran torched by a quack U.S. preacher thousands of miles away in Florida. So far, more than 20 have died in the rioting.
Islamic law calls for vengeance against anybody who insults Islam, its prophet or its holy book. Islamic law is enshrined in the post-Taliban Afghan constitution. Yet Rashad, a devout Muslim, says the Muslim faith is "key" to the administration's strategy to turn Muslims away from violence.
"We see that as one of the key elements of a strategy to address this type of violence," he said. By "we," he means the Obama administration. So it's now official policy to try to douse the Islamic fire of jihad by pouring more fuel on it. This is breathtaking.
It's also at odds with what the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission — including Democrat lion Lee Hamilton — recently recommended in their follow-up report on homegrown terror, "Assessing the Terrorist Threat: A Report of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group."
It found that Islam was catalyzing terrorists abroad and inside America's Muslim community. And it scolded U.S. leaders for pretending otherwise. Still, Hussain insists: "When it comes to the problem of violent extremism, Islam is not the problem."
Who is this top adviser on all things Islamic? A Muslim activist, Hussain helped draft Obama's conciliatory Cairo speech to Muslims. Before joining the White House, he regularly spoke to Brotherhood front groups and defended Brotherhood leaders like Sami al-Arian. (Hussain first denied defending the convicted terrorist, claiming he was misquoted, but recanted after Politico.com produced a tape-recording of his remarks.)
The Brotherhood is a worldwide jihadist movement whose credo says, "Jihad is our way, and death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition." Yet this Brotherhood sympathizer believes it doesn't promote violence?
He appears more interested in promoting Islam than representing U.S. interests to the Muslim world in a war on Islamic terror. And his influence is strong. Even in the wake of the U.N. beheadings, the U.S. refuses to condemn the beheaders or the jihadi doctrine that justifies their barbarism. Instead, the administration — through a statement by Gen. David Petraeus — condemned "any disrespect to the Muslim faith," effectively apologizing for the exercise of First Amendment rights, offensive or not. Such messages only validate the warped moral and legal code of Shariah Islam, while empowering the troglodytes who enforce it.
President Bush may have mouthed pleasant platitudes about Islam being a "religion of peace" and so on. But he wasn't naive enough to promulgate it as an anti-terror strategy. This president and his Muslim advisers, on the other hand, are doing just that. And they're bound to strengthen the hand of the enemy.
Posted by HJS at 12:00 PM