President Obama’s recent comments reflect a worldview that
is at best naïve, and at worst willfully ignorant. Since taking office, he has shown deference
to the Muslim world. He has also
accepted the narrative of Jihadists. He
has criticized his own country without context and praised the “Muslim world”
with exaggerations and outright untruths.
Let me be more specific in the narrative critique: He is right when he has said we are not a war
with the entire Muslim world, but he
is wrong when he claims that we are not
at war with elements of it. I don’t
expect much, especially when his chief law enforcement officer can’t even use
the expression radical Islam. Psst, Mr.
President, that is one of the names of the enemy! One of the main problems in fighting this war
is our collective inability to identify the enemy and clearly define the
war. The war is between people who want
to be free and Islamic terrorists. Yes,
there are Muslims that desire to be free who are fighting (and dying) in this
war. America is once again on the right
side of the war defending freedom and human rights. The enemy benefits from the lack of clarity
when it comes to this ambiguity of Muslim leaders and organizations that play
on the victimization of Muslims. Yes, Muslims
are victims, but most often they are victims of fellow Muslims.
Clarity is power; we must define the enemy clearly. The leader of the Free World should not
hesitate to do so but President Obama seems unable and possibly unwilling. Can
anyone say with absolute certitude that the proposed mosque (and cultural
center) near ground zero is a statement of conquest by those who embrace the
worldview of the Jihadists, rather a benign cultural community center? No, but we can evaluate the evidence we have
and make a judgment:
- The founders of the mosque/cultural center have reportedly
rejected alternative property in the city; the location, proximity ground zero
is no accident.
- An Imam who has refused to, or is unable to
condemn the Islamic terrorist group Hamas as well has made statements blaming
the West’s humiliation of the Muslim world for terrorism.
- While there are some laudable attempts by
individual Muslim organizations to rise up against the jihadists*, there is
little evidence of a mass movement to reject the acts of Islamic terrorism on
911 (and beyond) unequivocally by the Muslim world; unfortunately, actions and
relative silence have left Americans as well as the entire free world with a
trust but verify approach to motives of all Muslim organizations.
The President may be trying to walk back comments in support
he gave at his celebration of Ramadan Friday night, but he is doing so by throwing
out the bogus straw man of First Amendment rights for all Americans, including Muslims. We all understand in America, people can
practice their religion freely, it is the Islamic world that has been slow to
grasp this concept. Like you, we
“Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as
everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of
worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in
accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America.”
In other words, it is
legal to build a mosque on the burial ground of innocent victims of Islamic terrorists.
But Mr. President, we are American citizens (Christian, Jew,
Muslim, etc.) who are not deaf, dumb and blind when it comes to context, be it physical,
ideological or historical. With your comments, you frankly come off as a crowd
pleasing (Ramadan Dinner), community organizer who believes Muslims have been
innocent victims of America and the Western world. With all due respect, sir, your words and at
times reticence, have produced a sad irony by making more Muslims victims of
their (and our) Jihadist’s enemy.
*Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the The American-Islamic Forum on
Democracy; frequent guest on Nothing