Sept 11, 2010: Ground zero mosque honcho, Imam Rauf, takes to the air to pitch his community center. He goes to CNN, not, say, Fox, where he expects and gets a softball interview. All the networks hail Rauf, while the Bible-thumping, Quran burning, Florida pastor is blasted as a kook and a nut. After all (with video of Afghanis burning the American flag running in the box), if the nobody pastor burns the Quran, General Petraeus warns, American servicemen and women could be put in harm’s way.
So, Americans should keep a low profile. We should be considerate of the feelings to those who murdered 3,000 Americans on American soil. After all, we are Nation building in Afghanistan and Iraq. Saudi Arabians supply our cars with gasoline.
Our national security depends on how we proceed and how we react to his proposed mosque, according to Imam Rauf. The Muslim world is watching, he warns. Sounds like a threat to me.
Alan Colmes thinks we should not have a “national, almost holiday, every year” to memorialize the 9/11 attack.
And so it goes.
Here’s my take, yet again. If anyone comes here and kills Americans, be they Islamists, Afghanis, Hamas, Swedes, or Buddhists, we should just plain kick their ass. Ask the Japanese. I could not care less if the Afghanis love us. Also, if they want democracy, let them shed their own (not our) blood for it. Al Queda, under the aegis of government protection from the Taliban dictatorship in Afghanistan, killed 3,000 American men, women, and children on our shores - including Muslims.
But now we have people essentially saying, as Colmes did, that we need to get over it. Nine years and billions of taxpayers dollars later Afghanis have the gall to burn the American flag, and threaten our soldiers with death and violence. This week a blue-ribbon panel of former democratic government officials warned us that we are not prepared for the next big attack. Some 47 terrorists plots in this country (mostly by Islamists living here) have been broken up but they just keep coming.
People immigrate here from Islamic countries for a better life, and more freedom, we are told, like millions of immigrants before them. But there is a difference, and we need to recognize it. Previous immigrants, be they Catholic, Protestant, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, or non-believers, adopted the American policies of religious tolerance. None of these religions preaches intolerance for other religions. Islam believes that non-believers should convert or be killed Unlike the others, many in American Islam have spoken out for the adoption of Sharia Law - the Constitutional separation between church and state, notwithstanding.