This is an update to a previous post not on this Blog site.
On July 1, 1916 the British Army launched one of the largest offensives of the First World War. This offensive is commonly referred to as the Battle of The Somme. The opening day of the battle on July 1, 1916 saw the British Army suffer the worst one-day combat losses in its history, with 57,470 casualties including: 19,240 dead; 35,493 wounded; 2,052 missing and 585 taken prisoners. By the time the battle ended on November 13, 1916 the British had a total casualty count of approximately 350,000. The Somme was just one of a score battles in a war that lasted four years and caused nothing but bitterness, horror and resentment. It is fair to say that this war shattered the psyche of the British Empire, something they have never recovered from.
The lesson we can learn from this, as modern Americans is not the horror of battlefield, but the real lesson is the reaction of the British political class in the years following the First World War. The reaction of the British elite, with the exception of one magnificent man, was the unwillingness to see two decades of data points that lead to a terminal case moral cowardice.
As Hitler rose to power the political elites and social progressives in Britain, France and the United States refused to see what was before their eyes. Hitler and his NAZI party were made of less gentle and tolerant stuff. Even the German generals were fearful that Britain, France and United States would resist Hitler’s ambitions.
Hitler had accurately read the character of these western political elites. He began with minor transgressions, such as the reoccupation of the Rhineland, and moved to more aggressive moves against neighboring nations and finally to an all out shooting war. The political elites in Britain and the United States went so far as to blame themselves and the treaty of Versailles for Hitler’s actions.
While Hitler was making his moves the Japanese were watching and making moves in the Pacific and Asia. Again the British, French and United States were standing by and making excuses for the grabs at the natural resources in China, Indochina and Indonesia. This moral cowardice exhibited by the political elites in the west lead to the greatest disaster in the history of the world, World War Two. It was this preaching of tolerance and understanding that caused the Nazis and Japanese to make miscalculations that was the real cause of the Second World War.
What is the lesson for today? Well let’s go back to November 4, 1979 for some more recent history. Around 6:30 a.m. on November 4, the ringleaders gathered between 300 and 500 selected students, thereafter known as Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, and briefed them on the battle plan. A female student was given a pair of metal cutters to break the chains locking the embassy's gates, and she hid them beneath her chador. The result was that 52 American hostages were held by Iranian radical Muslims for 444 days. Once again the moral paralysis in the United States, led by one of the worst Presidents in the history of the Republic, Jimmy Carter, wanted to practice tolerance and understanding towards these Muslims and attempt to negotiate for the release of the hostages. These negotiations went up and down like a yo-yo. All the time, because of the lack of moral courage in the White House, the Iranians controlled the negotiations while the political elites and social progressives in this country whined and bickered. It was not until the election of Ronald Reagan that the leaders in Iran new a new regime was on the horizon and the game was up. On the day Reagan was sworn into office the hostages began their flight home.
Until the advent of the hostage taking in Iran most acts of Islamic terrorism were directed towards Israel and Jews. The taking of the hostages in Iran marked a new watermark in acts of terror. The United States, the Great Satan, was now the intended victim. The first overt act of terror against the United States was the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut where 243 Marines died. The Marines had been sent to Lebanon to protect the Palestinian refugees in the camps after the massacre at the Sabra and Shátila refugee camps by Lebanese Christian Phalangists. The bombing was carried out by Hezbollah, (the army of God), a Shiite Muslim group with sponsorship from Iran. This was the tanks we got for trying to be peacekeepers.
These attacks continued with the killing of a crippled Leon Klinghoffer when the PLO high jacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985 and the taking of TWA flight 847 and the murder of U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem. All the while we ignored the threat of Islamic terrorism in our quest for tolerance and understanding.
When Bosnian Muslims were being massacred in the once Yugoslavia we intervened on their behalf. On September 11, 2001 these very same Muslims danced in the street. Again showing that no matter how tolerant and understanding we are it means nothing to the Islamic radical. Tolerance and understanding mean nothing to them. Once again we intervened in Kosovo and Albania when Muslims were being ethnically cleansed by the Serbs. Our mainstream media praised President Clinton for his intervention and the bombing of Belgrade. This praise was led by Christiane Amanpour on CNN. These very same Muslims danced in the street on 9/11. It should be so noted that the Serbs did not carry out acts of terror against us, only the people we protected.
As we exhibited more tolerance and understanding the attacks against us grew more horrific. The beheading of Daniel Pearl, a Jewish reporter for the Wall Street Journal, The 1998 embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. The final culmination of our moral cowardice was the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center where almost 3,000 people lost their lives, the vast majority Americans.
Oh how we remember being glued to our TV sets as the news flowed in hour by hour that day. We watched terrified people jump from 80 and 90 stories rather than being incinerated in the horrific fires from the aviation fuel, fires hot enough to melt and weaken steel. Finally we watched as both towers collapsed to a pile of rubble. Today this site is still not rebuilt and it is called Ground Zero.
By a 5 to 4 vote of the United States Supreme Court we had a President who would show some moral courage and not worry about tolerance and understanding. He invaded Afghanistan and eventfully Iraq. It did not take long for the political elite and social progressives to begin to clamor for tolerance and understanding towards Muslims. It was only the “bad or radical” Muslims we had to be concerned with. Even this was not enough. Soon after 9/11 the same advocates of tolerance and understanding were blaming the United States for the attacks on us. They did not realize that this war started in 732 A.D. at the battle of Tours.
The invasions of Afghanistan and especially Iraq may have been ill advised and botched, but they did demonstrate a moral courage to take action against the Islamic fundamentalists. This policy continued and by a few thousand votes in Ohio continued until 2008 and the transformation of the Republic began with the election of Barak Hussein Obama and a return to the cry for tolerance and understanding along with a world-wide apology and hands across the seas tour by the newly elected President of the United States.
It did not take long for the Islamic world and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) their propaganda arm in the United States to begin an increased cry for tolerance and understanding. A new calculation by the Islamic world was beginning. It began with the Christmas Bomber over Detroit. It then escalated to the shootings at Fort Hood and the Times Square Bomber. In none of these cases was the words “Islamic terrorism” used by our government or much of the mainstream media. The tolerance and understanding crowd within the political elite were beginning to win the battle for our hearts and minds.
All of the events of the past two years convinced Imam Abdul Rauf to go forward with the next step in establishing the Shariah Caliphate in the United States with the construction of the Great Cordoba Mosque. Even the name Cordoba has special meaning to every Muslim in the world. In 784 Emir Abd ar-Rahman I began the construction of the Cordoba Mosque in Andalusia Spain to commemorate the Muslim conquest. The Mosque was built over the site of the Christian Visigothic church of St. Vincent. Abd ar-Rahman I and his descendants reworked it over two centuries to refashion it as a mosque, said to have been the third largest mosque in the world. In 1236, Cordoba was captured by King Ferdinand III of Castile and the mosque was returned back into a Christian church. Alfonso X oversaw the construction of the Villaviciosa Chapel and the Royal Chapel within the mosque. The kings who followed added further Christian features: King Henry II rebuilt the chapel in the 14th century. Today it is known as the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (English: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption). There were many Christian churches in Spain that were turned into mosques during the Muslin occupation of that county. It is also interesting to note the in India over 2,000 Hindu temples were converted to mosques. This was one of the issues that after independence from the British caused the Indians to drive the Muslims out and the formation of Pakistan.
This leaves us with today’s issue of the Cordoba House in New York City. Is this Imam Abdul Rauf’s effort, with financing from Saudi Arabia, to plant the flag of Islamic conquest and the establishment of Sharia law in the United States? Today there are banks in this country that are getting money from Saudi Arabia that have Imams on the boards of directors to oversee that their lending policies are Sharia compliant. No loans to Jews, businesses that serve alcohol, pig farmers, women, etc. Where is tolerance and understanding taking us?
We are at war with radical Islam. Neither political party wants to address this issue in a forthright manner. It is not so much the building of the Cordoba House but what will go on inside once it is built and functioning as a mosque. Mosques are not the same a Christian churches or Jewish synagogues. They are, as Rauf proclaims, cultural centers. They are houses of worship, schools and places where political doctrine is spewed forth. As Steven Emerson, in his book American Jihad stated, mosques are where most acts of terror are planned and the terrorist are recruited to carry out these attacks. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center was planned in a New York City mosque. The 9/11 bombers were all recruited in mosques, the largest cell being in Hamburg, Germany where Muhammad Atta recruited his compatriots and planned the operation.
These mosques will be sanctuaries for terrorists to plan their activities and recruit followers. Law enforcement is forbidden, under the First Amendment, from going into these mosques to see what is happening. They need undercover Muslim operatives to work with them. When Imam Abdul Rauf spouts his views on Sharia Law, a law contrary to the Constitution of the United States, he is preaching the overthrow of the United States Government and our way of life. In my opinion this borders on treason.
We are dangerously close to suicide if these policies of the political elite and social progressives continue. What nation our leader will be our saviors? Where is our magnificent man and who is he? Right now I see no one on the horizon who will stand courageously against the political elite of both parties. What politician wants to risk his political capital in defense of the Republic? We must leave these policies of tolerance and understanding and return to a policy of the Republic first.
Click this link for additional reading from a blog by Walid Shoebat, a former member of the PLO. http://www.shoebat.com/blog/
One final thought on private property aspect of the mosque. If Mayor Bloomberg is such an advocate of private property rights why does New York City have rent control?