Understanding Jihad, Part Four; The American President

The President’s address on Ramadan is yet more evidence that the ideas, principals and strategies of “soft Jihad” are firmly ensconced in and apparently accepted by  The White House.

The President quotes Thomas Jefferson “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.”  He praises the Founding Fathers for their wisdom as represented in the First Amendment.  

The President, however ignores subsequent quotes from Jefferson as Jefferson faced the Barbary Pirates, Muslims.  In 1786 Jefferson, explaining the attacks by those with no previous contact with America and no reason for enmity  said that it was because Islam was “…founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”  Does any of this sound familiar in the modern day? 

The President establishes the basis for a logical disconnect; “America…..a nation where the ability of peoples of different faiths to coexist peacefully and with mutual respect for one another stands in stark contrast to the religious conflict that persists elsewhere around the globe.”  Islam does not recognize peaceful coexistence as a basis of  faith.  Mainstream Islamic doctrine calls for Islam to be dominant.  The theology is clear and consistent, coexistence occurs only in the context of Dhimmitude, a permanent 2nd class status for non Muslims in Muslim lands, assuming you survive or manage to avoid  slavery.  The first to sew labels on the clothing of Jews to identify them and demonstrate their subservience were not the Nazi’s, they were Muslims.  

Islam is central to many of those  areas  of the globe where the President addreses the fact that “religious conflict persist”.  The President appears to have failed to check the list of countries where “religious conflict” is a major issue: Iran, Iraq, Egypt, the Balkans, North Africa, Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Chechnya to name a few.  The President did not comment on the number of times those religious conflicts occur amongst Muslims not did he mention that Islam is at the center of those conflicts.

The President bestows the “right” to “build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan.”  One wonders if he would feel similarly if KKK Christians attempted to execute this “right” in Selma,  Birmingham or accross from the King Memorial in Atlanta.  I hope not, and I hope the N.Y. Mosque fails as well.

This is soft Jihad at the highest levels of the American body politic.  The President maintains no questions of motivation as he anoints the “right” to build a Mosque near Ground Zero.  No questions of funding, no questions related to the background of the principals, no concern that Imam Rauf will solicit foreign funding in tolerant societies such as Saudi Arabia.  Religious freedoms, in the Presidents view  exist absent any points of accountability, “the writ of the Founders must endure.”  The President does not subscribe to a variety of other standards established by the Founders but this one, apparently, is convenient.

“al Qaeda’s cause is not Islam, it’s a gross distortion of Islam” declares the President maintaining a consistent point  of rhetoric begun by  President Bush.  This view  is fatally flawed and not supported by the facts on the ground.  The President must have missed the memo on Arab public opinion which demonstrates strong sympathies for al Qaeda and bin Laden. (Pew Research)  Perhaps no one has shown him the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategy statement for America.  Perhaps he is unaware of the consequences of the Euro-Arab Dialogue, established in the 1960’s and persistent to this day, establishing  an  open door policy for Muslim immigration from North Africa, The Middle East and Asia.    

Perhaps the recent Zogby /University of Maryland poll has not hit his desk. “When you think about al Qaeda, what aspect of the organization, if any, do you sympathize with the most” Zogby askes?  60% of respondents support al Qaeda for a variety of reasons, 50% of that support is because  al Qaeda“confronts the United States.”  So much for the Cairo speech.   

The President is not finished; “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity.”  Perhaps the President was speaking to diversity of ethnic origin.  Perhaps he was speaking to the diversity of Islamic Imperialism over the centuries.  He simply could not be commenting on the  acceptance of religious diversity in Islam,  such ideas do not exist in mainstream Islam.  Yes, there are Koranic quotes in support of diversity, but thay are considered “abrogated”;  voided by later revelations of Allah by way of the Prophet Mohammed. 

“Muslims serve with honor in our Military” says the President.   True, but American Islamists in the military have turned guns on their own as well.  The President identifies other areas where Muslims contribute.  All true, but do their contributions excuse the existence of radicalism?  The President points out the calls of true moderate Muslims against terrorism, again true.  The President, however, does not  hold Islamist Muslims to account.

In a final demonstration of willful blindness the President contends that there is but one rule at the heart of all great religions, “that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”  There is only one problem, Islam professes no such value except as it applies to other Muslims.  Islam demands that Islam be globally dominant.  Islam believes that it is the evolutionary perfection of monotheism and as such maintains the right of domination.

The President’s words and his choices of illustration are precisely what Islamists require.  His ignorance is of unspeakable value to them and his public posture a victory in the war of ideas.  Just, not a victory for us!