President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg are obviously not too interested in the Freedom House Report of 2005, according to which, “Wahhabi and Islamist extremism today is the soil in which al Qaeda and its sister terrorist organizations are growing.” The report goes on to state:
We need to recognize the problem posed by the international spread of this Saudi Arabia sponsored [Wahhabi] hate ideology, including within the American homeland…This report is a first step in an effort to contain the destructive [Islamist] ideology being proliferated by the Wahhabis within American mosques, libraries, and Islamic centers.
Ironically, the U.S. State Department has sent Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on a goodwill mission to the Arab Gulf states, courtesy of the American taxpayers. In fact, most of those watching this situation unfold, except for Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama, see this trip as an opportunity for Imam Rauf to solicit pledges for the $100 million required to build the Islamic center/mosque. It is fairly obvious that the Saudis (and other Wahhabi-related states in the Gulf), individuals, and secondary institutions such as Islamic foundations will contribute the bulk of the money. The expected donations are unlikely to be unconditional. We saw an example of this when Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal offered to donate $10 million for disaster relief to New York in October 2001 following the World Trader Center attacks and then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani turned the offer down. Al-Waleed had suggested that the United States “must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack,” and “re-examine its policies in the Middle East.” Giuliani interpreted his statements as drawing “a moral equivalency between liberal democracies like the United States, like Israel, and terrorist states and those who condone terrorism.”
Perhaps the most compelling evidence of Islamic triumphalism in a non-Muslim setting (predominantly Jewish Israel) is illustrated in the current affairs of Nazareth, Jesus’ city. While still the largest Christian city in Israel, albeit with a Muslim majority of about 70%, the city is dominated by the black-domed Basilica of the Annunciation — the largest church in the Middle East. On December 21, 1997, just four days before Christmas, Muslim zealots erected a fence at the foot of the Basilica of the Annunciation and declared it waqf (Muslim holy endowment). They constructed a large tent as a provisional mosque, and demanded permits for the construction of a permanent mosque with a minaret towering 86 meters and dwarfing the Basilica. In the meantime, Ben Simon of Ha’aretz Israeli daily reported that the local Sheikh, Nazim Abu Salim, had warned from the loudspeakers of his Nazareth Mosque that: “Anyone who does not get on the Islam train is done for. Anyone who wants to be certain in his life and also after his death must convert to Islam.” As one Nazareth Christian put it best, “The bearded ones are in charge and they are pushing us out.”
Considering the precedents, it is quite likely that the Ground Zero mosque/Cordoba House will become what the tent mosque has become in Nazareth: a way to intimidate the American “infidels,” and serve as the symbol of Islamic supremacy and triumphalism.
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