The anti-American good will ambassador
One of the worst things, maybe the worst single thing, that has emerged from the Ground Zero mosque affair is that Feisal Rauf openly and repeatedly (with transparent indirectness) threatens the U.S., while our government sends him as a good will ambassador to Muslim countries! A good will ambassador who tells his fellow Muslims that the U.S. is responsible for Muslim terrorism. A good will ambassador who declares that if the mosque is moved, there will be increased Muslim terrorism against the U.S. The Republicans should be all over the administration on this, holding hearings and demanding answers from the State Department, but they are not. Also, are readers aware of establishment conservative anti-jihad websites or individuals (e.g., Pajamas Media, FrontPage Magazine, Powerline, Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, Frank Gaffney, John Bolton), expressing outrage about this and calling on the Republicans to raise a huge outcry about it? The only context in which I’ve seen Rauf’s anti-U.S. threats discussed so far is that it proves he’s not a moderate Muslim. I have not seen it discussed in the context of: what the hell is this Muslim anti-American doing as a U.S. good will ambassador to Muslim countries? For heaven’s sake, it puts America on a British level of national self-degradation.
But maybe it’s too late to warn against such degradation. Aren’t we already in it? What could be worse than that our own government officially covers up and ignores the Islamic beliefs and agenda of Islamic terrorists such as Maj. Nidal Hasan, as happened in the Defense Department’s final report on the Fort Hood massacre? Have the congressional Republicans demanded accountability from the administration over that outrage? Have they demanded the firing of Army Chief of Staff George Casey for saying that the dismissal from the Army of Hasan, by reducing the Army’s diversity, would have been a greater tragedy than the mass murder that the undismissed Hasan proceeded to commit? Again, I’m not aware that the Republicans have said anything about that. I’m not aware that Casey has faced any criticism from the Congress or from anywhere in the political system over his “diversity is more important than the lives of our soldiers” statement. The only people who complain about it are powerless bloggers like me. So, how do we get exercised about the latest unaccounted-for outrage, when we are already surrounded by unaccounted-for outrages? We live in a mapless land of national degradation. At the same time, it’s impossible for the human mind to remain, day by day, focused on the fact that we are in the midst of such a horror. So we tune it out, we forget, and, just in order to live our lives and remain sane, we imagine that we’re living in a more or less “normal” world. Thus the worse and more numerous the evils that encompass us, the more they escape accountability, because it’s impossible for human beings to keep track of or do anything about so many evils at once.