Via our support for democracy, we now support our mortal enemies
Writing at PJ Media, Andrew McCarthy lays out in clear and cogent language a disastrous fact: the U.S. government, with the support of the Republican Party, has now openly aligned itself with the Muslim Brotherhood and seeks the spread of sharia Islam. He concludes by saying: since the GOP is now an enemy of our liberty and security, why should conservatives go on supporting the GOP?
McCarthy’s article leads us to wonder, How did it happen that 11 years after the 9/11 attack, when President Bush declared war on our enemies, we are in bed with our enemies?
It is extremely simple. The method we chose to fight our enemies was to spread “democracy,” meaning popular elections. “Democracy” was the good toward which we aimed. We believed that since democracy was the highest good, whatever democracy produced had to be good. But since democracy in Muslim countries means, inevitably, the election of “Islamist” (meaning sharia-Islamic) governments, we inevitably began endorsing Islamist governments, as well as approving the continued immigration and empowerment of Islamists in this country. As a people we lack the intellectual ability to think our way out of this conundrum. Our absolute belief in abstract phrases divorced from concrete reality leads us into a concrete reality which assures our destruction, while also leaving us unable to understand what we have done to ourselves, let alone to stop or reverse it.
From 9/11 until 2011, mainstream American politics offered just two views of Islam, as described by me many times:
The center-right’s view of Islam was that Islam is a wonderful religion, except for a tiny minority of extremists and terrorists.
The liberals’ view of Islam was that Islam is a wonderful religion, except for a tiny minority of extremists and terrorists, and the reason they were extremists and terrorists was that we—America, Israel, the West—had driven them to it. Islamic extremism and terrorism had nothing to do with Islam, but was purely a function of the West’s mistreatment of Muslims.
That was the configuration of mainstream American thinking about Islam for ten years.
But now, as McCarthy explains in his important article, things have changed. Now both the liberals and the center-right believe that Islam is a wonderful religion, and that any Islamic extremism and terrorism is just “violent extremism” and has nothing to do with Islam.
In short, the Republicans have joined the Democrats in believing that Islamic extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam. Both parties believe that Islam is a wonderful religion, period.
Now that’s bad enough. But here’s something else. Who was the Republican who first stated that Islamic extremism and terrorism have nothing to with Islam? It was the GOP’s presumptive 2012 standard-bearer, Mitt Romney. In June 2009 Romney told Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News and World Report:
I didn’t refer to Islam at all, or to any other religion for that matter. I spoke about three major threats America faces on a long term basis. Jihadism is one of them, and that is not Islam. If you want my views on Islam, it’s quite straightforward. Islam is one of the world’s great religions and the great majority of people in Islam want peace for themselves and peace with their maker. They want to raise families and have a bright future.I commented:
I am deeply disappointed in Romney, stunned, actually. His previous statements about the Islam threat had shown more sense of reality than this. Now he’s gone to the irrational extreme of denying that jihad has anything to do with Islam. Even Bush and the neocons never went this far. They would call jihadism a perverted form of Islam. But Romney—to the disbelief of the liberal reporter Gilgoff, who initially was worried that Romney was painting Islam in sinister colors—states categorically that Islam and jihadism are two entirely different entities.And now, as McCarthy shows, the entire Republican establishment (and, I would add, a very large part of the American people) have joined Romney in that moronism. And that moronism has the further result of leading Republicans actively to support Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
McCarthy asks at the end of his article why conservatives should keep on backing the Republican party, given its endorsement of the leading Islamist party. His question becomes even more pressing when we remember that the Republican nominee is the man who believes that Islam and Islamism are two entirely separate entities.
Don’t forget that the Obama Administration—specifically the State Department at the highest level—has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Deputy Chief to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is Huma Abedin. Abedin is well known to have a very close personal relationship and great influence with Hillary, and she has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood though her family. In fact, she herself was listed as an Assistant Editor for the Muslim Brotherhood aligned “Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.”Peter F. writes:
There is one aspect of the rush to embrace Islam that is seldom discussed, namely the extent to which the billions in petrodollars from the Gulf Islamic states are being used to buy influence within our political class and both major parties. One suspects that if a detailed forensic accounting analysis were done of the finances of both parties, it would be found that vast sums of money from the Saudis et al. are flowing into the coffers of both parties, as well as to individual politicians. We know that our corrupt and venal pols are often for sale to the highest bidder; what happens when that bidder is a billionaire Saudi sheik? For example: The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia was generously funded in part by millions from the Saudi Royal family. Should we now be surprised that Carter is reliably pro-Palestinian in his views, and noted in certain quarters for his anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel? Follow the money. For our political class, it is always about the money. Republicans and Democrats alike, they have sold us out to the Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) and their allies for a few pieces of silver. Carter, one suspects, is far from alone in taking money from the sheiks and their agents.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 27, 2012 03:16 PM | Send