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Obama’s Speech On The Muslim World’s “Legitimate Grievances” With The West Reveals He Is On Their Side.

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Obama’s “Countering Violent Extremism” summit  wasn’t about countering Islamic terror, it was about countering “Islamophobia” and silencing any potential critics of Islam.

On top of ending the Internet as we know it this week via ‘secret’ regulations that Obama has told the FCC and FEC to impose, it is being learned that MUSLIM IMMIGRATION IS OUTPACING MEXICAN and SOUTH AMERICAN INVADERS in the USA thanks to generous refugee programs and transplants that Obama has also ‘secretly’ engaged in, including importing upwards of 7 MILLION Syrian ‘refugees’ – you know – the area where ISIS is headquartered.  Historians will write that never before in human history has a nation so spectacularly committed suicide at the hands of their own leaders as the United States of America has under Obama and his regime.

This piece by Pamela Gellar is beyond excellent to accurately describe what Obama is doing.  It needs to be spread far and wide, so this warning of the enemy in the White House can reach as many as possible.   When the unthinkable happens here again as it did on 9-11, we will know exactly who set us up for atrocities at the hand of Islamic Jihadists: Obama himself.

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OBAMA’S JIHAD DENIAL SUMMIT: ‘WE ARE NOT AT WAR WITH ISLAM’

Obama has made us weak, vulnerable and ripe for attack. The next two years will be brutal.

by PAMELA GELLER

The one big takeaway from Obama’s speech on the Muslim world’s “legitimate” grievances with the West is simply this. He is on their side.

Obama’s closing remarks at his absurdly titled “Countering Violent Extremism” summit put his denial and obfuscation of the truth once again on display. It’s jihad — just say it. His speech wasn’t about countering Islamic terror, it was about countering “Islamophobia” (a thought crushing device designed to silence criticism of Islam – sharia enforcement). 

Obama can insist that these jihadists are not Islamic all he likes. But they believe they are. They believe they are righteous and devout Muslims, and that’s all that matters, not what Obama wants us to believe they are.

Obama readily criticized Christianity recently – having to go all the way back to the Crusades to do so. But for him, Islam is off limits. For both Islamic supremacists and Obama, Islam is above criticism – at a time when killers motivated by its teachings are wreaking havoc around the globe.

His big idea for fighting against violent extremism? “As part of this summit, we’re announcing that we’re going to increase our outreach to communities, including Muslim Americans. We’re going to step up our efforts to engage with partners and raise awareness so more communities understand how to protect their loved ones from becoming radicalized. We’ve got to devote more resources to these efforts.”

He has created a Counter-Terrorism Messaging center headed up by Rashad Hussain, a hafiz (a devout Muslim who has memorized the Quran). Obama is going to out-tweet the enemy with a Muslim Brotherhood supporter at the helm.

And “outreach” is not going to end the jihad. It is just a device, a distraction – the appearance of doing something without actually doing anything. Police and FBI agents go to a mosque and have a chat with the imam. They don’t investigate. Then they go away, and all that comes of it is that the imam knows he is dealing with weak people who are more interested in making sure he likes them than in stopping jihad.

And Obama talks about a shooting in North Carolina as if it were a war on Muslims, when the ongoing investigation seems to point to a mere parking dispute.

Obama vows to “confront squarely and honestly the twisted ideologies that these terrorist groups use to incite people to violence,” but Islam is off limits, so how can he confront it squarely and honestly? More lies.

Obama goes on to say that we shouldn’t “grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders — they’re terrorists. And we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” Who is talking to? Why is he schooling us and proselytizing to us? If the Islamic State is not Islamic, what is it? They are Muslims and they are fighting for Islam, and no amount of tongue twisting and mental gymnastics is going to change that. Why won’t Obama take them at their word and deed?

Because he is a sympathizer. Because he makes Islam supreme and beyond reproach, just as Muslim supremacists do. Clearly he cares more about the glory of Islam then he does about the gore.

Obama gets twisted up in his own illogical logic. He goes on to say: “Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders — holy warriors in defense of Islam. That’s why ISIL presumes to declare itself the ‘Islamic State.’ And they propagate the notion that America — and the West, generally — is at war with Islam. That’s how they recruit.” But Mr. President, how could they recruit if they get Islam so wrong? How can previously “moderate Muslims” be moved to slaughter, rape, and conquer in the cause of Islam if ISIS, ISIL, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas, and other mujahadeen have it so wrong?

If anyone is perverted, it is Obama. He is perverting the truth.

Obama said, “They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills innocents in the name of God represents Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism.” Only Muslims claim to kill in the glory of Allah. Christian, Jews, Buddhists or Hindus do not; nor do they conquer nations in the cause of their G-d, as Muslims do.

Obama said, “These religious leaders and scholars preach that Islam calls for peace and for justice, and tolerance toward others; that terrorism is prohibited; that the Koran says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind.” More deception. Obama quotes a Jewish Talmudic quote that Muslims appropriated in the Koran. And it is the Jews that the Koran is referring to.

“Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” — Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9; Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 37a.

Obama is parsing the quote taken from verse 5:32 of the “Holy Koran.” But he is ripping it out of context and perverting its meaning. The full passage in the Koran applies to the “Children of Israel,” not to Muslims. And it’s followed in the Koran by 5:33, which calls for “execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land” for those who “wage war against Allah and his messenger, or spread mischief in the land.”

Obama studied the Quran as a child. Obama just named a hafiz (a devout Muslim who has memorized the whole Quran), Rahad Hussain, to head up his newly created Counter-Terrorism Center.

He knows. They know. He then goes on to explain that Muslims have real grievances: “There’s a strain of thought that doesn’t embrace ISIL’s tactics, doesn’t embrace violence, but does buy into the notion that the Muslim world has suffered historical grievances — sometimes that’s accurate.”

He doesn’t even pretend to support America.

He won’t call it jihad, but he insists that, “We have to tackle them [the ideologies] head on. And we can’t shy away from these discussions.”

Is he for real? That’s the one thing he won’t do.

He claims that Muslims join the jihad because they’re poor: “When millions of people — especially youth — are impoverished and have no hope for the future, when corruption inflicts daily humiliations on people, when there are no outlets by which people can express their concerns, resentments fester. The risk of instability and extremism grow. Where young people have no education, they are more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and radical ideas, because it’s not tested against anything else, they’ve got nothing to weigh. And we’ve seen this across the Middle East and North Africa.”

Here again, Obama attributes jihad to poverty, illiteracy, culture — anything but its true origins. State Department Spokesteenager Marie Harf said yesterday that the Islamic State jihadists just need jobs. She was rightly ridiculed for it. But Obama has now said the same thing.

He added: “Terrorist groups like al Qaeda and ISIL deliberately target their propaganda in the hopes of reaching and brainwashing young Muslims, especially those who may be disillusioned or wrestling with their identity. That’s the truth. The high-quality videos, the online magazines, the use of social media, terrorist Twitter accounts — it’s all designed to target today’s young people online, in cyberspace.”

How does that turn someone into a savage? I am sorry, Mr. President. No amount of slick video and online magazines would move me to betray my country, leave my home and slaughter, maim, rape in the cause of my religion. Mr. President, how did this misunderstanding of Islam become so widespread if it weren’t Islamic? Why are so many more American, British, European, Canadian Muslims joining the Islamic State?

And while Muslims in the US condemn the Islamic State, where are they teaching against the ideology that gave rise to it?

Right now, nothing is being done to stop jihad recruiting in US mosques, even as several hundred young Muslims from the US have gone to wage jihad for the Islamic State.

And his marshmallow summit of “Islamophobia” myths and lies does not address that.

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Obama Rewrites American History – Says Islam Woven Into America At Our Founding

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Obama lifts up Islam while providing aid and comfort to ISIS at his Summit on ‘Extremism’ last week, and rewrites history to state that Islam was woven into America at our Founding.

In order to fundamentally transform an entire country and society, one has to rewrite it’s history to reflect a false projection so that society will accept the imposition of alien values, culture and principles.  Since 2008, Obama has publicly engaged in this effort on every front imaginable.  He has continuously bashed America in front of the world while admonishing us here at home of sins that he insists we must pay a penalty for.  From economics to ideology to religious faith – Obama has told big lies, over and over while insinuating other big lies – to the point that he now thinks he can blatantly rewrite history to impose a false narrative for the express purpose of ‘fundamentally transforming the United States of America’.

Obama publicly stated ‘America is no longer a Christian nation” as a pretext to morally equivocate alien beliefs and ideologies and get them into public acceptance.

Now that he has achieved that equivocation in the minds of a bulk of the population with help from his Praetorian media and Marxist professors in academia,  Obama is now working to establish them as a foundation for the transformation he is imposing via dictatorial fiat. One way of doing that is to completely rewrite a nation’s history as to reflect a worldview totally alien to what it once was. Josef Stalin is an excellent textbook example of rewriting history to enable his iron fist of power to be established, and most genocidal maniacs of last century did similarly.

Obama follows that textbook example, and what better way to do so than to start at the beginning of our history and erase the entire context, principle and purpose of the nation?

So at the nefarious White House summit last week to absolve Islam and blame Christianity and Americans for ‘violent extremism’ in front of a host of invited Islamic leaders from around the world – Obama stated that not only were the terrorists of ISIS not Muslim, but that “Islam has been woven into the fabric of America since it’s founding”.

Historically – this is one of his biggest and potentially most damaging lies to foist upon the country.  Islam had absolutely no involvement or place in America’s early history – not the war of Independence, the thinking of the Founders or our establishing history.  The actual first involvement of Islam upon America was one foisted upon the young nation similar to what we see Islam doing today: waging jihad, conquering territory by the sword, taking slaves, demanding tribute and so forth.

However, history and facts do not matter to Obama and his ideologues – only their intent to fundamentally transform America matters.  Even so far as to give aid and comfort to ISIS and the Islamic Jihadists of the world by exclaiming at the close of their ‘summit’ that these Islamic terrorists “have legitimate grievances” and need us to provide better jobs and opportunities in order to get their demented warriors to choose flipping burgers instead of setting humans ablaze and cutting off heads.  Nevermind that ISIS is possibly the wealthiest terror organization on the planet and many of their Jihadists had jobs that they left in order to go wage war on infidels.  No, no no.  The narrative is that these Islamists have been impoverished by the policies of America and we Americans drive Muslims to wage jihad on us because we are Islamophobic – and if we dare call them terrorists, it only gives them legitimacy and causes them to hate us.  ISIS has seized upon that insanity coming from the Obama regime, and is now using Obama’s own words in their own propaganda against us in order to gain converts for their global caliphate cause.

Obama’s big lies keep getting bigger, following the Goebbel’s adage that if you tell the big lie often enough – it will become accepted as the truth.

The truth however is this: Obama commits treason with our avowed enemies who are waging war on us and state they intend to subjugate us to Islam – while also rewriting our history to create a fiction out of thin air that Islam was an integral part of our foundation as a country – and that Islam has contributed to our wealth and prosperity.

Obama has committed treason.  Understand it.  Say it.  For of all the enemies America has ever faced, HE – Obama, is perhaps it’s most insidious enemy of America and liberty to ever exist.

OBAMA: ISLAM ‘WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR COUNTRY SINCE FOUNDING’

In his bloviating speech on Thursday at his summit on countering violent extremism, President Obama bent over backwards to make nice with Islam. Not only were terrorists not Muslim, President Obama stated, but Islam played a crucial role in America’s founding.

“Here in America,” Obama stated, “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.”

Obama seems significantly more comfortable with this characterization of the historic role of Islam than he is with the non-fictional actual historic role of Christianity and Judaism in the American founding.

After all, this is the same man who stated in 2006, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”

This is the same president who said in April 2009, “Although, as I mentioned, we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values. I think modern Turkey was founded with a similar set of principles.”

It is fair to say that modern Turkey was not founded upon the same principles as the United States. It is also fair to say that Islam has not been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding, at least not in any meaningful sense.

That does not mean that there were no Muslims in America at the founding — many African slaves were originally Muslim, and were forcibly converted from that faith. But to say that Islam as a religion has been “woven into the fabric of our country since our founding” is simply false. The first wave of Muslim immigrants to the United States did not begin until well after the Civil War. The first mosque in the United States was not built until 1915, by most reports.

Islam had zero impact on the founders or their philosophy – less than zero, given that the founders despised the religion, or what they knew of it. President Obama fictionalized this history at an Iftar dinner in 2012:

As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia — perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress — the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story.

Well, not so much. That magical “first Iftar” was a meeting between Sidi Solima Mellimelli, an emissary of the brutal Barbary pirates, and the president. Jefferson had over Mellimelli in an attempt to bribe him into submission after the USS Constitutioncaptured ships from the bey of Tunis. Mellimelli requested food, lodgings, and concubines.

Jefferson already knew of Islam, having been educated in 1786 after Barbary pirates attempted to blackmail America into monetary tribute. At that time, the Barbary emissary justified piracy with reference to the Koran, according to a report from Jefferson:

The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of the 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.

John Quincy Adams, writing of these negotiations, stated:

The precept of the Koran is perpetual war against all who deny that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.

Quincy Adams would later lament, “Such is the spirit, which governs the hearts of men, to whom treachery and violence are taught as principles of religion.”

As Thomas S. Kidd writes, philosophers upon whom the founders relied had similarly negative views of Islam. Montesquieu wrote that the Turks were despotic. William Blackstone wrote that religion could be used for despotism, as shown by “terrible ravages committed by the Saracens in the east, to propagate the religion of Mahomet.” Thomas Paine wrote of Islam in Common Sense, but only as a reference point for despotic attempts to stifle liberty: he said that divine right of kings was a “superstitious tale, conveniently timed, Mahomet like, to cram hereditary right down the throats of the vulgar.”

The historical record demonstrates that Islam had virtually no role in the foundation of the early Republic outside of being used as a negative comparison point for freedom and self-government.

President Obama is obviously rewriting history. But since he’s busily rewriting the present, too, why should anyone be surprised?

 

 Obama’s Summit Helped Isis

By allowing ideology to trump good national security practice, the administration’s recent summit on “Violent Extremism” has empowered America’s enemies.

Friday saw the close of the of the three-day international summit on violent extremism hosted by the White House.

Coming as it did just a just after the release of ISIS/Islamic State videos on the immolation of Lt Kassasbeh, the Jordanian Royal Air Force pilot, and the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians, and the reported death of another US hostage, the timing allowed it potentially to be a perfect platform for a muscular response to the barbarity of the Islamic State, for the announcement of actions akin to the attacks against ISIS launched by King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Sisi of Egypt.

Instead, the President spoke of the real grievances the Muslim world has had with the West, the danger of Islamophobia in the U.S., and the need for more community outreach. As the same time, Marie Harf of the State Department gave an interview in which she presented “more jobs” as the answer to the rise of global jihadist movements, and Eric Holder attackedFOX News for its obsession with discussing “radical Islam” and “Islamic extremism.” All this just after the President used the National Prayer Breakfast to compare ISIS atrocities today with Christians using violence in the name of Jesus centuries in the past. How these statements were meant to weaken our enemies is not clear.

That enemy, whether it is was Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, ISIS in Iraq, or the Tsarnaev brothers who bombed the Boston marathon, has a narrative, a story they tell to recruit new terrorists and justify the mass murders they commit daily.

That story is not one of America failing to provide jobs for the world’s needy, or the lack of community outreach in America. It is a story of Islam under attack by the West, a perpetual Holy War against the infidel until the House of Islam – Dar al Islaam – covers the world and all live under sharia in a new Caliphate.

When the Commander-in-Chief speaks of our crusades, he reinforces the message of the people who beheaded those 21 Christians. And ironically, when Marie Harf says all America has to do is solve the world’s problems, she too helps our enemies, unwittingly portraying America as an imperial nation that must become involved in everyone’s business and shape their futures whether or not we have been asked to do so or not.

Ignorance is a very dangerous thing. The mere fact that no one in a position of power in our government understands that the Islamic State beheaded the 21 Christians because they were infidels but immolated Lt Kassasbeh because he was an apostate, demonstrates just how little we know the enemy in this the 14th year of the war against the Global Jihadi Movement. Those two different horrific acts were religiously and theologically determined.

Faith matters to our foes. They have read the Koran. For them, Chapter 9 Verse 5, which reads:

And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the unbelievers wherever you find them, capture them and besiege them and lie in wait for them with every stratagem of war.

is not a remnant of a 7th century story but the eternal word of Allah.

The Attorney General said this week: “The terminology, it seems to me, has little to no impact on what ultimately we have to do.” Would he say the same of a doctor diagnosing him in hospital? If words have meaning, then what we call something matters. Cancer is not that same as the flu.

America and her allies are in a war with people who do what they do to please their God and obtain salvation by serving him as warriors. Washington summits and more community outreach will not stop the next attack against the Homeland. And quoting the Crusades to prove how relative all things really are will only embolden new recruits to rally under the flag of Jihad.

 

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White House Summit on Violent Extremism Opens With Muslim Prayer – No Other Faiths Represented

A Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press.

Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minn., recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democratic members of Congress.

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Obama: ISIS Has “Legitimate Grievances” Biden: “Christians Commit Violence In The Name Of The Bible” Obama: “Islam Not Responsible For Terrorism”

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Obama says terrorists need jobs and opportunities; America must “Lift up the voice of tolerance” adding “Muslims are unfairly targeted with suspicion”

The Trojan Horse Traitor in the White House doubled-down on his regime’s appeasement and support of Jihad terrorists including ISIS.  Obama once again turned all admonitions into his communist manifesto asserting that “violent extremists” (Jihad terrorists) need jobs and “opportunities” because “resentments fester” and “extremism grows when millions are impoverished”.   So in one speech Obama justifies ISIS and atrocities committed in the name of Islamic jihadists by saying they have ‘legitimate grievances’ while out of the other side of his mouth – says Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.

Obama insisted that ISIS is NOT ISLAMIC while at this very same event at the White House the day before, Joe Biden declared that “Extremists commit violence in the name of the bible”.

Obama warned that Muslims are unfairly regarded with suspicion, insisting “we must raise the voice of tolerance” in the US and beyond.  A dichotomy of the absurd since Obama himself equated the mass beheadings of Christians by ISIS with the Crusades , lecturing us that atrocities are committed in the Name of Christ at the National Prayer Breakfast two weeks ago.  Isn’t it interesting that Obama will easily state that violence is committed in the name of Jesus but will never utter the truth that terrorism is being committed in the name of Mohammed?  That is because Obama himself is aiding and abetting the rise of the two emerging Islamic Caliphates, whereupon all this insanity, appeasement and misdirection is intended to abolish any resolve to stand against the Islamic State’s march on the world.

So the official position of the United States is that Jihadists need jobs and economic opportunity or muslims will join a jihad.  In other words, we cannot judge what ISIS is doing with the beheadings and mass murder as evil because these jihadists have “legitimate grievances”.

As insane as that sounds, that is exactly what Obama meant, along with the subtle references that Christians and the Bible are the world’s REAL terrorists.

Obama’s ridiculous “White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit” circus, is simply a venue to publicly appease Jihadist Islam while bashing Christians and “Right Wing militias”.  At his “summit” Obama invited known Islamic Terrorists and supporters of Jihad to attend with group representatives having links to ISIS.  On this platform Obama loudly insisted that we will never be at war with Islam saying “These terrorists are desperate for legitimacy and all us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam”.  Except that ISIS itself is called “The ISLAMIC STATE” and is conquering territory for the EXPRESS PURPOSE of establishing an Islamic State that will wage jihad across the globe and impose Islam on the world at the edge of the sword.

It is becoming self-evident that Obama is an Apologist for Jihadists and given his words and actions, is potentially an agent for the Caliphate himself.

 

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Obama says world should address ‘grievances’ that terrorists exploit

Obama defended his administration’s approach to the terror threat at a White House summit Wednesday, standing by claims that groups like the Islamic State do not represent Islam — as well as assertions that job creation could help combat extremism.

Obama, addressing the Washington audience on the second day of the summit, said the international community needs to address “grievances” that terrorists exploit, including economic and political issues.

…“We do have to address the grievances that terrorists exploit including economic grievances,” he said.

He also said no single religion was responsible for violence and terrorism, adding he wants to lift up the voice of tolerance in the United States and beyond.

…Obama also called on Muslim leaders to “do more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress Islam, that there is an inherent clash in civilizations.”

Obama acknowledged that some Muslim-Americans have concerns about working with the government, particularly law enforcement, and that their reluctance “is rooted in the objection to certain practices where Muslim-Americans feel they’ve been unfairly targeted.”

He said it was important it make sure that abuses stop and are not repeated and that “we do not stigmatize entire communities.” He also said it was vital that “no one is profiled or put under a cloud of suspicion simply because of their faith.”

Unless of course you are Christian.  Then this regime will slander the entire faith, and declare Christians to be extremists and terrorists.

 

 

 

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Obama Equivocates Christians With Jihad Terrorists At National Prayer Breakfast

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In the continuing push to equivocate Christians with Jihadists, Obama cites the Crusades and Inquisition as evidence Christianity employs violence in the Name of Christ, states we must ‘push back those who would distort OUR religion for their nihilistic ends’.

History shows and teaches, that whenever the leaders or ruling class of a society demonize and equivocate a specific group as a threat to society – WITHOUT EXCEPTION, such groups soon find themselves criminalized, imprisoned tortured and exterminated.

Why do I mention this?  Because there is a meme growing from the halls of power and the Ruling Class in the USA that the problem in the world is not Islamic Jihadists, but Christians – specifically Conservative Biblically-based Christians.

One insidious technique they employ is the comparison of Islamic atrocities taking place right now, with Christianity.

Obama rails against ‘atrocities committed in the name of religion’ while demanding that any and all references to Jihad and Islam in the same sentence be expunged from definition, he not only ignores atrocities committed in the Name of the State, he justifies those atrocities committed in the name of Islam, as not being Islamic.

This is becoming more self-evident every single day:

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Yesterday Obama had a ‘secret White House Meeting’ with Muslim leaders, that his regime has refused to discuss or reveal who was in attendance.

President Obama met with American Muslim leaders this afternoon, according to the White House schedule, but so far the administration is unwilling to reveal who attended the meeting, which was closed to the press.

This morning, at the “National Prayer Breakfast”, where Muslim leaders perpetrating Jihadist genocide were invited and in attendance, His Heinous made the outrageous and deliberate comparison of ISIS with Christianity:

The president said that while religion is a source for good around the world, people of all faiths have been willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”

“Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”So it is not unique to one group or one religion,” Obama said. “There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”

“So it is not unique to one group or one religion,” Obama said. “There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”

Really??  I do not find Christians today advancing their faith by doing things like this:

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The outrageous attempt to equate Jihadists with Christianity by citing the Crusades, Jim Crow and the Inquisition is not only intellectually dishonest, it is intended to inflame Jihadists even further as Bizpac Review rightly notes:

…the Crusades, slavery and Jim Crow aren’t currently a problem for the civilized world.  So his attempt to draw a moral equivalency — aside from being intellectually dishonest — is likely to do more harm by emboldening Islamic terrorists.

Also, perhaps Obama needs a history lesson. The Crusades took place between 1095 and 1291; the Spanish Inquisition started in 1478.

Not to mention the Crusades were a response to Muslim aggression in the Holy Land.

Perhaps the president hasn’t watched the news, but Islamic terrorism is a problem today.

Of course Obama was not done,  it was not enough to suggest that Christians are just like ISIS Jihadists – who kill and commit atrocity in the name of religion for the purpose of forcing their faith at the end of the sword upon the world, Obama then had to preach against ‘exclusivity':

Obama called for all people of faiths to show humility about their beliefs and reject the idea that “God speaks only to us and doesn’t speak to others.”

So we must show ‘humility’ and change our faith to believe that all religion is equal before God?  Did the God of the Bible not say that He is a Jealous God – and that we should have no others before Him? Did Jesus not tell us that there is no path to the Father except through Him?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

Obama continues to demonstrate the fact that he is no Christian of any kind, acts as a Jihad sympathizer and traitor from the highest office in the land.

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Obama Declares War On ‘Extremism’ – Lists 72 ‘Extremists’ And Not A Single Mention Of Islam

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Individuals and organizations that attempt to restore the values that our founders once believed in so strongly are regarded as dangerous “extremists” that need to be watched carefully

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” – Barrack Hussein Obama

This is an update to a story that we first blogged on back in August of 2013. Given the recent events in France and Obama’s deliberate absence of any senior U.S. officials from the Unity against Islamic Terrorism March, that Obama declares ‘war’ on ‘violent extremism’ sets off alarm bells with those of us who understand who this government under Obama considers to actually be an ‘extremist’.

In the immediate aftermath of the Jihad attacks in France, the US and Leftist global media has been going through bizarre contortions of logic to strip any reference of Islam from the attack, and literally go on to compare the French massacre with the ‘justified riots’ in Ferguson Missouri, or blame wholesale  the victims themselvesthe French, politics,  America, George Bush, Gun Owners, and everything except the very people who are waging jihad in the name of Islam.  Instead our own government declares that those who claim to be acting in the name of Islam, are NOT really Muslim, DESPITE what the attackers themselves have said and have declared themselves.

I’m literally watching the scriptural curses God warned His People would come upon them for forgetting their God come to pass in another fulfillment right before our eyes:

The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. Your carcasses will be food for all the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away… The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. –  Deuteronomy 28:25-28

Is there any doubt that this nation is full of madness, blindness and confusion of mind from it’s leadership on down?  The madness of refusing to utter the plain truth of the war being waged by Jihadist Islam?  The willful blindness that insists and pretends Islam is not a threat to life, security and peace?  The absolute confusion of mind that is presented by the media as ‘fact’ in this upside down nation?

Clearly, it’s not Islamic Jihadists that the American regime is preparing to go to war against, but rather, patriotic Americans who still ‘cling’ to what we once were and whom do not share the Leftist/”progressive/Marxist view of the world.  The truth of whom this government under Obama sees as the true threat and enemy ought to frighten every American right out of their socks, because it is YOU the Obama regime has already targeted as an ‘extremist’ in official government documents.

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Obama Declares War On “Extremism” – Are You An “Extremist”?

Do you know what an “extremist” is?  In the wake of the horrible terror attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France, Barack Obama is speaking very boldly about the need to win the war against “extremists”, and he has announced plans to host a major global summit on “extremism” next month.  And on the surface that sounds great.  But precisely how are we supposed to determine whether someone is an “extremist” or not?  What criteria should we use? 

As you will see below, your definition of an “extremist” may be far, far different from the definition that Barack Obama is using.  When you do a Google search, you will find that an “extremist” is defined as “a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.”  According to Wikipedia, “extremism” is “an ideology (particularly in politics or religion), considered to be far outside the mainstream attitudes of a society or to violate common moral standards.  Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and economic.”  Please notice that neither of those definitions uses the word violence.  In this day and age, you can be considered an “extremist” simply based on what you believe, and as you will see later in this article there are now tens of millions of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” according to official U.S. government documents.

When you use the word “extremist”, you may have in your mind a picture of ISIS fighters or the terrorists from the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

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But for elitists such as Barack Obama, the word “extremist” has a much broader meaning.  In recent years, it has become a code word for those that do not have an “enlightened” view of the world.  If your views on politics, religion or social issues are extremely different from the liberal, progressive views of “the mainstream” (as defined by the mainstream media and by “mainstream” politicians such as Barack Obama), then they consider you to be an extremist.

Early in the presidency of George W. Bush, we were told that Islamic terrorists were the enemy.  And so most of the country got behind the idea of the War on Terrorism.  But over the years that has morphed into a War on Extremism.  In fact, the Obama administration has gone so far as to remove almost all references to Islam from government terror training materials

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.

“I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security,” Cole told a panel at the George Washington University law school.

Now, much of the focus in law enforcement training materials is on “domestic extremists”.  We are being told that “domestic extremism” is just as great a threat to our national security as terror groups overseas are.

But exactly who are these “domestic extremists”?

Well, the truth is that you may be one of them.

I want to share with you a list that I have shared in a couple of previous articles.  It is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” or “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents.  This list will really give you a good idea of what Barack Obama means when he uses the word “extremist”.  Each of these 72 items is linked, so if you would like to go see the original source document for yourself, just click on the link.  As you can see, this list potentially includes most of the country…

1.Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2.Those that advocate for states’ rights

3.Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4.“The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5.Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6.Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8.Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9.Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10.“Anti-Gay”

11.“Anti-Immigrant”

12.“Anti-Muslim”

13.“The Patriot Movement”

14.“Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15.Members of the Family Research Council

16.Members of the American Family Association

17.Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18.Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19.Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20.Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21.Members of the Christian Action Network

22.Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23.Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24.Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25.Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26.Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27.The militia movement

28.The sovereign citizen movement

29.Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30.Anyone that “complains about bias”

31.Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32.Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33.Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs” 

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35.Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36.Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37.Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39.Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40.“Militia or unorganized militia”

41.“General right-wing extremist”

42.Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43.Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44.Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45.Those that are “anti-global”

46.Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47.Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48.Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49.Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50.Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51.Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52.Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53.Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54.Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55.Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56.Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57.Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58.“Rightwing extremists”

59.“Returning veterans”

60.Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61.Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62.Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63.Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64.“Anti-abortion activists”

65.Those that are against illegal immigration

66.Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67.Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68.Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69.Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70.Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71.Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72.Evangelical Christians

Do you fit into any of those categories?

Personally, I fit into a couple dozen of them.

That is why alarm bells should go off whenever Barack Obama speaks of the need to crack down on “extremism”.

If Barack Obama wants to denounce Islamic terror, he should do so.  But because of his extreme political correctness, he goes out of his way to avoid any connection between Islam and terror.  Instead, he speaks of the need to recognize “Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings” and he insists that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Meanwhile, our liberties and freedoms are being eroded a little bit more with each passing day.  In the name of fighting “terrorism” or “extremism”, our government is constructing a Big Brother police state control grid all around us.  I like the way that Ron Paul described what is happening to us just the other day

If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege.

It didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security was promised — physical and economic — the less liberty was protected.

With cradle-to-grave welfare protecting all citizens from any mistakes and a perpetual global war on terrorism, which a majority of Americans were convinced was absolutely necessary for our survival, our security and prosperity has been sacrificed.

It was all based on lies and ignorance. Many came to believe that their best interests were served by giving up a little freedom now and then to gain a better life.

The trap was set. At the beginning of a cycle that systematically undermines liberty with delusions of easy prosperity, the change may actually seem to be beneficial to a few. But to me that’s like excusing embezzlement as a road to leisure and wealth — eventually payment and punishment always come due. One cannot escape the fact that a society’s wealth cannot be sustained or increased without work and productive effort. Yes, some criminal elements can benefit for a while, but reality always sets in.

Reality is now setting in for America and for that matter for most of the world. The piper will get his due even if “the children” have to suffer. The deception of promising “success” has lasted for quite a while. It was accomplished by ever-increasing taxes, deficits, borrowing, and printing press money. In the meantime the policing powers of the federal government were systematically and significantly expanded. No one cared much, as there seemed to be enough “gravy” for the rich, the poor, the politicians, and the bureaucrats.

The country that our forefathers founded is dying.

Now, individuals and organizations that attempt to restore the values that our founders once believed in so strongly are regarded as dangerous “extremists” that need to be watched carefully.

Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize what is happening to this nation.  As long as they are fed a constant diet of mindless entertainment, most Americans are perfectly content to let “the experts” do their thinking for them.

We are steamrolling toward oblivion, and most of the country is dead asleep.

So is there any hope for us?

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No Such Thing As “Moderate Islam”. Such Is a Construct Of The Secular Left

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Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most ignorant liberals in the West believe that Muslims believe.

The Arabic adage says that the ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’, which goes to explain the unholy alliance between Radical Islam and Radical Secular Leftists.  They hate the affluent West and especially the Great and little Satan that represent the affluent Democracies  that showcase the failure of Islam as a benevolent religion on the planet.

We have heard endlessly from the Praetorian Media that most of the billions of Muslims on the planet are ‘moderate’ and Jihadists who cut off heads of bound but alive Westerners with steak knives is simply a small fraction of ‘radicals’.  That of course is a lie because like Global Warming, ‘Moderate Islam’ is a fairy tale construct of the Left.  Daniel Greenfield explains it perfectly.

Moderate Islam is Our New Religion

I have been searching for moderate Islam since September 11 and just like a lost sock in the dryer, it was in the last place I expected it to be.

There is no moderate Islam in the mosques or in Mecca. You won’t find it in the Koran or the Hadiths. If you want to find moderate Islam, browse the newspaper editorials after a terrorist attack or take a course on Islamic religion taught by a Unitarian Sociologist wearing fake native jewelry.

You can’t find a moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia or Iran, but you can find it in countless network news specials, articles and books about the two homelands of their respective brands of Islam.

You won’t find the fabled land of moderate Muslims in the east. You won’t even find it in the west. Like all myths it exists in the imagination of those who tell the stories. You won’t find a moderate Islam in the Koran, but you will find it in countless Western books about Islam.

Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most liberals believe that Muslims believe.

The new multicultural theology of the West is moderate Islam. Moderate Islam is the perfect religion for a secular age since it isn’t a religion at all.

Take Islam, turn it inside out and you have moderate Islam. Take a Muslim who hasn’t been inside a mosque in a year, who can name the entire starting lineup of the San Diego Chargers, but can’t name Mohammed’s companions and you have a moderate Muslim. Or more accurately, a secular Muslim.

An early generation of Western leaders sought the affirmation of their national destinies in the divine. This generation of Western leaders seeks the affirmation of their secular liberalism in a moderate Islam.

Even if they have to make it up.

Without a moderate Islam the Socialist projects of Europe which depend on heavy immigration collapse. America’s War on Terror becomes the endless inescapable slog that the rise of ISIS has once again revealed it to be. Multiculturalism, post-nationalism and Third World Guiltism all implode.

Without moderate Muslims, nationalism returns, borders close and the right wins. That is what they fear.

If there is no moderate Islam, no moderate Mohammed, no moderate Allah, then the Socialist Kingdom of Heaven on Earth has to go in the rubbish bin. The grand coalitions in which LGBT activists and Islamists scream at Jews over Gaza aren’t the future; they’re the Weimar Republic on wheels.

Flash back to Obama in his tan suit wearily saying that he has no strategy for ISIS. The original plan was to capture Osama alive, give him a civilian trial, cut a deal with the moderate Taliban and announce the end of the War on Terror before the midterm elections.

So much for that.

Moderate Islam is a difficult faith. To believe in it you have to disregard over a thousand years of recorded history, theology, demographics and just about everything that predates 1965. You have to ignore the bearded men chopping off heads because they don’t represent the majority of Muslims.

Neither does Mohammed, who did his own fair share of headchopping.

The real Islam is a topic that non-Muslims of no faith who hold sacred only the platitudes of a post-everything society are eager to lecture on without knowing anything about it.

Their Islam is not the religion of Mohammed, the Koran, the Hadiths, the Caliphs or its practitioners in such places as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq or Indonesia. Their Islam is a religion that does not exist, but that they fervently believe must exist because without it their way of life is as doomed as the dodo.

They aren’t Muslims. They have no faith in Allah or the Koran. Instead they have faith in the goodness of an Islam that exists without resort to scriptures, theology or deity. This may seem strange to actual believers, but after all their own poor tattered scraps of Christianity or Judaism don’t bother paying too much attention to deities or scriptures except when it comes to cherry-picking quotes about tolerance.

Is it any wonder that they treat Islam the same way?

The true moderate Muslims are secular liberals of loosely Christian and Jewish persuasion who have invented and believe in a moderate Islam that doesn’t exist outside of their own heads. This secular Islam, which values all life, is dedicated to social justice and universal tolerance, is a counterpart of their own bastardized religions. And they are too afraid to wake up and realize that it doesn’t exist.

When American and European leaders insist that Islam has nothing to do with the latest Islamic atrocity, they are not referencing a religion practiced by Muslims, but an imaginary religion that they imagine Muslims must practice because the alternative is the end of everything that they believe in.

Their moderate Islam is light on the details, beyond standing for social justice, fighting Global Warming and supporting gay rights, because it is really multiculturalism wearing a fake beard. When a Western leader claims that the latest batch of Islamic terrorists don’t speak for Islam, he isn’t defending Muslims, he’s defending multiculturalism. He assumes that Muslims believe in multiculturalism because he does.

Moderate Islam is just multiculturalism misspelled. Its existence is a firm article of faith for those who believe in multiculturalism.

Dissuading a believer in moderate Muslims from his invented faith by citing the long trail of corpses or the hateful Hadiths that call for mass murder is futile because these are not the roots of his religion. He doesn’t know what a Hadith is nor does he care. As a social justice man in good standing, he attributes the violent track record of Islam to European colonialism and oppression.

He has never read the Koran. He has read a thousand articles about how Muslims are oppressed at the airport, in Gaza, in Burma and in Bugs Bunny cartoons. They are his new noble savages and he will not hear a word against them. Having colonized their identities in his imagination (despite the marked up copy of Edward Said’s Orientalism that he keeps by his bedside) he treats them as reflections of his ego.

When you say that moderate Muslims don’t exist, you are calling him a bad person. When you challenge Islam, you are attacking multiculturalism and he will call you a racist, regardless of the fact that Islam is as much of a race as Communism, Nazism or the Mickey Mouse Fan Club were races.

The moderate Muslim is an invention of the liberal academic, the secular theologian, the vapid politician and his shrill idiot cousin, the political activist. Like the money in the budgets that underpin their plans and the scientific evidence for Global Warming, he does not exist.

And it is not necessary that he should exist. It is only necessary that we have faith in his existence.

The degraded lefty descendants of Christians and Jews wait for a moderate Muslim messiah who will reconcile the impossibilities of their multicultural society by healing the conflicts between Islam and the West. Until then they find him, it necessary to believe, not in a divinity, but in the moderate Muslim.

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One September Morning…

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Everything changed one perfect morning twelve years ago, and into the fog of forget America wanders.

Like Memorial Day, September 11 is slowly but inexorably morphing into something other than a day to remember the reason the day is marked.  Time is eroding the true nature of Jihadist Islam and what it did to the mightiest nation on earth in just 102 minutes.

Of course Barack Obama and his Marxofascist Leftists have a hand in changing the public perception of what the day was and what it is now supposed to represent.  There’s a Million Man Muslim March on D.C. today to bitch and moan that 9-11 creates a negative stereotype of Muslims and to demand government stop “libelous slander against Islam”.

To counter that, a Two Million Biker Rally in remembrance of the Fallen and America’s Veterans was planned – but Obama’s Federal Government denied them the permit, even though they awarded a permit for the Muslims to march in victory over the Great Satan.   In good American tradition however, the Bikers are planning on ignoring any attempts by the feds to stop them, and are planning on riding to D.C. anyway.

It seems the efforts by the Obama regime and Muslims who demand Americans do not look at them or their religion in a negative light, are working hard to extinguish and paper-over what 9-11 really was and the kind of enemy who is still at war with us even as you read this.

But I remember what happened that one September morning twelve years ago.  Many others do also.

Lest we forget and become easy prey for those who seek to deceive in order to destroy.

A September Evening

Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog

For a while, the eyes still seemed to see them there, perfect straight lines rising into the sky, an empty space on the horizon that your mind filled in without even thinking. You walked past, and thought, “Of course they’re there. They’re always there” and you saw them as they were, grey ghosts of steel rising above the rubble. You saw the city as it was and then you remembered that city is gone.

New York, the old grimy bustling city, has made way for two cities. The Bloombergian city of the yuppie toting a bag of organic groceries to her Citibike and the miniature Detroits of housing projects and endless grievances.

The old imaginary city still exists in the countless movies being filmed on every block where space aliens, monsters and superheroes regularly rampage past stereotypical cabbies with Brooklyn accents, but that city is fading away.

The tourists flock to see the shadow of that city which lingers on like the shadow of the towers.

On September 11, Ground Zero was New York. Today you can see Mexican and African vendors peddling commemorative patriotic knickknacks made in China and on a bad day the Truthers show up howling their contempt for the site. Tourists stop by and pose for snapshots with their families. Office workers walk by without thinking. The site, like the towers, is just something that’s there.

Tonight and the night before as the towers of light cast blue beams across the sky, we remember but memory is a destructive medium. Each year the memories grow fainter. People ask each other where they were that day but the stories grow fainter each year and the memories of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, stumbling through the ash or handing out sandwiches to rescue workers have dimmed.

To walk through the darkness toward the towers of light is to pass through a city of shadows. In a stray glimmer of light reflecting from a storefront or a puddle you can still see the old MISSING posters covering every face and dark trucks filled with grim men tearing apart the street asphalt. You can catch glimpses of a city reeling from the incomprehensible.

New York City is used to tragedy. Terrible things happen here all the time. The oldest photos of the city show the same stunned faces, legs lying in a puddle of blood, gawking children and stern cops frowning at something we cannot see. And relentlessly the blood is washed away, the tears are dried and the city moves on. September 11 left behind more blood, more legs and more frowning police… but the ashes have still been dumped in a landfill, the tears dried and the city moved on.

September 11 has become a tragedy and tragedy is an experience, not an explanation. It is a bonding experience that gives way to catharsis. The dead are mourned, the grief is expelled and the horror of it takes on the faint tinge of memory. It is no longer what is, but what was. It is not how we live now, but how we lived then. There is no longer a need for answers and that for many is also a relief.

“It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story,” Agatha Christie said.

Most people who live here have given up on solving the city’s detective stories. The weathered New Yorker is expected to meet the  inexplicable with a shrug of the shoulders. Everything is strange, but the strangeness is the point. Everyone is living in a postmodern detective story with no solutions and no need for them.

In Murder on the Orient Express, Poirot arrives at the solution by realizing that only in America could such an unlikely collection of characters have met. By America, he means New York, and the city is still the ideal place to find unlikely collisions of characters.

There is still a murder to be solved  and the suspects come and go in the streets below. The crime did not end with the murder of 3,000 people and the destruction of two towers. New schemes of mass murder are hatched every day across one river or the other. Maps are studied, charts are drawn up and the tools of the trade are gathered up by men who during the day sell papers or drive food trucks.

The murderers are still on the loose and what happened that terrible day was not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern of attacks taking place in a clash of civilizations. New York, the crossroads of civilizations, is a natural target for the attacks. New York is to the world what Mecca was to Arabia and the new Mohammeds are eager to do to it what Mohammed did to Mecca.

Bin Laden is dead, but the Muslim Oilsphere is full of other wealthy sons warring against the West. His backers are alive and the drone attacks that kill Al Qaeda leaders don’t touch their money men in the Oilsphere. The clerics who teach young Muslim men about the glories of martyrdom can rest easy. They can even open up a mosque at Ground Zero.

This conflict of ideologies and collision of cultures is nothing less than the perpetuation of the great Islamic crusade against the Other. And where better to wage that war than in the places where others meet others every day? What better target than a World Trade Center for a violent ideology built on merchants turned robbers and robbers turned merchants?

In a city where everyone is different, it can be difficult for some to understand that the attackers were motivated by those differences. Their war against us is an attack on people who are fundamentally and incomprehensibly different than they are.

Islam is xenophobia written into unholy writ, a long chain of conquest, subjugation and cultural destruction by desert nomads who know how to drive a sharp bargain, but despite their claims of golden ages and scientific discoveries, have never been anything more than the jackals sniffing around the ruins of greater civilizations.

It is as natural for them to attack us as it is for us to wonder why we were attacked.

Americans hold the peculiar belief that life need not be a zero sum game. That we can learn from other people without turning them into our subjects. That we can make more of something instead of stealing from a finite amount that someone else has and then destroying them so that they can never get it back.

That is the great creative power of American Exceptionalism. It is a transcendent force that turned a land full of refugees into a world power brimming with technological wonders.

New York, that strange part-Dutch, part-English, part-Everything-else city, runs on the creativity of the impossible. Starving artists, aspiring actors, failed musicians, flailing poets, real estate mavens without a dime and brokers trading thin air gamble on the impossible. New York always seems on the verge of total anarchy and destruction and yet keeps going on in that strange half-mad creativity.

For Islam, the game is zero sum. If American civilization thrives, then their civilization is shadowed. If people are happy here, then they cannot be happy. If there are two towers in New York, that detracts from the glory of Islamic civilization. Islam is the bitter beggar forever looking to steal what it cannot have, worrying over the imaginary history of its own greatness and cursing the upstarts in the streets of a foreign city for taking the glory was rightfully theirs.

The American who shares his good fortune with the rest of the world cannot understand that there are some people who would rather steal than accept a gift, who would rather destroy than build and who would rather drown the world in darkness than accept someone else’s light.

With some difficulty he might accept the existence of a small number of people who think this way, but an entire civilization built in this mold is too obscene an idea.

As with so many other strange things that wash up in the concrete streets of a strange city, it is easier to leave the mystery unsolved, to let the blanket fall back over the clash of civilizations and go on forward. It is the way that things have always been done in the city and as twin rays of light bisect the sky, they remind New Yorkers of their own fortitude, and not of the enemy waiting outside the light.

Outside a shadow war is waged with drones and hackers, spies and journalists, men in mosques speak quietly of terror and other men listen over the phone. There is little truth in this shadow war, but in some moments the light pierces the darkness and those who have forgotten why we are doing this, remember. And then they remember to forget.

 

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