In a recent CNN interview, "ground zero mosque" Imam Feisal Rauf issued a veiled threat against Americans, saying, in essence, that if we don't allow the Mosque, we will face the wrath of angry Muslims.
If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack. And I’m less concerned about the radicals in America than I’m concerned about the radicals in the Muslim world...Meanwhile, Muslims around the world demonstrated and threatened violence against Americans if Quran's were burned. This comes on the heels of generations of violence against the West, including the recent call by a Muslim cleric for the beheading of a Dutch politician and the issuance of fatwas against "offensive" cartoonists and authors. In essence, the Muslim world says over and over: "we will not tolerate dissent or criticism, and if you dare exercise your right to criticize our religion, we will kill you." And, have they killed.
...And if we do move, it will strengthen the argument of the radicals to recruit, their ability to recruit, and their increasing aggression and violence against our country.
So, what has been the response of our government - those charged with protecting our freedoms -to threats issued by foreign nationals, declarations of war against our country, and state sponsored violence against America and her allies? Obama declares:
As Americans we are not — and never will be — at war with Islam.What Obama really means is that we are not fighting back against Islamists who are at war with us. To say "we are not at war," is like saying "I'm not in a fight" while someone is punching you in the face. And related to protecting the First Amendment right of those proposing to burn the Quran, such as Pastor Terry Jones, Obama states:
This is a way of endangering our troops, our sons and daughters ... you don't play games with that," Obama told a Washington news conference in which he included an earnest appeal for religious tolerance in the United States to preserve multi-faith harmony.
Obama had appealed to him [Jones] on television, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a personal phone call, not to burn the Islamic holy book. Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, said carrying out the plan would have endangered American troops.
"As for the concept of dhimmitude, it represents a behavior dictated by fear (terrorism), pacifism when aggressed, rather than resistance, servility because of cowardice and vulnerability. The origin of this concept is to be found in the condition of the Infidel people who submit to the Islamic rule without fighting in order to avoid the onslaught of jihad. By their peaceful surrender to the Islamic army, they obtained the security for their life, belongings and religion, but they had to accept a condition of inferiority, spoliation and humiliation. As they were forbidden to possess weapons and give testimony against a Muslim, they were put in a position of vulnerability and humility."For America's leaders to placate the Muslim mobs by denouncing and silencing Jones represents a shameful surrender to the Islamists. In essence, our leaders are saying "if you threaten us, we will back down." Like any extortionist, are the Muslims now less likely to attack, or have they been emboldened? The answer is obvious.
If I were President of the United States, here would be my statement related to the proposed Quran burnings:
As the Commander in Chief of a nation of free people, it is my sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies foreign and domestic. Among the rights acknowledged and protected under the Constitution is the right to free speech. Any individual, organization, or nation which threatens or attacks an American citizen in the free exercise of their Constitutional rights should expect to be annihilated.Only such a policy will lead to actual harmony.