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ISLAMIC CENTER TWO BLOCKS FROM GROUND ZERO
News Analysis by Harry Hunter
(Dec. 18, 2009) — Location, location, location—that is what a group of Muslims bought last summer at 45 Park Place in Manhattan, just two blocks from Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. There stands a five-story former factory building where part of a hijacked aircraft crash-landed on that Day of Islamic Infamy. The building was vacant ever since until recently, when it became a site for Muslim prayer services.
Yesterday Chelsea Schilling, writing for World Net Daily, provided an excellent overview and background of this development. Quoting an earlier report by Speigel Online, WND explained that the Muslims intend to make their choice location into a grand Islamic Cultural Center, one use being to hold seminars designed “to counteract the backlash against Muslims in general.” So we Americans are to be the beneficiaries of educational Islamic acculturation right at the heart of Islam’s greatest treachery and barbaric brutality toward America. How thoughtful of our Muslim compatriots.
“Compatriots” may be a stretch. Actually, the imam behind this in-your-face Islamic expansionism was born in Egypt, and somehow I doubt that his loyalty to the United States transcends his loyalty to the Black Stone in the Kaaba, Saudi Arabia, towards which he addresses himself and others in prayer five times daily. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is more than a bit player in the game of American/Islamic relations. He has long labored to make us Americans see the error of our ways, as in his book What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West.
Imam Rauf has also had a long association with the Twin Towers massacre site, not far from which he used to teach at day-long sensitivity training sessions for FBI personnel. And just what did he teach our top police agency? He taught that Islam is a religion of peace, that terrorists have been provoked by the West’s evil ways, that the word “jihad” really refers to an inner struggle with one’s lesser self, that America must repent of the evils it has committed, and similar brainwashing Muslim propaganda.
Imam Rauf’s mission, which will be the mission of the new Islamic Center next to Ground Zero, is to soft-pedal Islam to gullible, well-intentioned Westerners and to evoke guilt in soft American heads. World Net Daily quotes thus from a speech Rauf delivered in Australia in 2004: “”The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. [I guess a lot of suicide jihadists just didn’t get the memo.] But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.” Thus, you see, we started the nastiness. It is really our fault we were attacked on 9-11. Let us hang our heads in shame for what our perfidy brought upon us that day and all the days since that day.
That sort of mental gymnastics could be considered psychological warfare. Imam Rauf and his ilk, who are legion, are apologists for terror and advocates for a criminal political ideology that masquerades as a religion. The intended purpose of Rauf’s Islamic Center in downtown Manhattan is to delude Americans about the criminal nature, practices, and aims of Islam. It is an obscene affront to a grievously injured Christian nation.