Imam Rauf as Agent for Muslim Dominance – The Larry King Interview 9/9

Posted on September 9, 2010

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has represented the US in the Middle East on issues dealing with relations with Muslims for two Administrations.  He is also the founder of the Cordoba Initiative, the Muslim group that will build a mosque and cultural center near ground zero. Interviewed on Larry King last night, he foresees a setup at that location not unlike the Jewish backed 42nd Street “Y.”

Born in Kuwait, the Imam was educated in the west as well as in Malaysia. He has lived here since the 1960s.  Throughout this period of unrest in the US, he worked on 2 college degrees.  In short, he knows a lot about the areas of the world in which he has studied; he knows  a great deal about the US and how it responds during times of national division over a moral issue, the Viet Nam War.

Yet with all of this, his moral stance about the US and its policies is typical of the US’s Muslim critics as outlined in a Wikipedia article:

In 2004, he said the U.S. and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end. Speaking at his New York mosque, Rauf said:

The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.

He also said that there could be little progress in Western-Islamic relations until the U.S. acknowledged backing Middle East dictators, and the U.S. President gave an “American Culpa” speech to the Muslim world, because there are “an endless supply of angry young Muslim rebels prepared to die for their cause and there [is] no sign of the attacks ending unless there [is] a fundamental change in the world”.

Withal, he is considered a “bridge” between the Muslim and Western worlds and a voice for moderate Muslims.  But in naming his organization “the Cordoba Iniative” – the organization building the 9/11 mosque, and by his moral stand cited above, he is pushing into the US as Muslims pushed west into Europe in the 11100s.  We are still the infidel.  Muslim judgment of western powers is supreme and we must acknowledge our “sins.”

In light of the above, two of his most noteworthy comments during his 9/8/2010 interview by CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien (working on a documentary about the Muslims in America) do not ring true.

He has said that had he known the reaction that the US populace would have  about locating the new mosque and cultural center near ground zero, he would never have put it there.  This is a man who is considered a “bridge” between 2 worlds.  This is a man living in the US.  If he could not foresee this then he is not a viable bridge.  He does not know Americans well.

A major concern with his known positions is that he has voiced a view often held by the radical Muslims:  don’t tell Muslims they kill innocent civilians when the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, and committed other atrocities. [Wikipedia]  This and our national policies toward much of the third world and the Middle East have meant that we all but created Osama Bin Laden.  We need to change our ways to survive. The President of the US must make a mea culpa speech to Muslims.

His major concern about moving the mosque at this time is our national security.  He says it would further inflame the Muslim world and attacks against Americans would increase. This feels like blackmail.

It seems as if moderate and radical Muslims have us over a barrel.  They have almost set us up for defeat using our own arguments and actions.  The underlying principle for all of the above:   Muslim belief is supreme and Muslims are credible judges of the West.  This is as black and white as the policies and views of the more aggressive Muslim groups such as the Taliban.  Would that this confrontation between Islam and the west were so simple to outline.  Would that the “resolution” depends on the US response to change the key to peace.  This is not negotiation.  This is dictating.

The final step in this familiar process would be for us to leave the Middle East and to end our support of Israel – the Jewish state many Muslim states in the region seek to destroy.  The Iman’s views on this need to be examined. Although he claims to support Israel, he has not been able to acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist organization:

“Well, I’m not a politician. … The issue of terrorism is a very complex question. … I am a bridge builder. My work is … I do not want to be placed nor will I accept a position where I am the target of one side or another. My attempt is to see a peace in Israel. … Targeting of civilians is wrong. It’s a sin in our religion, whoever does it. … I am a supporter of the State of Israel.” []

The real question we must ask the Iman is this:  Had you located your Mosque elsewhere, would  you have been as effective in teaching the US these lessons in foreign policy?  The “Cordoba” name suggests that Islam will teach; the west will listen and obey or be destroyed.  The 9/11 mosque is a followup argument to the 9/11 attacks themselves.

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