The current furor over the proposal by the Cordoba Foundation to build a Muslim activity center near the site of the World Trade Center attacks is about more than national pride and outrage after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
It’s not just about Constitutional rights, freedom of religious expression, or disrespecting where over 3,000 people died. Rather, like immigrants, terrorists, and gays, it’s easier to blame specific groups of individuals for the increasing failures of a once-great nation in decline.
Rather, it is evidence of a niggling soul sickness afflicting a financially broke and dangerously divided nation that seethes like a volcanic cauldron of issues just waiting for the right one to push us over the top and ignite irrevocable political and social chaos over all that we disagree about.
For all the chest-thumping and hyperbole for and against, few have commented on a sinister component of this fractious discussion: specifically, that the rogue ideologically twisted radical elements of Osama Bin Laden’s jihad want America mired, distracted, and devastated by our own back-biting and internal strife while al Qaeda quietly and patiently plants seed cells in more and more countries around the world.
This strategy appears to be ripped from the pages of Master Sun Tzu’s Art of War.
Specifically, al Qaeda and its’ radicalized Muslim minions first drew the United States into obvious conflicts that have drained the nations resources in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, by allowing our own internal paranoia and fear to hold sway on the issue, it points up that “Those who win every battle are not really skillful. Those who render another’s armies helpless without fighting are best of all”.
In short, this plan for Park51 is defeating America by the forked tongue of our own hateful rhetoric while Bin Laden and his endless litter of Mini-Me’s keep producing more hatred and terrorist sleepers overseas than the Keebler Elves do cookies.
Indeed politicians and press pundits quote or re-write the Constitution to puff their chests and scream to the country and the world, ‘This is how we roll’. But the fact of the matter is the end result of the argument has been no different than the two sides facing one another on the healthcare reform debate or immigration reform. In short, we disagreeably agree to disagree, and nothing changes or ever gets done.
True to Osama Bin Laden’s Master Plan for World Domination, America has so much bickering and infighting going on—coupled with the endless financial and military resource burden of two wars—that it behaves like the enraged tiger that finds itself hunted and surrounded by bushmen with spears in hand, poking it from all sides while the tiger wildly spins in dizzying circles trying to defend itself and escape.
Playing right into the terrorists hands indeed we are; and they haven’t had to lift a finger or record and FedEx a new video or audio tape from some mystery location from somewhere in Iran, Pakistan, South Beach, or from deep within the bowels of the earth.
If we let them build it, many argue, it will give them another victory to crow about against the Evil Satan and desecrate the memory of that horrible fall day.
Yet the notion that if they build it many more Muslims will come and possibly put America at further peril is absurd.
After all, on any given day, every Muslim who drives a cab in New York City could take the day off, meet up with their brethren and paralyze the city if they truly wanted to, without firing a single shot.
Both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama point to the Constitution’s mandate about religious freedom and it’s unimpeded or obstructed ability to worship; while opponents like the GOP’s Newt Gingrich have blatantly declared that Muslims don’t deserve to have a mosque near the former site of the World Trade Centers until churches and synagogues are allowed in Saudia Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.
The argument against is more like a symptom of delayed post-traumatic stress from the 9/11 attacks and two botched wars that were allegedly launched in response to it than a measured discourse on religious freedoms.
Ten years later America has still not vanquished the ‘enemy’; the billions spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have helped run the country’s economy into the ditch; and now the Mosque Argument morphs into the category of Someone Else To Blame—like the divide on Proposition 8, the health reform battle, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Immigration reform—or worse still, a conspiracy by Secret Muslim Barack Obama to let the enemy build right under our noses.
Presently, America has far too many ills and doesn’t need the verbal and intellectual mental masturbation that the issue is causing when so many are out of work and the economy is sinking deeper into the sludge of a double-dip recession.
The nation would be better served to quit our bitchin’ and start pitchin’ solutions to our ills instead of creating more.
A good start would be to let the Muslim civic center be built within walking distance of Ground Zero….just as long as there is a full-service Jewish deli occupying an entire wing of the building.