How Is The Debate Over Cordoba House Playing Around The World?
It may very well be that Imam Rauf is well prepared to let this debate play itself out for as long as possible, and at the end make a grandiose show out of agreeing to move the Cordoba House to a location that is somewhat less incendiary.
In the meantime, the pictures of Americans protesting the construction is pure fodder for those outlets around the world who would like to turn this debate into one of the United States shunning the Muslim faith, rather than that of a protest over a poorly chosen location.
For those who may have a propensity to move towards a more radical position in the first place due to already existing factors, this debate is one that if spun in a certain way, could provide the final push.
The Imam Rauf is currently on a U.S. State Department funded trip to the Middle East where he is to be building bridges and mending fences. But who really knows the actual discussions taking place and with whom? Is this a trip actually on behalf of the United States or more of a fund raising and debate stirring tour for the benefit of Imam Rauf?
Does The Imam Rauf Know Exactly What He Is Doing?
What started as a local zoning and landmark issue has morphed into a worldwide debate over whether it is acceptable or not to build the Cordoba House mere feet away (about 500 to be exact) from the focal point of the worst terrorist attack ever committed on U.S. soil. So close in fact that the landing gear from one of the planes ended up in the building set to house this project.
The debate has certainly become contentious. Both sides of the argument are passionately arguing over freedom of religion, property rights and the fact that the perpetrators of the attack on the country on September 11 were all of the Muslim faith. The last item is probably the largest item in the discussion.
This debate has become a political hot potato, with Harry Reid against construction and Mayor Bloomberg, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama very much for it. With the mid-term elections mere weeks away and close to 70% of the American public against the construction of Cordoba House, political partisanship is going out the window in many cases for mere political survival.