The Ground Zero Mosque isn't just a mosque. It's a symbol to radicals that ground has been conquered and won. That's not just my opinion, lowly girl that I am. That is the opinion of Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, the director of the Dubai-based Arab Television network.
"I can't imagine that Muslims [actually] want a mosque at this particular location, because it will become an arena for the promoters of hatred, and a monument to those who committed the crime," writes Al-Rashed in the column, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. "Moreover, there are no practicing Muslims in the area who need a place to worship, because it is a commercial district. Is there anyone who is [really] eager [to build] this mosque?"
He adds, "I do not think that the majority of Muslims want to build a monument or a place of worship that tomorrow may become a source of pride for the terrorists and their Muslim followers, nor do they want a mosque that will become a shrine for the haters of Islam."
With 100+ mosques in New York, why is there such a desire to build another one in a commercial district where no Muslims live and near the most famous act of terrorism ever committed on American soil by extremists of that same religion?
Al-Rashed agrees. He went on to say that the New York Islamic leader Faisal Abdul Rauf, president of the Cordoba Initiative,who is leading the plans for the Ground Zero mosque, is making a decision that is "not at all an intelligent one". As only 20% of Americans favor its construction, the idea this mosque is a way to create reconciliation is again...what's the word?....right...ill-conceived.
So either the man's an imbecile. Or his motives aren't exactly pure. Okay, not pure at all.
In the meantime, Obama stuck his tongue out and stepped on it last week. He supported the mosque, an unpopular opinion and, as we can see from Al-Rashed's statements, also an unfounded one.
Rahm Emanuel, according to Sean Hannity, spent the weekend calling Democrats and begging them not to oppose the President and his mosque opinion.
What's got Rahm sweating? He knows it was a bad political move, I'm guessing. Or he just wants another excuse to talk to Congressional members while they shower. It could go either way.
He's not the only one sweating. Obama's decision to publicly support the Ground Zero Mosque even has liberal pundits begging for George W. Bush to make a statement and save their Barry boy from his own motor mouth.
"It's time for W. to weigh in," writes the New York Times' Maureen Dowd. Bush, Dowd explains, understands that "you can't have an effective war against the terrorists if it is a war on Islam." Dowd finds it "odd" that Obama seems less sure on that matter. But to set things back on the right course, she says, "W. needs to get his bullhorn back out" -- a reference to Bush's famous "the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!" speech at Ground Zero on September 14, 2001.
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson is also looking for an assist from Bush. "I…would love to hear from former President Bush on this issue," Robinson wrote Tuesday in a Post chat session. "He held Ramadan iftar dinners in the White House as part of a much broader effort to show that our fight against the al-Qaeda murderers who attacked us on 9/11 was not a crusade against Islam. He was absolutely right on this point, and it would be helpful to hear his views."
And Peter Beinart, a former editor of the New Republic, is also feeling some nostalgia for the former president. "Words I never thought I'd write: I pine for George W. Bush," Beinart wrote Tuesday in The Daily Beast. "Whatever his flaws, the man respected religion, all religion." Beinart longs for the days when Bush "used to say that the 'war on terror' was a struggle on behalf of Muslims, decent folks who wanted nothing more than to live free like you and me…"
Sorry ya'll. Daddy is retired and won't comment. Junior is in charge now and must reap the political backlash that he sows. I think it's called being President. But if that title doesn't fit, maybe we should remind Barry he's an adult now.
How does Obama respond to all this yammering about his previous yammering? He doubles down and yammers some more. If at first you don't succeed...that has to be Obama's mantra.
Woohoo! And the ride just keeps going round and round and round. No need to plunk in a quarter.
While Sen. Harry Reid, a most nasally-annoying yet powerful Democrat, speaks against the Ground Zero Mosque, his girl pal Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to investigate anyone who opposes it. I don't think they'll be painting each other's toes for awhile.
Today, Rush tagged her actions "soft tyranny". Has a nice ring to it.
Who does she want investigated?
Oh. Right. These people.
And now we're full circle.
The Ground Zero Mosque backers admitted today they won't refuse money from Saudia Arabia or Iran to build their mosque. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists of 9/11 were Saudi Arabian and Iran is an official sponsor of terrorism, according to the U.S. government.
Yep. It's so obvious this is about reconciliation. I feel like holding someone's hand.