Thursday, June 21, 2012

Carrying Water for Jihad at ‘The Nation’

by Robert Spencer

The Left’s flagship publication, the Nation, has devoted its latest issue to “Islamophobia,” demonstrating yet again the lengths to which American “progressives” will go in order to run interference for their Islamic supremacist charges.

The Nation’s fondness for the enemies of America and the West is nothing new. Over a period of fifty years, its record is consistent: The Nation supported Communism through the Stalin and post-Stalin eras, and even offered comradely support to Maoism and Castroism. Thus its new role as shill for Islamic supremacists and the Muslim Brotherhood is really not new at all. Throughout its post-World War II history, the Nation has always had a soft spot for totalitarians who trample on human rights, while claiming to be the foremost defender of those rights.

On the other hand, the Nation is a Johnny-come-lately to the “Islamophobia” game. Its special issue is preceded by the smearing of critics of Islamic supremacism by Hamas-linked CAIR, the Marxist retreads at FAIR, and the Islamic supremacist-infiltrated Center for American Progress. The only innovation in the Nation’s gutter attack on those who have had the temerity to stand up for the human rights trampled on in the Islamic world is the new low achieved by Max Blumenthal in his hit piece on philanthropist Nina Rosenwald, who has given a large part of her fortune to efforts to defend freedom.

As David Horowitz and I show in our pamphlet, Islamophobia: Thoughtcrime of the Totalitarian Future, the very term “Islamophobia” is an invention of the Muslim Brotherhood designed to intimidate and discredit its critics. FBI statistics show that there is actually no serious problem of “Islamophobia.” In fact, many “anti-Muslim hate crimes” have been faked by the very organizations – CAIR in particular – that cry wolf every time an Islamic terrorist is fingered. As a matter of hard statistical fact, Jews are eight times more likely than Muslims to be the victims of hate attacks.

Meanwhile, Islamic jihadists continue to penetrate our borders and operate in the United States. Recent jihad plotters include Naser Abdo, the would-be second Fort Hood jihad mass murderer; Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; Nidal Hasan, the successful Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer; Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer; Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; Naveed Haq, the jihad mass murderer at the Jewish Community Center in Seattle; Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh, who hatched a jihad plot to blow up a Manhattan synagogue; and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber.

Nonetheless, as far as the Nation is concerned, any attention paid to the Islamic jihad against the West is a manifestation of bigotry — Islamophobia. Genuine bigotry and persecution of innocent people is never excusable, which is why the Nation’s special issue is so repellent. To dismiss concerns about jihad and smear those who oppose it is sinister in the same way that the American progressives who worked for the Soviet Union – and thus betrayed their country — were sinister.

The overt agenda of Islamic “civil rights” groups like CAIR, which are fronts for Islamic jihad groups, is that America become a Sharia state and thus that our Constitution be overridden and, in effect, abolished. In 1998, CAIR cofounder and longtime board chairman Omar Ahmad told a Muslim audience: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur’an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.” This is the voice of religious totalitarianism. But to say so, according to the Nation, is Islamophobia.

Since 9/11, CAIR executives have learned to be more careful with their public utterances, and today Ahmad denies making the statement. But the journalist who reported it stands by the accuracy of her story. And one of the leading Muslim spokesmen in the United States, the imam Siraj Wahhaj​, who in 1991 became the first Muslim cleric to give an invocation to the United States Congress, has warned that the U.S. will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.” He has also said, “If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”

Most telling is the failure of any Muslim state or authority, or the Nation’s editorial board, to condemn Islamic entities – Hizballah, Hamas and the Islamic Republic of Iran — for their oft-expressed hopes for the genocide of Americans and Jews. The mainstream media habitually presumes the existence of a large population of moderate Muslims who condemn the excesses of their more violent-minded brethren, and yet these moderates remain invisible. They have never mounted any significant movement to condemn the genocidal Jew hatred of Hizballah and Hamas, much less the violent and supremacist Islamic theology of Osama bin Laden and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Although aided and abetted by the Nation fellow travelers, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is conducting its own campaign through the UN and other international agencies to outlaw all criticism of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism as heresy: “hate speech.” The campaign against “Islamophobia” is integral to this agenda. It is an attempt to destroy the opponents of the religious totalitarians and their secular totalitarian allies. Should the campaign succeed, the Nation leftists – whose secularism is an instrumental help to the Islamic supremacists but a strategic enemy — may one day live to rue its triumph.

Robert Spencer


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