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Should we ignore Imam Rauf's own words?

The Wall Street Journal has dug up a couple of letters to the editor written by 'moderate Muslim' and Ground Zero Mosque champion Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf:

Much has already been made of the imam's comments on "60 Minutes" following 9/11, when he called America an "accessory to the crime" and announced that "Osama bin Laden is made in the USA." He has also refused to call Hamas a terrorist organization. We've now come across two letters to the New York Times that reveal more about the imam's worldview.

In a letter published on November 27, 1977, Mr. Rauf commented on Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Israel and encouraged his fellow Muslims to "give peace a chance." That John Lennon lyric sounds good. But he added: "For my fellow Arabs I have the following special message: Learn from the example of the Prophet Mohammed, your greatest historical personality. After a state of war with the Meccan unbelievers that lasted for many years, he acceded, in the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, to demands that his closest companions considered utterly humiliating. Yet peace turned out to be a most effective weapon against the unbelievers."

He's referring to a treaty in the year 628 that established a 10-year truce between the Prophet Muhammad and Meccan leaders and was viewed by Muslims at the time as a defeat. But Muhammad used that period to consolidate his ranks and re-arm, eventually leading to his conquest of Mecca. Imam Rauf seems to be saying that Muslims should understand Sadat's olive branch in the same way, as a short-term respite leading to ultimate conquest.

To drive that point home, he added in the same letter that "In a true peace it is impossible that a purely Jewish state of Palestine can endure. . . . In a true peace, Israel will, in our lifetimes, become one more Arab country, with a Jewish minority."

Go read the excerpts from his second letter... just as disturbing as the first. 

We'll be asked to dismiss his writings, to view them from the perspective that he was young and more idealistic and that we should focus more on what he has to say today and the hope he now represents.

That's worked out well for us all with Obama hasn't it?

H/T Dan Friedman in email.


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Comments (4)

Can't get too worked up abo... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Can't get too worked up about a proposed mosque near Ground Zero.

I suspect that there are cowardly residents of Manhattan who want to appease Muslims with the hope that their appeasement will spare them from receiving another vicious attack on Manhattan, which is perhaps somewhat understandable.

But if they're willing to condone the building of a mosque near Ground Zero for whatever the reason, hey, why should I make any effort to protect them? Residents of Manhattan need to hash out that dispute among themselves.

BTW, did you hear that Bloomberg is resisting an investigation of where the funds for that mosque are coming from? He wants to investigate the funding of the opposition, but not the funding for that mosque. It keeps getting weirder and weirder.

I could be wrong, but I sus... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

I could be wrong, but I suspect that an increasing number of people are becoming tired of seeing this issue and other related issues approached from the angle of the ongoing Hatfields and McCoys blood fued between the Jews and the Muslims.

The issue there is the insensity of Muslims to the dispair of the people who lost members of their families on 9/11 - not the animosity that Jews and Muslims feel towards each other, nor all issues related to freedom to pracice one's religion, the latter of which is smoke and mirrors, which appeals mostly to flaming liberals, who are frequently obstinate just for the sake of being obstinate.

A footnote to which is that, here again, this is just my opinion, but I think that Pam Geller (over at Atlas Shrugs) has become a Don Quixote on this issue, approaching it from the wrong angle, because she is allowing her dislike of Muslims to interfere with her better judgment, as other Jews are doing, also. But hey, I could be wrong.

And not only is the issue i... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

And not only is the issue insensity, but the issue is insensitivity, too.

Much has already been ma... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Much has already been made of the imam's comments on "60 Minutes" following 9/11, when he called America an "accessory to the crime" and announced that "Osama bin Laden is made in the USA."

According to Feisel Abdul Rauf 60 minutes did not publish the full transcript and took his statement out of context.

http://www.cordobainitiative.org/?q=content/frequently-asked-questions

The '60 Minutes' piece was completely incorrect as the statement was edited out of context. In the full interview, Imam Feisal describes the mistake the CIA made in the 1980s by financing Osama Bin Laden and strengthening the Taliban. This view is widely shared today by journalists, foreign policy experts and the US government. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf underlines the importance of not supporting "friends of convenience" who may later become our enemies. This is common sense.



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