September 17, 2010
Obama, Dhimmi PresidentBy Carol A. Taber
The slumlord Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has spent the past several weeks lecturing us that if we don't allow him to build a mosque at Ground Zero, we will be provoking Islamic violence. "Our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this, how we speak about it, and what we do," he intoned on CNN.
President Obama has echoed this message with regard to the near-burning of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones last week. He said that burning a Koran would provoke "serious violence" against Americans in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that it would provide a "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda." Whether the success of a "strong horse" building a triumphal mosque/community center on the ruins of Ground Zero also would be used as a "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda" was not mentioned. This is odd, because everyone who knows an atom about the Islamist mindset knows this interpretation of the world to be absolutely, although not uniquely, theirs.
It's predictable enough to hear this Americans-exercising-their-rights-causes-terrorism-so-it's-their-fault message from a terror-supporter like Rauf, who considers it his obligation to push America into dialogue with terrorist groups like Hamas. But from President Obama, our nation's Commander-in-Chief, whose most important responsibility is to protect American citizens from "enemies both foreign and domestic," this message is disgustingly candy-assed.
As Mr. Obama is fond of saying, this was a teachable moment...or it could have been. It was not a moment to teach the Muslim world about how we value the Koran or to teach Americans about how or why we should respect Islam. It could have been a teachable moment for the Muslim world. It was a chance for the President of the United States to demonstrate to the Muslim world that we will not back down in the face of psychotic ragefests, that we will continue to exercise our rights as we see fit, and -- the truest lesson in tolerance -- that we will allow people to commit offensive acts with which we disagree even if we disagree with them.
Instead, Obama shilled on behalf of the Islamists yet again. He made excuses for primitives across the globe to engage in their favorite party game: berserk, vein-popping raging; burning American flags; and blowing up such worthless items as human beings of all stripes and 7th-century statues of Buddha. Obama justified their violence. He was the ridiculous third-grade teacher who watches two kids call each other names, then observes as one of the kids breaks a coke bottle over the other one's head, and then finally condemns the bleeding-from-his-eyeballs kid for having engaged in the great unwashed, uncivilized act of name-calling.
You'd never hear the we-cause-violence message from Obama with regard to domestic politics. When crazed wretches like Joe Stack fly planes into buildings, Obama wrongly attempts to blame conservative talk show hosts. He'd never blame a suffocating tax policy for enraging Stack, as Stack himself declared. Yet when Muslims fly planes into buildings, Obama blames America's insensitivity and hegemony and insists that we all bow to the impulses of people who steadfastly prefer open sewage to flushing toilets.
In 2007, Christopher Hitchens wrote a piece for Salon.com in which he talked about "Rage Boy," a random Muslim protester who was constantly in the eye of the camera whenever the West "provoked" the so-called Muslim street. "We may have to put up with the Rage Boys of the world," Hitchens penned, "but we ought not to do their work for them." Obama does their work for them.
At worst, this could be construed as Obama's openly Marxist predilection for the Muslim world over Western civilization. At best, this is dhimmitude in action.
"Dhimmitude" is a word first used by historian Bat Ye'or to describe the phenomenon of non-Muslims living in Muslim lands. Historically, under Koranic law, non-Muslims in Muslim areas were considered dhimmi and forced to pay a head tax, or jizya, simply to live there. They also had to find ways to go along to get along, which generally required silence to outrages and subservience to Islamic law.
Everything Obama is pursuing fits this profile. Born to a Muslim father, he spent critical part of his childhood living in a Muslim land. One presumes he is not now Muslim, and he professes to be a Christian. Nonetheless, he speaks dreamily about his love for the azaan, the Muslim call to prayer, which he told Nicholas Kristof was "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset," and he even went so far as to speak the first few lines to Kristoff "with a first-rate accent," according to the butt-kissing columnist.
He told the Muslim world that his job as President of the United States is to "fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." (Where that directive is in Article II of the Constitution isn't clear.) He even dedicates government resources to kowtowing to a single religion -- Islam -- hence NASA chief Charles Bolden's bizarre statement that his top priority is to "find a way to reach out to the Muslim world" and the unsurprising yet peculiar act of Americans paying for mosque construction projects overseas. According to the Washington Times, the U.S taxpayers, among funding other mosque projects,
I wonder how many Americans know that?
Obama speaks like a dhimmi, acts like a dhimmi, and spends like a dhimmi. This latest incident, in which Obama acted as press spokesperson for unleashed Islamist crazies rather than as a president duty-bound to protect the clearly-spelled-out constitutional rights of law-abiding American citizens, simply demonstrates, in my opinion, that Obama doesn't believe we're in an American world. This is a Muslim world, Obama thinks, and we're just living in it. I tend to disagree. Aside from the "rich heritage" Obama claims that Muslims have here in America, you heard it here first: no pilgrim I ever knew prayed to Mecca five times a day. Take it to the bank.
As David French said in NationalReview.com, "If we can't possibly appease the enemy, why even contemplate giving up our freedoms?" Why? Because we appear to have a dhimmi president, and he's asking that we accept our dhimmitude, just as he has.
Where are the real men when we need them?
Carol A. Taber is president of FamilySecurityMatters.org.