We debate among ourselves about this issue, trying to persuade each other we aren't intolerant or anti-Muslim. But those who would create more Ground Zeroes are not debating themselves, at least not in a way that would minimize the threat America and the rest of the West faces. They believe they have Allah on their side and martyrdom and heaven as their goal. How do "infidel" diplomats, Jews, Christians and secularists negotiate with such a mindset?
In a statement prior to Friday's dinner, President Obama said such events "remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." Unfortunately, the president didn't give any examples of where such principles are being practiced now in much of the Muslim world.
Perhaps the president should have considered the comments of Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi on Egypt's Al-Rahma TV, July 19, 2010:
"Devotion to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. ... The Koranic verses that deal with fighting the infidels and conquering their countries say that they should convert to Islam, pay the jizya poll tax, or be killed. If the Muslims had implemented this, we would not have reached the humiliation in which we find ourselves today."
That's reality, not wishful thinking. This is what we're up against with the Ground Zero project and with the rapid immigration of radical Muslims. All the pronouncements to the contrary won't make it otherwise.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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