If the Putin-Medvedev regime gets away unscathed with this violent reassertion of authority over what it euphemistically calls the “Near Abroad,” all of its once-enslaved neighbors will once again be at risk of Moscow’s predations. Accordingly, creative ways must be found to impose costs for such behavior. At the very least, as Sen. John McCain has long suggested, the once-and-future Soviets must not be allowed to engage in it while enjoying the privileged status of a member in good standing of the elite club of leading industrial nations, the so-called Group of 8.
Two other episodes this week remind us that the next American president will also have to deal with challenges at home that have worrisome implications both for the character and security of this country: the Islamists’ inexorable efforts to insinuate incrementally the repressive theo-political program they call Shariah.
* The first occurred when word of a contract negotiated by the union representing Somali and other workers at a plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee made national news. As reported initially by Brian Mosely, a quintessentially American and gutsy small-town journalist with the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union had negotiated a contract with Tysons Foods which would supplant Labor Day – yes, Labor Day! – with the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr as a paid day off.
Mosely’s story was picked up by the Associated Press and quickly became a national sensation as talk radio, Michelle Malkin and other bloggers and editorialists took Tysons to task for accommodating this affront to American labor and example of creeping Shariah. Faced with cries for boycotts of its products, the company moved to defuse the furor by making both Labor Day and Eid paid holidays.
The episode has called attention, however, to a serious problem: an influx of what often prove to be quite radical Muslim immigrant populations as part of a State Department refugee-resettlement program dating back to the Clinton Administration. At Tysons, they reportedly engage in unhygienic practices and possibly pose a threat to food safety. In Shelbyville and other towns they are populating across America, many of these Islamist refugees are demanding separate Shariah-based legal arrangements and privileges, rather than assimilating.
* Finally, another manifestation of Shariah’s “soft” jihad in America touched Barak Obama’s own campaign last week. His Muslim outreach coordinator, Mazen Asbahi, was forced to resign following published reports of his association, as part of a Muslim Brotherhood front organization’s Shariah-Compliant Finance operation, with an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged terrorism funding conspiracy.
Each of these events underscore a point that cannot be overemphasized in the run-up to November 4th: The man we hire to be our next president will serve as our commander-in-chief in perilous times, times in which we confront rising threats to our interests abroad and to our Constitution and society at home. Let us pray that we choose wisely.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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