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KUHNER: Bloomberg for president?
Mayor hopes to win over liberals by trampling sacred ground
The reality, however, is that no nation (with the possible exception of Canada) has been more accommodating of Muslims than America. Whether it is access to higher education, income, civil liberties or freedom to worship - most Muslim-Americans have assimilated into the national mainstream. There are no barriers - political, economic or cultural - to citizens of Islamic faith. They are not denied the right to vote. They do not drink from separate water fountains or go to separate, impoverished schools. They are not prevented from eating at public lunch counters. They are not routinely lynched. In fact, many of them have college degrees, earn above-average salaries and are free to practice their religion.
There are more than 1,200 mosques in America, about 100 in New York alone. Contrary to Mr. Bloomberg’s fantasy Islamophobia, there is nowhere in the five boroughs that is off-limits to them - except for one place.
This is because 19 Muslim hijackers in the name of radical Islam murdered nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11. The atrocities were more than a crime. They were an act of war, the worst foreign attack on American soil. Ground Zero is sacred, hallowed ground. It is the place where innocent American blood was spilled by Islamic fascists as the global jihad was brought to our shores.
To construct a mosque - led by a militant imam who boasts that “the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims,” defends Hamas, demands we adopt Shariah law and claims U.S. policies were an “accessory” to the Sept. 11 attacks - is not only insensitive and provocative, but blasphemous. It denigrates and defiles the dead.
The issue is not - and never has been - America’s acceptance of Islam. That has long been settled. To suggest otherwise is cheap demagoguery.
The real issue is whether Muslim-Americans - and moderate Muslims all over the world - will speak out against their co-religionist extremists. Radical Islamists have murdered more fellow Muslims than Christians or Jews. Instead of condemning them, however, moderate Muslims in alliance with the secular left insist on turning a blind eye. The construction of the Ground Zero Mosque would represent the ultimate symbol of appeasement. Mr. Bloomberg is not the liberal Churchill of our time. Rather, he is a second-rate Neville Chamberlain - a craven appeaser masquerading as a multicultural hawk.
It is no secret Mr. Bloomberg has presidential ambitions. He toyed with throwing his hat in the ring in 2008. Facing a weak and damaged President Obama in 2012, along with a conservative Republican opponent, Mr. Bloomberg may think his chances at a third-party bid would be fairly good. He could emerge as the progressives’ dark-horse candidate. He could tout his business background and executive experience as the mayor of America’s best-known city.
More important, his staunch defense of the mosque has solidified his credentials with the liberal elite - especially the establishment media. Many liberals would be tempted to ditch a terminally wounded Democratic incumbent in favor of a mosque-hugging, pro-environmentalist, pro-choice insurgent.
“He’s someone … who deserves to be president,” Mr. Drammeh said.
No, he does not. Mr. Bloomberg thinks that by defending the mosque, he is paving the way for a potential 2012 presidential run - a real profile in courage. Instead, he is an example of liberal self-indulgence and national self-abnegation. Rather than standing for American ideals, he is capitulating to our enemies and trampling on sacred ground.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist for The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington think tank. He is the daily host of “The Kuhner Show” on WTNT 570-AM (www.talk570.com) from 5 to 7 p.m.
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