- - Monday, January 6, 2014

As al Qaeda raises its black flag of jihad over parts of Iraq liberated from its clutches at the cost of enormous American blood and treasure, we are getting a taste of what President Obama’s serial national security fraud is wreaking around the world.

Remember back in the 2012 campaign when he told us, repeatedly, that al Qaeda was “on the path to defeat”? That was a deliberate fraud, meant to shore up his commander-in-chief credentials at a time when he (wrongly) thought they might properly be seriously challenged by Republican Mitt Romney.

Remember when the jihadists’ flag was flown over the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and accompanied the murderous sacking of two American facilities in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012? These events were symptomatic of our nation’s perceived weakness — a perception that is, as former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says, “provocative.” (The failure of the Republican leadership in the House to hold the Obama administration accountable for such outrages — or even to establish the truth about these debacles — is the subject of a scorching letter from conservative leaders, families of the fallen and others delivered on Monday.)

Remember when Mr. Obama assured us that there were “moderates” among the Syrian opposition and that we should bomb their enemy, Bashar Assad, to punish him and, presumably, with a view to bringing them to power. As a practical matter, the only people who count among the “rebels” are Islamists, whose supremacist Shariah doctrine requires them inevitably to seek our destruction.

The same goes for Mr. Assad’s Shiite backers in Iran and Hezbollah. They hate the Sunnis of the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoots, such as al Qaeda. They are perfectly willing, though, to make common cause against us whenever the opportunity presents itself. Think Sept. 11.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. We have been repeatedly deceived by Team Obama about the nature of the enemy we face. Our Islamist enemies have only grown more formidable and more numerous, are on the march in more places and are more emboldened by what they rightly see as our submission.

What is especially worrisome is that the wages of the ineptitude — or worse — of American leaders in the face of such threats are immensely increased by the fact that scarcely any among them are even aware that we face yet another kind of jihad: the stealthy type the Muslim Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad.”

We know from a secret plan providentially discovered in Annandale, Va., in 2004 that the Muslim Brotherhood is using subversion and sedition to destroy Western civilization “from within.” A new paper published by the Gatestone Institute’s Soeren Kern entitled the “Islamization of Britain in 2013” documents how far advanced this destruction is in the land of our closest European ally — and what is in store for the rest of the West if we remain oblivious to this threat.

The following are among the most appalling leading indicators of the United Kingdom’s inexorable submission to Shariah:

“In January, Muslim gangs were filmed loitering on streets in London and demanding that passers-by conform to Islamic Shariah law. In a series of videos, the self-proclaimed vigilantes — who call themselves Muslim London Patrol — are seen abusing non-Muslim pedestrians and repeatedly shouting, ‘This is a Muslim area.’ One video records the men shouting: ‘Allah is the greatest! Islam is here, whether you like it or not. We are here. We are here. What we need is Islam. What we need is Shariah.’

“In April, a documentary secretly filmed inside several of the 85 Islamic Shariah Law courts operating in Britain exposed the systematic discrimination that many women are suffering at the hands of Muslim jurists . The undercover investigation proves what has long been suspected: namely, that Shariah courts, which operate in mosques and houses across Britain, routinely issue rulings on domestic and marital issues according to Islamic Shariah law that are at odds with British law. Although Shariah rulings are not legally binding, those subject to the rulings often feel obliged to obey them as a matter of religious belief, or because of pressure from family and community members to do so.

“[There has been] a wave of sex crimes involving predatory Muslim taxi drivers who are raping female passengers. The number of so-called taxi rapes is snowballing to such an extent that a British judge has issued a warning that no woman can expect to be safe while traveling in a cab.

“In June, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales (aka the Old Bailey) sentenced seven members of a Muslim ‘child-grooming’ gang based in Oxford to at least 95 years in prison for raping, torturing and trafficking British girls as young as 11 . According to government estimates that are believed to be ‘just the tip of the iceberg,’ at least 2,500 British children have so far been confirmed to be victims of grooming gangs, and another 20,000 children are at risk of sexual exploitation. At least 27 police forces are currently investigating 54 alleged child-grooming gangs across England and Wales.”

Do you think these sorts of things can’t happen in America? A decade ago, most British couldn’t have imagined them happening there, either. Don’t worry, though, the Obama administration says you have nothing to fear — except from those of us who are raising the alarm about its submissive policies and serial national security fraud.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. was an assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan. He is president of the Center for Security Policy (SecureFreedom.org), a columnist for The Washington Times and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio.