The issue of “The Mosque” has exploded upon us. No longer are American citizens concerned about the miserable state of the economy; no concern either for the issue of joblessness, or the aching ever-present issue, the funding of health care. These matters fade as every citizen of these states is bound to consider the matter of the Islamic plans. The Muslims, presumably moderate, presumably unaffiliated with extremist terrorist groups, have plans to build a lavish, modern mosque near the area where, on September 11, 2001, nearly 3000 lives were lost. The air that day was unbreathable with the remnants and debris of the falling towers of the World Trade Center. The extremist core of the followers of Osama bin Laden, he, a billionaire prince of Saudi Arabia, a radical Muslim, fell, on that day, that most defining of all American buildings.
Our American president clearly states that the American Constitution, and absolutely, the principles upon which our great nation were founded, demand that these Muslims have a right to build their place of worship, if such placement is consistent with local law. The Mayor of the city of New York agrees.
This confirmation of the Muslim right to build comes at a time when we in America have seen unforeseen waves of potential violence forming. The new right, the Tea Party, has come dangerously close to advocating an armed overthrow of the seated government, the seated president. They long to scream it! “Get that Negro out of our White House!” Perhaps now they will have a new cry; “Remove that Muslim! We know what we want. We know how we feel! We are America!” And worse, now many Americans, till now tolerant and supportive of Barack Obama, will find themselves echoing these perhaps treasonous perceptions. Emotion sometimes surpasses reason.
Remember too, that the new unsettled East. Pakistan, where now floods of Biblical proportions are producing devastation, has, as does the United States and many others, nuclear weapons. Yet we forbid Iran, a center of the Muslim world, from having these armaments. Iran does not hesitate to threaten violence. North Korea daily declares that war is immanent. China, now with a booming economy, may have surpassed the US as the world’s dominant nation, and yet America snubs China, angers China by selling billions of dollars of weapons to tiny Taiwan. Even Russia in recent years has shown disregard for the regards of America.
Imagine if a lesser man had been president; or if our president had taken a more politically astute stand. Imagine if he had said, “We Americans cannot tolerate this insult; we must obstruct the building of this Mosque!.” At that point, the beginning of the end! The poet says, “..mere anarchy loosed upon the world!”. The rule of chaos would have then begun.
The right wing element now has an opportunity to take the Congress, take the White House, by simply taking advantage of the new anti-Muslim sentiment; by fanning the flames of that sentiment. John McCain, Newt Gingrich, and their ilk all have an unparalleled opportunity for placement in power. “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!” is no longer a fleeting thought; it may be a grim reality. Pundits are aware that such thinking, fed by popular anti-Islam thinking, may be the forward guard of an untimely end to world peace; an end to security and prosperity in the nation of the amber waves of grain.
Many have suggested that the Muslim mosque proposal is structured to add insult to injury; a ploy to celebrate a Muslim victory. I, your author have searched for and can find no evidence of this thinking. If it is that, this observer is at a loss.
Here is an out! The administration in Washington, President Barack Obama, has quietly and without fanfare closed mosques and schools of Muslim teaching in America, as a sanction against the aggressive Iran. These mosques have been shut down because our government believes that profits from their operation are being sent to Iran, and being funneled toward the Iranian nuclear ambition (See my BC article, “U.S. Government Seizes Iranian Mosques, Education and Worship Centers”) It appears that while it was clear the monies were going to Iran, there has been no tangible evidence of their going toward the nuclear program; nevertheless, the mosques were closed. This concept may suggest a route to defuse an impossible situation rationally, without hatred. If there is a threat that the mosque near ground zero may be a target for anti-Muslim violence, another escape route appears.
The final word is that our president did the right thing, the only reasonable thing; but this proposed mosque presents a threat of unlimited magnitude, and what we do here in this new crisis may have an unparalleled effect on the future of our great and wise nation.