Mohammedan imperialism comes in many guises. Imam Rauf and his friends are betting on the soft jihad — the jihad of the wallet, of the school book, of the courtroom. In this case, real estate jihad. Planting a victory flag at the heart of enemy soil.
Our leftists keep assuring us that this is not warfare at all. It is sprituality. It is freedom of religion. It is an exercise of natural rights. It is neighborly! But most Americans see deadly jihaddist cheerleading dressed up in a long white dress of soothing slogans.
What is the real deal here? Will Muslims see the mosque as supremacist triumphalism? It seems so.
So far, most Americans have heard little but conjecture about how the 9/11 Victory Commemoration Mosque is understood in the Mohammedan nations. Well, now we hear from a prominent authoritative voice. Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, the general manager of Al Arabiya TV. And he thinks that building the mosque at Ground Zero is a bad, bad idea.
This comes to us from Asharq Al-Awsat, where Mr. Al-Rashed used to be the editor in chief.
Should you be curious, Asharq Al-Awsat is international Arab newspaper which has an English language edition. According to Wikipedia (don’t ask me) it is published by H.H. Saudi Research & Marketing (UK), and is owned by Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. I cannot offer you an informed opinion. It does appear however, that Asharq Al-Awsat has a wide readership and is generally regarded as more of a normal news organization than Al-Jazeera.
All that said, Mr. Al-Rashed tells us that:
Muslims do not aspire for a mosque next to the 11 September cemetery …
Well, how about that! Who knew? I particularly call your attention to his use of the word “cemetery“. Whatever his outlook may be, at least this guy knows that the construction of the mosque is an encroachment on hallowed ground.