The minus side
So on the minus side, we still are a conflicted people, especially now in the age of Obama. We worry whether a nut and his 49 nuts of a nation of 300 million offend fanatical Muslims, who were quite willing to kill a novelist, a cartoonist, an opera producer, a pope, and anyone else they deemed not properly deferential or tolerant enough — this from the most intolerant of all on the planet. We apologize for “Infinite Justice,” and talk of “overseas contingency operations” and “man-made disasters.” Cannot the president just say, “The price for free speech is tragically bad taste and worse among a small minority.”
(Has anyonr noticed that a pathetic and repulsive broke Pastor Jones is merely a cruder media version of the money-mongering, slick Imam Rauf? Each in his own way is otherwise not newsworthy, each trying to con his way into attention, each cashing in on 9/11 in differing ways. The chief divide between the two is that the mellifluous Rauf has mastered the veneer of the snarky educated elite, the twangy Jones has reinforced the stereotype of the yokel lower middle-class clinger. Note the clueless media fell for one faker, but not the other. Note further: cannot the president keep out of these “teachable moments”? Even a book-burning creep has the constitutional right to be a creep without the president of the United States, the secretary of Defense, and a 4-star general trying to silence his crude expression. Are we so afraid of radical Islam that one Florida holy roller endangers the security of the United States? Surely there are enough of us around to make it clear Jones does not speak for America without DOD, Coalition Forces-Afghanistan, and POTUS. This is getting very tiresome: Skip Gates, the Arizona victims in danger of being snatched while having ice cream, the ad nauseam sermons on the Ground Zero mosque, now Pastor Jones: enough, Mr. Obama, you have enough to worry about without being sermonizer in chief.)
America needs a Lincoln to give about a 10 minute speech — nothing more — about whom the Muslim world should really fear: perhaps the Russians who destroyed Muslim Chechnya, or the Chinese who curb Islamic expression, or the Arab tyrannies that slay their own, but not the U.S., not us who have welcomed in millions from the Middle East and saved Muslims from Bosnia to Indonesia. The people have heard enough lectures that “sometimes we have let ourselves down.” Or “sometimes we haven’t always been…” Blah, blah,blah.
A final word on 9/11. Our president is not connecting with the people on the matters of radical Islamic terror. Yes, we do not wish to be hard on Muslims and yes we are not prejudicial. But at some point, Mr. Obama should think deeply and ask why a Major Hasan murdered his own army comrades, evoking Allah as he butchered innocents (do we know even their names?). If there is a torched Times Square or another jet imploding, it will most likely be due to a proverbial “home-grown” — the euphemism for the American-born or American-residing terrorist who, after enjoying all the benefits of American liberality, affluence, and leisure, hates his benefactors for their liberality and their appetites that grow within him.
Or what exactly drove a Mr. Mutallab to want to blow up a jet, or other Muslims to wish to torch Times Square?
Was it really the Jews, or Iraq, or cartoons, or something we did? Or rather a warped radical religious ideology that is allowed to spread too often without censure?
If the Imam Raufs of America would spend three times as much time condemning madrassas, Wahabbism, anti-Muslim oppression by others abroad, and the silence of so many in the Muslim community about the radicalism that spreads among them as they do warning us to be more liberal — or else — then there would be far fewer Major Hasans and his fellow zealots who on over 30 occasions have tried to trump the mass murder of 9/11.
What a weird society — each time a radical Islamist is stopped before killing the innocent, we keep going back to the single Timothy McVeigh murdering of 15 years past, and mouth some banality like “there are all sorts of terrorists.”
So maybe just a tiny bit of George Patton and a bit less of Tony Robbins.