It’s not often a man you believe one of the few worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, if that award were even halfway honest, reaches out to you on Twitter, but that is what happened to me Wednesday evening when the courageous Dr. Zuhdi Jasser posted the following:
— M. Zuhdi Jasser (@DrZuhdiJasser) May 28, 2015
The link is to an Associated Press article headlined “Rand Paul Says GOP Hawks ‘Created’ ISIS.” Dr. Jasser had obviously read my posting of Tuesday, “Jeb Should Withdraw to Save the Country from Hillary.” He wanted me to do the same for Rand. (In fairness to Jeb, my earlier post was meant to prod him to an altruistic, patriotic act. In the case of Rand, it would be because he had, as Bobby Jindal is quoted as saying by the AP, disqualified himself.)
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is blaming his own party for the rise of the Islamic State group.
The freshman senator from Kentucky said Wednesday that the GOP’s foreign policy hawks “created these people.” That assertion led potential 2016 rival Bobby Jindal, Louisiana’s governor, to say Paul was unqualified to be president.
“ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately,” Paul said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He continued: “They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party loved – they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it.”
Alas Rand (I had higher hopes for him), like father Ron, has a mega-chauvanistic view of the world. The USA is so big and strong it causes everything, including, at one point, 9-11, and now ISIS, if you can believe that. Never mind that the Islamic State is just another avatar of Islamic imperialism’s desire for a world caliphate that has been going on for centuries, long before our country was in existence — the Battle of Tours (732), the Siege of Vienna (1683) and on and on. The violence has been there forever, too. As any literate person knows, it’s in the Koran and the Hadith. Beheadings were part of Mohammed’s game plan. It’s what he did and what he called for. This was not invented by a cabal of neocons in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 2003.
And of course ISIS is part of a straight line that goes from the Muslim Brotherhood (founded in Egypt in 1928, long before the current crop of Republicans were even alive) to Al Qaeda via Zawahiri and on into the modern age with ISIS, all working from the same ideological playbook, as are Boko Haram, Hamas, al Shabab, al Nusra, etc., etc.
Rand, again like father Ron, is essentially racist in blaming this on America and not recognizing other cultures have belief systems to which they truly adhere and that those belief systems may be dangerous, even evil. America did not evolve Islamist ideology anymore than it did Nazism, but the Islamists have the potential to wreak just as much havoc if they are not stopped. I don’t blame Dr. Jasser for being upset. I’d be furious. People like him, at immense personal risk, have been working for the necessary reform of Islam every waking moment of their lives.
Ironically, Rand is overtly or covertly the ally of Barack Obama, who does not take the Islamists’ ideology seriously either, because to POTUS all things are America’s fault. (Maybe Rand should go on an apology tour of his own.) Interestingly, just now, it is being reported that 29 more Christians have been hacked to death in Nigeria. Was that our fault too? Well, yes, if we continue to do nothing about it. With a Rand Paul in the White House, it’s almost certain that we won’t. I’m with Bobby Jindal on this one. I’ve lost it with Rand. Too bad. He has some interesting ideas for domestic policy. But with the Middle East going nuclear, he’d be too much of a risk.