I’ve thought that from the beginning of the controversy, and so has (the always astute) Bill Kristol. And now, Kristol believes, the end is in sight:
A column (h/t, MEMRI) in the August 16, 2010 London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid, director of Al-Arabiya TV and the paper’s former editor, “A House of Worship or a Symbol of Destruction?” should mean the end of plans for a mosque near Ground Zero. Mr. Al-Rashid supports President Obama’s stand for the mosque in principle (as he supports Obama-like or even beyond-Obama-like policies with respect to the Middle East). He’s no neocon. But his practical case against building the mosque is irrefutable.
What the US citizens do not understand is that the battle against the 11 September terrorists is a Muslim battle, and not theirs, and this battle still is ablaze in more than 20 Muslim countries. Some Muslims will consider that building a mosque on this site immortalizes and commemorates what was done by the terrorists who committed their crime in the name of Islam. I do not think that the majority of Muslims want to build a symbol or a worship place that tomorrow might become a place about which the terrorists and their Muslim followers boast, and which will become a shrine for Islam haters whose aim is to turn the public opinion against Islam.
Al-Rashid also points out that no Muslims have been clamoring for a mosque in the Financial District—a place where people rarely go to worship (other than devout Capitalists, that is).
A mosque being built at Ground Zero because it’s Ground Zero. A mosque where the next terrorist planning to park a truck bomb at Times Square might stop to pray. A mosque built by an imam who wrote a book whose title was a call for the Islamization of the world “from the ashes of Ground Zero.”
Is there anyone left who will defend this disgrace? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Post your comments on the Michael Graham FB page now!