#2: Runner Up: Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg can do as he damn well pleases with respect to the Ground Zero Victory Commemoration Mosque, and he knows it. And he shows it by his brassy and unbending defiance of the majority of NYC’s voting public. His pretences of ideological purity and obedience to abstract principle — in this case to freedom of religion and more specifically to property rights — are one of the most outrageous insults that the intelligence of the NYC public has ever been subjected to.
How deep is Bloomberg’s dedication to the principle of property rights? This summer he fined retail businesses which left their street doors open to tempt hot passers by to come in and shop. If my memory serves, some nonsense to do with ecology took precedence over business owners’ property rights. I think that’s a clue.
Bloomberg’s prattle about rights is intended largely as a rhetorical device to confuse and inhibit patriots who actually care about American principles. I strongly doubt that he actually understands or cares much about the concept. Although I think he finds that the posture suits his self image. At bottom, he believes that it’s his city and he’ll do as he likes with it.
And while we’re on the subject of things that Bloomberg doesn’t know or care about, what do you think he knows about Islam or jihad? What do you think he actually knows about the enemy or his doctine?
Just to keep this in perspective, Islam (meaning submission, the opposite of self-governance) considered as a whole, is a tangled hodge-podge of beliefs and doctrines ranging from the benign to the bloodthirsty. And its implementation in practice around the world is also a hodge-podge ranging from the homey to the downright horrifying. Worse yet, ALL of the major schools of Islamic thought, as taught in prestigious schools and preached in prestigious mosques, and ALL of the traditional authorities endorse, in one fashion or another, Islam’s more bloody doctrines.
There is no equivalent in Mohammedan society of a Quaker sect, or a group with an expugated, non-violent version of the Koran. And still worse, from an outsider’s point of view, there is no outward clue to differentiate between those Muslims that are committed to mayhem, and those that are not.
It is simple common sense that when confronted with a chaotic collection of stuff that has hidden deadly elements, you treat it like just that — a chaotic collection of stuff that has hidden deadly elements. The Mohammedan nations of the world themselves haven’t gotten this problem sorted out in any official and definitive way, and we sure as hell can’t do it for them. The best we can do is to try to learn from the defectors, and from scholars whose work actually makes sense in terms of observable reality — and exercise extreme caution. No way does Bloomberg have a single clue.
- FACT: The Towers were destroyed and 3000+ killed in the name of Islam.
- FACT: Mohammedans around the world are split, many say that that wasn’t the real Islam, others say it is.
- FACT: Mohammedans around the world have been fighting over what is the real Islam for centuries.
- FACT: It’s not America’s problem.
The denizens of NYC, by a margin of 60-40 have very reasonably, and hospitably said to the people who want the mosque, let’s avoid even the appearance of triumphalism, why don’t you build your mosque a little bit apart, in modest deference to the site of sins committed in your name. We’re willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, that your Islam is a benign Islam, and is the real Islam. Just for clarity’s sake, so there’s no confusion, let’s move it away a little bit from the bad guys’ Islam — to wit, the still empty crater where the Towers used to be, and thousands were murdered.
A kinder answer you couldn’t ask for. And a far kinder answer than I would make. But it’s not good enough for mental mightyman Mike. Brainiac Bloomberg is going to resolve the millenium old battle over what is the true Islam, and resolve the equally old battle between Mohammedans and whoever the local neighbors happen to be, and do it all with his piercing insight into the true meaning of the constitution … just like that.
In fact, the idiot’s actions make the jihaddis’ argument for them. His action says, just as the jihaddis advertise, that they are an irresistable force, that they must inevitably win, and that the world will ultimately bow to the will and law of Islam.
Mentor Mike’s sacharine verbal mush on the subject provides an amusing contrast with the words of the Muslim Brotherhood. Says mental mammoth Mike:
“The World Trade Center Site will forever hold a special place in our City, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves — and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans — if we said ‘no’ to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.
Let us not forget that Muslims were among those murdered on 9/11 and that our Muslim neighbors grieved with us as New Yorkers and as Americans. We would betray our values — and play into our enemies’ hands — if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists …
… as if jihaddists around the world would be smitten with admiration for our liberal principles and feel themselves shamed.
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their own hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack.
Um … who did our genius mayor say is playing into whose hands? For the jihaddi it’s all about the win. For Bloomberg and his liberal pals it’s all about what they see in the mirror. Who do you figure has better odds?
Bloomberg’s primary contribution to the jihaddists propaganda campaign is of course his action itself. But in terms of what he says, it is the notion that there is some higher principle involved, some duty incumbent on us, that takes priority over America’s proper self interest. There is not.
As I have said elsewhere (here and here) , experts in this field have argued, convincingly, that if the mosque goes up at Ground Zero, jihaddists around the world will claim it as a victory. And in fact several have argued just as convincingly that that is precisely Imam Rauf’s true goal. Simply put, that would be strongly against America’s interest. And that is all we need to take into account.
If moving the mosque causes some grumbling and dissatisfaction for a few people, that is of no account to anybody but themselves and their personal friends. And frankly, for the people involved in the mosque project to put their own preference ahead of America’s interest in that way, places them beyond consideration.
His second largest contribution is precisely to “play into the hands“, as he puts it, of the Muslim Brotherhood and their Alinsky-like playbook for America’s self destruction. Wherever the agents of sharia supremacy have found a way to use our own laws against our interests, it is incumbent on our officials to bend their every effort, to wrack their brains to find a way to foil those attacks.
To use our principles of freedom of religion and property rights against us in order to establish a jihaddist propaganda monument, is a signal victory for the Muslim Brotherhood approach to overthrowing America.
And brain-dead Bloomberg is walking us right into it.