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Obama Should Bow to the Syrian Government over the Saudi King

Posted on September 6 2010 9:00 am
Christine Williams is a 9-time international award-winning interviewer. She is Host and Producer of the Canadian National TV program “On the Front Line with Christine Williams” aired on CTS TV. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Hudson Institute in New York.
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The Syrian government is now leading the pack in its about-face crackdown against Islamic Extremism, targeting mosques, universities and charities.

The government has asked imams for recordings of their Friday sermons and started to strictly monitor religious schools. Members of an influential Muslim women’s group have now been told to scale back activities like preaching or teaching Islamic law. And this summer, more than 1,000 teachers who wear the niqab or the face veil, were transferred to administrative duties.     New York Times

Imagine the Obama Administration asking imams for recordings of their Friday sermons  and strictly monitoring all religious schools?

Not a chance. Obama instead endorses the building of the Ground Zero Mosque saying the country’s founding principles demanded no less.

As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practise their religion as anyone else in this country

What Obama is failing to realize is that a slow process of hijacking America’s freedom of religion is unfolding and that Radical Islam is the culprit.  The Ground Zero Mosque developers have downright refused to answer questions on whether they are receiving funding from Saudi Arabia and Iran, the latter a designated sponsor of terrorism.  It isn’t recent news that such countries have been actively financing and facilitating the cause of Jihad in the West for some time, while our resolve continues to weaken under the current administration.

A report two years ago by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom stated that the Virginia-based Islamic Saudi Academy was continuing to use textbooks to teach hatred to its 1000 students from kindergarten through Grade 12.  Yet the U.S. State Department refused to shut it down.

A dire warning appeared the year before:

“it has been estimated that 80 percent of American mosques are under Wahhabi influence, described by both scholars and U.S. officials as a radical, violent philosophical platform used by terrorists and their supporters to justify violence against Christians, Jews and other “non-believers.”

So while Jihadists are at war with America, the Obama administration has banned words like “Jihad” and “Islamic Extremism” from the American National Security Strategy.  In the face of  Obama’s Invisible Islam the advancement goals of the most radical forms of Islamic Extremism are protected and assisted by Obama to fly under the radar:

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security Domestic Extremist Lexicon, which was pulled out of circulation in the wake of controversy with other department publications, listed Jewish extremism and various forms of Christian extremism as threats but made no mention of any form of Muslim extremism. Washington Times

According to Canadian Political Science Professor and columnist Salim Mansur (who is also a Sunni Muslim) it’s time to get serious about implementing measures to stem the spread of Radical Islam.  He addresses the issue of homegrown terrorists:

There is ample evidence, if proof is still needed, that homegrown terrorists in the post-9/11 world are predominantly Muslim males primed by Islamist ideology.

Since Muslims have failed to effectively counter Islamism, it is long overdue for governments in the West to implement more robust measures of information gathering about that segment of the Muslim immigrant population most susceptible to Islamist ideology.

In other words, time to quibble over “profiling” is long past.

So while Syria of all places implements its “robust” measures to crack down on Radicalism, Obama should take note in the face of his poor record.  He has supported the 9/11 mosque, bowed to the Saudi King, snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on a visit to the White House, banned words like “Jihad” and “Islamic Extremism,” and aims to reduce America’s nuclear capabilities. As midterm elections approach and Obama frantically gropes for an economic strategy to score points, he would do well to make an about face like Syria in the security interests of all Americans.

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