NYC Mosque Will Aid Terrorists

Larry Price
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Wednesday - August 25, 2010
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I don’t really know why I’m so upset about the residents of New York City allowing a Islamic center to be built near the former site of the World Trade Center.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi muddied up the waters a little, saying, “Muslim leaders have the right to build the Islamic centers, including a mosque.” As if it matters, she also said she wants to know who is paying for the $100 million project.

Republican leaders haven’t helped much. Seizing the moment, they are trying to force Democrats to either stand with the president and Speaker Pelosi or buck them.

It’s a scary thought that most of the discussion about this sensitive matter has been about whether Muslim leaders have the right to build an Islamic center, including a mosque, or not. Obviously they have the legal right, but the unintended consequences of allowing such a structure to be built so near Ground Zero of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York could be President Barack Obama’s lowest moment in office.

It will be proof positive that democracy is a wonderful form of government, but at the same time great for terrorist organizations to flourish in its heartland.

The president is boasting that he has “no regrets” over the comments he has made about the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near the site of the World Trade Center. It might have been wiser for Obama to say, “At the present time, I have no regrets.” Polls indicate that the majority American people don’t want it.

Second, it will serve as a much-needed motivation to Muslim extremists to set up shop in America. If you can get the American people to go along with such a blatant insult, it will be an invitation to other extremists to use the same tactic.

Can you imagine the outrage there would have been in Hawaii if a couple of years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor our government encouraged the Japanese government to build a Shinto shrine on Ford Island to honor the Japanese servicemen who lost their lives bombing our Pacific fleet? Back in 1942, the people of Hawaii were so sensitive to the sneak attack that they sent many Japanese families living in Hawaii to internment camps all over the United States. Many stayed there until the war was over.

It makes you wonder if any of these politicians who support building the N.Y. mosque ever visit military graveyards and see the survivors placing flowers and other mementos to their love ones? Haven’t they ever gone to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl or visited the Arizona Memorial?

This is not a human rights issue. It’s more about political expediency. It may be popular with left-wing radicals during a tough election year, but that doesn’t make it right for those who lost love ones on Sept. 11 at the WTC.

I believe every American knows what the president is trying to do to foster world peace, but this will not help. The reason is probably too simple for those who make a living manipulating others in a complicated world, but there is no right way to do the wrong thing. And building an Islamic center with a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center at this time is just plain wrong.

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