Op-Ed: First, the Saturday People
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Or should the rest of us bolt our doors and hide under the covers?
As President Bush protests too much about their "peaceful religion," the New York Post, in its editorial upon the second anniversary of 9/11, tells it straight: "Much of Islam, with its billion plus adherents, and even many in the West ? in countries like France and Germany ? despise America, its freedoms, and particularly its success."
Ditto Israel, except that Israel comes first. As they say in their sermons ? "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."
Bush believes he has the answer. He is sending in 87 billion dollars to find Thomas Jefferson in that seventh century feud-crazed swamp that is Iraq. Talk about finding a needle in a haystack.
So now we sit back and wait for Iraq to become a light unto the nations, along with the 21 other backwater regimes that make up part of the Arab world.
How can I disagree with two men who are counted among our leading intellectuals? But I do. Both Daniel Pipes and Bernard-Henri Levy say that Fanatical Islam is the problem. Moderate Islam is the answer. I hope they're right. But I am not so sure. For all I know, it was "moderate" Islam that gave us 9/11, and it is moderate Islam that continues to give Israel 9/11 every single day.
Fanatical Islam hasn't yet been heard from.
Those who think it's all about Israel are indeed hiding under the covers. As they slumber, another mosque grows in Brooklyn. (Certainly in Toronto and Paris.)
How can I dispute Rush Limbaugh and his millions of radio listeners? I am in his corner when he is strong on America and Israel. But this time he's wrong. Dead wrong when he defends Bush's 87 billion for Iraq. He says it's for democracy. You cannot buy democracy, Rush, and you cannot sell democracy. You can impose tyranny. You cannot impose liberty.
That is not the Bill of Rights they pray to five times a day in their mosques. Bush is pleased that the schools are running again over there, but does he have a clue as to what (besides hatred for the West) the imams are teaching those kids? By the way, that 87 billion dollar figure is nearly triple the amount the federal government spends on America's schools.
We're dreamers, those of us here in America, and no wonder; we live in a land flowing with milk and money.
Innocents abroad, we believe that the lands of the keffiyeh are ready for Britney Spears and the Monroe Doctrine (take your pick between James and Marilyn).
So we let Israel bleed to death on the proposition that Israel has justice, but no oil.
Israel says Arafat must go and the world rises up in defense of the most prolific killer since Adolph Hitler. Another country, America, is heard from as well.
Maybe it's not the oil. Maybe it's something more sinister that prompts the world, and our State Department, to side with terror, as long as it is "only" Israelis who are dying.
Some dare call it anti-Semitism.
A bride of Israel, Nava, along with her father, David Applebaum, a doctor, a healer, are murdered, and don't touch, you say, don't touch a hair on Arafat's head. Perhaps, Mr. Powell, you were out playing golf with Prince Bandar when this happened. So you are unaware that your State Department spokesman went on TV to warn Israel to keep Arafat safe and snug.
(After Pearl Harbor, would our secretary of state of that time have been golfing with a diplomat from Japan?)
As for you masters of Europe and your treachery; one day your sly anti-Semitism will come back to haunt you. Over the centuries, you have uprooted a thousand synagogues and replaced them with ten thousand mosques. Wait, now, and see what grows from the soil of Ishmael. Your churches are next.
For Sunday is coming, Sunday bloody Sunday.