Dinesh D’Souza: Choosing the Burqa
31 May, 2007
Does this man really exist?
What’s that—Fantasia, The Enemy Within…similar? G’wan! One is fantasmagorical; the other is—well, just a fantasy. But which is which? Are they at all similar? Do the rolling periods of Fantasia’s Deems Taylor match those of D’Souza? Do the crashing cymbals of Leopold Stokowski have the impact of an unchained Osama bin Laden? Does Mickey Mouse make a better Sorcerer’s Apprentice than D’Souza makes a lobbyist for traditional Islam? The Enemy Within could have been titled Waltz of the Flowers.
D’Souza has written some excellent books: The End of Racism; Illiberal Education; What’s So Great About America, so it’s obvious he’s a real person—and, of course, so was Mr. Disney—but if Linus wishes to attain adult status without having to wash his feet in some sleazy restroom in a Kansas City airport, he’d better stick with Mr. Disney. A Sorcerer’s Apprentice is more comforting and less scary than D’Souza’s book
Nonetheless, much of what is written in The Enemy Within makes sense: Liberal-Progressive spinelessness within Congress and without, the radical left’s hatred of America, George W. Bush, Capitalism and Rooster Cogburn; the media’s slide into moral and intellectual bankruptcy; Hollywood’s laissez faire deviancy; the thousands of PC thought police who have ruined more careers than Joe McCarthy. Everyone wants an end to the war on terror—including the terrorists. It is how the war is to end—as Abe Lincoln would have said—that is the rub. But D’Souza knows how to end it—replace George_B._McClellan with John Esposito; it’s as simple as that.
“The traditional Muslims are the only people who are capable of stopping radical Islam,” says D’Souza. “America can decisively win this war by allying with traditional Muslims, and working with them to defeat the Islamic radicals…The best way for the right to make such an alliance is to convey to Muslims that we share common ground with them on traditional values.”
Traditional Muslims on the march!
Abe Lincoln had his War Democrats; Bush has his traditional Muslims—certainly willing to make great sacrifices in the war against terror and against those who have hijacked their religion. Certainly. Let’s see…there’s Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the fifty-or-so Muslims that participated in the Muslim March Against Terror in May of 2005 and…hmmm. It’s a sparse turnout. Recruiting has been slow. Can’t win a war without divisions. There may be a reason for this.
The latest Pew Research Center poll of Muslims in America found that 26 percent of Muslim-Americans between the ages of 18-29 could justify suicide bombing in some instances—a couple hundred thousand or so, two or three field armies. Forty percent of Muslim-Americans think Islam had nothing to do with 9/11. The Jews did it…or maybe it was George W. Bush. The Muslim Student Association at the University of California-Irvine invited Holocaust denier and terrorist supporter Imam Abdel Alim Muse of Washington, DC, to speak during Holocaust Week at Irvine. They also invited Ward Churchill. That would be like Joseph Goebbels inviting Lord Haw-Haw to the Bendlerstrasse to discuss that ‘other’ Churchill.
D’Souza admits that traditional Muslims are not moderates. “Many of them are just as zealous in their religious faith and practice as radical Muslims.” (Most Germans were not Nazis and few of them were anywhere near as zealous as Himmler and Kaltenbrunner but it didn’t make much difference at Dachau, Buchenwald and Kasserine Pass)
Muslims are fundamentalists. Working with them will be difficult but if it will put Nancy Pelosi in a hijab and Hillary Clinton in a burqa, it might be worth a try. Sure. What concessions Islam will make to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not clear. Will they let Cardinal Egan do the Stations of the Cross in St. Patrick’s Cathedral every now and then, say around Easter time—if it hasn’t been converted into a mosque?
Qur’an 5:14 “From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We make a covenant, but they forgot and abandoned a good part of the message that was sent them: So we estranged them, stirred up enmity and hatred among them to the Day of Doom. Soon will Allah show them the handiwork they have done.”
Churches are systematically destroyed in Kosovo; Buddhist are beheaded in Thailand; Christians are forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan; non-Muslim women are raped by Muslim men in Norway, Sweden and Finland (and elsewhere) for not wearing headscarves and nary a word from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other American-Muslim groups. In fact, it is just the opposite. The Fort Dix Jihadists had scarcely been arrested when CAIR asked the US government and media to “refrain from linking the case to the faith of Islam.” And then they held a news conference to publicize the case of a Muslim woman from Passaic County, New Jersey, who had been screamed at while on her way to do her laundry by a male motorist stuck in traffic! Obviously a hate crime of the first magnitude! Nothing of the sort could have happened in Riyadh or Teheran, traditional Muslim societies.
In the meantime, the Organization of the Islamic Conference issued the following statement: “Because of Islamophobia, millions of Muslim in the Western countries, many of whom were already underprivileged in their societies for a variety of reasons, are further alienated and targeted by hatred and discrimination.”
These are the same bastards—traditional Muslims—who have not apologized for 9/11 or for the mass murder of Christians and animists in Sudan or for the Armenian and Assyrian holocausts in Turkey scarcely a hundred years ago.
Qur’an 9:3 “Allah is not bound by any contract or treaty with non-Muslims, nor is His Apostle.”
D’Souza ought to think twice about cutting a deal with ‘traditional’ Muslims.