Expect abundant tributes and news reports today, the 11th anniversary. But here’s an event that occurred the same week in 2001, one largely overlooked by the general public: the President of the United States paid a visit to a mosque in Washington.
After hailing American Muslims as “friends” and “taxpaying citizens” in his comments at the mosque, [the President] went on to say: “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it’s important for my fellow Americans to understand that.” He quoted from the Koran: “In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil.” Then he continued in his own words: “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.” — NYTimes
That President, of course, was George W. Bush. Monkey Boy acting presidential. Making it clear there would be no FDR-like internment of American citizens for ethnic reasons. Messaging the violent hinds in the hinterlands that there would be no toleration of vigilantism. That’s not what America is all about, he told them, grimly and firmly.
This, of course, was before he launched an invasion on Iraq for no discernible reason, screwed up the Afghanistan campaign, and ended up handing the White House keys to a Kenyan socialist Muslim (and did you notice he’s Black?). But set that aside and study the splendid moment. Of the sparse few W can claim, this one was among his finest.
It isn’t necessary to belabor the deterioration of his wisdom among the ‘Pubs since then. Just look at the leaders who spoke in Tampa at their recent love-in. Better yet, listen to the rank and file (accent rank) in the cheap seats. Or just switch on your AM radio — 24/7 Muslim-bashing! State legislatures passing prohibitions on Sharia Law! No Masks, No Mosques!
It’s just as well Monkey Boy missed the convention: like his predecessor President Alzheimer, he’s ‘way too open-minded, compassionate, and statesmanlike for the current crop of cultists at the helm of his party. They’d probably brand him a liberal and tell him to follow Charlie Crist out the door. Assuming he can figure out how it opens.