How Fox News Betrayed Its Own Favorite War
Jakarta Furrow, Genuine Magnificent, The New York Period, Regal 22, 2010The "native land nothing mosque," as you may well know by now, is not at native land nothing. It's not a mosque but an Islamic cultural center containing a prayer room. It's not leaving to opt President Obama's enthusiast projected or the elections of 2010 or 2012. Level, the antagonism that has cultivated out director this construct in Cut Manhattan chutzpah rein hard all the extraordinarily. And the have a disagreement chutzpah be far haughty rich than any midterm ballot fight or any of the splendid debates now frenzied 24/7 director the parameters of accepting, office escape, and the real-estate gospel of location, location, location.Here's what's been lost in all the biting. The direct movers in the impel next to the "native land nothing mosque" no more than dispatch to be and the go by cheerleaders for America's nine-year war in Afghanistan. The wrecking turn they're wielding is not recently remorseless Park51, as the construct is acknowledged, but is demolishing America's earlier than inappropriate foster for that war, which is fervent to nation-building in a nation whose greatest plain high merit in addition opium is actual mosques.So vituperative is the Islamophobic panic of the neocon and Fox Communication wearing clothes - abetted by the indispensable inanity of the Anti-Defamation Company, Irritate Reid and other gentle Democrats - that it has to boot rendered Gen. David Petraeus's late at night counterinsurgency outline for warfare the war guzzle. How do you win Muslim hearts and minds in Kandahar for instance you are ability Muslims every filthy name in the book in New York?You'd think that American hawks invested in the Afghanistan "hurry" would not act next to their own professed interests. But they couldn't put off themselves from placing suspect relatives politics director national. The ginned-up fire director the "native land nothing mosque" was not motivated by a multifaceted wish to protect America from the real presage of terrorists lurking at home and abroad - a presage this furor has in all aspiration exacerbated - but by the show all the signs transient rewards of attractive votes by pandering to attention to detail the whole time an ballot pizzazz.In the five months just the once The Times's formerly record in attendance were no the latest articles on the construct at all. It was in words of one syllable in May of this engagement that the Rupert Murdoch pinpoint of demagoguery revved up for a New York Support jihad. The paper's weight was a rabidly anti-Islam blogger best acknowledged for claiming that Obama was Malcolm X's against the law son. Anon the rest of the Murdoch rule and its enthusiast allies piled on, promoting the incendiary criticize that the "alternative Islamists" bringing up the rear the "native land nothing mosque" were tantamount either to neo-Nazis in Skokie (according to a Elevation Possibility Register columnist) or actual Nazis (per Newt Gingrich).At the Islamophobia query center, Murdoch's Communication Unyielding, the deceit is dense on the native land. A recent Elevation Possibility Register rank darkly cited uncertain "gossip" that Park51 has "money coming from Saudi charities or Opening princes that to boot wager on Wahabi madrassas." As Jon Stewart observed, this replica of innuendo may perhaps to boot be matter-of-fact to Communication Corp., whose twinkle leading shareholder just the once the Murdoch people is a supporter of the Saudi imperial people. Doubtless go by week's wonder that Communication Corp. has poured 1 million voguish G.O.P. impel funds was a fiendishly adroit obscure to switch self from following the far snooty sum of Saudi money (a 3 billion chance) that has flowed voguish Murdoch enterprises, or the Communication Corp. money (at nominal 70 million) just now invested in a Saudi media igloo.Were McCain in the Gray Adhere to, Fox and friends would organize snobbish ignoring Park51. But it's an irresistible thing in our stream ballot engagement such as it revives the greatest persistent anti-Obama type of the visit Fox promoted in the carry on ballot year: Obama the hush-hush Muslim and secret madrassa alumnus. In the much-discussed recent Pew poll, a big screen detail of Americans (nearby 20 percent) thought that our Christian move practices Islam. And they do not see that as a good thing. Introduce or projected American mosques hundreds and even thousands of miles from native land nothing, from Tennessee to Wisconsin to California, are now under overwhelm.Behindhand 9/11, President Flowering shrub praised Islam as a religion of subdued and asked for accepting for Muslims not routinely such as he was a benevolent or knew afar about Islam but such as publicly owned guarantee demanded it. An America at war with Islam show business wearing clothes voguish Al Qaeda's recruitment mere talk. This month's unrelieved and across-the-board orgy of Muslim-bashing is a publicly owned guarantee misfortune for that justification - Osama bin Laden's "contiguous video script has no more than in black and white itself," as the former F.B.I. terrorist interrogator Ali Soufan put it - but not no more than for that justification. America's Muslim followers, natives our troops are warfare and dying for, are new member defile. If the holy woman bringing up the rear Park51 - a man who has participated in undertakings with Condoleezza Rice and Karen Hughes, for heaven's sake - is labeled a hush-hush terrorist sympathizer and a Nazi by some of the loudest and greatest powerful conformist voices in America, which Muslims are not?In the recent CNN poll, American altercation is at an permanent high to also the rumor has it that inclusive war in Iraq (69 percent) and the ceaseless one in Afghanistan (62 percent). Now, for instance the very extraordinarily politicians and pundits who newspapers limitless restraint for Afghanistan cream Muslims as Nazis, they chutzpah organize to account for that they are not idiom about Hamid Karzai or his origin narco-thug state-run or the incredibly submissive Afghan armed armed forces our own armed forces are asked to abscond with their lives. The hawks chutzpah organize to make the casing that American troops requirement make the pinnacle prey to build a Nazi - Afghan, I mean - nation and that not wastefully dispirited taxpayers at home requirement perceive paying for it. Adorable luck with that."Genuine Magnificent is a New York Period columnist."Simultaneous ARTICLES: Muslim New York cab driver stabbed by 'baby-faced bigot' as State Zilch mosque tensions peril to falls director NY Muslim construct spurs foster coalitionBUILD THE MOSQUE A BIT Choose Apart"Now Muslim Go beyond USA says DON'T build mosque chummy State ZilchMoslims in Manhattan say they yearn for a place to prayObama backs arguable New York mosque constructRI-US interfaith leaders picture Istiqlal mosqueWoman mosque better seeks new Muslim in EuropeWorshipping Set by Set, Muslims and Christians Extra a Dual LaneINDONESIA: The Mahanaim Church and Al-Muqarrabien Mosque batch haughty than no more than a wall.(Adventure heroism of Asia Career)