Sunday, February 19, 2012

First the Ahmadi, Then Everybody Else

Andrew McCarthy
It isn’t al-Qaeda that’s slaughtering religious minorities in Muslim lands.

Their crime? These Muslims have the temerity to suggest that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, an Indian who died in 1908, was the promised Mahdi — the redeemer of Islam — and not one of the false prophets about whom Mohammed had warned. They compound their offense with condemnations of violent jihad, maintaining that man’s inhumanity to man is ultimately conquered by love and kindness. So, of course, the Ahmadi Muslims have to die.

They are killed in Muslim Pakistan. They are killed in Muslim Bangladesh. They are killed in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Islamic country and, putatively, its most moderate. It was there, in a village in West Java last year, that hundreds of Muslims wielding machetes, sharpened sticks, and stones set upon on an Ahmadi home, brutally murdering three men and maiming several others. True to form, Islamic clerics raced to the fore to rationalize the savagery as being provoked by Ahmadi heresy. The ringleaders were sentenced to less than six months’ imprisonment, with the country’s minister of religious affairs callously explaining that religious freedom was certainly not freedom to “modify” Islamic beliefs — and equating Ahmadi preaching, which is banned, with flag-burning.

The barbaric treatment of religious minorities in Islamic countries, and its roots in Islamic law, is undeniable . . . unless we choose not to see it. So, true to form, we are choosing not to see it.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the intrepid humanitarian and former Muslim, struggles to pull the world’s head from the sand, demanding that we finally bear witness to what she aptly describes as the “rising genocide” Muslim-majority countries are waging against Christians. How tragic that, right at this moment of clarity, American law enforcement has opted to blind itself in craven submission to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Under a barrage of protest by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its media stooges, the New York City Police Department has now apologized for showing hundreds of recruits The Third Jihad, a 72-minute video about radical Islam. Concurrently, after badgering by the likes of CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the FBI has just agreed to purge its training materials of information that elucidates the obvious — the direct nexus between mainstream Islamic doctrine, supremacist Muslim attitudes, and jihadist terror.

The Third Jihad ought to be required viewing. Don’t take my word for it. You can watch it yourself, on this website. In addition to the video, the site sheds light on the campaign against the counterterrorism strategy that has kept New Yorkers safe for the last decade despite their city’s continuing status as the jihad’s bull’s-eye in the West.

If you only read the New York Times and listened to its media echo chamber, you would think the video is a hate-dripping smear. It is anything but: Narrated by M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and indefatigable foe of Brotherhood ideology, and featuring interviews with Ms. Hirsi Ali, Bernard Lewis (the West’s most renowned scholar of Islam), former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge, former CIA director Jim Woolsey, the inimitable commentators Mark Steyn (author of Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech and the Twilight of the West) and Melanie Phillips (author of Londonistan), and NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly — who, for some reason (no doubt related to the city’s sniffling mayor) has donned sackcloth and ashes over the great crime of admitting on camera that the city is worried about jihadists with nukes.

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