Why I prefer the mosque community center is built somewhere elseSubmitted by troy on Tue, 08/24/2010 - 02:58
One particular oddity that stands out in this saga is that Mr. Sharif El-Gamal actively sought to build it near the WTC, focusing on the proximity to it. The old burlington coat factory building a few blocks away was not selected by mere coincidence. According to WSJ, the plan to build the "landmark" near Ground Zero was a year in the making. In an article written in July, long before the media payed any attention to it, the WSJ writer describes the goal as a "quest." Anton Trionoviski writes in a press release that it was El-Gamal's "long quest to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero..."
In fact, the timing of the mosque raises as much suspicion as the location itself.
Why announce that the dedication will happen on September 11, 2011 -- the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history? Larry Mendte, writing for the Philly Post, writes:
"No one would have a grand opening for a deli in Lower Manhattan on that date, let alone a mosque[!]"
Who would dare be stupid enough to match the grand opening to the anniversary of 9/11?
Well, it would appear El-Gamal would.
So the natural question to ask is, "wtf?"
Sure, sure. I can hear you taking the high-road, now. You will say, perhaps it was a well-intentioned spiritual decision to bring forth precisely the dialogue in which we are talking about right now.
Perhaps it was merely a business decision to create enough controversy that it would turn the venture into a success. Remember, even bad press is good press.
But if the vision of this project is to create "pluralism" and "respect" as it says so on their website, then are they really so oblivious to what is actually happening now?
If that is their stated goal, are they really accomplishing that?
Because it conveniently sounds to me like the opposite is happening. Especially, now, with their recent posting of a 12 minute Keith Olberman piece -- one of the most divisive useful idiot talking heads rivaled only by the divisiveness of Limbaugh.
Is this really about who is right and who is wrong?
I don't think so.
In less you've been living under a rock for the last 10 years, then you know that the WTC has deep-rooted symbol that conjures up memories of death and pain and fear and travesty. And worse, if you believe in the government story of 9/11; that a handful of islamic extremist were on a religious conquest to attack america because we are free -- then you might find a problem with this.
I think the pundits may have unwittingly had it right this time. If you look at the financial backing of this cordoba initiative then you'll discover the salt on the wounds of this terribly sore subject just happens to be funded from a major FOX shareholder. Mind you, the same FOX shareholder who owns the 2nd largest stake (behind Murdoch) in funding the largest propaganda network that earth history has ever seen.
Just ask any liberal who have been very keen at identifying FOX's manipulation techniques during the Bush years, while remaining hopelessly oblivious to other media propaganda that falls within their understanding of the world.
The WTC site has become a more important icon than any other landmark in this country, and, dare I say it -- their placement and timing of this cordoba initiative was by no accident. That means that not only is Paul correct when he suggests that they are trying to blame Islam for 9/11 -- but that this entire divide and conquer ploy was conceived of from its' inception.
This is not about what is right and what is wrong. This is about what works and what doesn't work.
Ultimately, the biggest tell of them all is how the cordoba initiative decides to proceed after this. We absolutely will discover what the point of this exercise was, soon:
Think about it.
Now that it has been so blown out of proportion by the media, one can only assume that it will be protested, vandalized, or worse.
Everybody knows that that is what is going to happen.
And, yet, that very fact coupled with their persistent plans on moving forward at its' current location is a demonstration that they are unsympathetic at best -- or, at worst -- actively engaged in a divisive campaign.
If they really seek to bring plurality and respect with their project, then this is a wonderful opportunity to build bridges between the Muslims and the West by showing tolerance for OTHERS' feelings and concerns. Yes, tolerance. That means even to the un-enlightened bigots and other hard core religionists who believe the government story of 9/11.
So yes. I would prefer they take the high road and build the mosque community center elsewhere.
That would truly be a breakthrough in history.