Editor’s note: This title was amended for clarity.
“When you point at the moon, the idiot looks at the finger.” – Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder & President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
This analogy offered by Dr. Jasser at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Islamism yesterday is perhaps the most accurate illustration of the willful blindness of our political leaders in both parties. Throughout the hearing, and indeed throughout the political debates of the past few years, Democrats focused on generic extremism, guns, or poverty following any tragic event. Republicans and Democrats alike want to focus on the Islamic State as the end-all of terrorism, even though it was created in 2013 –decades after the rise of the modern pan-Islamist Jihadist movement. Like idiots, they focus on the pointed finger. What they disregard is the ‘moon’ of Sharia-compliant Islam that is fundamentally at war with the West, seeks to impose Sharia on the world, and infiltrates western civilization in order to cultivate the climate the gives rise to both political Islam, and its tactic, terrorism.
We’ve reached the point in our government and body politic that political leaders exclusively focus on the finger and have institutionally barred any focus on the moon itself. DHS whistleblower, Phil Haney, testified at the hearing that 820 documents were modified or purged from counter terrorism databases, most of them dealing with the relationship between American Muslim Brotherhood figures and global jihadist networks. That was done at the behest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the very people responsible for cultivating the climate of Sharia adherence and political Islam within our country.
One of the more powerful testimonies from yesterday’s hearing on the administration’s willful blindness to Islamic terrorism here at home was delivered by counter terrorism expert Chris Gaubatz. Here is his experience going undercover in American’s most prominent Muslim organization:
Not only is this group not banned from the country, they help craft Obama’s “counter terrorism” policies and are now serving as a blocking force to prevent law enforcement from digging deeper into the community connections of the Orlando and San Bernardino terrorists. As Phil Haney explained on my podcast, terrorists cannot be studied in a vacuum; law enforcement must investigate their colonies because they inevitably connect to the same networks. Notice how many of the recent domestic terrorists were either connected to Anwar al-Awlaki, the “blind Sheik,” or were inspired by their respective networks? Yet, Awlaki was allowed to give sermons in the cafeteria of the Pentagon several weeks before his disciples flew planes into the building, and he continued to deliver sermons on Capitol Hill thereafter.
The Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is no different. CAIR is serving as the lawyers for the Fort Pierce mosque and Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen’s Taliban-supporting father as the FBI investigates their ties to terror. Remember, this was the same mosque that was attended by Moner-Muhammed Abu Salha, the first American suicide bomber in Syria. Investigative reporter Paul Sperry reports that calls to Mateen’s family are now being redirected to a phone number for a CAIR attorney. Doesn’t that sound eerily similar to the hours following the San Bernardino attack when CAIR got a hold of some of the terrorist’s family members even before the FBI?
The front line in the war for western civilization is not in Syria or anywhere else in the Middle East. The key to winning the war is not rooted in some novel solution to Islamic civil wars in some hellhole in a far off land. The front line is right here in our own country, and indeed, in our own government. The solution is rooted in actually identifying the enemy, not just their tactics or latest high profile leaders. There is no reason Sen. Ted Cruz- R-T.X. should be alone in this endeavor. Sadly, both political parties are dogmatically committed to the idiotic approach trail-blazed by the Bush administration – to focus on the finger pointing to the moon.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.