Why America must stop apologizing to Islam

Those who wish to see the expansion of Islam’s dominance reach beyond the Middle East into America, have learned a useful lesson since 9/11. Photo: Bazil, Hamla Haydari-i

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012—Those who wish to see the expansion of Islam’s dominance reach beyond the Middle East into America, have learned a useful lesson since 911. Escalations of violence, hateful rhetoric and demands for “rights,” gain ground. Like an unfortunate child, bad behavior pays off. Repeated apologies to Islam from our president, our generals or any segment of American society are counter-productive for this country and the world.

The American system of governance, rooted firmly in laws designed to protect people from outlaws and rulers who might take their property, religious freedom or right to run their own lives, led to prosperity for a majority of people, unlike any other society ever recorded in history. Apologizing for this country’s greatness or any other form of coddling aggressors is an abdication of the system and harmful to all humankind.

Here’s why:

Followers of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (AD 571 – AD 632) were a small group of Arab tribesmen in AD 632 living in the desert regions of Syria and Iraq. Within 100 years, the Islamic empire reached India and China to the east, to the west through Africa as far as the Atlantic Ocean and north into Europe. With the exception of Spain, Islamic conquerors almost wiped out Christianity and Judaism.

The Islamic societies became the most advanced nations on earth, excelling in the arts and sciences. They leveraged powerful trade associations as a result of the hordes of slaves and booty claimed with each conquest, resulting in an economic influence stretching across the globe.

Initially Islamic leaders denounced privilege, elitism and inequality. Many of the everyday citizens, including the Jews and Christians, of the conquered Persian and Byzantine Empires enjoyed relative freedom to work and worship as they pleased (excerpted from Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World).

Unfortunately, this evolving state did not last.

Western societies surged ahead in sciences, technology, and most importantly cultural advancements in thought that led to concepts of personal freedom and self-government. Industrialization passed by the Islamic world. None of those once flourishing societies made personal liberty or representative government a priority.

Islam said:

- There is no law but religious law - the Sharia or Holy Law of Islam. Thus, there is no need for mortal man to meet to create new laws.

-There can be no separation of church and state. A separation between the religious and the secular is a creation of Christianity.

- Education is only important for religious leaders. Knowledge is something to be acquired and stored but not grown or developed.

The concept of freedom, so woven into the American mind, has a very limited meaning in traditional Islam today. In part, because three groups of people can never be equal to a Muslim man - slaves, women and nonbelievers.

America was and still is the last best hope for freedom.

Thomas Jefferson, our third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, provided a positive leadership message when he stood up to the Islamic nations along the Barbary Coast in 1801. After years of attempted negotiation with the pirates, it was the most loving thing he could do not only to the people of that region but as an affirmation for humankind everywhere.

As he declared in his first annual message to Congress, “To this state of general peace with which we have been blessed, one only exception exists. Tripoli, the least considerable of the Barbary States, had come forward with demands unfounded either in right or in compact, and had permitted itself to denounce war, on our failure to comply before a given day. The style of the demand admitted but one answer. I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean… .”

America stands for freedom. Freedom for all people, all religions - everyone. We are like a zebra attempting to grow spots if we take any action other than one to press back against the spread of Islam as it stands today.

If Muslims aspire to develop a peace loving faith, they have no hope if the tyrants that are Islam’s face worldwide are continually treated with deferential respect. Apologies are offered when one has committed a wrong. The situation in Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria or any other part of the Islamic dominated Middle East has not gotten better as a result of the first, second or third apology coming from President Barak Obama. This is in part because apologies offered from those who’ve done nothing wrong to those who perpetrate intentional wrong are perceived as a sign of weakness.

Obama surely believes he is doing the right thing, just like the parent who worries that telling their misbehaving child “no” will somehow injure them or cause them excessive discomfort. To join intellectually, economically and militarily with Israel and any other country determined to stem the violent tide of regimes headed by the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Bashar al-Assad requires intestinal fortitude found only in great leaders.

Violence in the wake of Koran burning is like a raging child crying out for help.

The recent and unfortunate violence across not just Afghanistan but other Muslim countries over disposal of defaced Korans exemplifies the sad state of Islam. Following the apology of President Obama and other American representatives, the violence did not subside.

According to the LA Times, “…chaotic street battles have left more than 30 people dead, including two U.S. military officers killed Saturday in a heavily guarded Afghan government ministry… At the same time, however, the Obama administration’s efforts to kindle negotiations with the Taliban have generated deep-seated fear among progressive Afghans of a theocracy-in-waiting that could come to fruition when most North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops depart.”

A film on YouTube shows young Muslim men celebrating as they kick down rows of headstones in Libya, which belong to more than 100 British, and Allied World War II servicemen buried in Benghazi Military Cemetery over the Koran disposal. One yells: “Break the cross of the dogs!”

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) offered an apology and explanation to families of the U.S. military officers killed in retaliation for the incident. “Islamic terrorist enemy combatants detained at the Parwan facility used the Koran to write jihadist messages to pass to others. In doing so, they violated their own cultural practice and defiled the Koran and turned the Koran into contraband. The Islamic cultural practice and Parwan detention facility procedures support burning the “contraband.””

Rational people must prevail.

Copies of the Bible, Torah, and American flag are burned and defiled regularly throughout the world and even in this country. Rational people understand that to be free to hold these material items sacred we must allow others the freedom to disrespect them.

The Koran disposal in Afghanistan and ensuing crazed response is one more in a long line of examples as to why America needs to hold firm to our laws, values and beliefs. Neither American society nor any other in the world will benefit from embracing Islamic representatives who openly foment violence, disregard human rights, and call for the destruction of Israel.

 Carla Garrison follows current events with one eye on history and the other on the future.  Her goal is to encourage people to know the truth and use it as a call to personal action. Read more at Truth be Told.


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