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Anti-Islamic Schizophrenia

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Islamic community centerby Jacob G. Hornberger

The anti-Muslim opponents of that Islamic community center/mosque in New York City are suffering a severe case of anti-Islamic schizophrenia.

On the one hand, they’ve gone ballistic over the possibility that an Islamic community center/mosque might be built a couple of blocks away from the World Trade Center site.

Yet, on the other hand, many of them are among the most ardent supporters and defenders of the U.S. Empire’s invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Why is that anti-Islamic schizophrenia?

Consider the following provisions in the constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan:

Iraq: “First: Islam is the official religion of the State and it is a fundamental source of legislation: A. No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established.”

Afghanistan: “The religion of the state of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the sacred religion of Islam.”

Are you getting my drift?

That’s right: The U.S. government, operating through its military and paramilitary forces, has been killing countless people in both Iraq and Afghanistan in order to support and defend Islamic regimes in those two countries.

So, how can the anti-Muslim crowd in the United States get so hot and bothered about a community center/mosque in New York City while openly and proudly supporting the U.S. government’s defense of Islamic regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Why aren’t they out protesting against the use of U.S. troops to defend Islam as ardently as they’re protesting the construction of a community center/mosque in New York City?

Why aren’t they leveling the same anti-Islamic invectives against the troops who are defending Islamic regimes as they’re leveling against people who are proposing to build an Islamic community center/mosque in the United States?

Indeed, if Islam, the Koran, and Muslims are the big enemy that the anti-Muslim crowd says they are, then why in the world are they not calling on the U.S. government to start bombing the Islamic regimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and elsewhere? Why, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a word of protest against U.S. taxpayer-funded foreign aid going to such Islamic regimes as Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Come to think of it, I don’t recall the anti-Muslim crowd’s objecting to the Persian Gulf intervention in 1991, when the U.S. Empire came to the defense of the Islamic regime in Kuwait.

Like I say, a severe case of anti-Islamic schizophrenia.

Jacob Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.


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