What to Do About the Muslim Cordoba House in New York City, a.k.a. the Ground Zero Mosque
The best, current Objectivist content in any media comes from Leonard Peikoff. In one of his recent weekly podcasts, in which he gives answers to audience-submitted questions, he responds to the question of what, if anything, should be done about the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. His answer quickly set off a chain reaction among Objectivists of carefully worded, polite disagreements with, and adamant defenses of, Peikoff’s position. (Shockingly, not one person seems to agree with my proposal for a big, bronze pile of dead cops and firemen.)
Although I eventually get around to listening to all of Dr. Peikoff’s podcasts, I was alerted to this particular one via a very official sounding statement by Diana Hsieh, along with a long series of emotional yays and nays. (Both her blog and her husband’s are worth following, by the way.) Hsieh’s disagreement was polite, rational, and seemed to make sense, so I was curious how exactly Peikoff himself had made his point. I recommend listening to Peikoff’s response to the question and reading Hsieh’s statement about it. And then, while you’re at it, here’s the official site of the Cordoba Initiative, the organization that is building the house.
Essentially, Hsieh describes Peikoff’s position as the following: Peikoff recommends [the government] stopping the building of the mosque “by any means necessary” [his words] which without a formal declaration of war “against our Islamic enemies” [her words], would grant the government undeserved and dangerous powers to initiate the use of force against innocent citizens.
Here’s the problem with her characterization, and (to go out on a limb) the prim and proper (British military in the American Revolutionary War-style) approach to war. At no point in his answer does Peikoff say that the United States should not declare war. What he says is that we should unleash the bombs on Tehran (a good idea), and then briefly clarifies that we should issue a warning first (also a good idea). The fact that he didn’t also describe every other legal technicality that might or might not be advisable before some pilot presses this or that button in no way undercuts the soundness of his recommendation. In short, I don’t think Peikoff would object to Congress making a formal declaration of war. His main point is: remove enemy clubhouses from American soil, and remove threatening, terrorist-supporting governments.
But we’re arguing about irrelevant technicalities here. The point is, with or without a declaration of war, the New York City government should tell Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to formally go fuck himself, and let him take it to the Supreme Court. Alternately, as Peikoff said (with a clarification by his assistant at the end of the podcast) the federal government could simply demolish (”bomb”) the building and be done with it. A formal declaration of war is beneficial, but the enemy setting up camp on American property in not just a symbolic area, but right next-door to a prized target!? Are you fucking nuts?
And if you doubt that it is the enemy building this mosque, take a look at the imam’s bio, or better yet, read this article by him: Preventing Chaos. The Orwellian language would be purely disgusting, if it weren’t also unintentionally educational. When the Cordoba Initiative says they want to promote “positive interaction between the Muslim World and the West”, it turns out what they mean is they’ll provide a protection racket for everyone who’s scared shitless of Muslims. Read the article. The “chaos” the motherfucker is talking about preventing is the chaos that happens when Muslims flip out Danish cartoon style as a result of non-Muslims not kowtowing to their militant and asinine fairytales.
Gloating about how the Dutch government played into Muslims’ hands by publicly shitting in their pants, admitting their fear of the Muslim hoards, rejecting freedom of speech, and distancing themselves from a film supposedly depicting (the author apparently hadn’t seen it) “the violent and fascist elements of the Muslim faith”, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf writes:
“Mindful of the buzz building in the Arab press and keen to concoct a global media strategy to counteract a crisis, the Dutch Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates appealed to international organisations like ours (the Cordoba Initiative) to proactively engage Muslims in prevention-oriented activities.
…In sum, grassroots engagement was rigorous, respectful and well regimented – exactly the kind of early warning system that is needed at a local level to immunise a population from a threat.
No doubt the threat still exists, as the world still waits for Wilders’ cinematic debut. Nor is the Netherlands now impervious to potentially violent polemics in response to Wilders’ film.
But at least now, unlike in Denmark or Sudan, the early warning system has been activated, and the quarantining mechanisms queued. People stand ready this time.”
And yes, the added emphasis is mine. This fucker wants to build a “community center” near Ground Zero, pure and simple, in order to say: “You kiss our Muslim asses, you do what we want you to do, and maybe, just maybe, that over there won’t happen again.”
His kind, and by that I mean those of his ideology, are our enemies. We must remove them. We should explain why we’re doing it. And either before or afterward, sure, we should go ahead and formally declare the war.
And against whom should we be declaring the war? “Against our Islamic enemies”? Well, let’s be specific.
Even if we named every Islamic nation, this Muslim “community center” could claim it operated independently. Nevertheless, it would have to go. Because when we declare war against Iran, or Pakistan, or these two countries and more, we must specify that our enemy comprises all those holding the militant ideology of Islamism and all those who harbor and support them.
An unfortunate consequence for the rootin’ tootin’ American Muslims is that yes, for the time being, we will temporarily be suspending your Cordoba House swimming and basketball privileges. However, they may also feel free to put on a pair of khakis and play on our team. I believe there are courts available across the river.