Monday, August 23, 2010

Imam Rauf: "The United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda"

In light of my last postPamela Gellar's exclusive audio of Imam Rauf (embedded below) serves to underscore my point that Obama's failure of leadership has escalated this dubious project into a national controversy unwisely and unnecessarily.  Among other points made in the audio the Imam is heard saying the following:
‘The United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims.’
This is a moderate Imam interested only in building bridges?  As Jim Geraghty noted, "everyone who lectured us about how moderate and sensible Imam Rauf is is invited to eat their words with the sauce of their choice."

As I write this, Chris Matthews is in full meltdown mode seething at the bigotry of those who oppose building the mosque.  I suspect Matthews, Obama and most of the Professional Left media believes American foreign policy contributed to the 9/11 attacks just as they believe Imam Rauf's mosque must be built.  The rest of the country seems to disagree.  No one in possession of even a modicum of leadership skills stirs a pot this destructive and heads to the beach or the golf course.  While Matthews and his ilk spew hatred at those who have concerns over this project at one extreme, some at the other end of the spectrum plan to burn copies of the Quran in protest.  Let me take this opportunity to note that whether such protest is Constitutionally protected is beside the point, it does not make it wise.

Obama now owns whatever controversial sentiments Imam Rauf has ever expressed, no matter how factually inaccurate they may be.   Gellar's exclusive may represent the tip of the iceberg of the 13 hours of audio uncovered by Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism; time will surely tell.  It would have been nice, however, had the president had the good sense to investigate the Imam and the project he supports before Obama went out and made this project the center of a public maelstrom.  Unfortunately he did not and Obama will forever be linked with this Imam and all the baggage he brings to the debate.  What flavor sauce would you like with those words Mr. President?

Content warning applies:  Rauf uses the "N" word in the last segment as does Imam Feisal (Rauf's Imam) according to other material gathered at Atlas Shrugs:

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