America’s War On Islam

By Stephen Lendman

16 September, 2010

America prides itself on religious freedom, the Constitution’s First Amendment stating:

"Congress
shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

In
fact, those rights are selectively enforced, and consistently denied at
the whim of administrations, Congress and courts, including equal
respect for all religions – more than ever post-9/11 under Bush and
Obama, agents of privilege, not Constitutionally protected freedoms. A
sad testimony to a rhetorical, not real democracy, Muslim Americans
especially victimized, vilified, and persecuted for their faith,
ethnicity, prominence, activism, and charity – innocent men and women
bogusly called terrorists, used for political advantage.

More
than any other ethnic/religious group, Western discourse especially
wrongs and unfairly portrays Muslim/Arabs stereotypically as culturally
inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, and
violent.

In his book, "Reel Bad Arabs: How
Hollywood Vilifies a People," Jack Shaheen explained how they’ve been
defamed and used as fair game throughout decades of cinematic history
(from silent films to recent ones) to foster prejudicial attitudes, and
reinforce notions of Western values, high-mindedness, and moral
superiority.

Worse still are slanderous media
commentaries about dangerous gun-toting terrorists, vital for
authorities to arrest and imprison, never mind the rule of law, right
or wrong, or whether those accused are guilty or innocent. It’s no
surprise when new suspects are named, media reports automatically
convicting them in the court of public opinion, poisoning it by
stereotypical characterizations and baseless charges, invariably
against Muslims, and by implication their faith.

No
wonder politicians and extremist Christian fundamentalist ministers
rage over Muslim "terrorists" and a proposed New York Islamic cultural
center two blocks from Ground Zero, threatening a public 9/11 Koran
burning in protest – cancelled, then suspended, now re-cancelled, so
stay tuned, the outrageous media frenzy may encourage it ahead, as well
as attacks around the country against mosques, perhaps with Muslims
inside praying, authorities turning a blind eye about people they
despise, pretending, like Obama, they care.

On
9/11/2010, he disingenuously said America’s not "at war with Islam,"
while he wages it against at least six Muslim countries – Afghanistan,
Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia Yemen, and Palestine by supplying Israel with
annual billions in aid and the latest weapons and technology. He also
threatens or intimidates other countries, including Iran, Lebanon,
Syria, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba, even though none of them pose a
regional or global threat.

In addition,
Special Forces death squads (like Task Force 373), extrajudicially
murder or capture suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda figures, many hundreds
or perhaps thousands on a so-called Jpel (joint prioritized effects)
list.

Further, drones and ground forces kill
civilian men, women and children daily, falsely called "terrorists" or
"insurgents," and Special Forces and CIA operatives operate lawlessly
in 75 or more countries, warring covertly against anyone opposing US
interests.

It’s America’s secret war, mostly
against Muslims, including US citizens abroad, denied due process or
judicial fairness. Just a bullet, bomb or slit throat, Obama’s summary
judgment, defiling the rule of law – counter-insurgency madness to cow
people into submission, advancing permanent war and endless violence,
breeding resentment and hatred throughout the Muslim world.

On
9/11, AP said, for the second straight day, thousands of Afghans in
Kabul responded to anti-Muslim hatred, specifically the announced Koran
burning. Despite cancelling it, the damage was done, crowds burning
tires and shouting "Long live Islam, death to America." Earlier in the
week, they heard fiery speeches from parliament members, provincial
council deputies, and Islamic clerics, criticizing Washington and
demanding foreign troops withdraw. Some also threw rocks at a passing
US military convoy.

Protesters in front of
western Kabul’s Milad ul-Nabi mosque raised and flags with slogans
calling for Obama’s death, also a cardboard effigy of Dove World
Outreach Center’s pastor Terry Jones. All religious holy books are
sacred, demanding the respect they deserve. Burning or desecrating them
is morally wrong and profoundly offensive.

In
2005, Afghan riots killed 15 and injured dozens following stories about
Guantanamo interrogators placing Korans in washrooms and flushing one
down a toilet. Imagine the outrage in America if Muslims did it to
Bibles or other Judeo-Christian scripture.

Against
that backdrop, Obama’s 9/11 address at the Pentagon (symbolic of
America’s war agenda) was an exercise in demagoguery and lies saying:

"We
will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls
of suspicion and mistrust….The highest honor we can pay those we
lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our
adversaries fear the most. To stay true to who we are, as Americans; to
renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character
of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of
murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we
are."

Fact check:

— in
20 months as president, Obama continued what Bush began, stripping
civil liberties, defiling human rights, waging imperial wars,
increasing homeland repression, and targeting dissent and democratic
freedoms;

— at home and abroad, he’s fostered hate, loathing, and mistrust throughout the entire Muslim world;


"those (9/11 victims) we lost" were by our hands, not "crazed Arabs"
from an Afghanistan cave directing their American operatives;


"true to who we are? our sense of common purpose? the character of our
country?" In fact, a cavernous divide separates most Americans from our
criminal ruling cabal. Obama is its titular head allied with corporate
predators, exploiting human resources and strip mining the world for
profits, allied with out-of-control militarists, destroying it for
power and privilege;

— "some small band of
murderers who slaughter the innocent?" America’s marauding armies wage
ruthless wars on planet earth, slaughtering millions on every continent;

— "distort who we are?" The above account explains it, unmasking Obama’s demagoguery.

Saying
"We champion the rights of every American (to) worship as one chooses,"
Obama omitted the New York cultural center or announced Koran burning,
now cancelled, showing his contempt for Islam, his words
notwithstanding, disingenuous rhetoric like everything he says, what
everyone needs to know, what too few understand, still thinking he’s
different. He’s not, and in many respects he’s worse than his
predecessor.

Justifying America’s imperial wars
and homeland repression requires enemies, Muslims the target of choice,
vilified for their faith, "terrorists" or "Islamofascists" because we
say so. It’s reminiscent of the false late 1990s accusations against
Nation of Islam National Representative Louis Farrakhan, saying he
called the Pope "the anti-Christ" and Judaism a "gutter religion."

He
strongly rebutted the assertions, what Washington can’t do about Islam,
calling it a "religion of war," when, in fact, it promotes love, not
hate; peace, not violence; good over evil; charity, not exploitation;
and a just and fair society for people of all faiths.

America’s
Judeo-Christian "war on terror" disdains these beliefs, vilifying
people for their faith, slaughtering and torturing them abroad,
conducting a modern day Inquisition at home, a lawless holy crusade,
based on lies, deceit, and managed news. Regular state propaganda over
the airwaves preaches hate for global conquest, masquerading as
democracy, the kind Washington won’t tolerate anywhere, including at
home.

A Final Comment

Washington’s
one-sided Israeli support underscores its disdain for Islam. Obama
accentuated it by telling Netanyahu that "The bond between the United
States and Israel is unbreakable," assuring him of America’s "deep,
abiding interest in Israel’s security," a message Palestinians and
world Muslims know means no interest in theirs.

Worse
still, he endorsed Cast Lead and Gaza’s siege, mercilessly and
illegally suffocating 1.5 million people posing no threat whatever.
Hamas is targeted for its independence, not militancy, what he and
Western media won’t explain.

The latest round
of peace talks continue, as bogus as others, on and off for the past 35
years, resolving nothing but empowering Israel at the expense of
Occupied Palestinians. The only possible outcome this time is like
before – total failure or unconditional capitulation, nothing in
between, because Washington and Israel won’t tolerate a just, equitable
agreement.

Obama also rejects Hamas as
Palestine’s legitimate government as well its right to self-defense.
Under occupation, it’s essential against a nuclear-armed marauder, a
rogue state, a military powerhouse aggressor believing violence is the
only language Arabs understand. No wonder growing millions globally see
Israel for what it is – a regional and world menace complicit with its
Washington paymaster/partner.

Stephen Lendman
lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to
cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive
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