Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A Conquered People
All of the fuss over building a Mosque at the World Trade Center site seems somewhat perplexing to me. After all, it is the right of conquerors to establish markers identifying their newly acquired territory.
When you consider the explorers and conquerors of old, you will notice a pattern of identifying territory. When Roald Amundsen successfully reached the south pole, the first thing he did was plant a flag marking his achievement. When our astronauts landed on the moon, they drove an American flag into the lunar surface, effectively "claiming" that land as American soil. When British Colonists breached the North American shores, they set the Union Jack to flying. They laid their claim. They staked their territory.
Islam has done no less. Their history is a history laden with conquest. In Israel, their holy sites have been built over the top of Jewish holy sites. The Dome of the Rock covers the original Jewish Temple Mount. The Grand Mosque of Damascus was first a church dedicated to John the Baptist. And even Mecca itself was originally a pagan shrine. The Muslims first conquer and then mark their territory.
At some point we need to see things as they are, not through the lens of political correctness. The Muslim clerics don't want to build a Muslim "YMCA" or "fitness center". They don't want a nice little coffee shop or peaceful gathering place. They want a shrine. They want to lay claim to their piece of America. They want to fly their flag over a conquered people.
The "War on Terror" will never be won until we identify who we are at war with. We are not at war with "terrorists", we are at war with Muslims. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims. Muslims and Christians cannot live in peace. We serve two different masters and never the twain shall meet. They are willing to fight to the death. Are we willing to stand to the death?