Christian Right and `Islamo-Facism`
"Islamo-fascism," a term that Americans heard George Bush use at an August 7 press conference, is the new term being thrown around among factions of the Christian right, from which he no doubt picked it up. It was much in use last month when the new lobby group, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), held their first "Washington-Israel Summit" at a Washington D.C. hotel. Amidst plenty of the celebratory song and dance usually associated with evangelical meetings and a three-course meal was served to over 2,000 attendees, a series of prominent religious and political speakers got up to promise unquestioning support for the state of Israel.
Although CUFI is a religious organization founded by minister John Hagee of Texas, it was a political speaker, Senator Rick Santorum, whose comments seemed to have a profound impact on the nights events. Santorum was the first to use the term "Islamic-fascists" during the presentation. According to Santorum the constant use of "The War on Terror" rhetoric is erroneous because it is akin to "declaring war on a tactic." Santorum went on to say that "The War on Terror" rhetoric was the product of a disinformation campaign and exclaimed that "terror is not the enemy; the enemy are Islamic fascists."
The term "Islamic fascists" appeared to have mass appeal and was used regularly by the rest of the speakers throughout the evening. Before Santorum's speech the Ambassador of Israel to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, using the same rhetoric, saying, "Radical Islam is on the march."
Santorum felt it incumbent upon himself to explain to the audience exactly what they were up against in their support of Israel. He said, "They [the American public] don't understand the enemy because we don't explain it to them." According to Santorum, "Islamic fascism is a mosaic. But the biggest piece of the mosaic, the one that reaches out and touches all the others, is Iran."
The vilification of Iran was the major thrust of the summit and the speakers pulled no punches. On Iran Santorum said, "This is the enemy we face. This is the enemy attacking us." While Ayalon echoed his prime minister's declaration that "Iran must be stopped," Santorum took the matter even further and severely criticized efforts to negotiate a solution with Iran. "While we negotiate with Iran, they fund Hamas and Hezbollah to attack Israel. While we negotiate, they continue in their pursuit of nuclear weapons technology." Of course, Santorum used this opportunity to encourage support for his bill that calls for increased sanctions against Iran. The bill was defeated last month.
There was more than a fair amount of saber rattling at the CUFI summit. Again, Santorum stood out among the speakers on this point when he admonished the U.S. to "...go at the heart of the problem-Iran." The CUFI speakers made it well known at the summit that they want to see less diplomacy and more action.
Also on display was outspoken and undying support for Israel. The speakers depicted Israel as a victim in the current crisis taking place in the Palestinian Territories and Southern Lebanon. Gary Bauer mentioned the sadness of seeing Israelis who are so used to terrorist bombings that they seem virtually unaffected by their occurrence. Neither he nor any of the other speakers referenced the daily deaths occurring in Gaza and the West Bank. CUFI founder and National Chairman John Hagee demanded that the U.S. let Israel defend itself, declaring that if rockets were falling on United States territory, Congress would be voting to go to war.
Whether or not CUFI's Washington D.C. summit is a success for the organization remains to be seen. It is CUFI's intention to bring their interpretation of the Bible and their mandate to support Israel at all costs to the Hill in a massive lobbying effort. CUFI's followers know their message well and, if they are anything like they were during the last evening of their summit, they possess tremendous enthusiasm for their cause. However, it may take more than enthusiasm to convince the nation's policymakers that adopting CUFI's mission as their own would be in the nation's or the world's best interest.
Dan Jennejohn writes for Council for the National Interest Foundation
gary: you seem to have short memory or lack understanding of recent history of ME. perhaps you should take up some reading? tell me whose soldiers were roaming ME streets for the last 100 years. 911 came too late. then tell me how many muslim soldiers roam western countries. did you know falluja before 2003? whay was hizbolla formed and how long ago? how many jews lived in palestine before 1940? how many western jews migrated to paelstine since? how many arab villages wiped out of palewstine since? how many arabs were made refugees since israel inception and by what method? who has supplied all the wmd in the ME? how come every jew has a right to live in paelstine yet those whose ancestral homes were confiscated have no right of return nor can ask for any compensation? why is your govt. supports israel as if it can do no wrong and denounces palestinians as if they can do no right? why did israel bomb civilian infrastructure in lebanon including the civilian airport even when lebanon is a us friendly democratic country? why not go thro un to resove such issues? how many arab prisoners abducted by israel and for how long some have been in israeli prisons? wehy has israel for the last 23 years been roaming south lebanon nightly to with low flying fighter planes terrorising citizens? what percentage of the palestinian land has been given to israel by un and what percentage it has today and what percentage palestinians are asking for their homeland? how many un resolutions are there against israel? whay us and others only enforce un resolutions agaisnt muslim countries and ignore those agaisnt israel? who owns nukes and who is being persecuted for trying to have civilian nukes and why? why? why? why? oh why, you guys are always one sided and can not see the reason behind what is happening today??
Some of these people like gary just don't have some common sense. If you don't want people to kill you then don't kill others. It's that simmple. Muslims wouldn't want to attack this country if it wasn't killing innocent muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine.
I remember someone told me about 10 years ago that once this country loses it's moral values it will go down and that is what's happening.
Gary,learn about Islam and politics as well. One thing is Islam as a way of life and another the struggle for independence of the Palestinians and the ME in general against their occupiers. Without Islam,there would be something else even Christianity, it's the struggle of ME people against oppression,occupation,colonization and dictatorship imposed by Israel,USA and UK. In the end Muslims will prevail because they are right and God is on their side.
What amazes me is how many people talk bad about Islam and yet no nothing about the religion. If you want to read a book about Islam start with the Quran, not a book you got in borders with a title like "The Real Islam" or "The truth about Islam". These books are obviously written by people who oppose Islam and you think your going to get a good opinion from them on Islam.
The Christian right and Jews have their own agenda. Not all Jews, nor all Christians but the current ones in power are pushing the machine of war/hate throughout the world. President George W. Bush is the ring leader with Santorum and a lot of others with him. How can anyone call himself/herself Muslim, Jew, or Christian if they can drop a bomb on innocent children and women killing them in a split second. Wiping out generations of families in one strike.
All of us will have to bow before Allah on the Day of Judgement and we will be questioned and punished for our sins and rewarded for our good deeds. NO ONE will escape this day. A real Muslim walks through life preparing for this day. His actions reflect this day. May Allah forgive us all for our sins (In-sha-Allah) and may he bless all of mankind with knowledge, wisdom, and the courage to always do what is right (In-sha-Allah).
should one make a wild gusess! Could he(she) be
Buddhist, Christian, Jewish,Hindu, Sikh or Islamic?
Wait for few days and truth will be out!!
think that Israeli must survive in his bible.
perhaps US can give a piece of the US to the Israeli and move its people out to NY.
When are you all going to stop giving the West lip service about Islam being a religion of peace, tolerance, multiculturalism, and love when it is not. Tell us the truth that Islam has factions that desire the establishment of a global 7th century world dominated by backward Islam. This is where the Islamofascism comes into play. It is Nazi-like in its desire for a 1000 year reign of global Nazi domination. Oh, I forgot, Allah told you that it is OK to lie to unbelievers in the cause of jihad. And one more thing about Iran -- With a president who regularly calls for the immediate destruction of Israel, what can one say. The comment about the vilification of Iran is the funniest part of the article. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has almost daily vilified Israel, the United States, and the West. I believe that we have the right and obligation to defend ourselves against this. Even though the article singles out Judeo-Christian world, the Islamic threat also targets every other non-Muslim faith.
A true circus by all accounts. A convention of sociopath frothing and foaming from every orifice at the thought of an Islamic holocaust, bent of destroying the world. I have seen this hideous, obese swine that goes by the name of John Hagee many times on television, and he never fails to make me wince at the level that a human being has the capacity to stoop to.Imagine if a prominent, influential, worldly renown Muslim cleric were to repeatedly call for Americas destruction for no other reason then to force a Quranic prophecy into fruition. He would be languishing in a gitmo cell right now. However, this perversity of nature and his colleagues like Pat Robertson, Jerry Fallwell and the like, not only get away with it, but they greatly influence the governments geo-political decisions. Decisions that determine which sovereign nation should be obliterated and turned to rubble, decisions that have the potential to cause mass genocide.I am beginning to think that somehow humanity has lost its ability to reason and use the light of intellect to look through this veil of mass deception which is in fact paper thin, and the more one relies on intellectual and reflective reasoning and thinking the more translucent it becomes.Look beyond the dark cloak of deception, and you can see the real face of terror and evil. By manipulation of the masses they do their war. Terror and evil does not have a penchant for turbans and over grown beards. We have fallen for a comical demagoguery, and de-humanization of the Islamic world, to a point where even the most rational amongst us remain afflicted. John Hagee and his acolytes who convene to discuss destruction and mass genocide, and those who adhere to their every word without relying on their own God given ability to decipher through their mendacity, and those who's arrogance, bellicosity, and a false sense of superiority cause them to murder their neighbors in cold blood, are the true face of terror and indeed evil.