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Congresswoman Boebert Was On Point
Mike Ford 11/30/2021 9:00 AM
Over at Red State, my good friend, colleague, and fellow Infantry Officer, Streiff, has a piece out on the nothingburger regarding Congresswoman Boebert’s on-point jest regarding Islamist infiltrator, Ilhan Omar. He also and quite correctly points out that Boebert’s undoubtably coerced retraction, was not only unnecessary, but counterproductive. From the article:
Over Thanksgiving, Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert was back in her home district. While talking to a group of constituents, she made a joke at the expense of Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar. This is what Boebert had to say:
The other night on the House floor I had my first “Jihad Squad” moment.
I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers. He and I are leaving the Capitol and going back to my office and we get in an elevator. And I see a Capitol Police officer running, running to the elevator. I see sweat all over his face. He’s reaching…the door’s shutting, I can’t open it. What’s happening? I look to my left, and there she is, Ilhan Omar. And I say well, she doesn’t’ have a backpack, we should be fine.
Streiff describes the quite predicable mewling from the leftist press and the de rigueur virtue signalling from those nominally on “our side.” He then describes Boebert’s capitulation, tying it to the usual and quite unnecessary, Republican virtue signaling.
By mid-afternoon yesterday, Boebert surrendered. In a pathetic tweet, she apologized to Muslims who may have been offended (ISIS and al-Qaeda did not respond to requests for comment) and said she was “reaching out” to Omar’s office, presumably to apologize.
Streiff goes on to walk the dog on the wide variety of statements and actions by Omar that not only make Boebert’s comment pretty much on point, but also point out the inherent weakness of Republicans when they respond to situations like this. Here’s the money quote (emphasis mine):
I have no problem with Boebert’s joke. It’s too bad that President Trump isn’t holding a rally and borrowing it so that it gets a wider audience. Omar needs to be mocked and ridiculed at every opportunity. The fact that we don’t isn’t a sign that we are morally superior, but rather it is a sign that we are led by a bunch of happy losers who would prefer to pick up the crumbs from under the Democrat table than win.
Streiff was correct, but he didn’t go far enough. We need to stop tiptoeing around Islam and call it out for what it is. We keep ascribing all the horrific acts, murders, rapes, subjugation of women (now once again taking place in Afghanistan; Thanks IPOTUS Biden) to “radical” Islam. Maybe we were looking at this the wrong way. Perhaps the problem isn't radical Islam. Perhaps radical Islam…isn’t. Perhaps what we call “radical” Islam, is really mainstream. Maybe, just maybe, the problem is Islam in its entirety.
Before folks begin the pearl clutching and strident screeches of, “racist!” and “Islamaphobia!” let’s ask ourselves a simple question; At what point does a radical politico-religious extreme, become a mainstream religious belief? When does it become “OK” for Rep. Ilhan Omar to issue anti-Semitic comments? Even given her history of outrageous commentary about Jews, Congress could somehow not see fit to sanction her. However, with a maximum of sound and fury, signifying nothing, Congress managed to merely pass a resolution, not even naming Representative Omar for history of hatful remarks about Jews and Israel. Instead, Congress used the “Dryfuss Affair” as their example...a pre-World War II incident where a French Officer was convicted of espionage, merely because he was also a Jew.
What are the facts? Is it really just a few at the fringes of Islam who are the problem? Or are murder, rape, misogyny and homophobia, along with a desire to forcibly establish a world-wide caliphate to dominate other religions and cultures a mainstream philosophy?
There are some interesting surveys out there regarding Muslim attitudes by the Pew Research Center.
The findings are scary, especially considering that in the general definition, “radical,” supposedly resides at the far end of the spectrum and usually 1 percent or less of the survey population.
Here are some of those findings:
Taken by themselves, those numbers would cause little concern. However, Muslim attitudes both in the U.S. and worldwide, should give us all pause. A Washington Post Article regarding Muslim attitudes regarding homosexuality, titled: "Here are the ten countries where homosexuality may be punishable by death" notes that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan & Afghanistan, all of which are U.S. allies, have death penalty statutes regarding the practice of homosexuality. Abhorrent to Americans as that may be, it's difficult to paint that viewpoint as "extreme," when it is the legal position of duly constituted governments, some of which are U.S. allies in the war on "radical Islamic terrorism."
Closer to home, the Pew study referenced above, looked at the opinions of Muslims residing in the United States. One interesting finding:
More generally, Muslims mostly say that suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam are rarely or never justified, including 92% in Indonesia and 91% in Iraq. In the United States, a 2011 survey found that 86% of Muslims say that such tactics are rarely or never justified. An additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified and 1% say they are often justified in these circumstances.
Using these percentages, coupled with the current Muslim population, that's 25,000 U.S. Muslims who believe violence in the form of suicide bombers is often justified in support of Islam.
Some Muslim apologists point out Christianity, with its Inquisition and Crusades, is “just as bad” as current Muslim terrorism, in an obvious attempt to divert from Muslim atrocities. This viewpoint ignores one important fact; Islam is the only one of the World’s major “religions” that has yet to undergo a reformation. Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael Flynn, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (and target of the Mueller political prosecution) in his book, The Field Of Fight said, “The world badly needs an Islamic Reformation, and we should not be surprised if violence is involved. It’s normal."
Polls may show that a clear majority of Muslims abhor ISIS violence, but until they actively do something to reform the clear plurality of Muslims who support it, innocent men, women and children—yes children, will continue to be murdered by this theocratic terrorist element that although not a majority, is by no means looked at as "extreme" by a goodly part of the Muslim world.
Whatever happens, our Constitutional, Representative Republic, with it's protections for individual liberty, especially religious liberty, will have to come to grips with this—sooner rather than later. Maybe President Trump was right. Maybe we should halt all Muslim immigration until "we figure out what is going on," and those alleged, "moderate Muslims,” nudge their politico-military-religious construct, towards meaningful reformation.
When Candidate Donald Trump opined that we should stop all Muslim immigration "until we can figure out what is going on," perhaps he stumbled on something we have yet to recognize, that Radical Islam—Isn't. Radical Islam is really mainstream. As President Trump was correct, so was Congresswomen Boebert about her elevator ride. When she said in jest about Rep. Ilhan Omar, “…I look to my left, and there she is, Ilhan Omar. And I say well, she doesn’t’ have a backpack, we should be fine.” she had articulated an inconvenient truth. That’s why she is being excoriated. That’s why she should not have backtracked. Radical Islam…Isn’t.
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Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes mainly on Military and Foreign Policy, while occasionally dabbling in Political and Economic matters. Ford has widespread experience, ranging from military, local law enforcement and developing technology solutions for special operations applications.
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