Islamophilia, Democracy and Political Correctness

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True Democracy can no more take hold in Islamic soil than a rose can grow in a glass vase ... no matter how much water it contains. This is a true statement and many Islamists know that this is a true statement.

Tell that to the politically correct segment of our society. This segment, whether it is the mainstream media or foreign policy makers, is afflicted with “opposite disorder” or better described as “Islamophilia.” What is Islamophilia?, you ask. It is the irrational and self-destructive desire to show how enlightened and morally superior you are by bending over backwards to embrace the Islamic cause.

We even see rampant Islamophilia in the highest levels of the U.S. military—and it has cost some of our brave U.S. service men and service women their lives. We all remember the attack at Fort Hood, Texas, when Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan entered the Soldier Readiness Center, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (“Allah is greater!”), then opened fire on scores of unarmed soldiers, including a pregnant woman who later died.

By the time Major Hasan was brought down by civilian police officers (he survived with paralyzing injuries), he had killed or mortally wounded 13 people and left 29 others injured.

Soon after the attack, we learned that U.S. intelligence agencies had actually monitored emails between Hasan and the radical Al-Qaida imam Anwar al-Awlaki. Hasan had been setting off alarms in the intelligence community for months, but the politically correct military bureaucracy ignored the warning signs.

Hasan, who had trained as a psychiatrist at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, was a frequent disciplinary problem, yet his superior officers promoted him to the rank of major, apparently to avoid appearing “intolerant” or “Islamophobic.” During his residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he required extra supervision because of his extreme views.

While at Walter Reed, Hasan delivered a PowerPoint talk to a roomful of mental health staff members. His subject was Muslims in the U.S. military. Among the points listed in his presentation: “We [Muslims] love death more [than] you love life!” and “Fighting to establish an Islamic State to please God, even by force, is condoned by the Islam.”

One of Hasan's classmates recalled that presentation: “We asked him pointedly, ‘Nidal, do you consider Shari'a law to transcend the Constitution of the United States?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ We asked him if homicidal bombers were rewarded for their acts with seventy-two virgins in heaven and he responded, ‘I've done the research—yes.’ Those are comments he made in front of the class ... I was astounded and went to multiple faculty members and asked why he was even in the Army ... Political correctness squelched any opportunity to confront him.”

And the political correctness continued even after Hasan killed more than a dozen soldiers at Ford Hood. Army Chief of Staff George W. Casey, Jr., sent a mass email to soldiers expressing his concern about a potential “backlash against our Muslim soldiers and civilians.” Casey went on NBC's Meet the Press and said, “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse.”

Now, that is an astonishing statement. If our “diversity” ever becomes a “casualty,” that will be a worse loss than the real casualties—the dead and wounded victims of the Fort Hood shooting! At the very highest levels of our military, our leaders are so anxious to be thought of as “tolerant” and “politically correct” that they openly value cultural “diversity” above the lives of our fighting men and women. That is why the military kept promoting Nidal Malik Hasan, even though he was clearly a threat to his fellow soldiers. The military bureaucracy bent over backwards to keep the Army from appearing to be “Islamophobic.”

Islamists can never appreciate or pledge an allegiance to the constitution or the flag, only to the Shari’a and the Caliphate. That is why, to them, democracy is a folly or a tool to reach power. Once there, ALL forms and trappings of secular democracy will be swept away into the dust bin of Jihad. As a Christian who loves ALL people but not ALL systems I pray that the mainstream media and government officials will be cured of this deadly disease before it is too late for ALL of us.

Dr. Michael Youssef's expertise on the Islamic culture and the Middle East in today's post-modern world is actively sought by hundreds of thousands of followers around the globe. With a Ph.D. from Emory University in social anthropology, his Egyptian heritage gives him particular insight into the cultural and religious entanglements of international affairs. 
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