A man who doesn’t have the moral clarity to take a stand – one way or the other — on the mosque controversy could never have told Mr. Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall.” Or for that matter, won’t be able to stand up to the Iranians — either before or after they develop a nuclear weapon.
Why couldn’t the president have said something along the lines of what an old-fashioned guy like Congressman Peter King said: “While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque, they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much. The right and moral thing for President Obama to have done was to urge Muslim leaders to respect the families of those who died and move their mosque away from Ground Zero. Unfortunately, the president caved into political correctness.”
But expecting the president to say something like that may be asking too much of a man who orders arugula salad in Iowa. After all, here we have a president who apologizes with ease for America’s supposed misdeeds, on foreign soil no less. But to speak with moral certainty to Muslims is another matter.
But imagine if the president had said, “Imam, you say you want to build a mosque near Ground Zero in order to foster better relations with non-Muslims – and I congratulate you for that. Now, may I suggest you speak to your fellow Muslims and tell them to foster better relations with the United States. Tell your fellow Muslims in places like Saudi Arabia to allow Christians to build churches in that country. Tell Muslims in that part of the world to stop teaching their children that Jews are dirty animals. Acknowledge, for the first time, that Hamas is a terrorist organization whose mission is to destroy Israel. When you do that, Imam, then – and only then – can we start a conversation about your mosque near Ground Zero.”
That kind of conversation is another thing I have a hard time imagining.
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