The speaker demanded that their supremacist ideology needed to be accommodated by the government, and called for a “new era.” The speaker said that his people must be allowed to have laws in place to support this supremacist ideology.
Perhaps you think I am referencing the grim situation for human rights in Pakistan, where the Taliban’s push for implementing an extremist version of Sharia law in northwest Pakistan has succeeded in obtaining surrender by the Pakistan government on this. The result is that the people in that part of Pakistan will soon be ruled by an extremist ideology with its own outlook, its own extremist version of Sharia laws, and its own extremist version of “justice.”
Perhaps you think I am remarking on the statements reported on February 18, 2009 in Pakistan by radical extremist Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Mohammad who attacked democracy stating, “From the very beginning, I have viewed democracy as a system imposed on us by the infidels. Islam does not allow democracy or elections… I believe the Taliban government formed a complete Islamic state, which was an ideal example for other Muslim countries. Had this government remained intact, it could have led to the establishment of similar Islamic governments in many other countries.” This is the same Sufi Mohammad who told news reporters that “democracy is against the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah” and that he “regarded democracy a system of Kufr (unbelief).”
In fact, I am referring to both of these. But I am also referring to another man, at another time, and in another place – who echoed very similar sentiments.
It was February 18, 1939 – seventy years ago – with another supremacist group. Then it was in Czechoslovakia with a Dr. Kundt stating that he represented Germans with his National Socialist party beliefs of Aryan supremacism. You may remember them as the “Nazis.”
Seventy years ago, Dr. Kundt also demanded separate laws defying equality and liberty for his Nazi supremacist group, stating: “Germans must be allowed their own Nazi outlook, their own Nazi laws, their own Nazi habits, and their own Nazi justice. It is high time that these things were done. History does not wait. We, however, march on with the history of the new era, for our leader is Adolf Hitler. His will and his ‘Weltanschauung’ (philosophy) will from today dictate all the plans and arrangements of this house in Prague and will dictate every activity of the Urania.” History would later show the atrocities and evil wrought by allowing such supremacism to grow unchecked. Nazism was a supremacist ideology that sought the destruction of those who would defy it, sought a “final solution” for Jews, and sought to conquer the world as a transnational threat.
The similarities between 1939 and 2009 continue to grow daily.
The muted reaction by many of our government leaders to the latest growth of extremism in the nuclear weapon-armed nation of Pakistan mirrors such tenacious denial by these leaders on extremist views in America and around the world.
Their sickening silence is only exacerbated by their few public statements that demonstrate a shocking ignorance towards human rights and an outrageous contempt for the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty.
In response to the Pakistan surrender to the extremist Taliban’s demands for implementation of an extremist version of Sharia law in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has merely stated that she wants to see the Pakistan government’s “intention and the actual agreed-upon language.”
Mrs. Clinton wants us to suspend disbelief that she is unaware of the Taliban’s extremist version of Sharia law’s intention to suppress the equality and liberty of women, men, and children in Pakistan and around the world. She wants us to believe she doesn’t know about the UN report on growing global extremists’ violence against women. She wants us to believe she doesn’t know about how the Taliban has used their extremist version of Sharia law to justify threatening, murdering, and dumping the bodies of women in Pakistan. She wants us to believe she doesn’t know about the million pregnant women abused in Pakistan every year, or the news media reports of nearly 8,000 cases of abuses against women, including extremist “honor killings,” in Pakistan in 2008.
Just like we are supposed to suspend our disbelief that she is unaware of the Muslim women beaten and murdered in her state of New York — one last week who was beheaded by her husband, the CEO of Bridges TV, whose mission ironically was to “promote moderate Islam.” Yet even when this woman is killed for such a noble goal, we shrug our shoulders in deliberate denial that there was an extremist ideology perverting her religion used by her own husband to rationalize her murder.
While Mrs. Clinton may want us to suspend disbelief that she is unaware of all these world events as America’s Secretary of State, in fact, we know better. So does she. As U.S. Senator representing New York, she was a co-sponsor on Senate Resolution 711 condemning the death of a 13 year old girl in Somalia last October. The girl was stoned to death for her “crime” of being a rape victim. She was stoned to death by Somalian extremists following an extremist version of Sharia law, stating “We will do what Allah has instructed us,” while 1,000 looked on and watched. This is the same extremist version of Sharia law that Pakistan’s surrender will allow to be imposed on helpless women and children in Pakistan.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also wants us to suspend our disbelief as she speaks to leaders in Indonesia as a fellow “democracy,” when she deliberately ignores that too many of their citizens openly call for extremist violent jihad on other nations, publicly promote and distribute extremist literature and books, hold massive public rallies denouncing democracy and calling for the creation of a global extremist caliphate, and whose extremists behead Christian girls. She is meeting with Indonesia’s so-called “democratic” leaders who deny the existence of the extremist terror group Jemaah Islamiyah in their nation, and who seek to promote extremist finance. She also expects us to ignore the growth of an extremist version of Sharia law throughout Indonesia, and the continuing reports of Indonesian oppression of religious minorities in that “democracy.” Perhaps Mrs. Clinton forgot that democratic nations have democratic values, including honoring equality and liberty.
While Mrs. Clinton claims in Indonesia that “Islam, democracy and modernity cannot only coexist but thrive together,” Pakistan’s advocate for an extremist version of Sharia law, extremist Maulana Sufi Mohammad condemns democracy as un-Islamic and only for the infidel. And we don’t challenge this. We just pretend to not have heard it.
But Mrs. Clinton and her State Department have “no comment” on the growth of extremist version of Sharia law in Pakistan or the attacks on democracy by Maulana Sufi Mohammad.
At least, those were the initial comments by Mrs. Clinton’s State Department representative, Gordon Duguid. But then Gordon Duguid decided to defend Pakistan’s surrender to the extremist Taliban, stating: “The Islamic law is within the constitutional framework of Pakistan… I don’t know that is particularly an issue for anyone outside of Pakistan to discuss.”
Do extremists merely seek imposition of an extremist version of Sharia only in Pakistan, Somalia, and Indonesia? Hardly. Such extremists seek to conquer the entire Earth to submit to their supremacism – Asia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, and North America.
As the Pakistan Daily Times reports, Maulana Sufi Mohammad’s goals for implementing an extremist version of Sharia are nothing less than seeking “supremacy of Islam over the entire world.”
But the U.S. State Department has “no comment” on this, nor do they think it is “an issue for anyone outside of Pakistan to discuss.”
Hillary Clinton’s State Department is continuing a craven position of “hear no evil, see no evil” regarding extremism that is becoming entrenched within appeasers among foreign policy cliques in Washington DC. This community of the blind and deaf are the same amoral individuals that have included Obama campaign foreign policy advisor Dennis Ross, who called for negotiations with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood back in September 2008.
The most disturbing report is by the Daily Telegraph and it states that the “US privately backs Pakistan’s ‘Sharia law for peace’ deal with Taliban.” The report quotes anonymous “American officials in Islamabad” that view surrender on an extremist version of Sharia law in Pakistan’s northwest as a possible tactic to divide members within the Taliban. The report continues that such surrender of human dignity and rights to extremism “reflected the ‘smart power’ thinking outlined by Hillary Clinton.” We can only hope that amoral tactians are not consciously empowering extremists with the delusion that sacrificing the helpless in Pakistan will satisfy extremists’ goals for world domination.
Does America’s State Department think that appeasing anti-human rights and anti-democracy extremists will yield “peace in our time”? Are American politicians so historically ignorant that they believe a policy of appeasement is “smart power”?
Whether such inaction on extremism is due to amorality, ignorance, or blindness – the responsibility does not change.
Pretending to be blind and deaf about extremism does not excuse their responsibility for its appeasement – any more than being blind and deaf about the Aryan supremacist Nazis in 1939 ended responsibility for its appeasement then. History shows the consequences of those failures.
This is the same U.S. government leadership whose president is the greatest beneficiary in America’s defiance against supremacism in history, who took his presidential vows on Lincoln’s Bible, and who spoke at Lincoln’s memorial – mere steps away from the words in marble that “all men are created equal.” Does his government view that equality and liberty are not a sufficient priority to defy extremism?
If President Barack Obama and his cabinet are responsible for equality and liberty, then it is time for them to wake up to the threat of extremism. Right now. It is 2009… the 1939 of our generation and it is time to confront extremism as its cancer grows around the world, and as shown by the recent “Homegrown Violent Extemism” video – in camps around the United States.
Will a future generation look back on the craven positions by today’s leaders on extremism like we do today on those who denied the threat of Nazism’s Aryan supremacism in 1939? Instead of saying “it is just like 1939,” will they say instead “it is just like 2009”? That is a legacy that our generation must prevent, and a future that we must take control of… before it takes control of us.
The 3 AM telephone call is ringing tonight in Washington DC. Will neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton pick up the telephone and wake up — as equality and liberty itself are imperiled?
The emergency call on the threat to equality and liberty must be answered – by our government leaders – and by each of us as free men and women. We must heed the call – right now – no matter how inconvenient, no matter how tired we are, and no matter how frightening the responsibility is. That is what it means to be responsible for equality and liberty. That is what it means to be the home of the brave.
We have received the call to action as free people to be responsible for equality and liberty by defying extremism in America and around the world. Now it is time for us to act to get the message out to our fellow Americans and our leaders.
It is our judgment, our courage, and our wisdom today that we must prove in defending equality and liberty, and to show that…
We Must Fear No Evil.
Let us instead have ONE standard for Universal Human Rights – a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Let us be Responsible for Equality And Liberty – for all.