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So it’s now come to this: A plot is uncovered in which an American-born jihadist, Abu Ali, allegedly planned to assassinate the president of the United States and the usual “civil rights” and humanitarian groups are upset – not about would-be assassins running amok but, you guessed it, the “rights” of would-be assassins. Under the umbrella of “evidentiary procedures” they are doing whatever they can to get the case against the Al Qaeda suspect thrown out.
Referring to Abu Ali’s imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, The New York Times insisted that the case is “another demonstration of what has gone wrong on the federal war on terror.” Even before the claim of “coercion” has passed legal verification, the Times is already indicting our law enforcement officials.
We should not, however, be surprised by this, given that the efforts by our elected leaders to protect American citizens from jihadists have galvanized “humanitarian” groups to work strenuously on protecting not us, but those wishing to kill us. Such is the inevitability when “activists” become so wrapped up in a cause that political ideology and sloganeering subsume their very identity.
The Bible long ago labeled the sickness of such an “ism” avoda zara, strange worship. In other words, the practice of attaching oneself to suicidal propositions that defy common sense but make the “believer” feel superior. It’s a form of fanaticism, of course, and it proves yet again that emotion holds greater sway than IQ.
In ancient Judea, people offered themselves and their children to the false god Baal (Molech) because that was the fashion of the day among the politically correct. They risked themselves in the service of the god they created. Sure, they expressed faith in the God of Israel – so long as they could pay equal homage to strange ideologies.
Like Nero fiddling while Rome burns, many liberals still luxuriate in these pastimes while refusing to concede the real and present danger we face. Their Blame America First perspective holds that terrorism against the West would stop tomorrow if only the “imperialistic” U.S. would become like Canada and if we would simply, in the fashion of Dr. Freud, learn to “understand” the terrorists, those “good boys gone bad.”
Mature people wishing to protect their families are wise to dismiss those who see social work as the answer to he world’s dangers. Serious people cannot surrender their safety and destiny to those in the high-profile civil-rights industry who see a time of war as simply an opportunity to implement their liberal agenda and enhance their fundraising capability.
But there is much more at work here than liberal foolishness and one-dimensional fanaticism. It is the desire to control American public discourse by defining any issue or controversy in terms the Left has historically owned – namely, civil rights. Once an issue is so defined, the rest of us, out of habit, become answerable to the self-proclaimed arbiters of all civil rights issues. It is a habit worth breaking.
In our country we defer to law enforcement professionals on safety as we do to the military on national defense and elected representatives on legislation and law. By defining every issue as one of “civil rights,” liberal activists attempt to push aside the FBI and the military, as well as the executive and legislative branches, in order to them from their rightful jurisdictions. What should be their purview becomes that of ersatz humanitarian groups and liberal editorialists.
Though they’re almost always on the outside looking in when it comes to political office, law enforcement or the military, hard-core leftist activists arrogantly disport themselves as if they are the only ones qualified to lead the nation on the issues of the day. As command-and-control moralists who define everything they find objectionable as a violation of civil rights, they cow a gullible and good-willed public, and by default become the controlling moral authority.
About the Author: Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of "Push Back" and was a pulpit rabbi for almost forty years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Values at the very heart of the UN are threatened by extremist ideologies targeting our way of life
Any Jew who ties his fate to Israel should be able to vote in Israel’s elections-even before aliyah
Israel’s full sovereignty over a united Jerusalem is the only path for true peace in the region.
The president has made clear – I can’t state this more firmly – the policy is Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.
Obama has an apparent inability to understand Islam in particular and Mid-East culture in general
Pesach is a Torah-based holiday whose fundamental observances are rooted in Torah law; Purim is a rabbinic holiday whose laws and customs are grounded in the rabbinic tradition.
In honor of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s successful speech before Congress.
Mr. Spock conveys a message with painfully stark relevance to our world today, especially in the context of PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.
Obama created the “partisan politics” by asking Dem. party members to avoid Bibi and his address
Enough is enough. The Jewish community has a big tent, but the NIF should have no place in it.
We can never allow Israel in the name of democracy to turn herself into an Arab or bi-nationalstate
No doubt, it’s hard for people to give up their lifelong attachments and identity. But there are moments in history when a turning point arrives, and those with eyes to see and ears to hear recognize it. Many Jews have made political liberalism their religion and personal identity and the Democrat Party their unexamined home and comfort zone. But everything changed early September.
Such is the inevitability when “activists” become so wrapped up in a cause that political ideology and sloganeering subsume their very identity.
At every step in our battle against jihadist terrorism, these self-proclaimed “humanitarian” groups have done everything possible to block our efforts at protecting ourselves by railing against the Patriot Act and the war in Iraq.
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