By Pamela Geller – BarbWire guest contributor
One of the foundational principles of the Bush Doctrine was/is the oft-repeated dictum, “You are either with us or against us.” Little did President Bush know that the American Muslim community was …. against us. George Bush believed that the moderates in the Muslim world would denounce/destroy the devout (“radical”), a war within Islam that never took place. Imagine Bush’s dismay when he discovered that no one was behind him, like John Belushi in Animal House when he goes running out the front door shouting, “Who’s with me?!?,” only to discover that he is utterly alone.
The faked hate narrative that Muslim groups and leaders use is now the default talking point any time that jihad or patriotism, for that matter, is being discussed. If Muslims spent as much time instituting programs in mosques and Islamic centers against jihad recruitment and the jihadic doctrine as they do fighting the myth of islamophobia, the world would be a vastly safer place.
Muslim groups allege that Muslims have become targets of “violent threats” because of American Sniper. Nobody believes it. They are demanding that “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper denounce the alleged hateful language directed at Muslims because of the film. This it is what they do — victim jihad. When one part of the Muslim world kills, the other half cries victim. Whack and whine. It is a distraction to get people to stop talking jihad and instead address their demands.
Apparently, Muslim groups are claiming that a couple of tweets offended their sensibilities. They want action! More like submission. It’s called free speech, brutes.
Why don’t Muslim groups demand that leaders of the Muslim world, imams, Al Azhar University, et al denounce the hateful, racist, anti-semitic, misogynist, anti-kuffar language in the Qur’an that is responsible for all of these Muslim wars across the world?
The idea that the film “glorifies war and sanitizes Kyle” is laughable. The only war talk or war movie that the left enjoys is a war in which the US loses or stands down. The left demands that we hang our heads in shame if we triumph. Which is why “American Sniper” is such an invigorating breath of fresh air.
As for “sanitizing Kyle,” let’s get real. It is the enemedia and the elites that sanitize jihad and Islam. And they do it every day in every news story. Hollywood doesn’t just sanitize jihad and Islam, they avoid them all costs. It is the gravest threat to freedom, and Hollywood pretends that it doesn’t exist.
As my penpal Daniel F. points out, “Now it’s American Muslims who are complaining about ‘violent threats,’ allegedly incited by the hit movie American Sniper. And this time the media is trumpeting this story. Two rules of history converge here:
1) When Muslims in a non-Muslim country reach a certain critical mass, they seek to dominate the surrounding community – and then move on from there. cf. Britain, Germany, Sweden and France, inter alia.
2) Free speech is unknown in the Muslim world, actually it’s anathema. So it starts with trying to shut us up and stopping us from casting Islam in a negative light. And does it work? For one thing, you can be certain the entertainment industry is now poring over their scripts and deleting ‘offending’ sections. Other ‘projects’ will simply bite the dust. Of course, Obama didn’t need cajoling. As soon as he took office he banned certain phrases from the government’s lexicon that might reflect poorly on the Muslim religion. Makes you wonder what that man is all about, doesn’t it?”
For the record, I saw the film back in December when it was first given a very limited release — just two theaters in NYC. I loved it. I tweeted that it was the best film in decades. It’s hardly a rah-rah cheerleading film. It is a film about a deeply good and decent man, a true American patriot.
The record breaking box-office numbers show how out of touch the elites are with the American people.
“Group says ‘American Sniper’ film spurs threats against Muslims,” By Mark Guarino, Reuters, January 24, 2015
CHICAGO- An Arab-American civil rights organization has asked “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper to denounce hateful language directed at U.S. Arabs and Muslims after the release of the film about a Navy marksman.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) said in a letter to Eastwood and Cooper that its members had become targets of “violent threats” since early last week, before “American Sniper” went into general release.
The letter said Eastwood and Cooper, the film’s producer and star, could bolster the ADC’s message of tolerance. “It is our opinion that you could play a significant role in assisting us in alleviating the danger we are facing,” said the letter, dated Jan. 21.
Reuters was provided a copy on Saturday. The film is a box office hit and has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture.
The ADC said it was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police to assess the threats.
The Washington-based ADC asked Arabs and Muslims to send them copies of threatening messages they had received. More than 100 have been collected, all from social media.
“Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are – vermin scum intent on destroying us,” said one Twitter post collected by the ADC.
Jack Horner, a spokesman for Warner Bros., the studio releasing the film, said in a statement that the company, a unit of Time Warner Co, “denounces any violent, anti-Muslim rhetoric, including that which has been attributed to viewers” of the film. He added, “Hate and bigotry have no place in the important dialogue that this picture has generated about the veteran experience.” Spokesmen for Eastwood and Cooper had no immediate response to requests for comment.
Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of PamelaGeller.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), (Simon & Schuster). Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, and other publications. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
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