Commentary, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003 (pB4)
The top foreign policy aid to Saudi crown prince Abdallah bin Abdelaziz has expressed shock and outrage at comments made by Lt. General William Boykin to Christian evangelicals. According to Adel al Jubair [Top Saudi advisor outraged by Boykin's words on Islam, Washington Times, Oct. 23, pA11], Gen. Boykin's claims that Americans recognized a common Judeo-Christian heritage, and believed that the September 11 attacks were the work of Evil were "outrageous, insensitive, divisive, and hurtful."
Let me see. A U.S. general, who identifies himself as a believing Christian and who addresses fellow Christians inside a Christian church to remind them of their shared heritage, is guilty of "outrageous" comments that are "unbecoming of a government official." Mr. Al-Jubeir added huffily, "If you switched the religions around& [Boykin's] words could have been said by Osama Bin Laden."
Mr. Al-Jubair regularly touts the very real assistance his government has given the United States recently in the war on terror. (The key word is: recently). Like other Saudi government spokesman, he regularly complains that his country is getting a bad rap for the fact - denied for months by top Saudi officials, starting with Interior minister Prince Nayef - that 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11 were Saudi nationals, trained in Saudi schools and mosques.
Perhaps he should listen to "government officials" in his own country who are preaching a doctrine of hate and murder from the state-financed mosques of the Saudi kingdom. He might start with Sheikh Saad al-Buraik, a Saudi government cleric who hosted an April 2002 telethon that raised $109 million for the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. Out of the goodness of their hearts, Saudi King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdallah each contributed $1 million to this work of charity.
Sheikh al-Buraik took the opportunity of the live televized fund-raiser to instruct his listeners on the values they would be supporting by contributing to the campaign. "I am against America until this life ends, until the Day of Judgment," he proclaimed in the April 11, 2002 telecast. "I am against America even if the stone liquefies. My hatred of America, if part of it was contained in the universe, it would collapse. She is the root of all evils and wickedness on Earth."
"Oh Muslim Ummah, don't take the Jews and Christians as allies," he went on. "Muslim Brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy, neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don't you enslave their women? Why don't you wage jihad? Why don't you pillage them?"
Before Mr. Jubeir protests that Sheikh al-Buraik was talking out of school, or is some two-bit rural preacher of hate, readers should know that al-Buraik boasts of his close ties to Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, the king's favorite son, and hosts a regular television show on Saudi government television called "Religion and Life."
General Boykin, of course, never called on Christians to wage holy war (jihad) against Muslims and Jews. Nor did he talk about his hatred for Muslim countries or Islam. He was attempting to explain to audiences who embraced Christ's gospel of love how it was possible for radical Islamists to hate us. After evoking Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, each of whom "came up with a national symbol that reflect on our Jewish heritage," he concluded: "Our religion came from Judaism, and therefore these radicals will hate us forever."
Perhaps Mr. Al-Jubeir would prefer the words of Sheikh Abd al-Rahman Ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Sudais, the chief prayer leader (imam) of the Great Mosque in Mecca, one of the Two Holy Mosques revered throughout the Muslim world. In a May 31, 2002 prayer sermon broadcast live around the world by the Saudi government over satellite radio and television networks in Europe and the United States, Al Sudais called on the Muslim world to unite against a vast conspiracy of Jews, Christians and "idol-worshipping Hindus" that was seeking to subvert Islam through Western-style globalization.
The Jews "have tyrannized, terrorized, and indulged in tyranny and corruption," al-Sudais said. "O God, deal with them for they are within your power." The "enemies of Islam" were "plotting" against Muslims. "I mean especially [the Jews] whom God cursed, got angry with, and turned into monkeys, pigs, and tyrant worshippers... Their course is supported by the advocates of credit and worshippers of the Cross."
What about Bin Laden himself, whose words could have been spoken, according by al-Jubeir, by General Boykin? Speaking to a Pakistani reporter while he was still in Afghanistan, the Saudi-educated terrorist delivered this brilliant observation: "The present U.S. government is under the influence of Jews," he said. "The Secretaries of Defense and State are both Jews. Cooperation with United States is in fact, cooperation with the Jews." In case that wasn't enough to motivate Muslims to join his "holy war" against America, Bin Laden claimed that "the Ka'aba, facing which [Muslims] say their prayers, is under the siege of Jews and Christians."
We are indeed at war, but it is a war that has been declared by radical Islam and the preachers of hate against us as Jews and Christians. What General Boykin has said is an honor to his uniform and to his nation: as Americans, we don't make war on people or states because of their religion, but because of their actions.
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From the author of the national best-seller, Shakedown!