Worth ReadingScott Wheeler
This piece is co-authored by Buckley Carlson
Imam Feisal Adbul Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, the two halves of the public â€“ and outwardly, â€œpeacefulâ€ â€“ face of the Ground Zero Mosque effort, have proved themselves extremely competent practitioners of modern day media interaction; soft-spoken and articulate, they are faithfully â€œon-messageâ€ with their aspirations to help â€œbridgeâ€ the cultural divide, and to be regarded as the â€œanti-terrorists.â€
Rauf and Kahn are nimble, and seemingly non-threatening. They are also the lucky beneficiaries of a compliant and un-inquisitive media.
For who can honestly begrudge Rauf and Kahn their inability to reconcile Raufâ€™s post-911 assertion that America was an â€œaccessoryâ€ to the terrorist slaughter of 3,000 of her own; their refusal to disclose the sources of the $100 Million they are raising; or their malleable condemnation of â€œterrorism?â€ And is their apparent condemnation of terrorism conditional, such as it is with many who identify with political Islam? Also, what about Raufâ€™s refusal to denounce the violent terrorist group Hamas as a terrorist organization?
These would seem the salient questionsâ€¦and yet, these queries are never made during the â€œinterviewsâ€ to which these two submit. If only their â€œmainstreamâ€ inquisitors would dig as deep within the Muslim community as they do looking for any trace or nuance that could be construed as â€œracismâ€ among the â€œtea parties.â€
Rauf and Kahnâ€™s public retreat from the use of the term â€œCordoba Houseâ€ â€“ with itâ€™s unmistakable historical reference to an Islamic culture that celebrates military victories by eradicating all traces of its enemy (and importantly, that vanquished enemyâ€™s religious culture) by erecting a mosque as an enduring monument to the Supreme Power of Islam â€“ certainly bespeaks a sophistication about â€œcommunications framingâ€ that you arenâ€™t likely to find in many â€œmen (or women) of the cloth.â€ So, let there be no doubt, these two are exceptional.
But, what if Rauf and Kahn were more than just clever media manipulators and were actually â€œfront menâ€ for something more insidious?
The deeper one looks, the more this appears to be a â€œTrojan Mosqueâ€â€¦and Rauf and Kahn the soft side of a larger objective to plant mosques throughout the United States, and use them as â€œsettlements." The kind of settlements for which Muslims will justify terrorist acts when built by Jews in Israel. Seem far fetched? Just do a little reading on the history of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque's name sakeâ€¦.Cordoba, or the al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, or really, any one of thousands of others around the world.
This is no fantasy, this is how Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW) is conducted. A 4GW army is comprised of people who place a higher loyalty to an organization, tribe or religion than they pledge to a nation state and its laws. Which is why itâ€™s no surprise that Islamists have publicly acknowledged adopting the tactics of 4GW to wage its war against the West; in an open society, we are never exactly sure who the enemy combatants are because they may not shoot at you, or blow something up. They might smile and say â€œall we want is peaceâ€ while provoking you and stretching the limits of your societal tolerance, leaving their targets confused. All the while never defining what they mean by â€œpeace.â€
Islamic extremists know our vulnerabilities and take prompt advantage. Their soft weapons are political, social, and psychological. To combat their advantage, weâ€™d have to sacrifice the freedom that forms the foundation of our society and culture. The Islamic extremists are equally confident weâ€™ll never take this route either.
Fourth generation warfare began as a concept developed by William Lind, a military tactics expert, and two Army officers and two Marine Corps officers. Their intention was to lay out the most likely scenario for what Americasâ€™ next war might look like.
That analysis was codified in a 1989 Marine Corps Gazette article authored by Lind, Sutton, and Lieutenant Colonel Gary Wilson.
While terrorism is not necessarily 4GW, the tactics that Islamists are currently using are.
â€œThe battlefield is highly dispersed and includes the whole of the enemyâ€™s societyâ€ according to the 4GW doctrine. While violent terrorism is the tip of the spear of 4GW, the terrorist movement encompasses many other 4GW tenets.
â€œTerrorists use a free societyâ€™s freedom and openness â€“ its greatest strengths â€“ against it. They can move freely within our society while actively working to subvert it. They use our democratic rights not only to penetrate but also to defend themselves,â€ says Lind.
Islamists know that legal rights and protections provide them the ability to strain our security without even breaking the law, right up until the moment they commit a deadly act of aggression; and since the terrorist often kills himself in the attack, there is no prosecutorial deterrent there either.
And when Middle Eastern looking men intentionally act suspicious and provoke a response from civilians or police, they find a very sympathetic American media willing to help portray them as victims of American bigotry. Which is not too dissimilar to my experience with what should have been a reasoned, legitimate debate over the Ground Zero Mosque; at the first sign of our opposition â€“ the TV ad we produced (found here: www.GOPtrust.com) â€“ I was accused of bigotry, racism, and â€œhate,â€ among other thingsâ€¦and mostly from practitioners of the American media.
â€œTerrorists can effectively wage their form of warfare while being protected by the society they are attacking,â€ says Lind. â€œIt is one of the things that makes it very difficult for a state military to fight this kind of war because it canâ€™t tell who is a combatant and who isnâ€™t.â€
The ability to raise money from around the world while attacking the U.S. is a very resourceful form of warfare and is currently employed from multiple decentralized operations. Is some of the $100 Million behind the Ground Zero Mosque representative of such an operation? We canâ€™t be certainâ€¦but we wouldnâ€™t find it an objectionable line of questioning next time Rauf and Kahn deign to be interviewed.