Monday, December 3, 2012

Radical Islam On The March

Gary L. Bauer

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas returned to the West Bank this weekend a hero after the United Nations General Assembly voted to elevate the status of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas told a cheering crowd, "One day, a young Palestinian will raise the Palestinian flag over Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the state of Palestine!"

Notice that Abbas did not say the Palestinian flag would fly over East Jerusalem. He is demanding that the most significant city to Israelis be turned over to him and his thugs.

There is bi-partisan support in Congress for cutting off the flow of U.S. tax dollars to the Palestinian Authority. It is unconscionable that hard-working American taxpayers are bailing out these Islamic extremists. But what is the administration's response? Nothing.

Well, not exactly. At a forum on Middle East policy Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Israelis had demonstrated a "lack of generosity" and "the lack of empathy" toward the Palestinians. Seriously, Hillary? The Israeli government goes to extraordinary lengths to protect the lives of innocent Palestinians, including sending text messages to warn of air strikes! Israel provides education, health care and other services to millions of Palestinians living in Israel.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood is tightening its grip on Egypt. Last week, the Islamists drafted a new constitution. According to the Associated Press, Sharia law is new the basis of all Egyptian law, and the new constitution refuses to ban slavery.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square in protest, demanding protections for religious minorities and equal rights for women. But according to foreign press reports, they are being met by gangs paid by President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood allies. Men protesting the new constitution are being beaten up and women are being gang-raped.

Presumably President Obama will condemn Morsi's regime now. He spent the last year campaigning against a "war on women" when the main issue was paying for Sandra Fluke's birth control. Now women are being sexually assaulted in the streets of Cairo for the "offense" of demanding equal rights. How long can the political left stay silent about radical Islam's very real war on women?