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Jewish World Review
March 18, 2008
/ 11 Adar II 5768
The New Dhimmi Times
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Totalitarians have an uncanny appreciation for the
subversive effect of foreign propagandists. The Nazis had Lord Haw-Haw,
Imperial Japan its Tokyo Rose, the Soviets the World Council of Churches
(among many others) and the North Vietnamese Jane Fonda. Now, our
time's totalitarian ideologues the Islamofascists have the New York
This may not seem to be exactly a news flash. After all,
the Times has been rendering invaluable service to the enemy's
information operations and military campaigns for years. To cite but a
few examples: In December 2005, the paper disclosed a highly classified
program for monitoring suspected terrorists' communications on this
war's global battlefield. In June 2006, it revealed another enormously
sensitive surveillance effort concerning movement of funds around the
world. And practically every day, what passes for its news pages and
editorials run down the Nation's leadership, military and progress in
defeating our foes.
The New York Times marked a deplorable new milestone this
weekend, however a true nadir in collaborating with the enemy in the
War of Ideas. Its Sunday magazine featured an article by Harvard law
professor Noah Feldman entitled "Why Shariah? Millions of Muslims think
Shariah means the rule of law. Could they be right?" According to the
Times' Mr. Feldman, the answer is a resounding "Yes."
The disinforming character of this essay is evident to the
trained eye from the opening paragraph. Feldman depicts sympathetically
the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who "gave a nuanced,
scholarly lecture" recently in London. Dr. Williams we are told offered
"the tentative suggestion...that, subject to the agreement of all
parties and the strict requirement of protecting equal rights for women,
it might be a good idea to consider allowing Islamic and Orthodox Jewish
courts to handle marriage and divorce." Then, it seems through no fault
of his own, "all hell broke loose" on the poor, thoughtful clergyman.
Actually, what the head of the Church of England declared on
the BBC was that it was "unavoidable" that Shariah law a
theo-political-legal code that the Islamofascists seek to impose on
Muslims and non-Muslims alike in all of its barbaric, intolerant,
totalitarian and misogynistic glory will be observed in the United
Kingdom. The man now derided as "the Grand Mufti of Canterbury" was
exhibiting the classic symptoms of an unbeliever who chooses to submit
to the rule of Islam, rather than accept the other choice under Shariah,
namely being put to death. The former is known as a dhimmi.
In an article that can only be described charitably as
selective in its rendering of the facts, Feldman paints a portrait of
Shariah that would earn admiration from the inventor of the Big Lie,
Adolf Hitler. In fact, the text could have been written by the Muslim
Brotherhood an Islamofascist movement that is, by its own documents,
charged with "destroying [the United States] from within" and "by its
own hands." Actually, it is no exaggeration to say that the Times'
Magazine has provided a six-page advertisement for the Brotherhood,
effectively portraying it as a force for democracy and the rule of law
that would make Thomas Jefferson swoon.
The Harvard professor, who helped write the new Iraqi
constitution with its requirement that all laws must conform to Shariah,
seems open to the Islamofascists' determination to have the same apply
elsewhere. He concludes with this rhapsody: "...With all its risks and
dangers, the Islamists' aspiration to renew old ideas of the rule of law
while coming to terms with contemporary circumstances is bold and noble
and may represent a path to just and legitimate government in much of
the Muslim world."
Let's call this what it is: a paean to dhimmitude. The
people who are actually going to have to "come to terms with
contemporary circumstances" are not the Islamists. They are hewing to
the immutable traditions of Shariah going back to the 9th Century, as
interpreted by the consensus of the faith's "authorities," the only
figures allowed to speak for Islam.
It is the cruelest of delusions to contend that such Shariah law will
produce "just and legitimate governments" anywhere. Feldman struggles
to explain why it isn't so in two of the four places ruled by Shariah
today Iran and Saudi Arabia; he doesn't even try to do so with respect
to Sudan or Gaza, let alone the nightmare that formerly was
Sunday's New York Times article could be chalked up to
another travesty by a paper that has long since lost its way, but for
one fact: It comes at a moment when the Islamofascists are poised to
make a potentially decisive breakthrough. Unless action is taken
swiftly, they will achieve a strategic penetration of Wall Street in the
form of "Shariah-Compliant Finance" (SCF). Confusion, let alone
deliberate disinformation, about the true nature of Shariah, constitutes
an invitation to disaster.
After all, the calamitous credit crisis is vaporizing such pillars of
American capitalism as Bear Sterns. Other investment houses and
commercial banks are desperate for cash. Islamist Sovereign Wealth
Funds (more accurately described as Dictators Slush Funds) and other
champions of SCF are offering to recycle trillions of dollars here if
only Wall Street will allow Muslim Brothers and other Islamofascists to
call the shots, dictating who gets capital and credit on the basis of
Shariah adherence. Archbishop Williams judged Shariah law unavoidable
in Britain in part because the UK has already embraced Shariah-Compliant
If we fall for this deadly Trojan horse and the seditious Shariah agenda
that animates it, the New Dhimmi Times and Professor Feldman will
deserve no small portion of the blame.
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