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Losing Our Soul to the Islamintern By: Andrew G. Bostom
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, March 24, 2008

Last June, 2007, President Bush, during a re-dedication ceremony for the Saudi-funded Islamic Center Washington, DC announced that a special US envoy to the 57 Muslim nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) would be appointed. According to the President, this envoy’s mission would be to “listen and learn.”  Within a day of Mr. Bush’s announcement, investigative journalist Steve Emerson warned that the appointment of such an envoy was a potentially serious error, observing appositely, 

…that hours after his speech, CAIR [the Council on American _Islamic Relations], the un-indicted co-conspirator in the Hamas case in Dallas, congratulated the president on the appointment of a representative to OIC. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

On Wednesday February 27, 2008, Sada Cumber, a Pakistani Muslim immigrant to Texas, and technology tycoon, was formally designated as the first US special envoy to the OIC. When interviewed on March 16, 2008, within 3-weeks later, about his first formal “listening and learning” experience at the OIC’s recent Dakar (Senegal) conference, Cumber opined, “…the way things are going on in this conference I can almost see the new leadership moving into moderation and that alone is very encouraging news.”

Cumber also endorsed the OIC’s fulminations over the Danish cartoons, and Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders’ soon to be released short documentary on Koranic incitement to violence and hatred, “Fitna.” Our man at the OIC then stated his immoral equivalence plainly: “Very few people do this anti-religion, and they don’t leave Jews alone, they don’t leave Christians alone and they don’t leave Muslims alone…They are bigots and bigotry will always be there.”   

But Cumber ignored, indeed he appeared willfully blind to, the OIC’s ongoing, openly espoused efforts to impose Universal Islamic Blasphemy Lawreiterated in Dakar—and continued failure to condemn, unequivocally, homicide bomb mass murder “jihad martyrdom” attacks on all potential civilian targets—including Israelis.

Cumber’s bowdlerized pieties about the OIC’s so-called “moderate” leadership, and his breathtaking assertion—OIC attempts to suppress freedom of expression, and OIC failure to condemn religiously-inspired mass murder, notwithstanding—“oh my goodness, I think the Muslim values that they are aspiring here are exactly in sync’ with American values”—cast grave doubts on his suitability as US envoy, and the basic propriety of this position overall.  

The depressing spectacle of our great nation’s supplication before the OIC—expressed so vividly in the very first pronouncements of our fawning Muslim American envoy to this de facto  “Islamintern”—brings to mind a remarkably candid assessment by the 18th century Moroccan Sufi “master” Ibn Ajibah from his Koranic commentary, a work I was made aware of by my colleague, Dr. Mark Durie.

Describing unabashedly the purpose of the humiliating Koranic poll tax (as per Koran 9:29) of submission for non-Muslims brought under Islamic hegemony by jihad, Ibn Ajibah makes clear the ultimate goal of its imposition was to achieve what he called the death of the “soul”, through the dhimmi’s execution of their own humanity: 

[The dhimmi] is commanded to put his soul, good fortune and desires to death.  Above all he should kill the love of life, leadership and honor. [The dhimmi] is to invert the longings of his soul, he is to load it down more heavily than it can bear until it is completely submissive. Thereafter nothing will be unbearable for him. He will be indifferent to subjugation or might. Poverty and wealth will be the same to him; praise and insult will be the same; preventing and yielding will be the same; lost and found will be the same. Then, when all things are the same, it [the soul] will be submissive and yield willingly what it should give.  [Tafsir ibn ‘Ajibah.  Commentary on Q9:29. Ahmad ibn Muhammad Ibn 'Ajibah]  

Unless and until we are prepared to have our special envoy to the OIC speak candidly about this international Muslim religio-political organization’s complete failure to address how living, institutionalized Islamic doctrines and practices adversely impact the most fundamental human rights of both non-Muslims and Muslims, we should terminate this recently created position.

At stake is nothing less than our nation’s soul.

Andrew G. Bostom is a frequent contributor to Frontpage Magazine.com, and the author of The Legacy of Jihad, and the forthcoming The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism.

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