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Frank Salvato is the Executive Director
and Director of Terrorism Research for
a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His
writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee
and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization,
BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the
International Analyst Network
and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's
He also serves as the managing editor for
The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a
regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on NetTalkWorld
Global Talk Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. Mr. Salvato
is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally
on the USA Radio Network. His opinion-editorials have been published by The
American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are
syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for
EducationNews.org and is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements.
Ground Zero Mosque & The War of Ideas
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Consequences of Park51: The Cordoba House
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Obama, Words Do Matter
Justice Serves an Ideology Instead of a Nation
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Should Be Our Honor to Honor
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the Spin on the Fort Hood Massacre
to Speak for an Entire Culture
Ideology Masks Ignorance
to Pay Close Attention to the Politicians
Real Strategy for Afghanistan
Will Throw ACORN Under the Bus
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the Status Quo
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The Ground Zero Mosque & The War of Ideas
August 27, 2010
The controversy surrounding the Park 51/Cordoba House project
– promoted by the Cordoba Initiative and headed by Feisal Abdul Rauf – is
one that illustrates the full range of the ideological clash between the
Islamic culture and the culture of the West. Whether Liberals, Progressives
and apologists care to admit it or not the fundamentalist Islamist factions
of the Arab world are actively attempting to advance their influence on the
world; in every nation and every culture. In their attempt at establishing
an elevated influence around the world this fundamentalist faction seeks not
to be accepted as equals or to assimilate, but to enter into foreign
cultures as a privileged and exempt class. The issue of the Park 51 Project
– from this point forward referred to by its original label, the Cordoba
House – is a perfect example of one particular battle theater in this
culture clash: the war of ideas.
The West’s current conflict with expanding fundamentalist Islam is taking
place on four different fronts, at least at the hand of the Islamists:
militarily, diplomatically, economically and ideologically.
Militarily, the West is fully engaged on the internationally recognized
battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and, to a lesser extent in the
undefined battle theaters around the world, and especially throughout the
Middle East, the Asian South Pacific, Africa and most recently, South
Of course, many experts maintain that the West’s engagement is an effort
hamstrung by political correctness, a disingenuous Progressive-minded
Western media and leaders who insist on telegraphing our intentions to the
enemy in the form of timetables for withdrawal and openly stated standard
operating procedures for our armed forces while maintaining unreasonable
expectations that the enemy operates with any genuine wont for honest
dialogue in the pursuit of conflict resolution.
Diplomatically, the West is again engaged, most notably in the form of the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which has continued to be a failed effort
from the onset and which has witnessed a slow but steady encroachment of
fundamentalist Islam onto sovereign Israeli territory.
This effort, along with the misguided efforts suggested by Progressives and
anti-war activists that Western powers should enter into negotiations with
Taliban and al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and the Federally Administered
Tribal Areas of Pakistan, not only ignores the basic Wahabbist tent of
al taqiyya, but its allows fundamentalist Islamists to exploit the
trust of a fickle Western leadership.
Economically, we are seeing advances into the Western culture by
fundamentalist Islamists in the form of a budding effort to establish Sharia
compliant financial institutions and instruments. By establishing these
ideologically exclusive institutions and instruments fundamentalist
Islamists create a self-sufficient entity within the framework of the
Western Capitalist system. As the Sharia compliant financial structure grows
and consumes, it will begin to sap many opportunities for investment from
the Western financial markets, ultimately creating an "us against them”
global financial structure. When one takes into account that OPEC could very
well decide to exclusively engage a Sharia compliant financial system, the
full financial threat to the global economy can be fully realized (I suggest
writings of Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld on this matter).
That brings us to the front most applicable to the issue surrounding the
Cordoba House, the Cordoba Initiative and Feisal Abdul Rauf: the ideological
Fundamentalist Islamists are experts at exploiting the multicultural
political correctness so prevalent in the West. On the military, diplomatic
and economic battlefields they use propaganda, human shields, deception,
exclusion and in many cases our own legal systems in their pursuit of
attaining their goals, and in particular, the goal of establishing a global
Islamic caliphate existing under Sharia law. But they are also exploiting
the political correctness component of the Western culture to advance
fundamentalist Islam societally, through means other than the legislative or
Two examples of just such exploitation of the debilitating multicultural,
politically correct mindset of the West can be found in southern Lebanon in
the advancement of Hezbollah in that once Christian nation, and in Israel
with the ceding of the West Bank and Gaza to the Palestinian authority, al
Fatah and Hamas.
In southern Lebanon, Hezbollah, an organization created by the Shi’ite
mullahs of the Iranian Islamist Revolution of 1979 – the same wonderful
people who oppress the native Iranian Persians, who created the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard and who routinely call for the extinguishment of Israel
as a nation and the Jews as a people – has gained legitimacy by encroaching
societally, not unlike how the mobster Al Capone gained popular influence in
With a government financially and logistically unable to meet the needs of
the poor, Capone used his access to an obscene wealth of ill-gotten gains to
establish soup kitchens and charity initiatives for the poor; those affected
by the trying financial times of 1920s America. This endeared him to the
citizenry and discouraged elected officials in Chicago from pursuing him for
his criminal enterprise enabling him to become one of the wealthiest and
influential people in the United States.
Using the same tactic of catering to the downtrodden and disenfranchised,
Hezbollah morphed from a bloodthirsty Shi’ite terrorist organization to a
politically legitimized faction of government in Lebanon. By using funds
supplied by Iran, Syria and non-state entities sympathetic to the
fundamentalist Islamist cause, Hezbollah constructed schools and hospitals
in southern Lebanon, infused finances into the fragile infrastructure and,
essentially, bribed the people of southern Lebanon into voting them into
elected office and, thus legitimacy.
Through the advancement of influence via the exploitation of the poor in
southern Lebanon, Hezbollah was able to buy political legitimacy on the
world stage, even as they continued to exist and operate, simultaneously, as
a potent terrorist organization around the world.
With the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation is the same only
The question must be asked, when did Israel as a government enable the
legitimization of the Palestinian Authority? It did so when it first sat
down with the PLO and Yassir Arafat to "talk,” or "negotiate.”
In a piece titled,
A Brief History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Nancy Salvato
"...Arab states allowed Palestinian resistance groups, organized in l964
by the Arab League into the Palestine Liberation Organization (the PLO), to
use their territory to launch raids against Israel. The stated goal of the
PLO was to use armed struggle to establish an independent Palestinian state.
"In l973, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, Israelis were
caught off guard when Egypt attacked Israeli troops, stationed in the Sinai
Peninsula and Syria attacked Israeli forces in the Golan Heights. After
heavy casualties, the Israeli army eventually began to win the war. The
Soviet Union and United States pressured Israel to accept a UN cease-fire.
Henry Kissinger brokered agreements with Israel and Syria and between
Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat.
"Ironically, [shortly before his death], Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat
rejected an offer of a Palestinian state in the areas of Israeli withdrawal
(brokered by the Clinton administration) and proposed by Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Barak. [An]... intifada against Israel erupted, and there have
been no substantive negotiations since then. Arafat’s...demise offered hope
that his successor, Mahmoud Abbas, would be a real negotiating partner for
Israel. But he has been unable to control Palestinian militants, and now his
party has lost control of the Palestinian parliament to the radical,
militant, terrorism-supporting Hamas in the ...Gaza Strip.”
In sitting down at the table with the Palestinians to "engage,” the
Israeli government lent them the full force of their credibility and
legitimacy in the Western world. From there, the United Nations recognized
Israel’s bestowed legitimacy upon the PA, and so did the US, Russia, Europe,
and so on and so on...soon, the PLO, al Fatah, Hamas, etc. also became
recognized as entities, legitimate or not, as the case may be, but entities
that had to be "dealt with” and even "talked to” or engaged, nevertheless.
The result of the initial recognition and the perceived need to "engage on
equal ground,” facilitated the legitimization of encroaching fundamentalist
and radical Islamist entities complete with a "right” to have their voices
heard; as being as potent and legitimate as the elected government of a
nation state. It allowed an encroaching fundamentalist Islamist faction to,
in the end, demand capitulation to their demands for Gaza and the West Bank,
leading to their current demands that they be allowed to annex more Israeli
land, that Israel cease the building of settlements on its sovereign soil
and even for Israel to reconcile to East Jerusalem as the Palestinian
It is tantamount to "squatter’s rights” only on an international stage.
With regard to the Cordoba House issue, perhaps it would be legitimate to
Can’t the illegitimate "legitimization” tactic be applied to the
fundamentalist and radical Islamist elements – Feisal Abdul Rauf and his
cadre of activists and operatives – currently provoking dialogue over the
Ground Zero mosque?
Aren’t the Islamist factions promoting the Cordoba House project simply
using the same tactics as the Palestinians did against the nation of Israel
and Hezbollah did in southern Lebanon to establish the exact precedent of
Can this issue of the Cordoba House be accurately depicted and explained as
a pro-fundamental Islamist/pro-Sharia "attack,” via the "legitimization”
tactic, in the ideological war (or war of ideas) between fundamentalist
Islam and the West?
We in the West have to abort the notion that we are dealing with an
ingenuous culture in the culture of fundamentalist Islam. These ideologues
have proven time and time again that they will use any means necessary –
military, economic, diplomatic and ideological – to attain their goal of a
Sharia compliant world, ruled under an Islamist caliphate. If we do not
resign ourselves to these truths we in the West are doomed to be ruled by
the most oppressive, totalitarian and violently brutal ideology to exist in
the history of the world.