jihad with $$$s
December 23th, 2005
Why would a Saudi Arabian prince give $40 million in grants to two
prestigious American universities?
And why choose Harvard as one of them?
These conundrums had news anchors in the
speculating wildly earlier this month.
Fox News’ Alan Colmes suggested that Prince Ali Walid Bin-Talal
– who the liberal co-host of the popular Hannity & Colmes show
called “a friend of America” – had made the generous gesture in
order to encourage the creation of an environment in which young Americans
could learn more about the “true nature” of Islam in a manner geared
to instill tolerance for other faiths.
Rebutting him, conservative Sean Hannity wondered why the prince
did not sponsor a course in tolerance in his home country.
When it comes to religion,
is probably the most intolerant country on the face of the earth. The
public worship of religions other than the official version of Sunni Islam
is prohibited by law.
Not a single church or synagogue exists in the desert-kingdom. Jews
are not welcome there at all, and when Christians visit, woes betide them
if they try to bring in their Bibles, which can and have been confiscated
and even shredded at Jeddah's airport.
The right of Christians to hold Bible studies and prayer meetings
in the privacy of their own homes is not defined in law and is seldom
respected in practice. Christians have been persecuted and executed in
this land – the birthplace of Islam.
But here comes Bin-Talal, one of the richest men in the world,
doling out megabucks to two influential American study centers in order to
engender a teaching of tolerance?
There are a number of words to define his action. Hypocrisy and
impudence are two of them.
The real motive behind his sweeping signing of large checks,
however, is more subtle, devious and perilous than many realize.
It was an investment in jihad
– the Islamic principle and duty of holy war. His money was indeed meant
to open the doors to greater tolerance in the
, but not to tolerance for other faiths. Only tolerance for Islam – so
that it can flourish and spread.
While often perpetrated in acts of violence, terrorism and mass
murder (bus-bombings in
, the 9-11 attack on the
) jihad can also be waged
by other means, including acts of social welfare, and education.
Whether through the barrel of an AK-47 or the appointment of
Muslims to the faculties of American universities and the promotion of
Islam on those campuses – the aim is always the same: To bring the
targeted individuals and/or nations into submission to Allah – into Dar al-Islam (the world of Islam).
Harvard is to use its gift to establish a university-wide program
on Islamic studies.
plough its $20 million – the second largest donation it has ever
received – into expanding its Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding.
Exemplary as the latter project sounds – and no doubt the thought
of nurturing an environment like this will warm the heart of Mr. Colmes
and Co. – the reality established through 1400 or so years since
Mohammed entered the picture, and vividly evidenced in Muslim states until
today, is that Islam is only tolerant of those who submit to its ways.
Islam means submission. It stands for coercive domination and
forced subjugation. Its adherents – from Osama Bin Laden to Ali Walid
Bin-Talal to the sheiks and imams in mosques from
to Ramallah to
– are all champions of this cause.
Islam is expanding its borders at a petrifying pace. It first
feasted on the lands where Christianity flourished at its birth and has
long been preparing to swallow
, the erstwhile bastion of Christendom.
And it is licking its lips as it conducts forays into the heart of
, one of the last nations to nurture the Christian flame.
Fueled by the belief that it is soon to see the realization of its
terror-driven effort to disinherit the Jews of half their historic
homeland in readiness for their takeover of it all, the eyes of 1.2
billion Muslims that looked westwards in September 2001, are gleaming in
anticipation now as they survey the once inconceivable inroads their creed
has made across the USA.
It is bitterly ironic that the religion of the men who struck
and the Pentagon with such brutality has been the foremost beneficiary of
Since then, the Bush administration has fallen over backwards to
make fact out of two fallacies: that Islam is a religion of peace, and
that Allah and the God of the Bible are one.
Prince Bin-Talal clearly believes in making hay while the White
House shines on him and his co-religionists.
His investment in the destruction of
will escape the probes of the CIA and Department of Homeland Security as
they work to close down the charities that are fronts for funding Hamas,
Al-Qaeda and so on.
The Saudi prince is sowing his seeds of corruption into the lives
of young Americans. By choosing Harvard – a school founded on the
Christian faith for the training of Christian leaders back in the very
first days of the
– he has (wittingly or otherwise) identified and targeted a symbol of
what the nation’s founding fathers intended it to become.
His objective: the next generation of American leaders.
Whether or not they need to be educated in the finer points of
Islam is debatable. When it comes to the most visible conflict between
Islam and the Judeo-Christian world, untold numbers of American students
are already firmly in the Arab’s court.
In a press release accompanying another large check cleverly
presented to New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani to help alleviate the suffering
caused by Bin-Talal’s fellow Saudis in 2001, the prince called for the
to “re-examine its policies in the
and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.”
“Our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands
of Israelis while the world turns the other cheek,” it went on. (An
outraged Giuliani sent back the check.)
Those statements resonate in the words of a
student who participated in a study released this year called “America
2020: How the next [American] generation views
” (Frank I. Luntz for The Israel Project; June 2005).
“I think that what
’s doing to the Palestinians is effectively what was done to the Jews in
during World War II. I understand they’re living in a regime of terror,
but frankly, if I were a Palestinian, I don’t know that I would not
strap on a bomb and go and kill myself.”
The speaker, who is not named, was described as a woman who
“someday hopes to run for politics. She is a future leader of
, and she is not alone.”
With his billions, Bin-Talal is aiming to insure that Harvard and
will turn out many more like her.
Stan Goodenough, Editor
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