Turning the War on Terror into a War on Islam

Louay Safi“The Extreme Right has finally found a clever way to arrest America’s march towards asserting its foundational principles of equality, religious freedom, and the rule of law. Their strategy is to transform the war on terror into a war against Islam and use security needs to subvert constitutional protection.”

Louay Safi on the threat posed by the Islamophobic Right in the US. He continues:

“Robert Spencer, a prolific anti-Islam writer and a leading Islamophobe who is bent on distorting Islam and demonizing Muslims, has persistently argued that violence and terrorism employed by Muslim extremists is rooted in the Quran and its message. Spencer calls the Quran, a book sacred to Muslim, ‘the jihadists’ Mein Kampf’, in reference to Hitler’s memoir. He openly blames the Quran for giving impetus to the terrorist open war against the West.”

Media Monitors Network, 29 December 2005

A good article, but I rather doubt that the Bush administration pays much attention to the ravings of Jihad Watch. If they found Daniel Pipes a political embarrassment, what must they make of Robert Spencer? Spencer’s role is rather to whip up anti-Muslim bigotry among the general populace in order to prime public opinion to accept Bush’s imperialist warmongering abroad and suppression of civil liberties at home as a necessary defence against the Islamic hordes.