Obama: Muslims have “the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
It’s interesting how left-liberals suddenly come to appreciate private property rights in such a sensitive a matter, rights for which they usually have neither interest nor patience. Then there is the fact that Obama dares to express his opinion on this matter at all. Like all US presidents, he sees no limits to his power. Even local affairs find themselves subject to his scrutiny.
But let’s be honest and point out that he is right: this is a private deal between the owner of the land and his customers. If the mosque people offer the guy the most money, there is nothing objectionable in his taking it. That’s free enterprise in action. And that’s how private property resolves conflicts: any private deal is none of anybody’s business.
Still, the terrorists derived some of their ideology from their Muslim faith. And there are plenty of “folks” out there who hate Americans with a passion. Maybe they actually hate the US federal government and its foreign policy, but, like most Americans, too, they fail to make the distinction between the state and the people. Here’s a clue: hate the state? Don’t attack the people. Again, hate the state? Attack state property, like aircraft carriers. Nobody would care if a couple of these technological terrors sank. Have yourself a normal war, terrorists.
Even that will be extremely stupid, as it will only enrage the Leviathan. Look what happened after Timothy McVeigh’s own personal war. He single-handedly discredited local “leave us alone” movements against the feds. Bill Clinton bragged how McVeigh’s actions (evil surely in themselves) hurt his opposition. But a “normal” war would be an improvement.
Anyway, the key proposition I want to defend is: Let them hate so long as they (a) fear and (b) think it more profitable than dying to sell us their Middle Eastern junk. Hatred kills the hater not the hated. But as long then the former don’t fly airplanes into tall buildings or drop bombs on (again) the people, it does not matter to me what attitude they have toward me. You see, we in America have a freedom of emotions. You know, those private feelings which, if not expressed in plans and actions, are completely invisible to others? If that freedom is taken away from us, then which are going to be left?
And think about this: if terrorists feel like attacking the World Trade Center area again, maybe they’ll decide against it, because they’ll fear harming the mosque.