Pax Islamica Debuts in Dubai

Thursday evening in Dubai, the 3rd Dubai International Peace Convention began, under the leadership of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

According to WAM, the Emirates News Agency, “the three-day convention aims to share ideas and solutions that help to cultivate a peaceful world, in which the concepts of equality and moderation urged by the Islamic religion are respected.”

That line speaks to a Pax Islamica: a world living under Islam. According to Islamic texts and teachings, there can only be peace under the rule of Islamic law.

This Dubai International Peace Convention looks as if it is the next phase of the Doha Compact, which in 2008 set the terms for “U.S.-Muslim Engagement” – that is, it was the charter for dhimmitude in the United States and beyond. This project began in earnest with two principal documents. One was the George Soros-funded Report of the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement: Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World, from September 2008. The other was closely related to the U.S.-Muslim Engagement initiative: The Doha Compact: New Directions: America and the Muslim World, from the Saban Center of the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. The Doha Compact appeared in October 2008.

U.S. President Barack Obama is unshakably committed to the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, a multifaceted initiative designed, in its own words, to “create a coherent, broad-based and bipartisan strategy and set of recommendations to improve relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world; and communicate and advocate this strategy in ways that shift U.S. public opinion and contribute to changes in U.S. policies, and public and private action.”

No outreach or integration of societies similar to that suggested in Changing Course and The Doha Compact is ever suggested in any official policy document for any other culture, or religion. Both of these documents, meanwhile, are generally silent about, if not downright hostile toward, the American commitment to Israel – except for their insistence upon the two-state solution, which in reality amounts to a call for the destruction of Israel, since a Palestinian state would be nothing more than a base for further jihad attacks against Israel.

A hijab-wearing Muslim who was an adviser to Obama for Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, was listed as a member of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project’s “Leadership Group” and was a signatory to The Doha Compact. Also part of the Leadership Group was Ingrid Mattson of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organization that is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. And the Brotherhood is, in its own words according to a captured internal document, dedicated in America to “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

So committed has been Obama to this strategy and course of action that these two documents look as if they have served as virtual templates for his action plan, rhetoric, and strategy. His statements have hewed so closely to the recommendations in these documents that it sometimes has seemed as if Obama’s speechwriters were lifting copy straight from them.

Changing Course, for example, called on the incoming president to “elevate diplomacy as the primary tool for resolving key conflicts involving Muslim countries, engaging both allies and adversaries in dialogue” and to “engage with Iran to explore the potential for agreements that could increase regional security, while seeking Iran’s full compliance with its nuclear nonproliferation commitments.” Obama has obviously worked at doing both. It further recommended that the new president “work intensively for immediate de-escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a viable path to a two-state solution, while ensuring the security of Israelis and Palestinians.”

This also was identical to Obama’s playbook, as were calls to “promote broad-based political reconciliation in Iraq, and clarify the long-term U.S. role;” “renew international commitment and cooperation to halt extremists’ resurgence in Afghanistan and Pakistan;” and “provide top-level U.S. leadership to resolve regional conflicts and to improve coordination with international partners.”

Changing Course anticipated Obama’s language directly in calling upon the U.S. leader to “improve mutual respect and understanding between Americans and Muslims around the world.” The Doha Compact likewise stated: “Repairing the rift between the United States and the Muslim world must begin with respect. Lack of mutual respect has been an important driver behind the deterioration of relations between the United States and the Muslim world since 9/11.” Obama has on numerous occasions spoken of restoring “mutual respect” with the Islamic world, including in his Inaugural Address – in line with the Changing Course recommendation that the new President “speak to the critical importance of improving relations with the global Muslim community in his 2009 inaugural address.”

Changing Course also recommended efforts to “deepen mutual understanding and challenge stereotypes.” Obama duly said in his June 2009 Cairo speech that he considered it part of his “responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

The U.S.-Muslim Engagement document called upon the incoming President to reaffirm “the U.S. commitment to prohibit all forms of torture,” which Obama did in connection with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. It recommended that “within the first three months of the Administration,” the new President should “initiate a major and sustained diplomatic effort to resolve regional conflicts and promote security cooperation in the Middle East, giving top priority to engagement with Iran and permanent resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” And Obama has duly reached his outstretched hand to Iran and put pressure on the Israelis to make further concessions to the Palestinians.

There was even more. Changing Course “supports engagement with groups that have clearly demonstrated a commitment to nonviolent participation in politics.” So also The Doha Compact: “the United States should be more willing to reach out to Islamist parties that genuinely demonstrate their readiness to embrace the democratic rules of the game and reject violence.” This referred primarily to the Muslim Brotherhood, which Obama notoriously supported in Egypt, even going so far as to cut aid to Egypt after the Brotherhood regime was toppled. The call to support non-violent pro-Sharia parties may also have fueled Obama’s fantasies of the “moderate Taliban.”

Changing Course warns against supplying “ammunition to extremists by linking the term ‘Islam’ or key tenets of the religion of Islam with the actions of extremist or terrorist groups.” The Doha Compact agrees: “Ill-considered terms like ‘Islamofascism,’ ‘Islamic terrorism,’ and ‘Islamic jihadist’ tend to alienate potential friends, while implicitly endorsing the worldview of extremists like bin Laden by suggesting they are true Muslims.”

The fact that it is Islamic jihadists, not anti-terror analysts, who have energetically equated the texts and teachings of Islam with violence and terrorism was, as usual, glossed over – and Obama was happy to abet this disconnect from reality. In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, he spoke of “the way that religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of Islam, and who attacked my country from Afghanistan.” Engaging in another historical flight of fancy, Obama added: “These extremists are not the first to kill in the name of God; the cruelties of the Crusades are amply recorded.”

That Islamic jihad aggression preceded the Crusades by 450 years seems to have escaped him.

The Doha Compact directed that the President who took office in January 2009 should “close down the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, which has unfortunately become a symbol of American excesses and extralegal maneuvers in the war on terror” and “should ban the use of torture in the interrogation of terrorist suspects.” Obama set out to do those things from the beginning of his presidency, although he failed to close Gitmo even as he has emptied it of most of its prisoners. “The next American president,” The Doha Compact also declared, “should travel to the region early in his or her term, meeting not only with leaders, but also visiting mosques.”

Obama did that, too.

He didn’t seem concerned with the Muslim Brotherhood ties of both initiatives, or with how their dictates weakened the United States. He didn’t even seem concerned about the fact that the more he accommodated the Islamic world, the angrier and more demanding Islamic states seemed to become.

No wonder jihad terror activity spiked within the United States itself.

The Dubai International Peace Convention is more of the same – and it’s a strategy that is working quite well for the global caliphate movement. Has Obama sent a U.S. delegation yet?

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here.


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