Andy McCarthy today points to a terrifying story from the Indian newspaper The Hindu, reporting that the Obama administration has tapped informal Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusef al-Qaradawi, the world’s most famous Sunni shariah jurist and thinker, to facilitate negotiations with the Taliban for American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In order to fully appreciate the magnitude of the decision to work with Qaradawi (if the initial report is true), McCarthy helpfully recalls some of Qaradawi’s statements. On suicide bombings: “They are not suicide operations… These are heroic martyrdom operations… The martyr operations is [sic] the greatest of all sorts of jihad in the cause of Allah.” On Jews: “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption…The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them… Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.”
If there is one man not to empower in the Muslim world at large, it would be Qaradawi. Despite his overt jihaist pronouncements, Qaradawi is a deviously brilliant force behind the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist agenda; his tv show “Shariah and Life” is watched by millions of Muslims, his website OnIslam/IslamOnline is monstrously-popular clearing-houses for the shariah take on everything, and his Ireland-based European Council for Fatwa and Research serves as a think tank for Brotherhood ideas within the West itself. Qaradawi is a sophisticated propagandist who can speak the language of “rights,” “justice” and “democracy” while subverting its essential concepts to shariah.
After thousands of young Americans have laid down their lives to protect the United States from jihadist terror, President Obama apparently seeks to end the war by asking Qaradawi, a jihad-stoking enemy of the United States, to help him strike a deal that will install our Taliban enemies as part of the sharia state we have been building in Afghanistan. If the Hindu report is accurate, the price tag will include the release of Taliban prisoners from Gitmo — an element of the deal Reuters has also reported. The administration will also agree to the lifting of U.N. sanctions against the Taliban, and recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political party (yes, just like the Muslim Brotherhood!). In return, the Taliban will pretend to forswear violence, to sever ties with al-Qaeda, and to cooperate with the rival Karzai regime.
It would mark one of the most shameful chapters in American history.
Welcome to 2012 in America.