The world­view of hos­til­ity to­ward the U.S.

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

What do Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad and Barack Obama have in com­mon? The pres­i­dent of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran and the Demo­cratic can­di­date for pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica have both cho­sen to spend much of their lives in the com­pany of peo­ple vir­u­lently hos­tile to this coun­try. At least some of them seek to bring about, as Mr. Ah­madine­jad puts it, a “world without Amer­ica.”

As it hap­pens, the United Na­tions on Sept. 25 gave Mr. Ah­madine­jad a plat­form for his anti-Amer­i­can in­vec­tive. That or­ga­ni­za­tion in­creas­ingly not only shares a gen­er­al­ized transna­tional am­bi­tion to trans­form a sov­er­eign, pow­er­ful United States in fa­vor of oneworld gov­ern­ment. Worse yet, thanks to the grow­ing petrowealth and ag­gres­sive­ness of the leaders of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Is­lamic Con­fer­ence (OIC), the U.N. ac­tu­ally is start­ing to ac­com­mo­date it­self to that bloc’s am­bi­tion to have the new world or­der ar­ranged ac­cord­ing to the to­tal­i­tar­ian pro­gram the Ira­nian and other Is­lamists call Shariah.

In the early days of the Ira­nian revo­lu­tion, Mr. Ah­madine­jad was a street thug (and some of the U.S. Em­bassy per­son­nel taken hostage in Tehran say he was one of their tor­men­tors) in the ser­vice of the rad­i­cal Shi’ite Is­lamist, Ay­a­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini. Ever since, he has been re­warded for his loy­alty to the most in­tol­er­ant strains of Is­lam and for his hos­til­ity to the “Great Satan.”

To­day, that ser­vice con­tin­ues as the front-man for the cur­rent rul­ing theoc­racy, led by an­other rad­i­cal cleric, Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. The Ira­nian regime is not con­tent with hav­ing Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad tout­ing re­peat­edly its determination to bring about a world without Amer­ica — and, by the way, without Is­rael, ei­ther. It is act­ing to ac­quire the ca­pa­bil­ity to ful­fill th­ese geno­ci­dal threats de­vel­op­ing and de­ploy­ing the means to launch unimag­in­ably de­struc­tive nu­clear at­tacks against th­ese na­tions.

Is that pos­si­ble? Un­for­tu­nately, given Is­rael’s small size and con­cen­trated pop­u­la­tion, a sin­gle weapon could ef­fec­tively achieve Mr. Ah­madine­jad’s stated goal of “wip­ing Is­rael off the map.” Less well un­der­stood is the fact that, ac­cord­ing to a con­gres­sional com­mis­sion, a sin­gle nu­clear weapon used to un­leash a dev­as­tat­ing elec­tro­mag­netic pulse via a nu­clear det­o­na­tion in space could cause “cat­a­strophic” dam­age to this coun­try, too. By some es­ti­mates, were the elec­tri­cal grid taken down for a very long time, 9 in 10 Amer­i­cans would be un­able to sur­vive. A world without Amer­ica, in­deed.

Thank­fully, the friends of Barack Obama who have ex­hib­ited their own, ra­bid hos­til­ity to­ward this coun­try have had more mod­est am­bi­tions to­ward “chang­ing” this coun­try — or at least not been in a po­si­tion to act on Ira­nian-style apoc­a­lyp­tic vi­sions.

It is now com­mon knowl­edge, how­ever, that his pas­tor for 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, called on God to “damn Amer­ica” and that one of Mr. Obama’s early po­lit­i­cal al­lies, con­victed ter­ror­ist William Ay­ers, ex­pressed re­gret he was un­able to “do enough” when it came to “set­ting bombs.”

Be­fore Messrs. Wright and Ay­ers, though, there was “Frank,” the name Mr. Obama gives in his mem­oirs to a man he de­scribes as a for­ma­tive in­flu­ence dur­ing his early years in Hawaii. It turns out this Frank was none other than Frank Mar­shall Davis, a Stal­in­ist com­mu­nist whom the in­es­timably valu­able Cliff Kin­caid, has iden­ti­fied as a “high-level op­er­a­tive in a Soviet-spon­sored net­work in Hawaii,” which “the com­mu­nists had tar­geted [. . .] largely be­cause of its strate­gic lo­ca­tion and im­por­tance to the U.S. de­fense ef­fort.” Mr. Kin­caid de­scribes Davis as a “pro­pa­gan­dist, racial ag­i­ta­tor and re­cruiter for the Com­mu­nist Party of the U.S.A.” He re­ports that, dur­ing the 19 years Davis was un­der FBI sur­veil­lance, Mr. Obama’s men­tor “spent much of his time” pho­tograph­ing Hawaii’s shore­lines and beach­fronts — pre­sum­ably not for their scenic value.

Last, but not least, there is in­creas­ing ev­i­dence of Mr. Obama’s long­stand­ing ties to two oth­ers with records of hos­til­ity to­ward this coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter Kenneth Tim­mer­man, the first is Khalid al­Man­sour (a k a Don War­den), once a prom­i­nent ad­vo­cate for racist black na­tion­al­ism. Since his con­ver­sion to Is­lam, al-Man­sour has worked closely with a Saudi bil­lion­aire anx­ious to “ex­ert in­flu­ence in the United States,” Prince Al­waleed bin Talal. It will be re­called that the lat­ter was the Wah­habi whose largess then-New York Mayor Rudy Guil­iani fa­mously spurned af­ter Sept. 11, 2001, upon learn­ing the Saudi royal had blamed Amer­i­can poli­cies for that day’s hor­rific at­tack. Mr. Obama re­port­edly ben­e­fited from th­ese Is­lamists’ help in se­cur­ing a po­si­tion at Har­vard Law School — a uni­ver­sity that now has a $20 mil­lion cen­ter named for the prince that helps le­git­i­mate the sedi­tious prac­tice of Shariah in Amer­ica.

We know Barack Obama has, in the past, de­clared his will­ing­ness to meet with the leaders of Iran without pre­con­di­tion. While he has sub­se­quently qual­i­fied that com­mit­ment, it seems fair to con­clude that, given what they have in com­mon, the Demo­cratic can­di­date would feel un­en­cum­bered by a re­luc­tance to dig­nify — to say noth­ing of en­cour­age — so vo­cif­er­ous a pro­po­nent of anti-Amer­i­can­ism as Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad.

It is clear what kind of “change” the Ira­nian pres­i­dent be­lieves in and that which has an­i­mated sev­eral of Barack Obama’s long­time friends. The pres­i­den­tial de­bates may af­ford an op­por­tu­nity to de­ter­mine to what ex­tent change in­im­i­cal to Amer­ica is also what the Demo­cratic can­di­date be­lieves in.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Se­cu­rity Pol­icy and a colum­nist for The Wash­ing­ton Times.

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