The Face Of Our Enemy
By Gary Bauer of American Values
Yesterday’s vicious and brutal attack against former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto once again showed the true face of our Islamofascist enemy. Mrs. Bhutto is widely regarded as one of the most high profile voices for “moderate and modern” Islam. Yet, when she attempted to return home after eight years in exile, extremist thugs attempted to assassinate her. Fortunately, they failed, but hundreds of innocent bystanders were slaughtered and maimed.
Reacting to the homicide bombing attempt on her life, Bhutto defiantly said,
“We believe democracy alone can save Pakistan from disintegration and a militant takeover. We are prepared to risk our lives and we are prepared to risk our liberty, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants.”
Earlier this year, I had the honor of hearing Mrs. Bhutto strongly condemn radical Islam at an interfaith summit I also addressed in Kiev, Ukraine. The attempt on her life exemplifies the extreme hatred the Islamofascists have for freedom. The fact that they were willing to sacrifice hundreds of their fellow Muslims shows the lengths to which they are willing to go in order to silence those who dare to challenge them.
Unfortunately, the “moderate” moniker is very poorly defined in Middle East politics. Consider, for example, Hashemi Rafsanjani, the president of Iran from 1989 to 1997. A political rival to the current Iranian “president,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rafsanjani is often referred to in Western media as a “moderate.” You decide.
Earlier this month, Rafsanjani heaped praise upon Adolf Hitler by referring to the Holocaust as a “relatively successful” effort to “save Europe from the evil of Zionism.” Rafsanjani remarked:
“Europe resolved a great problem – the problem of the Zionist danger. What Hitler and the German Nazis did to the Jews of Europe at that time was partly due to these circumstances with the Jews. They wanted to expel the Zionists from Europe because they always were a pain in the neck for the governments there. …The first goal was to save Europe from the evil of Zionism, and in this, they have been relatively successful.”
Perhaps for a leading Iranian politician, merely acknowledging the Holocaust is enough to make one “moderate.”
Like Mrs. Bhutto, who has vowed to “never surrender to the militants,” and like the survivors of the Holocaust who have vowed, “Never Again,” this generation of Americans must find the courage to defend Western Civilization and stand with our allies against the evil of Islamofascism.