The West's Cultural Malaise and its Bearing on Resisting External Threat
By WILLIAM MAYER
August 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Multiple Internet searches over a number of days reveal that no major news organization will go anywhere near what is one of, if not the, most important story in a very long time, announced last Wednesday at a DC PR event.
As of 07:30 August 12, exactly 63 pieces had been aggregated by Google News, with the major media's contribution nowhere in evidence, i.e. no filings by the usual suspects, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and the rest.
The story is toxic.
CSPAN however, to its credit, was there shooting video of the entire event.
The news to which the above refers was "broken" [shards of this story have been seriously floating about for months] at the National Press Club in DC.
Ok, enough teasing of the story...
On August 9, the highly respected former Federal Prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy headlined a major press event during which he presented a wealth of information regarding the influence/infiltration operations currently underway - undertaken by the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] - which have targeted Barack Obama's White House. This cultural jihad is being coordinated by the domestic representatives of the Brotherhood, many of whom were named as unindicted co-conspirators in U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the Fed's largest and most successful prosecution of domestic Hamas funding.
To be accurate the MB has been engaged in these efforts since well before Mr. Obama came to town, however the degree to which previous administrations were compromised was nil as compared to the welcoming arms of Team Obama; witness the administration's endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood's ascension to power in Egypt and its choice of the most radical domestic MB front groups as partners.
By way of quick background; the Brotherhood was created in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in 1928 and is almost universally understood by non-politicized [therefore excluding nincompoops such as Obama's counter terrorist advisor, John O. Brennan and Secretary of State Clinton] national security professionals as being the ideological and logistical motive force behind the current resurgence of Islamic jihad.
Al-Qaeda, Hamas and similar terrorist groups were birthed by the Ikhwan [Arabic for Muslim Brotherhood]. Its early intellectual powerhouse, Sayyid Qutb's many Islamist tracts are required reading by jihadists around the world, especially his most well known work, Milestones, which is a fiery but thoughtfully constructed [justified by Qutb's citing chapter and verse from the Qur'an] refutation of Western values as well as a call for making "God's religion" [Islam] supreme through jihad.
In an August 8 PIpeLineNews.org filing, Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and Frank Gaffney's Presser On Possible Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Inside White House we showed why Mr. McCarthy has special credibility in this area of study. He is the party responsible for prosecuting and convicting Omar Abdel Rahman, the "Blind Sheik," on terror charges relating to the first  bombing of New York's World Trade Center and related conspiracies to bomb New York landmarks.
Rahman is now serving a life sentence, however at a medical facility because of his many infirmities, benevolent treatment indeed.
His is the perfect case for illustrating how thoroughly this WH has been rolled by Islamist pressure groups.
For example, the State Dept. recently gave an Egyptian member of the designated terrorist group, Jama'a al-Islamiya [the group led by Rahman in Egypt before he was deported] clearance to travel to the U.S., whereupon despite his publicly declared FTO membership, he was permitted to pitch "senior level" WH team members on the idea of freeing the convicted terrorist Rahman, presumably as a gesture of good will.
It goes deeper than that - this coming September, Mr. Obama has made plans to roll out the red carpet for Mohammed Morsi, the president elect of Egypt and a top official in the MB. This is an unprecedented action granting legitimacy to a government whose first order of business is to "reconsider," Egypt's long standing peace treaty with Israel. It also has the effect of enhancing the stature, especially in the Muslim world, of an ideology that has been devoted for the better part of 80 years to promoting a fundamentalist Islamic revolution by whatever means necessary. It's very difficult not to conclude that the administration is actively engaged in promoting the Ikhwan's goals.
The centerpiece of Mr. McCarthy's presentation dealt with, absent any suggestion of guilt, allegations that the family of Mrs. Clinton's Assistant Chief of Staff [Huma Abedin] appears to have had [in the case of her father] and now maintain [in the case of Abedin's mother Dr. Saleha Abedin and her brother] substantial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and/or its front organizations. These relationships have been maintained over a long period of time and therefore do not appear to be a passing dalliance.
In other circumstances such a major announcement - suggesting the possibility of a serious national security breach - would have injected the story more fully into the national consciousness and the presidential contest.
In a minor effort, the most rabid members of left, their media assassins, did take up the hue and cry, mainly charging...what else...bigotry and Islamophobia, but the MSM looked the other way...the story wasn't even pushed by MoveOn. It was however mentioned by some of the Sorosbot websites, aside from the crazies in Berkeley.
The news didn't register even a ripple within the Romney camp.
That's probably best understood as being the result of a tactical decision...too hot....don't want to go there. Perhaps this is understandable given the direction the race has taken, what with the scorched earth campaign being directed by the WH.
Mindful of Obama's early intensive training as an Alinsky disciple and his proven associations with the socialist boot camp, the Midwestern Academy, his opponent must be "fixed," "pinned" and then "killed." Why give these people, so the thinking might go, another weapon? Already the WH is suggesting that Mr. Romney is a murderer, felon, tax cheat, animal abuser and "vulture" capitalist.
Re that last tag, Warren Buffet might be able to provide some mirthful insight, assuming he isn't out on a plundering safari of his own right now.
Ignoring the candidates - we do note here that the President did make some remarks regarding Ms. Abedin at his annual Iftar dinner, the feast celebrating the breaking of the Muslim fast during Ramadan - there are many explanations regarding how the media, political parties, radio talkers and activists dealt with this issue.
The first that comes to mind is that that as far as the cable Goliath, Fox News is concerned, this and related topics simply scare the hell out of them. It is always uncomfortable to observe Bill O'Reilly, who has a solid background as a hard hitting real journalist, puts on two sets of kid gloves whenever a member of CAIR is invited to appear. This despite CAIR having been associated with Hamas in Federal court documents.
Similarly it's been ignored by the nation's major conservative talkers.
Blood in the water, fear in the air...
On the left, the overwhelming majority of the press conceives its role to act as defenders of this administration regardless of cost, consequence, plummeting circulation and accumulation of debt.
As Rush has often sagely observed, the MSM news industry [such as it is] is the one business sector which has no interest in generating sufficient revenue to be independent, nor does it seem concerned that the majority of its potential viewer base won't tune in because its leftist bias is so clearly displayed.
So the MSM Fourth Estate is heavily invested in the President's reelection and are largely responsible for putting him in office in the first place. But they won't go "there" either, not wanting to draw attention to a potentially very serious matter.
It must be allowed though that the Obama/media team, which did indeed run a brilliant if shamelessly deceitful 2008 campaign, had considerable help in its mission provided by the hapless, increasingly unstable Senator John McCain, who unfortunately is veering ever further out of orbit.
Mission control to the white courtesy phone please.
Over the last few months McCain has abruptly abandoned his strong opposition on the Muslim Brotherhood. Where not too long ago he was a vigorous critic of the group, shuddering at the thought of it ever coming to power in Egypt, he has reversed course, now viciously assailing members of his own party who have made entirely proper inquiries - Congressional Letters of Inquiry - through proper channels regarding the same allegations as were detailed during the McCarthy presentation.
Mr. McCain is now hopelessly damaged goods because of his calculated, across the aisle, chummy relationship with Secretary of State Clinton. A few months ago, this wasn't much of an issue - just McCain being McCain - but when Mr. McCarthy and others, significantly Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, stepped to the fore, pointing out the impropriety of a completely unvetted Huma Abedin serving in such a highly sensitive position.
McCain's not too artful zigzag makes clear that above all he is self-aggrandizing, irresponsible and a dupe.
Despite such antics, the reality is that Ms. Abedin would be hard pressed - absent her very long relationship with Mrs. Clinton which has essentially shielded her, 'grandfathered' past the normal security protocol - to pass even the most cursory background security check, let alone the FBI's "full monte," which is necessarily as invasive as hell.
Additional information on this controversy was recently published by Walid Shoebat, himself a former radical Islamist. A week ago he issued a 37 page memorandum on the subject, presenting new details on the matter. Importantly, much of it using Arab sources, [see Shoebat research]
The preceding aside, we believe that something larger is at work here though one seldom discussed [outside of "rightist/conservative" intellectual circles] that being the nexus between the hard left/neo-Marxists and the IslamoFascists - in David Horowitz' apt coinage, "the Unholy Alliance."
This uneasy partnership of sorts [the parties disagree on the most basic of issues] is based upon on the age-old dictum that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
The goal of both is the overturning of American society, but the results for which each group agitates are out of phase and irreconcilable.
This relationship provides another reason for the lefty MSM to look the other way.
Underlining the media's general reticence to examine the Brotherhood, its roots, goals and impact, likewise, there have been very few "serious" media probes of the MB's American front groups, despite there being undeniable proof that they exist in large numbers.
The notable exception here was a groundbreaking article courageously published in 2004 by the Chicago Tribune, which notes in part that the Muslim Students Association, which has chapters on nearly every major American college campus, is one of the Muslim Brothers creations, "While the U.S. Brotherhood was influential from its beginning---in 1963 it helped establish the Muslim Students Association, one of the first national Islamic groups in the U.S.--Elkadi thought the group could expand its reach." [source, Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and Laurie Cohen, A Rare Look at the Secretive Muslim Brotherhood, Chicago Tribune, September 19, 2004]
But there is a larger and in many ways more serious issue floating around all of the give and take on this matter [regardless of the paucity of coverage] and that involves a deep cultural problem that has spread through the West over the past 100 or so years.
At this level, the most basic challenge facing America and Europe hides between the crevices of everyday life and has to be looked for, it doesn't just jump out at you.
What we are talking about here is an extreme loss of cultural confidence by the West - a political/moral/social system which has provided both the highest standard of living in history while allowing America to become intellectually and militarily powerful enough to have served as the arsenal of democracy. On numerous occasions we have pulled our European forbears out of the jaws of totalitarianism.
In many quarters this inability to take pride in the West's accomplishments is accompanied by a deep sense of cultural shame - an inferiority complex about our history, traditions, values and even our basic organizing principles.
A significant byproduct of this state of affairs is dangerous; in large measure, the West is no longer willing to defend itself against a more aggressive, culturally ascendant - read Muslim - world.
This malady is kindled and stoked by the wide institutional acceptance [near devotional in a religious sense] of a pathological form of multiculturalism which is ruthlessly enforced. Another chief component of this ideology [which is rooted in Marxism] is the rejection of our long tradition of American exceptionalism1
This is the pervasive stifling environment in which America's editorial boardrooms operate.
Guidelines have been drafted by trade groups representing journalists on these matters including such august bodies as, the Society of Professional Journalists, which have blindered the press when writing about "sensitive," subjects, of which there are many these days.
- Refusing to identify the perpetrators of often heinous crimes by their ethnicity.
- Abusing the language by calling illegal aliens, undocumented workers, though many of them are on some form of government assistance and have no intention of working.
- Banning of any linkage between religion and acts of barbarism.
Consider the following and note the date, only 3 weeks after the U.S. sustained the most deadly domestic act of terrorism in its history:
"Diversity - Guidelines for Countering Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling
On Oct. 6, 2001 at its National Convention in Seattle, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to reaffirm their commitment to:
Use language that is informative and not inflammatory;
Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;
Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help audiences understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C." [source, Guidance: Society of Professional Journalists ]
Putting forth false narratives about the richness and diversity of cultures which haven't displayed much of either for hundreds of years represents fairness? This isn't guidance, rather it's evidence of intentional media bias and journalistic malfeasance. Yet this is the West's operative media tone.
We are at a loss to understand why an unqualified condemnation of the tribal machete warfare [entirely too gruesome to describe here] which took place in Rwanda is not appropriate. Are there redeeming richness and diversity issues that we are somehow overlooking? Are we supposed to withhold judging these butchers by our standards simply because those wielding the machetes are Black Africans?
Thus, the overall effect of these very real "guidelines" is one of thought control.
In government this willful ignorance is exemplified by such things as the Department of Homeland Security banning the use of the quite correct and descriptive term, "Islamic terrorism," and in its place substituting remarkably twisted linguistics:
"The program's overall goal is to better prepare buildings and infrastructure to recover from manmade...disaster events such as explosive blasts; chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) agents..." [source, DHS website High Performance and Integrated Design Resilience Program.]
In the secular religion of the left, this is cannon law and its violation constitutes the equivalent of a mortal sin. In practice such transgressions are punished by labeling the offender a racist, bigot, homophobe...or Islamophobe.
Imagine some future breathless talking head announcing that manmade disaster Mohammed has leveled DC.
The result is as simple as it is devastating - it has become ideologically unforgivable to judge other cultures by Western standards. Doing that would involve making a qualitative determination upon which would follow a judgment that some cultures are inferior to ours.
Which they manifestly are. Yet our hands are tied, mouths duct taped shut.
This conclusion however in the real world, outside the leftist cubicle, would not be made on the basis of some inward sense bigotry, it would be based upon said cultures or societies denying the existence of what we firmly believe to be self-evident, basic human rights and freedoms, most of which are notated in our Bill of Rights, and which used to imbue every fragment of this society.
This is the ugly bludgeon which the left has successfully used as a battering ram to rape, pillage and burn its way to the seat of power.
This is Mr. Obama and his cohorts' buckler and shield.
The Italian Communist theoretician, Antonio Gramsci, in the early part of the 20th century, identified the process of cultural transformation, which is entirely what the left is about, as "marching through the institutions," slowly taking over the mechanisms whereby culture is created and molded; the print and electronic news media, the arts, the law, the universities, government, organized religion...nothing that contributes to the nature of a society is left untouched by this process.
When this happens we are bound up in Dostoevsky's contention, a truism it seems, that if God does not exist, then everything is permitted.
This is a rejection of the concept of revealed truth, of immutable moral precepts which originate at a level above man's existence. Under this construction both Judaism and Christianity entirely lose their ability to provide guidance in human affairs.
Why not kill, or covet your neighbors wife or goods. Why set aside a time of contemplation of things larger than yourself?
If there is no ultimate set of precepts upon which actions may be judged and evaluated, then all bets are off - which is precisely where we find ourselves - stranded, operating upon principles concocted out of whole cloth largely by German philosophers and transplanted to our shores in a variety of ways.
One of these involved the wholesale importation of hand selected intellectuals who fled pre World War II Europe who were quickly snapped up by academia.
"...From the beginning, The New School maintained close ties to Europe. Its founders had, in part, modeled the school after the Volkshochschulen for adults established in Germany. Then during the 1920s, Alvin Johnson, The New School’s director, became co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. While working on this massive undertaking, Johnson collaborated regularly with colleagues in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. It was they who made him aware of the danger the Nazi movement presented to democracy and the civilized world before many in the United States had grasped the seriousness of the situation. In 1933, when Hitler came to power and began to purge Jews and politically hostile elements from German universities, Johnson responded. With the financial support of philanthropist Hiram Halle and the Rockefeller Foundation, he obtained funding to provide a haven in the United States for scholars whose careers (and lives) were threatened by the Nazis. This University in Exile was given a home..." [source, The New School for Social Research]
This instant professoriate was almost uniformly "progressive" in its ideology and ultimately served to further the imprint of neo-Marxism on higher education.
America and her First World brothers can't possibly retain their vitality by engaging in mindless speculation, hand wringing and self criticism about our basic goodness or moral worth because doing so undermine our will. Left unchecked or uncountered the process slowly saps a society's fortitude and desire to thrive, a process which once started is difficult to stop and which can easily result in cultural suicide, or such a weakened society that it can easily be subverted from within - the endgame which leftist/Islamist union is pursuing.
The lack of action by much of the political right makes it appear short sighted, unsophisticated and having little grasp of cultural dynamics. As a result, what should be the opposition, unknowingly risks losing the society over the fear of contemptuous charges of bigotry rather than demonstrating that often those hurling these verbal grenades are the true bigots.
This mindset makes it impossible to state without terrible self-righteous vengeance, an obvious truth - that much of the left and all Islamists are anti-Semitic/Jew haters.
The only defense against these efforts to abridge First Amendment rights is to become entirely comfortable with such specious charges if need be and not be deterred, while pointing out the murderous effect that multicultural handcuffing the West is having.
Looked at in a positive sense, the real import of this tactic is that it means that you have drawn blood in this very real battle.
These are the charges most feared by not only mainstream GOP types but many who are genuinely conservative.
If we are to survive as a nation, as a society, as Western civilization, the only course of action is speaking the truth as espoused by the Founding Fathers. We must preserve our traditions because they has evolved and come about in an organic manner, one block built upon another over the ages, with those obviously miscast rejected and replaced - this last attribute is one over which this country fought its most costly, bloody and societally wrenching conflict, the Civil War. As should be apparent to all the toll of that war is still felt today, fully 150 after its origin, yet it was a price that was entirely worth paying.
This is how a healthy society self corrects.
The pathway down which the left, the Islamists and all manner of utopian top down collectivist master social planners intend to lead us, inevitably ends in dystopia - piles of skulls, ovens of death and Gulags of unbelievable brutality.
1. William Bennett, writing in his excellent two volume work, America, the Last Best Hope and speaking of James Madison, the "small and slight," dynamo behind the U.S. Constitution, stated, "Madison's achievement is America's achievement. As such it stands as one of world historical importance. As Judge John Noonan has put it:"
'Free exercise - let us as Americans assert it - is an American invention. How foolish it would be to let a false modesty, a nervous fear of chauvinism, obscure the originality...'" [p. 130 vol. 1]What Judge Noonan referred to as a "false modesty, a nervous fear of chauvinism," provides an entirely relevant perspective upon which to contemplate the battle for the Western mind.
Noonan was hardly alone in touting the achievements attained under representative, republican forms of government based upon free-market capitalism and which only have the authority to recognize, but not bestow or remove, natural freedoms and liberties which are an inherent part of the human birthright.
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