NEW YORK TIMES finally digs up a reason to praise George W. Bush

The same reason that most patriotic Americans see as the lowest point in his first term as President – the visit President George W. Bush made to a Washington mosque just six days after the 9/11 attacks, where he spoke against the harassment of Muslims in the United States and the need to “respect Islam.” 

CAIR gloats: “President George W Bush met for about 45 minutes with leaders of several American Muslim organizations, (including ardent Hamas/Hezbollah supporter)Nihad Awad, executive director of  the (terrror-linked hate group CAIR (Council on ANTI-American Islamic Relations). . .“I think in those days, so many people here and around the world watched that clip,” Mr. Awad said recently. “And it should be played over and over to remind people that what made America great is respect for religious freedom and zero tolerance for hate crimes against innocent people.”

NY TIMES  (Sadly) At the policy level, the president’s words also served notice that unlike Franklin D. Roosevelt after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he would not intern or in any way collectively punish innocent American citizens who happened to share a religion or ethnicity with foreign foes. (His second biggest mistake)

After (mistakenly) hailing American Muslims as “friends” in his comments at the mosque, Mr. Bush (revealing his extreme ignorance of Islam) went on to say: “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it’s important for my fellow Americans to understand that.” He continued, “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.” (Yet terrorists and non-terrorists alike follow the exact same teachings in the quran – the abrogated and only legitimate version – that calls for Muslims to convert or kill ALL non-believers)

Eleven years after the fact, Mr. Bush has been treated like a prophet without honor in his own land. He was barely mentioned at the Republican convention last week, and former presidential candidates like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, Allen West have regularly inveighed against Muslims. (Thank goodness for them)

During Mr. Bush’s campaign for the Republican nomination in 2000, he spoke at a mosque, making him the first candidate in either party to do so. During a debate against his Democratic opponent, Al Gore, he denounced the profiling of Arab-American and Muslim-American airline passengers. (Sure, why profile the people most likely to pose a threat?) Mr. Bush’s appointment schedule on Sept. 11, 2001, until tragedy intervened, included a 3 p.m. meeting with a delegation of American Muslim leaders.

“In the aftermath of 9/11, when every move the president made was being watched extremely closely, it was important to demonstrate that American Muslims were not the same people who attacked the U.S.,” said Matt Smith, the liaison office’s associate director at the time. “When you show that these people are Americans, it goes a long way.” (Yes, boys and girls, can everyone say Fort Hood?)

One of several Muslim members of the White House staff was Suhail Khan,  (the Muslim of choice, despite his radical extremist associations, for Republican Muslim apologists like Grover Norquist) who worked in the liaison office and took a leading role in deciding which mosque the president should visit.

Mr. Bush removed his shoes, in accordance with Islamic practice, before entering the mosque’s prayer room. He met for about 45 minutes with leaders of several American Muslim organizations, including (sharia-proponent) Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Afterward, standing before a tile wall of characteristically Islamic patterns and near a woman wearing a headbag, Mr. Bush, speaking in a grave and subdued tone, issued his appeal for tolerance and unity. (And from Muslims, we get none)

Georege W. Bush was bad enough, but Democrats are now the most dedicated Muslim apologists in the country.