The Benghazi Sharia Factor

by Nonie Darwish, Published in full at Gatestone Institute

Americans need answers as to why the Obama administration had no response to the eight-hour terror attack on the US consulate in Benghazi and who was involved in the decision not to go to their aid despite their repeated requests for help. And why is the producer of the “Innocence of Muslims” video still in a California jail cell, allegedly for violating his parole, while none of the people who refused to rescue Ambassador Christopher Stevens and these immensely courageous former Navy SEALS has been even been named and charged with negligent homicide, or even reckless endangerment?

From the Muslim world’s viewpoint, the Obama administration’s behavior makes perfect sense: The Muslim world is used to, and expects, victims of terror not to act. It is an unforgivable violation of Sharia law for non-Muslims to fight back against jihadi assaults. As Muslims interpret such passivity, those who want to appease the Muslim world and its Sharia law are expected to freeze when faced with Islamic terror — freezing is the only acceptable response.

Ask Coptic Christians why they often leave Islamic terror unpunished, and why their Muslim attackers never go to jail? Why, if a non-Muslim responds to terror, he becomes an enemy of the Islamic State? Ask Israel why defending itself after terror attacks is never understood by the Muslim world? Muslims consider Jews as subhuman apes, pigs, and enemies of Allah, who do not have the right to defend themselves. Ask Middle Eastern non-Muslims why, even though the the Muslim media constantly slanders them, they must stay silent before the slander? Sharia law permits Muslims to slander and lie about their enemies. Ask victims of Islamic terror why they rarely, if ever, responded to it? Or why Christians in Egypt never burn mosques when Muslim attackers burn churches?

The answer to all of the above is simple: Under Sharia law, non-Muslims as well as non-Muslim countries, mustnever dare to respond to jihad [war in the name of Islam] in kind — not even to terrorism. If they do — if even one Muslim is killed in the process — they become permanent enemies of the Islamic State, worthy of more and more slander, terror and jihad.

To understand the current administration’s stance on Libya, it might help first to understand what seem to be Obama’s views on “The Muslim World.” U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration have for years been insisting that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. The President apparently chooses not to see, hear or say anything uncomplimentary about Islamic Sharia and jihad. Members of the current administration even insisted that attacks, such as that of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who had “SOA” [Soldier of Allah”] on his business cards and who shouted “Allahu Akbar!” [“Allah is Greater!”], were “man-caused disasters or “workplace violence,” not Islamic terrorism. They instead blamed Islamic anger on previous American foreign policies, Israel, or even a YouTube video – a charge later discredited.

To members of the current administration, jihad seems to have nothing to do with terror; they dismiss statements by Muslims and the prophet Mohammed, such as: ““Paradise lies under the shade of swords” Sahih Bukhari V4B5N73. Instead, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised to punish the producer of the video — in violation of the American right of free speech.

Obama was willing to pay a heavy price in the hope of receiving acceptance from Islamists who never have, and possibly never will, accord acceptance to any non-Muslim. The President may have thought that the best solution to win his upcoming election and appease a war-weary electorate was not to respond to Islamic terror, and cover up his failure to protect American lives by blaming his inaction as a justified response to a mob reaction to some video. Of course, such an evasion only invites an even larger attack later, which will cost even more in lives and treasure. The President may well have been hoping that at least this new assault would take place after he was safely re-elected.

Obama’s calculations were wrong.

Read the full article over at The Gatestone Institute


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