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A mosque at Ground Zero?

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Illario Pantano
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      Illario Pantano

      Ilario Pantano enlisted in the Marine Infantry at 17 and fought in the Gulf War. After witnessing the attacks of 9/11, Pantano returned to the Marines and fought in Falluja as an Infantry officer. He is currently the GOP nominee for the US Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District. www.PantanoForCongress.com

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported that the pace and number of attempted terror attacks against the U.S. over the past nine months has surpassed the number of attempts during any previous one-year period. Do you really think that the trend slows down, if we reward the bad behavior with a Martyr-Marker?

If Mosques go up like mushrooms everywhere there is a bombing or a shooting we will create a perverse incentive, not a deterrent. This mosque at Ground Zero will serve as a big Trojan trophy; and we are welcoming it? I was deeply disappointed to learn that the local Manhattan community board and Mayor Bloomberg were complicit in this sell-out of monumental proportions. Were they bought out wholesale by the same folks that could mysteriously produce millions in cash to buy a building and not leave a trace? Or were they simply bullied?

Is Mayor Bloomberg afraid that his namesake building might get turned to match sticks if he offends the wrong crew? After all, they’ll kill you for a cartoon. Or does the threat of beheading on video, a la Daniel Pearl, pale in comparison to the risk of being labeled “extremist” by Muslim advocacy groups or the liberal media that supports them? I can’t pretend to get into the head of the local community board, but having faced “headless” death threats from jihadists myself, and the withering wrath of the liberal media, I know how persistent these buggers can be.

The insult of the Ground Zero mosque is compounded by the use of federal dollars to make it possible. This is not just a “local” community board issue, nor a mayoral issue. This is a national issue. Reconstruction and security costs are being paid for by taxpayers from North Dakota to North Carolina. Ground Zero is a national war memorial, and so long as federal funds go to preserve, protect and rebuild it, a federal voice should be heard. In 2009 alone, $475 million dollars in DHS grants were spent on security for New York. The American people have a say, and if there is no mechanism for Congress to outright stop the Mosque, then at the very least there must be an investigation into the source of funding behind this affront so that when it is completed on September 11, 2011, the American people will know who to thank.

One thank-you note can be struck early for the mosque’s front man: Kuwaiti-born Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, Rauf is also the CEO of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). But he’s more than just an apologist for the religion-based sharia law, which many experts see as being in direct opposition to the U.S. Constitution. Rauf is also a key member of the Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, which is reportedly the single biggest donor to the Free Gaza Movement (FGM) and its affiliated activists. Those activists include former Weather Underground founders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of Code Pink: Women for Peace (see http://www.discoverthenetworks.org for information on this web of leftist relationships).