Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
James Besser in Washington
I was wondering how long it would be before some Jewish group found something to say about the Somali pirate crisis. I didn’t have to wait long; in today’s email was a press release from the Zionist Organization of America arguing that the current wave of piracy is “another example of the ongoing Islamist Jihad against the West and must be dealt with in the context of America’s larger regional and international war against Islamist terror networks.”
Numerous analysts have written about how Somalia, with no effective government, serves as a breeding ground for Islamic terrorists; others have pointed out that its collapsed economy has also spurred young men to turn to high-seas piracy. But it took ZOA to connect the dots.
It goes back to Barbary Pirates days, the group warns, the same jihadist menace that confronted Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
“We ignore the basic truth of these Islamist Jihadist Muslim pirates at our peril,” warned ZOA president Mort Klein.
Some Christian activists take that analysis a few steps further.
Grant Swank, Jr. a Maine pastor and Conservative Crusader columnist, blogged this week that “these Allah devotees who resort to piracy thirst to die. When they die for Islam World Rule, they go immediately into the arms of countless virgins for eternity per Islamic teaching….These Muslim pirates also are irked due to President B. H. Obama switching from Islamic to ‘Christian.’ He claims to be ‘Christian’ though his liberal theology prohibits him from being a biblical believer. Consequently, he is ‘Christian’ in label only.”