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Omar Mateen and the Clash of Civilizations

On Saturday night, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser. Sunday, he was immortal, by his standards, a hero. Mateen had ended his life in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Now everybody knew his name.

He had been embraced by ISIS. His face was on every TV screen. His 911 call to Orlando police identifying with the Islamic State and the Tsarnaev brothers of the Boston Marathon massacre was being heard across America. He was being called the most successful Islamist terrorist since 9/11. A hater of homosexuals, Mateen had, all alone, massacred more than four dozen patrons at a gay Florida nightclub, wounded 53, and driven deeper the wedges breaking up America. When it was learned that he used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, America’s gun wars were reignited.

And make no mistake. There are out there in society some few looking at what Mateen did, and how he left this world, not in revulsion and disgust but admiration and awe. Omar Mateen will not lack for emulators. While we see him as a sick and crazed mass murderer, some will see him, as he surely saw himself, as a warrior for Islam and Muslim martyr who earned paradise.

Yet, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seemed either unable to recognize the roots of Mateen’s malice, or they were inhibited from identifying those roots by the commands of political correctness. The president called this “an act of hate,” but declined to name the source of the hatred or motive for the massacre.

Where did Omar Mateen learn to hate not just homosexuality but the homosexuals themselves? Where did he come to believe that they deserved to die and he had a right to kill them? Where might he have gotten such ideas? Who teaches this?

Well, not only do the Taliban and ISIS hurl homosexuals off buildings and stone them to death but 10 nations—Mauritania, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen, and Pakistan—impose the death penalty for homosexual acts. Peoples of these nations approve, for such laws find sanction in the holy book, the Quran. Sharia teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death.

Clinton declared that we must redouble our efforts to work with “our allies and partners” to go after international terror groups. Did she have in mind the Saudis and Gulf Arabs? For they have on their books laws calling for beheading the same sort of people Mateen shot to death at the Pulse club in Orlando, and for the same reason — what it is they do.

A co-worker said Mateen had an abiding rage over the behavior of American women. Where did Mateen get that idea?

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After San Bernardino, where an ISIS-adoring Pakistani woman and her husband perpetrated a massacre, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, until they could be better vetted, and we “can figure out what the hell is going on,”

This was regarded as quintessentially un-American. But “refugees” from the Syrian war have been found abetting Islamist atrocities in Paris. Terror cells containing “refugees” from Syria’s civil war have been discovered in Angela Merkel’s Germany.

We are learning that second-generation Muslims like Mateen seem susceptible to Islamist imams preaching terror against the West to advance the restoration of the caliphate. Does this not suggest a pause, and a long hard look before we continue with a policy of warmly welcoming all refugees fleeing the half-dozen wars roiling the Islamic world?

After World War II, we vetted German and East European migrants to ensure they were not fleeing Nazis or Soviet saboteurs or spies. No one seemed to regard that as outrageous.

Devout Muslims believe there is “no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.” Logically then, Muslim nations reject a “First Amendment” in their own societies that would protect a right of Christians to convert Muslims, or any “freedom of speech” that permits the mockery of Muhammad. The iconoclasts at Charlie Hebdo learned that the penalty for blasphemy against Islam or insulting the prophet can be severe.

“East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat.” So wrote Kipling. Islam, not only in its extremist forms but in its pure form, is incompatible with modern Western democracy.

And the conflict appears irreconcilable.

The policy that should result from this reality is that while we fight side-by-side to annihilate our common enemies, ISIS and al-Qaeda, the West should give up the idea of democratization and secularization of the Islamic world.

And those who believe Islam is the one true faith, to which all of mankind must eventually submit, should be told that they are welcome as visitors—but not as immigrants. For that would ensure endless conflict.

The more Islamic the West becomes, the less it remains the West.

Patrick J. Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative and the author of the new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority [1].

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33 Comments To "Omar Mateen and the Clash of Civilizations"

#1 Comment By Fran Macadam On June 14, 2016 @ 2:20 am

As the truth is further teased out, the mass murderer himself was a Pulse club regular for perhaps several years, and participated continuously in gay sexting with other patrons. Like the Al Quaeda 9/11 perpetrators before him, he enjoyed a libertine Florida lifestyle. This deluded emissary of Satan considered several Disney venues for his mass murders in the name of ISIS. But like the San Bernadino ISIS terrorist who executed his own workmates, he settled on murdering those victims he was most familiar with, as the most convenient path to atrocity.

#2 Comment By Nova Fifth On June 14, 2016 @ 3:16 am

I was thinking about WW2 today too. Detention centers and all that. But unless you have some history lesson that shows these detention center people became domestic terrorists/spies during or after WW2, there’s not much we can do about it now with The New Threat to American Freedoms that we keep taking for granted. All this domestic terrorism does is turn people paranoid where they’re afraid to trust anyone, even a guy wearing a security guard uniform because he could be the next terrorist to shoot up a concert venue or night club. Policing thought has never worked, so I don’t think there is ever going to be a way the govts are going to tackle this problem from inside their countries. Sure there’s the walls to keep “undesirables” out, but that just makes us look like an ironic joke. Isn’t that what Reagan fought against back in the 80’s?

#3 Comment By JEinCA On June 14, 2016 @ 3:48 am

Mr. Buchanan I agree with you a thousand percent, but my question is should we offer refuge to Muslims who don’t
belong to the Salafist/Wahhabist fold? My answer is yes because they are the only one’s who can defeat the Salafist/Wahhabist cutthroats who threaten the rest of the entire world.

#4 Comment By Peter On June 14, 2016 @ 5:57 am

It is extremely intolerant

#5 Comment By joe On June 14, 2016 @ 6:02 am

Amen Pat

#6 Comment By Double standard On June 14, 2016 @ 6:06 am

Mateen may well have been inspired by the Quran, but the Bible would have given him the same horrible advice:
‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death’ Leviticus20:13.

#7 Comment By Kurt Gayle On June 14, 2016 @ 8:44 am

Pat, you put your finger on a key point: “After San Bernardino, where an ISIS-adoring Pakistani woman and her husband perpetrated a massacre, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, until they could be better vetted, and we ‘can figure out what the hell is going on’.”

Yesterday (June 13) in New Hampshire, Donald Trump again addressed this same issue:

“I called for a ban after San Bernardino, and was met with great scorn and anger but now, many are saying I was right to do so — and although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. The ban will be lifted when we as a nation are in a position to properly and perfectly screen those people coming into our country. The immigration laws of the United States give the President the power to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons that the President deems detrimental to the interests or security of the United States, as he deems appropriate. I will use this power to protect the American people. When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats. After a full, impartial and long overdue security assessment, we will develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of America.”

#8 Comment By CatherineNY On June 14, 2016 @ 9:05 am

Please let’s remember that Mateen’s parents came here during the Reagan Administration, when the Afghans were our heroic allies against the Soviets, and the CIA was arming them to the teeth in that fight. How times (and attitudes) change.

#9 Comment By Ras’ al Ghoul. On June 14, 2016 @ 9:21 am

What a bunch of nonsense. “Since Muslims believe in their article of faith, logically they will reject the right of Christians to convert Muslims.” Does this logic work for Christians too? Or is it only Muslims who should give up their articles of faith, since believing is “logically” equivalent to being bigoted?

Mr. Buchanan, you are no theologian. You have first formed your conclusions and seek reasons to justify it. Please stop playing Procrustes, stretching Islam and West on your iron bed of preconceived simplistic frames.
Your rushing to argue by Omar Mateen, whose hidden aspects were revealed merely hours after you posted this article, is is a disgrace and shows that you’re more a sensational journalist than a true thinker.

#10 Comment By Alex Arr On June 14, 2016 @ 9:51 am

“Does this not suggest a pause, and a long hard look before we continue with a policy of warmly welcoming all refugees fleeing the half-dozen wars roiling the Islamic world?”

You mean after the 1.5-2 year vetting process, which rejects fully half of the applicants? And that prioritizes women and children? The process of getting into the United States is actually immensely difficult, and it’s odd that there’s this belief that anyone can simply waltz on in.

“Devout Muslims believe there is ‘no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.’ Logically then, Muslim nations reject a ‘First Amendment’ in their own societies…”

Couldn’t the same thing be said for conservative Christians? Part of Dreher’s thing on this very website is a rejection of liberalism (in the classical sense) as decadent and leading to godless depravity.

Also, it’s a bit troubling that the recent spate of mass shootings only becomes “about” a group of people, rather than “oh, the shooter was simply crazy,” when it’s not a white male doing it. Even the shootings in Charleston never became “about” white men so much as racism against blacks and about removing the Confederate flag. But if someone who belongs to the wrong religion perpetrates an evil act, it’s about that religion and the clash of civilizations, etc. etc. etc.

#11 Comment By Patrick Moore On June 14, 2016 @ 10:16 am

“Allah” is the Arabic word for “God”, and you will hear the word in Melkite and Syrian Orthodox liturgies.

Muslims are under Quranic injunction to protect other “people of the book”, ie Christians and Jews. That Muslims don’t do this in fact is no more surprising than that Catholics instigated progroms — people are, alas, stupid and wicked.

Lastly, the Devil delights in confusion. Confusing Islam with the misdeeds of knaves and fools claiming the name is acquiescing in such confusion, and turning potential allies into enemies, a bad tactic in defending ourselves against the vicissitudes attendant on a civilization on the verge of collapse.

The entire matter rests on the question: Who, really, speak for Islam, and for all the other religions?

#12 Comment By Patrick Moore On June 14, 2016 @ 10:40 am

From, somewhat ironically, another, very intelligent, posting in today’s TAC ( [2]):

Blunder number six has been to confuse the motives for terrorism with the religious rationalizations its perpetrators concoct to justify its immorality. Many of those who seek revenge for perceived injustices and humiliations at the hands of the West and Western-backed regimes in the Middle East, or who are treated as aliens in their own countries in Europe, give voice to their anger in the language of Islam. But their political grievances, not heretical Islamic excuses for the mass murders they carry out, are what drive their attempts at reprisal. Islamism is a symptom of Arab anguish and rage. It is a consequence, not a cause, of Muslim anger.
[…]
In the end, the attribution of Muslim resentment of the West to Islam is just a version of the facile thesis that “they hate us because of who we are.” This is the opiate of the ignorant. It is self-expiating denial that past and present behavior by Western powers, including the United States, might have created grievances severe enough to motivate others to seek revenge for the indignities they have experienced. It is an excuse to ignore and do nothing about the ultimate sources of Muslim rage because they are too discomfiting to bear discussion. Any attempt to review the political effects of American complicity in the oppression and dispossession of millions of Palestinians and the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of deaths caused by U.S. sanctions, bombing campaigns and drone warfare is ruled out of order by political correctness and cowardice.

#13 Comment By mrscracker On June 14, 2016 @ 10:47 am

As Fran Macadam commented, it seems a little more complicated now. Guess the shooter was struggling with a number of issues & allegiances.

#14 Comment By Montana Marvin On June 14, 2016 @ 11:33 am

Hey Alex, did anyone tell you that Conservative Christians in 2016 don’t commit mass murders for God? That’s just a red herring to halt an honest dialogue we are trying to have. Anti-Christians are always using 200 or 600 year old history as ammunition to gripe about Christianity. The thing is – where Christianity was barbaric in the Inquisition, it is not today. Yet Islam in 2016 is where us Christians were in 1416. They are 600 years behind us. You can’t compare Christians from 1416 to Muslims in 2016. Apples and oranges.

#15 Comment By Montana Marvin On June 14, 2016 @ 11:42 am

So Patrick do you really believe “The entire matter rests on the question: Who, really, speak for Islam, and for all the other religions?” Do you think that just by answering that question they will stop attacking us? Are these bombers and shooters going to be stopped in their tracks because someone says their Islam is not the true Islam. Funny, but this wishing Islam is really a “religion of peace” isn’t actually making it a “religion of peace.” A lot of wishful thinking in the last 20 years by multi-cultural apologists, and yet we Euro-Western people keep getting attacked. How many more of us have to be terrorized before you guys admit that you might be mistaken?

#16 Comment By Mike E On June 14, 2016 @ 11:46 am

Interesting that Orlando should reignite the “gun wars.” What I find puzzling isn’t that Mateen was able to buy guns. What I find puzzling his how he managed to get a job as a security guard, especially working a metal detector in a Florida courthouse!

#17 Comment By AG On June 14, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

I have enough friends in the gay world to know for a fact that Mateen is not the first man who took out his hatred of the gayness within himself on those around him.
The question of what made him hate in the first place is a valid one, but it’s necessary to note that it’s very common with young christian men, also.

#18 Comment By EdK On June 14, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

Pat should be asking, who hired this guy as a security Guard?, who is his boss and vetted him for the job?, Who runs this company?. The following article from DR. Paul Craig Roberts asks the right questions; [3]

#19 Comment By Patrick Moore On June 14, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

Montana Marvin says:
June 14, 2016 at 11:42 am
So Patrick do you really believe “The entire matter rests on the question: Who, really, speak for Islam, and for all the other religions?” Do you think that just by answering that question they will stop attacking us? Are these bombers and shooters going to be stopped in their tracks because someone says their Islam is not the true Islam. Funny, but this wishing Islam is really a “religion of peace” isn’t actually making it a “religion of peace.” A lot of wishful thinking in the last 20 years by multi-cultural apologists, and yet we Euro-Western people keep getting attacked. How many more of us have to be terrorized before you guys admit that you might be mistaken?

No, but that wasn’t my point. My point is that we have to get our facts in order before we blame this sort of thing on Islam. I am a practicing Orthodox Christian, but that doesn’t mean that I approve of Russian pogroms. Pogroms don’t come from Orthodoxy or Catholicism, they come from the Fall.

Read my post again to see what I assert.

#20 Comment By Will Harrington On June 14, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

Alex Arr said

“Couldn’t the same thing be said for conservative Christians? Part of Dreher’s thing on this very website is a rejection of liberalism (in the classical sense) as decadent and leading to godless depravity.”

One could say it, but that wouldn’t make it true. While there have been attempts to set up Christian theocracies (none particularly successful) Christianity itself made no attempts to establish itself as a state and was not even legal in the Roman Empire until Constantine, a few centuries after its founding. Christianity has traditionally understood the Kingdom of God to be spiritual and not represented by any state. During its two thousand year history, Christianity has been used by secular rulers as a unifying principal in their realms and they have even gone so far as to kill those of their subjects who do not comply, their is nothing in the doctrines or dogmas of Christianity that demands Christians conquer anyone or control any government. Quite the opposite really. We are just supposed to tell people the Gospel.
Islam. on the other hand, teaches that Islam should conquer the world and Islamic law should be spread everywhere. These are foundational differences. Christian persuasion is supposed to be by the word. Christ and the apostles taught nothing else. Islam taught conversion by the sword and taxation as well.

#21 Comment By Patrick Moore On June 14, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

This is interesting in the context of Mr. Buchanan’s post:

[4]

“During the holocaust, the pro-Nazi Vichy Government of France controlled Morocco. In 1941, they attempted to enact laws that would discriminate against Moroccan Jews, setting quotas on the number of Jewish doctors and lawyers, ejecting students from French schools and forcing many Jews living in the European quarters to move to “Jewish areas”.
Mohammed V told Jewish leaders that in his opinion Vichy laws singling out the Jews were inconsistent with Moroccan law. He believed that Jews should be treated equally with Muslims[citation needed]. He emphasized that the property and lives of the Moroccan Jews remained under his protection[citation needed]. “There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only subjects,” the King was reported to have said[citation needed]. In a blatant show of defiance the King insisted on inviting all the rabbis of Morocco to the 1941 throne celebrations. Due to his strong stance, Vichy administrators were unable to implement their discriminatory laws and the Jewish community was saved[citation needed].
Later on, in response to anti-Jewish rhetoric in the wake of the creation of the State of Israel, Mohammed V warned Muslims not to hurt Moroccan Jews, reminding them that Jews had always been protected in Morocco.[1]”

I think it was Mohammed V who also said during or shortly
after the first significant US/Moroccan contact in WW 2 (paraphrasing roughly): “We don’t want your lovely American way of life. We prefer to be left alone to follow our own traditional Muslim way of life.”

The traditional Islamic way of life in very brief is to acknowledge God’s Singularity and Omnipotence (“one” refers to the Essence, and all the qualities including Omnipotence stem from this Unity that is, as St. Thomas points out, coextensive with Being) and to follow here below the way of life that leads to human happiness in the afterlife.

The point of all of this is that, as with Lewis’s mere Christianity, there is sufficient common ground with traditional Islam to make traditional Islam an ally of and not a foe against traditional Christianity in the fight against terminal secularism.

It is not only Islam that has quarrels with modern secularism!

#22 Comment By Will Harrington On June 14, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

One problem with the Narrative that blames the West for Arab resentment and violence is simply that this does not account for the whole of the story. There’s a great book out called “The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu”. It deals with the recent efforts of some of Timbuktu’s lovers of books to hide, and remove their ancient manuscripts to protect them from the recent occupation of the city by Al Quaeda affiliated Jihadists. It showed the Wahhabi’s and Salafists for what they were, Islamic reformers who want to purify their faith. Many of them started out Sufi. Even more revealing, we see that the need of scholars to hide their manuscripts against Jihadists predates any European involvement with Timbuktu. Timbuktu was destroyed as a center of learning and all its manuscripts were scattered and hidden until the twenty first century. This was not due to Western intervention. This was due to Jihadists who wished to purify Islam of the corruptions that they believed came from studying non koranic subjects and practicing the wrong (sufi) form of Islam. I’m not downplaying the influence of Western intervention in the current mid-east mess. Even before US involvement, European colonialism created huge problems, but what we oh so carefully call Islamists, as if denying that they could actually be Muslims, were not the creation of the west. They have been part of Islam for centuries. We should not be so full of ourselves as to think that everything happens because of us. If there had been no Western intervention, there would still be radicalized Muslim terrorists and Jihadists. Just as Protestantism was a reaction to what was going on within Christianity, so much of what we call radical Islam is a reaction to what is going on in Islam.

#23 Comment By Michael Heraklios On June 14, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

Will Harrington:

“Christianity has traditionally understood the Kingdom of God to be spiritual and not represented by any state. During its two thousand year history, Christianity has been used by secular rulers as a unifying principal in their realms and they have even gone so far as to kill those of their subjects who do not comply, their is nothing in the doctrines or dogmas of Christianity that demands Christians conquer anyone or control any government. ”

Yeah yeah, tell that to the Byzantine Empire, which in my estimation, was far more Christian than the West ever was. What you’re presenting is just a modern, secularized reading of history, and of Christianity, when in reality, the individuals in the East Roman Christian Empire read the same scriptures that you read and were able to find justification for their policies, none of which ever entertained the notion of the separation between church and state. Simple as that. You can go back and say that these men were just secular rulers using religion to suit their purposes, but there really is no way to fully prove that – it’s just a convenient card to play for the argument you want to make.

#24 Comment By mrscracker On June 14, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

Patrick Moore ,
That’s very interesting about Morocco. Thank you.

#25 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On June 14, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

Several hapless GOP pols commented today on yesterday’s Trump speech. Lindsey Graham was first up to the plate, of course. Then Bob Corker, who wittingly or unwittingly took himself off the Veep list. Also striking out was Lamar “Llama” Alexander, who basically told his constituents not to re-elect him.

#26 Comment By Clint On June 14, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

This is another Muslim mass murder under Obama’s watch and instead of focusing on stopping these attacks Obama instead turns once again, to politically attack Republicans,while he focuses on defending the religion of Islam.
As Trump said,
He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,and either one is unacceptable, No. 1, and No. 2, calling on another gun ban, I mean, this man has no clue.

Obama is putting his cheap leftist political hack agenda ahead of constitutionally stopping these attacks on American soil, on his watch

#27 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On June 14, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

“Clinton declared that we must redouble our efforts to work with “our allies and partners” to go after international terror groups. Did she have in mind the Saudis and Gulf Arabs? For they have on their books laws calling for beheading the same sort of people Mateen shot to death at the Pulse club in Orlando,”

Hilarious Hillary.

That’s a nomenclature Bill Safire would have liked.

#28 Comment By Fran Macadam On June 14, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

“it’s necessary to note that it’s very common with young christian men, also.”

You may deem it necessary to say so, but without proof it’s just on your say so. I don’t believe it.

#29 Comment By Fran Macadam On June 14, 2016 @ 8:25 pm

“You can go back and say that these men were just secular rulers using religion to suit their purposes, but there really is no way to fully prove that – it’s just a convenient card to play for the argument you want to make.”

Reading what Jesus Himself had to say on the matter disposes of your argument. The cynical powerseeker always seek to subvert religion to his own purposes.

#30 Comment By Jack Tracey On June 14, 2016 @ 11:38 pm

Typical responses from the Prog trolls who follow PJB around the web: Islam is not the problem. It is homophobia; it is guns in private hands; it is western shenanigans in regions that are predominantly Muslim. Alternatively, the trolls say that Islam IS the problem, but you Christians and your scriptures are just as bad.

One can rebut, rinse and repeat, but they still show up and say the same B.S. They count on the fatigue that comes from disagreeing with an ignorant and pedantic twerp for longer than you had planned and then deciding to ignore them.

Unfortunately, that’s usually just when a new kid shows up, and no one is there to nudge them to think for themselves.

#31 Comment By Michael Heraklios On June 15, 2016 @ 12:19 am

Fran Macadam:

“Reading what Jesus Himself had to say on the matter disposes of your argument. The cynical powerseeker always seek to subvert religion to his own purposes.”

Can you provide the verse in question from the Gospel?

I might have a different take on it.

#32 Comment By David On June 15, 2016 @ 7:12 am

Watching MSNBC this morning, they are tied up in knots over this or are they?. The murderer who shot to death 49 people was: a registered Democrat, an Islamist and possibly homosexual.

So, who gets the blame, the usual:
1. The gun.
2. Christians.
3. Trump.

#33 Comment By mrscracker On June 15, 2016 @ 9:48 am

David ,
Exactly.