Americans are arrogant. Our country is young, and has played a decisive role in world events for a very brief period. U.S. economic power is already under fire from China, which has assumed a pivotal role in the world economy, purchased enormous amounts of our debt, and stands ready to bury our manufacturing sector. Nevertheless, we maintain the delusion that fate smiles on us, and that our nation will reign forever because of who we are and what we believe in.
The September 11 attacks taught us that we are neither safe nor special. Americans can be hurt by terrorists, just like people are hurt in countries around the globe every day. While the scope of the loss of life and destruction on 9/11 was staggering, the attacks were simple and efficient, using our institutions and way of life to our detriment.
Arguing the merits of an Islamic cultural center and mosque at Ground Zero is a waste of time. There are none. No discussion of tolerance, religious freedom, civil rights, or multiculturalism justifies the Cordoba Initiative’s plans, or the spectacle of our politicians falling over themselves to declare their religious tolerance during an election year. When the president made the decision to insert himself in the dialogue, and put his stamp of approval on what the rest of us can see is a power play cloaked by the benevolent figure of Imam Rauf, he gave us all the proof we will ever need that he should be doing something other than being our president.
Arguments in favor of building the mosque prove that we learned nothing from September 11. The project’s funding has been questioned since its inception, a serious concern given 9/11 Commission testimony that warned us how terrorists use the banking system:
Al-Qaeda’s financial backbone was built from the foundation of charities, nongovernmental organizations, mosques, web sites, fundraisers, intermediaries, facilitators and banks and other financial institutions that helped finance the mujahideen throughout the 1980s. This network extended to all corners of the Muslim world.
Once raised in these manners, al-Qaeda’s money is moved through a similarly diverse set of mechanisms. The first, and most simple, is the ubiquitous and highly efficient global financial system, including the interconnected network of banks and other financial institutions that undergird the global economy. 
Even more important is the tendency for our leaders to deny the broad-based threat of Islamic extremism:
One of the basic problems when confronting radicalism in the Muslim world is the unwillingness by some Western academicians, editorialists and leaders to recognize the pervasive institutionalized support for and dissemination of jihadist ideology. In the West, the concept of Islamic extremism is automatically associated with relatively small portions of Muslim society. 
Muslim leaders, on the other hand, have difficulties admitting who and what was responsible for 9/11, relying on explanations that arise from their hatred of Israel and the U.S.:
Even regarding the horrors of September 11, US Muslim and Arab leaders have been reluctant to accept that Muslims were responsible for the attacks. Some US Muslim leaders and organizations actually joined with fringe and racist groups in formulating elaborate conspiracy theories claiming that Israel was behind the attacks, possibly with US government complicity. After the release of a video in which bin Laden took credit for the attacks, some leaders claimed the tape was a U.S. government forgery. 
Our government has no idea how many Muslims are in the United States. Estimates range from 2-7 million.  The problem becomes one of numbers when we consider our leaders’ refusal to acknowledge that the political and religious agendas of Islam have become inseparable, and that Muslims in this country are affected by the spread of fundamentalist Islamic ideologies, such as Wahhabism, elsewhere:
It is widely acknowledged that the Saudi government, as well as wealthy Saudi individuals, have supported the spread of the Wahhabist ideas in several Muslim countries and in the United States and Europe. Some have argued that this proselyting [sic] has promoted terrorism and has spawned Islamic militancy throughout the world. 
Others also have argued that the global spread of Wahhabist teachings threatens the existence of more moderate Islamic beliefs and practices in other parts of the world, including the United States. 
Americans assume that our culture and political system will prevail because our dominance is ingrained in our belief system, as is the religious tolerance espoused by our leaders, who mistakenly extrapolate our free exercise of religion to the modern-day Islamic belief system. In fact, the concept of freedom of religion is antithetical to the way Islam is practiced in many countries, where Shariah, Islamic law, is used to endorse punishments ranging from stoning to executions of children, often for moral transgressions or offenses against Islam.
New York’s Mayor Bloomberg referred to the Ground Zero mosque as a test of the separation of church and state. He is wrong. There is no separation of church and state in Islam as it is practiced in much of the world, and applying that maxim to Islam in America is a serious mistake. Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama need to think about that while they fawn over a cleric serving an ideology that will inevitably demand an end to our way of life.
1..National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Statement of Lee S. Wolosky. April 1, 2003. http://www.9-11commission.gov/hearings/hearing1/witness_wolosky.htm.
2..National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Statement of Steven Emerson. July 9, 2003. http://www.9-11commission.gov/hearings/hearing3/witness_emerson.htm.
4..America.gov. Muslims in America – A Statistical Portrait. December 18, 2008. http://www.america.gov/st/peopleplace-english/2008/December/20081222090246jmnamdeirf0.4547083.html.
5..CRS Report for Congress. The Islamic Traditions of Wahhabism and Salafiyya. Christopher M. Blanchard. Updated January 24, 2008. p. 4.
6..Ibid., p. 5.