Lions Out of the Den: Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship

Lions Out of the Den: Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship

Published: Apr 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Jane Gilvary

The Bulletin

Sunday, March 28, 2010

President Obama will be hosting a “Summit on Entrepreneurship” in our nation’s capital on April 26-27 in the Ronald Reagan building. The Summit is an idea Mr. Obama alluded to in his “A New Beginning” speech in Cairo, Egypt last June—part of the months-long Apology Tour that disgusted and embarrassed so many proud Americans. Certainly entrepreneurship is an important concept for Americans; after all, entrepreneurship, or free enterprise, is in large part what makes America so exceptional. There’s one catch to the President’s Summit, however. All attendees must be Muslims.

According to both a White House press release and the summit’s official website, the Summit is part of a larger process whereby our government “partners, convenes, and catalyzes” delegates from Muslim majority countries and Muslim communities to “foster entrepreneurship” in those countries and communities.

Let’s review. Our president is hosting a business summit encouraging the very free market ideals upon which our country was built for a group of people whose Islamic law eschews those very ideas, to the degree that they hijacked our commercial jetliners and flew them like missiles into the very heart and soul of our financial capitol on September 11, 2001 killing nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. Outrageous. At the bottom of the Summit’s website there’s a link that visitors can click on to share their ideas, so here are two ideas for sharing:

First, let’s admit that Islam is not a religion of peace. There are, indeed, peaceful Muslims around the world and in the U.S., but as retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West, an expert on jihad and Islam and a former civilian advisor to the Afghan Army, testifies on a recent panel about jihad, “You must realize that this is not a religion that you are fighting against. You are fighting against a theo-political belief system and construct.” West goes on to explain that if you study the Koran, the Sura, and the Hadith closely “then you can really understand that this is not a perversion. They are doing exactly what this books says.”

There are dozens of experts on jihad in the U.S. who have been echoing Mr. West’s statements for some time, including Robert Spencer, the director of JihadWatch.org and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades as well as The Truth About Mohammed (both NY Times bestsellers). Mr. Spencer has studied and understands our enemy and writes with candor and truth about Islam’s guiding principles, explaining that “Muhammad did not teach ‘peace and tolerance’—he led armies and ordered the assassination of enemies.” Spencer’s books illustrate clearly that the Koran incontrovertibly instructs Muslims to declare war on Jews and Christians, something which they’ve been doing since 622 A.D.

Nonie Darwish, the daughter of an Egyptian Muslim shahid and now a U.S. citizen, a Christian, and a conservative Republican who educates Americans on jihad, echoes Spencer and West in her book Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad. She writes, “global jihad is fueled by radicals who believe their mission to conquer the world is God’s command, that it is the obligation of the good Muslims to spread Islam by any means.”

Here’s a second idea for sharing. Let’s encourage entrepreneurship at home in America, instead of among a population who largely sees the U.S. as infidels who must be destroyed. The jobless rate in our country now stands at an unprecedented 10%. Don’t the people of Detroit or New Orleans or Appalachia need to learn a thing or two about how to start and maintain small businesses more than your friendly neighborhood suicide bomber in Yemen? Spending time, resources, and tax payer money to help non-Americans compete in a global economy is both damaging and counter intuitive. It is hardly likely that the House of Saud needs an education in entrepreneurialism either.

Of the 22 countries in the League of Arab Nations not a single one recognizes Israel, one of our staunchest allies. So why is our president inviting such adversaries to our nation’s capital to share our economic concepts and ideals when their theocracy calls for the destruction of the U.S. and her allies? Americans would never be welcomed in Arab countries the way President Obama welcomes Arabs to the U.S., as Ms. Darwish points out in Infidel: “By cultural imbalance, I mean countries like Saudi Arabia who have access inside American society while giving America no access inside Saudi Arabian society.” She goes on to explain that “radical Muslims regard non-Muslims walking on their land as an insult” and that some sheikhs even call for their murder. Our president gives them open access to our country, but we are denied access to theirs.

Trying to encourage free market ideals among Muslim nations is like trying to encourage the Amish to drive cars. How many Muslim women are free to start up their own small businesses under Sharia law? Galvanizing any sort of Arab entrepreneurship is indirectly funding their radical campaign of destruction against the West—our president has invited the lions out of the den to feed on our timeless economic and cultural ideals, thereby nourishing the insatiable jihad they’ve declared on America. A better summit for President Obama to host would be the “Summit on Preparing a Place for Democracy in Muslim Communities.” After all, he is a community organizer.