Saturday, June 11, 2005

Bloomberg's Moment of Truth

Remember Prince Al-Walid bin Talal? If the name doesn’t sound familiar, let me remind you. One month after 9/11, bin Talal offered Rudy Giuliani $10 million in aid while commenting that we brought the attack on ourselves. Giuliani took a moral stand. He refused the check and condemned the vicious blame-the-victim attitude. In doing so, he also refused to play the role of dhimmis by accepting the humiliation that non-Muslims are expected to endure after being victimized. Of course, the slimy prince (who owns the Savoy hotel in London) blamed the mayor’s actions on the Jews.

Now it is Bloomberg’s turn. This issue is the planned desecration of ground zero by hate-America leftists. Again insult is added to injury. Can Bloomberg take a moral stand? As mayor of New York City, Bloomberg has the attention of the world. He can use the bully pulpit to lead a campaign to right this injustice. As a self-proclaimed heir to the Giuliani legacy, one expects nothing less.

There are times when the mayor speaks on moral issues – even those beyond his power. For example, the mayor is using moral suasion to pressure the landlords not to board-up their property during ethnic-day parades down Fifth Avenue. He says this is offensive and unnecessary. What a sensitive guy! But how about being sensitive to American patriots who are offended at the planned desecration of group zero? How about using some of that moral suasion to demand the creation of a new committee as I suggest in yesterday’s piece?

We are waiting, Mayor Bloomberg!