Excerpted from Claudia Rosett’s piece, Forbes, last week:

Last Wednesday evening CNN’s Larry King Live, guest-hosted by Soledad O’Brien, devoted a full hour to an interview with the imam behind the Ground Zero mosque project, Feisal Abdul Rauf.

Asked if it’s really a good idea to go ahead with his plans to build a mosque and Islamic center at an address so close to Ground Zero that it has become a flash point, Rauf gave a reply that boils down to a threat. Rauf said that if his Cordoba House does not get built on his chosen site near Ground Zero, “The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack.”

Citing Muslim attacks on Danish embassies during the riots in 2006 over Mohamed cartoons Rauf went on to say that the result of this current “crisis” could be that “anger will explode in the Muslim world.” That, he said, could lead to “something which could really become very, very, very dangerous indeed.

I have read several op eds that call this blackmail.  Is It?  If not, why not. It seems to me that a threat is a threat is a threat.

Rauf has been linked to extremists and holds the view that Americans asked for what happened on 9-11.  I would never make these statements if I hadn’t read his words and those stopping by my blog would do well to research this issue before telling me I am a racist on my own blog.