German Mosque Appeasement Lessons for Ground Zero

Ian Johnson is the author of the recent—and very timely—book, “A Mosque in Munich,” about a cadre of ex-Soviet Muslims who created a jihadist beachhead in Germany.

Following the closure of Hamburg’s “Al Quds” mosque which spawned Muhammad Atta, only this week, almost a full decade after the cataclysmic acts of jihad terrorism on 9/11/01, Johnson offered sage advice regarding the Ground Zero, and all other potential mosques, especially those to be constructed on public property. Johnson also identifies the nub of the problem for our era’s craven political leaders—summoning the moral courage to act on investigative findings:

When deciding whether a mosque should exist on public property, simply look at the people involved, figure out what they’ve done, and look into where the money comes from. Radicals leave a trail, and it really isn’t that hard to find it. The hard part is acting when you find the evidence.

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at

3 responses to “German Mosque Appeasement Lessons for Ground Zero

  1.' Bill Gallagher

    Dr. Bostom,

    I’d like to thank you for the well researched findings which you have placed on your site. I especially like the historical perspectives offered. It must take up an enormous amount of time to do all this, but please continue.

  2. Dr. Bostom,

    My name is Erik Lamb, I used to be a counselor/tutor with Kidspace @ the JCC of Providence. I inadvertently stumbled upon your writings while doing some independent studies and just wanted to say that I greatly appreciate your work. I am interested in the book you authored a few years ago. In a similar fashion as the above comment, I commend you for the time and effort you put into this alongside everything else you do.

    Take care,

    Erik Lamb

  3. Dr. Bostom, I posted on the AT the following comment which I qoute now from memory: It’s a shame that the Germans shut down the mosque without demolishing it. The bricks, already blessed by Allah, would have come handy to Mayor Bloomberg in building his chef d’oevre.
    On a tangent: I complained on the same website that I did not see your take on the mosque at GZ.
    P.S. I apologise for occasional mistakes I make when I write in English. For me English is a learned language, not well enough I must admit.