Sunday, August 28, 2011

The "Ground Zero" Mosque Will Never be Built--For Totally Non-Political Reasons

By Barry Rubin
Readers of my column know that I have written repeatedly that the "Ground Zero" mosque would never be built for reasons having nothing to do with politics. The main financiers and the imam have gotten into one legal problem after another and Allstate Insurance Company is now launching a major lawsuit </a>for fraud against one of them.

From the start, it seemed to me that the whole project was designed as something of a scam by shady characters to get lots of money from the contributions of the Saudis and others. In other words, the controversial and triumphalist aspects of the mosque were a public relations' scheme designed to win millions of dollars from the Muslim-majority world's millionaires. When the money didn't materialize--the controversy didn't help matters--the whole thing fell apart.

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