There are certain writers who really need to stick to what they do best. Mike Lupica was a decent but highly overated sports writer. He has decided he wants to be a political commentator. He has published a hatched job on Newt Gingrich and the Mosque protesters to ingratiate himself with the big media cocktail party set.
Lupica as usual goes off the deep end on Gingrich, Giuliani and Palin and spends little time on the subject. He is not the sharpest tool in the shed and needs to return to asking athletes idiotic questions in the shower room. FYI he was never quite as good as Bill Madden,Myers and does not deserve to be mentioned with Dick Young.
Lupica does not bother to tell the readers why he supports the Mosque. He does not address the critics of the project. To do so would require a first rate mind that Lupica does not posses. While we disagree with Michael Bloomberg, he has provided an articulate impassioned rationale that one can respect. Bloomberg, unlike Obama, has demonstrated leadership, competence and courage.
Lupica does not bother to state that this is not the case of local Muslims getting together and building a Mosque in their community. This is a foreign financed venture
from the exact same place where the majority of the 9-11 hijackers came from.
Lupica could have walked the area and noticed that around Church Street and Chambers
there are indeed many Muslim businesses. The businesses have been there for some time
and a Mosque located where the actual community is located to the North would make far more sense and raise zero objections.
Lupica does not bother to discuss the symbolism of placing a foreign sponsored mega mosque near the site of three war crime attacks that incinerated 2900 office workers in the name of Islam. This does not infer that all Muslims are guilty of 9-11, but that the project is in very questionable taste. The project is legal, but fails to show respect for the site and the survivors of 9-11.
The analogy of Pearl Harbor falls short. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a sneak attack on a military base. This is far different than slamming two planes into office buildings or blowing up a van in the basement parking lot. More people died at the WTC than died at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese are certainly classier and more considerate than to place a 13 story cultural center two blocks from the Arizona monument. The USA waited 65 years to participate in memorials for the atomic bomb
ceremonies in Japan.
Lupica demonstrates that he lacks the aptitude to do serious political analysis. He needs to return to the world of jock straps and shower rooms. Perhaps his publisher did not want to reduce the reputation of excellence in his sports section which is one of the reasons many people buy the NY Daily News.