In his 2002 letter to the American people explaining why he perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden asked, "What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?," and then immediately answered his own question: "The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam." Wednesday his coreligionist Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, declared victory: "I do consider the United States of America an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution."
It could be a canny new Homeland Security strategy: end the jihad against the U.S. by surrendering to it. If Elibiary can convince the Islamic jihadists who are waging jihad warfare against the United States that America is already "an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution," they will have nothing left to fight for, at least against us, since the goal of jihad is to impose Islamic law wherever possible, and ultimately over the world entire.
In retrospect, then, Janet Napolitano's tabbing of Elibiary for the DHS Advisory Council, much as I criticized it at the time, looks like a genius move. The amount of money that the U.S. will save on security costs will be enough in itself to save the economy, and Obama will at least be able to make good on his 2008 campaign promises to mend relations with the Islamic world. It's peace in our time!