If ever you want to see an effort at stripping American identity from American Muslims, this ad denouncing the Ground Zero Mosque is a perfect case in point. In its conflation of Muslims with al-Qaeda, it’s everything Usama bin Laden ever hoped for. The basic critique that the addled conspiracy theorists of al-Qaeda have proffered, in which they are the vanguard of Islamic interests and the measurement of Islamic fidelity, is on display here. I’m surprised it didn’t contain the as-Sahab watermark.

I’m an American Jew, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. Build the Ground Zero Mosque. For more — and for why — read this Adam Serwer post.

Update, 1:47 p.m.: Greg Sargent’s network buddy thinks this ad is an fundraising generator fueled by manufactured outrage.