The Left and Islam: A Love Story
By Diana West
At some future date, when what Andrew C. McCarthy calls “the freedom culture” is again secure (we hope), the jihad-opposition will see itself divided into two camps in histories written about our current time: those who ineffectually supported efforts to stop “terrorism” and other supposedly generic outbreaks of violence in such lands as Iraq and Afghanistan; and those, far fewer in number (at least in that difficult decade following 9/11), who recognized terrorism as but one aspect of the civilizational assault emanating from expansionist Islam.
If the freedom culture wins, it will be because the latter group grew in influence. And if the latter group grows in influence, it will be due to such books as McCarthy’s excellent, ground-breaking new work, “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.”
Islam and the Left? Since this notion will raise some eyebrows, I asked Andrew himself to elaborate on this and some other related questions.
Q: Why are Islam and the Left, as you demonstrate in “The Grand Jihad,” not such strange bedfellows?
A: “For all their disagreements on matters like women’s rights, gay rights and abortion, Islam and the Left are in harmony on big-picture matters: They are authoritarian, totalitarian in the sense of wanting to control all aspects of human existence, virulently anti-capitalist, and regard the individual as existing merely to serve the collective. Consequently, they have the same obstacle in common: our freedom culture – i.e., Western liberalism, U.S. constitutional republicanism, and their foundation, individual liberty. Historically, Islam and the Left ally when there is a common enemy. But I’d stress that what I am talking about here is an alliance, not a merger. I am not claiming, as someone ridiculously suggested to me the day the book came out, that Barack Obama wants to impose Sharia.”
That appropriately noted, the book does highlight the closely interweaving principles of Islam and the Left, the ummah (Islamic community) and ACORN, both of which “bore from within,” in Saul Alinsky’s phrase, to hollow out what we might think of as “the Unum” — as in E Pluribus Unum. Linking these points, having documented President Obama’s career as a community organizer, his embrace of ACORN, his radical associations, Andrew writes in “The Grand Jihad”:
“The common denominator (throughout Obama’s career) is a purpose to break down the Unum at its foundations, what he (Obama) called the `grass roots.’ For America he plans an atom bomb. Or to be more precise, an atoms bomb: countless communities in cities and towns across the land, organized along Saul Alinsky’s brand of Marxism, into socialist enclaves. It fits hand and glove with Yusuf Qaradawi’s voluntary (Islamic) apartheid, the enclave strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood. Each atom smothers the individual freedom and enterprise that have defined the American character, replacing it with welfare states that prize dysfunction and reward the rabble-rousers.”
But we ignore the assault through “willful blindness,” to borrow the title of Andrew McCarthy’s first book about his role as a federal prosecutor in convicting the “blind sheik” and his accomplices for bombing the World Trade Center in 1993. Instead, he observes in the book, our policy-makers obsess over “one tactic, terrorism” while ignoring terrorism’s goal: Islamization through the implementation of Sharia (Islamic law). I asked him to explain.
He replied: “From the beginning of my involvement in counterterrorism in the early nineties, I’ve been struck by the government’s portrayal of terrorists as beasts who kill for no better reason than to kill – as if the fact that they are brutal means that they are insane. Government does this as part of its narrative that terrorists couldn’t possibly be accurately representing a well-grounded interpretation of Islam, and therefore must be `perverting’ or `hijacking’ Islam, or must be traitors against the `true Islam.’
“There is a logic to terrorism. It is jihad, the purpose of which is to implement, spread, defend or vindicate Sharia, the Muslim legal code. Sharia is deemed in Islamist ideology to be the necessary precondition to Islamicizing a society. Once you realize that, you quickly realize that the same Sharia-driven campaign can be waged, and is being waged, by non-violent means, and that the violent and non-violent methods are inextricably linked.”
Read “The Grand Jihad” and so realize. And quickly!
THE ALLIANCE BETWEEN ISLAM AND SOCIALISM WILL DESTROY WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Nancy Pelosi Enjoying Islamic Culture in Syria
Muhammad and Islamic Wars of Expansion
Bowing to Islam’s view of us
By MARK STEYN
Sept. 26, 2010
While I’ve been talking about free speech in Copenhagen, several free speech issues arose in North America. I was asked about them both at the Sappho Award event and in various interviews, so here’s a few thoughts for what they’re worth:
Too many people in the free world have internalized Islam’s view of them. A couple of years ago, I visited Guantanamo and subsequently wrote that, if I had to summon up Gitmo in a single image, it would be the brand-new copy of the Koran in each cell: To reassure incoming prisoners that the filthy infidels haven’t touched the sacred book with their unclean hands, the Korans are hung from the walls in pristine, sterilized surgical masks. It’s one thing for Muslims to regard infidels as unclean, but it’s hard to see why it’s in the interests of us infidels to string along with it and thereby validate their bigotry. What does that degree of prostration before their prejudices tell them about us? It’s a problem that Muslims think we’re unclean. It’s a far worse problem that we go along with it.
Take this no-name pastor from an obscure church who was threatening to burn the Koran. He didn’t burn any buildings or women and children. He didn’t even burn a book. He hadn’t actually laid a finger on a Koran, and yet the mere suggestion that he might do so prompted the president of the United States to denounce him, and the secretary of state, and the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, various G7 leaders, and golly, even Angelina Jolie. President Obama has never said a word about honor killings of Muslim women. Secretary Clinton has never said a word about female genital mutilation. General Petraeus has never said a word about the rampant buggery of pre-pubescent boys by Pushtun men in Kandahar. But let an obscure man in Florida so much as raise the possibility that he might disrespect a book – an inanimate object – and the most powerful figures in the Western world feel they have to weigh in.
Aside from all that, this obscure church’s website has been shut down, its insurance policy has been canceled, its mortgage has been called in by its bankers. Why? As Diana West wrote, why was it necessary or even seemly to make this pastor a non-person? Another one of Obama’s famous “teaching moments”? In this case teaching us that Islamic law now applies to all? Only a couple of weeks ago, the president, at his most condescendingly ineffectual, presumed to lecture his moronic subjects about the First Amendment rights of Imam Rauf. Where’s the condescending lecture on Pastor Jones’ First Amendment rights?
When someone destroys a Bible, U.S. government officials don’t line up to attack him. President Obama bowed lower than a fawning maitre d’ before the King of Saudi Arabia, a man whose regime destroys Bibles as a matter of state policy, and a man whose depraved religious police forces schoolgirls fleeing from a burning building back into the flames to die because they’d committed the sin of trying to escape without wearing their head scarves. If you show a representation of Mohammed, European commissioners and foreign ministers line up to denounce you. If you show a representation of Jesus Christ immersed in your own urine, you get a government grant for producing a widely admired work of art. Likewise, if you write a play about Jesus having gay sex with Judas Iscariot.
So just to clarify the ground rules, if you insult Christ, the media report the issue as freedom of expression: A healthy society has to have bold, brave, transgressive artists willing to question and challenge our assumptions, etc. But, if it’s Mohammed, the issue is no longer freedom of expression but the need for “respect” and “sensitivity” toward Islam, and all those bold brave transgressive artists don’t have a thing to say about it.
Maybe Pastor Jones doesn’t have any First Amendment rights. Musing on Koran burning, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer argued:
[Oliver Wendell] Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater… Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And what is the crowded theater today? What is the being trampled to death?
This is a particularly obtuse remark even by the standards of contemporary American jurists. As I’ve said before, the fire-in-a-crowded-theater shtick is the first refuge of the brain-dead. But it’s worth noting the repellent modification Justice Breyer makes to Holmes’ argument: If someone shouts fire in a gaslit Broadway theatre of 1893, people will panic. By definition, panic is an involuntary reaction. If someone threatens to burn a Koran, belligerent Muslims do not panic – they bully, they intimidate, they threaten, they burn and they kill. Those are conscious acts, at least if you take the view that Muslims are as fully human as the rest of us and therefore responsible for their choices. As my colleague Jonah Goldberg points out, Justice Breyer’s remarks seem to assume that Muslims are not fully human.
More importantly, the logic of Breyer’s halfwit intervention is to incentivize violence, and undermine law itself. What he seems to be telling the world is that Americans’ constitutional rights will bend to intimidation. If Koran-burning rates a First Amendment exemption because Muslims are willing to kill over it, maybe Catholics should threaten to kill over the next gay-Jesus play, and Broadway could have its First Amendment rights reined in. Maybe the next time Janeane Garafolo goes on MSNBC and calls Obama’s opponents racists, the Tea Partiers should rampage around town and NBC’s free-speech rights would be withdrawn.
Meanwhile, in smaller ways, Islamic intimidation continues. One reason why I am skeptical that the Internet will prove the great beacon of liberty on our darkening planet is because most of the anonymous entities that make it happen are run by people marinated in jelly-spined political correctness. In Canada, an ISP called Bluehost knocked Marginalized Action Dinosaur off the air in response to a complaint by Asad Raza, a laughably litigious doctor in Brampton, Ontario. Had his name been Gordy McHoser, I doubt even the nancy boys at Bluehost would have given him the time of day. A similar fate briefly befell our old pal the Binksmeister at FreeMarkSteyn.com: In other words, a website set up to protest Islamic legal jihad was shut down by the same phenomenon. In America, The New York Times has already proposed giving “some government commission” control over Google’s search algorithm; the City of Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the Constitution signed, is now so removed from the spirit of the First Amendment that it’s demanding bloggers pay a $300 “privilege” license for expressing their opinions online. The statists grow ever more comfortable in discussing openly the government management of your computer. But, even if they don’t formally take it over, look at the people who run publishing houses, movie studios, schools and universities, and ask yourself whether you really want to bet the future on the commitment to free speech of those who run ISPs. SteynOnline, for example, is already banned by the Internet gatekeepers from the computers at both Marriott Hotels and Toronto Airport.
But forget about notorious rightwing hatemongers like me. Look at how liberal progressives protect their own. Do you remember a lady called Molly Norris? She’s the dopey Seattle cartoonist who cooked up “Everybody Draws Mohammed” Day, and then, when she realized what she’d stumbled into, tried to back out of it. I regard Miss Norris as (to rewrite Stalin) a useless idiot, and she wrote to Mark’s Mailbox to object. I stand by what I wrote then, especially the bit about her crappy peace-sign T-shirt. Now The Seattle Weekly informs us:
You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly.
On the advice of the FBI, she’s been forced to go into hiding. If you want to measure the decline in western civilization’s sense of self-preservation, go back to Valentine’s Day 1989, get out the Fleet Street reports on the Salman Rushdie fatwa, and read the outrage of his fellow London literati at what was being done to one of the mainstays of the Hampstead dinner-party circuit. Then compare it with the feeble passivity of Molly Norris’ own colleagues at an American cartoonist being forced to abandon her life: “There is no more Molly”? That’s all the gutless pussies of The Seattle Weekly can say? As James Taranto notes in The Wall Street Journal, even much sought-after Ramadan-banquet constitutional scholar Barack Obama is remarkably silent:
Now Molly Norris, an American citizen, is forced into hiding because she exercised her right to free speech. Will President Obama say a word on her behalf? Does he believe in the First Amendment for anyone other than Muslims?
Who knows? Given his highly selective enthusiasms, you can hardly blame a third of Americans for figuring their president must be Muslim. In a way, that’s the least pathetic explanation: The alternative is that he’s just a craven squish. Which is odd considering he is, supposedly, the most powerful man in the world.
Listen to what President Obama, Justice Breyer, General Petraeus, The Seattle Weekly and Bluehost internet services are telling us about where we’re headed. As I said in America Alone, multiculturalism seems to operate to the same even-handedness as the old Cold War joke in which the American tells the Soviet guy that “in my country everyone is free to criticize the President”, and the Soviet guy replies, “Same here. In my country everyone is free to criticize your President.” Under one-way multiculturalism, the Muslim world is free to revere Islam and belittle the west’s inheritance, and, likewise, the western world is free to revere Islam and belittle the west’s inheritance. If one has to choose, on balance Islam’s loathing of other cultures seems psychologically less damaging than western liberals’ loathing of their own.
It is a basic rule of life that if you reward bad behavior, you get more of it. Every time Muslims either commit violence or threaten it, we reward them by capitulating. Indeed, President Obama, Justice Breyer, General Petraeus, and all the rest are now telling Islam, you don’t have to kill anyone, you don’t even have to threaten to kill anyone. We’ll be your enforcers. We’ll demand that the most footling and insignificant of our own citizens submit to the universal jurisdiction of Islam. So Obama and Breyer are now the “good cop” to the crazies’ “bad cop.” Ooh, no, you can’t say anything about Islam, because my friend here gets a little excitable, and you really don’t want to get him worked up. The same people who tell us “Islam is a religion of peace” then turn around and tell us you have to be quiet, you have to shut up because otherwise these guys will go bananas and kill a bunch of people.
While I was in Denmark, one of the usual Islamobozos lit up prematurely in a Copenhagen hotel. Not mine, I’m happy to say. He wound up burning only himself, but his targets were my comrades at the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. I wouldn’t want to upset Justice Breyer by yelling “Fire!” over a smoldering jihadist, but one day even these idiots will get lucky. I didn’t like the Danish Security Police presence at the Copenhagen conference, and I preferred being footloose and fancy-free when I was prowling the more menacing parts of Rosengard across the water in Malmö the following evening. No one should lose his name, his home, his life, his liberty because ideological thugs are too insecure to take a joke. But Molly Norris is merely the latest squishy liberal to learn that, when the chips are down, your fellow lefties won’t be there for you.
The Religious Left Discovers Radical Islam
Assyrian International News Agency
Amazingly, the recent Islamist atrocities in Pakistan have compelled some left-leaning church groups in the West to admit problems with radical Islam, a difficult admission for many. The current visit to the U.S. by a Pakistani Protestant bishop on behalf of besieged Pakistani Christians is helping to fuel the catharsis.
“Unfortunately, the (anti-Christian) mindset is not restricted to Pakistan but to the whole Arab-Muslim world,” Bishop Alexander John Malik told the National Council of Churches (NCC) during a recent visit with them in New York. “It’s the same from the Sudan to Somalia, from Iraq to Indonesia. This is the mindset of Muslims who consider their religion to be of the utmost importance.” Malik represents the united Church of Pakistan, which is a merger of Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Lutherans.
Naturally, liberal Protestant groups in the U.S. are accustomed to thinking of Christians as victimizers, not as victims. The typical response of Western church groups towards Islam is to apologize for the Crusades of 1,000 years ago. So having to consider that Christians and other religious minorities in Islamic governed lands must routinely endure discrimination, threats, legal restrictions on worship, arrest, and death is eye-opening. The August attacks on two Christian villages in Pakistan by Islamist mobs motivated by an alleged “desecration” of a Koran resulted in dozens of homes, shops and churches burned, and 7 Christians, including 2 children, killed.
U.S. NCC chief Michael Kinnamon, hosting bishop Malik, insisted that NCC member denominations are “acutely aware of the pressure Christian minorities are under around the world and we stand in solidarity with all our sisters and brothers,” according to an NCC news release. Many members of NCC churches might be surprised to learn of Islamist violence against Christians, since the NCC and most of its member communions have hardly ever discussed it before. But it’s a constructive start.
About 3-4 million Pakistanis are Christian, about evenly divided between Catholics and Protestants. About 800,000 belong to the Church of Pakistan. After the Islamist attacks last month, Catholic and Church of Pakistan schools in Karachi and Balochistan were closed for 3 days “in condolence” for the Christian victims of mob violence. Bishop Malik wants a special judge appointed to investigate the mob attacks. He also is asking the Pakistani government to amend or revoke its Blasphemy Law, which radical Islamists exploit to justify violence against religious minorities, and which of course can justify government prosecution of perceived critics of Islam. In Pakistan, death is the official penalty for defaming Islam’s founder or scripture. Additionally, the bishop is suggesting the Pakistani government create a new police force of Christians to guard Christian property and churches. Obviously, this last recommendation strongly implies a lack of confidence that Pakistani police will act assertively against Islamist violence when Christians are the victims.
“If someone in Denmark publishes a cartoon under freedom of speech … it is blasphemy and they attack us and target us,” Bishop Malik told an audience at the Episcopal Church headquarters in New York, according to Episcopal Life. “The fanatics are attacking minorities, which is a deplorable act. [The] government should take serious action against these extremists who are targeting Christians and burning their houses,” Malik has said. “It is the duty of the state to ensure that life and properties of minorities should remain safe from such fanatics.” But in many Islamic dominated countries, such as Pakistan, especially where Islam is codified into civil law, suppressing Islamist violence against religious minorities can be politically difficult.
Bishop Malik reported that international events since 9-11 have left Pakistan’s Christians even more vulnerable. “In this whole war on terror, Pakistan is a frontline partner with the United States,” he told the NCC. “But this has led to difficulties generated mostly by religious fanatics who have a mindset that all Westerners are Christian and all Christians are Westerners,” and putting “the church under pressure.”
When President Obama insisted that the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are not a “war on Islam” in his June speech in Cairo, most Muslims do not believe him, Malik told his Episcopalian hosts. “The ‘war on terror’ needs to be reviewed and revisited,” he said, according to Episcopal Life. “To capture Osama [bin Laden] alive or dead will not benefit [anyone]. Osama is an institution, an ideology of violence, terror and extremism. That ideology has to be replaced with another ideology.”
The bishop, on behalf of vulnerable Christians in Pakistan, is understandably squeamish about the war on terror. Christian minorities in Islamic controlled countries must often accommodate their rulers, and even Islamist groups, to survive. Unfortunately, the bishop’s Western church hosts likely will be tempted to latch onto his comments to justify their own pseudo-pacifist response to 9-11. But for now, at least by their standards, Malik’s interlocutors are sounding more bold than ever before on Islamist violence and persecution of Christians.
Malik also visited the United Methodist mission agency headquarters while in New York. As a result the President of the Board of Global Ministries, Bishop Bruce Ough of Western Ohio deplored the “growing pattern of violence over the past few years against religious minorities in Pakistan,” the “climate of fear” generated by the Blasphemy Law, and “legal pressure” against Pakistani church leaders who dare to complain publicly. He urged pressure against Pakistan to ensure “protection to all religious minorities.”
Will left-leaning U.S. church groups continue their new found concern about Christians and other religious minorities suffering under theocratic Islam in Pakistan and elsewhere? And will such attention lead to wider understanding of the threats posed by radical Islam globally? The recent history is not promising, but Christianity always promises the opportunity for a fresh start.
By Mark D. Tooley
Mark D. Tooley is president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He is the author of Taking Back the United Methodist Church.
Islam film Dutch MP to be charged
A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements.
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
“In a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to… draw a clear line,” the court in Amsterdam said.
Mr Wilders said the judgement was an “attack on the freedom of expression”.
“Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted,” he said.
Not only he, but all Dutch citizens opposed to the “Islamisation” of their country would be on trial, Mr Wilders warned.
“Who will stand up for our culture if I am silenced?” he added.
The three judges said that they had weighed Mr Wilders’s “one-sided generalisations” against his right to free speech, and ruled that he had gone beyond the normal leeway granted to politicians.
“The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of member of parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs,” the court said in a statement.
“The court also considers appropriate criminal prosecution for insulting Muslim worshippers because of comparisons between Islam and Nazism made by Wilders,” it added.
The court’s ruling reverses a decision last year by the public prosecutor’s office, which said Mr Wilders’s comments had been made outside parliament as a contribution to the debate on Islam in Dutch society and that no criminal offence had been committed.
Prosecutors said on Wednesday that they could not appeal against the judgement and would open an investigation immediately.
Gerard Spong, a prominent lawyer who pushed for Mr Wilders’s prosecution, welcomed the court’s decision.
“This is a happy day for all followers of Islam who do not want to be tossed on the garbage dump of Nazism,” he told reporters.
In March 2008, Mr Wilders posted a film about the Koran on the internet, prompting angry protests across the Muslim World.
The opening scenes of Fitna – a Koranic term sometimes translated as “strife” – show a copy of the holy book followed by footage of the bomb attacks on the US on 11 September 2001, London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004.
Pictures appearing to show Muslim demonstrators holding up placards saying “God bless Hitler” and “Freedom go to hell” also feature.
The film ends with the statement: “Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom.”
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said at the time that the film wrongly equated Islam with violence and served “no purpose other than to offend”.
A year earlier, Mr Wilders described the Koran as a “fascist book” and called for it to be banned in “the same way we ban Mein Kampf”, in a letter published in the De Volkskrant newspaper.
Mr Wilders has had police protection since Dutch director Theo Van Gogh was killed by a radical Islamist in 2004.
Correspondents say his Freedom Party (PVV), which has nine MPs in the lower house of parliament, has built its popularity largely by tapping into the fear and resentment of Muslim immigrants.
WorldVision’s Deceptive Plea for Support
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
by Dexter Van Zile
December 22, 2008
Christian non-governmental organizations such as the Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Mennonite Central Committee, Pax Christi, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) are regular providers of anti-Israel propaganda to Western audiences. These groups provide de-contextualized stories and images of Israelis behaving badly to “peace” activists and church leaders in Europe and North America who repackage this material into a narrative in which Israel is entirely responsible for Palestinian suffering and in which unilateral concessions and withdrawals will bring an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Seemingly intent on providing the raw material for an anti-Israel campaigns in the public institutions of the West, Christian NGOs provide little if any information about Arab and Muslim hostility and violence toward Jews and Israel in the Middle East and fail to describe the hostile agenda that fuels violence against the Jewish state in the region.
One group which engages in this type of behavior is WorldVision, a humanitarian agency that promotes the welfare of children throughout the world. WorldVision’s activists in the Middle East unfairly portray Israel in villainous terms to raise money for its operations in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
WorldVision’s anti-Israel narrative is readily apparent on its website which offers a distorted chronology of the Arab-Israeli conflict, portrays Palestinian suffering solely as a consequence of Israeli (and not Palestinian) misdeeds and offers little acknowledgement that Israelis also suffer as a consequence of the violence.
WorldVision’s anti-Israel animus is particularly evident in the page it uses to introduce potential sponsors to the realities of life in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This page provides a distorted chronology that describes Jewish immigration, Israel’s creation and two Arab efforts to destroy Israel as follows:
Jewish immigration increased in the 19th and 20th centuries joining the existing small Jewish community in Palestine and the indigenous Palestinian population.
After World War II, the State of Israel was declared by the region’s Jewish inhabitants. Much of the Palestinians and the surrounding countries were opposed to this. As a result, war broke out. After a year, a ceasefire was declared and Jordan governed the West Bank, while Egypt administered the Gaza Strip. In 1967, Israel defeated Egyptian, Syrian, and Jordanian forces during the Six-Day War.
In its description of these events, WorldVision portrays Israel’s creation in a clearly distorted manner that serves to legitimize Arab and Muslim hostility toward the Jewish state. For example, it omits any description of the condition of the Jews who left for Palestine during the 19th and 20th centuries – information that would help to explain why a Jewish state was necessary.
WorldVision’s chronology also fails to include any reference to UN Resolution 181 which called for the creation of an Arab and Jewish state in the British Mandate. Instead, it merely reports “the state of Israel was declared by the region’s Jewish inhabitants.” WorldVision also omits any reference whatsoever to the repeated calls by Arab leaders for Israel’s destruction before both the 1948 and the Six Day War in 1967.
The chronology’s authors uses the passive construction “war broke out” to describe the beginning of the 1948 War – which was initiated by five Arab armies attacking the nascent Jewish state the day after its leaders declared independence. This passive construction allows the reader to ignore exactly who was the aggressor in this war.
When it comes time to describe the Six Day War, the chronology’s authors report that “Israel defeated” the forces of Egypt, Syria and Jordan – without acknowledging the calls for Israel’s destruction that preceded these attacks.
Predictably, the same chronology fails to offer any description of the failure of the Palestinians to negotiate in good faith at Camp David in 2000 and the Palestinian Authorities refusal to accept the Clinton Parameters offered at the end of 2000 and beginning of 2001. In 2000 Ehud Barak made a peace offer at Camp David that would have allowed the creation of a Palestinian state on all of the Gaza Strip and most of the West Bank but Yasir Arafat said no, and did not make a counteroffer, and then authorized the Second Intifada which led to the deaths of more than 5,000 people on both sides of the conflict. In an effort to salvage the peace process, President Clinton put forth the “Clinton Parameters” which offered a state to the Palestinians on more beneficial terms than what Ehud Barak offered in 2000. But again, Arafat said no, despite a warning from Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia that failing to take the offer would be a “crime.”
WorldVision’s depiction of the security barrier as causing the deterioration of the Palestinian economy and as threatening food security and impacting access to education and health care fails to acknowledge that it was built in response to a murderous series of suicide attacks from the West Bank that killed or injured thousands of Israeli civilians during the the Second Intifada.
By failing to mention the violence that preceded the barrier’s construction, WorldVision encourages its supporters to blame Israel and only Israel for Palestinian suffering caused by the barrier. It also encourages its supporters to ignore the suffering endured by Israelis during the Second Intifada.
The chronology also fails to acknowledge the fact that Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and has suffered an increase of rocket attacks after this withdrawal. Instead of describing Israel’s security concerns in a comprehensive and honest manner, WorldVision states that “efforts by the government to improve health care have been hampered by border closures and a lack of funding.”
The border closures are a response to ongoing violence against Israel by groups that publicly affirm Israel’s destruction. Israel has been attacked from nearly every bit of territory from which it has withdrawn since the Oslo Accords, but the only detail WorldVision can provide of these events is that “confidence eroded … as both sides contributed to a breach of trust.”
There is no doubt that the events of the past sixty years have caused enormous suffering in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. WorldVision’s chronology narrative however portrays this suffering solely as the result of Jewish sovereignty and Israeli policies. Any honest reading of history would reveal that Palestinian leaders bear great moral responsibility for the suffering of their people, but for some reason WorldVision seems intent on proffering a narrative that denies this reality.
Repeating Hamas Propaganda
WorldVision’s deceptive and one-sided narrative about the Arab-Israeli conflict is also evident in a recent article “End the blockade of Gaza” by Allyn Dhynes, a peacebuilding and communications manager for the organization. This article, published on Nov. 26, 2008 does acknowledge that Israelis are suffering “violence and insecurity due to military incursions or short range rockets.” Nevertheless, Dhynes portrays the suffering in the Gaza Strip as solely the consequence of Israeli military attacks in the area. “The situation is desperate,” he writes.
The blockade has prevented all food, fuel and medical supplies from entering Gaza for the past 20 days. The basic needs for survival have vanished. Bakeries have shut down because there is no wheat and no electricity. People are making do by burning what wood they can find for cooking and milling chicken feed for bread.
Assuming that Dhynes’ depiction of conditions in the Gaza Strip is accurate (a problematic assumption given that Abdel Shafi director of the UN Development Program recently said that “people aren’t starving”) one question needs to be asked: Who is responsible for the crisis?
Numerous sources indicate it was caused not by the Israelis who have periodically let humanitarian shipments into the Gaza Strip, but by Hamas which has stolen fuel for its own purposes. On Nov. 19, 2006 the Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Tomeh reported that Palestinian officials in Ramallah believed that Hamas was staging the blackouts in the Gaza Strip “in a bid to win sympathy and incite the Palestinian public against Israel and the PA.” Tomeh reports:
“There’s no shortage of fuel in the Gaza Strip and the Electricity Company is continuing to function normally,” said a PA official. “Our people in the Gaza Strip have told us that the blackouts are all staged as part of the Hamas propaganda.”
Another PA official noted that Hamas’s lies reached their peak last January when its legislators held a meeting in a darkened hall of the Palestinian Legislative Council – while light could be seen coming in through the curtained windows.
“There’s enough fuel in the Gaza Strip,” he said. “Even when Israel reduces the fuel supplies, Hamas continues to smuggle tens of thousands of liters through the underground tunnels.”
The Fatah-controlled Pal-Press Web site on Thursday quoted a senior official in the Gaza Electricity Company as saying that Hamas has been stealing fuel supplies intended for the power grid.
The official, who asked not to be identified, also denied claims by Hamas and Al-Jazeera about power outages in large parts of the Gaza Strip. He noted that 70% of the Gaza Strip’s electricity came from Israel and Egypt, while the remaining 30% were being supplied by the local company.
“Hamas has seized more than 220,000 liters of fuel that was intended for generators belonging to our company,” he revealed. “There’s no shortage of fuel and as such there is no reason for a crisis.
The official also disclosed that Hamas militiamen had been forcing the company to cut off power supplies to some areas in the Gaza Strip so as to create the impression that the outage was due to a lack of fuel caused by the ongoing closure of the border crossings.
Exactly why is WorldVision cooperating with Hamas’ efforts to delegitimize Israel and the PA leadership in the West Bank? Do WorldVision officials really think this will promote the welfare of children in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Jerusalem? Why does Dhynes give such short shrift to attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip in his report?
To be sure, WorldVision’s efforts to promote the welfare of children in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip are laudable. Its efforts to raise funds on the back of the modern state of Israel are not.
If WorldVision is to raise funds with integrity, it must come to terms with a difficult realty: It is trying to provide children in the West Bank and Gaza what Arab leaders (Palestinians especially) have denied them for the past sixty years – a chance for healthy future in a stable society that lives in peace with its neighbors.
Unholy Alliance: The “Peace Left” and the Islamic Jihad Against America
By David Horowitz and John Perazzo
April 13, 2005
[Authors’ note: This is the first in a series of articles and visual maps describing the unholy alliances that have been formed between American leftists and radical Islam, unlikely allies who have joined efforts to oppose America’s defensive War on Terror and its war of liberation in Iraq. These are mainly (but not exclusively) de facto alliances, much as the Hitler-Stalin Pact was an alliance of convenience based on a common interest: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. This article is accompanied by a “visual map” which displays the actual alliance between the so-called American “peace left” and organizations that are part of, or supportive of, the radical Islamic jihad against the United States. This map is one of the hundreds of similar maps we have devised for DiscoverTheNetwork.org, our encyclopedic guide to the political left.]
The present article focuses on the so-called “peace left” – so called because most of the individuals participating in it are not pacifists and are not really interested in peace as such, but in radical agendas that are served by opposing America’s war on terror. (Thus there were no “peace” demonstrations at the Iraqi embassy calling on the government of Saddam Hussein to comply with seventeen U.N. resolutions which the war was undertaken to enforce.)
The peace left’s core consists of the ideological descendents of the communist/progressive left that wanted the West to lose the Cold War to the Soviet Union. This no mere motley crew of inconsequential fringe extremists, but is in fact the well-organized, militant, and immensely influential driving force behind the contemporary peace movement and the enormous anti-war rallies it has recently staged. Upon the foundation of its hatred for the United States, the peace left has forged its alliance with radical Islam, whose wellspring of anti-American hatred runs just as deep.
In word and deed, both of these allies make it plain that they consider everything about the United States to be evil and unworthy of preservation; that they wish to see American society and its way of life crushed by any means necessary, including violent revolution. Their position was well summarized by the now-infamous professor Ward Churchill, who asserted that terrorist violence directed against the United States is a morally justifiable response to what he characterizes as the U.S. government’s “rape” and “murder” of other peoples. “If we want an end to violence,” says Churchill, “especially that perpetrated against civilians, we must take the responsibility for halting the slaughter perpetrated by the United States around the world.” Churchill does not, however, harbor any hopes that America might mend its alleged flaws; rather, he advocates the country’s destruction: “I want the state gone: transform the situation to U.S. out of North America. U.S. off the planet. Out of existence altogether.” Toward this end, Churchill candidly endorses further acts of anti-American terror. “One of the things I’ve suggested,” he says, “is that it may be that more 9/11s are necessary.” Lamenting that the terrorism of 9/11 had proved “insufficient to accomplish its purpose” of eviscerating the United States, Churchill wrote, “What the hell? It was worth a try.”
These sentiments are echoed by no less a figure than Osama bin Laden, who in 1998 issued the following edict: “We—with God’s help—call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops and the devil’s supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson. The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it.”
By drawing attention to the alliances between (and the common objectives of) the radical left and radical Islam, DiscoverTheNetwork (DTN) has hit a raw nerve for some. Critics have accused DTN of lumping together all leftists as traitors who sympathize with America’s jihadist enemies. In an effort to make clear the distinctions between the most radical and the more moderate gradations of leftism, DTN has refined the photo grid that was the source of much indignation. Yet the source of the criticism – the self-described patriotic left – has failed to draw any similar distinctions between itself and the radical, anti-American left that in fact does endorse the permanent evisceration of American society. Nowhere is this failure to dissociate from America’s enemies more evident than in the peace movement, where teeming masses of people have participated in demonstrations organized by hard-line Communists whose most fervent wish is not to bring about the establishment of a lasting peace, but rather to see the United States toppled by an attack from without or a revolution from within.
The Workers World Party
Islamic jihadist organizations such as al Qaeda openly advocate the destruction of the United States, on grounds that it is allegedly a land of infidels that has badly mistreated the Muslim world. Their contempt for America – the so-called “Great Satan” – is invariably accompanied by a desire to destroy its ally Israel – the “Little Satan.” This baneful agenda is shared by those American radical groups that are the major players in the contemporary anti-war movement, on grounds that the U.S. is allegedly an aggressive, imperialistic nation that seeks to impose the evils of capitalism on the rest of the world. Some of these radical groups actually want to be part of the jihad against the United States; they identify with its objectives much as the old communist movement identified with the Soviet Union and its aims. This is a small and somewhat despised minority on the left but remarkably effective nonetheless.
Among the most important groups to openly espouse the jihadist ideal of destroying the United States is the Workers World Party (WWP), a Marxist-Leninist sect that uses the anti-war movement as the vehicle by which it promotes Communist objectives and condemns American society, American foreign policy, and capitalism. This organization was a chief organizer of the major national demonstrations against the current war in Iraq. It was founded in 1959 by Sam Marcy, who in the 1960s led demonstrations against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and openly rooted for a Viet Cong victory. Under Marcy’s leadership, the WWP even coordinated some of its activities with those of the North Vietnamese Communist forces. For example, an April 8, 1972 internal letter “To All Branches” of the party exhorted members to participate in “antiwar” demonstrations that would give encouragement and moral support to a Viet Cong offensive in South Vietnam. The man who authored that letter, John Catalinotto, is today the managing editor of the WWP’s weekly newspaper, Workers World.
The WWP continues to idolize the former Soviet dictator and mass murderer Joseph Stalin, and regards Fidel Castro as a hero of the common man. WWP members who joined the Venceremos Brigades in the 1960s and early 1970s were trained in revolutionary tactics by Castro’s intelligence agency. It was during that era that the party also developed a close ideological bond with Communist North Korea and its then-President Kim Il Sung. Moreover, the WWP supported the Soviet invasions of Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan, as well as the regime of Slobodan Milocevic in the former Yugoslavia. To this day, the party is a faithful backer of North Korean President Kim Jong Il – notwithstanding the barbarous atrocities and human rights violations he has engineered.
The WWP website proclaims, “We’re independent Marxists who respect the struggles for self-determination and progress of oppressed nations. We try to understand their problems in a world dominated by Western imperialism. We don’t jump on the bandwagon when Third World leaders are demonized. Our goal is solidarity of all the workers and oppressed against this criminal imperialist system. . . . We fight hard for a better life right now, but we know that nothing is secure – not our jobs, our homes, our health care, our pensions, our civil rights and liberties – as long as capitalism exists. So our goal is a society run by the workers, not just as pawns in a capitalist political game but as collective owners of the social wealth.” The WWP seeks to destroy the U.S. so as to rid the world of what it deems the evils of capitalism, much as the Islamic jihadists seek to avenge the alleged transgressions of America’s religious infidels.
Though it currently has only about 2,000 members, the WWP has been extremely effective in organizing the massive anti-war rallies of recent years, some of which have drawn hundreds of thousands of participants. To achieve its objectives, the WWP uses a number of front groups, all of which are run by WWP members and spokesmen. Among the most important of these groups is International ANSWER, whose name is an acronym for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. In ANSWER’s view, the U.S. is the world’s foremost terrorist nation and, as such, has no right to respond militarily to any act of war committed against it. This was the message that ANSWER, through its leaders and other guest speakers, communicated to the cheering throngs attending its demonstrations in 2002-03. It is impossible to estimate how many of the ostensibly well-meaning attendees at such rallies concluded, from the rhetoric they heard there, that being on the side of “peace” required them to also embrace all of ANSWER’s scurrilous assertions about the United States.
Well represented in the ANSWER steering committee are Muslim organizations that embrace the anti-American and anti-Israel ideals of the jihadists. These include the following:
· Free Palestine Alliance (FPA): Advocating “justice and liberation” for the people of “Palestine,” this group depicts Israel as an oppressor nation that tramples on the civil and human rights of Palestinians, though in fact Palestinians in Israel enjoy more freedoms and civil rights protections than their Muslim counterparts in any Islamic nation on earth. FPA also opposes the post-9/11 anti-terrorism legislation known as the Patriot Act, on grounds that it allegedly violates the civil liberties of Americans.
· Muslim Students Association (MSA): This is a key lobbying organization for the Wahhabi sect of Islam. From its inception, MSA had close links with the extremist Muslim World League. Various MSA chapters’ websites have featured not only Osama bin Laden’s propaganda, but also publicity and recruiting campaigns for Wahhabi subversion of the Chechen struggle in Russia. In recent years, MSA solicited donations for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, whose assets the U.S. government seized in December 2001 because that organization was giving financial support to the terrorist group Hamas. MSA also maintains strong ties to the Virginia-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), established in 1972 and directed from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. WAMY’s Virginia offices have been a central target of the U.S. government’s post-9/11 investigation of Islamist groups suspected of funding terrorism. Opposed to the American military incursions into both Afghanistan and Iraq, MSA maintains a large presence at ANSWER-sponsored demonstrations. At a March 15, 2003 rally in San Francisco, MSA representatives displayed and distributed anti-Israel publications, banners, and placards – many of which replaced the letter “s” in “Israel” with a swastika, while others likened the Star of David to a swastika.
· Middle East Childrens Alliance (MECA): Founded in 1988 by Barbara Lubin, this group combines humanitarian aid to the Middle East (primarily to Palestinians and Lebanon) with a consistently pro-Palestinian militant, anti-Israeli political message. Lubin and fellow MECA representative Penny Rosenwasser are both allied with the WWP and occasionally speak at ANSWER rallies and press conferences. MECA opposes Israel’s construction of the anti-terrorist security fence in the West Bank, characterizing it as an illegal “apartheid wall” that violates the civil and human rights of Palestinians.
As evidenced by the presence of these groups on ANSWER’s steering committee, the theoretical affinities between the American left and radical Islam have actual, practical consequences. The Palestinian jihadists are well represented in ANSWER, as they are in other major anti-war organizations.
In ANSWER’s post-9/11 anti-war demonstrations, acknowledgment that the U.S. had been attacked on its own soil was all but absent from the speeches denouncing America’s consideration, and ultimate implementation, of military reprisal. The featured speakers at these events condemned the U.S. for making a “rush to war” in alleged pursuit of a global empire and control of Middle Eastern oil. From the podiums of these rallies, America was impugned as a “rogue state” and a “terrorist state”; President Bush was likened to Adolph Hitler; the CIA was equated with al Qaeda; and countless calls were issued for “regime change” in America rather than in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
Many of those attending these rallies were undoubtedly well-meaning individuals who sincerely wished to express their personal disapproval of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, or of the larger War on Terror. Surely many were drawn to such demonstrations by a desire to avoid the bloodshed and loss of innocent life that, however unintended, all wars necessarily bring. In our democracy, the right to dissent is sacrosanct, and there is no implication here than all Americans who do not fall in lockstep with Bush administration policies necessarily sympathize with America’s jihadist enemies and wish to see the United States brought to ruin.
But neither can those dissenters be excused for being utterly uninformed about the nature of the allies whose anti-war chorus they have chosen to join. Virtually without exception, the major peace rallies attended by Americans nationwide have been organized by hard-line communists – representing ANSWER as well as other organizations that are discussed in the remainder of this essay – with long track-records of uniformly opposing all U.S. foreign and domestic policies, and siding with America’s enemies in the Cold War and in every other international conflict of the past 50 years. This is not an insignificant detail.
The International Action Center
ANSWER is an appendage of the International Action Center (IAC), a Stalinist organization with a long history of supporting authoritarian regimes and communist dictatorships. Professing to stand for “Information, Activism, and Resistance to U.S. Militarism, War, and Corporate Greed,” the IAC is an umbrella foundation for a host of anti-war radical groups; it is staffed by members who share a dual responsibility for the WWP. Believing that the United States can do nothing right, the IAC has indicted every American president since Harry Truman for alleged war crimes against the people of North and South Korea, and has charged the U.S. with war crimes in Iraq. By contrast, it has turned a blind eye to the barbarities of socialist dictators like the late Yasser Arafat, North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, and Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. The IAC has represented Milosevic at the International Court and charged the Court itself – rather than Milosevic – with war crimes. The IAC has also condemned U.S. involvement in Central and South America, but holds Cuba in high esteem and never criticizes Cuban military involvement anywhere.
The founder and current leader of the IAC is Ramsey Clark, who was the U.S. Attorney General during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration. Now a defense attorney, Clark has built a career representing and counseling individuals and groups he characterizes as victims of U.S. political repression and human rights violations. In his estimation, Saddam Hussein was not the brutal tyrant of popular depiction; the real tyrant, said Clark, was George W. Bush, and the real terrorist nation was America. In an open letter to President Bush in 2003, Clark stated angrily, “A huge, all-powerful nation has assaulted a small prostrate, defenseless people [Iraqis] half way around the world with ‘Shock and Awe’ terror.” After Saddam’s capture in December 2003, Clark eagerly volunteered to join the legal defense team of the ousted Iraqi dictator accused of thirty years of war crimes. Retained by Serbia as U.S. counsel, Clark has also been involved in the defense of Slobodan Milosevic. His other clients have included Communist North Vietnam, the theocratic Islamic regime of Iran, and the Communist dictatorship of North Korea.
Moreover, Clark is a staunch defender of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, leader of the Islamic Group, an Egypt-based terrorist organization with close links to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. Rahman was convicted of helping engineer the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as well as a failed Islamic Group plan (known as “The Day of Terror”) to destroy other Manhattan landmarks including the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, the United Nations building, and the George Washington Bridge. While Rahman’s ideals on civil liberties and human rights may differ markedly from Clark’s, their shared hatred for the U.S. is a common bond that serves as the basis of their alliance.
Not In Our Name
Joining ANSWER and the IAC as a major force in the anti-war movement is the group Not In Our Name (NION), a self-described “peace” organization that denounces the post-9/11 “injustices done by our government” in its pursuit of “endless war”; America’s greed-driven “transfusions of blood for oil”; its determination to “erode [our] freedoms”; and its eagerness to “invade countries, bomb civilians, kill more children, [and annihilate] families on foreign soil.” ANSWER and NION organized all of the major antiwar demonstrations prior to February 2003.
NION was founded by the longtime Maoist activist C. Clark Kissinger, a member of America’s premier Maoist organization, the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Kissinger began his public activism in the early 1960s when he was the national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the leading radical organization of its day. In 1969 SDS became the Weather Underground, America’s first terrorist cult. Kissinger also worked closely with the Black Panther Party and supported Mao Tse-tung’s Communist regime in China, responsible for the deaths of at least 50 million people. Kissinger founded the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association in 1971, traveled extensively in China during the Cultural Revolution, and supported the 1979 Khomeini-led revolution in Iran. In 1987 Kissinger founded the radical group Refuse & Resist to serve as a recruiting office for the RCP. He remains a contributing writer to the RCP publication Revolutionary Worker.
Kissinger continues to enjoy strong support from the Maoist Internationalist Movement (MIM), which, in its own words, “upholds the revolutionary communist ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism,” and views the Chinese Cultural Revolution as “the farthest advance of communism in human history.” Chief among MIM’s objectives is to foment “revolution [in] North America.” Consistent with that aim, Kissinger and the RCP enthusiastically cheered the 1992 rioting (ostensibly triggered by the court verdict in the Rodney King case) in Los Angeles, deeming it a justified “rebellion” against American racism and oppression. On the ten-year anniversary of the rioting, RCP member Joseph Veale fondly recalled the violence as “the most beautiful, the most heroic civil action in the history of the United States.” Former LAPD Police Chief Robert Vernon recounts how the RCP helped instigate the riots: “The RCP and other people tried to get a riot started [in the Foothill Precinct, where the Rodney King beating had taken place], because of the symbolism of having it start at the location of the King arrest. In the late afternoon on April 29th, over 400 of them stormed the Foothill [police] station, tried to set fires, and at one point even fired some shots into the air, we think. . . . It was unbelievable. The RCP people were there in force. They were allowed to burn the guard shack and then actually charge the doors at Parker Center and break the windows.”
Kissinger similarly applauded the 2001 Cincinnati riots – which he called “spirited and righteous protest” – that erupted following a police shooting of a young black man in that city. He views the U.S. as a nation where “white supremacy” and “xenophobic attacks” carry the day. True to his Marxist ideals, he craves the destruction of America and all its institutions. “The problem in this country,” says Kissinger, is “the oppressive system of capitalism that exploits people all over the world, that destroys our planet, that oppresses minority people, that sends people to the death chambers in droves. That is a problem that has to be done away with. . . . Revolution is the solution.”
Like the WWP and ANSWER, the RCP shares the jihadist goal of destroying the U.S. The RCP set up terrorist training camps in Colorado, drawing people from the Iranian Student Association and the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) – the latter of which is known for its involvement in heroin trafficking. Police have also linked the RCP to heavy-weapons-trafficking endeavors carried out in unison with the Ohio-based Outlaws motorcycle gang. In October 1983, the RCP collaborated with the European terrorist underground to sabotage American efforts to deploy Pershing and cruise missiles in Germany. Kissinger led an eight-week tour of Germany to lay the framework for those efforts. RCP members penetrated Mutlangen U.S. military base in West Germany, where Pershing II intermediate-range missiles were stored. In November 1983, RCP members were involved, along with Red Cells and other German anarchist-terrorists, in an assault against Vice President George Bush’s caravan during the latter’s visit to Krefeld, Germany. In its January 18, 1984 issue, Revolutionary Worker called for the assassination of President Reagan. The RCP has ties to both Peru’s Marxist guerrilla group known as the Shining Path and the Communist Party of Nepal.
Robert Avakian is the founder and current “chairman-in-exile” of the RCP. As a result of 1981 criminal indictments issued against him and several other RCP leaders for their break-in to White House grounds during a Presidential ceremony, Avakian and his cohorts fled to Paris, where they have been living in exile ever since. From his French headquarters, Avakian continues to agitate for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, embracing the concept of an intellectual vanguard leading the proletariat in revolution.
Patriotism As an “Embarrassment”
Such are some of the leading lights of the so-called “peace” movement today. The self-described patriotic left has, for the most part, not bothered to dissociate itself from this socialist, radical, anti-American left whose primary agenda is not to achieve a lasting peace, but rather to discredit the United States in the eyes of the world and to condemn America as a racist, imperialist, aggressor seeking nothing less than world domination and control of the earth’s oil reserves. Similarly, the leftwing media have all but failed to distance themselves from these radical elements, or to bluntly call them what they in fact are: America-hating Communists who want the nation’s Islamist foes to emerge victorious in the War on Terror. To their credit, a few media outlets such as Salon and The Nation have distanced themselves from International ANSWER; but they have not criticized the equally important and equally radical Global Exchange or United for Peace and Justice.
These latter two groups, which are discussed below, share with the Islamists a negative bond of intense anti-American hatred. While they do not share the Islamists’ religious ideals, they fervently wish to see the United States and its capitalist economic system crumble. As Osama bin Laden declared in a fatwa issued on Al-Jazeera Television just before American and British troops entered Iraq in March 2003: “The interests of Muslims and the interests of the socialists coincide in the war against the crusaders.” Just as bin Laden characterizes Americans as “crusaders” seeking to expand their empire into Muslim lands, so does the socialist left charge that all American foreign policy is predicated on imperialistic ambition and a lust for oil. Just as Islamic radicals wish to impose their brand of Islam on America and institute strict Islamic law on a global scale, so does the radical left seek to create a socialist ideal state and abolish capitalism from the earth. In the lexicon of Muslim fundamentalists, America is the Great Satan; to the radical left, America is a nation worthy of destruction because it is the embodiment of evil and injustice. The spirit of contempt and the impulse to sow the seeds of destruction is equally intense in both camps.
As Middle East expert Bernard Lewis observes, “the sinfulness and also the degeneracy of America and its consequent threat to Islam and the Muslim peoples [have become] articles of faith in Muslim fundamentalist circles.” In The Crisis of Islam, Lewis writes, “By now there is an almost standardized litany of American offenses recited in the lands of Islam, in the media, pamphlets, in sermons, and in public speeches.”
The same litany can be found in the writings and oratory of the American peace left, whose mouthpieces regularly impugn every conceivable aspect of U.S. culture and policy. Against the backdrop of their negative view of their country, they consider patriotism to be nothing short of shameful. This mindset is explained by Professor Todd Gitlin, a former president of Students for a Democratic Society and a self-declared “anti-anti Communist” of the 1960s who chose not to support the West during the Cold War against the Communist states. Notably, Gitlin did not feel a positive identification with the Soviet Union, but rather with a utopian ideal that he expected to emerge in Vietnam, Cuba, or some other revolutionary state. His rejection of patriotism as an American did not stem from his love for any particular enemy of the United States, but rather from a negative revulsion he felt toward America as a result of its participation in the Vietnam War.
“The war went on so long and so destructively,” says Gitlin, “it felt like more than the consequence of a wrong-headed policy. My country must have been revealing some fundamental core of wrongness by going on, and on, with an indefensible war. . . . The American flag did not feel like my flag, even though I could recognize—in the abstract—that it made sense for others to wave it in the anti-war cause.” In the early stages of the war, Gitlin “argued against waving the North Vietnamese flag or burning the Stars and Stripes. . . . But the hatred of a bad war, in what was evidently a pattern of bad wars—though none so bad as Vietnam—turned us inside out. It inflamed our hearts. You can hate your country in such a way that the hatred becomes fundamental. A hatred so clear and intense came to feel like a cleansing flame. By the late ’60s, this is what became of much of the New Left.” Adds Gitlin, “For a large bloc of Americans, my age and younger, too young to remember World War II—the generation for whom ‘the war’ meant Vietnam and possibly always would, to the end of our days—the case against patriotism was not an abstraction. There was a powerful experience underlying it: as powerful an eruption of our feelings as the experience of patriotism is supposed to be for patriots. Indeed, it could be said that in the course of our political history we experienced a very odd turn about: The most powerful public emotion in our lives was rejecting patriotism.”
This negative view of America, rather than a positive view of America’s Islamist enemies, is what animates much of the contemporary peace movement as well. Many of the movement’s leaders are New Leftists who, like Gitlin, developed their anti-American hatred during the Vietnam era.
One such individual is the lifelong Communist revolutionary Medea Benjamin, a profoundly important player in the anti-war left. Like Ramsey Clark and C. Clark Kissinger, Benjamin detests the United States, whose post-9/11 invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq she sees as evidence of a sinister U.S. plan for global dominance. This hatred stands in stark contrast to her great affection for Fidel Castro’s Cuba, a place she has glowingly described as “heaven.” Bitterly anti-capitalist, Benjamin was a principal organizer of the 1999 Seattle riots in which some 50,000 protesters wreaked havoc and tried to shut down the World Trade Organization meetings.
Condemning America’s post-9/11 attack on the Taliban, Benjamin said, “We must insist that governments stop taking innocent lives in the name of seeking justice for the loss of other innocent lives.” Lamenting that Washington had “responded to the violent attack of 9/11 with the notion of perpetual war,” she advised Americans to examine “the root causes of resentment against the United States in the Arab world – from our dependence on Middle Eastern oil to our biased policy towards Israel.” The bombings, she said, “made Afghans so upset that some [have] talked about waging a jihad, or holy war, against the United States. . . . If the Muslim world sees the United States as willing to bomb but not feed people, it will deepen the suspicion and mistrust already felt by millions . . . that the United States doesn’t care about the lives of the Muslim people.” Benjamin draws no moral distinction between the 9/11 attacks and America’s military response against the Taliban. In the aftermath of the U.S. victory in Afghanistan, she led a delegation of relatives of murdered 9/11 victims — members of the group September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows — to Afghanistan to meet with individuals who had lost loved ones to American artillery.
Deeming America a nation infested with injustice and oppression, Benjamin sees nothing in the United States that is worth fighting for or defending. “When most Americans hear of human rights abuses,” she states, “they likely think of atrocities in some far-off country in a forgotten corner of the globe. . . . [But] abuses against individuals’ basic rights also occur regularly here in the United States, and our money-saturated political system hardly deserves the title ‘democracy.’” Like the radical Islamists, Benjamin would welcome a revolutionary overthrow of the U.S. government, American culture, and capitalism.
United For Peace and Justice
Benjamin’s kindred spirit in the peace movement is Leslie Cagan, leader of the anti-war coalition United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ). UFPJ was officially created on October 25, 2002 in the Washington, DC offices of People For the American Way. Prior to UFPJ’s founding, the anti-war movement – led by ANSWER and NION – had earned a reputation as a hodgepodge of extremely radical elements that made many would-be sympathizers uneasy; UFPJ was created for the purpose of putting a milder face on the movement. The distinction between UFPJ and the aforementioned organizations, however, was merely symbolic rather than substantive. From its inception, UFPJ shared with those groups a passionate hatred for the United States, a readiness to condemn any and every American foreign policy decision, and a commitment to anti-American and anti-capitalist agendas. UFPJ’s initial membership consisted of approximately 70 organizations; that number now exceeds 800.
UFPJ’s radical agendas are visible through the transparent lens of Cagan’s longstanding ideals. A strong supporter of Fidel Castro, Cagan is a committed socialist who proudly aligns her politics with those of Communist Cuba. For seven years she directed the Cuba Information Project, demanding that the U.S. end its economic embargo of, and travel ban to, Cuba. She was a 1960s radical who, as a college student, became an activist in the Communist movement; in 1968 she broke American laws to travel to the Communist World Youth Festival in Bulgaria. The following year she joined the First Venceremos Brigade, a project initiated by the Cuban intelligence agency to recruit American leftists to help harvest sugar cane. Throughout the 1960s, Cagan was a key organizer of anti-Vietnam War protests; in the 1970s she continued to participate in the pro-Castro Venceremos Brigades; in the 1980s she supported the Communist movements in Central America while organizing demonstrations demanding an American nuclear freeze; and she was among the earliest supporters of solidarity efforts with Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian terrorists. She opposed the 1991 Gulf War. Six years later, in violation of U.S. law, she coordinated the U.S. delegation to the World Youth Festival in Cuba. Over the past three decades, Cagan has mobilized millions of demonstrators in rallies denouncing America’s foreign policies; its military-related spending; and its purportedly virulent racism, sexism, and homophobia.
In late 2004, Cagan, Benjamin, and a handful of other leftist radicals delivered $600,000 worth of cash and goods to jihadists who were fighting American troops in Fallujah, Iraq. This money was raised jointly by Global Exchange, United For Peace and Justice, Code Pink for Peace (another antiwar group founded by Benjamin), and the Middle East Childrens Alliance (whose advisory board includes Ramsey Clark, Noam Chomsky, and Fathi Arafat – brother of the late Yasser Arafat).
Benjamin and Cagan also united to establish Iraq Occupation Watch, whose express purpose is to persuade American troops to defect en masse as conscientious objectors, thereby weakening U.S. forces and leading, hopefully, to an American defeat in Iraq. “Working with local communities where U.S. troops are based,” wrote Benjamin, “let’s start a ‘Bring All the Troops Home’ campaign to stop the expansion of U.S. bases and start dismantling some of the hundreds of existing bases overseas.” She also exhorted “grassroots teams” to “link up with appropriate local and regional groups” in terrorist states. To run the Occupation Watch Center in Iraq, Benjamin appointed Nerween al-Mufti, an Iraqi who, for two decades, had been a journalist for Saddam Hussein’s state-controlled press.
UFPJ coalition members include many leftwing and communist groups, as well as a number of organizations sympathetic to the jihadist aims of the Islamists who seek the destruction not only of the United States, but of Israel as well. Among these coalition members are the following national groups or their local chapters:
Al-Awda: Also known as the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC), Al-Awda calls for the right of Arabs (and their families) to return to the homes in Israel which they (for the most part) voluntarily vacated in 1948. They left during the 1948 war that began when five Arab armies declared war against Israel on the very day of its creation. The seemingly benign request for a “right of return” is in fact a veiled attempt to destroy the state of Israel. Palestinian authorities place the number of Arabs who ought to be granted a “right of return” to Israel at 5 million. This is more than ten times the number of Arabs who actually left the Jewish portions of the British Mandate in 1948, most of whom are now deceased. The incorporation of five million Arabs into Israel would render the Jews a permanent minority in their own country, and would thus spell the end of Israel. Al-Awda fully understands this, and that is why it has made this a fundamental demand. Al-Awda sponsors exhibits, film festivals, lectures, and protests and rallies, all of which share the common feature of denouncing Israel. In September and October of 2002, Al-Awda sponsored anti-Israel rallies where its members sold t-shirts adorned with the infamous Hamas quote, “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea.”
Alliance for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding: Stating that the Koran generally teaches “love and toleration,” this group’s website provides links to the websites of such radical leftwing organizations as the American Friends Service Committee, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom, Womens Action for New Directions, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC): The ADC has become a strident voice against what it depicts as the Bush administration’s efforts to curtail the civil liberties of Arab Americans. Characterizing the anti-terrorist measures pursued by the Justice and Treasury Departments as persecution based on ethnic discrimination, the ADC charges that “ethnic profiling” is rampant in official U.S. dealings with Arab and Muslim Americans. After 9/11, the ADC became a leading defender of Palestinian “martyrdom” campaigns inside Israel. It also became a strong defender of Saudi Arabia, whose role in funding Wahhabism, the extreme sect rejected by the majority of Muslims worldwide, had come under scrutiny after disclosure that 15 of the 19 suicide pilots on September 11th were Saudi subjects.
In early 2004 the ADC played a key role in the passage of measures condemning the USA Patriot Act by the New York and Los Angeles City Councils. It was a co-plaintiff in the first major legal challenge to a section of the Patriot Act – specifically Section 215, which allows for government access to such information as medical, educational, and library records pursuant to a terrorism investigation. The Georgia and San Francisco chapters of the ADC were signatories to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by C. Clark Kissinger’s Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations.
The ADC’s Michigan chapter is headed by Imad Hamad. According to columnist Debbie Schlussel, Hamad is a member of the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Schlussel has uncovered a number of incriminating facts about Hamad: (a) As of October 2003, Hamad was under investigation on more than a dozen terrorism-related charges. One of those charges centered around his active involvement with a Detroit charity that openly declared on its tax forms that it had given a significant amount of money to the Jordanian operations of the terror group Hamas. (b) Hamad and the leaders of that charity traveled to Lebanon, where they met with their friends from Hezbollah, and to Syria. They are believed to be laundering money to terrorists in those nations. (c) In 2004 Hamad held a celebration for Hezbollah terrorists released from an Israeli jail in a prisoner swap. In his ADC-Michigan newsletter, he referred to the freed convicts, many of whom had murdered Jews and Americans, as “the Heroes.”
American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ): This organization is sponsored by six of the most powerful American Islamic institutions, including those that receive the most frequent invitations to the White House and are cited most often by the media. Moreover, AMJ has successfully lobbied such corporate giants as Burger King and the Disney Corporation. The group led a boycott against Burger King in response to the fast-food franchise having built a restaurant in an Israeli settlement community, and pressured Disney not to list Jerusalem as the “Jewish capital” of Israel at a World Expo in Florida.
AMJ frequently publicizes false stories about Christians and Muslims being discriminated against by Israel in Jerusalem, while behind the scenes it works to support the goals of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Terrorism expert Steve Emerson has called AMJ an organization that “routinely involves anti-Zionist campaigns and has featured calls at its conferences for the killing of Jews.” The group has ties to the American Muslim Council (AMC), whose leader Abdurahman Alamoudi has publicly expressed support for Hamas and Hezbollah, the latter of which has killed more Americans than any other terrorist group, including 241 U.S. military personnel in Beirut in 1983.
At the Third National Student Palestine Solidarity Conference at Ohio State University, AMJ executive director Khalid Turaani lied to the audience by claiming that pogroms against Jews in Palestine never occurred, when the historical record proves otherwise. According to an August 8, 2001 report, Turaani earlier that year attended meetings in Beirut and Tehran where more than 400 representatives of the world’s most extreme Islamic terror groups agreed to aside their differences and unite for jihad against Israel and the United States. The participants included leaders of al Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and militants from Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, Qatar, Yemen, the Sudan, and Algeria.
American Muslim Society (AMS) of the Tri-State Area: This group’s website presents only the most benign view of Islam, casting it as a religion that tolerates and embraces practitioners of all faiths. “Jihad,” AMS explains, “does not mean ‘holy war.’ Literally, jihad in Arabic means to strive, struggle and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle in the battlefield for self-defense or fighting against tyranny or oppression.” No mention is made of what the scholar Bat Ye’or points out is Islam’s centuries-old tradition of dealing violently with “infidels.” For non-Muslims throughout history, explains Ye’or, jihad has quite clearly meant “war, dispossession, . . . slavery and death.” “The fate of Jews in Arabia,” Ye’or writes, “foreshadowed that of all the peoples subsequently conquered by the Arabs. The primary guiding principle was to summon the non-Muslims to convert or accept Muslim supremacy, and, if faced with refusal, to attack them until they submitted to Muslim domination. . . . The jihad developed into a war of conquest whose chief aim was the conversion of infidels. Truces were allowed, but never a lasting peace.”
Though AMS turns a blind eye to examples of Muslim oppression and brutality, it has no trouble spotting what it characterizes as instances of anti-Muslim discrimination in contemporary America. The AMS website quotes Adrian College political science professor Muqtedar Khan, who says, “Rather than treating American Muslims as assets – using their knowledge of the Muslim world for diplomacy and even for intelligence – the government is treating them as suspects.” According to AMS, “America’s new vulnerability [to terrorism] afflicts [Muslims] more intensely than others, since the fears of further terrorist acts are compounded by the suspicion now clouding many of their lives. The domestic antiterrorism campaign that reassures the majority of Americans is having the opposite effect on Muslims.”
Arab Student Union (ASU), University of Michigan-Dearborn: This organization has openly endorsed the Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM), which is the student arm of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM); ISM invites Westerners to come to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and disrupt the anti-terrorist activities of the Israeli Defense Forces. PSM, composed of campus groups throughout the United States and Canada, has called on its chapter members to pressure their respective schools “to divest from Israel all financial holdings until Israel ends its system of occupation and apartheid in Palestine.” Favoring the elimination of Israel from the face of the earth, PSM approves of violence, including suicide bombings, against Israeli civilians. At PSM’s Second National Conference, held at the University of Michigan in October 2002, delegates chanted “Kill the Jews!” At the following year’s Conference, sponsored by the Rutgers University PSM (a.k.a. New Jersey Solidarity), conference organizer Charlotte Kates asked: “Why is there something particularly horrible about ‘suicide bombing’ – except for the extreme dedication conveyed in the resistance fighter’s willingness to use his or her own body to fight?”
Boston to Palestine: Established in June 2002, Boston to Palestine (B2P) describes itself as “a group of Boston-based activists who work in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their non-violent struggle to resist and end the occupation of Palestine by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). We achieve this by sending delegates to work with International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and other peace and justice groups operating in Palestine.” B2P delegates are equipped with still and video cameras “for the purposes of documenting life and events (including direct actions) in Palestine under occupation.” It is notable that B2P makes reference to the Palestinians’ “non-violent struggle,” which is in fact marked by great violence and many acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians. Boston to Palestine has conducted dozens of what it terms “educational and outreach events” in the Boston area, where returning delegates speak publicly about what they experienced and observed in the Middle East. Seeking to publicize “the horrors that are a feature of [the Palestinians’] daily lives at the hands of the IDF,” B2P has organized demonstrations and vigils in and around Boston to protest “the ongoing atrocities conducted against Palestinians by the IDF, and to honor and commemorate ISM activists who have been killed or wounded by the IDF.” Boston to Palestine is careful not to use the word “terrorist” – either as a noun or an adjective – to describe any Palestinian individual or deed.
Grassroots International (GRI): Founded in 1983, this NGO states that it “was born out of a commitment to justice for Palestinians.” In 2001, GRI formed a partnership with the Advocacy Project (AP), an NGO with a strong political agenda and an anti-Israel ideological emphasis. The AP draws a moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorism and Israeli counter-terror measures, and accuses Israel of practicing “apartheid” and “racism.” In 2004, GRI was a signatory – along with more than 200 other leftwing groups – to a letter to the U.S. Senate asserting that Israel’s newly constructed anti-terrorist security fence was an illegal “apartheid wall” that violated the civil and human rights of Palestinians. GRI was also a signatory to a May 30, 2000 document denouncing globalization, big business in general, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in particular. Members affiliated with some of the signatories actively participated in the November 1999 riots in which some 50,000 protesters did millions of dollars worth of property damage in their effort to shut down the WTO Conference in Seattle.
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA): Founded in 1971, this Queens, New York-based organization is infamous for bringing radicals to speak at its annual conferences. According to the New York Daily News, the group has been “probed by FBI counter-terrorism agents” for suspected “terror ties.” In March 1996, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell stated, “One of the groups with Hamas ties is the Dallas-based Islamic Association for Palestine in North America, which, in turn, apparently is allied with the Islamic Circle of North America in New York.” ICNA also works closely with the Muslim American Society (MAS), an extremist organization that produces publications describing suicide bombings as “justifiable.” In the post-9/11 era, ICNA has taken a stand against the U.S. war on terror, the Patriot Act, and America’ military incursions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Middle East Children’s Alliance: (See the discussion of this group in the International ANSWER section earlier in this essay.)
Middle East Crisis Committee (MECC): This organization describes itself as “a group of activists that organized in 1982 in New Haven, Connecticut during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon” – saying nothing to acknowledge that the invasion was in response to several years of attacks launched against Israel by terrorists based in Lebanon. MECC strongly supports the Palestinian “Right of Return,” the anti-war activist Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange, and International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie, who was accidentally killed in 2003 while trying to obstruct Israeli anti-terrorist operations in Gaza.
Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP): This organization ascribes the most recent Intifada to the anger felt by Palestinians as a result of “the daily frustrations and humiliations inflicted upon [them] in the occupied territories.”
Muslim Voters of America: Uncompromising in its demand for a Palestinian “Right of Return,” this organization was a signatory to an April 2004 document which read, in part: “We, the undersigned affirm the full individual and collective inalienable Right to Return of the Palestinian Arab People to their homes, property and land of origin. We assert in no uncertain terms that such a fundamental right is inviolable as it is based on the unbreakable natural belonging of a people to their property and place of origin, as enshrined in international law. Accordingly, we hold that the Palestinian Right to Return is an indispensable obligatory prerequisite for the achievement of any justice and peace. We consider any attempt to weaken, lessen, or alter such a right in any form through any proclamations or agreements between any parties to be counter to the human, political, civil, and national collective right of the Palestinian Arab People. Hence, such an attempt, along with its implications and ramifications, are null and void in total, regardless of the passage of time and the entities entering into such agreements or issuing such proclamations.”
Palestine Activist Forum: This organization condemns what it calls the “ever-escalating assault on the people of Palestine” by “the murderous Israeli government [which] continues to sink to new depths of brutality with the encouragement of the Bush administration..”
Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now (SUSTAIN): Based in Washington, D.C. and presiding over more than a dozen additional chapters throughout the United States, this organization was established in late 2000. It views the United States and Israel as the primary perpetrators of evil in the modern world, stating emphatically: “We are committed to building a campaign against U.S. military and economic aid to Israel.” SUSTAIN’s campaigns consist of educating the public about U.S. financial support of Israel on federal Tax-Day; taking action against the CATERPILLAR bulldozer company (to protest the Israeli Defense Force’s use of that company’s equipment in the demolition of Palestinian terrorists’ homes); denouncing the construction of Israel’s security fence; and divesting from Israeli interests and corporations.
Just two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, SUSTAIN organized a Global Justice Intifada in Washington, D.C. Condemning what it termed “U.S. imperialism,” this event made a call for justice on behalf of “Palestinians resisting Israeli occupation” and “Iraqis fighting genocidal sanctions.” Refusing to characterize the 9/11 attacks as acts of war against the United States, SUSTAIN describes them instead as “criminal attacks” warranting a legal rather than a military response. SUSTAIN’s founding member Mark Lance, a Georgetown University professor, refers to the 1948 creation of Israel as “the Nakba,” which Palestinians translate as “the Catastrophe.” In the Spring of 2002, Lance wrote an article titled “Imperialism and Anti-authoritarian resistance after 9-11: Some Crucial Questions,” in which he discussed his desire to organize “solidarity” groups within the Palestinian territories and Lebanon, while at the same time working with the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah. These latter two groups, wrote Lance, “though easy to criticize from a non-authoritarian perspective, must be understood in terms of the role [they play]. Hamas provides the majority of social services to the people of this oppressed and overpopulated strip of land. . . . This applies even more to the role of Hezbollah in the south of Lebanon.”
The American peace left is heavily populated by radical and Communist groups whose foremost ambition is to facilitate the downfall of the U.S. – by any means necessary, and through any alliances which may further that cause. And, as evidenced by the foregoing list, well represented among these groups are Muslim organizations with passionately anti-American and anti-Israel agendas. Their ally in the current war against America is radical Islam, the murderous doctrine personified by Mohammed Atta and his fellow 9/11 hijackers, and by the masterminds of 9/11 and other attacks – bin Laden, Omar Abdel Rahman, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and many more.
How is it possible that such a seemingly unlikely alliance has been forged? After all, the Islamic radicals emphatically reject virtually everything for which the peace left claims to stand: the peaceful resolution of international conflict; respect and tolerance for other cultures and faiths; civil liberties; freedom of expression; freedom of thought; human rights; democracy; women’s rights; gay rights; and the separation of church and state. There could be no stranger bedfellows than American leftists and Islamic extremists. Yet they have been brought together by the one overriding trait they do share – their hatred for America; their belief that the U.S. is the very embodiment of evil on earth and must consequently be destroyed.
As Osama bin Laden told a CNN interviewer in 1997, “We declared jihad against America because America is unjust, criminal and tyrannical.” This pronouncement does not differ at all, either in substance or tone, from the declarations of the peace left, whose sentiments are similarly detectable in the following excerpt from an al Qaeda manifesto: “America is the head of heresy in our modern world, and it leads an infidel democratic regime that is based upon separation of religion and state and on ruling the people by the people via legislating laws that contradict the way of Allah and permit what Allah has prohibited. This compels the other countries to act in accordance with the same laws in the same ways . . . and punishes any country [that rebels against these laws] by besieging it, and then by boycotting it. By so doing [America] seeks to impose on the world a religion that is not Allah’s.” While the peace left makes no similar religious references, its assessments of America are essentially the same – alleging that the United States is determined to overrun other nations and dominate the world.
Radical Islam seeks purification and social justice by means of jihad, or holy war, whose highest ideal is martyrdom achieved while attempting to conquer an evil worldly power such as the United States, the Great Satan (and Israel, the Little Satan). The radical Islamist’s ultimate goal is to subdue the “infidel” nations and therein institute sharia, or Islamic law, so as to redeem the world for Allah. The socialist left, similarly, advocates revolution as the means of achieving its ends – eliminating capitalism and creating a socialist paradise on earth. Whereas Islamic radicals seek to purify the world of heresies and of the infidels who practice them, the radical left seeks to purify society’s collective “soul” of the vices allegedly spawned by capitalism – those being racism, sexism, imperialism, and greed. Just as Islamic radicals seek to impose their religion on the rest of the world in a totalitarian fashion requiring unwavering obedience, so do radical leftists seek to create an omnipotent socialist state that will control every aspect of daily life and will impose a universal brand of “social justice” on all mankind.
Central to both radical Islam and the radical left is an inclination to overthrow the existing order by any means necessary, so as to create a paradise on earth. This end ultimately justifies any means, and any alliance, that leads there. American leftists may find the bigotry and intolerance of Islamic radicals repugnant, but their desire to rid the world of U.S. “imperialism” and capitalism overrides this revulsion and beckons them to forge the unholy alliance. Moreover, radical American leftists practice their own brand of bigotry and intolerance, aiming their wrath and condemnation at all who disagree withthem.
The leftist Australian journalist John Pilger, who denounces “American imperialism” even as he praises Fidel Castro’s dictatorship, has publicly endorsed the killing of American troops in Iraq. “[T]hey’re legitimate targets,” he says. “They’re illegally occupying a country.” He openly supports the Iraqi resistance on the grounds that “we can’t afford to be choosy” in acquiring much-needed allies. Pilger’s sentiment perfectly expresses the governing principle of the unholy alliance; it is, as stated at the beginning of this essay, akin to the cliche, The enemy of my enemy is my friend [whoever he may be].
NOW FOR AN EXAMPLE OF A SOCIALIST TRAITOR!
The Denver Channel
A University of Colorado professor who compared the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center to Nazis has ignited protests on a college campus where he’s been invited to speak.
Ward Churchill, an expert on indigenous issues and chairman of the ethnic studies program at the CU-Boulder, will take part in a panel discussion Feb. 3 at Hamilton College.
Administrators defended Churchill’s appearance but admitted his views are considered “repugnant and disparaging” by many people.
“Hamilton, like any institution committed to the free exchange of ideas, invites to its campus people of diverse opinions, often controversial,” the school said in a statement issued by college spokesman Michael DeBraggio.
On Thursday, CU Interim Chancellor Phil Distefano issued a statement that said:
“I wish to make it clear that Professor Ward Churchill’s views of the events of 9/11 are his own and do not represent the views of University of Colorado faculty, staff, students, administration or Regents. While I may personally find his views offensive, I also must support his right as an American citizen to hold and express his views, no matter how repugnant, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
In a treatise titled, “Some People Push Back,” written after the attacks, Churchill asserted the 3,000 people killed at the World Trade Center worked for “the mighty engine of profit” but chose to ignore their role.
“True enough, they were civilians of a sort,” he wrote. “But innocent? Gimme a break.”
Churchill went on to describe the World Trade Center victims as “little Eichmanns,” a reference to Adolph Eichmann, who carried out Hitler’s plan to exterminate Europe’s Jews during World War II.
The invitation to Churchill has split the campus of 1,700 students, as well as the faculty.
Art history professor Steven Goldberg said it was “morally outrageous” to bring Churchill to campus. History professor Robert Paquette called it “an act of utter irresponsibility.”
Jessica Miraglia, 19, a sophomore from Reading, Pa., created a poster that read: “You don’t have to agree with them in order to learn from them.”
Sophomore Matt Coppo, 21, lost his father, Joseph Coppo Jr., in the World Trade Center attacks, and was angered over the invitation to Churchill.
“Knowing that I’m paying for a person to disrespect my father, it doesn’t go over too well in my mind,” Coppo said.
THIS HYPOCRITE WOULD NOT DARE LIVE IN MUSLIM COUNTRY!
DEVOUT MUSLIMS DON’T CARE FOR LEFTIST AND THEIR IDEAS
The Unholy Alliance Turns on Its Own
By Melanie Phillips
April 26, 2005
As ye sow, shall ye reap. George Galloway is a far-Left former Labour member of the British Parliament, who was expelled from the Labour Party 18 months ago for reportedly urging Arab armies in Iraq to attack British troops. Now the Islamists he has long courted are threatening Galloway.
An enthusiast for Saddam Hussein, Galloway once flew to Baghdad and told the doubtless gratified dictator, “Sir, I salute your courage, strength and indefatigability.” He has continued in this enlightened vein, vouchsafing that Saddam’s foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, was a “political prisoner” who should be released.
Having been thrown out of the Labour Party, Galloway founded a new political group called “Respect,” which is dominated by the Socialist Workers Party, which ran the antiwar movement in Britain. The SWP has gotten into bed with radical Islam, notably the Muslim Association of Britain, which is effectively the British wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Galloway has ridden this motley coalition straight into the current British general election campaign, seeking to harness the monumentally disaffected Muslim vote to give his old party a bloody nose. Under Respect’s banner, he is fighting the parliamentary seat of Bethnal Green and Bow, in the heart of London’s East End. This run-down area has always played host to immigrants. It was where many Jews settled when they arrived in London early in the 20th century. Now, more than half of its electors are Muslim. And they are furious with Tony Blair over the war in Iraq.
This has placed at risk the parliamentary career of the sitting MP, Oona King, who has earned the undying enmity of her Muslim constituents by supporting the war. King herself, however, would appear to have something in common with her tormentors: Despite being half-Jewish and half-black, she once infamously compared the Palestinians in Gaza to the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. Bigotry, it seems, can make common cause between enemies, at least when the Jews are their common target.
King’s Muslim opponents seem to take the view that “my enemy’s enemy is my enemy.” Such are the fratricidal and conflicting emotions that flourish along the axis between the Left and radical Islam. The contest in Bethnal Green and Bow now lies between the unspeakable and the unelectable.
Recently, there was a remembrance ceremony in the area to commemorate the deaths of 134 people in one block of flats — of whom the vast majority were Jews — in the last V2 missile attack of the Second World War. Young Muslims threw vegetables and eggs at those attending the ceremony, including King. These detractors subsequently expressed violent prejudice towards the Jews mourning their war dead.
Since then, King has had more eggs thrown at her and has had her tires slashed. The situation has been growing increasingly dangerous, with fears being expressed that someone might get killed.
And much of the blame is being pinned on George Galloway. King has claimed members of Respect had told local Muslims not to vote for her, because she is Jewish. Respect vehemently denied this claim and promptly threatened to sue her for libel, claiming it had “a long history of fighting anti-Semitism” – which, given its association with the Hamas-supporters of the MAB, was certainly an original boast.
Apart from the disputed issue of King’s abused ethnicity, there can be little doubt that Galloway has indeed contributed to the increasingly ugly climate in Bethnal Green and Bow. Telling Muslims that Tony Blair was waging war on their community has whipped some of the most dangerously unstable and paranoid young men in the country into a frenzy.
And having done so, he then found to his outrage that they turned their violent rage upon him. Recently, he was forced to flee for his life from some of these very same Islamists, who threatened to string him up as a false prophet. While he was electioneering in the constituency, a gang of 30 fanatics, who claim voting is un-Islamic, surrounded him and his supporters. They said they were angry at his attempt to woo Muslim voters; that they were “setting up the gallows” for Galloway; and that any Muslim who voted for his party would face a “sentence of death.” After a fight broke out between the two groups, Galloway was forced to hide in his car in a back alley until the violence calmed down.
But his problems did not end there. The upstanding democrats of the militant group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, who demonstrate their commitment to moderation through their attempts to turn Great Britain into an Islamic state, declared they would sue the car-cowering politician for libel for accusing them of having instigated the attack. The Islamists said: “Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain is an Islamic intellectual and political entity that seeks to change people’s thoughts solely through intelligent discussion and debate” — a claim nearly as reassuring as Respect’s “long history of fighting anti-Semitism.” It is thought that the attack was carried out, not by Hizb ut-Tahrir, but by a group called the “Saviour Sect,” which only a few hours before had disrupted a meeting in London’s Central Mosque called by the mainstream Muslim Council of Britain, and levelled charges of apostasy against the Muslim Council of Britain for urging Muslims to vote.
“Gorgeous” George Galloway has not taken all this in the collegiate spirit in which it was clearly intended. He is said to have been badly shaken and very worried by the fact the people in whom he has done so much to foment violent and irrational hatred have now turned that hatred upon him.
So shaken is he that within 24 hours he was saying to Ms. King how sorry he was for what had happened to her. For her part, she said that although they disagreed about many things, they didn’t want to be violent towards each other. To this touching rapprochement, the mob on the hustings booed.
It couldn’t have happened to a nicer pair. The simple lesson for George Galloway and other appeasenik politicians is: there’s no appeasing bigotry once that beast is roused. What this event means for the future of once-gentle, tolerant, democratic Britain is quite another matter.
Media Take ACLU Line on Islamic Conference
By Sherrie Gossett
May 6, 2005
“He can’t talk to you about that.”
The ACLU announced on April 21 that it had filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslim Americans who were detained near the Canadian border upon returning from an Islamic conference in Toronto. Dozens of media stories followed, depicting the “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” (RIS) conference in Canada as a harmless “religious” event featuring “mainstream” Islamic groups. In fact, the RIS conferences have featured controversial Islamic speakers and attendees “from all across the globe” and U.S. officials say such events have been used in the past to provide cover for pro-terrorist operatives.
Indeed, the RIS had previously announced the invitation of a sheikh notorious for calling for the termination of the Jews, an alleged Neo-Nazi, as well as an Islamic leader whose inaugural conference in Florida featured two suicide-bombing supporters.
Some writers and commentators, such as Daniel Pipes, a specialist on Islam, hailed the U.S. government for stopping the participants in the conference from entering the U.S. He said it was a matter of national security and protection of the homeland. Controlling the border flow, he said, is absolutely necessary and of “paramount importance.” But such views were not highlighted or even mentioned in the media coverage of the controversy.
Interestingly, however, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a controversial African-American Muslim leader, attended the recent RIS conference and returned without incident. He was a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, the Muslim cleric convicted of taking part in the first bombing of the World Trade Center. He ignored repeated requests to talk to AIM about his views and attendance at the RIS event. The title of his address was, “In the Spirit of Forgiveness.”
The Imam of the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York and a board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, Wahhaj heads the Muslim Alliance of North America. He has declared that the U.S. must accept “the Islamic agenda” and has been quoted as saying that the American government must be replaced with a caliphate, or Islamic rule. On the other hand, he appeared on the CBS 60 Minutes program to condemn the 9/11 attacks, and his website says that he has been praised by the police for his anti-drug efforts.
AIM made numerous attempts to speak with Wahaj about the detentions and his role in the conference, but was eventually told by an individual answering the phone at his mosque, “He can’t talk to you about that.” The individual confirmed that Wahhaj himself was not detained upon returning from the conference.
The ACLU claims that the five Muslim American plaintiffs were unlawfully detained, interrogated, fingerprinted, and photographed near Buffalo, New York, when they returned from the RIS conference in December of 2004. The lawsuit names officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as defendants, and charges the defendants’ actions violated the plaintiffs’ right of freedom of religion, rights of free speech and assembly under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment.
The ACLU claimed that the conference was “endorsed by prominent [Canadian] politicians.”
This is, in fact, true. One of those officials speaking at the conference was Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who told the December crowd: “Let me state for the record, the RCMP will not tolerate racism and will not tolerate stereotyping. It is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is contrary to the internal policies of the RCMP. And it is contrary to the values of our organization. These remarks were very similar to statements Zaccardelli made at the 2003 RIS conference.
The ACLU lawsuit finds fault with the line of questioning of the plaintiffs as well. Officials allegedly asked, “What was the conference about? What did you do at the conference? Why did you attend the conference? What did the speakers discuss? Did anyone ask you to harm Americans?”
The bulk of media reports focused on the “degrading” experience which was termed a “hassle” or worse. No single media story analyzed by AIM reported the copious evidence available from public sources that Islamic conferences have been used to promote or feature groups and individuals sympathetic to terrorism and terrorist groups.
The Associated Press reported one plaintiff as saying she attended the conference to “hear respected scholars and learn more about her religion.” At the border, she said, her husband was taken behind closed doors and asked “very offensive questions.” The Washington Post’s description of the conference was limited to “a religious conference” and the title: “Reviving the Islamic Spirit.”
Deep inside the Post story, Kristi Clemens, spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was quoted as saying, “In this instance, we had credible intelligence that conferences similar to the one from which these individuals were leaving were being used by terrorist organizations to fundraise and to hide the travel of terrorists themselves.”
That sounds somewhat mysterious and may seem to involve classified information about terrorist threats to America. But much information about the nature of past RIS conferences is already on the public record and worrisome enough. The Post and other media did not report the following:
· RIS’s 2-day conference in January 2003 advertised Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais as a speaker. The year prior, the Associated Press reported that before 2 million followers, al-Sudais, the chief cleric of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, prayed to God to “terminate” the Jews whom he called “the scum of humanity, the rats of the world, prophet killers…pigs and monkeys.” The sheikh has also characterized Jews as “evil,” “evil forefathers,” a “continuum of deceit,” and full of “tyranny” and “treachery.” Due to logistical problems, the sheikh, the ‘biggest’ headliner of the event, missed the conference. Jeewan Chanicka, media relations director for the Toronto conference, called the sheikh’s absence “unfortunate.”
· The same conference featured Zulfiqar Ali Shah as a speaker. Shah is the former president of the Islamic Circle of North America, an organization linked to Jama’at-I-Islami, a fundamentalist Pakistani group that calls Bin Laden the “hero” of the Islamic world, and raises millions of dollars for jihad around the world. Shah is currently CEO of the Universal Heritage Foundation (UHF) based in Kissimmee, Florida. I attended the inaugural conference of that group which was held just days before the Toronto conference mentioned above. The conference featured as speakers suicide-bombing supporters Abdul Malik Ali and Wagdi Ghuneim. Shah ran into some media static when the Florida press found out his headliner was advertised also to be the “terminate the Jews” sheikh.
· Mokhtar Maghroui, who spoke at the UHF conference featuring the suicide bombing supporters, also spoke at the last two RIS conferences.
· The 2003 RIS conference featured William W. Baker, who was outed as a Neo-Nazi by investigative reporter Stan Brin in the Orange County Weekly.
The major media do the public a serious disservice when they omit any account of known controversies regarding Islamist conferences. The public is left with a one-sided ACLU view when U.S. law enforcement officials take action to monitor the activities taking place. Daniel Pipes argues that, “Were the plaintiffs to prevail in this case, attending religious conferences would instantly become the favored method for terrorists and other Islamists to cross the American border without hindrance.”
Livingstone blames UK policy, defends Muslim cleric
Western “double standards” as well as decades of British and American interference in the oil-rich Middle East led to July 7 bombings, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said.
Mr. Livingstone told BBC radio on Wednesday that the attacks would not have taken place if Western powers left Arab states free to decide their own fate after World War I.
While denouncing the London attacks that left at least 56 killed, Mr. Livingstone said that Western countries have been interfering in the Middle East over fears of losing their fuel supplies.
“I think you’ve just had 80 years of western intervention into predominantly Arab lands because of the western need for oil. We’ve propped up unsavory governments, we’ve overthrown ones we didn’t consider sympathetic.
“And I think the particular problem we have at the moment is that in the 1980s… the Americans recruited and trained Osama Bin Laden, taught him how to kill, to make bombs, and set him off to kill the Russians and drive them out of Afghanistan.
“They didn’t give any thought to the fact that once he’d done that he might turn on his creators,” he said.
The London Mayor also criticized the “double standards” by Western powers. “A lot of young people see the double standards, they see what happens in Guantanamo Bay, and they just think that there isn’t a just foreign policy,” he said.
Mr. Livingstone also criticized news agencies that represent British Muslims in a “totally unrepresentative” manner.
He also defended a leading Muslim cleric whom he invited to speak at a conference in Manchester next month.
Some people have alleged that Sheikh Youssef al-Qardawi encouraged “suicide bombings” and manipulated the minds of the suspected London bombers.
“What Sheikh al-Qaradawi pointed out was, given that the Palestinians do not have jet fighters and do not have tanks, they only have their bodies to use. I do not think he is actually urging people to go out and become suicide bombers,” Mr. Livingstone said.
“All information I have received is that [he has] condemned the London bombings unequivocally as wholly incompatible with Islam.”
Sheikh Qaradawi, also a trustee of the Oxford University Center for Islamic Studies, had strongly denounced the attacks. “We were dumbfounded by the grave news of the London bombings which killed tens and wounded hundreds of innocent people who committed no crime,” he said after the bombings.
On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said that it is unacceptable that Israel goes on “indiscriminately destroying homes simply because a [Palestinian] bomber came from that area. I don’t believe in an eye for an eye. I don’t believe in that punishment.”
Sheikh Qradawi also called for distinguishing between the Israeli occupation and the Jews themselves. “We do not fight Israelis because they are Jews, but because they took our land, killed our children and profaned our holy places,” he said.
Islamic and Communist Violence Mars India’s Independence Day
Webcast News Service
15 August 2005
Violence marred India’s Independence Day celebrations in both the north and the south of the country as communists killed ten people in Andhra Pradesh and bombs blamed on Islamic terrorists exploded in Kashmir. The attacks came as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to boost economic growth to fight poverty.
Hours after Singh promised his people a better future, communists in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh shot and killed a regional lawmaker and several other people as they were returning home from a ceremony marking Independence Day. Communists have been waging a three-decade long campaign of terrorism in the southern state.
In the Kashmir region, a small bomb exploded outside a stadium in the summer capital Srinagar, where official celebrations were due to be held. Another bomb exploded in Pattan town. Islamic terrorist groups fighting Indian rule in the disputed region claimed responsibility for planting the devices. No one was injured in the attacks.
India celebrates Independence Day, the day it became free from British rule in 1947, with nationwide ceremonies and parades. Terrorist groups often carry out violent attacks.
The main celebrations are held in New Delhi, where the Indian Prime Minister addressed the country from the heavily-guarded ramparts of the historic Red Fort.
Speaking on the occasion Monday, the Prime Minister said peace talks with Pakistan had achieved some success, but urged Islamabad to end its support for Islamic terrorists in Kashmir.
He said Pakistan had stopped some of the activities of terrorists operating from its soil, but half-hearted efforts would not lead to success. He called on Islamabad to cut off all support to terrorists. Singh warned that India’s response would be “hard” if violence in Kashmir did not end.
Singh also promised to keep India on the path of high economic growth to ensure prosperity for all.
The prime minister said that if the momentum of high growth was maintained in the coming decade, India would be able to eliminate poverty, ignorance, hunger and disease. He said he expected the country to achieve seven percent growth this year.
The Wonders of the Liberal Mind
In a recent article, syndicated columnist and author Ben Shapiro noted the latest example of lackadaisical liberal logic—the so-called “chickenhawk” argument. This argument, like many other liberal arguments, is both erroneous and unfair. It is built upon the premise that one must have first-hand combat experience in order to support the wars being waged overseas by U.S. troops. However, no such experience is necessary if one wishes to denounce the United States as an evil, imperialistic nation and demean American military efforts abroad.
In fact, dissent—no matter how obnoxious or unfounded it may be—is the highest form of expression a leftist can utter. You are not a true patriot until you have burned your first flag.
Now, as any mildly informed American already knows, the United States Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to their opinions whether they have served in the military or not. As Shapiro wrote, “Representative democracy necessarily means that millions of us vote on issues with which we have had little practical experience.” That is a plain and simple fact.
However, instead of stopping there, Shapiro carries the chickenhawk logic all the way to its inane conclusions. In public, liberals might view the opinions of military personnel with reverence but the private reality is that they would absolutely abhor military control over foreign affairs. Liberals would not even consider putting hawkish personalities in charge of the armed forces. Doing so would be total anathema to their pacifist philosophy. To put it bluntly, liberals are not about to put the alcoholic in charge of the liquor cabinet.
Bound to incur the wrath of liberals everywhere, Shapiro dares to tell the unmitigated truth about the radical Left’s view of the American military—“the only good American soldiers are those who are either unemployed or dead.” The truth is that the radical left seeks to portray our troops not as the heroes that they are, but as unwitting pawns of unscrupulous politicians or ruthless Nazis bent on bringing misery to millions of innocent, law-abiding people.
Outrageous though it may be, the chickenhawk argument is just the latest in a long line of twisted and illogical assertions typical of postmodern liberalism. This is an ideology which defends abortion as a matter of personal choice, but condemns the death penalty as a gross violation of civil liberties. According to the ACLU and company, we should codify a woman’s right to arbitrarily and capriciously kill her innocent unborn child, but not even consider the possibility of executing a murderous pedophile after due process has occurred.
The same type of convoluted logic informs the liberal position in regards to affirmative action and racial profiling. Despite serious questions about the efficacy of affirmative action programs, not to mention the animosity they engender among non-minority individuals, liberals claim that we need such programs in order to help downtrodden minorities who have faced egregious discrimination in the past. So, the liberal response to the unjust treatment of one group is the unjust treatment of another. I thought liberals were supposed to be above the “eye for an eye” mentality.
It is also worth noting that affirmative action programs are intrinsically patronizing to the individuals they are designed to help. To believe that certain groups need quotas and set-asides in order to succeed in the free market, one must inexorably assume the inferiority of those groups—irrespective of root causes. And if they are really inferior or lacking in some capacity, thrusting them into an ever-more competitive environment in the name of diversity will prove disastrous for all parties concerned.
In spite of their love for affirmative action, liberals are vehemently opposed to racial profiling as a law enforcement tool in the War on Terror. They claim it is unfair to target Muslims and people of Arab descent when deciding whose bags to search on airplanes and subways. However, an objective examination of the facts quickly reveals that targeting these individuals is precisely what prudence and reason dictate. History clearly shows that terrorists are not a diverse group of people. They are Muslim men between the ages of 17 and 40. Moreover, from the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy, to the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Iran, to the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, to the 2001 airplane hijackings, last year’s train bombings in Madrid, and this year’s London bombings, the evidence points to one manifest conclusion—that virtually all acts of violent extremism in the modern era, insofar as the West is concerned, have been contrived and carried out by Muslims in the name of Islam. But rather than acting on this knowledge and markedly reducing the likelihood of a future terror attack, liberals insist that we avert our eyes from the facts and execute random searches on everyone from school-aged children to senior citizens. They would have us blindly sacrifice national security on the altar of political correctness. In the liberal world, tolerance and sensitivity trump all competing interests in the War on Terror.
The fact of the matter is that until Al-Qaeda starts recruiting 12-year-old Catholic girls and elderly Buddhist men to bomb buses and hijack airliners, we should continue to play the odds and focus a preponderance of our efforts on adult Muslim men—even if it means hurting some feelings in the process.
In the midst of the terrorist attacks, liberals have displayed an inordinate amount of love for Muslims and the articles of their faith. Restraining their usual torrent of nihilism and sacrilege, liberals have come to recognize the virtues of Islam and its adherents. From my home state of Michigan, in the wake of allegations of Koran abuse at the Guantanamo “gulag,” Congressman John Conyers, Jr. introduced a resolution condemning “bigotry and religious intolerance.” But it is neither religion nor tolerance that liberals are interested in. If that were the case, then they would show the same respect for Christianity as they do for Islam. They would be just as appalled by the desecration of the Bible as they are by the Koran. Instead, liberals defend photographs of crucifixes submerged in urine as free speech and paintings of the Virgin Mary covered in elephant dung as sacred art worthy of our tax dollars. The hypocrisy runs deep. It is okay to offend Christians by ripping up pictures of the Pope or burning Bibles, but when Muslims lash out in violence at the first indication of disrespect for their religion, we must all get on our knees and apologize ad infinitum.
Some liberal judges will even go so far as to insist that legal counsel be provided to terror suspects at taxpayer expense. Now, call me stingy but if someone wishes me dead and will stop at nothing to make that happen, the last thing I want to do is assist them in their mission.
Meanwhile, there will be no displays of the Ten Commandments allowed on public property. The statement of faith etched upon our currency will be removed. The Boy Scouts will be ousted from public schools and military bases because of their acknowledgement of God. The Pledge of Allegiance will be declared unconstitutional on account of the phrase “under God.” Students will not be permitted to engage in prayer at any school-related function whether it be inside the classroom or at a football game. And all references to a divine being will be expunged from the founding documents of this nation so as to make them suitable for teaching a “diverse” student body.
There will, however, be ample time to teach cultural awareness and sensitivity via lecturing students about the “peaceful” nature of Islam and what the “true meaning” of jihad is. We can publicly acknowledge the holy month of Ramadan. Just be sure never to say “Merry Christmas,” sing Christmas carols, or display nativity scenes when December rolls around. It might make some people feel “uncomfortable.”
We can celebrate diversity by sponsoring a national day of silence for homosexuals. We can even celebrate women’s rights by sponsoring Vagina Day at various universities across the nation. The girls can proudly wear their “I Love My Vagina” pins while the boys can join in by donning their “I Support Your Vagina” buttons. But wear a t-shirt quoting Biblical passages and you’ll be severely reprimanded—even suspended—by school administrators.
In addition, liberals support equal access on college campuses but do not mind the idea of all-Black, all-Hispanic, or all-Asian student associations. In their typical doublethink fashion, liberals believe that the way to foster diversity on campus is to segregate the student body into discrete homogeneous groups. However, if you are not a victim of Western imperialism or historical prejudice, then don’t even think about forming your own exclusive club—that is bigoted and wrong.
Liberals are also selective in the application of law. Back in March, when Terri Shiavo lay dying in a Florida hospice center, liberals adamantly decried any federal intervention that would have challenged state law and possibly ended the shameless government-sanctioned assault on the sanctity of life. However, earlier that same month, liberals word-wide were elated when the United States Supreme Court declared the execution of 17-year-old convicted murderers unconstitutional thereby nullifying the death penalty statutes of some twenty states. The Court decided that, in some cases, (namely those involving the liberal agenda) international law takes precedence over our own. And it is okay for the activist courts to legislate morality if it suits their policy goals.
You can also expect liberals to jump for joy whenever federal judges or local officials toss aside state laws and referenda defending traditional marriage.
The truth is that liberals support democracy only when it works to their advantage. In the event that it does not—and such events are numerous these days—then they will do whatever they can to undermine the popular will. Liberals haughtily view themselves as the enlightened caretakers of society. They know what is best for us and if they have to subvert the democratic process or marginalize traditional values in order to implement their policies, it is for our own good.
As we learned during the Senate judicial confirmations, democracy is only democracy so long as liberals emerge victorious—if not, then it is known as “abuse of power” or “tyranny of the majority”.
Ah, the wonders of the liberal mind. Their creative, nuanced, totally contradictory, and self-defeating approaches to solving the world’s problems are truly inspiring. What will they think of next?
Here’s to Hillary in ’08. Long live liberalism!
By Nick Cohen
October 11, 2005
On the Saturday of the great anti-war demonstration of 2003, I watched one million people march through London, then sat down to write for the Observer. I pointed out that the march organisers represented a merger of far left and far right: Islamic fundamentalists shoulder to shoulder with George Galloway, the Socialist Workers Party and every other creepy admirer of totalitarianism this side of North Korea. Be careful, I said. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq has spewed out predatory armies and corpses for decades. If you’re going to advocate a policy that would keep a fascist dictator in power, you should at least talk to his victims, whose number included socialists, communists and liberals – good people, rather like you.
Next day I looked at my e-mails. There were rather a lot of them. The first was a fan letter from Ann Leslie, the Daily Mail‘s chief foreign correspondent, who had seen the barbarism of Ba’athism close up. Her cheery note ended with a warning: “You’re not going to believe the anti-Semitism that is about to hit you.” “Don’t be silly, Ann,” I replied. “There’s no racism on the left.” I worked my way through the rest of the e-mails. I couldn’t believe the anti-Semitism that hit me.
I learned it was one thing being called “Cohen” if you went along with liberal orthodoxy, quite another when you pointed out liberal betrayals. Your argument could not be debated on its merits. There had to be a malign motive. You had to support Ariel Sharon. You had to be in the pay of “international” media moguls or neoconservatives. You had to have bad blood. You had to be a Jew.
My first reaction was so ignoble I blush when I think of it. I typed out a reply that read, “but there hasn’t been a Jewish member of my family for 100 years”. I sounded like a German begging a Gestapo officer to see the mistake in the paperwork. Mercifully, I hit the “delete” button before sending.
Rather than pander to racism, I directed my correspondents to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a member of the Socialist International which had decided after being on the receiving end of one too many extermination drives that foreign invasion was the only way. No good. I tried sending them to the Iraqi Communist Party, which opposed the invasion but understood the possibilities for liberation beyond the fine minds of the western intelligentsia. No good, either.
As the months passed, and Iraqis were caught between a criminally incompetent occupation and an “insurgency” so far to the right it was off the graph, I had it all. A leading figure on the left asked me to put him in touch with members of the new government. “I knew it! I knew it!” he cried when we next met. “They want to recognise Israel.”
I experienced what many blacks and Asians had told me: you can never tell. Where people stand on the political spectrum says nothing about their visceral beliefs. I found the far left wasn’t confined to the chilling Socialist Workers Party but contained many scrupulous people it was a pleasure to meet and an education to debate. Meanwhile, the centre was nowhere near as moderate as it liked to think. One minute I would be talking to a BBC reporter or liberal academic and think him a civilised man; the next, he would be screaming about the Jews.
Politicians I’d admired astonished me: Tam Dalyell explained British foreign policy as a Jewish conspiracy; Ken Livingstone embraced a Muslim cleric who favoured the blowing up of Israeli women and children, along with wife-beating and the murder of homosexuals and apostates.
I could go on. The moment when bewilderment settled into a steady scorn, however, was when the Guardian ran a web debate entitled: “David Aaronovitch and Nick Cohen are enough to make a good man anti-Semitic”. Gorgeously, one vigilant reader complained that the title was prejudiced – the debate should be headlined: “David Aaronovitch and Nick Cohen are enough to make a good man, or woman, anti-Semitic.”
Mustn’t forget our manners now, must we?
I resolved then to complete two tasks: to apologise to Ms Leslie, which was a matter of minutes; and to work out if there was now a left-wing anti-Semitism, which took a little longer.
As I’d had little contact with Jewish religion or culture, I’d rarely given anti-Semitism a thought. I suppose I’d assumed it had burned out in the furnaces of Auschwitz. When the subject came up, I dutifully repeated the liberal mantra that “not all anti-Zionists are anti-Semites” and forgot the corollary “but all anti-Semites are anti-Zionists”.
You have to clear away a heap of rubbish before you can distinguish between the two. At first glance, there’s a good case for saying that the liberal left is Jew-obsessed. Israel receives more criticism than far worse societies, most notably Sudan, Syria and pre-war Iraq. You can call the double standard anti-Semitism if you want, but I’m not sure it gets you anywhere. It is simply the ineluctable workings of what is known in the human rights trade as “selection bias”. Israel is a democracy with an independent judiciary and free press. Inevitably, it is easier in an open country to report abuses of power than cover, say, the deaths of millions and enslavement of whole black tribes in Islamist Sudan. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, came up with “Moynihan’s Law” to encapsulate the process. It holds that the number of complaints about a nation’s violation of human rights is in inverse proportion to its actual violation of human rights.
He wasn’t absolutely right, and the law certainly doesn’t work in Israel’s case, but you get the point. As long as people know biases exist, no harm is done. In any case, it’s not a competition, and it’s no defence of Israel to say it’s better to be Palestinian than Sudanese. Human rights are universal.
The issue is whether the liberal left is as keen on universal principles as it pretends. An impeccably left-wing group of Jewish academics, who are against the war in Iraq and occupation of the West Bank, gathered recently at http://www.engageonline.org.uk, as they could see parts of the left retreating into special pleading. Their union, the Association of University Teachers, had proposed that academics abandon the freedom to exchange ideas, on which intellectual life depends, by boycotting Israeli universities. Asked why the boycott applied only to Israel and not nations with far greater crimes to their names, the AUT had no reply.]
Racism is often subtle in England. David Hirsh, an Engage supporter, caught it well when he wrote that “the act of singling out Israel as the only illegitimate state – in the absence of any coherent reason for doing so – is in itself anti-Semitic, irrespective of the motivation or opinions of those who make that claim”.
I’d agree, if it weren’t for a brutal counter-argument that few have the guts to make. Get real, it runs. Universal values are for the birds. The left had a respectable record of exposing the dark corners of the right in South Africa, the Deep South, Pinochet’s Chile, Franco’s Spain and the Colonels’ Greece. Only the bravest had much to say about the Soviet Union, China or Cuba. On the whole, those monstrosities were opposed by the right. Looking back, you can see that good came out of the activism of both sets of critics. Equally, good will come from our obsession with Israel. The Palestinians need help and you shouldn’t ask too many questions about the helpers.
All of which sounds reasonable, until you ask a question that I’ve delayed asking for too long: what is anti-Semitism?
In its 19th- and 20th-century form, it was a conspiratorial explanation of power from the radical right. In this it differed from standard racism, which is generally resentment of powerless outsiders who look odd, lower wages and take jobs. The template was set by the reaction against the American and French revolutions. How could Americans proclaim such insane ideas as the rights of man, the counter-revolutionaries asked. How could the French overthrow the king who loved them and Holy Mother Church which succoured them? They couldn’t admit that the Americans and the French wanted to do what they had done. Their consent had to have been manufactured by the new rulers of the world. Originally these were the Freemasons, who were damned for peddling enlightened ideas. Only after Jewish emancipation opened the ghettos were the Jews press-ganged into the plot. They represented everything that was hateful about modernity: equal rights, religious toleration and the destruction of tradition.
I don’t like the term “Islamo-fascism” – fascist movements are national movements, not religions. Still, no one can fail to have noticed that in one indisputable respect the west is the “root cause” of Islamist terror: militant Muslims have bought the ideology of the European counter-revolution wholesale.
The appeal is understandable. There is a chosen people: the Germans, the Italians or the Spanish in classic fascism; Sunni Muslims in totalitarian variants of Islam. Domination is theirs by right, but they are denied their inheritance by a conspiracy of infidels, be they westernisers, Jews, sell-out leaders or the corrupters of women and youth.
You can read for yourselves the histories of the links between Nazism and the Arab world in the 1940s, but to bring you up to date, here is what Article 22 of Hamas’s covenant says of the Jews: “They were behind the French revolution, the communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.”
That’s right, Rotary Clubs.
Please don’t tell me that it helps the Palestinians to give the far right the time of day, or pretend that Palestinian liberals, socialists, women, gays, freethinkers and Christians (let alone Israeli Jews) would prosper in a Palestine ruled by Hamas. It’s not radical, it’s barely political, to turn a blind eye and say you are for the Palestinian cause. Political seriousness lies in stating which Palestine you are for and which Palestinians you support. The Palestinian fight is at once an anti-colonial struggle and a clash between modernity and reaction. The confusion of our times comes from the failure to grasp that it is possible to have an anti-colonialism of the far right.
While we’re at it, don’t excuse Hamas and Islamic Jihad and all the rest by saying the foundation of Israel and the defeat of all the Arab attempts to destroy it made them that way. Anti-Semitism isn’t a local side effect of a dirty war over a patch of land smaller than Wales. It’s everywhere from Malaysia to Morocco, and it has arrived here. When the BBC showed a Panorama documentary about the ideological roots of the Muslim Council of Britain in the Pakistani religious right, the first reaction of the Council was to accuse it of following an “Israeli agenda”. The other day the Telegraph reported that Ahmad Thomson, a Muslim lawyer who advises the Prime Minister on community relations of all things, had declared that a “sinister” group of Jews and Freemasons was behind the invasion of Iraq.
To explain away a global phenomenon as a rational reaction to Israeli oppression, you have once again to turn the Jew into a supernatural figure whose existence is the cause of discontents throughout the earth. You have to revive anti-Semitism.
The alternative is to do what the left used to do. If you look at the list of late-20th-century leftist causes I have mentioned, you will see that the left, for all its faults and crimes, was against fascism. It used to know that the powerful used racism to distract the powerless, as they do to this day in Egypt, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia, where the deployment of Jew hatred is positively tsarist. Although I know it’s hard to credit, the left also used to know that the opponents of fascism, including the opponents of Saddam, had to be supported.
But the liberal left has been corrupted by defeat and doesn’t know much about anything these days. Marxist-Leninism is so deep in the dustbin of history, it is composting, while social democracy is everywhere on the defensive. Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Christian fundamentalism are beating it in the struggle for working-class and peasant minds. An invigorated capitalism is threatening its European strongholds. There’s an awful realisation that Tony Blair and Bill Clinton may be as good as it gets. The temptation in times of defeat is to believe in everything rather than nothing; to go along with whichever cause sounds radical, even if the radicalism on offer is the radicalism of the far right.
In 1878, George Eliot wrote that it was “difficult to find a form of bad reasoning about [Jews] which had not been heard in conversation or been admitted to the dignity of print”. So it is again today. Outside the movies of Mel Gibson, Jews aren’t Christ killers any longer, but they can’t relax, because now they are Nazis, blood-soaked imperialists, the secret movers of neoconservatism, the root cause of every atrocity from 9/11 to 7/7.
It’s not that the left as a whole is anti-Semitic, although there are racists who need confronting. Rather, it has been maddened by the direction history has taken. Deracinated and demoralised, its partisans aren’t thinking hard enough about where they came from or – and more pertinently – where they are going.
Media’s protection of Muslim rioters
Saturday, November 5, 2005
By Jack Cashill
The Nov. 4 headline of the online version of Le Figaro, a leading French daily, translates as follows: “After a week of riots, the violence continues.”
The next eight sub-headlines all refer to the riots as well. They all suggest just how serious a situation this is:
“Tonight: A bus depot and 400 cars destroyed.”
“Cars burned and vandalized; city dwellers are exasperated.”
“Firemen grow increasingly angry.”
On this same day, none of the major left-leaning European English language media – the BBC, Guardian and Times in Britain and the Irish Times – chose to report on the frightening chaos in France, at least not on the front pages of their online publications.
Read carefully, the lead article in Figaro suggests the reason for this unwitting conspiracy of silence. It tells how more than 315 cars have been burned in the heart of Paris in the last two days. Bus service has been interrupted. A school has been torched, and police have been shot at. Nor has the violence been limited to Paris. Buildings have been burned in at least a dozen cities around the country.
In Figaro, all these accounts of violence are written in the passive voice. One must read more than two hundred words into the article before learning that there are actual émeutiers – rioters – causing the problem. The riots began a week earlier when two “adolescents” ran from the police who were checking identification papers. Although the police did not chase them, the two youths hid in an electrical power sub-station and electrocuted themselves. This, of course, has led not to a Darwin Award – that will come later – but to much official hand-wringing and investigations of the police as well as a week of madness throughout the nation.
As to the demographics of the two boys and the rioters, the unknowing reader is left without a clue for the first 700 words of the article, save for the fact that they represent part of a “more global, anti-institutional struggle.”
The first reference to “musulmans” presents them not as the perpetrators of the violence, but rather as its victims. The article tells of how the explosion of a tear gas grenade in front of a mosque exacerbated the tensions.
“Someone attacked a mosque,” the Figaro quotes a young Muslim as saying, “and do you think this ignoble act would pass without response?” Obviously not, although as Figaro notes, the circumstances of the attack remain unclear. One need not be a cynic or a racist to suspect an agent provocateur, a concept the French named, if not invented.
The fact that official France has cozied up to the dissident element in this global struggle has obviously bought it no reprieve. This seemingly unprovoked mayhem by their musulman friends has embarrassed the French media into awkward apologetics and the European media into silence. Observing them, one begins to understand how Hitler was allowed to prosper.
“France herself is being attacked by foreign hordes,” claims the reliably outspoken Jean-Marie Le Pen at the end of the article. Indeed, in a continent of cowards and compromisers, it should not come as a surprise that citizens will turn to the first public figure who dares say anything at all.
NBC NEWS DID NOT REPORT ON THE PARIS RIOTS FOR 8 DAYS
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I was wondering why you haven’t covered the rioting by Muslim youths in Paris?
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Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 2:03 PM
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Subject: FW: Paris riots
We have actually done several stories on the Paris riots. Our coverage was preempted over the weekend in much of the country so I included 2 transcripts from the weekend as well as a story from Friday and a mention of the story on Thursday. The story will definitely be appearing in tonight’s broadcast as well.
Thank you for watching.
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
AMY ROBACH, anchor: (Sunday, November 7, 2005)
It is early Monday morning in France and the crisis gripping the nation shows no sign of letting up. Eleven nights of arson, looting and now gunfire have led to hundreds of arrests and a vow from the government to crack down on the rioters. NBC’s Don Teague is in Paris tonight.
DON TEAGUE reporting: After more than a week of violence in suburbs surrounding Paris, arsonists attacked the city center overnight, setting fire to more than two dozen cars, including these near historic Republic Square. Nationwide, several schools, businesses and some 1,300 cars burned last night alone. And tonight at least 10 police officers were injured when rioters opened fire in a Paris suburb as the violence enters its 11th night.
Unidentified Man #1: (Through Translator) We’re in war. We need to send the army. There’s no other solution.
TEAGUE: In response, the French prime minister called an emergency cabinet meeting this afternoon, and President Jacques Chirac addressed the nation for the first time since riots began.
President JACQUES CHIRAC (France): (French spoken)
TEAGUE: He pledged to restore order and to back his police forces, which have battled roving gangs of arsonists in more than a dozen cities.
Unidentified Woman #1: (Through Translator) It becomes really disturbing if it spreads here. It becomes really worrying for the future. We don’t know which way it will go. If it starts to spill over from the suburbs, it will become really dangerous for us.
TEAGUE: Police did arrest about 350 suspected rioters last night, many of them youths, and discovered what they called a factory for making gasoline bombs with over 150 explosives. By nightfall tonight, beefed-up security was evident in central Paris where residents and business owners worry more attacks will drive away tourists.
Unidentified Man #2: I think it will be a bad, bad, bad thing. If they come in Paris, sure people will be–they will stay at home.
TEAGUE: Many tourists admit they’re concerned now that the violence has spread into the heart of Paris, but they’re still here. Tonight the sidewalks along the Champs Elysees are as crowded as ever. Among the tourists, countless Americans, many with growing alarm, but staying.
Unidentified Woman #2: Now that it’s in the city, we probably need to take some extra precautions.
Unidentified Woman #3: If there’s an area that’s affected, I’m probably not gonna go there.
TEAGUE: Tonight violence is again spreading across France as a nation struggles for answers and control. Don Teague, NBC News, Paris.
JOHN SEIGENTHALER, anchor: (Saturday, November 5, 2005)
In France tonight a 10th night of violence in what is rapidly becoming a national crisis, as young protestors, angry at the treatment of immigrants in that country, expand their attacks beyond the suburbs of Paris. NBC’s Don Teague is there with the latest.
DON TEAGUE reporting:
Despite pleas for calm and promises by government officials, gangs of French youths set fires in four Paris suburbs and at least a dozen cities last night. Across France more than 900 vehicles were burned, plus warehouses and a nursery school. Police arrested more than 250 people, as authorities crack down on the rioters who they suspect are being spurred on by Islamic militants and drug dealers.
Mr. MARC GAUTRON (French Police Official): (Through Translator) These riots are designed to prevent police from getting into these areas and putting an end to drug trafficking, which is very lucrative.
TEAGUE: Morning brought vigils by parents, most North African immigrants, begging the disaffected youngsters to stop the violence. It also brought Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to the table for meetings with suburban youths and Muslim officials, this as the US embassy warned Americans to stay out of riot-effected suburbs. So far the violence hasn’t spread into the heart of Paris, but in a way this city is part of the problem because many French citizens of African decent say here in Paris they’re simply not welcome.
Mr. RASHID BENTELEB: It’s a long story. It’s not just today or last week.
TEAGUE: For Rashid Benteleb, the son of immigrants from Morocco, it’s a lifetime. He lives in a poor suburban project not because he can’t afford the city, but, he says, because Paris landlords won’t rent to him.
Mr. BENTELEB: It’s about a system that you are first class, second class. The first class is the city.
TEAGUE: A city traditionally known as a melting pot for immigrants, but journalist Achmed Alkai says one that prefers to keep those from Africa at arms length.
Ms. ACHMED ALKAI: These people live in–in–in cities–in small cities where there is no hope, there is no future, no cultural life, no sports life, nothing.
TEAGUE: For now, nothing but turmoil and violent demands for change.
Don Teague, NBC News, Paris.
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: (Friday, November 4, 2005)
Also overseas tonight, just outside Paris for the ninth day in a row, angry protesters, many of them immigrants to that country, have been taking to the streets to vent their rage and frustration at their living conditions and the government there. NBC’s Don Teague is in Paris tonight.
DON TEAGUE reporting:
For more than a week, the Paris suburbs have been a burning, seething firestorm. The violence touched off nine days ago when two teen-age boys running from police were electrocuted while hiding in a power station. That night, the suburbs exploded, immigrant youths torching cars and throwing rocks at riot police. Now, the violence has escalated. Two schools, a shopping center and a factory have been set on fire along with 600 cars. Many of the rioters like the two dead teen-agers are children of North African immigrants. Most are Muslim. Ethnic and religious discrimination has been a growing problem in France. Many here feel the government has abandoned them.
Unidentified Man: They don’t do anything about us. That’s the only way they can hear about us by, you know, burning cars and, you know, fighting the–the cops.
TEAGUE: Life in the immigrant housing projects is bleak. Thirty percent of the young men here are unemployed. France’s hard-line interior minister deepened tensions when he called the rioters scum. President Chirac is calling for calm, but the ethnic and religious turmoil in France has all of Europe nervous.
Mr. JONATHAN FENBY (Political Analyst): Well, European countries in general are worried about second generation immigrants. They don’t feel part of society, and European governments, frankly, have not done a very good job at integrating them into their own societies.
TEAGUE: Here in France, the problem is immediate. Trying to stop the flames of unrest from spreading. Don Teague, NBC News, Paris.
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: (Thursday, November 3, 2005)
For the eighth day in a row, there are riots in poor neighborhoods around Paris, and the violence is spreading now to more French towns. The rioters are mostly young people protesting slum housing in immigrant neighborhoods and the lack of jobs there.
THE PARIS RIOTS BEGAN THE LAST WEEK OF RAMADAN!
Lynne Stewart, Jihadi Lawyer
The Left’s unholy alliance…
[Sharon Chadha] 1/19/06
A federal court will soon sentence attorney Lynne Stewart to prison for “providing material support” to terrorists, among related charges. The charges center upon her assistance to Egyptian sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman who, from a federal prison cell in Minnesota, has continued his quest both to install an Islamist government in Egypt and to kill Americans and Jews around the world. Stewart’s case is symbolic of a corollary battle in the war against terror and highlights the need not only to counter terrorism but also the ideology of Islamism. Her infatuation with her client’s cause evolved into an example of what author David Horowitz terms the “unholy alliance” between radical Islam and the American Left. Her embrace of violent jihad illustrates the growing confluence between militant Islam on one hand and non-Muslim radicals on the other.
The charges against Stewart are an epilogue to the conviction of her client. Many Americans first learned of the blind sheikh when, on February 26, 1993, his followers drove a truck bomb into the World Trade Center. Though the explosion was not as destructive as they planned—Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind, said that he had hoped to kill some 250,000 people—it still left six dead and injured over 1,000 people. However, in his home country of Egypt, Abdel Rahman was a household name. During the 1990s, Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, of which the sheikh was the spiritual leader, led an Islamic insurgency in Egypt that resulted in more than 1,200 deaths.
It was not a one-time event. On October 1, 1995, a federal court in New York found Abdel Rahman and nine codefendants guilty of seditious conspiracy for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks, including the United Nations, the FBI’s New York field office, and both the Holland and Lincoln tunnels. The court also found the sheikh guilty of having solicited the murder of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. On January 17, 1996, a federal court in New York sentenced Abdel Rahman to life in prison. In April 1997, the government blocked his access to the outside world because of fears that his terrorist connections remained active. Stewart signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice not to pass information to or from her client, except that which was legally necessary. Since the sheikh had already been convicted and had exhausted his appeals, Stewart’s role should have been limited to assuring his humane treatment in prison.
Fast-forward eight years. On February 10, 2005, another New York court found Stewart, now 66, as well as the sheikh’s court-appointed translator, Mohammad Yousry, 48, and his former paralegal, Ahmed Sattar, 46, guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government for their part in enabling communications between the imprisoned sheikh and his network.
Stewart and her coconspirators flouted their agreement with the Justice Department and helped the sheikh circumvent the communications ban. According to government recordings of their prison visits, Yousry, who also served as an adjunct lecturer in Middle East studies at York College of the City University of New York, conveyed messages to and from the sheikh while Stewart created what the prosecution called “covering noises.” On some surveillance videos, Stewart could be seen shaking a water jar or tapping on the table while Yousry and the sheikh exchanged communications that were then later disseminated to the sheikh’s followers via the former paralegal. The prosecutor argued, citing a letter written by the U.S. attorney’s office to Stewart after she delivered the message to Reuters, that it was not in the sheikh’s legal rights “to pass messages which, simply put, can get people killed and buildings blown up.” They argued that the case was equivalent to a “jail break,” in which the defendants extracted Abdel Rahman from prison, “not literally, of course, [but] figuratively, in order to make him available to other terrorists.”
One of the most incendiary communications was a message Stewart herself gave to the Reuters news service in June 2000 in which the sheikh announced his withdrawal of support for a cease-fire between the Egyptian Islamic Group and the Egyptian government. The truce had been in place since 1997, just after his followers in Egypt had opened fire on tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, killing 58 foreigners and 4 Egyptians. Subsequently, high-casualty Islamist terrorism resumed in Egypt on October 7, 2004, with a series of bombings that killed 34 in and around the Egyptian Sinai resort of Taba. On July 23, 2005, three bombs exploded in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing at least 64.
Government investigators searching Stewart’s law offices found a draft of the sheikh’s fatwa that bin Laden later said inspired him. In it, Abdel Rahman enjoined his fellow Muslims everywhere to kill Americans, even children, “to treat them with brutality,” and to “drown their ships, shoot down their airplanes, kill them on earth, in the sea or in the sky, kill them everywhere you find them” in order to obtain his release from U.S. prison.
The jury also found Sattar guilty of additional charges of conspiracy to kidnap and murder. In this case, he ghostwrote and issued a fatwa under the sheikh’s name in which he urged Muslims to kill Jews and their supporters. He also recruited a terrorist, at the time a fugitive in Egypt, in order to carry out the fatwa. Sattar, who has been held without bail since his arrest, faces life imprisonment.
Jihadism and Left-wing Radicalism
The defense maintained that the charges against Stewart and her codefendants were an assault on free speech and argued that Stewart enjoyed a lawyer-client privilege. They further argued that the George W. Bush administration hyped evidence against the defendants. Stewart and her defense knew what would play on campuses and in leftist forums across the country. Her website billed the trial as a manifestation of an Orwellian fear that, in the wake of 9-11 and armed with provisions of the Patriot Act, the U.S. Department of Justice was going to criminalize political dissent.
Ramsey Clark, a former Lyndon B. Johnson administration attorney general who has since embraced radical left-wing causes, brought Stewart onto the sheikh’s defense team in 1994. As Stewart told The Washington Post, “Ramsey said it would be a terrible black mark against progressive forces in the United States not to represent him … He said, ‘If you’re a fireman, and you walk by a burning building, you must run in.'”
Stewart appeared to enjoy being a defendant. She used her position to argue against the malfeasance of the U.S. government and the Bush administration. Before her trial began in June 2004, she asked, “How could I be happier? … I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this fight. My role now is to play the poster girl fighting Ashcroft. Besides, ‘Who on a jury wouldn’t love me?'”
On the witness stand at her trial, asked by defense attorney Michael Tigar to elaborate on her politics, Stewart characterized herself as a “revolutionary with a small ‘r'” and said that she believes “basic change is necessary.” While “some of it will be accomplished nonviolently,” she argued, overcoming “the entrenched voracious type of capitalism that is in this country that perpetuates sexism and racism,” might require violence. “I’m not a pacifist,” Stewart had earlier told The Washington Post. “I have cried many bitter tears. There is death in history, and it’s not all rosebuds and memorial services. Mao, Fidel, Ho Chi Minh understood this.”
In May of 2000, according to the prosecution, tapes indicate that Yousry told the sheikh and Stewart that the Abu Sayyaf group had kidnapped tourists in the Philippines and was threatening to kill them if the sheikh and Ramzi Yousef were not released. Stewart commented, “Good for them,” although she said that while she believed that Abu Sayyaf would not succeed in winning Abdel Rahman’s release, its efforts were nonetheless “very, very crucial,” since the demand would raise his profile among jihadists. Even bin Laden, a self-professed admirer of the sheikh, had considered hijacking airplanes to free the sheikh and Yousef. In September 2000, the Al-Qaeda leader reiterated his threat to wage jihad on the sheikh’s behalf.
Stewart also endorsed the sheikh’s ghostwritten fatwa, calling for the murder of Jews and Americans. When Sattar told Stewart that Ramsey Clark had concerns about the fatwa, she responded, “Does he really think that the American government can completely put this man in an iron box and cut him off from the whole world?”
When asked about 9-11, Stewart told The New York Times that she thought the attacks were a predictable response to U.S. aggression. “I’m pretty inured to the notion that in a war or in an armed struggle, people die,” she said. “They’re in the wrong place; they’re in a nightclub in Israel; they’re at a stock market in London; they’re in the Algerian outback—whatever it is, people die.” Citing the U.S. use of a nuclear weapon against Hiroshima and the World War II firebombing of Dresden, she added, “So I have a lot of trouble figuring out why that is wrong, especially when people are sort of placed in a position of having no other way.”
The Pentagon, she argued, was “a better target” than the World Trade Center, though, since the people in the towers “never knew what hit them. They had no idea that they could ever be a target for somebody’s wrath, just by virtue of being American.” On the witness stand, Stewart said she did not support terrorist violence because “it’s basically anarchistic. It is not directed at institutions—it is directed against civilians, and therefore cannot be excused. Those are not legitimate targets.” Asked under oath to name some legitimate targets, she offered up banks or the New York City Board of Education. Such logic parallels that of both Marxist terrorist groups like the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey and Islamist revolutionaries in Iran. Both groups targeted school teachers, for example, because they were state employees. Upon seizing power in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s regime likewise targeted bankers.
For Stewart, the sheikh’s case was another cause. She told The Washington Post that “my own political sense tells me the only hope for change in Egypt is the fundamentalist movement.” During their terrorist campaign, Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya murdered more than a thousand people. Terrorists singled out the Coptic minority and Egyptian intellectuals. Somewhere along her evolution from progressive to radical, Stewart lost any moral compass.
Prosecutors were able to show that Yousry was aware that he was helping Stewart break the law by shuttling messages to the sheikh and his followers because he had written about the communications ban the government had imposed in his New York University doctoral thesis. The defense argued that as a translator, it was not Yousry’s role to challenge the attorneys, particularly Lynne Stewart, “who,” Yousry’s lawyer pointed out in closing, “you know is not easy to stand up to.”
In his defense summation, Tigar argued that the government should show some “humility” because yesterday’s terrorists are today’s legitimate leaders. He cited the examples of Libya’s Mu‘ammar al-Qadhafi, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, Israel’s Menachem Begin, and South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. He cautioned the jury that should they decide to punish people for their “radical politics,” then the fundamentalists would have clearly won. Tigar argued that his client’s defense of those who are “despised, neglected, hated” should be considered “a badge of honor.”
But fellow radical lawyer Ron Kuby, who at one time represented the sheikh, disagreed. “I love Lynne, but no one in the world could fairly posit the sheikh as a progressive or liberal on any issue,” he told The Washington Post. “In the aftermath of September 11th, I could no longer put myself in the service of those who are trying to create a world in which I would be put up against a wall and shot, and my daughter and wife would be put in burqas.”
Stewart’s arguments found a receptive audience in the National Lawyers Guild, which featured her as a speaker and, in the wake of the guilty verdicts, called for a “National Day of Outrage.” Billionaire philanthropist George Soros’s Open Society Institute contributed $20,000 to her defense. She had long been popular among the Left. She had represented Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, and murderers of policemen. Various and assorted socialist organizations and fronts including Refuse and Resist, Pravda, and the World Socialist Website rallied behind her.
Despite the charges and trial, Stewart remained a popular speaker on campuses, particularly at law schools and small liberal arts campuses. Law students at the City University of New York even tried to honor her with their school’s Public Interest Lawyer of the Year award in May 2003 though the administration would not have it. A few months later, Stewart was invited by Stanford Law School to become a “Public Interest Visiting Mentor” until Stewart’s public statements supporting violence were brought to the attention of the dean who rescinded the invitation.
Stewart is not alone in drifting from leftist radicalism to Islamism and adopting terrorism as a tactic to counter the prevailing order. Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as “Carlos the Jackal,” a Venezuelan Marxist who had dedicated himself to pro-Palestinian terrorism, followed a similar path. In 2003, he published a book entitled Revolutionary Islam from his prison cell in France in which he encouraged “all revolutionaries, including those of the Left, even atheists,” to embrace radical Islam in order to destroy the United States, which he sees as the citadel of imperialism. His terrorism began as a secular struggle. Terrorism is a preferred tactic, he writes, because it is “the cleanest and most efficient form of warfare,” able to demoralize the enemy. In later years, though, he justified his actions in terms of Islamism. In March 2004, he claimed responsibility on French television for the terrorism-related deaths of between 1,500 to 2,000 people. Arguing that “not even 10 percent of these people were innocent,” he refused to ask for forgiveness.
Just as the sheikh did with Stewart, Sanchez established a special relationship with his attorney, Isabelle Coutant Peyre, whom he married in an Islamic ceremony in 2001. Like Stewart, Coutant Peyre gravitated from radicalism to Islam. In 2002, she told The New York Times that she shared most of Sanchez’s politics, is “genuinely convinced that Western ‘militarism’ is evil and that capitalism is oppressive,” and does not think terrorists such as Sanchez have any “more blood on their hands than many army generals.” She subsequently represented the family of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to have been indicted in the United States in connection with the 9-11 attacks. Coutant Peyre also defended Slimane Khalfaoui, one of ten Islamic militants convicted of plotting to blow up a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, on New Year’s Eve 2000. Upon the conviction of her client, she said the judgment was “evidence that French institutions, and justice in particular, were racist, anti-Arab, and Islamophobic.”
John Walker Lindh, the “American Talib,” provides another example of how non-Muslims gravitate to jihadism as a result of disillusionment with the parameters of mainstream society. According to Newsweek, although Lindh was “oblivious to politics” before leaving the United States to study Islam abroad, he was “critical of America as a land that exalted self above all else.”
For Stewart, Sanchez, Coutant Peyre, and Lindh, radical Islam became the latest revolutionary movement, their last hope after the failure of communism to eradicate what they saw as the twin evils of U.S. imperialism and capitalism. Like those who have supported totalitarian movements before, Westerners who adopt radical Islam seem willing to embrace violence in order to establish their vision of utopia. While Sanchez and Lindh took up arms in pursuit of their cause, Stewart and Coutant Peyre indulged revolutionary fantasies by becoming far more than zealous advocates.
Back in 1997, Andrew C. McCarthy, the lead prosecutor in the trial of the sheikh in regard to his plot to destroy New York City landmarks, drew this lesson from the sheikh’s case: to combat the jihad that has been declared against the United States, he wrote that Americans need to develop a “proper understanding of their constitutional liberties: that beliefs may be freely held or articulated [but that] does not mean that they are beyond public scrutiny or that they can immunize criminal behavior undertaken in their name.”
It is a lesson that many Europeans are beginning to take to heart. Following the July 7, 2005 Islamist attacks on the London mass-transit system, British policymakers and the public both moved to clarify the difference between free speech and incitement to violence. Within weeks, the British government—which had previously offered safe haven to Muslim extremists and allowed them to preach hate—announced plans to ban even indirect incitement to terrorism and to deport individuals who glorified or condoned acts of terrorism.
Ironically, even if Stewart and her radical American supporters do not understand the destructiveness of Islamist rhetoric, across the Middle East, there is growing recognition. On October 24, 2004, two Arab websites published a petition urging the United Nations to prosecute those who issue fatwas to incite terrorism. The petition, which garnered some 2,000 signatures within twenty-four hours of being posted, clarified the stakes: “By these fatwas all terrorists have died, or will die, fully convinced that they will immediately enter Paradise … [These] fatwas remain the pivotal cause of terrorist acts.” Leftist radicals may say they speak on behalf of the developing world, but moderate Muslims and other victims of terrorism increasingly say otherwise. -one-
Sharon Chadha is a free-lance writer living in Santa Monica, Calif.
 “Superseding Indictment,” United States v. Sattar, et al, 02 Cr. 395 (JGK) (hereafter, U.S. vs. Sattar), United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, Nov. 19, 2003.
 David Horowitz, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left (Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 2004).
 The 9-11 Commission Report (New York: W.W. Norton Co, 2004), p. 72.
 Clyde R. Mark, “Egypt-United States Relations,” Congressional Research Service issue brief, Oct. 10, 2003.
 The New York Times, Oct. 2, 1995.
 United States v. Omar Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman, et al, S3 93 Cr.181 (MBM).
 U.S. vs. Sattar, pp. 13117-22.
 Tzvi Kahn, “When ‘Academic Freedom’ Justifies Academic Terror,” American Thinker, June 21, 2005.
 “Superseding Indictment,” U.S. vs. Sattar.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, p. 6657.
 Ibid., p. 11111.
 Reuters, June 14, 2000.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, p. 11984.
 The New York Post, Oct. 8, 2004.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, p. 7126, also referenced as “Government Exhibit, 2638,” p. 11122; CNN.com, Aug. 20, 2002.
 See, for example, “Why the Case of Lynne Stewart Should Matter to You,” Lynne Stewart website, http://www.lynnestewart.org, accessed Aug. 3, 2005.
 Los Angeles Times, Apr. 26, 2003.
 The Washington Post, June 22, 2004.
 The Washington Post, June 22, 2004.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, pp. 7967-8.
 The Washington Post, June 22, 2004.
 “Visit to Minnesota,” videotape 1, May 19, 2000, Stewart website.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, p. 2143.
 ABC News, interview with Osama bin Laden, May 1998; “Usama bin Ladin: ‘American Soldiers Are Paper Tigers’,” Middle East Quarterly, Dec. 1998, pp. 73-9.
 The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 128.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, p. 5332-9.
 Ibid., p. 11373.
 Ibid., p. 2149, reference to “Government Exhibit 1193x.”
 The New York Times, Sept. 22, 2002.
 The New York Times, Sept. 22, 2002.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, p. 7968.
 Ibid., p. 8369.
 The Washington Post, June 22, 2004, which she confirmed under oath, U.S. vs. Sattar, Nov. 8, 2004, pp. 8377-8.
 U.S. vs. Sattar, p. 11559.
 Ibid., p. 11799.
 Ibid., p. 11978.
 Ibid., p. 11824.
 The Washington Post, June 22, 2004.
 The National Review, Feb. 17, 2005.
 Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2002; The New York Post, Feb. 11, 2005.
 World Socialist website, Feb. 14, 2005; On-Line Pravda, Apr. 11, 2002; Refuse and Resist, Oct. 29, 2004, Aug. 1, 2005.
 Erick Stakelbeck, “Cheerleaders for Terrorism,” FrontPageMagazine.com, June 17, 2003.
 Paris: Edition du Rocher, 2003.
 The Sunday Herald (Glasgow), July 17, 2005.
 The Sunday Herald, July 17, 2005.
 Agence France-Presse, Mar. 10, 2004.
 The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2002.
 The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2004.
 Newsweek, Dec. 17, 2001.
 Andrew McCarthy, “Prosecuting the New York Sheikh,” Middle East Quarterly, Mar. 1997, pp. 9-18.
 The Washington Post, July 21, 2005.
 “To the United Nations Security Council and the U.N. Secretary General Requesting the Establishment of an International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Terrorists,” Middle East Transparent, Oct 24, 2004, Elaph, Oct 24, 2004; see, “Arab Liberals: Prosecute Clerics Who Promote Murder,” Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2005, pp. 84-6; “Arab Liberals Petition the U.N. to Establish an International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Terrorists,” MEMRI Special Dispatch Series, no. 812, Nov. 8, 2004.
The limits of “transgressive” art
January 2nd, 2006
Salvatore Scuotto is an Italian artist from Naples who is famous for the nativity scenes he creates. His latest masterpiece is a nativity scene featuring naked women and transvestites standing near the baby Jesus. This highly respectful work, evidence of Scuotto’s great sensitivity towards Christians, is currently on display at Rome’s San Giacomo church where it has outraged church members who, strangely enough, view the work as blasphemous.
In defending the nativity scene, Scuotto says,
“Such scenes are a part of reality. The real scandal is when figures such as Bin Laden or George Bush are used in nativity scenes.”
So Salvatore Scuotto has scored a leftist “two-fer” with his latest work by bashing Bush and defecating on Christianity – how original! How cutting edge! How transgressive! In his mind he probably justifies the action by reasoning that real artists “push the envelope” by rattling conventional sensibilities.
Fair enough—I suggest to him a religious topic that will really rattle some sensibilities and “push the envelope” to its very limits: Mohammed’s marriage to a nine-year-old girl.
Here’s how the Koran describes that event:
[Scriptural Evidence] Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64: Sahih Bukhari [the most venerated and authentic Islamic source] Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years.
So how about it, Sal? Care to exercise your artistic powers by creating and displaying a graphic work of art based on Mohammed having sex with his pre-pubescent wife? (You can even play it safe by leaving gratuitous transvestites out of the depiction.)
Oh, wait-I forgot! If Salvatore Scuotto produced and displayed a work of art depicting Mohammed having sex with his child-bride, a realityat least within the context of the Koran- it’s quite likely that the Italian authorities would cave in to the resulting Muslim outrage by arresting him for “hate speech.” Either that or, for his own good, he’d be placed in protective custody. Those are the best case scenarios. A fatwa-based religious assasination would be the real downside. Just ask Theo Van Gogh, Sal.
It’s so easy for artists to garner attention by desecrating things that are sacred to Christians. Christians usually protest such desecrations mildly, or not at all. And the Left is always there to cheer on and, if necessary, defend the act of desecration.
Salvatore Scuotto—iconoclast, trend-setter, art hero, and ultimately a disrespectful coward, knows those things well.
Minnesota Congressman Is Muslim Trailblazer
By PATRICK CONDON 11.09.06
Keith Ellison, the first Muslim ever elected to Congress, sees it this way: Osama bin Laden no more represents Ellison’s religion than Timothy McVeigh represented Christianity.
Ellison, a 43-year-old Democrat, won election to the House on Tuesday and will represent all of Minneapolis and several close suburbs – a deeply Democratic, mostly white and largely liberal district that includes the University of Minnesota campus. Ellison is also the first black congressman from Minnesota.
He ran on a call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, universal health care, a higher minimum wage and a more progressive tax code.
The criminal defense attorney and state lawmaker suddenly finds himself among the most prominent members of his faith in the United States, at a time when terrorism by Islamic fundamentalists has focused unwanted attention on many American Muslims.
Ellison, who converted from Catholicism to Islam as a college student, insisted in a radio interview that he is “a politician who happens to be a Muslim” and that “there are people in a better position to speak on all things Muslim than me.”
But having said all that, he acknowledged Thursday that his new prominence may bring a responsibility to speak for peaceful Muslims.
“Killing innocents is un-Islamic. Suicide is un-Islamic. Committing suicide to kill innocents is extremely un-Islamic,” he said. “These people you read about, these Osama bin Ladens, they don’t represent Islam any more than Timothy McVeigh represents Christianity.”
Ellison rose quickly to prominence with fiery speaking skills and a tenacious approach to policy that for many recalled the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, a sainted figure among many Minnesota Democrats.
When longtime Democratic Rep. Martin Sabo announced his retirement earlier this year, Ellison immediately distinguished himself from a large crowd of Democrats who wanted the seat, and easily won the party endorsement.
But his candidacy stumbled over the summer with a string of missteps that included disclosure of unpaid parking tickets and late tax payments, as well as past associations with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Ellison, a local organizer of Farrakhan’s Million Man March in 1995, said he did not know of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism at the time and has disavowed it. He was supported by Jewish friends and colleagues.
Voters said Ellison’s background was not much of a factor in their decision to vote for him.
“I’m a fairly progressive voter, so a lot of Ellison’s positions were attractive to me,” said Chris Strunk, a graduate student at the university. “I’m happy to send a Muslim to Congress, but I would’ve voted for him regardless of what his religion is.”
Ellison said his main message concerning Islam is that Muslims are not much different from anyone else. “It’s just one religion among many,” he said. “Our folks are quite ordinary, they care about the same things you care about.”
He said he does not regard the rise of Islamic fundamentalism as “a clash of civilizations.”
“If there’s a clash in this world, it’s between people who believe they can use horrendous, awful violence to achieve a political goal, against the rest of us,” he said.
Ellison said he hopes more Muslims seek office around the nation in the next few years. “The fact is folks probably already know a lot of Muslims,” he said. “They just don’t know they’re Muslims.”
Democrats Invite Radical Muslim to Speak
February 05, 2007 01:00 PM EST
Unbelievably, the Democrats invited a radical Muslim Imam to give an invocation at their Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting today. His name is Husham al-Husainy and he is Imam of the Karbalaa Islamic Foundation in Dearborn, Michigan (a Shi’ite sect). – VIDEO LINK.
During this “prayer”, al-Husainy said:
We thank you, god to send us your messages through our father Abraham, and Jesus and Mohammed, through you, god, we unite, so guide us to the right spot we wish for peace, equality and help us to stop the war and violence, and oppression and occupation.
At first thought and to the western mind, that almost sounds benign. After all, didn’t he invoke Jesus and Abraham there? However, as Robert Spencer notes in Islam ” all of these (Jesus, Mohammed, and Abraham) were prophets who taught Islam, and that the followers of Moses and Jesus corrupted their teachings to create Judaism and Christianity. So what seems to be a gesture of ecumenical generosity is actually a declaration of religious imperialism and the delegitimization of other religions.”
Spencer goes on to say:
Also, imagine if a Christian priest or minister had prayed at a DNC meeting that those attending be guided away from the path of those doomed by God. In this, in any case, the Imam is echoing the Fatiha, the first sura of the Qur’an and most common prayer of Islam. It asks Allah: “Show us the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast favoured; not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” The traditional Islamic understanding of this is that the “straight path” is Islam
Leave it to Democrats to allow what they would term “hate speech” were it a Christian utilizing similarly inspired rhetoric to basically denounce other religions.
This isn’t the only questionable thing about al-Husainy, though. He has a long history of radical activities in this country.
As Debbie Schlussel reports, last year, al-Husainy was a principle organizer and speaker at a rally in Dearborn of 3,000 Hezbullah supporters who marched carry anti-Jew signs and signs equating Americans and Jews to Nazis. During one of his speeches he called Jews and Americans “diseased.
It must be noted that the US counts Hezbullah as a terrorist organization.
At that same event he hosted a visit of Rabbi Dovid Weiss, the Rabbi that participated in the anti-Jewish Holocaust denial conference sponsored by one of America’s chief enemies, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He also was a leader of several 2004 anti-American rallies in support of Iraqi insurgents as well as past rallies in support of Hamas and Yassir Arafat. al-Husainy has also voiced direct and open support of Iraq militant Moqtada al-Sadr, and Iranian anti-American cleric Khomeini.
In a 2004 interview he was pleased to note that American soldiers in Iraq were “running away or committing suicide or getting psychological treatment.” And he went on to attack Jews in a wild-eyed conspiracy rant.
Saddam . . . he handed Iraq to the coalition. I believe he is an agent of America. . . . Saddam created a bunch of gangs who have no faith . . . . We also think some outsiders, with some Iraqis, and, by the way, I don’t want to exclude the Zionists. I think some extremists from the Mossad came in and took a chance to have some revenge, because we don’t know who killed [Imam Mohammed Bakr] Al-Hakim or Sergio Vieira De Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This is no man of God, but a radical cleric who vocally supports America’s enemies and regularly attacks America and Jews.
And this is the man that the Democrats have asked to lead a “prayer” at their meeting?
It just goes to show once again that Democrats are weak on defense, anti-Jewish and woefully accepting of radical attacks on their own country. Democrats prove that they would willingly and in the name of “multiculturalism” lead the entire country right into the hands of those who would destroy us.