Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ikhwan and White House: ‘N Sync

Ted Belman at American Thinker spells out the links between the President of the United States and the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Why is Obama in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Dr. Essam Abdallah, an Egyptian liberal intellectual, in an article published last October in the leading liberal pan-Arab journal Elaph, refers to certain reports coming out of Washington:

These reports reveal the depth of the below-the-surface coordination between the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Libya and Jordan. This bloc of regimes and organizations is now becoming the greatest Islamist radical lobby ever to penetrate and infiltrate the White House, Congress, the State Department and the main decision making centers of the US government. All of this is happening at a time when the US government is going through its most strategically dangerous period in modern times because of its need to confront the Iranian Mullahs regime, which is expanding in the Middle East, as well as penetrating the United States, via powerful and influential allies.

Abdallah alleged that "the popular revolts in the Arab world -- and the Obama Administration's position towards them -- were determined by political battles between various pressure groups in Washington."

He followed up with another article this month in which he asks:

[W]hy isn't the West in general and the United States Administration in particular clearly and forcefully supporting our civil societies and particularly the secular democrats of the region? Why were the bureaucracies in Washington and in Brussels partnering with Islamists in the region and not with their natural allies the democracy promoting political forces?

Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism said of this article: "This is one of the most important articles I have read in years." He then made allegations of his own:

It was just revealed two days ago that FBI Director Mueller secretly met on February 8 at FBI headquarters with a coalition of groups including various Islamist and militant Arabic groups who in the past have defended Hamas and Hizballah and have also issued blatantly anti-Semitic statements. At this meeting, the FBI revealed that it had removed more than 1000 presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that was deemed "offensive." The FBI did not reveal what criteria was used to determine why material was considered "offensive" but knowledgeable law enforcement sources have told the IPT that it was these radical groups who made that determination. Moreover, numerous FBI agents have confirmed that from now on, FBI headquarters has banned all FBI offices from inviting any counter-terrorist specialists who are considered "anti-Islam" by Muslim Brotherhood front groups.

This comes as no surprise to me. In August of 2011, after making the case, I wrote, "To my mind, the alliance between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood is the cornerstone of Obama's New Middle East policy."

The most damning bit of evidence was reported by Herb London in his article, "U.S. Betrays Syria's Opposition":

In an effort to understand and placate Syrian opposition groups, Secretary Clinton invited them to a meeting in Washington. Most of those invited, however, have links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Missing from the invitations are Kurdish leaders, Sunni liberals, Assyrians and Christian spokesmen. According to various reports the State Department made a deal with Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood representatives either to share power with Assad to stabilize the government, or replace him if this effort fails. One organization, the Syrian Democracy Council (SDC), an opposition group composed of diverse ethnic and religious organizations, including Alawis, Aramaic Christians, Druze and Assyrians was conspicuously -- and no coincidentally -- omitted from the invitation list.

There’s a lot more.  Please read the rest of Belman’s article here

Dearborn Wild for Ron Paul

A bit too late for the primary, but we note that Osama Siblani’s pro-Hezbollah Arab American News has endorsed Congressman Ron Paul in the Republican primary.

In a rambling editorial that mirror’s Paul’s own non-sequiturial speaking style, the editorial praises Paul’s for his “noble stances” on foreign policy:

A return to true diplomacy with the likes of Iran and other nations deemed to be threats is the answer, the Air Force veteran Paul defiantly persists as he has for years in Congressional hearings, not continued policies of sanctions and interventions that cripple civilian populations along with hostile rhetoric and condemnations that often only serve as the pretext to more wars serving financial elites, part of the 'Military Industrial Complex' former president Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against.  (“Our endorsement: Ron Paul is the right man for the job”).

Anyway, the AAN is crazy for Paul because he’s opposed to all intervention in the Middle East and thinks Iran should have the bomb if they want one.

I’ve always known that Ron Paul’s foreign policy ideas are a disaster.  Why do so many conservatives take him seriously?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Maybe Just a Down Payment on ‘Enough’

Now we’re making progress. After 5 days of telling us that President Obama’s apology for U.S. forces accidentally burning defaced Qu-rans in Afghanistan is not “enough,” an Islamic official has finally named what he believes might be enough. From Gateway Pundit:

The top Iranian military Commander today said, “Nothing but burning the White House can relieve the wound of us, the Muslims, caused by the Burning of Quran in the US… And hang the commanders.”
Fars News reported:

A top Iranian military commander said the US helplessness in the confrontation against Islam is the real cause underlying the burning of the Muslims’ Holy Book by American soldiers in Afghanistan, and stressed that nothing but burning the White House and hanging the US commanders responsible for this cowardly action can relieve the Muslims’ pain.

“The US has committed such an ugly action and burnt Quran because of the heavy slap it has been given by Islam,”
Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said on Saturday.

He stressed Muslims’ sensitivity to the crimes underway in Afghanistan by the US forces, and said Muslims do not accept the US apology, because it makes numerous military mistakes and then just asks for the Afghans’ apology, and this is not acceptable.

“Nothing but burning the White House can relieve the wound of us, the Muslims, caused by the Burning of Quran in the US,” he underscored.

“Their apology can be accepted only by hanging their commanders; hanging their commanders means an apology,” he reiterated.

Obama has sent a letter to his Afghan counterpart Karzai, apologizing for the burning of copies of the Holy Quran.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Kira Davis apologizes to Karzai, too.  Thanks to Townhall and Gateway Pundit

‘Allah Makes Us Do It’

If you aren’t beginning to feel bullied yet, you will.

Right now, Afghanistan is in the middle of a storm of anti-western violence that the Washington Post mistakenly refers to as “fratricide.” (“NATO personnel recalled from Afghan ministries in wake of deadly attack”). It might be accurate in a normal world to call it fratricide when an ally turns his weapon on a brother in arms.  But there’s no way in hell Afghanis see us, or any infidels, as brothers.

A rampager in Kabul was quoted Friday explaining why Islamic rage can only expand, not contract, even when the leader of the free world has groveled.

“We don't care about Obama's apology,” said Kamaluddin, a 25-year-old Kabul protester who uses only one name. “We have to protest to be responsible to our God. They are burning our Quran. An apology is not enough.” (“Gunman kills 2 US advisers in Afghan ministry”).

We have to protest to be responsible to our God.” There’s the key thought. Muslims have to do this, otherwise Allah will hold them accountable. Now there’s a report out of Pennsylvania that a state judge dismissed an open-and-shut case against a Muslim defendant charge with assault and harassment:

The victim, Ernest Perce, wore a “Zombie Mohammed” costume and pretended to walk among the dead (in the company of an associate who was the “Zombie Pope” — and who, you’ll be shocked to learn, was not assaulted). The assailant, Talag Elbayomy, a Muslim immigrant, physically attacked Perce, attempted to pull his sign off, and, according to police, admitted what he had done right after the incident. The defense argued that Elbayomy believed it was a crime to insult the prophet Mohammed (it is, under sharia law), and that because he was in the company of his children, he had to act to end this provocation and set an example about defending Islam. (“The Sharia Court of Pennsylvania — the Transcript”).

The judge dismissed the case against the assailant, finding the defendant lacked any “intent to harass, annoy or alarm,” because he only intended “to have the offensive situation negated.”  Exactly.  (And when has that motivation ever led to an assault?)   The judge lambasted the victim, an atheist, for being ignorant about Islam, and told him “you’re way outside your bounds on First Amendment rights.”  The judge adopted the defense offered by the assailant’s attorney that in many Muslim countries “something like this is definitely against the law there. In their society, in fact, it could be punishable by death, and it frequently is, in their society.”

I’m putting to one side the judge’s abject unfitness to sit on an American bench because I’d like to focus instead on the assailant’s conviction that “because he was in the company of his children, he had to act to end this provocation and set an example about defending Islam.“

The case of Hamza Kashgari, the Saudi journalist who was repatriated to Saudi from Malaysia to face execution for tweeting an imaginary man-to-man conversation he had with Mohammed, is yet another illustration of this absolute requirement that every earthly insult of Islam requires at least one death, if not more. A senior Saudi cleric didn’t see how Kashgari’s apology possibly could change the conditions laid down by the Qu’ran: “’Repenting will not work…any man who insults God or our Prophet (PBUH) should be killed,’ he said.” (“Senior Saudi cleric says Twitter blasphemer should be killed even if he repents”).

If you haven’t noticed by now, defending Islam against insults – either by preventing them or avenging them – may be the single biggest motivating force among Muslims worldwide. Remove the imperative to defend Islam – or else -- and there would be no need to destroy Israel, or to have knocked down the World Trade Center, or to honor-kill one’s daughters, or to commit a suicide attack on a health clinic, or to stop off on your way home from the mosque to help slaughter Christians coming out of Mass – all targets routinely condemned by their Muslim attackers as constituting  intolerable offenses against Allah.

I’m not actually suggesting Islam could get rid of its absolute imperative to defend Islam, just trying an exercise to help imagine what the world would be like without it.  I don’t really believe Islam can be reformed that way.  The belligerent view is too essential to Islam, too much of a mirror of its founder’s intolerant character.

Every religion defends itself, of course, that’s not the problem. Right now Catholics in America are defending the Church against Obama’s tyrannical health-care mandates. Coptic Egypts in Christian are defending themselves against an Islamic drive for their extinction.   But no one is being murdered as part of that defense.

Perhaps the difference is that a billion Catholics around the world aren’t held personally responsible to avenge every insult against the Lord Himself, while a billion Muslims have been taught they’re “responsible to” Allah to defend his honor at the cost of their own lives, or someone else’s.

And it would be a good place to remember that the burning of the Qu’rans in Afghanistan was accidental. Yet still Allah demands blood. 

No wonder they hate us. We keep making Allah mad.

When one considers the amount of energy the Ummah devotes to making sure that every word or deed insulting to the Prophet is either stopped before it happens, or avenged to the uttermost, the advantages of a worldwide Sharia state immediately become obvious. If the entire world were run like Saudi Arabia, there would be so much less to avenge. 

And then . . . Peace?

Friday, February 24, 2012

McCain + Graham + Ikhwan

Andrew C. McCarthy at NRO  provides some much-needed perspective on the players in the Middle East’s uprising:


Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have taken time off from helping install an Islamist government in Libya (mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, with some help from al Qaeda) and calling for the arming of the Syrian “rebels” (mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, with some help from al Qaeda) to heap praise on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

The post-Mubarak regime for which democracy project enthusiasts like McCain and Graham clamored is poised to try Americans they have taken prisoner. This is a particular blow for the senators because they sit on the board of one of the NGOs at the center of the crisis — the International Republican Institute, a progressive endowment that is a clearinghouse for channeling millions of American taxpayer dollars for “civil society development” across the globe. The IRI has served as a McCain fiefdom since he was given control of it 20 years ago. It is one of the organizations whose members have been accused of violating Mubarak-era Egyptian laws that bar NGOs from receiving foreign funding — laws that the Muslim Brotherhood opposed because they made it harder for the Brothers to rabble-rouse under the guise of “promoting democracy.”

The Brotherhood, of course, actually seeks an Islamic state ruled by repressive sharia law. From the organization’s founding in the 1920s to this very day, its motto remains, “Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu Akbar!” Only a few days ago, its Supreme Guide in Egypt reaffirmed that the Brotherhood’s goal is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Its chief sharia jurist, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who explains that secular democracy is anathema for an Islamic society, has prescribed a gradual transition to sharia. Just three years ago, the Brotherhood’s leadership explicitly called on Egyptian youth to prepare for jihad — “raising young people on the basis of the principles of jihad so as to create mujahideen who love to die as much as others love to live, and who can perform their duty toward their God, themselves, and their homeland.”

The Brothers, furthermore, have unmitigated contempt for the West and seek the eradication of Israel. Qaradawi promises that Islam will conquer America and Europe and has issued fatwas approving suicide bombings in Israel and againstAmerican troops in Iraq. The terrorist organization, Hamas, is the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. The Brotherhood’s agents in America have written that their mission here is agrand jihad” to eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within by sabotage.

But why should any of that preclude warm words from the ummah’s favorite Republicans? 


Please read the rest of it at (“McCain & Graham [Heart] the Muslim Brotherhood”) 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FBI’s Mueller to Brotherhood’s ISNA: ‘I’m Your Puppet’

As reported it Monday’s Detroit Free Press:

After complaints from some Muslim and Arab-American groups, the FBI has pulled more than 700 documents and 300 presentations that stereotyped Islam or were factually inaccurate, an FBI spokesman said. The federal agency alsomickey marionette intends in coming weeks to roll out plans on how it will vet training materials.

FBI Director Robert Mueller announced the agency had pulled the documents at a meeting two weeks ago with advocacy groups.

"The steps taken by the FBI ... are certainly welcomed," Abed Ayoub said Friday. He is the national director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and a Dearborn resident.

Ayoub and members of six other religious or ethnic groups met with Mueller in Washington, D.C., to discuss their concerns. They expressed opposition to training materials and presentations by experts for FBI agents that they considered anti-Muslim. Some of the materials say Islam promotes violence and extremism. (“FBI ditches training materials criticized as anti-Muslim”).

Mueller’s meeting two weeks ago “also included leaders from the Islamic Society of North America; Muslim Public Affairs Council; Arab American Institute; Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Interfaith Alliance, and Shoulder to Shoulder, an interfaith group that stands with American Muslims.”

The FBI has no business meeting with leaders from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA was explicitly named as a Muslim Brotherhood front group in the “Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America” introduced as evidence during the 2007 Holy Land Foundation Hamas-financing  trial.  The kernel of that strategic goal is anchored on this blog right below DU’s masthead, where you can read about the Brotherhood’s “Grand Jihad” in “destroying Western civilization from within.”   During the Holy Land trial ISNA was expressly identified by the U.S. government as an unindicted co-conspirator in that case, specifically labeling ISNA as a “member of the US Muslim Brotherhood.”

MPAC is hardly better. The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has produced an 88-page report on MPAC that looks beyond its stated “magnanimous and genuine intentions,” to a consistent pattern in which it “routinely defended designated terrorist organizations; as well as individuals and charities that are supporters of terrorism; opposes U.S. counterterrorism measures as part of a consistent knee jerk reaction claiming bias and discrimination behind law enforcement efforts; and reflects a blatant conspiratorial anti-Semitism.”

Andrew C. McCarthy exposes MPAC as “(an organization with a history of praising the Brotherhood and Hezbollah — and of suggesting that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks).”

If you think the occasional meet-and-greet between Washington officials and any of a vast number of community organizations is just part of the way things are, you might want to consider that in 2010:

Main Justice, an independent news organization that covers the Justice Department, reported . . . that MPAC is “one of two Muslim-American organizations now attending regular meetings led by the Civil Rights Division and including government officials [from] the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies." (“MPAC Pursues Islamist Ideology in Guise of Civil Rights Defender”)

That sounds encouraging, no?  The DOJ’s Civil Division head Thomas Perez is a committed Progressive so broad-minded he was seriously entertaining Islamist advocates last October demanding “a legal declaration that U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination.”   Besides MPAC, the other Islamist group keeping personal coffee mugs in Perez’s conference room is Muslim Advocates.    These guys have formed an Axis with with MPAC, CAIR, and the ADC to suppress government efforts to address homegrown Islamic terrorism: primarily by forbidding agency personnel from ever using “Islamic” and “terrorism” in the same sentence.   Last fall we looked at all Muslim Advocates and MPAC were doing to initiate full sanitizing of  phrases like “violent Islamic extremism” from the FBI’s vocabulary. (“Train in Vain”).

While all that was going on in D.C., here in Detroit:

the head of the Detroit FBI office, Andrew Arena, met with about 50 Arab-American and Muslim leaders in October to address their concerns about anti-Muslim training.   And U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan worked on outreach, speaking on an Arab-American radio show to assuage concerns.

This latest concession by Mueller looks like another stage in the Axis’s sanitation operation.  The result is what Andy McCarthy calls  “the FBI . . . allowing itself to become a marionette whose strings are pulled by such groups as ISNA,” CAIR, and MPAC. 

How many stages can be left before FBI and Homeland Security are completely speechless to address the threat of jihad?

When is the nation’s premier counterintelligence organization ever going to learn?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Still on the Job In New York

New York Post writer Michal A. Walsh reports on the AP’s war on the New York Police Department’s anti-jihad efforts:

Looking for Jihad in all the right placesBy MICHAEL A. WALSH

There’s a reason New York City has not been hit by radical Muslim terrorists since Sept. 11, 2001, and its name is the New York City Police Department.

Closely watching wannabe jihadis not only at home but across the country and around the world, the NYPD has foiled countless terror operations, including plots to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, the subway system, the Stock Exchange, the trans-Hudson tunnels and JFK Airport, among others.

But try to tell that to the Associated Press, which for months now has been waging a journalistic jihad against the NYPD and its counterterrorism tactics in the name of “civil rights.”

The latest salvo, “NYPD Monitored Muslim Students All Over Northeast,” discloses that undercover officers kept tabs on various Muslim student organizations — often viewed as breeding grounds for freelance jihadism — across New York state and New England and patrolled their Web sites.

The NYPD “monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania,” writes Chris Hawley. “Police . . . recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed . . . names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.”

The AP story also breathlessly notes that “the latest documents mention no wrongdoing by any students,” even though “Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg repeatedly have said that the police only follow legitimate leads about suspected criminal activity.”

Was the AP born yesterday?

There’s always a gap between what public officials say to the “gotcha” media and what they actually must do — especially when it comes to terrorism. If officials could candidly talk about the daily reports they get about possible lethal jihadist activity, the country would be in a state of permanent panic.

So — like the Pentagon calling Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s murder of 13 defenseless service members at Fort Hood, Tex., in 2009 “workplace violence” — they publicly downplay localized, spontaneous jihad, even as they seek to combat it behind the scenes.

But in some quarters, the “civil rights” meme trumps everything, including self-preservation. It’s hardly “racist” to prudently note that Islamic religiosity characterized the 9/11 hijackers, Maj. Hasan and others and is used as a motivational tool by jihadis.

Nor is it “racist” to note that, too often across the Islamic world, believers pour out of mosques on Friday nights whipped into a frenzy by their imams and shouting “Death to America.”

What the NYPD is doing is simply good — and entirely legal — police work. The events of 9/11 obliged the department to transform itself from a municipal police force into a combination cop shop, intelligence service and paramilitary organization that can and does operate globally, not just locally.

But the modern left is dubious at best about the moral legitimacy of pro-active self-defense — thus the smugly selfrighteous AP series.

Most Americans — including Muslim Americans — get it.

The AP reports one monitored student saying of the cops: “I can’t blame them for doing their job. There’s lots of Muslims doing some bad things and it gives a bad name to all of us.”

That’s a voice of common sense and good will. There should be more like it.

On 9/11, America was shot in the back by 19 devout, praying Muslims, some of whom had infiltrated our nation posing as “students.” What the politically correct AP apparently sees as an “oppressed minority” is correctly viewed by the NYPD as a possible “suspect pool” for the next attempted terrorist attack.

Attempt they will. Al Qaeda may be operationally damaged, but the failed Times Square bombing serves as a potent reminder that eternal vigilance in the war against radical Islam is a price that even pacifist New Yorkers must pay for the right not to get blown up at Macy’s.

And if that offends the AP, tough.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Muslim Secrets Are Safe for Now

This post has been revised since it was first published. 

The Oakland Press and the Dearborn Press & Guide are teaming up in a series of video reports entitled “Muslim Secrets.” The videos are being produced by Oakland Press reporter Aftab Borka, a journalist from Pakistan who has done reporting for CBS. The first video in the series, asks American Muslims , “Do Muslims want sharia law in America? ” But rather than giving answers, the report only moves along the “Islamization of knowledge” in America.

Borka interviews a handful of Muslims, some of them religious figures, some not, like an Oakland University student and the chief of oncology at Beaumont. None of the them actually answered the question, “do you want Sharia law in America?” Nor did any of them define what Sharia is to them.

Instead, Borka explains thus: “Not surprisingly, every Muslim interviewed for this report had a different and not-so-straight answer. All of them had a different interpretation of Sharia law.”

“Not surprisingly”? I think that’s surprising.  Especially the tidbit about his interviewees not giving straight answers. Have Borka’s Muslims got something to hide?  Isn’t this supposed to reveal the American Muslims’ attitude towards Sharia, straight from the horse’s mouth? This doesn’t bode well for unveiling “Muslim Secrets.”

Combine the not-so-straight answers with the one point on which Borka’s sources do all agree: “don’t believe what the opponents say,” and it leaves a reader no place to turn for the facts.

So, “to understand what Sharia law really means” in the context of all this muddy thinking, who better can Borka  turn to than one who preaches Sharia – our old friend Dawud Walid.

“Well,” explains, Walid:

Sharia and law will not necessarily be the best two phrases to conjoin or combine together. But Sharia simply means a path toward faithfulness of how a Muslim seeks to live a life holistically pleasing God. This ranges from our ritual worship to regulating how we are involved in ethical transaction of businesses.

Clear enough? Notice the way Walid’s “range” carefully avoids mention of those aspects of Sharia which cause Americans the greatest alarm: executions for leaving Islam, fatwas against non-Muslims who criticize Mohammed, honor killings, the Friday-after-mosque riots of violence against Christians, the reduction of women to chattels, the inferior status in Muslim lands of nonMuslims , and the endless slaughters wreaked by jihadis whose motivation – documented in miles of martyrdom videos – were, to use Walid’s euphemistic phrase, “to live a life holistically pleasing God” by slaughtering infidels.

Walid also hasn’t got a word to say about the political applications of Sharia, according to which Islam the religion and Islam the government power “conjoin” to rule absolutely in nations with Muslim majorities.

I have the feeling the people bringing us “Muslim Secrets” aren’t going to give us an honest answer to their own questions.

All that Borka tells us about Walid is that he’s “a well-known Muslim leader in southeast Michigan, and chairman of Council of American Islamic Relations.”  

Is that all?  Borka’s an experienced journalist and, even if he really didn’t know anything about Walid before, (which I can’t believe), an hour’s research would have confirmed a bucketful of facts about Dawud Walid that are directly relevant to the question “do you want Sharia in America?”

1. Walid’s organization, CAIR, is a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikwhan) and front organization for Hamas, and is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas-financing trial.

2. In 1998, CAIR’s national chairman, Omar Ahmad, told his Muslim listeners that

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.

3. The Muslim Brotherhood’s/Ikhwan’s stated goal in North America

is kind of a grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions. [...] It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.

4. Walid is a consistent supporter of Hamas, though he keeps his references to Hamas veiled, as in this speech in 2010:

Now how in the world can there be a realistic discussion about peace talks when the entity which represents the elected government of the Palestinian people during a fair election that was monitored by international inspectors, including former president Jimmy Carter is not at the peace table? *

5. When Hamas seized power in Gaza in 2007, it promptly began imposing Sharia. (“Report: Hamas makes tactical retreat from Sharia-enforcing thuggery”).

6. Now that the Ikhwan has majority power in Egypt, it intends to impose Sharia on all Egyptians, including Christians.

Not only does Borka’s reporting utterly fail to look at all sides – citing not a single critic of Sharia while avoiding all substantive analysis of what it means – but Borka uses Walid, (or vice versa) to level the same old attacks against “random blogs” and, as Walid loves to repeat, “a ‘highly-funded, well-organized Islamophobia network’ for projecting a wrong perception since Sept. 11, 2001.”

Which is another fact Borka owed us that I left off my list above, that the Muslim Brotherhood, through its front group, the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), invented the concept of “Islamophobia” as a way “to silence critics of political Islam.”

As far as Walid will admit, no scholar of Islam anywhere in America has ever supported the adoption of the harsh principles of the Qu’ran in the United States. Ideas to the contrary have simply “been manufactured and projected by the Islamophobic industry in the United States of America.”

Walid’s ridiculous challenge to find five imams who are calling for chopping off hands in the USA is intended to misdirect readers away from the actual demands that CAIR and other Muslim groups are making all the time: primarily in the form of speech codes forbidding criticism of Islam and unwritten practices and policies that favor Muslims out of fear of being accused of anti-Muslim bias.

Walid, (and many of those “well-financed random blogs” like this one), are well aware that the capacity of Muslims to impose Sharia in a country where they are a minority is much different than in countries where Muslims are a majority.  As Andrew McCarthy observes:

Where Muslims are a tiny minority, and where countervailing cultural forces are robust enough and unapologetic enough to hem in Islam’s supremacist ambitions, Islam can be moderate and its adherents solid citizens. Where sharia is permitted to spread its wings, liberty is strangled. And where Muslims are a majority turned loose to enforce sharia, it is . . .  a “human-rights disaster.”

The relevant question, Do Muslims want Sharia in America?, is never answered.  Not even close.

*Walid loves to speak between the lines. In a portion of the Borka video not included in the published transcript, Borka narrates that Walid “is even against the death penalty in America.” When Borka asks Walid if he “personally believes that there is no place for these harsh (Saudi-style) punishments that we see around the world in America,” Walid doesn’t answer yes or no, detouring instead into an irrelevant  commentary about what he considers the “harsh punishment” of executing convicts in the United States “based on circumstantial evidence.”  I’ve never heard Walid  provide a straight answer to anything.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

On the Bright Side, We Can Call it an Anti-Muslim Hate Crime

In the latest of at least 20 arrests on terrorism-related charges in the in the last year, Amine El Khalifi, was arrested by the FBI yesterday “a few blocks from the Capitol . . . carrying what he believed to be a loaded automatic weapon and a suicide vest ready for detonation.” (“Federal agents arrest Amine El Khalifi; he allegedly planned to bomb Capitol”).

Earlier on Friday, in preparation for his martyrdom, Khalifi “prayed at Dar Al-Hijrah, a Northern Virginia mosque.” The mosque’s imam, Johari Abdul-Malik happened to be leading prayers at the Capitol for Muslim personnel, including Keith Ellison, around the time Khalifi was planning his departure for Paradise.  The Washington Post reported the imam’s reaction  in an early version of its story on Friday, which has since been revised to remove the statement:

“Clearly the alleged perpetrator... has no regard for Muslim leaders either from our mosque or from the leadership of Muslims in America,” said Johari Abdul-Malik, prayer leader of the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Northern Virginia, after leading the prayers in one of the meeting rooms of the Capitol.

“Whoever this guy was, if he was aiming for the Capitol, he would have gotten all of us,” Abdul-Malik said.

Imagine the nerve of this suicide bomber. So was hoping to blow up the Capitol Building and a lot of infidels. But he would have gotten us too!

And Allahu Akhbar To You Too

And now the Underwear Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, at last leaves Michigan for s supermax cell, condemned to four consecutive life sentences, plus fifty years. (“Attempted bomber of Detroit-bound plane gets life in prison”).

But as he departs for good he has offered us one last lesson about the faith to which he is devoted, if we have ears to hear: “Mujaheddin are proud to kill in the name of God. And that is exactly what God told us to do in the Koran.”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

‘Pregnancy Is Not a Disease’?

On Friday night the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a response  to President Obama’s  statement about the HHS contraception mandate being modified to “accommodate” conscience rights of religious believers. 

February 10, 2012

Regulatory changes limited and unclear
Rescission of mandate only complete solution
Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act

WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:

The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in the complex process of providing that healthcare. That is why we raised two serious objections to the "preventive services" regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August 2011.

First, we objected to the rule forcing private health plans — nationwide, by the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen—to cover sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion. All the other mandated "preventive services" prevent disease, and pregnancy is not a disease. Moreover, forcing plans to cover abortifacients violates existing federal conscience laws. Therefore, we called for the rescission of the mandate altogether.

Second, we explained that the mandate would impose a burden of unprecedented reach and severity on the consciences of those who consider such "services" immoral: insurers forced to write policies including this coverage; employers and schools forced to sponsor and subsidize the coverage; and individual employees and students forced to pay premiums for the coverage. We therefore urged HHS, if it insisted on keeping the mandate, to provide a conscience exemption for all of these stakeholders—not just the extremely small subset of "religious employers" that HHS proposed to exempt initially.

Today, the President has done two things.

First, he has decided to retain HHS's nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients. This is both unsupported in the law and remains a grave moral concern. We cannot fail to reiterate this, even as so many would focus exclusively on the question of religious liberty.

Second, the President has announced some changes in how that mandate will be administered, which is still unclear in its details. As far as we can tell at this point, the change appears to have the following basic contours:

·It would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in all the policies they would write. At this point, it would appear that self-insuring religious employers, and religious insurance companies, are not exempt from this mandate.

·It would allow non-profit, religious employers to declare that they do not offer such coverage. But the employee and insurer may separately agree to add that coverage. The employee would not have to pay any additional amount to obtain this coverage, and the coverage would be provided as a part of the employer's policy, not as a separate rider.

·Finally, we are told that the one-year extension on the effective date (from August 1, 2012 to August 1, 2013) is available to any non-profit religious employer who desires it, without any government application or approval process.

These changes require careful moral analysis, and moreover, appear subject to some measure of change. But we note at the outset that the lack of clear protection for key stakeholders—for self-insured religious employers; for religious and secular for-profit employers; for secular non-profit employers; for religious insurers; and for individuals—is unacceptable and must be corrected. And in the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer's plan, financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. This, too, raises serious moral concerns.

We just received information about this proposal for the first time this morning; we were not consulted in advance. Some information we have is in writing and some is oral. We will, of course, continue to press for the greatest conscience protection we can secure from the Executive Branch. But stepping away from the particulars, we note that today's proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services.

We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government. For example, we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. And we renew our call to the Catholic faithful, and to all our fellow Americans, to join together in this effort to protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all.

‘This Will Make Them Like Us’

The Wall Street Journal invites readers to “Meet the men the U.S. might release as a goodwill gesture”:

The Taliban FiveThe Obama Administration is pursuing peace talks with the Taliban, and as a goodwill gesture it has been leaking the news that it may pre-emptively release five of their leaders held at Guantanamo. We thought you might like to meet them.

Their identities are an open secret, and last week the White House gave a restricted briefing to a few Members of Congress to win their support. The men are among the 46 out of 171 detainees left at Gitmo that an Administration review in 2010 deemed "too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution." Two years later, these detainees are evidently no longer too dangerous.

These upstanding citizens are:

• Mohammad Fazl, around age 45, was the senior-most Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan and their deputy defense minister when captured in November 2001. He was at the Qala-i-Jangi fortress, outside the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, when hundreds of Taliban prisoners revolted against their captors in the Northern Alliance. CIA operative Johnny Michael Spann died in the melee, becoming the first American casualty of the Afghan war. A confidential annex of the Administration's 2010 review suggests that Fazl may be responsible for Spann's death.

According to his secret 2008 Gitmo file, which was published by WikiLeaks, Fazl also commanded foreign fighters in Afghanistan and "possessed vast power and financial resources."

He was close to Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. Before 9/11, Fazl commanded troops in central Afghanistan who massacred hundreds of Hazaras, a Shiite Muslim ethnic minority. His Gitmo file also says the Iranian government suspects him of "being connected" to the killing of its diplomats in Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998.

• Mullah Norullah Nori served with Fazl in northern Afghanistan and was with him at Qala-i-Jangi fortress. The U.S. suspects him of involvement in Spann's murder. He is an alleged war criminal for his role in the massacre of Shiite Afghans, which he has told his Gitmo interrogators were justified by the Taliban's desire to "establish their ideal state."

• Mohammed Nabi was "a senior Taliban official" who helped smuggle weapons to attack U.S. troops and finance the Taliban. He is one of a few leaders who was, according to his Gitmo file, "loyal" to the Haqqani network, a terrorist group based in western Pakistan and allied with the Taliban. He has a record of poor behavior while in custody at Guantanamo.

• Khairullah Khairkhwa, former Taliban governor of Herat province in western Afghanistan, was "directly associated" with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, his interrogators say. He met often with officials from Iran, which has tried to undermine post-Taliban Afghanistan. Khaikhwa says he's also a friend of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and his lawyers say he wasn't ideologically committed to the Taliban.

• Abdul Haq Wasiq, 40, was the deputy head of Taliban intelligence, which tortured and murdered civilians. His Gitmo interrogators say he has withheld what he knows about outside Islamist groups that the Taliban worked with to fight the U.S., and he may belong to al Qaeda. His release, says an intelligence source, would be "highly problematic."

The Administration's plan seems to be to turn these five over to the custody of the Qatar government. But once there the U.S. will have lost all leverage over their fate, and the likelihood is that they will eventually be released outright, be traded in a prisoner exchange, or escape. Some or all are likely to rejoin their terror trade.

Congress can't stop these transfers, but it can raise a fuss. At a minimum, Fazl and Nori ought to be properly investigated—and perhaps put on trial—for Spann's murder and war crimes committed in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The release of the confidential sections of the Gitmo review related to the Spann case would also inform a public debate and address widespread concerns on Capitol Hill about any transfers.

The bigger question is why the U.S. would trade anyone in exchange for nothing more than a Taliban promise to talk. As they see the U.S. heading for the Afghan exits in 2014, with military combat operations ending by 2013, the Taliban have little incentive to make any concessions. They know they merely have to wait.

One of the failures of the Afghan campaign is that we still haven't killed or captured Mullah Omar. By freeing the Taliban's senior figures from Guantanamo, President Obama will send another signal of weakness that will make them even less likely to negotiate in good faith.


Friday, February 10, 2012

CAIR’s Crusade

Clifford D. May writes from NRO:

CAIR’s Crusade against The Third Jihad

M. Zuhdi Jasser is a physician, a U.S. Navy veteran, an American patriot, and a Muslim who does not hold with those who preach that Islam commands its followers to take part in a war against unbelievers.

The Third Jihad, a documentary film that Jasser narrated, takes a hard look at those Muslims who are waging this war — both with bombs and by stealthier means. The film had been among the educational materials used to train New York City police officers dealing with terrorism. Then, last month, the New York Times went on what one might call a crusade against the movie, publishing a series of articles branding it a “hate-filled film about Muslims” and calling on Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to “apologize for the film . . . and make clear that his department does not tolerate such noxious and dangerous stereotyping.”

In the first of its stories, the Times charges that the film “casts a broad shadow over American Muslims.” That ignores the unambiguous statement with which the documentary opens: “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical.”

The story quotes Jasser as saying in the film: “This is the true agenda of Islam in America.” But what Jasser actually said in the film is that jihad is “the true agenda of much of the Muslim leadershiphere in America.”

Jasser has long argued — and he’s hardly alone in this — that the leaders of some of the wealthiest and most powerful organizations that claim to represent American Muslims are not as moderate as they’d have you believe. Prominent among such organizations is CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which appears to have been the driving force behind the coverage in the Times and in the Village Voice before that. The Times quotes CAIR spokesmen saying how outraged and offended they are by the film.

The Times chooses not to inform readers that CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in the U.S. to date, the 2007 U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation et al. The Times neglects to report that the FBI has broken all ties with CAIR. The Times also does not mention that last year CAIR’s national organization lost its status as a tax-deductible charity after it failed to file required annual reports detailing revenues for three consecutive years as required by law. (The Times has raised pointed questions about funding for The Third Jihad. Why no interest in where CAIR’s money comes from?)

The paper never bothered to interview Jasser. Nor did the Times quote Robert Jackson, the only Muslim on the New York City Council, who told other reporters that while he “initially thought from reading about [the film] that it cast a negative image on all Muslims . . . it does not. It focuses on the extreme Muslims that are trying to hurt other people.” The Times turned down an op-ed by former secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge and former CIA director (and current chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies) Jim Woolsey defending the film.

The Times’s stories present not a single factual error in the documentary. However, illustrating the first story was an image of the White House with a black Islamic flag flying above it. The Times called that “a doctored photograph,” leaving readers to infer that the filmmakers had done the doctoring. In fact, the filmmakers found that image on a jihadi website. (Such images are common on such websites, as any reporter working the terrorism beat should know.)

CAIR calls itself a Muslim “civil rights” organization, and most of the major media take it at its word. Jasser has pointed out that one of the main missions of such groups is to silence critics — to deprive them of their right to free speech. One of the ways this is done, Jasser says, is by making it appear that Muslim reformers are themselves extremists and, what is more, that they are “not part of the community (ummah), and so subject them to takfir (declaring them apostates). That is what the vicious distortions about this film do to my work and the work of so many others within the House of Islam who are trying to publicly take on the American Islamist establishment.”

Jasser adds: “Political Islam is the lifeblood of groups like CAIR; they will never publicly acknowledge its incompatibility with western liberalism and Americanism. Were Americans ever to finally become educated on the slippery slope between nonviolent Islamism (political Islam) and Islamist militancy, the legitimacy of these Muslim-Brotherhood-legacy groups would evaporate.”

The barriers to providing such education are growing. Mayor Bloomberg has denounced The Third Jihad. The NYPD has stopped showing it. CAIR is not at all satisfied. The organization has demanded that Commissioner Kelly resign and that the police department “offer a concrete plan to help counter the misinformation about Islam and Muslims provided to almost 1,500 officers through the screening of The Third Jihad.” That won’t be the end of it. Author Bruce Bawer noted in an op-ed this week: “Criticizing Islam is now a punishable offense in several European countries.”I happened to have read Bawer’s piece while waiting for a train in New York’s Penn Station. About the same time, I heard an announcement on the public address system: “If you see something, say something.” Zuhdi Jasser has seen something. CAIR wants him to shut up about it. And CAIR has friends in high places.


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Ayan Hirsi Ali on Muslim Persecution of Christians

The Daily Beast excerpts Ayan Hirsi Ali’s Newsweek article.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith.

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali | February 6, 2012

We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.

The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate. In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In some countries it is governments and their agents that have burned churches and imprisoned parishioners. In others, rebel groups and vigilantes have taken matters into their own hands, murdering Christians and driving them from regions where their roots go back centuries.

The media’s reticence on the subject no doubt has several sources. One may be fear of provoking additional violence. Another is most likely the influence of lobbying groups such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation—a kind of United Nations of Islam centered in Saudi Arabia—and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Over the past decade, these and similar groups have been remarkably successful in persuading leading public figures and journalists in the West to think of each and every example of perceived anti-Muslim discrimination as an expression of a systematic and sinister derangement called “Islamophobia”—a term that is meant to elicit the same moral disapproval as xenophobia or homophobia.

But a fair-minded assessment of recent events and trends leads to the conclusion that the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other. The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent expression of religious intolerance has to stop. Nothing less than the fate of Christianity—and ultimately of all religious minorities—in the Islamic world is at stake.

. . . . .

As Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, pointed out in an interview with Newsweek, Christian minorities in many majority-Muslim nations have “lost the protection of their societies.” This is especially so in countries with growing radical Islamist (Salafist) movements. In those nations, vigilantes often feel they can act with impunity—and government inaction often proves them right. The old idea of the Ottoman Turks—that non-Muslims in Muslim societies deserve protection (albeit as second-class citizens)—has all but vanished from wide swaths of the Islamic world, and increasingly the result is bloodshed and oppression.

So let us please get our priorities straight. Yes, Western governments should protect Muslim minorities from intolerance. And of course we should ensure that they can worship, live, and work freely and without fear. It is the protection of the freedom of conscience and speech that distinguishes free societies from unfree ones. But we also need to keep perspective about the scale and severity of intolerance. Cartoons, films, and writings are one thing; knives, guns, and grenades are something else entirely.

As for what the West can do to help religious minorities in Muslim-majority societies, my answer is that it needs to begin using the billions of dollars in aid it gives to the offending countries as leverage. Then there is trade and investment. Besides diplomatic pressure, these aid and trade relationships can and should be made conditional on the protection of the freedom of conscience and worship for all citizens.

Instead of falling for overblown tales of Western Islamophobia, let’s take a real stand against the Christophobia infecting the Muslim world. Tolerance is for everyone—except the intolerant.


Read the rest of it here.

Kill Pill, Vol. 2

Just yesterday, Reich Gesundheitsminister Kathleen Sebelius explained her diktat forcing religious organizations to provide contraception and abortion-inducing drugs this way: “virtually all American women” use contraceptives at some time or other, and “we have a large body of medical evidence showing it has significant benefits for their health, as well as the health of their children.” (“Kathleen Sebelius: Contraception rule respects religion”).

But considering that the purpose of contraception is to prevent the birth of children, I’m not sure what Sebelius has in mind for how it benefits the preventees’  health. Nor do I get how abortion-inducing drugs are beneficial to the health of their users’ children, when the object of the “preventive treatment” is to prevent them surviving.

Okay, I’m being unfairly ironic at Sebelius’s expense when I pretend I don’t know what benefits she has in mind from universal free birth control. I know she means that preventing births protects mommy’s sanity, which makes her a much better mommy to the one or two little skypers she actually wants.

Indeed, Sebelius’s whole explanation expands on her theme that contraception, including “morning-after” drugs that work by getting rid of an already-conceived baby – fall within the broad meaning of “preventive services,” like “Vaccinations for children,” and “cancer screenings for adults.” As a public policy, “pregnancy” thus ranks as a malady on the order of breast cancer or polio, best headed off before it can take hold.

Maybe Komen can come up with a ribbon for that. 

Sebelius also wants us to understand that, in addition to being all but universally used by women, birth control is also “very expensive,” a situation that “puts it out of reach for many women whose health plans don't cover it.”  Don’t ask how something  expensively out of reach is universally used.  She may as well be talking about cell phones.

Today, President Obama’s campaign adviser David Axelrod is talking about compromise, in hopes of tempering some of the outrage among (some) Catholics, too many of whom can be counted on to vote for Obama again.  Towards this end, the White House now thinks it can strike a balance between the HHS diktat and freedom of religion. Says Axelrod: “We certainly don’t want to abridge anyone’s religious freedoms, so we’re going to look for a way to move forward that both provides women with the preventative care that they need and respects the prerogatives of religious institutions.” (“White House May Look to Compromise on Contraception Decision”).

This captures the whole bent scheme in a few words. “We don’t want to abridge anyone’s religious freedoms”? According to the Supreme Law of the Land, (and no, that isn’t a reference to Roe v. Wade), abridging someone’s religious freedom is prohibited absolutely. Why talk about not wanting to do it unless you believe you can do it if you really wanted to?

The Republic is now facing a situation in which a fundamental First Amendment right is being balanced against – not a comparable fundamental right – and not even a Congressional act – but a decision handed down by an unelected cabinet member. 

And now, as I expected it would, the media has finally had time to deploy the stories about the widespread use of birth control by Catholics in spite of Church teaching. Not to mention all the Catholics who “support the contraception mandate generally.” That’s 58% of Catholics, according to the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog. (“Catholics support White House contraception mandate”).

Really? Do that many informed, practicing (Mass-attending) Catholics actually support the idea that Catholic hospitals should be forced to provide Plan B pills for free? You have to be extra careful when you see numbers like those. The same writer who gave us that number also says this: “While Catholic Church teaching proscribes the use of artificial birth control to avoid conception, 98 percent of Catholics use contraception, according to separate surveys.” If 98% of all Catholics are using contraception, that only leaves 1.5 million who aren’t using it.    The 98% also has to include all children, older people, widows, widowers, and most religious and priests.

And speaking of  children, are we really supposed to believe that all the babies baptized as Catholics every year are being produced by only 2% of the Catholics not hip enough to be practicing “preventive health care”?

Clearly that 98% is total bullshit.  It’s only there to bend your mind.