September 5, 2007
Picture this: A dramatic rise in attacks on minorities by white supremacist skinhead and similar groups occurs. Members of the White Aryan Resistance, the Aryan Brethren Church and others come out of the woodwork and begin to appear on television news venues, articulate and very dapper as they play the role of apologists for the former, but always with a hint of validation and justification as they disavow the escalating violence. For some unfathomable reason, they are softballed by the media, legitimizing them further with each passing day.
Would this scenario disturb you?
In this space last week, I excoriated The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a terrorist-connected, criminal organization hiding behind an innocuous, corporate “civil rights advocacy for Muslims” façade. I still hold to this; the extraordinary (and very sobering) phenomenon was what followed the column’s publication: I was inundated with information from readers, colleagues and bloggers who have been following CAIR and similar organizations over the past few years. If I painted a frightening picture last week — as they say, “brother, you aint seen nothing yet.”
Although CAIR is “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group” (from www.cair.org), there are literally dozens of equally active “major” (and perhaps hundreds of “minor”) groups (Let’s call them “cells”) operating throughout the United States. Aided by people whom they are in a position to reward (financially or through political support) and deluded diversity worshippers, they are garnering significant political power through attrition and public apathy.
“On September 8, 2007, Ahmad Al-Akhras, close advisor to Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and president of the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio (IFCO), will host Siraj Wahhaj as guest speaker at an IFCO fundraising dinner here in Columbus. Mayor Coleman has appointed Al-Akhras to numerous Columbus city government boards, commissions and committees.”
– Central Ohioans Against Terrorism, August 30, 2007
By way of general affiliation, Mayor Michael Coleman supported the Kerry-Edwards ticket in 2004. Siraj Wahaj (born Jeffrey Kearse) was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and is Imam of Al Taqwa mosque in New York.
Ahmad Al-Akhras, the Mayor’s “close advisor,” is a CAIR Board Member.
“An Open Letter from CAIR to the ADL” (Jewish Anti-Defamation League), released on August 30, 2007, chastised the ADL for “smearing the good name of an organization [CAIR] with a proud history of standing for justice and mutual understanding.” It’s not that I believe CAIR thinks the ADL’s leaders were born yesterday; this is clearly a public relations attack, a sympathy play for the American public’s consumption. For the ADL’s part, their “offense” was simply calling CAIR what they are.
The Iranian-American Council (AIC) is an organization that ostensibly “provides for a sustainable dialogue and a more comprehensive understanding of US-Iran relations.” [From AIC Mission Statement] Its American supporters are all left-leaners, and its rhetoric, while never acerbic, suggests that the United States’ involvement in Iranian politics is essentially to blame for the fact that “since the Iranian revolution of 1979, Iranian society has existed in an abnormal state.” (From “The Discourse of Democracy to the Discourse of Normalization in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Hooshang Amirahmadi, Professor of Planning and International Development and the Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, and President of the American Iranian Council, May 29, 2007).
These cells are supported by brainwashed and misguidedly guilt-ridden Americans such as the “Reverend” Jim Sutter, a far Left agitator with bogus credentials and a nefarious history. He attacks those who scrutinize these pro-Muslim cells with outlandish claims of racism which the targets are compelled to answer, lest the public take their silence as an implicit admission of guilt.
“Jihad Watch” (www.jihadwatch.org), published by prominent political author Robert Spencer, is one of the most well-known purveyors of reliable information addressing behind-the-scenes machinations of stateside-based Islamic organizations. Groups such as CAIR and IAC have now taken up the practice of pressuring corporations and universities to block Jihad Watch as a “hate-speech” site on their servers. We know this, of course because avid readers subsequently write to JW and alert them. Fallen to pressure and PC cowardice so far are dozens of major corporations.
This type of blackmail has been used by far Left organizations since the ‘Nineties (in fact, quite a few universities block certain news magazines without any coercion whatsoever, a hypocrisy even in the face of their convoluted perception of First Amendment rights), but it is only recently that these Islamic cells have capitalized on this tactic.
“CAIR has so perfected the art of spin that I don’t think even you would catch the con job until it was over. At least, I’d bet that the innocents at Paramount didn’t have a clue that the screening they arranged for the movie ‘A Mighty Heart’ [starring Angelina Jolie] was a ruse to make CAIR, the terror-supporting organization, look good.”
– From “A Mighty Spin: Paramount in Bed with CAIR,” Arlene Peck, Israel Hasbara Committee (IHC), July 31, 2007:
Last week I called for the disbanding of CAIR and the jailing of its leaders. Now, I’m calling for something far more extreme.
I’m sure there were millions of pre-World War II Germans who would have been mortified had they known what Hitler had in mind vis-à-vis slave laborers and concentration camps. Indeed, some might have changed history with their actions. But many who did hear what Hitler intended didn’t believe it. When the proverbial excrement hit the fan, all they could do was obey and cooperate under pain of death.
“Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and has now become the second largest religion in the United States.”
Gee — that must mean a lot of converts… or does it?
In America, there are probably between 1.8 and 3 million practicing Muslims in America, based on a cross-section of statistics. Most of these have come from the Middle East and Pakistan over the last 20 years. I am quite certain that many Americans count these among their friends, perceive no threat from them, and would find any comparison between them and the aforementioned “good Germans” preposterous. Their neighbors and colleagues at work supporting terrorists, let alone picking up a gun at some unforeseen juncture? Pshaw!
The Koran, however, expressly sanctions this type of duplicity during the subjugation of a dominant culture; this especially gives me pause since Muslims don’t believe in microwave wars. They have always thought of wars in terms of centuries or even millennia, as opposed to neat little month or two mop-ups.
Is watching one’s neighbor with a jaded eye paranoia, or a violation of his privacy or civil rights? My grandfather, a second-generation German, worked for the telephone company during World War II (he had served in the Cavalry during WWI, so he wasn’t at the top of the draft list). He tapped his German-descended neighbors telephone lines at the behest of his superiors who were cooperating with the Federal government. Why? Because they knew that there were German-descended Americans who were also Nazi sympathists — and they had no idea how far they would go in helping to manifest Hitler’s dream.
Is it any more paranoid, a violation of privacy or civil rights than community watch groups that keep tabs on serial child rapists? The purulent scourge of Political Correctness leads many Americans to say “yes,” which illustrates how weak and sick some of us have become in our thinking — and quite scrupulously validates my point. In 2004 in Russia, terrorists seized a school and blew themselves up along with 300 children.
Apparently it isn’t enough for the American public that CAIR’s predecessor, the American Muslim Council (AMC) was unmasked as a Wahhabist terrorist-supporting front, nor that radical Muslims have infiltrated our military and intelligence community, ostensibly secure organizations. What’s the challenge in a well-trained cell sequestering itself in, say, some suburban neighborhood and carrying out an attack akin to the one in Russia?
Only time will tell whether Americans have the capacity to “realize (the threat) and mobilize” as we have in the past, or whether we’ve become a society of blind, insane morons who refuse to believe the guy on the other end of the gun actually has the capacity to pull the trigger.
I’ve admitted previously to being kind of a twisted guy; I keep having this visual of television’s Mr. Rogers beckoning “Won’tcha be my neighbor?” — then the AK-47 comes out from behind that ridiculously dated, grandfatherly sweater.
Fade to black…
Erik Rush is a contributor of social commentary to numerous print and online publications. Born in New York City in 1961, from 1975 to 1986, he worked as a studio, club, and stage musician and in biomedical research. In 1986, Erik relocated to the Southwestern U.S.
In 2002, his first novel, “The Angels Fell” was released. His nonfiction book “It’s the Devil, Stupid! (Our Real Enemy and Why We Don’t Talk About Him)” was published in June 2006.
Erik is also a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc., and is acting Associate Editor and Publisher of TheRealityCheck.org. In addition to work and his family, he also participates in the Praise band and martial arts at his church and enjoys writing music, remodeling, and refinishing guitars. His entertaining and informative (if bizarre) website can be found at www.erikrush.com.
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