Saturday, May 14, 2005

Muslims Against Terrorism

Today’s Free Muslims Against Terrorism march will hopefully garner tens of thousands of Muslims against terror. But don’t bet on it. This rally is seen by some as an overdue response to the nagging public perception, right or wrong, that American Muslims have been too hushed in their criticism of Islamic extremists. Critics think it's the right message, but Nawash is the wrong messenger.

Why should the messenger determine whether the message is worth supporting? Rancher

President of the Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism Kamal Nawash says "Muslim American leaders hesitate to come down hard on terrorism, not because they support the violence, but because they share with terrorists the dream of a theocratic Islamic state."

What the hell is Iran? I think the reason is many Muslims support some terror, especially against Israel. Rancher

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent civil rights and advocacy group based in Washington, bridles at Nawash's characterization of CAIR and other Muslim American organizations as doing practically nothing to denounce terrorism. Hooper lists dozens of anti-terror actions, from a small rally held in Dallas in October 2001 to condemning specific acts as they've occurred.

CAIR is a direct outgrowth of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). According to Oliver Revell, the FBI's former associate director of Counter-Intelligence Operations, the IAP "is an organization that has directly supported [the Palestinian terror group] Hamas' military goals.

Here are some other anti-terror actions from CAIR. (Hat tip Daniel Pipes)

In October 1998, the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as "the sworn enemy," finding this depiction "offensive to Muslims."

In 1998 CAIR denied bin Laden's responsibility for the twin East African embassy bombings.

In 2001, CAIR denied his culpability for the Sept. 11 massacre.

The conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing it deemed "a travesty of justice." The conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, it called a "hate crime." The extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook it labeled "anti-Islamic" and "anti-American."

When President Bush closed the Holy Land Foundation in December for collecting money he said was "used to support the Hamas terror organization," CAIR decried his action as "unjust" and "disturbing."

On Feb. 2, 1995, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named Siraj Wahhaj as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the attempt to blow up New York City monuments. Yet CAIR deems him "one of the most respected Muslim leaders in America" and includes him on its advisory board.

Maybe Hamas isn’t a terrorist organization.

A Chronology of Terrorist Attacks Carried out by Hamas Since September 2000

Or maybe it is.


The turnout was less than expected and expectations were low. Hey Muslims! We think you support terrorism and you fail to do anything to change our minds. We think you like it when innocent men women and children are murdered in order to change policy . Why do we feel this way? Because you talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.


John said...

CAIR is a terrorist organization!

Rancher said...

They support and raise funds for, and apologize for, and founding members were, terrorists. That should qualify them as terrorist. But gee wiz, they’re training the FBI in Muslim sensitivity! You’d think the FBI would know a terrorist when they see one.

Jason_Pappas said...

These so-called moderate Muslims who are having a rally can easily say they don’t support terrorism or that terrorism is incompatible with Islam. Of course, that’s a lie, but free speech means you can do just that – lie.

I’d be impressed if they can state that Mohammad’s example in Medina – where he ethnically cleansed Medina of Jews – is a regrettable episode of a flawed human being. I’d be impressed if they expressed shame and regret for Islam’s bloody 1400 year history and say they repudiate the Haddith and parts of the Koran urging opposition to other faiths.

I’m not holding my breath.

Rancher said...

Jason, I think that the sponsors of this march are sincere and deserve our support.

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