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MY TWO SENSE
Ted Cruz: ISIS is the Face of Evil
Sen. Ted Cruz responded to President Obama’s statement on Iraq on Saturday, criticizing him for failing to properly address the threat posed by ISIS.
“Sadly what’s happening in Iraq is the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy,” Cruz said, pointing out that since Obama took power, America’s leadership has receded.
Cruz spoke at length about the crisis in Iraq with reporters following his appearance at the Faith Leadership Summit in Iowa.
“What ISIS is doing in Iraq is unspeakable; ISIS is the face of evil,” Cruz said. “ISIS right now is crucifying Christians in Iraq. Crucifixion is not something that just occurred 2000 years ago; they are doing it right now today. ISIS is beheading children who are Christians in Iraq.”
Cruz suggested that the United States acting militarily to thwart the terrorist threat posed by ISIS was a worthy goal, but that Obama should make the case.
“ISIS right now is fighting with U.S. weaponry, with Abrams tanks from America that they seized,” he said.
Cruz reminded that the leaders of ISIS were so extreme they were thrown out of Al Qaeda.
“That says something,” he said. “That’s not easy to do,”
Cruz added that he was glad that President Obama had decided to take the threat of ISIS seriously, pointing out that Obama dismissed them earlier this year as “Junior Varsity.”
“The president’s foreign policy team utterly missed the threat of ISIS, indeed, was working to arm Syrian rebels that were fighting side by side with ISIS.”
America needed to remain vigilant, Cruz said, to avoid a hostage situation, or a situation where Americans in Iraq were put in danger.
Obama’s demands for a political solution in Iraq were naive, Cruz suggested, pointing out that the Sunni and Shite factions in the country were clearly divided. He added that he was concerned that Obama was acting out of political motivation.
“History has taught us that America gets in trouble in military engagements when we get involved on the whims of politicians, without a clearly defined objective.” Cruz said.
“We Don’t Understand Real Evil, Organized Evil, Very Well. This is Evil Incarnate.” TOWNHALL.COM by HUGH HEWITT, 8-9-14
“We Don’t Understand Real Evil, Organized Evil, Very Well. This is Evil Incarnate.”
That title is a quote from former Ambassador Ryan Crocker, quoted in Peter Baker’s fine piece in Friday’s New York Times’ on the president’s decision to sort-of, kind-of, maybe strike against ISIS.
Baker’s quote of Crocker, who served as President George W. Bush’s Ambassador to Iraq and President Obama’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, is worth reading in its entirety:
“This is about America’s national security,” said Ryan Crocker, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.”
This is the chilling reality of the war in which we continue to find ourselves, a reality that the American left –of which the president is the condensed, 100 percent concentrated version– refuses to believe: that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, or Hamas, or any Islamist not named bin Laden is a threat to the United States. The president and his ideological allies especially refuse to consider any facts that are inconsistent with their conclusions, even facts that line up as direct threats to America, because they’d rather live in ignorance and danger than validate in any way W’s view of the world and of the crucial necessity of staying involved in the Islamic world, helping our genuine allies and fighting our genuine enemies there.
That was the terribly difficult “middle ground” that Bush and Vice President Cheney knew the U.S. had to occupy, possessing as they did (and still do) a perspective that understood that we and the rest of the West are not at war with Islam but with a virulent, radicalized and very violent strain of Sunni Islamist extremism, every bit the match of the Khomeinism that gripped Iran in the late 1970s and holds on to it still. This latter terror was not opposed by Jimmy Carter and nearly 40 years later still threatens the West in new and more menacing ways. The Sunni equivalent nested first in Afghanistan, was beaten back there, in western Iraq in the person of Zarqawi, and across the globe until, after the election of President Obama, it was granted a reprieve and regrouped and reorganized, and is growing fast and very strong now in western Iraq and other places around the globe.
The left will want to argue that Bush created ISIS, an absurd but predictable last ditch effort to build a weak wall against the reality that people like Lawrence Wright and Bernard Lewis have been arguing against for more than a decade. Indeed, Baker found the pitch perfect representative of the school of pretend-it-doesn’t-exist to quote for his piece:
“This is a slippery slope if I ever saw one,” said Phyllis Bennis, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, a research organization for peace activists. “Whatever else we may have learned from the president’s ‘dumb war,’ it should be eminently clear that we cannot bomb Islamist extremists into submission or disappearance. Every bomb recruits more supporters.”
This point of view is sadly the dominant one within the White House, and the president’s very minimalist response last night should not confuse people about the crucial fact that he is one with Bennis in worldview. I quoted on my show yesterday but requite here to emphasize its importance, President Obama’s very revealing, very candid assessment of ISIS, made to the New Yorker’s David Remnick in a much overlooked but crucial piece from January:
At the core of Obama’s thinking is that American military involvement cannot be the primary instrument to achieve the new equilibrium that the region so desperately needs. And yet thoughts of a pacific equilibrium are far from anyone’s mind in the real, existing Middle East. In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.
“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”
He went on, “You have a schism between Sunni and Shia throughout the region that is profound. Some of it is directed or abetted by states who are in contests for power there. You have failed states that are just dysfunctional, and various warlords and thugs and criminals are trying to gain leverage or a foothold so that they can control resources, populations, territory. . . . And failed states, conflict, refugees, displacement—all that stuff has an impact on our long-term security. But how we approach those problems and the resources that we direct toward those problems is not going to be exactly the same as how we think about a transnational network of operatives who want to blow up the World Trade Center. We have to be able to distinguish between these problems analytically, so that we’re not using a pliers where we need a hammer, or we’re not using a battalion when what we should be doing is partnering with the local government to train their police force more effectively, improve their intelligence capacities.”
This point of view cannot be reconciled with the facts on the ground in western Iraq, or Nigeria, or Mali, or Somalia or indeed in Gaza. It must oblige the president o almost double over with the pains of cognitive dissonance when confronted with the rampage and slaughters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As Remnick pointed out, this worldview is “the core” of the president’s understanding of the world, the equivalent of Reagan’s view of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” It is the Rosetta Stone to understanding everything President Obama has done –and mostly not done– since becoming president in 2009. He departs from it only when the televised pictures he and his advisors see –whether from Libya as Qaddafi marched towards Benghazi with the intention of slaughtering his opponents or of ISIS trapping children on mountains– persuade him that, if only because the poor, emotional American people won’t put up with such picture, he has to pretend to do something.
It isn’t really “appeasement” which at least recognized evil and tried to buy it off, though it issues in policies that look like those that were produced by appeasement. It is rather a child-like anti-intellectualism, an academic’s withdrawal from reality into endless faculty meetings where debates about parking spaces and tenure displace the reality of the world outside of the 90-minute meeting committee process.
Because this worldview is fully in control of the American military, national security and diplomatic powers, we will do nothing about al-Baghdadi for at least two more years when, hopefully, an heir to Reagan arrives to reintroduce American power and influence in the world. American power does not always and everywhere mean military power, but it does include it and it ought to be used, especially when a long standing ally like the Kurds are threatened by barbarians at their gates, and not in a haphazard, half-gesture of concern from the skies. A reflexive horror of “boots on the ground” gripped Carter as it grips Obama, and the president who follows Obama will have to reintroduce the world to the prospect of dealing with American military might.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi understands he is up against a paper mache president right now, and is acting accordingly, as are his arch enemies –the mullahs in Iran– and their half-brothers in Hamas and their generous uncle in Moscow. As do the Chinese. The good news is that there are Abbotts and Harpers about, and especially Netanyahu. They have their counterparts within the GOP and those men and women are finding their voices. Even this pretend-to-be-president president may be obliged to act if the ISIS fanatics go too far and too fast. They lack brakes because they believe God is on their side. What they might do that might wake even this president is pretty horrible to consider but if you have seen what they are doing in Iraq, you must understand they’d gladly do whatever they could to deeply injure America again.
It is an ongoing, never-ending-in-our-lifetimes global conflict and it isn’t going away, no matter how many iPads we produce or where LeBron plays or how Johnny Football does. I like most Americans treasure my diversions from the reality of this awful situation, but presidents don’t get to live a life disconnected from them and deeply connected to fairways and greens.
It is hard to imagine how far ISIS will have spread its evil by the time January 2017 brings a new resolve to the White House. Hopefully the seriousness of this situation adds to the repudiation of the president and his party of go-along yes men and women at the polls in November, and a rebuilding of the Department of Defense can begin in earnest in January 2015.
It didn’t have to be this way. W’s generals and their troops won the war in Iraq. President Obama booted away the peace and the intricate coalition that held it in place when he abruptly pulled a residual American force from Iraq in 2011. This is a sequel to what happened in Vietnam in 1975. This time there are no boat people because there is no ocean and there are no boats. Just slaughter. And this time the enemy isn’t going to stop with conquering their country and incursions into a few local countries.
“This is evil incarnate,” as Ambassador Crocker put it so succinctly and well. Evil incarnate doesn’t fill out brackets, or rest or grow weary. It marches on and sneers at the delusions of its enemies who don’t even know they are the target.
MY TWO SENSE
Normally I would insert the direct link to this post of Hugh Hewitt’s, however, due to malfunctioning that was impossible. This article is easily found on the “Townhall.com” website.
Is this REAL reason for Brotherhood crackdown?
Islamist group ‘creating own military and terrorist apparatus’
Published: 2 hours ago
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TEL AVIV – The Egyptian army launched their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood after evidence indicated the Islamist group was creating its own military and terrorist apparatus, a high-ranking Egyptian intelligence official told WND.
The official further stated al-Qaida-linked jihadists have been making their way to the Sinai Peninsula as part of a Muslim Brotherhood effort to accumulate its own independent force.
That force was being coordinated with the Brotherhood’s main political and militant ally, the Jihadi Salafist group, the official said. Yesterday, Egyptian police arrested Mohammed al-Zawahiri, leader of the Salafist group and brother to al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The Egyptian intelligence official further stated Turkey has been aiding the Muslim Brotherhood military and terrorist efforts, including with financial support funneled through international firms.
Turkey has also been working with Hamas to aid the so-called rebels in their fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials previously speaking to WND.
The Gazan group was specifically asked to help the rebels construct underground tunnels and to advise the jihadist-saturated rebels on adopting some of the tools Hamas previously put to use to confront Israel.
The Egyptian intelligence official confirmed to WND the Hamas-Turkish cooperation and claimed it extended to the Muslim Brotherhood, which asked Hamas to aid in their efforts to build a military wing.
The information may give a larger context for the Egyptian military’s actions and to the ramifications of President Obama’s response to the spiraling violence.
“We appreciate the complexity of the situation,” Obama said in his comments on the situation last week. “The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest.”
Obama further canceled a U.S.-Egypt biannual joint military exercise, which was scheduled for next month, and warned the U.S. government could reassess financial aid to the Egyptian military.
Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities announced they are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group as the army continues to break up Brotherhood protest actions across the country.
Those actions have reportedly included attacking churches, Christian homes and businesses.
Is this REAL reason for Brotherhood crackdown? (iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist.com)
Is this REAL reason for Brotherhood crackdown? (mobile.wnd.com)
Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood (jewishpress.com)
Muslim Brotherhood apologist Josh Rogin cries in his Beer (iowntheworld.com)
Muslim Brotherhood plots ‘armed struggle’ (mobile.wnd.com)
‘Palestinian smugglers fire on Egyptian soldiers’ (timesofisrael.com)
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The European Union is outraged
More than 40,000 people have been slaughtered in Syria and the death toll rises daily. The European Union does not appear to be particularly concerned. North Korea’s rulers have launched a three-stage rocket, moving closer to their goal of developing a nuclear-tipped ICBM, and they’re sharing nuclear weapons technology with the world’s leading sponsors of terrorism in Iran. The EU does not seem to be worrying about that either. Israel is considering building homes on barren hills adjacent to Jerusalem. The EU’s 27 foreign ministers said they were “deeply dismayed,” and warned Israel of unspecified consequences if the plan is carried out.
The European Union – recent winner, I should note, of the Nobel Peace Prize — has its priorities. So let’s talk about what the Israelis are doing to so distress them.
The area in which Israel may build covers 4.6 square miles. For the sake of comparison, Denver International Airport is 53 square miles. Known as E1, this area lies within a territory that has a much older name: the Judean Desert. Might Jews think they have a legitimate historical claim to the Judean Desert? This question is rarely asked.
For Israeli military planners, E1′s strategic value is more germane than its history. Developing it would help in the defense of Jerusalem, and connect Jerusalem to Maaleh Adumim, an Israeli town with a population 40,000. Media reports note that both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital. Media reports often fail to note that right now both Jews and Arabs live in Jerusalem — for the most part peacefully, with both populations growing – while Hamas vows to forcibly expel every Jew from Jerusalem. Such threats of ethnic cleansing also do not trouble the EU much.
It has been widely reported that if Israel should build in E1, the possibility of a two-state solution would be shattered. The New York Times was among those reporting this but, to the paper’s credit, it later published a correction, stating that building in E1 actually “would not divide the West Bank in two,” nor would it cut off the West Bank cites Ramallah and Bethlehem, from Jerusalem. Anyone looking at a map would see that.
People forget, or perhaps choose not to remember, that Israelis always have been willing to give up land for peace, including land acquired in defensive wars. Historically, that has not been a common practice for a very sound reason: Aggression can be deterred only if it carries substantial risk. Nevertheless, Israelis gave up Gaza and the Sinai, and have offered to give up more land — at least 97 percent of the West Bank, retaining only those areas absolutely necessary for national security.
Israelis do want something in exchange: an end to the long conflict they have been fighting against those who insist that the Jewish people, uniquely, has no right to self-determination, no right to independence, no right to self-rule within their ancient and ancestral homeland.
What Israelis have received instead: Missile and terrorist attacks and, last week, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal at a rally in Gaza proclaiming that “jihad,” armed struggle, will continue until Israel is defeated, conquered, and replaced – every square mile — by an Islamist theocracy.
“Since Palestine is ours, and it is the land of the Arabs and Islam,” he said, “it is unthinkable that we would recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation of it. Let me emphasize that we adhere to this fundamental principle: we do not recognize Israel . . . The Palestinian resistance will crush it and sweep it away, be it Allah’s will.” He added: “We will free Jerusalem inch by inch, stone by stone. Israel has no right to be in Jerusalem.”
Within the EU there was a debate about whether to comment on that. Eventually, pressure from Germany and the Czech Republic led the EU to issue a mild rebuke to Hamas — a single paragraph in a three-page statement focusing on Israel’s “dismaying” behavior.
Mahmoud Abbas, regarded as a moderate Palestinian leader, could not bring himself to call Mashaal’s latest threats wrong – or even unhelpful. Instead, Azzam Alahmed, a senior official in Abbas’ Fatah organization described Mashaal’s speech as “very positive,” because it stressed the need for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. Such reconciliation would be achieved not by Hamas softening its positions, but by Fatah more explicitly agreeing that Israel’s extermination – rather than a two-state solution – remains the Palestinian goal, the final solution, if you will.
Just after the conclusion of the truce halting the most recent Hamas/Israel battle, Abbas went to the UN General Assembly to request that Palestine be recognized as a “non-member state.” The outcome was never in doubt – the UNGA, which cannot with a straight face be described as a deliberative body, has a reflexively anti-Israeli majority. Abbas’ action was a blatant violation of the Oslo Accords under which any change in the Palestinian status is to come about only through negotiations with Israel.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman laments that “the Europeans in general, and the European left in particular, have so little influence” in Israel. He is puzzled as to why that is. He insists that, “it’s incumbent on every Israeli leader to test, test and test again – using every ounce of Israeli creativity – to see if Israel can find a Palestinian partner for a secure peace” Only by so doing, he adds, can Israel “have the moral high ground in a permanent struggle.”
If “creative” Israelis were to find such a partner, would Friedman be able to arrange a life insurance policy for him? And between those threatening their neighbors with genocide – which is, indisputably, what Hamas is doing — and those offering to negotiate peace with its neighbors – which is what Israel is doing — can there really be ambiguity about who holds the moral high ground?
Evidently, there can – at least for Friedman and the EU and, I’m afraid, lots of other folks around the world. Israelis, and their few friends around the world, may just have to learn to live with that as best they can.
- Jews in the Judean Desert? (vineoflife.net)
- ‘Abbas criticizes Mashaal for refusing to recognize Israel’ – Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)
- Abbas condemns Hamas leader’s call for the destruction of Israel (timesofisrael.com)
- Netanyahu blasts international community for staying quiet amid Hamas calls for Israel’s destruction (timesofisrael.com)
- Where’s the outrage against Hamas? (miamiherald.com)
- Abbas hints at dissolving PNA to protest against Israeli settlements (nzweek.com)
Obama works to avert Israel-Egypt break as Gaza violence persists
In conversation with Egypt’s Morsi, American president condemns rocket fire from Strip, defends Israel’s right to self-defense; Egyptian FM to Clinton: Stop Israeli aggression.
By Barak Ravid | Nov.15, 2012 | 1:27 PM |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, March 5, 2012. Photo by Amos Ben Gershom GPO
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to prevent any damage in the Israel-Egypt peace accord that might result from Operation Pillar of Defense taking place in the Gaza Strip. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke last night with Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, and asked him not to take action that would worsen tensions with Israel.
Israel did not brief the United States in advance about its plan to assassinate the head of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, or regarding the date of the start of this Gaza operation. However, during talks held by National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror at the White House early this week, he made clear that Israel is prepared to carry out a military action in Gaza.A top American official stated that the United States wanted to make certain that Egypt will not take irreversible steps regarding its relations with Israel, and its peace accord with Israel. According to the U.S. official, Washington believes that Egypt needs to play a moderating role, and act to curb escalation and restore stability.The same official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has relayed a message to U.S., indicating Israel’s preference for avoiding continued escalation, but also clarifying that Israel will proceed with this operation as long as is needed to bring an end to missile attacks against it.The White House released a statement on Wednesday regarding the phone conversation between Obama and Netanyahu, indicating that the” President reiterated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians.””The president urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties. The two agreed that Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel to allow the situation to de-escalate,” the statement added.Immediately after this discussion with Netanyahu, Obama phoned his Egyptian counterpart, Mohammed Morsi, a talk held a few hours after Egypt decided to recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv for consultation in Cairo. A senior U.S. official indicated that the Obama government had hoped that the Egyptians would not recall their ambassador from Israel; however, this official added, the Egyptian response was relatively measured, and not irreversible.In the conversation with Morsi, the White House statement noted, “President Obama condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense. The two leaders agreed on the importance of working to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and agreed to stay in close touch in the days ahead.”In tandem with the Obama-Morsi discussion, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a phone call with her Egyptian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. The latter told Clinton that the United States should intervene immediately in order to halt “Israeli aggression” against the Gaza Strip.Speaking today following a special discussion he convened in his office to discuss the situation in Gaza, Morsi said that he was doing everything in his power “to stop Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and stop bloodshed.””Israel needs to understand that we won’t accept the aggression that negatively affects the security and stability of the region,” Morsi said.
- Egypt asks US to stop Israel’s Gaza offensive (thehindu.com)
- Obama warns Hamas after deadly Israeli attacks (worldbulletin.net)
- Obama Talks With Israel, Egypt On Gaza Attacks (huffingtonpost.com)
- U.S. Working to Avert Israel-Egypt Break (gestetnerupdates.com)
- What’s happening in Gaza? (salon.com)
- Rocket Attacks, Airstrikes Resume After Israeli Fire Kills Top Hamas Leader – New York Times (nytimes.com)
- Obama speaks to Netanyahu, Morsi about Gaza escalation (haaretz.com)
- Egypt mediating Israel-Hamas truce as more than 100 rockets hit south – Haaretz (haaretz.com)
- Israel braces for Obama ‘payback’ after re-election (dailystar.com.lb)
- Betting on the wrong horse: The night Benjamin Netanyahu will not soon forget – Haaretz (haaretz.com)
Turkish Airlines to Sponsor Anti-Israel “Hatefest” in Illinois
By: Fern Sidman
An organization calling itself American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) has announced that they will be holding a four-day event called the “Conference for Palestine in the US: A Movement United,” in suburban Chicago from November 22-25. It has been reported that Turkish Airlines is one of the major corporate sponsors of the conference which is currently scheduled to take place at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort. The official state carrier of Turkey will be contributing as much as $15,000 for the event and in order to encourage attendance has announced that the “first 200 registrants will be entered into a raffle to win an international airline ticket from Turkish Airlines.”
Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst at www.RadicalIslam.org and a contributor to FOX News has reported in an article of October 16th that one of the central themes of the conference will be the successful establishment of Islamist interfaith partnerships with such Christian evangelical leaders as the Reverend Donald Wagner of “Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding” who is also slated to address the conference.
According to their web site, the mission statement of American Muslims for Palestine calls for attention to be brought to “the people of Palestine who have been living under occupation for decades,” adding that, “we believe once Americans know the truth that their tax dollars support the longest-lasting and the last military occupation in modern history, they won’t stand for it and will demand that Congress change our foreign policy in the Middle East to one that is more balanced.”
In an article of September 24th, author Michael Rubin of Commentary Magazine says, “American Muslims for Palestine is not any ordinary organization. Its home page depicts the conference logo — a map of Palestine made from birds showing the Palestinian state encompassing all of Israel. So much for the two-state solution.” He adds that, “The AMP conference is due to feature Fadwa Barghouti, wife of imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti, currently serving five life sentences for murder. For several years, the AMP has worked to promote nakba (catastrophe) commemorations on college campuses, with a goal to delegitimize Israel’s existence. The group’s national campus coordinator moved to disrupt a speech by the Israeli ambassador at UC-Irvine back in 2010.”
Moreover, the roster of confirmed speakers at the conference reads like a “Who’s Who” of prominent Muslim Brotherhood personalities. According to Mr. Mauro’s investigation, “AMP board member Osama Abu Irshaid, another speaker at the conference, has described the firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas as a form of “legitimate resistance.” Abu Irshaid had previously been the editor of an Arabic publication sponsored by the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine, which according to the American Muslim Brotherhood’s internal documents identify it as having been one of its fronts set up to support Hamas.”
Also addressing the convocation will be Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As has been previously reported, the federal government named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial, listing it among “individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee.” Awad declard his support for Hamas in 1994. In 2004, he refused to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah, instead choosing to call them “liberation movements.
Other speakers include Safaa Zarzour, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Society of North America. FBI investigators identified ISNA as a Muslim Brotherhood front group as far back as 1987. A 1991 American Muslim Brotherhood document also lists it as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” Jamal Badawi, a founder of the Muslim American Society, another Muslim Brotherhood front, has gone on record in justifying suicide bombings. In February 2009, he criticized the West for describing “martyrs” from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as terrorists. In March 2010, he said Islam justifies the “combative jihad” of Palestinians.
As recently as October 13th, the AMP participated in a conference sponsored by the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East called, “Jews in Solidarity with Palestinians,” that was moderated by Ali Abunimah, a co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and author of “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.”
Adding his name to the litany of apologists for the Palestinian cause and a featured speaker at the conference will be leftist Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, a former lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa. He has proffered the theory that Israel has engaged in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and blames the creation of the Jewish state for the lack of peace in the Middle East, arguing that Zionism is more dangerous than Islamic militancy, and has called for an international boycott of Israeli academics. Pappe supports the one-state solution, which envisages a binational state for both Palestinians and Israelis.
A campaign to exert pressure on the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort to cancel the conference is now underway by the grassroots Jewish community of Chicago. Cheryl Jacobs Lewin, Chicago chapter chairperson of Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI), has said, “Since the AMP has known ties to Hamas, we are asking of the management of the Oak Brook Hills Marriott how they can justify renting their hotel to a group that has been designated by the US State Department as a terrorist organization.” She added, Let’s not forget that the Muslim Brotherhood, whom the AMP clearly alligns itself with, was responsible for the recent destruction of the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and that the Brotherhood was also responsible for “security” in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the murders of four Americans, including the US Ambassador.
Offering his perspectives on the controversy swirling around the upcoming AMP conference, author Ryan Mauro said, “Can you imagine the outcry if this was an event by Christian extremists like the Westboro Baptist Church or an event about mocking Mohammed? I bet the hotel would cave rather quickly. This conference features speakers who legitimize Islamist violence and terrorist groups. In my article, I identified ten speakers that are closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood or promote it. Ten. At one event. How many would have to be there for the media to notice and for the hotel to think twice?”
He added, “The hotel shouldn’t be expected to be terrorism experts, but they should be expected to cancel their hosting of the event when confronted with the facts. The extremism of the speakers and their links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are thoroughly-documented.”
- Turkish Airlines to Sponsor Anti-israel “Hatefest” in Illinois (righttruth.typepad.com)
- Brotherhood/Hamas-Linked Activists Gather in Illinois for Extremist Event (counterjihadreport.com)
- State Dept. Officials Meet With Brotherhood-Linked Activist (counterjihadreport.com)
- Destroy-Israel Conference Comes to Illinois (frontpagemag.com)
- Destroy-Israel Conference Comes To Illinois (lynleahz.com)
- Destroy #Israel Conference Comes to #Illinois (iranaware.com)
- Emir visit deepens Fatah-Hamas rift (thehindu.com)
- Qatar ruler visits Gaza in boost to Hamas (thehindu.com)