The Struggle for Civilization
- The Struggle for Civilization
has been long and hard and is not getting any easier. As always we
have a variety
of action items to discuss.
Action Items Tell Fred Thompson to Just Say No to Spencer Abraham
Stop the Saudi and arab Gulf States arms deal, Stop arming arafat's
and his gang, Just Say No to a so-called "palestinian state". Stop
Edwards, Clinton, and Obama. Tell President Bush to be a Churchill
not a Chamberlain.
Probably the biggest reason for the defeat of so many Republicans in
the 2006 House and Senate elections was the failure of President
Bush to remain stalwart in his opposition
to the enemies of civilization.
When President Bush supported the Dubai Ports Deal he harmed not
only his own political ability to accomplish very much, he harmed
other Republicans because disenchanted Republicans and Independents
and Democrats who support the struggle for civilization stayed home
while Defeatist Democrats and other Isolationists turned out to vote
against Republicans in those elections. Today President Bush
continues to call for a so-called
"palestinian" state. By doing so he makes a terrible mistake which
will continue to weaken support for Republicans in future Federal,
state and local elections. The President also is arming the so-
called "palestinian" terrorist faction led by Abu Abbas, a.k.a. Abu
Mazen, arafat's long time henchman and deputy, and is also seeking
to arm the Saudis and other Arab Gulf States. These terrible
mistakes by the President must be reversed.
please go to http://www.whitehouse.gov
and tell President Bush to end his support for a so-
called "palestinian" state, and to stop arming the terrorist gang
led by arafat's long-time henchman and deputy, the Holocaust Denier
Abu Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, and to stop supporting the arms deal
that would arm Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States.
In politics one does not usually get very many second chances.
Voters tend to
judge Presidential candidates early on, often by who they pick as
mates once they are nominated, or through other gaffes. In 1972 for
George McGovern picked Senator Eagleton as his running mate.
out to have been given shock therapy. McGovern quickly said he was
Eagleton one thousand percent, shortly before getting Eagleton off
and choosing a new running mate. But the bad first choice of a
helped to doom the McGovern Presidential campaign.
Fred Thompson's choice of Spencer Abraham as his campaign manager
for the 2008
Presidential race makes McGovern's choice of Eagleton look good by
We like Fred Thompson, and all of the other mainstream Republicans
running for President this year. We do not like any of the Democrats
running for President this year, though we could support a write in
Joe Lieberman, or a draft Lieberman campaign on either ticket for
Vice President given the right circumstances. For instance if the
picked a Defeatist as its nominee, someone who would cut and run
from Iraq, and
the Democrats picked Lieberman we would support Lieberman over such
nominee. We hope that you would too.
We like a whole lot about Fred Thompson.
for instance, take this new item:
"Wednesday, June 06, 2007 by Staff Writer
Fred Thompson coming to Israel
Fred Thompson, US presidential hopeful and former star of the hit
series "Law & Order," is scheduled to make his first visit to Israel
Thompson, who is said to have a fair chance of winning the Republican
presidential nomination, will meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert,
Minister Tzipi Livni and various other senior officials during his
Of the dozen or so candidates contesting the nomination, Thompson is
most supportive of Israel.
The former actor, who has also served as a US senator, bucked popular
international sentiment by insisting in a hard-hitting editorial
Israel has been almost too careful in its war on Palestinian
"Israel is at war," Thompson wrote for the conservative website
And the Jewish state has gone to "incredible lengths to stop the war
them without harming Palestinian non-combatants."
Thompson is also on record as supporting an Israeli military strike
should international diplomacy fail to prevent the Islamic Republic
obtaining nuclear arms.
....Thompson was one of the sponsors of the Jerusalem Embassy Act
the US government move its embassy to the Israeli capital in
Palestinian claims to the city."
We were shocked and horrified to hear that Fred Thompson had
Abraham as his campaign manager. We love Fred Thompson and need your
reach out to Fred Thompson to tell Fred Thompson to Just Say No To
Abraham as his campaign manager.
We found some material on Spencer Abraham to share with you here.
We hope that you will find it helpful in prompting you to tell Fred
Just Say No to Spencer Abraham as his campaign manager and to just
say no to the
rest of the pro-arabist appeasers out there who do not recognize
President Bush has said is true:
"President Bush Discusses Terror Plot Upon Arrival in Wisconsin
Austin Straubel International Airport
Green Bay, Wisconsin
THE PRESIDENT: The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now
about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic
will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt
I want to thank the government of Tony Blair and officials in the
for their good work in busting this plot. I thank the officials in
D.C. and around our country who gather intelligence and who work to
American people. The cooperation on this venture was excellent --
between U.K. and U.S. authorities and officials was solid. And the
amongst agencies within our government was excellent.
This country is safer than it was prior to 9/11. We've taken a lot
to protect the American people. But obviously, we're still not
because there are people that still plot and people who want to harm
us for what
we believe in. It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the
States of America. And that is why we have given our officials the
need to protect our people.
Travelers are going to be inconvenienced as a result of the steps
we've taken. I
urge their patience and ask them to be vigilant. The inconvenience
is -- occurs
because we will take the steps necessary to protect the American
Again, I appreciate the close cooperation between our government and
government of the United Kingdom. The American people need to know
we live in a
dangerous world, but our government will do everything we can to
people from those dangers.
To quote President Bush's statement above:
"This nation is at war with Islamic fascists." It is also at war
racists who want to see arabs as the new Aryans. The Baath Party,
Iraq, and still runs Syria, was founded in Syria when Syria was a
and France was under nazi control.
Baathism, is pure and simple, nazism repackaged with arabs as the
While we supported President Bush in 2004 and continue to support
of Iraq and of Afghanistan the President has made some mistakes. The
Deal was one such blunder. Arming arafat's deputy and successor, Abu
a.k.a. Abu Mazen, is another such mistake, as is the proposed arms
provide weapons to the Saudis and other arab Gulf States.
When President Bush is right we support him, when he is wrong we
call upon him
to change his mind.
Those of us who are opposed to appeasement know that it does no good
cause to have our President bowing and scraping to the appeasers.
Whether that President is George W. Bush today or Fred Thompson
want a strong President, who is Pro-America and Pro-Israel, not a
a Presidential candidate who is in bed with the enemies of America
URGENT ACTION ITEM:
We have a mixed bag of news about Fred Thompson.
We were very happy that Former Tennesse Senator Fred Thompson,
served on the advisory board of the legal defense fund for Libby,
and urged President Bush
to pardon him. If Fred Thompson enters the race for the Republican
nomination for President in 2008 he may be the odds on favorite to
win that nomination, at least
according to a variety of political observers, and could thus be
well on the way to becoming the next President of the United States.
It is refreshing to note that Fred Thompson, who played a prosecutor
on TV's "Law and Order" series, was not taken in by real life
prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald.
"I am very happy for Scooter Libby," Thompson said. "I know that
this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. This will
allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume
Happily Fred Thompson is not the only person not to be taken in by
real life federal prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald. See more on that
STOP THE COUP.
URGENT ACTION ITEM:
We hope that Thompson will also not be taken in by his campaign
manager. In fact
we urge everyone who can do so to DEMAND that Fred Thompson name a
campaign manager altogether.
"Fred Thompson names anti-Israel ex-senator as campaign manager
Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, who has yet to
officially announce his candidacy, has chosen as his new campaign
manager and ex-senator who is reviled by many within the party for
being soft on Islamic terrorism and an enemy of the Jewish state.
As of last week, Thompson's campaign is being run by former Michigan
senator Spencer Abraham, who is best known for his total opposition
almost any form of realistic border control between the US and
But Abraham, who is a Christian of Lebanese descent, has also carved
out an image of himself as a facilitator and supporter of anti-US and
anti-Israel Islamic fundamentalism.
During his one term in the Senate, Spencer was the driving force
behind a bill that granted more than $250 million in US taxpayers'
money to Hizballah-controlled southern Lebanon. Nearly every penny
went into the terror group's pocket.
His next move was to exhort American Muslim Association (AMA)
Agha Saeed as a positive influence on the US political scene. That
despite the fact that the AMA had recently sponsored events that
incited violence against the Jews and upheld Hizballah and Hamas as
models for Muslims everywhere.
In 2000, just months before his electoral defeat and the end of his
short legislative career, Spencer was one of only two senators who
refused to sign an open letter condemning escalating terrorist
by Yasser Arafat's PLO against Israeli civilians.
It was previously reported that Thompson was planning to visit Israel
in the coming months in order to gain more perspective on the Middle
East peace process. That visit, if it still happens, is expected to
take on a whole different tone with Spencer Abraham in charge of
URGENT ACTION ITEM:
We were also disturbed by a recent Thompson comment broadcast on
covered him, in which Thompson came out for religious displays, in
this case a
"creche", on public property.
We hope that Thompson turns out to be "a uniter not a divider", and
his position on that issue, and support the Strict Constructionist
Constitutional separation of religion from government at all levels.
be recalled that most Americans whose ancestors came voluntarily to
escape religious persecution,which the unity of government and
religion so often
brings with it, seek a nation that is tolerant of all faiths, and
particular faith over any other faith.
URGENT ACTION ITEM:
Contact Fred Thompson and tell him that America needs "a uniter not
Contact Fred Thompson's supporters too. To reach Fred Thompson's
the message that while we love Fred Thompson we do not want to see
Abraham as Fred Thompson's campaign manager. click on the urls below:
as the data at the url above indicates, Fred Thompson is with the AEI
The American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Main telephone: 202-862-5800
Main fax: 202-862-7177
the url below provides contact information for the AEI itself
one can only hope that they would forward material to Fred Thompson
if you click on the url below
you will be taken to this article:
"Hamas Does Disney
By Fred Thompson
Just when you think you've seen just about everything; in this case
about that video of the Palestinian children's show featuring a
Mouse character. An awful lot of you have watched this footage,
websites and then played on television news shows. For the few who
squeaky-voiced Disney icon is shown encouraging Palestinian children
martyrs in the struggle to achieve worldwide domination starting
destruction of Israel.
This message isn't new by the way. The ruling Palestinian party,
music videos that encourage the youngest children to become suicide
Hamas website for children is filled with the same hateful
Public-service announcements on Palestinian television feature a boy
supposedly killed by Israeli soldiers, calling out to other children
him through martyrdom.
We hardly ever hear about this stuff though. What made the Mickey
Mouse video go
viral, to use the Internet term, was its use of an image we're all
with. We know Mickey Mouse as a symbol of childhood happiness and
It's shocking to see this image used to encourage children to become
It's even more shocking given the current political situation. The
people are suffering badly right now. The flow of international aid
to them has
been slowed because their government refuses even to pretend it
trying to destroy Israel.
Nevertheless, support has been growing in the U.N. and Europe for
financial aid. The two competing Palestinian factions, Hamas and
agreed to stop killing one another and get back on message blaming
Once again, the international press was parroting the notion that
violence is caused by Israel's security fence and border
checkpoints. The tide
seemed to be turning.
So, naturally, somebody decided it was the perfect time to launch a
new kid's show. Some people never miss an opportunity to miss an
But the Internet has changed things in good ways and bad. In the old
Yasser Arafat could condemn terrorism in English and promise more
Arabic and almost no one would hear about it. In this new age, one
video posted to the web can get the world's attention and trigger
That's a good thing but, of course, the same technology can also be
evil. According to press reports, the six New Jersey terror plotters
immersed in extremist videos and propaganda from pro-jihad websites.
message of hatred is so powerful and widespread that it persuaded
living in the United States, to give up their own lives to murder
Think how much more effective this type of propaganda must be when
it is aimed
at children. Now think about an entire generation of Palestinians,
Iranians, and others saturated with this message their whole
lives. That's the
real message we should take from that Mickey Mouse video."
at that same url is a link you can click on labeled E-mail Author
presumably you can email Fred Thompson using that link
If you do we hope that you will tell him to remove Spencer Abraham
campaign manager and to remove Spencer Abraham from his campaign
Another real life federal prosecutor, GOP presidential candidate and
former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said: "After evaluating the
facts, the president came to a reasonable decision and I believe the
decision was correct."
Predictably the appeasers were vocal in their criticism of President
decision in the Libby case.
The piece below includes a mention of Spencer Abraham and others.
It is by an ally in the war against the appeasers.
"Hezbollah has Friend Close to White House
Terrorist allies of al-Qaida supported by billionaire
booster of Bush,Powell
December 12, 2002
By Joseph Farah
Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shi'ite jihadist group
based in Lebanon, is on
the U.S. State Department list of international
Just yesterday, Canada officially added Hezbollah to
its list of 14
terrorist groups banned from operating in the country.
According to intelligence experts, Hezbollah maintains
alliance with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror
Hezbollah remains the prime suspect in the truck
bombing of the Marine
barracks in Lebanon in 1983 - a terrorist attack that
Immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United
States, Hezbollah's Al
Manar Television celebrated the events by replaying
footage of the Sabra and
Shatilla refugee camps in 1982 along with inflammatory
speeches by the
group's leader, Hasan Nasrallah, warning America's day
of judgment would
come. Yet, a man with close financial and personal
ties to the Bush
administration continues to use his influence to push
for the dropping of
Hezbollah from the terrorist list and calls the group
"a resistance party
fighting the Israeli occupation."
That man in the middle is Issam Fares, deputy prime
minister of Lebanon, a
self-made billionaire and a close associate of Maj.
General Ghazi Kanaan,
head of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon and the man
known as the "kingmaker"
in a small country dominated by Syria's occupying
"It is a mistake to make a comparison between the
al-Qaida network ... and
Hezbollah," Fares told Agence France-Presse last year.
"Hezbollah did not
carry out any resistance operation against American
interests in Lebanon or
abroad and did not target civilians in its resistance
activities as happened
on Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center."
Fares, through his son, Nijad, a permanent resident
alien of the U.S., and
his U.S.-based businesses, has contributed heavily to
campaigns of now Department of Energy Secretary
Spencer Abraham. The family
also contributed $100,000 to the Bush inaugural. And
Fares sponsored a
speech by Secretary of State Colin Powell at Tufts
University for a reported
Fares oversees a worldwide, diversified conglomerate
of oil, real estate and
media interests. In 2000, he became deputy prime
minister of Lebanon.
The family's main U.S. business holding is the
Houston-based Wedge Group, a
big player in the oil services industry headed by
William White, the former
No. 2 official at the Energy Department during the
That the Fares family is attempting to buy influence
in high places in the
United States seems self-evident.
"Arab-Americans must substantially increase
contributions to political
candidates," wrote Nijad Fares in an opinion page
article for the Detroit
News, Dec, 16, 1996. "Even modest contributions help
ensure that members of
Congress and their staffs take phone calls and are
more responsive to
requests. Furthermore, the contributor must make
explicit an interest in
Middle East-related issues."
The connection between the Fares family and the Bush
family precedes the
current administration. After leaving office in 1993,
President George H.W.
Bush received a $100,000 speaking fee from Fares. He
also made a trip around
the Persian Gulf in Fares' private jet with the
Lebanese businessman by his
side. Former Secretary of State James Baker also
received a $100,000
When the news of Fares' support of the inauguration
broke in the Jerusalem
Post in 2000, Fares said he was happy with the "noble
himself and the Bush family.
"If the Zionist lobby and those revolving in its orbit
are displeased with
this relationship, it's their own business," he told
the paper. "Anyway,
envy is a killer."
Beirut's Daily Star reported last year that Fares has
cultivated a network
of connections with senior American officials that
"would make most people
blush with envy."
It's not unusual that a man of means like Fares would
find friends in high
places in America. But it is Fares' allies in Lebanon
- from Hezbollah to
Kanaan - that make those connections shocking to some.
"Kanaan is the man who protects, assists and harbors
most terrorists and
terror-related organizations in Lebanon," explains
Nagi Najjar, the
spokesman for the Government of Lebanon in Exile, a
group fighting for
independence from Syria. And, Hezbollah, he says, is
"the father of all
He charges that Hezbollah has sleeper cells planted
around the world with a
mission to target Jewish and U.S. interests.
"Hezbollah is to the Shiaa Muslim world what al-Qaida
is to the Sunni Muslim
world," he says. "They're a bunch of murderers
structured in a terrorist,
military organization, financed, trained and
manipulated by Syria and Iran.
This terrorist organization must be neutralized,
dismantled and all its
leadership arrested on charges of terrorism and
subversion. Southern Lebanon
has been transformed into a major terror base whose
sole objective is to
torpedo, with the consent of other terror regimes in
the area, any U.S.
peace initiative in the Middle East."
Najjar counters Fares' claim that Hezbollah is a local
by citing the group's actions in hijacking planes, the
bombing of the Marine
barracks, the bombing of the U.S. and French
embassies, the kidnapping of
foreign nations, including CIA operative William
Buckley, and a bombing in
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
According to the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin,
Kanaan has the power to
order the arrest and indefinite detention of anyone in
the country. He is
deeply immersed in narcotics production and
trafficking in the Bekaa Valley
and oversees counterfeiting and other illegal
activities that have made him
a wealthy man. He reportedly holds great sway over all
operating in Lebanon and all militia groups.
"He is the most feared man in Lebanon," wrote Daniel
Fares called on Washington to remove Hezbollah from
its terrorist list Nov.
10, 2001. A day later, Hezbollah chief Nasrallah
called on the international
community to oppose the U.S. operation in Afghanistan
and said its purpose
was to establish "American hegemony" over the world.
Bush and Powell have both praised Fares and denounced
questions raised about
his influence in Washington.
Fares' companies around the world employ about 70,000
people and boast
revenues in excess of $4 billion, according to his
website. In 1987, his
company increased its holdings in TVX Broadcast Group
of Virginia Beach, the
largest owner of independent television stations in
the United States
reaching about 15 percent of U.S. households. Federal
law prohibits foreign
investors from controlling more than 20 percent of the
voting stock of
Joseph Farah is editor and chief executive officer of
This next piece dates back to the 2000 election.
In that election we supported Al Gore, who was then a friend of
Israel and an
enemy of terrorism, and who had chosen an even bigger friend of
Israel and an
even bigger enemy of terrorism: Joe Lieberman as his running mate.
before Al Gore went crazy, grew a beard and shaved it off, got so
fat he himself
said he could no longer put his wedding ring on, and effectively
himself from Israel and from America by opposing the liberation of
It was also before September 11th, 2001 which marked a real turn
President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
In 2000 George W. Bush was a very different person from the
President he became
on September 11th, 2001.
Bush-Gore Presidential Debate October 12th,2000 " MR. BUSH: there is
other forms of racial profiling that goes on in America. Arab
Americans are racially profiled on what's called secret evidence.
People are stopped. And we got to do something about that. My friend
Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan is pushing a law to make sure
that, you know, Arab Americans are treated with respect."
Spencer Abraham's name pops up again in the next piece:
suspects San Antonio Express-News 07/11/2002 From their jail cells,
two of three
men accused by a stripper of threatening to blow up local military
Wednesday they had no idea how they wound up embroiled in a high-
terrorism investigation. Ribhi Abdalla and his cousin, Jadallah
Abdalla, both of
Palestinian descent, spent their second day in jail after failing to
post a bond
of $2 million each.
Ribhi, 25, (is) a naturalized American citizen from (the region of
Judea and Samaria).
The cousins and their friend, Makram Hijaz, 20, of
Mesquite, were arrested at the XTC Cabaret late Monday and charged
with making terroristic threats against a public service, namely San
Antonio's military bases, a third degree felony punishable by up to
10 years in
A stripper told police the men claimed they were
going to wage "holy war" by carrying out the work of the Sept. 11
"I don't want to undermine (the Police Department's)
case" said an FBI special agent based in San Antonio. "We take all
threats seriously at this point and time, for obvious reasons." A
spokeswoman for the San Antonio Police Department said. "We're not
just going to write up a report and then throw it away" Jim Kopp,
chief of the Bexar County District Attorney's intake division, said
the men's bonds did not appear excessive, given the seriousness of
(The stripper) said you have a nice accent and she asked
where we are from," said Jadallah Abdalla, 21. "The cousins said the
FBI and police interrogated them Tuesday about possible terrorist
connections. Ribhi, the older cousin said he was somewhat concerned
that so many inmates seemed to know about his charge. No one's
threatened him, he said, but at least one has asked point blank if he
was a terrorist. Jadallah Abdalla immigrated from Ramallah 17 months
"Kiareldeen, 31, a Palestinian immigrant, was released Monday night
19-month sojourn in two New Jersey jails. He had been detained on
the basis of
secret evidence alleging that he had links to terrorists, including
one of the
men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.. Among other
said, they proved that Kiareldeen was not politically active or an
Muslim, as those convicted in the bombings were, and even frequented
when he was single. This became known, Fernandez said jokingly,
as "the go-go
bar defense." A spokesman for Senator Spencer Abraham, Republican of
said he was pursuing discussions with the Justice Department about
"administrative changes" in the use of secret evidence."
Lest we forget, it is our opinion that the most likely nominee for
in 2008 will be John Edwards, or is it Jon Edwards? Democrats have
White House with Harry S. Truman, a "white" Southern man from
Missouri, in 1948,
with Lyndon Baines Johnson, a "white" Southern man from Texas in
1964, with Jimmy
Carter, a "white" Southern man from Georgia in 1976, with Bill
Clinton, a "white" Southern
man from Arkansas in 1992 and 1996, and Democrats got more popular
Republicans for the Presidency in 2000 with Al Gore, a "white"
Southern man from Tennessee.
John Edwards, or is it Jon Edwards, is a "white" Southern man who
served in the US Senate from North Carolina, and was born in South
Carolina. We will be shocked if Edwards is
not the person picked by the Democrats as the 2008 Presidential
We also think Edwards will win the White House against any
Republican currently in the race, and against any Republican who
might get into the race: i.e. against Fred Thompson and or against
We think it would be a disaster for America, for Israel, and for the
world if Edwards won the 2008 Presidential election and hope that
with your help Edwards can be exposed before he becomes the next
President of the United States.
Please help us to stop Edwards by exposing him. Please Google the
Honest John Edwards Or Is It Jon Edwards A Member of The Terrible
What Lurks Behind The Edwards For President Facade
"John Edwards's Left-Hand Man David Bonior isn't your typical
campaign managera member of Congress for a quarter century, whose
voting record lines up to the left of his candidate.
By Arian Campo-Flores
March 13, 2007 - Gearing up for his second presidential run, John
Edwards picked an unconventional campaign manager. Rather than
choosing a behind-the-scenes staffer, he selected David Bonior, a
Michigan Democrat who served 26 years in the U.S. House of
Representatives (1976-2002) and earned a reputation as his party's
pit bull for the aggressive posture he took with the GOP. He and
Edwards are similar in some ways (both were the sons of blue-collar
workers and were college-football players), but Bonior looks more
liberal on paper than Edwards does. And with his long voting record,
he may offer an attractive target for his boss's political
"The Friends of Our Foes
Jewish World Review Sept. 15, 2000 /14 Elul, 5760
The Arab lobby gears up to punish pro-Israel politicians
in the latest issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
The Washington Report is a glossy monthly that serves as the
guidebook to the Arabist lobby in the United States.
The Washington Report specializes in defaming Israel. But far from
being the product of fringe Islamic fundamentalists, it is written
and published by a Washington, D.C., outfit that is staffed by
former U.S. foreign-service officers who haven't stopped hating
Israel even though they are no longer on the federal payroll. As
such, it is a must-read for friends of Israel who want a reliable
indicator of the thinking of the anti-Israel crowd.
One of the most noteworthy features of the magazine is an election-
year report card on Congress that evaluates members of the Senate
and the House on hostility to Israel and related causes. In other
words, if you want to know who is on the list of good guys and bad
guys for Israel, all you have to do is look at the pro-Arab
crowd's "Hall of Fame" and "Hall of Shame."
ANTI-ISRAEL LITMUS TESTS
The 535 House and Senate members were evaluated on, among other
issues, the following: opposition to the use of anti-Semitic
propaganda in the Palestinian media and textbooks; opposition to
asking the Palestinian Authority and Syria about the whereabouts of
missing Israeli soldiers and linking aid to that issue; support for
Palestinian statehood prior to the achievement of a peace agreement;
support for a bill prohibiting the use of intelligence on terrorism
for evaluating immigration cases (as in supporters of Hamas who are
liable to deportation); the signing of a letter opposing commutation
of the sentence of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard; opposition to
moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; and
opposition to sanctions on rogue nations like Libya and Iraq.
As far as the Arab lobby is concerned, the more members of Congress
opposed anti-Semitism and terrorism and/or were willing to support
Israel, the less The Washington Report liked them.
WHO ARE THEIR HEROES?
Chief among the members of The Washington Report's "Hall of Fame" is
Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich. Bonior's animus for Israel is no
surprise, given the large number of Arab-Americans in his Detroit-
area district. It is ominous ...."
Among the other anti-Israel House favorites are John Conyers, D-
Mich.; John Dingell, D-Mich.; Amos Houghton, R-New York; Jesse
Jackson Jr., D-Ill.; John Lewis, D-Ga.; Jim McDermott, D-Wash.;
Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga.; Ron Paul, R-Texas; John Sununnu, R-N.H.;
and Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
In the case of Jackson and Sununu (sons of their famous namesakes),
the anti-Israel apple didn't fall far from the tree.
The Washington Report's favorite senators are Spencer Abraham, R-
Mich.; Robert Byrd, D-W.V.; Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I.; Chuck Hagel, R-
Neb.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Charles Robb, D-Va.; Strom Thurmond, R-
S.C.; and Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.
While nobody should be surprised at the high marks given ex-klansmen
Byrd and Thurmond, the pro-Arab ranking of Wellstone may surprise
some, since he is one of the Senate's 11 Jews. Wellstone, is,
however, also the far-left Tikkun magazine's idea of a good
politician, and thus way out of the pro-Israel mainstream.
The Arabist "Hall of Shame" included Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.; Peter
Deutsch, D-Fla.; Michael Forbes, D-N.Y.; Bob Franks, R-N.J.; Sue
Kelly, R-N.Y.; Rick Lazio, R-N.Y.; Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.; Jerold
Nadler, D-N.Y.; Ileana Ross-Letinen, R-Fla.; Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.;
Jim Saxton, R-N.J.; and Brad Sherman, D-Calif.
Only four of the House's 23 Jews made it to the list: Deutsch,
Lowey, Nadler and Sherman.
While both parties are well-represented on both sides of the ledger,
it's worth noting that two of the Republican Party's most notable
challengers for the Senate made it to The Washington
Report's "shame" list: Bob Franks, who is facing an uphill battle
against billionaire financier Democrat Jon Corzine in New Jersey;
and Rick Lazio, who is the man who hopes to defeat Hillary Clinton
in her bid for a New York Senate seat.
Surprisingly, of the Senate's 11 Jews, only one, Philadelphian Arlen
Specter, R-Pa., made it to the Arabist "Hall of Shame." He was
joined there by Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Connie Mack, R-
"...September issue also provided a chart showing just how much pro-
Israel PAC money each member of their halls of "fame" and "shame"
Their chart illustrated the fact that the pro-Israel community is
often far more interested in backing long-time incumbents and
legislators in leadership positions -- no matter what their policies
on key issues -- than anything else.
Thus, anti-Israel stalwarts such as David Bonior and Robert Byrd got
big bucks from friends of Israel despite their awful records.
On the other end of the spectrum, while some of the good guys were
rewarded by friends of Israel, that wasn't true in every case.
Specter received $366,123 in pro-Israel money, but, put together,
the pro-Israel PAC contributions received by Lazio, Franks, Kelly
and Salmon did not equal the amount Bonior got! Pro-Israel sentiment
from those backbenchers apparently isn't as valued by some people as
much as Bonior's leadership position."
Pelosi donated $5,000 to McKinney
"[ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 8/3/02 ]
"Some McKinney donors probed for terror ties By BILL TORPY
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer Rep. Cynthia McKinney is
backed by many Islamic individuals and groups. Rep. Cynthia
McKinney's re-election campaign has accepted contributions from
several people who have come under federal investigation for
links to Middle Eastern terrorists or have voiced support for
extremist groups. The outspoken DeKalb County Democrat, a frequent
critic of U.S. Middle East policy, has long drawn Arab and Muslim
Most of McKinney's individual donors listed on
disclosure reports in 2001 and this year have Arabic names and live
out of state. According to a review of federal campaign disclosure
records, they include:
Abdurahman Alamoudi, leader of a Muslim organization, who during a
2000 rally outside the White House expressed support for the violent
Palestinian group Hamas and for Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite party
linked to bombings.....A professor who
jailed in 1998 on contempt charges for refusing to answer a grand
jury's questions about alleged money-laundering links to Hamas. Five
businessmen whose homes or businesses were searched in March during
FBI raid investigating financial links to terrorism. Another was an
officer in one of the groups under investigation, according to
Election Commission reports.....The McKinney
campaign reported most of those contributions as having come Sept.
the date of the terror attacks in New York and Washington. FEC
spokeswoman Kelly Huff said the date listed on disclosure reports is
supposed to be, by law, the date the campaign received the money. But
FEC officials said it was up to the campaign to document the proper
date.....McKinney caused a tempest
earlier this year by suggesting President Bush knew the Sept. 11
attacks were coming but did nothing so his associates could make
in the ensuing war. And last October, she also caused controversy for
apologizing to a Saudi prince whose $10 million donation for terror
victims was rejected by New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The prince
had laid part of the blame for the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. policy.
The following week, McKinney collected $32,150 in a fund-raiser, her
best fund-raising day in 2001.
McKinney's support for Arab causes is well known. The Council on
American-Islamic Relations, an Islamic advocacy group whose director
was named on the Sept. 11 listing as giving McKinney $500, recently
asked members to support her. "She is our strategic choice. Pro-
candidate. Supporter of (so-called) "palestinian state for over
Against secret evidence. Against aid to Israel."
Steven Emerson, who runs a private counterterrorist institute in
Washington, called McKinney's contributors "the A list of militant
Islamic front groups." Two years ago, Emerson warned a Senate
committee about increasing terrorist activity in America, sometimes
the name of charity. Alamoudi, the president of the American Muslim
Foundation who expressed support for Hamas and Hezbollah, gave the
maximum allowable contribution of $2,000....Alamoudi did not return
phone calls seeking comment. Another donor,
Abdelhaleem Ashqar, now a Howard University professor, who gave $250,
was jailed for six months in 1998 after refusing to testify before a
federal grand jury investigating money laundering in the United
Ashqar told the grand jury that he would not testify...Six of
McKinney's donors were officers with companies and
organizations that are under investigation.
On March 20 and 21, Treasury agents served warrants on the Herndon
Va.-based Saar Foundation, Safa Trust, the International Institute of
Islamic Thought and 13 other locations. The groups are part of a
Saudi-based financial empire that U.S. investigators say has handled
$1.7 billion since the mid-1990s, allegedly sending some of it to
groups that authorities have linked to terrorists, The Washington
Post reported....Listed as McKinney donors on Sept. 11 are M. Yaqub
Omeish and Ahmad Totonji.
Federal agents in March searched the offices of Mirza, who
The former president of Saar, Mirza was the central figure in
the interlocking multinational corporations being investigated. He is
the president of Mar-Jac, which includes investment firms and a North
Georgia poultry plant, which also was searched in March. He did not
return phone calls seeking comment.
Omeish is president of Success Foundation, a refugee relief
organization whose office was searched in March. He is listed as
having given $500.
Omeish said investigators returned computers taken
from his office. Totonji, founder of Saar and the IIIT, gave $1,000.
Federal agents carted away numerous computers from his offices in the
Two weeks later, on Sept. 26, Jamal Barzinji, Taha
Alalwani of Herndon, Va., and Hisham Al Talib of California all gave
$500 to McKinney's campaign, according to FEC records. Barzinji, a
business associate of Mirza's, is also president of Mar-Jac Poultry
Gainesville. Alalwani is a founder of the IIIT and Al Talib, was the
treasurer for Safa and the IIIT vice president."
Pelosi donated $5,000 to McKinney
Father of Ousted McKinney Spells Defeat `J-E-W-S'
By ELI KINTISCH
ATLANTA The father of Rep. Cynthia McKinney is blaming Jews for
her defeat in Georgia's Democratic primary, but observers said that
Tuesday's outcome had less to do with dueling donations from pro-
Israel and pro-Palestinian activists than with high Republican
turnout in the open primary and tepid support from black voters and
congressmen.....her father, civil-rights stalwart and DeKalb County
leader Billy McKinney, pointed a finger at her pro-Israel critics.
When asked by a local television reporter what the election had
hinged on, he responded: "J-E-W-S."
In a press release, Anti-Defamation League southeast director
Deborah Lauter condemned Billy McKinney's remark, calling
it "classic anti-Semitism." He caused a similar stir in 1996 after
calling his daughter's opponent a "racist Jew," ....Among leaders of
mainstream Jewish groups, McKinney was considered a
more controversial member of Congress than other black lawmakers on
the left. Along with her support of the Palestinian cause, McKinney
refused in 1994 to condemn a fiery speech by a Nation of Islam
spokesman, the late Khalid Muhammed. More recently, she also
infuriated otherwise indifferent Republicans in her district when
she suggested that President Bush might have known about September
11 before it happened, and possibly profited from it.
Last October, after New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani returned a $10
million gift to the city from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after
the prince criticized Israel in published comments, McKinney issued
a public letter supporting the prince, asking that he donate the
money to black charities.
In May, along with Hilliard, McKinney was one of 5 of the 36 voting
members of the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose a pro-Israel
resolution that put the bulk of the blame for the conflict on the
Palestinians. McKinney said the measure would "undermine America's
vital role as peacemaker"...Democratic institutional support for
McKinney, who has been a solid member of the Democratic caucus in
the House, was weak. In the Hilliard race the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee took much heat for its financial
support of the five-term incumbent, with some asking why the
committee was using resources on a solidly Democratic district. In
this race, the committee, whose function is to help increase the
Democratic ranks in the House, stayed out.
The committee declined to comment on the McKinney race, but Rangel,
who donated $5,000 to her campaign, said: "Some Republicans and
Democrats support incumbents, and others don't." Rangel is board
chair of the committee.
Democratic House Whip Nancy Pelosi of California also donated $5,000
to McKinney's effort.
National Jewish Democratic Committee executive director Ira Forman
declined to comment on Pelosi's funding. But a Jewish Republican
activist slammed Democratic support of McKinney.
"For the Democrats and the NJDC and other groups to remain silent is
an abdication of their responsibility," the activist said. Pelosi's
office did not return a call for comment."
Pelosi donated $5,000 to McKinney
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Pelosi donated $5,000 to McKinney
The issue of Democratic conflicts over Israel policy took center
last month, when the House voted 352 to 21, with 29 members voting
"present," for a pro-Israel resolution sponsored by Majority Whip Tom
DeLay (R-Tex.) and Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.). Many of those voting
"present" were expressing their unwillingness to support a resolution
that strongly endorsed Israel while condemning "the ongoing support
and coordination of terror by Yasser Arafat and other members of the
Of the 50 "no" and "present" votes, 44 were cast by Democrats and six
by Republicans. More significantly, five of the most senior Democrats
voted against the resolution, including Democratic whip David E.
Bonior (Mich.), and four members in line to become committee chairmen
if Democrats win back the House: David R. Obey (Wis.), John D.
(Mich.), George Miller (Calif.) and John Conyers Jr. (Mich.).
The vote also forced to the surface long-standing tensions between
Jewish and black communities. Of the 37 members of the Congressional
Black Caucus, a total of 17 either voted no on DeLay-Lantos (4),
present (8) or did not vote at all (5).
Two black Democratic House members, Earl F. Hilliard (Ala.) and
Cynthia McKinney (Ga.), have become lightning rods in the Jewish
community, and their primary challengers are raising hundreds of
thousands of dollars from Jewish supporters determined to defeat the
two incumbents because of statements they have made.
Not to mention her father's notorious remarks. This piece from 1996
covers, however, anti-Semitism on both sides of the aisle. There's
go round. Bonior, on the other hand, is significant, particularly
so consistently wobbly on Israel. http://amygdalagf.blogspot.com/
"Five congressional aides from the House of Representatives left
Friday on an independent fact-finding mission to Iraq. ADC, one of
co-sponsors of the delegation, applauds the five members of Congress
whose aides are participating in the delegation. *** The
offices participating in the delegation are: Rep.Danny K. Davis
(D-IL), Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT), Rep. Earl F. Hilliard (D-AL), Rep.
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), and Rep. Bernard Sanders (I-VT).
McKinney and Davis are members of the House International Relations
Committee; Gejdenson is the Ranking Minority Member. The
staffers are accompanied by Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for
"The caucus would not provide a full list of the corporate donors
here. But a partial list included Philip Morris, the tobacco giant;
Anheuser- Busch, the brewing company;
Entergy, the energy company; Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor;
Household Finance, the consumer- credit company, and the American
Gaming Association, which represents the casino industry."
"Mr. Thompson, the event's host, said the two casinos that helped
underwrite the weekend, the Horseshoe and the Grand, had each pledged
$50,000 in services and cash donations, which allowed them to call
themselves platinum sponsors of the event. Gold donors pledged
$25,000, while silver donors promised $10,000. A similar fund-raising
event here last summer raised $500,000 for the caucus. As he took a
seat in the Horseshoe's hospitality suite, Representative Earl F.
Hilliard of Alabama, whose district is listed as the seventh poorest
in the country, said that he saw a soft-money ban as "a threat to my
continued service in the Congress."
This next piece, which also mentions Spencer Abraham, reminds us of
the movie :
TRADING PLACES, in which , well why spoil the story, see the movie
if you have
not seen it already. Suffice it to say that
in that movie , well, go see it.
We wish that Al Gore's feelings for Israel and for America had
test of the horrible blow to Gore's psyche that not being able to be
sworn in as
President of the United States on January 20th, 2001 must have been.
We think that Al Gore went insane after the Supreme Court ordered a
halt to the
Florida recount in December of 2000. We think George W. Bush stole
election, but in retrospect, considering how the loss of the
believe Al Gore really won that year, as he was cheated out of the
votes of Florida, evidently caused Al Gore to go insane it seems to
better for America, for Israel, and for the world that George W.
Bush did steal
that election. In the nuclear age we cannot afford to have a person
crack under pressure, as Al Gore evidently has, as President of the
When reading this next piece keep in mind that it was written in
2000, before Al
Gore was cheated out of the Presidency, before Al Gore lost his
mind. Before Al
Gore's true feelings of hatred for Israel and for America came out.
Anyone who would oppose the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein
endorsing the continuation of the paying by Saddam Hussein of
$25,000 to the
familes of genocide bombers for the murder of Jews. When Al Gore
chose to oppose
the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein he was implicitly saying
yes to more
such payments to the families of those genocide bombers. Al Gore was
"DEATH TO THE JEWS" just as surely as any terrorist would. Anyone
the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein is saying the very same
"Gore's true feelings of friendship for Israel have withstood the
test of time."
On March 3rd 2000 Jerusalem Post Washington correspondent Janine
"[Gore] is the clear-cut Jewish favorite in the upcoming presidential
elections." American Jewish commentators are equally outspoken about
Bush's almost total lack of support among Jewish voters.
Highly respected columnist J.J. Goldberg wrote in the Jewish Week of
New York on
March 3rd,2000 "Hardcore hawks make up about
10 percent of the Jewish vote. Bush won't draw even them, given his
family name." And Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said in a March
23 seminar of Orthodox Jewish leaders that the Jewish vote for Bush
"could be pretty bad. The only question is whether Bush will do
better or worse
than his Dad."
Kristol added that if Gore picked an Orthodox Jew like Sen. Joseph
his vice presidential running mate, "it will be truly unbelievable
Bush's Jewish vote will be." As for the candidates themselves, Gore
Council of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations this
that (on) moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his
"are the same as yours."
Bush has changed his answer on relocating the U.S.Embassy from a vow
to move it
immediately upon assuming office to saying he would not do or say
hurt the peace process. When he speaks of America's wealth of
institutions, he refers to them as "the synagogues, churches, and
America." Picking which candidate to support should be easy.
What Difference Does It Make? In a very close election, as it
appears this one
will be, if nearly all of the Muslim- and Christian Arab-American
votes are cast
as a bloc in the United States, that bloc vote probably will
candidate Other states where the Muslim vote can be very influential
Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
If Muslim voters demonstrate the discipline this year to turn out
communities to vote as a bloc, the United States will never again be
U.S. South Asia policy may also be liberated from the current strong
of the Israel-Indian alliance, as will U.S. policy toward Iran and
"Guided by Sen. Spencer Abraham, himself a Lebanese-American, the
Bush team has
been courting the Arab-American vote assiduously. Bush foreign-
Condoleezza Rice met with Arab-American groups in the Detroit area
Mr. Bush himself met with AAPAC members a day later. "Bush clearly
is a man who
listens,"says Abed Hammoud, president of AAPAC (the Arab-American
Action Committee)". While Vice President Gore has done all he can to
terrorists "In 1996, in the wake of the TWA 800 disaster, President
asked Mr. Gore to chair a White House Commission on Aviation and
Gore commission adopted several recommendations for heightened
security,including a Computer Assisted Passenger Screening system to
possible terrorists."(source "Gore's Arab-American Problem How
profiling" issue might help Bush win Michigan. BY THOMAS J.BRAY Mr.
Bray is a
staff columnist at the Detroit News. His OpinionJournal.com column
Tuesdays. Tuesday, October 17, 2000)
"Bush forces are ecstatic over the endorsement they won Sunday from
the Arab-American Political Action Committee." "The AAPAC endorsement
wasn't cemented until a few days later. In the second debate Mr. Bush
made several points that may have gone over the heads of most
Americans but struck home forcefully in places like Dearborn- Mr.
Bush went out
of his way to stress the importance of talking to "moderate" Arab
Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Second and even more
decisive was Mr.
Bush's deft handling of an extended discussion of hate-crime
Gore placed nearly all of his focus on the need to protect African-
the vast majority of whom are sure to vote Democratic.
Mr. Bush, by contrast, went out of his way to add Arab-Americans to
equation. Other forms of racial profiling go on in America, Mr. Bush
profiled in what's called secret evidence. People are stopped, and we
got to do something about that. My friend, Sen. Spence Abraham, is
pushing a law to make sure that Arab-Americans are treated with real
respect." Though the answer conflated two different
issues-law-enforcement profiling and the use of secret evidence to
deny entry to immigrants suspected of having terrorist ties-the
sentiment behind the response drew thunderous applause from
"When he said that, I turned to my wife and said,
'Bush just won Michigan,' " David Mack, vice president of the Middle
East Institute, a Washington think tank, told the Detroit Free Press.
And sure enough, the 100-member board of AAPAC voted almost
unanimously to endorse Mr. Bush." The (Nearly) Barefoot "Crusader"
"Bush visited a mosque and bought coffee for a cafeteria full of
aides on Monday
as he appealed to Americans to get back to everyday business and not
against their Muslim neighbors. In his socks, as is Muslim practice,
through the ornate mosque on Washington's Embassy Row and heard
stories from his
hosts about Muslim-American women afraid to leave their homes for
prejudiced backlash after last week's terrorist strikes."
"Edwards and Israel: Word that a 2008 presidential aspirant, John
Edwards, has tapped a former House minority whip, David Bonior, to
manage his campaign has the pro-Israel lobby cooling on the former
Democratic senator's likely run.
The Associated Press yesterday reported that Mr. Edwards had tapped
Mr. Bonior, who retired as a Democratic representative from Michigan
in 2002, to manage his campaign if he chooses to run.
Mr. Bonior, however, earned a reputation in Congress as one of the
least friendly members toward Israel. In 2002, for example, he was
one of 21 lawmakers in the House to vote against House Resolution
292 expressing solidarity for the Jewish state after a year of
bloody terrorist attacks."
"Bush's Big Blunder - [meeting with heads of American Islamic groups
that support terror] "The president of the Council on American-
relations, Nihad Awad, who attended the session with Mr. Bush, said,
'We thank" (Bush) Daniel Pipes, a former Reagan administration Middle
East aide who now runs the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia and the
wonderfully informative Web site DanielPipes.org: Mr. Pipes says:
"CAIR is a particularly worrisome organization because it has
succeeded in portraying itself as a public affairs organization
promoting 'interest and understanding among the general public with
regards to Islam and Muslims in North America.' In fact, this
organization is radical to the core; it seeks nothing less than the
imposition of Islamist mores on the United States."
Mr. Pipes notes that CAIR's record includes the
following: "Apologizing for such
killers as Hamas (a group associated with the murder of 7 Americans)
and Usama bin Ladin (charged with the Tanzania and Kenya embassy
bombings a year ago). . . . Helping promote terrorism: In the words
Pomerantz, a former Chief of Counter-terrorism for the FBI,
'CAIR, its leaders, and its activities, effectively give aid to
international terrorist groups.' . . . Intimidation of patriotic
Muslims who disagree with CAIR's chauvinist agenda: In one case
(Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani), the FBI is looking into charges
received death threats after renouncing the chauvinists. . .
Defense of even the most archaic and barbaric of customs associated
with Islam: When a prosecutor in Cleveland argued that the bail of
two young men
being held for an 'honor killing' of their female cousin should be
CAIR replied by accusing him of 'ethnic and religious stereotyping'
for a formal investigation into the prosecutor's actions."
In addition, as anti-terrorism expert Steven
Emerson has noted in Congressional testimony, CAIR co-sponsored a May
24, 1998, all-day program in the Walt Whitman Auditorium of Brooklyn
College in Brooklyn, New York. As Mr. Emerson testified, "In Arabic,
Wagdi Ghuniem, a militant Islamic cleric from Egypt, mesmerized his
audience, with his relentless tirade against the Jews, reminding them
of the Jews' 'infidelity,' 'stealth' and 'deceit.' Known for his
folksy deliveries and exhortations to commit violence against the
Jews, Ghuniem did not disappoint his crowd, several of whom had come
just to hear him. The conflict with the Jews, he said, was not over
land but one of religion. 'The problem of Palestine is not a problem
of belief. suppose the Jews said "Palestine-you [Muslims] can take
it." Would it then be ok? What would we tell them? No! The problem is
belief, it is not a problem of land.'"
Mr. Emerson continued: "Ghuniem
then led his rapt audience, which numbered as many as 500, in a
special song, the audience responsively repeating each refrain: 'No
to the Jews,
Descendants of the Apes.'" Says Mr. Pipes: "In short, CAIR
represents not the
great civilization of Islam but a radical utopian movement
originating in the
Middle East that seeks to impose its ways on the United States.
consider themselves warned: a new danger exists in their midst." So
CAIR. But, according to the CAIR Web site, CAIR wasn't the only
terrorist-sympathizing American Muslim group that Bush met with
yesterday, less than a week after the worst terrorist attack in
American history. In fact, according to the CAIR web site, the
also included "representatives from the American Muslim Alliance"
and the Muslim
Public Affairs Council. The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a group
headed by Salam Al-Marayati.
He's the man whose views on terrorism were so problematic that, after
an outcry, Rep. Richard Gephardt withdrew his support for Mr.
Al-Marayiti as a nominee to a federal anti-terrorism commission.
According to an article in the August 22, 1998, Los Angeles Times,
Public Affairs Council called America's 1998 missile strikes on
Laden's training camps in Afghanistan "illegal" and "immoral."
Pipes, in an article posted on
DanielPipes.org, is instructive.
Mr. Pipes writes of Mr. Al-Marayati:
"Here are three elements of his radicalism: First, he wraps the
American flag around some of the least attractive features of Middle
Eastern life. In 1993, he memorably asserted that 'When Patrick Henry
said, "Give me liberty or give me death," that statement epitomized
jihad [Islamic holy war].'
In 1996, he made the silly and inaccurate
observation that 'American freedom fighters hundreds of years ago
regarded as terrorists by the British.' Mr. Al-Marayati's intent
obvious: to render jihad and terrorism acceptable to
Americans." Mr. Pipes continued: "Second, Mr. Al-Marayati apologizes
for the most ghastly Middle Eastern regimes and draws moral
equivalencies between them and America. In his view, Iraq is no
better or worse
than America: 'Saddam Hussein's behavior in and around Iraq has been
characterized as reckless. The same can be said about U.S. policy as
a result of
its reactionary mode.' . . .
Third, Mr. Al-Marayati turns a blind eye to terrorism if it is of a
fundamentalist Muslim persuasion (not a great credential for someone
hoping to serve on a counter-terrorism commission).
Take the February
1996 incident when a Palestinian named Muhammad Hamida shouted the
fundamentalist war cry, Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great), as he drove
intentionally into a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem, killing one
injuring 23 others. Before he could escape or hurt anyone else,
Hamida was shot
dead. Commenting on the affair, Mr. Al-Marayati said not a word
murderous rampage but instead focused on Hamida's death, which he
provocative act,' and demanded the extradition of his executors to
be tried in a U.S. court' on terrorism charges."
Then there is the American Muslim Alliance, another group that CAIR
a representative at the Bush event yesterday. That's the group so
even Hillary Rodham Clinton, no anti-Muslim extremist, decided to
it had raised for her senate campaign. The American Muslim Alliance
was also a
sponsor of the "No to the Jews, Descendants of the Apes" rally at
College. And, as Steven Emerson has reported on
OpinionJournal.com, "AMA's head,
Agha Saeed, has openly sanctioned the use of 'armed resistance'
and declared that the 'Zionist occupiers of Palestine can be beaten
At its 1997 annual convention, the AMA distributed an article by
head of the AMA's Texas chapter, denying the existence
of 'Auschwitz, Birkenau
and Majdanek.' At AMA national conferences in 1997, 1998 and 2000,
speakers numerous speakers condemned the 'Jewish and Zionist'
lobbies and their
'control' of the United States." it is possible that Mr. Bush's
being driven in this critical hour not by his national security team
but by his
political aides with a misguided eye on the 2004 vote in Michigan
swing states with large Arab and Muslim populations.
Regardless of the reason,
though, describing the CAIR, MPAC and AMA gang as "good folks" is so
inappropriate that the Times would have been wise to at least probe
further into what exactly Mr. Bush was doing at this event." IMRA -
Independent Media Review and Analysis Website: http//www.imra.org.il
Here is another mention of Spence Abraham, this one is from 2002.
"As he helped the Bush administration write its national energy
year, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham heard from more than 100
executives, trade association leaders and lobbyists, according to
released by the Energy Department.
Mr. Abraham did not meet with any representatives of environmental
or consumer groups, the documents show.
In a press release on Monday night, the Energy Department summarized
secretary's calendar by saying that Mr. Abraham met with 36 industry
representatives on task force matters. Most news organizations
But Mr. Abraham actually met with 109 representatives of energy
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