In “HuffPo’s Pro-Jihad Propaganda” in the American Thinker today, Pamela Geller skewers the latest example of the Huffington Post’s ongoing tendency to carry water for the most oppressive ideology on earth:
John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus, has written a curious apologia for the irrational murders and riots taking place in Afghanistan in response to the inadvertent burning of Qurans at Bagram Airfield. In “America’s Image Problem in Afghanistan” in the Huffington Post, Feffer says that “the United States definitely sends mixed messages to the Muslim world.”
The messages don’t seem mixed. Obama’s abandonment of our allies, his alienation of Israel, and his deference and submission to the Muslim world: bowing to the Saudi king; groveling to the Muslim world at Al-Azhar University in June 2009; ordering NASA to extol the contributions of the Muslim world; giving vocal support to the reviled Ground Zero mosque at his Iftar gala; the administration’s endless apologies for the Quran-burnings; his $800 million in aid to the Muslim Brotherhood for their Islamic Spring; his silence on the Egyptian hostage crisis; his billet doux to Iran’s Khamenei; his gift of our drone to Iran; his scrubbing of any mention of jihad, even when jihadists discuss it themselves, from law enforcement counter-terrorism materials; his partnering
with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the suppression
of free speech (i.e., the enforcement of Islamic blasphemy laws in the West) — all this doesn’t send any mixed message at all….
But in the meantime, he whines that “fire-starters like Pamela Geller or Robert Spencer continue to badmouth not Islam or ‘bad Muslims’ or ‘Islamic radicalism,’ but mainstream Islam itself. Park51, which expanded the Geller-Spencer soapbox to monstrous proportions, was hardly the threat they made it out to be. If they’d only bothered to read the writings of the cultural center’s founder, they might have discovered a philosophical co-religionist.”
The problem for Feffer is that we actually did read Rauf’s writings. In his book, he advocated for the sharia — the most radical, oppressive and extreme ideology on the planet. But then he told lemmings like Feffer something else entirely. Yet in reality, Rauf was a prominent member of the Perdana Organization that funded the jihad warship flotilla designed to provoke the tiny Jewish state into war. On board, the “peace activists” were chanting a genocidal jihad chant referring back to Muhammad’s massacre of the last Jews of Arabia. And Rauf refused to condemn Hamas for months until pressed.
Yet despite all this, the earnestly self-deluded Feffer writes that Rauf “condemns Hamas as a terrorist organization,” and yet, “for all his conservative tendencies, the imam remains an imam. In the eyes of Geller and Spencer, the only good Muslim is a secular Muslim.”
No, the only good Muslim is one who doesn’t want to commit jihad and subjugate unbelievers, doesn’t want to impose the sharia on non-Muslims, doesn’t want to subjugate women, and doesn’t hate Jews. Rauf, with his endorsement of the sharia and the jihad against Israel, hardly fits the bill.
Feffer concludes: “Somehow we must combine a principled engagement with the Muslim world with a principled withdrawal from areas of combat. If the troops don’t come home and the drones don’t stop killing civilians, fine speeches and sensitivity trainings will just seem like hypocrisy, our words and our images will remain far apart, and the chasm between the West and Islam will endure, nowhere more so than in the imaginations of those twin extremists, the Taliban and the Islamophobes.”
Here he finally gets to the twisted and malevolent point that he has been dying to make throughout the whole article: that Geller and Spencer, et al. are the same thing as the Taliban, who torture, maim, cut off clitorises, carry out acid attacks, gas girls’ schools, and marry little prepubescent girls. It’s a propaganda effort that would make Goebbels proud.
These are the enemedia embeds who get work at Puff Ho. I have not written there, nor have my peers, but these American-haters and liars are welcomed. (I even submitted this very piece to them, responding to Feffer’s charges against me, but the HuffPo did not even bother to reply.)
Typical of their manifest commitment to free inquiry.