Let the Third Intifada commence.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) February 25, 2013
Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun Times misses the real story here, which is not that Rahm Emanuel, whom he characterizes as “uber-proud of his Jewish heritage,” is interested in a book about Jesus, but that Emanuel, as proud of his Jewish heritage as he may be, is hobnobbing with an emeny of Israel and Board member of a front group for the genocidal Iranian mullahs. Here is yet more evidence of how corrupt and self-defeating our political elites have become: they should be shunning and excoriating the likes of Reza Aslan, not feting him at the Mayor’s mansion.
Reza Aslan is a Board member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which has been established in court as a lobbying group for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Said Michael Rubin: “Jamal Abdi, NIAC”s policy director, now appears to push aside any pretense that NIAC is something other than Iran’s lobby. Speaking at the forthcoming ‘Expose AIPAC’ conference, Abdi is featured on the ‘Training: Constituent Lobbying for Iran’ panel. Oops.” According to Charles C. Johnson in the Daily Caller: “Iranian state-run media have referred to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) since at least 2006 as ‘Iran’s lobby’ in the U.S.” Iranian freedom activist Hassan Daioleslam “documented over a two-year period that NIAC is a front group lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime.” NIAC had to pay him nearly $200,000 in legal fees after they sued him for defamation over his accusation that they were a front group for the mullahs, and lost. Yet Aslan remains on their Board.
Also, Aslan tried to pass off Iran’s genocidally-minded former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a liberal reformer and has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate with Ahmadinejad himself, as well as with the jihad terror group Hamas. Aslan has even praised the jihad terror group Hizballah as “the most dynamic political and social organization in Lebanon,” as well as the anti-Semitic, misogynist, Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated in its own words, according to a captured internal document, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” Aslan wrote: “The Muslim Brotherhood will have a significant role to play in post-Mubarak Egypt. And that is good thing.” Millions of Egyptians obviously disagree.
So why is Rahm Emanuel acting as if he were a respectable luncheon companion?
“Sneed: Rahm Emanuel invites “˜Zealot” author Reza Aslan for City Hall chat,” by Michael Sneed for the Chicago Sun-Times, September 12:
The Rahmster . . .
Click. Click. Pop. Pop. Pencils poised for an ecumenical happening!
Sneed hears that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is uber-proud of his Jewish heritage, has summoned Reza Aslan “” the Muslim author of the controversial New York Times best-selling book, “Zealot,” based on the life of Jesus Christ “” for a private chat in his City Hall office on Friday.
Rahm, an avid reader, “is a great fan of the book,” said a Sneed source….