President Obama’s top Muslim envoy has been overseas encouraging devotion to Islam, including in terror hot spots like Afghanistan. In fact, Rashad Hussain, U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, just returned from Afghanistan, where he told locals the antidote to Islamic violence “is Islam itself.”
“I am of the opinion that one of the strongest tools that you can use to counter radicalization and violent extremism is Islam itself, because Islam rejects violent extremism,” Hussain said during a speech in Kabul.
Afghans responded to his message by slaughtering a dozen innocent United Nations workers in the name of Islam. Stirred by mosque sermons, a mob of thousands overran a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan following Friday prayers. They sawed off the heads of two guards before killing the others, including Norwegian and Swedish nationals, inside. It was Afghanistan’s deadliest attack on U.N. personnel. The worshippers also burned American flags and effigies of Obama — all to defend the honor of a single, paperback copy of a Quran torched by a quack U.S. preacher thousands of miles away in Florida. So far, more than 20 have died in the rioting.Islamic law calls for vengeance against anybody who insults Islam, its prophet or its holy book. Islamic law is enshrined in the post-Taliban Afghan constitution. Yet Rashad, a devout Muslim, says the Muslim faith is “key” to the administration’s strategy to turn Muslims away from violence.
“We see that as one of the key elements of a strategy to address this type of violence,” he said. By “we,” he means the Obama administration. So it’s now official policy to try to douse the Islamic fire of jihad by pouring more fuel on it. This is breathtaking.
It’s also at odds with what the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission — including Democrat lion Lee Hamilton — recently recommended in their follow-up report on homegrown terror, “Assessing the Terrorist Threat: A Report of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group.” It found that Islam was catalyzing terrorists abroad and inside America’s Muslim community. And it scolded U.S. leaders for pretending otherwise. Still, Hussain insists: “When it comes to the problem of violent extremism, Islam is not the problem.”
Who is this top adviser on all things Islamic? A Muslim activist, Hussain helped draft Obama’s conciliatory Cairo speech to Muslims. Before joining the White House, he regularly spoke to Brotherhood front groups and defended Brotherhood leaders like Sami al-Arian. (Hussain first denied defending the convicted terrorist, claiming he was misquoted, but recanted after Politico.com produced a tape-recording of his remarks.) The Brotherhood is a worldwide jihadist movement whose credo says, “Jihad is our way, and death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition.” Yet this Brotherhood sympathizer believes it doesn’t promote violence?
He appears more interested in promoting Islam than representing U.S. interests to the Muslim world in a war on Islamic terror. And his influence is strong. Even in the wake of the U.N. beheadings, the U.S. refuses to condemn the beheaders or the jihadi doctrine that justifies their barbarism. Instead, the administration — through a statement by Gen. David Petraeus — condemned “any disrespect to the Muslim faith,” effectively apologizing for the exercise of First Amendment rights, offensive or not. Such messages only validate the warped moral and legal code of Shariah Islam, while empowering the troglodytes who enforce it.
President Bush may have mouthed pleasant platitudes about Islam being a “religion of peace” and so on. But he wasn’t naive enough to promulgate it as an anti-terror strategy. This president and his Muslim advisers, on the other hand, are doing just that. And they’re bound to strengthen the hand of the enemy.
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Now Rashad Hussain, President Obama’s pick as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, has changed his story. He admits he did indeed call the indictment of a now-convicted terrorist a “travesty of justice.”
Politico.com has provided the quotes from a recording of the 2004 event attended by Hussain to the White House for review. In it, Hussain defended confessed terrorist Sami Al-Arian, suggesting the government had railroaded him. A Florida professor, Al-Arian was running a U.S. beachhead for Palestinian terrorists. In a plea deal, he copped to a reduced charge of conspiracy to provide material support to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a federally designated terror group. In a speech at a Cleveland mosque, Al-Arian once thundered: “Let’s damn America, let’s damn Israel, let’s damn their allies until death.”
When the controversy first broke, the White House deferred to the spin of Hussain and the Mideast outfit that scrubbed the offending statements from its Web site. Turns out the Washington Report for Middle East Affairs, a Saudi-tied, anti-Israel journal that sells Intifada trinkets, deleted his remarks after receiving a phone call from Hussain. WRMEA once employed Al-Arian’s daughter as a staffer. Thanks to the recording, there’s now no denying what Hussain said. After this deception, Obama should change his pick for envoy, who would join the OIC, a 57-government Islamic bloc, the largest voting bloc in the U.N.
The OIC is waging an international campaign against “Islamophobia,” calling it the real “terrorism.” The bloc’s assault on free speech includes pressuring the West into passing laws criminalizing criticism of Islam, including motives of jihadists like Al-Arian.
It’s plain that Hussain, who also has bashed the Patriot Act and other key anti-terror tools, cannot be trusted to represent U.S. interests vis-a-vis the OIC.