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GUEST COMMENTARY: CAIR Continues to Undermine U.S.-Israeli War on Islamic Fascists

Posted by kinchendavid on August 19, 2006


By  Jim Kouri


In an effort to drive a wedge between two allies in the Middle East who actually fight Islamic Fascists, on Monday, August 28, 2006, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will host a panel discussion on “The Israel Lobby and the U.S. Response to the War in Lebanon” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, according to a CAIR press statement.

The panel will feature Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of a recent Harvard University paper titled “The Israel Lobby.” What CAIR neglects to say in their press release is that their scholarship has been strongly criticized by scholars, policy analysts, pundits and diplomats for their crude disregard of fact and scholarly standards, the two have evaded open debate with their critics. Even Elliot Cohen of the Washington Post said their paper was anti-Semitic.

They seek only exchanges in print or safe broadcast venues — such as C-Span and NPR –where they allege that supporters of Israel systematically and traitorously undermine American interests in the service of the Jewish state, according to Front Page Magazine.

In their paper,  Mearsheimer and Walt stated: “Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country — in this case, Israel — are essentially identical.”

Front Page’s Andrea Levin writes: “They alleged that President Bush was ‘humiliated by the Israel lobby’ at the behest of Ariel Sharon when he declined to comply with American pressure and pull the Israeli military out of West Bank towns. NPR’s reporter did not ask his guests why they omitted mention that Israel was  then under siege by Palestinian terrorists, with over 130 Israelis murdered in the preceding month and the military had reentered the towns to root out terrorist bases.

“[NPR] didn’t ask whether Sharon, a legendary general, had a right and responsibility to judge how best to deploy his army at such a time. Nor did [NPR] note the possible sense of humiliation of a small nation being instructed by a super-power to forfeit its own decision-making about self-defense. Nor, of course, was there any suggestion that allies inevitably disagree at times about specific policies.”

NPR also omitted to tell their listeners that racist and anti-Semite David Duke hailed the work of Professors Mearsheimer and Walt.

Critics of CAIR see this as another attempt to undermine American and Israeli efforts to combat Islamic Fascists. Some critics have gone as far as calling CAIR a major part of the Fifth Column within the United States.

CAIR was one of the plaintiffs in the case against the NSA surveillance program, along with the ACLU and leftist journalists.

Their goal is to undermine our war efforts, said legal scholar and radio talk show host Mark Levin, who is executive director for the Landmark Legal Foundation.
“For America to be regarded as an honest broker in the Middle East, we must disengage our policies in that region from the dictates of the pro-Israel lobby,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.
He noted that public attitudes about the influence of the
Israel lobby are changing. He cited a commentary in the New Jersey Star-Ledger in which that newspaper’s national political correspondent stated: “Bush must abandon his policy of unconditional support for Israel in favor of an even-handed one that might gain him credibility in the region as a more or less honest broker. And the best way to move Bush in that direction is by abandoning the unofficial taboo in this country on questioning Israel or our policy toward that country.”

However, many observers have pointed out that the so-called Israel Lobby is a myth perpetuated by left-wing antiwar activists, Muslim organizations, anti-Semites, and many within the news media.

“If CAIR spent as much time trying to convince terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda and others to cease their brutal, inhumane attacks on civilians, perhaps there would be a ray of hope for peace in the Middle East,” said an Arab-American who spoke on condition of anonymity due to his fear of reprisals from CAIR and fellow Muslims living in the US.

“They want Americans to ignore the fact that they are in the midst of a war against fascism. These people are Nazis,” he said.

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Jim Kouri  is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s a former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. Kouri has appeared as on-air commentator for more than 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.  His book “Assume The Position” is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.U.S.




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