By Robert Spencer
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Despite the fact that the film Obsession contains no political content and was made well before the 2008 election cycle began, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, those paragons of Islamic moderation and honesty, would now have you believe that the national distribution of the DVD was an Israeli plot to elect John McCain. And they’ve filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging just that.
According to MarketWire, “the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging the FEC to investigate whether the Clarion Fund, a non-profit organization that distributed DVDs containing ‘Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,’ is really a front for an Israel-based group seeking to help Sen. John McCain win the U.S. presidential election.”
This is a very revealing action for CAIR to take. It reveals in particular two key aspects of CAIR’s mindset:
1. It shows that CAIR is fully aware that the jihad against Israel is an integral part of the global jihad, and is not just a struggle to recover Palestinian “stolen land.” Thus a film that reveals the nature and goals of that global jihad -- Obsession -- benefits Israel.
2. It also shows that CAIR believes that John McCain will fight against the global jihad in a way that Barack Obama will not -- and that it believes therefore the distribution of an anti-jihad film, which in a sane world would be welcomed by both the Left and the Right since the global jihad wishes to destroy and remake the West utterly, must be some partisan plot.
It further shows CAIR yet again on the wrong side of the jihad, as they are again and again. The Flying Imams threaten the ability of airline passengers to report suspicious behavior without getting harassed legally, and CAIR is right there. Sami Al-Arian for years bamboozles the Left into thinking he is a gallant freedom fighter for the Palestinians without the shadow of a hint of support for terrorism, and CAIR backs him all the way. The Patriot Act? CAIR was against it -- and not just the legitimately questionable parts, either. Has CAIR ever sponsored a single anti-terror initiative that would actually make it easier for law enforcement to identify and apprehend jihad terrorists? Nope.
Yet this shady group still enjoys mainstream media support, and is routinely depicted as a neutral “civil rights” organization.
“American voters,” said CAIR’s cofounder and executive director Nihad Awad, “deserve to know whether they are the targets of a multi-million-dollar campaign funded and directed by a foreign group seeking to whip up anti-Muslim hysteria as a way to influence the outcome of our presidential election.”
American voters also deserve to know whether they are the targets of a campaign, multimillion-dollar or no, funded and directed by Islamic supremacists to mislead and deceive them about Islamic jihad terrorism as a way to influence the outcome of our presidential election, and to influence much more besides.
Recently the stalwart Egyptian blogger who calls himself Sandmonkey interviewed Mohammed Habib, who, he says, “is slated to become the next Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Toward the end of the interview Sandmonkey asks Habib an uncomfortable question about the Brotherhood’s relationship with the Council on American Islamic Relations, and you can practically see Habib squirm right on the printed page. “Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11,” he says.
Why is it a “sensitive subject”? Why is it “kind of problematic”? Partly because the Muslim Brotherhood is on record as wanting to do more, much more, in the United States than simply “spread a positive image of Islam along with its values, culture, history and teachings.” The Brotherhood is engaged, in its own words, in “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
Is CAIR engaged in this effort? Is it trying to sabotage and destroy Western civilization so that “Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions” here in the U.S.? Is it working in tandem with other Brotherhood entities to accomplish this?
And above all: why isn’t there a single reporter in the entire United States who will ask Nihad Awad or Ibrahim Hooper or Ahmed Rehab or Corey Saylor or anyone at CAIR these questions – especially in the context of this spurious FEC complaint?
- Robert Spencer is a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch. He is the author of seven books, eight monographs, and hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism, including the New York Times Bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His next book, Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs, is coming this November from Regnery Publishing.