The Clintons Employ Muslim Brotherhood Officials? You Can’t Be Serious …

Gehad el-Haddad

Gehad el-Haddad

By Andrew C. McCarthy:

I don’t know who is more shocked about this, me or Huma Abedin, but it turns out that a former top Clinton Foundation official is also … a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who has just been arrested for – you’ll never guess – inciting violence in Egypt. Not to worry, I’m sure it was only moderate violence.

The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports on Gehad [as in Jihad] el-Haddad:

A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence.

Gehad el-Haddad served as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials until Egyptian security forces seized him as part of a wider crackdown on officials loyal to ousted former President Mohamed Morsi.

Before emerging as a top Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad served for five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton.

El-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt.

He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation. However, much of his official work with the Brotherhood took place while he was still claiming to be employed by the Clinton Foundation.

Funny how that works. As I’ve previously recounted, Ms. Abedin began working for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton while simultaneously (a) working at an Islamist journal with top al Qaeda financier Abdullah Omar Naseef (the funding device, a “charity” called the Rabita Trust, which Naseef ran with al Qaeda founder Wael Jalaidan, is a designated terrorist organization under U.S. law); and (b) serving on the executive board of the Muslim Students Association’s George Washington Universitychapter. (The Muslim Students Association is the first building block of the Brotherhood’s American infrastructure, and the late, unlamented al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki – an MSA alum, like MorsiJalaidan and Ms. Abedin – was the “chaplain” at the GWU chapter at the same time he was providing, er, spiritual advice to some of the eventual 9/11 suicide-hijackers).

Adam Kredo’s report goes on to explain that Gehad el-Haddad’s placement in the Morsi inner-circle was a natural because of family ties: el-Haddad’s father was a top foreign policy adviser to Morsi, the Brotherhood leader, America-basheranti-Semite, and now-ousted Egyptian president.

Small world: Ms. Abedin’s parents (her mother and late father) have also been prominent Brotherhood figures. In fact, besides running the journal founded by Naseef, Ms. Abedin’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is reportedly a member of the Muslim Sisterhood … as is Morsi’s wife. Mrs. Abedin also runs a sharia promotion organization called the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC), which is part of another group, the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief(IICDR), that has been banned in Israel for providing material support to Hamas (the Brotherhood’s Palestinian terrorist branch). Both IICWC and IICDR operate under the umbrella of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi’s Union of Good. Sheikh Qaradawi is the Brotherhood’s chief jurist and has issued fatwas endorsing suicide bombings in Israel and the killing of American troops in Iraq – and his Union of Good is a designated terrorist organization under U.S. law.

Adam also notes that el-Haddad was the Brotherhood official placed in charge of the “Renaissance Project” in February 2011, while he was still at the Clinton Foundation. The report describes the “Renaissance Project” as “a Brotherhood-backed economic recovery program.” Actually, that’s not the half of it. As I outlined in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy:

[In early 2011, just after Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badi announced that jihad was “the only solution against Zio-American arrogance and tyranny”] Khairat el-Shater … began making himself heard. Shater is the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Deputy General Guide.” He is a charismatic figure, revered as the “Iron Man” for his defiant refusal to buckle through two decades of repeated detention and prosecution by Mubarak’s regime[.]…He also brings intellectual heft: after Mubarak fell, it was to Shater that the Brotherhood turned to craft its comprehensive strategy for shaping Egypt’s future.

The Brothers have a name for this enterprise. It is called “the Nahda Project” – the Islamic “Renaissance.”

Read more at PJ Media

 

 

Muslim Brotherhood Official, Former Clinton Foundation Employee Arrested

Gehad el-Haddad

Gehad el-Haddad

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A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence.

Gehad el-Haddad served as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials until Egyptian security forces seized himas part of a wider crackdown on officials loyal to ousted former President Mohamed Morsi.

Before emerging as a top Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad servedfor five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton.

El-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt.

He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation.

However, much of his official work with the Brotherhood took place while he was still claiming to be employed by the Clinton Foundation.

“It was only a matter of time before Gehad el-Haddad was arrested,” Egypt expert Eric Trager told the Washington Free Beacon. “Many of the other Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen have been apprehended, and in addition to decapitating the organization, the military-backed government has been specifically targeting the Brotherhood’s media wing, including by shutting down its T.V. stations at the time of Morsi’s ouster on July 3.”

“It has also gone after those connected to Morsi’s presidential office, and Gehad’s father is Morsi adviser and Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Office member Essam el-Haddad,” noted Trager, a next generation fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

Read more at Free Beacon

It should be noted that —–> The GMBDW was the first and only source known to have reported on Hr. El-Haddad’s employment by the Clinton Foundation

 

Top Muslim Brotherhood Adviser Gehad El-Haddad Worked For Bill Clinton – So did Huma Abedin

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During the closing session of the 2012 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton failed to hold Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to account for the anti-Semitic and anti-U.S. incitement engaged in over the years by both Dr. Morsi and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Video (time 55:03) of the session shows that Mr. Clinton seemed about to ask Dr. Morsi about this incitement but ended up remarking only that the “fairly large” number of Jews in the audience were among those who wished him well and wanted him to succeed. Few if any in the audience could have realized that Bill and Hillary Clinton have had individuals belonging to both the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and to Saudi Islamists in their employ.

Gehad El-Haddad

Gehad El-Haddad

Two weeks ago, the Carnegie Europe in collaboration with the European Parliament hosted a conference in Brussels with a session on “Political Islam.” One of the featured speakers at the session was Gehad El-Haddad, billed as Senior Adviser, Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party and Executive Director, Nahda Project (Egypt). According to his resume, from August 2007 until August 2012 Gehad El-Haddad was the City Director in Egypt for the William J. Clinton Foundation. Among Mr. El-Haddad’s duties at the Foundation were representing the Clinton Climate Initiative in Egypt, setting up the foundation’s office in Egypt, managing official registration, and identifying and developing program-based projects & delivery work plans. Gehad El-Haddad later became a Senior Adviser on Foreign Affairs to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, a position he has held since May 2011. His resume also says that he is a Senior Adviser & Media Spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood as well as a Steering Committee Member of the Brotherhood’s Renaissance (Nahda) Project. Mr Haddad also served as the Media Strategist & Official Spokesperson for the presidential campaign of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

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Huma Abedin

Huma Abedin

Disturbing as the El-Haddad family ties are to the Muslim Brotherhood and to the Clinton Foundation, Gehad El-Haddad is not the only individual employed by the Clinton family whose relationship to the Global Muslim Brotherhood should raise concerns. The New York Times reported on Thursday that long-time aid to Hillary Clinton Huma Abedin was working, among other side jobs, as a consultant to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation while still employed by the US State Department.

Our predecessor publication was the first to report on the ties of Huma Abedin’s family to Saudi Arabian Islamists and which have since become part of the  political firestorm that began in 2012 when a group of House representatives sent letters to five federal agencies demanding investigations into alleged infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood. Many of these ties center on the Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMM) edited by Human Abedin’s mother Saleha M. Abedin (aka Saleha Mahmood) and which has Brotherhood supporter and Saudi-funded Georgetown professor John Esposito on its advisory board. Huma Abedin was listed by the IMM Journal as an Assistant Editor from 1996 until 2008, a time period during which she was working for Hillary Clinton in various capacities including as a White House intern in 1996.

Read more at The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

 

Did Hezbollah, foreign agents and unions infiltrate the Republican Party?

Kerry Patton

Kerry Patton

by Kerry Patton:  Republicans are nothing more than Democrats in disguise,” a conservative friend told me recently. More and more conservatives are displeased with the Republican Party. Some believe the party has actually been infiltrated by not only left leaning persons but foreign influencers and Islamists as well.It’s sad that in today’s political arena, a person cannot present sound critical questioning to their own party without being castrated. It appears that more and more self-proclaimed Republicans are playing a game of ad hominem attacks, just as Democrats do. If conservatives favor a two party system, it’s critical we fix a very broken Republican Party. The first step could be to begin vetting members appropriately. This requires asking critical questions and demanding answers.Bearing Drift: Virginia’s Conservative Voice, an online media platform, recently published an article titled Del. David Ramadan Kicks Butt! The author praised Delegate Ramadan (R-87th) for his initiative on passing House Bills 1760 and 2120. Everything sounds good so far. But reading comments on the blog revealed a troubling pattern.One commenter posed a very simple question: Who is Imad David Ramadan? The question should have been more appropriately presented by asking, Who is Lebanese born Imad Afif Ramadan? Yes, the person we know as “David” Ramadan is actually a Shi’ite Muslim born in Lebanon with the birth name Imad Afif Ramadan.

What’s interesting is the fact that the author who wrote “Del. David Ramadan Kicks Butt” is the same author who in August, 2011 wrote Questions Swirl Around David-Imad Ramadan in 87th HOD. This article revealed David Ramadan’s past, including his ties to Lebanese Intelligence, the fact that he was formerly married to a Muslim woman who has gone missing, the fact that he filed bankruptcy, and his breach of the oath of American citizenship by signing a petition with his two brothers called DEMAND[ING] THE RIGHT TO VOTE AS CITIZENS OF LEBANON.

Something just doesn’t seem right about the entire debacle surrounding David Ramadan. Why would any online media outlet expose David Ramadan and then, months later, do everything in its power to act like they are his best friend?

Let me be very clear. I am not saying one way or another David Ramadan is aligned with any international terrorist organization nor am I claiming he has ties to any foreign state. Nor am I claiming the team at Bearing Drift are doing anything wrong. Maybe they just had a sudden “change of heart.”

Some questions about Ramadan’s past do warrant answers, however. We the people deserve those answers without being chastised for posing such questions. I will touch more on Bearing Drift and at least one of its board members.

Some Republicans may believe Ramadan and Bearing Drift don’t matter so long as they continue the conservative path. I disagree. The conservative path is not about lies, deception, and monetary influence. That’s the path of today’s Republicans and Democrats. Again, I am not saying anyone has lied, deceived, used or uses foreign or domestic monetary value to influence duties. I just want answers.

We must not allow fellow so-called conservatives to jump on Republican bandwagons. Remember, through our party’s history, we have had many sell-outs. It’s time to weed out the fake conservatives wearing a Republican disguise. We cannot afford for our party to be further infiltrated.

And yes, we conservatives have allowed our party to become infiltrated. Let’s not forget the case of one Pakistani agent by the name of Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai who infiltrated our party not long ago in an attempt to influence our elected officials.  The 62 year old Fairfax, VA resident was supported by the Pakistani ISI—the very organization who many believe supported in the aiding and harboring of Osama Bin Laden. [Ed. Note: Nabi Fai's activities dated to the terms President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, served.]

If you believe Nabi Fai is the only foreign agent to infiltrate and influence our party, you are wrong. It happens more often than you could imagine. He just happened to get caught.

Read more at The US Report

Kerry Patton, a combat disabled veteran, is author of Contracted: America’s Secret Warriors.

See also:

Who is Imad “David” Ramadan? (counterjihadreport.com)

BREAKING NEWS: “The Truth About Mohammed Morsi”

GlobalMB @ September 24, 2012

An organization known as Secure America Now has released an information packet titled “The truth about Mohammed Morsi” which presents a fully sourced compendium of statements as well as other information about the Egyptian president. The report begins with an introduction characterizing Dr. Morsi’s statements  and other facts covered in further detail later on in the publication:

  • “Resistance is the correct and only way to free the land from the filth of the Jews”
  • His words are reflective of his contempt for Jews, The United States, and the State of Israel.
  • Dr. Morsi joined the Muslim Brotherhood while living in the United States
  • Two of his sons were arrested at anti-Israel, anti-United States demonstrations in Egypt
  • Dr. Morsi has repeatedly denounced Egypt’s treaty with Israel.
  • Dr. Morsi is an unabashed supporter of Hamas
  • Dr. Morsi believes the 9/11 terrorists have not been identified.
  • Dr. Morsi has repeatedly defended the Sudanese President al-Bashir who has committed genocide against the people in Darfur.
  • Dr. Morsi has pledged to work for the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, a militant Islamist preacher imprisoned in the United States for planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing

In one of Dr. Morsi’s most egregious statements, he said in 2004 that the “Quran has established that the Jews are the ones in the highest degree of enmity towards Muslims” and that “there is no peace with the descendants of the apes and pigs”.

Read the rest here.

Dr. Morsi is scheduled to share the podium with former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Dr. Morsi is currently in New York to attend the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.

See also: Morsi’s Election Can’t Erase Radical Record (investigativeproject.org)

American Hamas Operative Sues Treasury Over Designation

Muhammad Salah is shown in this July 2007 file photo.

IPT News:

Attorneys for a Chicago man believed to be the only American citizen designated as terrorist sued the U.S. Treasury Department this week, saying he’s been virtually unable to hold a job or engage in everyday transactions as a result.

Muhammad Salah was designated a terrorist in August 1995, months after an executive order by President Bill Clinton named Hamas a terrorist group and prohibited transactions with the group. Salah was in an Israeli prison at the time after pleading guilty to a Hamas support charge.

He returned to Illinois after his release in 1997, but with limited exceptions has been unable to open a bank account, buy groceries or gifts for his family because of the Clinton order’s ban on transactions with a designated terrorist, the lawsuit said.

“There is no endpoint to the designation and its restrictions,” the lawsuit said. It argues the designation was never court-tested, violating Salah’s due process rights and essentially punishing him without a trial.

He is joined in the suit by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the American Friends Services Committee, a Quaker organization.

The groups say they would like to champion Salah’s plight, but fear crossing restrictions on providing support to a terrorist that are spelled out in the executive order.

The ADC took up for two other Hamas supporters in July, issuing a release complaining about the deportation of two brothers from Texas. The brothers turned out to be Basman and Bayan Elashi. Each is a convicted felon tied to a Dallas-based Hamas support network. Salah is an unindicted co-conspirator in that case, listed among people Hamas deputy political leader Mousa Abu Marzook “utilized as a financial conduit on behalf and/or for the benefit of HAMAS.”

Salah was indicted on racketeering charges in 2004, but convicted only of lying in a civil suit related to Hamas financing. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said jurors did think Salah was connected to Hamas and she didn’t buy his claims that his confession to Israeli officials had been coerced.

Prosecutors say Salah continued serving for Hamas after the designation “including directing and financing travel to Israel and the West Bank in or about October 1999 of a Chicago-based associate.”

 

Thoughts on “Veteran’s Day Message from Brigitte Gabrielle of ACT! for America”

Cry Freedom

by Justin O. Smith

December 28, 2011

This past Veteran’s Day an intellectually intriguing group of scholars and leaders gathered for ‘The Preserving Freedom Conference’. The ensuing conversations focused on Sharia Law, individual rights and freedom for future generations. These were discussed in the certain knowledge that the ideas contained within Sharia Law are antithetical to our American culture, the U.S. Constitution and Western civilization, rather than from a position of fear of Islam and Sharia Law. Most Americans, who have familiarized themselves with Sharia Law, are disturbed that anyone could adjust their intellect or apologize for Sharia Law’s tyranny and Islam’s core of fascism inherent within its fundamental strictures, fatwas and edicts. I reject those individuals so destitute of knowledge, such as Charles E. Carlson of Project Strait Gate, whose fallacious charges of intolerance and racism stem from our opposition to the introduction or implementation of even the slightest hint of Sharia Law into the United States legal infrastructure, when our plain belief is Freedom for All!

Veejay Kumar, 4th District Congressional candidate, was in attendance. He has first-hand experience with Sharia Law. Twenty-five years in the U.S. has left Mr. Kumar with a perfect colloquial Southern dialect that makes me smile, and a short conversation reveals the benevolence behind the man and a real American fighting the imposition of the yoke of Sharia on anyone…no racism…simply a man fighting to preserve freedom in America.

Dr. Wafa Sultan is a psychiatrist from Syria, the author of “A God Who Hates’ and an outspoken critic of Muslim society and “radical Islam”. Her evening speech concerned her love for America, and it was her finest moment. In part, Dr. Sultan loved that her daughter could share the details of a lunch with her boyfriend without any fear. She was thrilled to be able to engage her male neighbor in conversation without any accusations or fear of being killed. And, as her voice caught and tears formed, she said, “I love America for the American doctors who saved my daughter,” which brought the crowd to their feet in a rousing ovation, many with tears in their eyes too.

Also on Nov. 11, ‘The New York Times’ reported the death of Vita Petersen (1915-2011). Mrs. Petersen’s father was Germany’s Secretary of State in the 1920s. Her mother was a direct descendant of Moses Mendelssohn. Vita fled the Nazis in 1938, made her way to New York and continued on to become an internationally reknowned artist with exhibits at the Stable Gallery and the Betty Parsons Gallery. Such a full life lived, the world is a lesser place now that her bright light no longer shines.

Mr. Kumar, Dr. Sultan and Mrs. Petersen exemplify strength of character and will with their improved version of the American Dream that they created for themselves and anyone choosing to follow, as they arrived on America’s shore. They are American success stories, and they accomplished their goals by working within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. All immigrants, such as these, who attempt to improve the quality of life for themselves and others in a socially redeeming manner, deserve to be applauded, embraced and loved by all America.

The conference heard staggering details from barrister Paul Diamond (Cambridge & the Hague Academy of International Law), such as Christianity being described in U.K. courts as “pestilence” and entire sections of London, “Londonstan” in his words, with signs declaring “Sharia Law fully enforced here.” Unfortunately, even the Archbishop of Canterbury has called the introduction of Sharia as “inevitable”, and he has called for its acceptance, as Paul Diamond fights U.K. employers and the U.K. government for the right of Christians to wear their crosses in plain view.

Dr. Justin Akujieze revealed that the entire northern half of Nigeria had already been, in essence, conquered by the Islamists, as they have unilaterally declared Sharia Law without comment, debate or media discussion. At the same time, Muslims are committing genocide against the Christian Igbo tribes of Nigeria by burning them alive by the thousands, and these Islamofascists are now moving to control the entire country. As Dr. Justin appealed to those in the audience for their help in saving the rest of Nigeria from this Islamofascist onslaught, the emotion in his voice rang true, “Today is the last day and we must not wither. We must confront this head-on and together we will win.” Winston Churchill would have been proud!

In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton’s advisory staff convinced the President to enter the Serbian-Bosnian conflict basically on the side of the Muslims, due to erroneous intelligence that suggested the Serbians started the conflict. However, in reality, Muslim jihadists returning fresh off the cusp of defeating the Soviets in Afghanistan, with the aid of our CIA, convinced their brethren to start taking Serb properties; Serbian Muslims looted Christian treasures as they destroyed 107 churches and monasteries. Today Serbian Orthodox Christians still suffer extreme persecutions as they cannot openly spread their faith or build new churches in Kosovo, even though their churches and monasteries pre-date Islamic mosques and their ancestors laid all the foundations of this land.

The agents of destruction in America are represented by Muslims such as Ibrahim Hooper and Nihad Awad through groups like CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America. They preach political jihad and work to subvert the U.S. Constitution as they erect the legal framework for Sharia Law to become a parallel legal stystem or eventuall actually supplant the U.S. Constitution; they also erect mosques and Islamic schools that teach this ideology along with hatred for Americans and Israel. John Guandolo told the conference that he could take us inside any Islamic school 7th grade classroom and find literature telling these children to convert or kill Americans, Jews and infidels.

A Muslim Brotherhood Progressive syndicate has formed around this Sharia threat according to ex-FBI Special Agent John Guandolo and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney. CAIR and the ISNA are tied to the largest terrorist financing scheme in U.S. history through their Holy Land Foundation, and yet they are still operating freely within the U.S. Some of their agents work in the upper levels of the U.S. government, and they have heavily influenced the last three administrations, including the Obama Administration, through Grover Norquist’s actions as an Islamist agent of influence; Norquist has mounted attacks on state level legislation and individual Americans against Sharia Law through his Center Right Coalition and an alliance with the ACLU. In the words of Guandolo, “We have an insurgency long underway in this nation.”

Brigitte Gabriel, president of Act for America, weaved a riveting story that revealed a tortured and stolen childhood of enduring extreme privation, nearly freezing and starving to death, surviving being seriously wounded and hiding from Hezbollah in a bomb-shelter for ten years during Lebanon’s civil war. Ms. Gabriel eventually escaped to the U.S. via Israel, however, after 9/11 she realized that she had not really left the terrorists thousands of miles away and decades in the past. It was like a renewed wound for her when her young daughter asked, “Mommy…why do they to kill us,” much as she had asked her own father years earlier. Ms. Gabriel gave her daughter the words of her father, “Because we are Christians and they hate us.”

America is caught in a civilizational war between Sharia Law and our U.S. Constitution, and previously mentioned problems associated with Islam will arise with increasing frequency in Our Beloved America, unless we act now to defeat violent and political jihad and the infiltration of Sharia Law. As any Muslim population grows so too does its propensity towards Sharia Law, and even all of Mustafa Ataturk’s work to ensure a secular Turkey is unraveling today, in the face of the current world-wide ascendancy of Islamofascism and Sharia doctrines. And, certainly we all recognize that slavery is still practiced in Islam, especially in North Africa. Allowing one shred of Sharia to stand parallel to any portion of our law could eventually force all Americans of all ethnicities and religions to endure harsher conditions than the black community endured during the U.S. Reconstruction era at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, because during the War to Free the Slaves there were Americans who, no matter the debate over the cotton economy or states’ rights, were willing to die for the right to own a “nigger”, or “kafir” to the Islamist; today these are the Islamofascists and their appeasers and apologists. Hundreds of thousands of other white Americans were prepared to die, because God wanted all of his children, including the black ones, to be free; today these are the Americans of all colors and creeds who oppose any Sharia Law aspirations under any set of circumstances in America. I am in love with Freedom, and I am fiercely opposed to anyone beginning to adjust to fascism simply because some success has been achieved by the Islamists and their “Arab Winter!”

The Constitution or Sharia Preserving Freedom Conference DVD set is available at the Religious Freedom Coalition for $20.00

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Jihad Blinders: Will the West Get It Before It Is Too Late?

by: Raymond Ibrahim at Stop Radical Islam:
 
Bill Clinton recently demonstrated the tenacity of those liberal/leftist/materialist paradigms that have all but blinded the West to reality. According to the Associated Press:Former U.S. President [and current spouse of the U.S. Secretary of State] Bill Clinton warned Monday that the rampant poverty that plagues oil-rich Nigeria—felt most acutely in its Muslim north—is fueling the religious violence now tearing at the nation. A radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram claimed Monday it killed 12 soldiers and beheaded three government informants in its bloody wave of sectarian violence against Nigeria’s weak central government [the report later adds that Boko Haram has so far killed 286 people this year alone, that is, in just the last six weeks]. While Clinton never named the sect in a speech Monday night in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, he admitted he remained “really worried” about the security challenges in Africa’s most populous nation.”You can’t just have this level of inequality persist. That’s what’s fueling all this stuff,” said Clinton… New government statistics released Monday showed that in Nigeria’s northwest and northeast, regions besieged by Islamic insurgents, about 75 percent of the people live in poverty [emphasis added].

The remainder of the article tells of how “analysts” agree with the poverty-fuels-jihad thesis, and how “Clinton called for Nigerians to embrace their similarities,” arguing that “It is almost impossible to cure a problem based on violence with violence.”

Thus, Clinton, analysts—even the New York Times—all offer a perfectly palatable reason for the violence plaguing Nigeria, one that accords well with the materialist worldview, and one that, as usual, defies reality. Consider some simple facts:

First, Islamists of the north, led by Boko Haram, began their violent jihad in earnest, not because they realized they were financially impoverished, but because a Christian won what was described as Nigeria’s freest and fairest elections. After all, as Islamic law clearly teaches, a non-Muslim is not permitted to govern Muslims—not because he is bad for the economy, but because he is an infidel.

The full name of Boko Haram is “Sunnis for [Islamic] Propagation and Jihad”; “Boko Haram,” their nickname, means “Western Education is a Sin” (not “We Kill Because We’re Poor”). Their stated goal is the establishment of a pure Sharia state in Nigeria. In other words, they are like all the other Islamists around the world, many of whom are financially well of, beginning with the leader of the pack, Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s wealthiest nations, and also the nation most responsible for fueling the jihad of groups like Boko Haram (just as the rich Saudi Osama bin Laden had supported the Islamist regime of Sudan, any number of wealthy donors, Saudi and otherwise, support jihadi groups like Boko Haram as part of their zakat).

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Then there is the fact that, whenever and wherever a society begins to enforce Sharia, impoverishment soon follows—unless, of course, that society has natural resources to glut on. Indeed, consider the poverty-inducing consequences of Boko Haram’s jihad: most recently, after reading about how “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims killed and wrought havoc in the Nigerian city of Kano, we discover that Kano is “the economic heart of Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.”

Who, then, is really creating poverty in northern Nigeria? As we saw, the Associated Press report states that “in Nigeria’s northwest and northeast, regions besieged by Islamic insurgents, about 75 percent of the people live in poverty.” The implication is that poverty creates frustrated jihadis; the reality is that jihadis frustrate the economy..

The inability to accept these straightforward facts; the inability to factor ideological or existential motives, seeing only material motives (money, land, etc); the almost instinctive conclusion that Muslim violence is proof positive of legitimate grievance—all of these are so ingrained in the predominant paradigm, from the mainstream media, to mainstream politicians, and all of these are poisoning Western civilization from within, eroding its influence and capacity to act from without.

Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. A widely published author, he is best known for his book,  The Al Qaeda Reader .  Mr. Ibrahim’s dual-background—born and raised in the U.S. by Egyptian parents —has provided him with unique advantages to understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets.