Obama says he is taking a first step toward running for president next year.
"I will be filing papers today to create a presidential exploratory committee," the Illinois Democrat said, adding that he will announce his final decision February 10 from his hometown of Chicago.
The Obama Exploratory Committee released the following statement, "To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago.
This statement is amended by the campaign on March 14th, to say, "Obama was never a practicing Muslim."
Is it clear yet? Maybe not, because the official Obama 08 website currently contains this statement: "Obama Has Never Been A Muslim."
This demonstrates the fundamental problem with Obama, his dissimulation. One just doesn't know what to believe.
Obama Recites The Shahada
Two weeks after declaring his candidacy, Barack Hussein Obama told The New York Times that the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset."
In an interview with Nicholas Kristof, published in The New York Times, Obama then recited the Muslim call to prayer, the Adhan, "with a first-class [Arabic] accent."
The opening lines of the Adhan (Azaan) is the Shahada:
"Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that Muhammad is his prophet... "
According to Islamic scholars, reciting the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, makes one a Muslim. This simple yet profound statement expresses a Muslim's complete acceptance of, and total commitment to, the message of Islam.
Obama knows this from his Quranic studies -- and he knows the New York Times will publish this fact and it will be seen throughout the Islamic world.
Regardless of Obama's religion, what message is he sending the world's 1.2 billion Muslims?
I suppose it's easy for Obama to remember the Shahada for the 35 years since he left Indonesia -- and in 'first-class' Arabic -- especially since he believes the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth."
The fact that Obama can recall the Shahada after 35 years and the fact that he believes that the daily call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth" say that those Muslim prayers run through his head often -- what does that make him?
And here's a copy I forgot I cached from Obama's own website.
Solidarity And Sensitivity
In April, 2007, Obama showed his Muslim/Palestinian solidarity and sensitivity, by telling Muscatine, Illinois Democratic party activists that he supports relaxing restrictions on aid to the Palestinian people.
He said they have suffered the most as a result of stalled peace efforts with Israel. "Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."
My Whole Family Was Muslim
In an April, 2007, interview with the New York Times, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama’s younger half sister, told the Times, "My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim." (Alternate link)
I assume Maya thinks of her brother, Barack (aka Barry), as a member of her family?
Although Anna Dunham is often described as an atheist, I assume Maya thinks of her mother as a member of her family, as well.
How else would one interpret that statement?
Jihad, From Jakarta To The White House
In the summer of 2007, when I first saw the recently released Indonesian translation of Barack Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream", over here in Southeast Asia I was completely taken aback not only by the violent imagery in new title of the book, "Menerjang Harapan: Dari Jakarta Menuju Gedung Putih", but by the fact that it was not really a translation at all, but rather a completely different title than the original book.
A correct translation of the title of Obama's book would have been "Keberanian Harapan: Pemikiran Untuk Meraih Kembali Impian America" which translates into "Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream". However, the title for the Indonesian translation of Barack Obama's book is "Menerjang Harapan: Dari Jakarta Menuju Gedung Putih" which translates into "Assault Hope: From Jakarta to the White House".
The problem with direct translations is that often times they never make sense. The words "menerjang" (assault or attack) and "harapan" (hope or expectation) make sense when used separately, but used together, the term "menerjang harapan" makes no sense in Indonesian. But while the term makes no sense, it does however present a mental picture to the native Indonesian speaker, the imagery of a "hopeful assault" a "struggle for victory" or to put it more bluntly, a "jihad", or as the Indonesians see it, Obama's "jihad" for the White House. For the native Indonesian speaker, this figurative language creates a mental image whereas the translation of the book's title can actually come to mean "Jihad: From Jakarta To The Whitehouse".
Why would the publishers drastically change the title of the book for the Indonesian translation and make use of such figurative language? Your guess is as good as mine, but it would seem that Barack Obama is quite interested with promoting himself in Southeast Asia as a crusader for the cause of Indonesia's Muslims.
I've only just picked up the book, but judging from the changed title I'm sure we're in for a lot more surprises inside.
In January, 2008, Obama told a French magazine in an interview that if he wins office, he will hold a summit with Muslim countries to better the United States' image in the world.
"Once I'm elected, I want to organize a summit in the Muslim world, with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion about ways to bridge the gap that grows every day between Muslims and the West."
I've Always Been A Christian
In early 2008, as Barack Obama's candidacy came under increasing scrutiny, his account of his religious upbringing deserves careful attention for what it tells us about the candidate's integrity.
Obama asserted in December, "I've always been a Christian," and he has adamantly denied ever having been a Muslim. "The only connection I've had to Islam is that my grandfather on my father's side came from that country [Kenya]. But I've never practiced Islam." In February, he claimed: "I have never been a Muslim. … other than my name and the fact that I lived in a populous Muslim country for 4 years when I was a child [Indonesia, 1967-71] I have very little connection to the Islamic religion."
That is the official Obama line -- Indonesia, 1967-71 -- but we found out in December, 2009, that Obama was in Hawaii in 1969.
"Always" and "never" leave little room for equivocation. But many biographical facts, culled mainly from the American press, suggest that, when growing up, the Democratic candidate for president both saw himself and was seen as a Muslim.
Read "Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood," by noted authority on the Middle East and Islam, Dr. Daniel Pipes. Dr. Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube/Diller distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.
In February, Firas Ahmad commented on "Our Obama Problem" at altmuslim.com.
"But for many reasons, Muslims are one constituency Obama does not want to court. With a wink and a nod, Obama's Muslim supporters continue to work for a candidate who cannot afford to wink back at them. Given his perceived "closeness" to Islam, and the fact that he shares a name with a former Iraqi dictator, it could be strategic suicide for the Obama campaign to vocally acknowledge organized Muslim support. At a time when endorsements are worn like badges of honor, no major candidate is looking for the Muslim vote."
Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur’an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, and deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a "religion of peace." A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart.
Like many Islamic practices, taqiyya was formed within the context of the culture of Arab tribalism, expansionary warfare, Bedouin raiding and inter-tribal conflict. Taqiyya has been used by Muslims since the 7th century to confuse, confound and divide "the enemy."
In March, Obama said that America, under his presidency, will stop being a "bully." (Video) -- he also said an Obama presidency would work to regain the trust of Muslims worldwide with Washington-led aid programs in Muslim countries.
That Threatens My Civil Liberties
Most Arab-Americans support Obama and many feel a kinship with the Democrat, who they say can repair America's reputation abroad.
"The American image in the outside world has been damaged, and we want someone who will reach out to others and say, 'Let's sit at the table and talk,'" said Saleh Mubarak, who emigrated from Syria in 1981. "That's what attracted me to Obama. He said, 'I will sit with Iran, I will sit with anyone.'"
"The biography, the empathy factor, they feel Obama understands the community," said James Zogby, a senior analyst for Zogby International and founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a Washington, D.C., organization that researches politics and policy in the Arab-American community.
Arab-Americans also remember a line in Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, "If there's an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties."
The Followers Of Osama Bin Laden
Obama, is seeking, once again, to validate, embolden, and encourage the followers of Osama Bin Laden and other terrorist groups by removing our soldiers from a battlefield where we have never known defeat. Worse still hundreds of thousands of craven unthinking Americans are more than willing to allow Obama-mania to permit Americas enemies to survive another day, replenish their strength, and strategize again how best to harm the United States.
Whose Fault Is It?
The Barack Hussein Obama flap, that is. Who was the one who started this mess? Which bigoted, anti-Islamic right wing nutjob was responsible for initially using Barack’s incendiary middle name as a clever political device?
Sometime before Barack Obama’s middle name slipped into the realm of the unmentionable, it was supposed to be a selling point of his candidacy. "Well, I think if you’ve got a guy named Barack Hussein Obama, that’s a pretty good contrast to George W. Bush," Mr. Obama told PBS’s Tavis Smiley on October 18, 2007. "If you believe that we’ve got to heal America and we’ve got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am the messenger who can deliver that message."
Somehow, that was supposed to make him better than George W. Bush, but seeing as George W. Bush’s middle name is actually "Walker," as in Walker, Texas Ranger, it's hard to make that argument with a straight face. Walker beats Hussein hands down. In fact, if he could have beat the real Hussein, he probably would have, except that our government preferred that Saddam go down after a fight, not with a clean blow to the jugular.
We think this means his name is now fair game for anyone.
An Important Success
Was Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King on the mark last week when he asserted Islamic terrorists would rejoice if Obama becomes the next U.S. president?
What do the terrorists think about these policies? Well, journalist, Aaron Klein, recently asked them:
Ramadan Adassi, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades terror group in the West Bank's Anskar refugee camp, pointed to Obama's rise to stardom as "an important success. He won popularity in spite of the Zionists and the conservatives."
Abu Hamed, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, explained the Democrat candidates' anti-war positions "prove that important leaders are understanding the situation differently and are understanding the price and the consequences of the American policy in Iraq and in the world."
Muhammad Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, said talk of withdrawal from Iraq makes him feel "proud."
"As Arabs and Muslims we feel proud of this talk," he told me for my book. "Very proud from the great successes of the Iraqi resistance. This success that brought the big superpower of the world to discuss a possible withdrawal."
Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip, was more direct: The policy of withdrawal, he stated, "proves the strategy of the resistance is the right strategy against the occupation."
What about dialogue with America's enemies, such as sit-downs with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Obama has so fervently advocated?
Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesperson and a senior leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror group, recently explained to me U.S. willingness to negotiate and initiate dialogue "shows the Islamic resistance is bringing the giant [America] to is knees."
"It would be a great achievement complemented by more and more dead American soldiers they will carry in coffins to the U.S.," said Abdel-Al.
The End Of Israel
In April, Obama '08, the official website of the Obama Campaign promoted the end of Israel
Post from Tony Wicher's Blog for Peace
(Hosted by the official Obama '08 website)
A different relationship with Israel: key to Middle East peace
By Tony Wicher - Feb 16th, 2007 at 11:09 am EST
The current treatment of the Palestinians is worse than South African apartheid ever was -- it combines the worst features of apartheid and military occupation. The purpose of it is simply to drive the Palestinians out. There has never been any serious intention of allowing a Palestinian state. Israel is the product of a 19th century ideology, Zionism, that combines good old-fashioned colonialism with good old-fashioned segregationism. In the time of Theodore Herzl this was considered normal, but times have changed. Israel will not be able to complete the colonial project. It will have to make an accommodation with the Palestinians. But a Palestinian state is not the way. The "Green line,"”, the 1967 line, etc. must be regarded as temporary armistice lines. They cannot be the basis for a permanent political settlement. The only way to settle this conflict is reunification, not partition. Israelis and Palestinians must agree to live together as equal citizens in a democratic state -- whether they like it or not. There is no real alternative, other than endless war.
The treatment of the Palestinians by Israelis is the number one cause and justification for terrorism. As long as it goes on the terrorists can justly claim moral equivalence. As long as the United States continues with its current unqualified support of Israel and Israeli apartheid, it makes itself the object of terrorism as well. This must stop. Only the United States can make Israel do the right thing. The next U.S. administration must understand that this is the key to Middle East peace and to defeating terrorism.
Outside this mosque (see photo at link) in Anaheim, California (State College Drive) we finally got definitive evidence of two things:
1. Word has been out in the Islamic community worldwide for some time (specially Indonesia and Malaysia) to begin overt support for Obama.
2. We heard rumors of the Islamic Republic of Iran also passing the word to their American agents and clerics to support Obama but had nothing tangible till now.
3. The photo above was taken during the last week of March, 2008 by an AntiMullah person who happened to see this woman and was delighted to have a camera on hand.
4. Don't be misled by there only being one person. Mosques have been told to get the message across effectively rather than to hold demonstrations, since there was no protest involved where numbers rather than a "bilingual" sign become important.
Note the "bilingual" aspect uses English lettering for Persian (not Arabic) words to reach a broader audience than writing it in Farsi (Persian) fonts.
The Virtues Of Islamic Illumination
Tom Bevan expresses puzzlement over a passage of the keynote speech given by Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison at the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium this past weekend in Illinois. According to a report of his speech, Ellison touted the virtues of Islamic illumination for an enlightened understanding of current events:
Ellison went on to say if more people knew of what Islam had to teach, the controversy created by statements from presidential candidate Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, might not have occurred.
Without more in the way of a direct quotation, it would be imprudent to make too much of this passage. But it's interesting to see Ellison speaking on events related to the Obama campaign. In "Louis Farrakhan's first Congressman," I took a look at Ellison's troubling public record and past associations before his election to Congress. Ellison's record and associations previewed similar issues that have begun to emerge in the course of Obama's campaign.
This Is As Illegal As Hell
A group of young men in Gaza gather before each primary in support of Senator Barack Obama. These well-dressed young men, looking vastly different from the street photos of the poor and depressed we usually see, meet in an internet cafe and make random phone calls to American voters, urging a vote for Obama. They believe he can bring peace to the Middle East.
And, who is paying for these phone calls and for the online-time? And when was the last time Gazans were involved in American politics?
Looks Like A Crescent To Me
In early April, Welcome to Obama Youth, a website for young supporters of Barack Obama displayed the above logo and banner. The purpose of this site is to provide both individuals and groups a central place to share ideas, locate resources, organize events and communicate about supporting the candidacy of Senator Obama. While many of us may not yet be old enough to vote, we still have the ability to make a difference, spread the word, and shape Obama's platform.
Why do you think the Islamic crescent was chosen by this organization to symbolize "Obama Youth?"
And be sure to watch the short video (at link) that calls for the end of the "useless war."
NOTE: Click the link -- a BRAND NEW LOGO!
Here is another example of the Obamalytes scrubbing the Internet of content that reflects negatively on the "anointed one."
In this case they have removed the original Islamic crescent, displayed above, and replaced it with a less controversial, modified campaign logo.
Haven't got a clue about the video?
A Celebration Of Palestinian Culture
It was a celebration of Palestinian culture -- a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and PLO operative, who was leaving town for a job in New York.
A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.
Obama's presence at such events, as he worked to build a political base in Chicago, has led some Palestinian leaders to believe that he might deal differently with the Middle East than either of his opponents for the White House.
"I am confident that Barack Obama is more sympathetic to the position of ending the occupation than either of the other candidates," said Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow for the American Task Force on Palestine, referring to the Israeli presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that began after the 1967 war. More than his rivals for the White House, Ibish said, Obama sees a "moral imperative" in resolving the conflict and is most likely to apply pressure to both sides to make concessions.
"That's my personal opinion," Ibish said, "and I think it for a very large number of circumstantial reasons, and what he's said."
Al-Qaeda Is Not -- Where?
Barack Obama has a problem when he gets off script. In Gary, Indiana, Obama wants to make the point that al-Qaeda needs to be pursued, but in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Obama almost makes a big mistake, and the walk-back isn’t exactly effective:
Note the problem Obama creates for himself in this stumble. He stopped just short of saying that al-Qaeda isn’t in Iraq. He wanted to say it, but he stopped himself, and for good reason -- al-Qaeda is in Iraq. Saying otherwise would have made him look ill-informed, and he knows it. He corrects himself to say that AQ senior leadership isn’t in Iraq.
Given that, and given his buildup of warning how great a strategic danger AQ presents to the US, then why does Obama want to retreat from Iraq? We’re trying to take down the whole network. An effective strategy would have us fighting them in Iraq and in the Pakistan/Afghanistan theater -- which we’re doing now. We managed to fight two wars simultaneously in 1941-1945 on much larger scales than we face today. If he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, should he really be Commander in Chief? (via Jim Geraghty)
Ees No My Job, Man
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Friday it was not his place to criticize former President Jimmy Carter if he were to meet with Hamas.
We Hope He Will Win The Election
While Sen. Barack Obama sought to improve his relationship with the Jewish community today by meeting with leaders Philadelphia, comments by a Hamas political adviser this weekend could potentially hurt the Democratic presidential candidate.
During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.
"We don’t mind -- actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance," Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.
Just Let Me Eat My Waffle
Democratic White House contender Barack Obama could not hide his irritation Monday when asked by a reporter what he thought about former president Jimmy Carter's meeting with Hamas last week.
"Why can't I just eat my waffle?" the Illinois senator said as he ate breakfast in Scranton, Pennsylvania, according to MSNBC television pictures.
Pressed again for an answer, he replied: "Just let me eat my waffle."
Adding insult to...insult, a fellow customer of the Glider Diner in Scranton has put Obama's waffle plate -- the one on which he was focused when rudely interrupted by reporters -- on eBay.
Lead Terrorist Fundraiser In US
Two years ago, Hatem El-Hady was the chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based Islamic charity, Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising and all its assets frozen. Today, El-Hady has redirected his fundraising efforts for his newest cause -- Barack Obama for President.
El-Hady has his own dedicated page on Barack Obama's official website, chronicling his fundraising on behalf of the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Not only that, but he has none other than Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama, listed as one of his friends and one of her 224 listed friends.
But his leadership of Kindhearts is not the only thing that has brought him scrutiny by federal law enforcement officials. Last summer, El-Hady was questioned by the FBI concerning his knowledge of possible conspirators in a UK-based terror plot.
The Department of Justice had a very different version of events. According to the DOJ, Kindhearts assumed the role of lead terrorist fundraising in the US after the government had closed other such Islamic "charities."
"KindHearts is the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, which attempted to mask their support for terrorism behind the façade of charitable giving," said Stuart Levey, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Not only was Kindhearts engaged in providing funds for HAMAS in Lebanon and the West Bank, it had hired as a fundraising specialist the man identified as the designated HAMAS bag man in the US, Mohammed El-Mezain.
And as investigative reporter Joe Kaufman revealed in "The Black Hearts of Kindhearts," a number of other Kindhearts officials were tied to terrorist fundraising and support, as well.
Not any more -- the Obots have removed her name from Hatem's friend's list -- busy little beavers are scrubbing away at the web. -- Update: Now the entire page has disappeared????
Iranians Root For Obama
Commenting on the Iranian preference for a Democrat in the White House, Sergei Barseghian, a columnist for the reformist Etemad Meli newspaper noted that in Farsi, the words "Oo ba ma" would translate as "He's with us."
The sympathy his candidacy has aroused among many Iranians stems from a variety of factors, including his African heritage, his Muslim family ties, and a belief that Obama would move to end Washington's 30-year Cold War with Tehran -- or at least reduce the prospect of a U.S. military attack on the Islamic Republic. "I think people want him to win," said Shi'ite cleric Mehdi Karroubi, the reformist former parliament speaker defeated by Ahmadinejad in Iran's 2005 presidential contest.
It's Obama's declared willingness to engage in "aggressive personal diplomacy" with the Iranian leadership that has generated the most interest among senior officials in Tehran.
"Obama is a man of engagement, a man of negotiations," one Iranian official said. Amir Mohebbian, an analyst close to Iranian conservative politicians, argues that "the mentality of Iranian decision makers is ready for that."
Hamas Endorses Obama
Yesterday's blogger call with John McCain contained a remarkable exchange in which McCain, noting the fact that Hamas has endorsed Obama for President, said:
"It's very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States. So apparently has Danny Ortega and several others. I think that people should understand that I will be Hamas's worst nightmare.... If senator Obama is favored by Hamas I think people can make judgments accordingly."
What He Say?
On the May 4th, "Meet the Press," Obama mistook Iran for Israel when talking about defending them against an Iranian attack.
He said, "Israel is an ally of ours, it's the most important ally we have in the region and there is no doubt that we would act forcefully and appropriately on any attack against Iran, nuclear or otherwise"
Obama's Muslim Birth
On May 5th, the NY Times Admits Obama's Muslim Birth.
After relentlessly labeling anyone who brings up the issue of Barack Obama’s Muslim origins as a bigot, a racist, or a lunatic, suddenly this morning the New York Times publishes an op-ed that actually admits Obama was born a Muslim -- and that it might cause serious problems in an Obama presidency.
PowerLine blog observes that Obama and his legion of supporters in the MSM may not like the fact that Hamas supports his candidacy, or that John McCain and his supporters mention this fact. But it's not difficult to understand why Hamas favors Obama. Consider this statement by Obama regarding Lebanon:
"This effort to undermine Lebanon’s elected government needs to stop, and all those who have influence with Hezbollah must press them to stand down immediately. . . It’s time to engage in diplomatic efforts to help build a new Lebanese consensus that focuses on electoral reform, an end to the current corrupt patronage system, and the development of the economy that provides for a fair distribution of services, opportunities and employment."
The naivety of this statement is staggering. As Noah Pollak asks: "Does Obama understand that the people who 'have influence with Hezbollah' happen to be the same people on whose behalf Hezbollah is rampaging through Lebanon?" And does he really believe that Hezbollah and its sponsors can be pacified or neutralized by electoral reform, an end to corrupt patronage, and "fair" distribution of services?
Obama may well fail to comprehend the first point and believe the second, just as naive leftists of an earlier generation thought that Ho Chi Minh was, at root, an agrarian reformer. In any case, Pollak is correct that "Obama is rhetorically cornered; since his only prescription for the Middle East is diplomatic engagement, every disease gets re-diagnosed as something curable through talking."
No wonder he's Hamas' man.
It Is Reckless
John McCain, speaking in front of the National Rifle Association had some advice for young Mr. Obama:
"I have some news for Senator Obama: talking, not even with soaring rhetoric, (unconditional)... in unconditional meetings with a man who calls Israel a 'stinking corpse,' and arms terrorists who kill Americans, will not convince Iran to give up its nuclear programs."
"It is reckless, it is reckless to suggest that unconditional meetings will advance our interests."
"You know, it would be a wonderful thing if we lived in a world where we don’t have enemies. But that’s not the world we live in. And until Senator Obama understands that reality, the American people have every reason to doubt whether he has the strength, judgment, and determination to keep us safe."
And wants to know why is this open anti-Semite and supporter of Israel's annihilation getting to discuss "the Arab-Israeli conflict" in a private, one-on-one meeting with Obama? What was said? I think we can do the math.
Qazwini is an agent of the Iranian government, spreading its propaganda. He was sent to the U.S. by Iran to help radicalize his mosque, the Islamic Center of America, which -- at the time -- was becoming moderate with women not covering their hair and mixing with men. All that has changed, under Qazwini.
Qazwini is very open about his support for Palestinian homicide bombings, HAMAS, and Hezbollah, and he's a good friend of Hezbollah spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah -- the man who issued the fatwa to Hezbollah terrorists to murder over 300 U.S. Marines and U.S. Embassy civilians in cold blood. Qazwini's mosque has held rallies and celebrations in support of Hezbollah, and many of Hezbollah's biggest money-launderers and agents in America are his congregants.
Yesterday, while Obama advisers Sen. John Kerry and ex-White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke were praising the Supreme Court ruling that bin Laden can appeal to U.S. courts, Obama was wrapping up his trip to Michigan by meeting with a group of "community leaders."
One of those so-called leaders has been identified as Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News, and an agent of Hezbollah. Siblani,, an open supporter of the terrorist group, was handpicked for the meeting by the Obama campaign and Obama spoke one-to-one with Siblani.
Siblani's brother works for Al-Manar a/k/a Hezbollah TV in Lebanon, and Siblani's newspaper is Hezbollah's house organ in America. Sources say Hezbollah has funneled money to the paper. Siblani was at a small 2006 Dearborn meeting identified in the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Seyassah, as a meeting of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's American Hezbollah agents.
Nasrallah has been a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the commander of Hezbolla troops in Bekaa, and a member of the Shura Council, Hezbollah’s highest institution.
Siblani has openly praised Hezbollah, the group that murdered over 300 U.S. Marines and U.S. Embassy employees, as "freedom fighters" everywhere from Hezbollah rallies to interviews on National Public Radio to a Detroit radio station which constantly has him on, unchallenged. At a 2006 pro-Hezbollah rally in Dearborn, Siblani called for the participants to "pray for the Hezbollah martyrs."
This video shows Siblani leading a Michigan rally and repeatedly asking, "Who is the terrorist?" -- and the crowd responds, "Bush, George Bush." He then goes on to question the crowd, "Who is the freedom fighter?" -- and they shout "Hezbollah, Hezbollah" -- and this rally takes place in America.
The very fact that Obama invited Siblani to talk with him is yet another sign that Barack Obama has no problem with supporters of terrorists who murder Americans.
Previously, Obama had a private meeting with an imam who is an agent of Hezbollah and the government of Iran. Why is he meeting with one of Hezbollah's most important imams and agents in America, Imam Hassan Qazwini?
Why is this anti-Semite and supporter of Israel's annihilation getting to discuss "the Arab-Israeli conflict" in a private one-on-one meeting with Obama? What was said?
Debbie Schlussel has written about Qazwini and his mosque for almost a decade. He is tight with the Government of Iran, and he is an agent of the Iranian government, spreading its propaganda. He was sent to the U.S. by Iran to help radicalize his mosque, the Islamic Center of America, which, at the time, was becoming moderate with women not covering their hair and mixing with men.
All that has changed, under Qazwini.
"I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." -- Barack Hussein Obama
A Profound Ignorance
Obama displays profound ignorance of asymmetric warfare.
By stating that Iran isn't a threat because they spend much less on defense than the US, Obama displays a complete ignorance of how asymmetric warfare operates. The AQ "defense budget" for pulling off 9/11, was by comparison to the US, essentially zero.
An analysis of the Iranian order of battle and where they've been spending their defense dollars over the past 10 years would show that they are a serious threat in certain specific areas. They've been investing heavily in coastal batteries, anti-ship missile systems, silent diesel electric subs, and such. They could turn the narrow strait of Hormuz into an un-navigable scrap yard faster than the US Navy could stop them or the US Air force could neutralize those batteries and missiles.
Are the Iranians going to bomb NYC or invade Chicago? No. Can they be a major pain in the ass to the rest of the world if they decided to suicidally squeeze oil shipments through the straight? Absolutely!
A persistent questioner at a campaign stop Thursday grilled Barack Obama on his ties to a professor with pro-Palestinian views, prompting Obama to speak at some length against "guilt by association" and about his support for the Jewish community.
The at-times heated exchange occurred during a town hall event held at a synagogue in Boca Raton, Fla. The questioner focused on Obama’s relationship to Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Arab studies at Columbia University who has drawn fire for some of his criticisms of Israel.
Obama responded by saying he has met Khalidi and spoken with him in an academic context, when Obama was teaching at the University of Chicago. In the 1970s, when Khalidi taught at a university in Beirut, he often spoke to reporters on behalf of Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization. In the early 1990s, he advised the Palestinian delegation during peace negotiations. Khalidi now occupies a prestigious professorship of Arab studies at Columbia
"He is not one of my advisers. He’s not one of my foreign policy people," Obama said. "He is a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel’s policy."
Obama then objected to the suggestion that his contacts with Khalidi mean he shares Khalidi’s views.
"Part of my philosophy … is I believe in listening to people even when I disagree with them," Obama said. "And part of the reason that the Jewish community in Chicago is so close to me is because they know that on many occasions I’ve spoken out vigorously against anti-Semitism, even in my own community, even when it’s not convenient.
Yo! Obama, exactly when is anti-Semitism convenient? When the media is absent? When it's just you, Michelle, Wright and Farrakhan?
On Wednesday, Obama, appearing in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said Jerusalem should be Israel's undivided capital, saying, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided."
Well, on Thursday, Palestinian leaders reacted with anger and dismay to this statement, so Obama immediately flip-flopped on his support for Israel's stance on Jerusalem, saying Palestinians and Israelis had to negotiate the future of the holy city.
Two positions in two days -- this guy is very confused -- and let's be very clear about this -- under pressure from Palestinians and terrorists, Obama caved in on one of Israel's most fundamental issues.
Not a good sign for those meetings with Ahmadinejad that Obama keeps talking about.
You Don't Say?
I almost don't believe what I just read in The New York Times -- and from Thomas Friedman, no less:
"This column will probably get Barack Obama in trouble, but that’s not my problem. I cannot tell a lie: Many Egyptians and other Arab Muslims really like him and hope that he wins the presidency."
The MEMRI Blog reports that an editorial, the Saudi paper Al-Watan stated that U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is more capable than anyone else of bringing about change in U.S. policy, particularly in all things connected to the Middle East.
The paper added that in light of Obama's intent to conduct a dialogue with Iran, the Middle East countries should launch a dialogue with him and help him better understand what is going on.
One can only imagine what change the Saudis what kind of change the are hoping for.
He's Talkin' Jihad
FReeper, "GovernmentIsTheProblem," comments on this Obama quote, "Sometimes this is a difficult road being in politics. Sometimes you can become fearful, sometimes you can become vain, sometimes you can seek power just for power’s sake instead of because you want to do service to God. I just want all of you to pray that I can be an instrument of God in the same way that Pastor Ron and all of you are instruments of God . . . We’re going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."
HE IS TALKING ABOUT JIHAD!!!!!
The first part of this statement is the INTERNAL struggle.
"Sometimes this is a difficult road being in politics. Sometimes you can become fearful, sometimes you can become vain, sometimes you can seek power just for power’s sake instead of because you want to do service to God."
The SECOND part is about the EXTERNAL struggle.
"I just want all of you to pray that I can be an instrument of God in the same way that Pastor Ron and all of you are instruments of God . . . We’re going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."
There are 2 jihads, he talks about them both in this paragraph.
Mu'ammar Al-Qaddafi Endorses
"There are elections in America now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama."
"All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency."
"Our African Kenyan Brother [Obama]... Made Statements [About Jerusalem] That Shocked All His Supporters In The Arab World, In Africa, And In The Islamic World"
"But we were taken by surprise when our African Kenyan brother [Obama], who is an American national, made statements that shocked all his supporters in the Arab world, in Africa, and in the Islamic world.
"We hope that this is merely an elections 'clearance sale,' as they say in Egypt -- in other words, merely an elections lie. As you know, this is the farce of elections -- a person lies and lies to people, just so that they will vote for him, and afterwards, when they say to him, 'You promised this and that,' he says: 'No, this was just elections propaganda.' This is the farce of democracy for you. He says: 'This was propaganda, and you thought I was being serious. I was fooling you to get your votes.'
"Allah willing, it will turn out that this was merely elections propaganda.
Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qaddafimarking the anniversary of the U.S. air raid on Libya. The address aired on Al-Jazeera TV on June 11, 2008
No Martyrs On Obama's Watch
Obama is giving "Cart Blank" to the terrorist when he says if Osama bin Laden were captured on his watch, he'd want to ensure he doesn't become a martyr if he were prosecuted. Obama said he's not sure that the terrorist mastermind would be captured alive.
But if he were, Obama said he would want to bring him to justice "in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he's engaged in and not to make him into a martyr."
"I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." -- Barack Hussein Obama
In early July, 2008, the Obama campaign faces a burgeoning problem: the tendency of certain highly-placed Muslims overseas to declare that he is of their faith. The latest to do so is Libya's Qadhafi, in remarks made marking the anniversary of the U.S. air raid on Libya. MEMRI provides this transcript:
"There are elections in America now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency."
"We still hope that this black man will take pride in his African and Islamic identity, and in his faith, and that [he will know] that he has rights in America, and that he will change America from evil to good, and that America will establish relations that will serve it well with other peoples, especially the Arabs."
Americans believe that Barack Obama has every right to become a Christian as an adult and proclaim his faith in Jesus Christ. Americans understand that true religious identity depends on the faith one accepts. But we deceive ourselves if we believe the rest of the world thinks this way.
The Muslim world sees it differently. A baby born to a Muslim father is a Muslim. One who leaves Islam for another faith is an apostate. It's scriptural.
Facts are stubborn things.
On Sunday, the 17th, CNN aired an interview Barack Obama recently gave to Fareed Zakaria, in which the candidate expressed the opinion that Islamic jihad is a result of U.S. foreign policy failure.
The possibility that the jihad might have arisen not as a reaction to actions of America and the West -- and cannot be ended by our actions, either, with the possible exception of overwhelming military and cultural force -- is something Obama will not admit to.
Obama blames jihad on poverty, even though most of the terrorists we know by name are professionals and college educated -- many are physicians and engineers.
Is Obama really ignorant of the fact that there is an expansionist and supremacist imperative shared by all orthodox sects and schools of Islam? Is he really ignorant of the fact that jihad is the will of Mohammed, is 1,500 years old and for Muslims, there's nothing extreme about it?
Islam divides the world into two parts. Dar al-Islam (Dar es Salaam) is the abode of peace. It is inhabited exclusively by Muslims and Dhimmi. The other is Dar al-Harb, the abode of war. It is inhabited by kuffar, an Arabic word meaning "rejecter." It is usually translated into English as "infidel" or "unbeliever" -- that's you.
Jihad exists for the sole purpose of converting the abode of Dar al-Harb into the abode of Dar al-Islam. It has nothing to do with poverty -- and Obama knows that.
Obama's campaign has hired Hiam Nawas as its Muslim liaison, according to two sources familiar with the move.
Nawas, a Jordanian-American who filled a similar role for the campaign of General Wesley Clark in 2004, has a role complicated by the fact that Obama has been forced repeatedly to deny that he is Muslim, a situation which grates on some Muslim-Americans.
Shades of the NAFTA kerfluffle -- Obama gets to tell us one thing while Nawas tells her constituency something else.
A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words
Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas
Obama's Muslim Outreach Adviser resigned the first week in August amid questions about his involvement in an Islamic investment fund and fundamentalist groups.
Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, who was appointed National Coordinator for Muslim American affairs by the Obama campaign on July 26, stepped down Monday after an Internet newsletter wrote about his brief stint on an Islamic investment fund's board, which also included a fundamentalist imam.
Mr. Asbahi was brought on in part to bridge to reach out to the Muslim communities in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. "We need Muslim Americans to get excited about the Campaign, and there's a lot to get excited about!" Mr. Asbahi wrote in a statement posted on the campaign blog when he was appointed.
Asbahi served on the board of Allied Assets Advisors Fund, a Delaware-registered trust. Allied Asset Advisors is a subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust. The trust, which is supported financially by the government of Saudi Arabia, holds title to many mosques in the U.S. and promotes a conservative brand of Islam compatible with the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and also akin to the fundamentalist style predominant in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Asbahi said he resigned because he did not want to distract Obama's campaign.
There's one of those "damned distractions" again.
The effort to minimize any grounds for fearing Obama has an abiding, if covert, attachment to Islam has prompted him to risk offending Muslims in order to avoid off-message controversies and photo ops. It is, therefore, curious in the extreme that he is giving a prominent role at next week's Democratic convention to a leader of an organization identified by the Department of Justice as a Muslim Brotherhood front organization and an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism financing conspiracy.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson is the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organization created by the radical, Saudi-financed Muslim Students Association. She will represent the Muslim community at the first-ever interfaith prayer service at a Democratic nominating convention.
Now, we know from the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial that ISNA is one of many Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups operating in America. We also know from a Brotherhood document entered into evidence in that case (which is currently being retried after the first prosecution resulted in a mistrial) that, "The work [of Brotherhood members] in America is 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 believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
The question is why would Barak Obama's campaign -- which has prevented Muslim women wearing head coverings from being in the background of photographs with the candidate and which recently fired a Muslim-outreach coordinator who had ties to another unindicted HLF co-conspirator -- allowed itself to be put in such company?
On Monday, in Michigan, Obama became exercised when talking about the need to give even suspected terrorists legal rights.
"We may think this is Mohammed the terrorist," he said at a campaign rally, but "it might be Mohammed the cab driver. You might think it’s Barack the bomb thrower. But it might be Barack the guy running for president."
Continuing, he got more heated, his voice booming. Referring to the Constitution, he said: "Don’t mock the Constitution! Don’t make fun of it! Don’t suggest that it’s un-American to abide by what the founding fathers set up! It’s worked pretty well for 200 years!!"
I'm reminded of two quotes -- the first -- "I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." -- Barack Hussein Obama
The second -- "We will use your laws to defeat you" -- Osama bin Laden.
Peggy Shapiro, writing in American Thinker, says Obama's Muslim Outreach Coordinator, Mazen Asbahi, resigned in August after only ten days in his position, when it was revealed that he had ties to groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. However, there is a question whether Asbahi has actually left.
Asbahi's official stint on the Obama team ended when it came to light that he was one of six trustees of Allied Asset Advisors Funds, a "subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and an advisor to the Dow Jones Islamic Fund. Both NAIT and Dow Jones Islamic Fund fall under the umbrella of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). NAIT, which owns nearly a third of all U.S. mosques and Muslim centers, many funded by the Saudi government, advocates a radical form of Islam.
In a report annotated by almost 500 sources, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report concludes that ""ISNA was created in the matrix of early organizations design to propagate Saudi/Muslim Brotherhood fundamentalism throughout the world... ISNA and its key leaders have a disturbing record of association with organizations and individuals that are accused and/or convicted of providing assistance to terrorist organizations as defined by the U.S State Department... The largest body of evidence concerning these associations relates to ISNA's support of the Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
As with his other radical associations (William Ayers, Samantha Power, Reverend Wright), Mazen Asbahi may be quietly waitingbehind the scenes to resume his place when the election is over. Investor's Business Daily reports that Asbahi "has not stopped working on behalf of Obama." They quote the "former" coordinator as saying that, "despite his official exit he was still "110%" behind Obama and that he was participating in campaign conference calls on Muslim outreach." Leaving the campaign was a "strategic decision," according to Asbahi.
Associates who unnerve, if not terrify, most Americans may be temporarily put aside for "strategic" campaign purposes, but who will be influencing the course of the nation if there is an Obama Whitehouse and the President is finally up front?
Illegal Get Out the Muslim Vote Drive
Here's more -- Gateway Pundit reports that the Obama Campaign is holding several illegal "Get Out the Muslim Vote" Drives at swing state mosques in early October!
You can go to Eid Celebrations and sign up to vote for Obama at the same time!!
Central Ohioans Against Terrorism is reporting that Muslim Americans for Obama has announced a series of "get out the vote" events at mosques in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Ohio this week during Ramadan celebrations.
The announcement was posted at the Asian Americans for Obama website:
They are asking volunteers to please wear the appropriate clothing.
These "get out the vote" events flagrantly violate the tax exempt status of these participating mosques which are strictly prohibitedfrom supporting or endorsing any kind of partisan political activity.
The lawsuit, filed by Philip Berg in federal court has taken a bizarre and disturbing twist. Rather than just producing a birth certificate proving his eligibility for the office of POTUS, Obama has filed a motion to dismiss.
Of the 1,143,358 resident and active attorneys in the United States, Obama selected Joe Sandler, of the Washington law firm Sandler, Reiff, and Young to represent him in this filing.
Sandler's role for CAIR has been to intimidate people who dare to expose the goals and actions of Islamofascists. For example, last year he tried to get Jihad expert Robert Spencer banned from speaking to the Young American Foundation by using a threatening letter. Sandler followed up by threatening columnist Mike Adams for writing about the Spencer incident.
The question is, why would a guy who wants to assume the role of Commander-in-Chief select a lawyer with terrorist connections to represent him in a law suit?
This is just another of those "guilt by associations" that Obama dismisses as a "distraction" and the mainstream media chooses to ignore.
Is there anybody around Obama that doesn't hate this country?
Muslim Americans for Obama
A leading critic of Islam isn't surprised there has been virtually no coverage or action taken against a Muslim group that has been running an illegal "get out the vote" campaign in swing-state mosques.
The group, Muslim Americans for Obama [MAFO], insists that all of its voter registration activity is non-partisan, despite the fact that its mission statement says it was launched in August 2008 "to provide a vehicle for Muslim-American supporters of Barack Obama to organize and mobilize our fellow citizens to get out the vote to elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States."
Continuing, the group's website states: "Although there is only a short period of time until the election..., there is much work to be done for supporters of Barack Obama's candidacy. [MAFO] was formed to offer a vehicle for Muslim-Americans to mobilize quickly and effectively so that our community turns out in great numbers for Barack Obama on Election Day."
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 11/9/08 -- The leader of a jihadi group in Iraq argued Friday that the election of Barack Obama as president represented a victory for radical Islamic groups that had battled American forces since the invasion of Iraq.
Dressed in intricately decorated red and gold robes and a matching fez, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said that the president-elect has an Allah-given capacity to handle any burdens he'll face as the nation's leader.
The Nation of Islam has taught that whites are descended from the devil and that blacks are the chosen people of Allah.
Let my people go!
Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Under plans being put together in Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts.
A third group of detainees -- the ones whose cases are most entangled in highly classified information -- might have to go before a new court designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases, according to advisers and Democrats involved in the talks. Advisers participating directly in the planning spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans aren't final.
Prosecuting all detainees in federal courts raises a host of problems. Evidence gathered through military interrogation or from intelligence sources might be thrown out. Defendants would have the right to confront witnesses, meaning undercover CIA officers or terrorist turncoats might have to take the stand, jeopardizing their cover and revealing classified intelligence tactics.
A Divided Jerusalem
Obama has decided to base his diplomatic approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the Saudi peace plan, the Times of London reports today. A "senior Obama adviser" tells the Times that Obama will back the plan that divides Jerusalem into two capitals and pulls Israel back to pre-1967 borders.
The proposal gives Israel an effective veto on the return of Arabs who voluntarily left in 1948 while requiring it to restore the Golan Heights to Syria and allow the Palestinians to establish a state capital in east Jerusalem.
Obama has changed his position from his speech at American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In early June, he told the Israeli-supporting political action group that Jerusalem "must remain undivided," drawing thunderous applause and roars of criticism later from Palestinian groups. Within hours, Obama retreated to the position that Jerusalem should be left to the two sides to negotiate in the final settlement.
Now he has switched sides to the exact opposite of what he argued at AIPAC. One has to wonder what all of those Jewish voters who supported Obama will think of this new position on Israel’s borders and security.
Obama reportedly told Mahmoud Abbas that "Israel would be crazy" not to accept the plan. He concluded that the Saudi plan would give Israel peace with the entire Muslim world. Really? It might make it palatable for some states like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to start diplomatic relations with Israel, and perhaps even Syria if they get back the Golan Heights. But who believes that Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and the proxy armies of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad will suddenly discover brotherly love with such a settlement? They want Israel wiped off the map, literally in Iran’s case, and the Israelis driven into the Mediterranean.
Israel can decide on its own to take a risk and adopt the smaller borders in exchange for the promise of peace. Obama should have stuck with his AIPAC speech, or the initial retreat from it.
Hamas Has Been "In Contact" With Obama
This week, top Hamas adviser Ahmed Yousef -- the same Hamas official who endorsed Obama last spring -- revealed to an Arabic newspaper that during the presidential campaign, aides to Obama were already, as Obama might say, "sitting down" with members of the terrorist organization.
"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the Internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza, but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as they may have a negative effect on his election campaign," Yousef told the London-based Al-Hayat.
According to Yousef, Al-Hayat reported, Hamas's contact with Obama's advisers was "ongoing, adding that he was still on good terms with some of the aides he had befriended while residing in the U.S."
Major Foreign Policy Speech
Obama is considering making a major foreign policy speech in an Islamic capital during his first 100 days as president in an effort to mend rifts between the U.S. and the Muslim world.
Helene Cooper of The New York Times spoke to several sources, including diplomats, about which Islamic capital Obama might choose, and the consensus was Cairo, Egypt.
The reason: Process of elimination.
A speech in Baghdad would appear to validate the Iraq war, which Obama opposed. A visit to Damascus, the Syrian capital, "would look as if he was rewarding the Syrians and it’s too soon for that," Ziad Asali, president of the American Task Force on Palestine, told Cooper.
Asali also ruled out:
Ramallah on the West Bank, noting that "Palestinians seek Jerusalem as their capital."
Tehran in Iran. "Too soon for that." Amman, Jordan. "Been there, done that."
Islamabad, Pakistan. "Too dangerous."
Ankara, Turkey. "Too safe."
As for Jakarta, Indonesia, where Obama spent part of his youth, "people would yawn about that," said Asali.
One of Obama’s foreign policy advisers ruled out Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and other capitals around the Persian Gulf.
Cooper concluded: "It’s got to be Cairo. Egypt is perfect. It’s certainly Muslim enough, populous enough and relevant enough. It’s an American ally, but there are enough tensions in the relationship that the choice will feel bold."
How about Mecca?
Muslims Say "It's Our Time"
A magazine that proudly promotes itself as Muslim has announced a special edition for Barack Obama's inauguration as president, with Editor Nida Kahn claiming, "It's our time."
The publication, Elan magazine, also includes endorsements of Obama's familiarity with Islam from the daughter of Malcolm X and Benjamin F. Chavis Muhammad, the chief of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, as well as others.
The magazine, which calls itself the "guide to global Muslim culture," is distributed in the U.S., Pakistan, Indonesia, Canada, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, as well as online.
"Muslim World Embraces Obama," is the cover story for the latest edition, and "explores the hopes and aspirations of Muslims regarding America's new president."
Editor Khan writes, "As the guide to global Muslim culture, we here at Elan felt compelled to honor the 44th president of the United States via this special inauguration issue. Barack Hussein Obama not only possesses a keen understanding of the complexities of society but has demonstrated his willingness to engage in discourse and seek amicable solutions even with our opponents."
Chavis Muhammad writes that "with some 1.25 billion Muslims across the globe, the Islamic world couldn't be more excited and anticipatory about the possibility of increased dialogue, understanding and unity that Obama's presidency will undoubtedly bring."
"As an African American Muslim, I can say my prayers were answered when Obama was elected," Chavis Muhammad writes.
He quotes Ayann Ahmed, an entrepreneur working with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, saying, "I believe he will help bring about a better understanding that Islam is a religion of peace and compassion."
Obama has invited Ingrid Mattson, the first woman president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to offer prayer at his inauguration
ISNAwas an unindicted co-conspirator in the same Hamas funding case that named CAIR as a Muslim Brotherhood group. The Muslim Brotherhood's goal is destroying Western civilization from within.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism chronicled the financial ties between ISNA and its affiliate organization, the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), and Hamas several times, including during the first trial against Home Land Foundation (HLF):
Exhibits entered into evidence a few days ago at the HLF trial include an expense voucher from NAIT) an ISNA subsidiary, made out for $10,000 in the name of Musa Abu Marzook, as well as a check drawn on a NAIT account in the same amount made out to Marzook. Another check for $10,000 on the same account was made out to Marzook's wife, Nadia Elashi. Another check for $30,000 was made out to the Islamic University of Gaza (and has Shukri Abu Baker/OLF written on the memo line), a school long known to be controlled by HAMAS, and which counted such notables as former HAMAS leader Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantissi and current HAMAS leader Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahar as professors, and the recently deposed HAMAS Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is a former dean of the University.
That is NAIT/ISNA money going to a top Hamas official, his wife, and a university controlled by Hamas. So the lawyers for ISNA and NAIT are admitting that both groups supported Hamas financially in the late 80's and early 90's, which, at a minimum, destroys ISNA's contention that the group has no ties to Hamas, let alone the Muslim Brotherhood.
In its latest filing before the federal district court in Dallas on behalf of the ISNA and its affiliate organization, NAIT, in the Hamas-terrorism financing case, the ACLU has made a noteworthy admission.
Rather than deny that there is copious evidence tying ISNA and NAIT to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, ISNA and NAIT admit that the documents tying their organizations to Hamas are "authentic," but that they are old.
Clearly, Obama has no problem with the Muslim Brotherhood and its satellite organizations CAIR, ISNA and NAIT, nor the people who run them.