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Message from an Arab-American: Joseph Farah skewers Barack Obama for outrageous DNC comment
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, August 3, 2004 | Joseph Farah

Posted on 08/02/2004 11:53:21 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

Dear Barack Obama:

Your speech to the Democratic National Convention last week was inspirational.

As you seek a U.S. Senate seat from the state of Illinois, I want to address just one aspect of your address.

You said: "If there's an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process that threatens my civil liberties."

I'm glad you used the term "if," because I am unaware of any such threats. However, I assume you believe there is such a family. Please share with the American people the specifics of this outrage. As an Arab-American myself, I would be most interested in such a case.

If not, your suggestion that innocent Arab-American families are threatened by such actions of our government borders on irresponsibility and represents the worst kind of political pandering.

It is my own experience as an Arab-American that our country, our people and our government bend over backward to avoid such abuses.

In fact, it is my own experience as an Arab-American that our country, our people and our government sometimes make irresponsible and dangerous decisions to avoid even the appearance of ethnic profiling.

Perhaps you aren't aware of the fact that all 19 terrorists who attacked this country Sept. 11 were Arabs. Perhaps you aren't aware of the fact that all of those who attacked the World Trade Center in 1993, killing six and injuring more than 1,000 were Arabs and Arab-Americans. Perhaps you aren't aware of the fact that other Arab-Americans currently stand accused of aiding and abetting terrorist attacks against our country.

Again, to my knowledge, there are no Arab-Americans currently facing "round-up" without the benefit of attorney or due process.

If you know of such instances, you owe it to the American people to bring this knowledge forward and confront the injustice head-on – not through innuendo.

I don't believe the American people would stand for it.

Americans are tolerant and open-minded and non-judgmental. Americans are good, fair and understanding. They are anything but quick to generalize and stereotype – even when doing so would clearly be in their best interest.

Again, here's my own experience as an Arab-American. I travel frequently. Though I am an Arab-American male, though I have an Arab face and an Arab name, I never get a second look when I go through security. Meanwhile, I see young mothers with little babies struggling to make it through extra security. I see little old grandmothers facing the indignities of extra checks.

And all the while, the Muslim-American lobbies and the Arab-American anti-discrimination groups are denouncing this country for being racist and for profiling.

It's just not true.

Worse yet, there is every common-sense reason for it to be so.

The threat of terrorism in the United States does come largely, if not exclusively, from Arabs and from Muslims. We ignore that fact at our own peril.

When I fly to the Middle East, I often fly El Al. In fact, it is my preferred carrier. Why? Because it has great security. I know, because of my name and my Arabic ancestry, I'm going to have my bags searched more scrupulously than the average American.

Do I mind?

Absolutely not. In fact, I am grateful. Because I know these security people are not only protecting the other passengers, they are protecting me.

It only makes sense to do this kind of profiling – especially when we are in a war where our very way of life is at stake.

That's what I think as an Arab-American, Mr. Obama. You see, not all Arab-Americans think alike. Some of us think like Americans first and Arabs second. Maybe you should give it some thought.

Oh, by the way, I'll be waiting for that information about those roundups with baited breath.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arabamericans; dncconvention; farah; obama

1 posted on 08/02/2004 11:53:22 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Baited breath?

Sushi perhaps?

2 posted on 08/02/2004 11:57:32 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: JohnHuang2

That is a breathtaking piece. I love that man.


3 posted on 08/02/2004 11:59:25 PM PDT by Jenya (Gore, he's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody)
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To: JohnHuang2

bump


4 posted on 08/03/2004 12:06:22 AM PDT by GeronL (geocities.com/geronl is back)
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To: JohnHuang2

Where is Barack Obama getting his campaign money from C.A.I.R. or one of it's other HAMAS Saudi Wahhabi connections...?

He sure seems to spew their line of garbage

Campaign Finance Reform my sorry .........McCain Feingold

imo


5 posted on 08/03/2004 3:54:28 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: joesnuffy

The dems having run out of legitimate grievances against segregationists and other groups who were bigots, are now imagining civil rights crimes. Except of course against Jews whom they willingly would let be eaten up by arabs to court the eurotrash and muslims. They turn some cases of isolated gay bashing and killing into a pattern,,you would think gay men were being dragged by chains daily all over the place and that black people were being kicked out of lunch counters everwhere and that women were being demoted all over the place in favor of white men. They see a white sheeted white man carrying a burning cross on every street corner. They need phobia treatment.


6 posted on 08/03/2004 4:01:51 AM PDT by cajungirl (wi)
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To: JohnHuang2

Farah nailed it.


7 posted on 08/03/2004 4:05:48 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.)
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To: JohnHuang2

Ooooh is CAIR ever gonna be mad at him. He's not getting an invite to the Ramadan party this year.


8 posted on 08/03/2004 4:39:36 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Instaurare omnia in Christo)
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To: Straight Vermonter

He wouldn't go anyway. Joseph Farah is a Christian.


9 posted on 08/03/2004 4:42:10 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: JohnHuang2

There's a move afoot to get Alan Keyes to run against Obama in Illinois ... developing ... more news later today (I'm off to help make it).


10 posted on 08/03/2004 4:44:50 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: joesnuffy

Barack's got a LOT of money coming in. I hope someone looks at from whom whom and from where.


11 posted on 08/03/2004 4:46:03 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: JohnHuang2
I posted a reply on this thread about something I ran acrross on Obama. I posted the link where I found it. Maybe it's just me, but I can't get the link to work now. Here's what I found at that link:

Illinois - Peter Fitzgerald is retiring, making his seat vie with Murkowski's for the title of "most likely Democratic pick-up." Democratic state senator Barack Obama is currently leading Republican inner-city teacher (and former investment banker) Jack Ryan in polls. It has recently been reported Jack Ryan has abandoned his candidacy amid sex club allegations. This basically leads to an easy victory for Barack Obama. PAKPAC Supporters, Pakistani Americans, and American Muslims in Illinois active in their communities are requested to contact us at Senate2004@pakpac.net and also begin understanding and relationship with Mr. Obama.

12 posted on 08/03/2004 4:49:48 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: JohnHuang2
Oh, by the way, I'll be waiting for that information about those roundups with baited breath.

Oh, Joseph! It's with "bated breath," as in breath held that you shouldn't be holding while waiting for an answer from Obama.
13 posted on 08/03/2004 4:51:27 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: cajungirl

The dems having run out of legitimate grievances against segregationists and other groups who were bigots, are now imagining civil rights crimes.


lol. good stuff. made me spew the coffee...


14 posted on 08/03/2004 5:06:02 AM PDT by badmrbunny (i am boycotting capitalization because i feel like it.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Good article. "Imaginary innuendo" is a page out of the "divide and conquer" chapter of The Democratic Crime Syndicate handbook.

The antidote for this intellectual poison? Articles like Joseph Farah's and FReepers supporting statements/links to connect the dots for the underinformed.

15 posted on 08/03/2004 5:34:30 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: JohnHuang2

Kudos to this man. We need more of his type to speak out. Too many people, claiming to be Americans, don't speak out. As in - Muslim-Americans or Iraqi-Americans or Arab-Americans, as examples.


Hmmmm, whatever happened to just plain ole American?


16 posted on 08/03/2004 5:50:54 AM PDT by beachn4fun (NO.....I do not suffer fools gladly!)
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To: beachn4fun

What part of divide&conquer do you not understand?



(I know your question was rhetorical...........)


17 posted on 08/03/2004 5:59:19 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: JohnHuang2
"You" will have a better chance of shaking hands with Jesus Christ than ever seeing an African American with the name of Barack Obama ever being President of the United States of America.

Now, if his name was John Smith?

...Perhaps.

18 posted on 08/03/2004 6:00:36 AM PDT by DCPatriot
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To: JohnHuang2

Wow.

I heard Obama's comment, but it went right past me.

Extraordinary article.


19 posted on 08/03/2004 6:21:18 AM PDT by Piranha
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To: JohnHuang2

WOW!!

He should run for office. He'd get my vote.


20 posted on 08/03/2004 6:31:11 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: TheRightGuy
There's a move afoot to get Alan Keyes to run against Obama in Illinois ... developing ... more news later today (I'm off to help make it).

Doesn't Keyes live in Maryland?

21 posted on 08/03/2004 6:50:39 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I don't trust men who inject poison in their faces to remove wrinkles or who are democrats.)
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To: joesnuffy; mewzilla; JohnHuang2; Hillary's Lovely Legs

I was curious about Obama last week, so looked for some bio on him.

Wikipedia.com states that Obama had an Indonesian stepfather -- and Obama spent 10 years of his childhood growing up in Indonesia.

My concern, in fact my fear, is that he has too much sympathy for islam. Considering that Indonesia is about 80 - 85% moslem.


22 posted on 08/03/2004 3:49:55 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: JohnHuang2

Sweet!!!


23 posted on 08/03/2004 9:30:42 PM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Triskaidekaphobia ? Never heard of it !)
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To: JohnHuang2

This site has links to many recent Keyes speeches!
http://www.renewamerica.us/archives/


24 posted on 08/08/2004 2:33:46 PM PDT by votelife (Calling abortion a women's issue is like calling war a men's issue!)
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