Skip to comments.'Conservative' Islamists Invade CPAC
Posted on 02/21/2006 9:23:27 AM PST by Reagan Man
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is an institution. Now in its 32nd year, CPAC is the largest annual gathering of grassroots activists on the right.
But when it comes to co-sponsors, CPAC and its parent group, the American Conservative Union, are keeping strange company.
CPAC always has a lustrous lineup of speakers. Ann Coulter, Oliver North, George Will, Sen. Rick Santorum (R.-Pa.) and Vice President Cheney all addressed this years conference. For the most part, the panel discussions and workshops were informative.
Increasingly, CPAC is becoming a youth conference -- demonstrating the movements vitality. Of the 3,500 or so attendees at CPAC 2006 (Feb. 9-11), at least half were under 25.
But this also highlights the danger of CPACs associating with the American Civil Liberties Union (an exhibitor at this years conference), Muslim organizations with dubious ties and George Soros-funded drug-legalization groups.
College kids who encounter the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Drug Policy Alliance at CPAC assume theres a connection between what these groups are pushing and the conservative agenda, especially when theyre also on the CPAC program.
For a $3,000 fee, co-sponsors get an exhibit, listing in conference materials and a place in the program. CPAC is getting less and less discriminating about who it lets in the door. Finances outweigh principle.
At its booth in the exhibit hall, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) distributed flyers headlined: "American Muslims Fighting Terrorism." If there are American Muslims fighting terrorism, theyre not in MPAC.
The group was founded in 1989. On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, MPAC co-founder Salam al-Marayati told a Los Angeles talk show that the Israelis might be responsible for the World Trade Center carnage -- lest anyone suspect the religion of peace (just because all 19 of the hijackers happened to be from Saudi Arabia and practitioners of the fanatical Whabbi brand of Islam).
Another MPAC leader, Maher Hathout, condemned U.S. airstrikes on terrorist bases in Afghanistan (following the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania) as "illegal, immoral, unhuman, unacceptable, stupid and un-American." Hathout has an unfortunate tendency to equivocate.
When a suicide bomber blew up an Israeli pizzeria in August 2001, scattering the body parts of young parents and their children, MPAC said the Israelis had it coming. According to the self-styled anti-terrorist group, Israel was "responsible for this pattern of violence."
In a 1999 publication, MPAC excused the 1983 suicide attack on the Beirut Marine compound (that left 241 dead) as a military operation. In its "Position Paper on U.S. Counterterrorism Policy," MPAC observed: "Yet this attack, for all the pain it caused, was not in a strict sense a terrorist operation -- It was a military operation producing no civilian casualties -- exactly the kind of attack that Americans might have lauded had it been directed against Washingtons enemies" -- which should come as a great comfort to the families of 241 dead Marines.
On its website (Jan. 26, 2006), MPAC posted a report that tried to rationalize the Hamas victory in the recent Palestinian election.
A win for terrorism? Not at all, MPAC argued. Voters chose the enthusiastic killers of Hamas (over the more sedate killers of Fatah) because they were "unhappy with the status quo" and demand better services -- like the more efficient murder of Jews.
With Americans dying in Iraq, its sick and twisted for the American Conservative Union to allow these apologists for terrorism to infiltrate CPAC.
The Islamic Free Market Institute has been a CPAC co-sponsor for the past two years. While theres less of a paper trail here, there is enough troubling intelligence to disqualify the group as a co-sponsor.
Also known as the Islamic Institute, the operation initially was funded by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a fan of Hamas and Hezbollah. In 1996, Alamoudi told the annual conference of the Islamic Association of Palestinians, "If we are outside this country we can say, O Allah, destroy America. But once we are here, our mission is to change it."
So, the Islamic Free Market Institute -- do they cut your taxes before or after they cut off your head?
Also waging war on Western civilization were CPACs druggie co-sponsors. Speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives on February 8, Rep. Mark Souder (R.-Ind.) who has spoken at CPAC in the past (as has your humble servant, at least half a dozen times in the past 20 years), declared:
One can imagine a conservatives surprise to read on the CPAC agenda that a representative of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is slated to moderate -- yes, moderate -- a panel Friday discussing drug policy. For those who are unacquainted with it, the pro-marijuana MPP has been funded by Soros in the past. Also represented on the panel is the Drug Policy Alliance, which is [George] Soros principal pro-drug arm. Incidentally, the moderator himself (Rob Kampia) is a convicted drug dealer.
Souder could have added that billionaire George Soros (dubbed "the Daddy Warbucks of drug legalization" by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph Califano) is the chief financial angel of the Marijuana Policy Project, and donated $8.5 million to the Drug Policy Alliance between 2001 and 2004.
Drug legalization is part of Soros final solution for America. Besides his spending here, the Lear Jet leftist has lavished a fortune on promoting euthanasia, abortion advocacy and an isolationist foreign policy.
A dispassionate observer of the political scene, he once compared the president to the Nazis ("When I hear George W. Bush say: Youre either with us or against us, it reminds me of the Germans" this not in reference to Beethoven and Kant.) In 2004, through a complex of 527 groups like MoveOn.org, Soros spent an estimated $18 million dollars to defeat the Fourth Reich of Herr W.
Soros could make common cause with the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Hes forever telling us that the War on Terrorism cant be won (just like the War on Drugs).
An inveterate root-causer, Soros cautions that we must "correct the grievances on which terrorism feeds" -- including the lack of a Palestinian state, the existence of Israel, cartoons depicting Mohammed, and the destruction of the Spanish caliphate in 1492.
In his book Soros On Soros (Hows that for humility?), the Hungarian-born immigrant and convicted insider-trader said that if it were up to him, hed legalize all drugs "excluding the most dangerous ones like crack." Presumably, the legalization list would include such benign substances as cocaine and heroin.
The Drug Policy Alliances Ethan Nadelmann recently suggested, "Coca (the plant from which cocaine is derived) deserves the same opportunities to compete legally in international markets as coffee." Cocaine -- good to the last drop?
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Nadelmann argued, "If you possess small amounts of a drug for your own personal use, that should not be a crime -- regardless of the drug."
While its true that there are a few prominent conservative proponents of marijuana legalization (like William F. Buckley Jr. and economist Milton Friedman), with the exception of the libertarian Cato Institute -- which also follows the Soros line on foreign policy -- I cant think of a single legitimate group on the Right that shares this societal death wish.
Reportedly, ACU Chairman David Keene is amused that Soros is helping to fund a conservative conference. Does he also chuckle over the fact that young conservatives are duped into thinking that the hypodermic crowd is conservative? ("Yeah, man, like we believe in individual liberty -- or something.")
Is he amused that the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Islamic Free Market Institute can use their association with CPAC (theyre co-sponsors, after all) to legitimize themselves?
Informed conservatives understand that the left is involved in a relentless crusade to undermine America at home and to bolster our enemies abroad.
Tragically, the Conservative Political Action Conference is now unwittingly aiding Americas enemies -- on both fronts.
Perhaps next years CPAC will include the Medellin Cartel and Hamas among its cosponsors. Wouldnt that be a blast?
Some FReepers who attended CPAC this year were disgusted with the acceptance of radical Islamists at a "conservative" conference.
CPAC is not what it was, and it's sad to see it so abused by so many abusers intent on abuse.
Perhaps next year there will be some greater sense applied to whoever is even remotely affiliated, because, the NAME of the meet is CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE. Not DemocraticUndergroundMoveOnSorosHamasMuhammad whatever.
It's all about getting votes even if your voters intend to kill you.
Is this the group you had the "discussion" with?
How can we express our concerns strongly enough to precipitate change?
I agree that there is something totally bizarre and self-defeating in including extremist terrorist apologists at CPAC conferences. Links, anyone?
I knew we'd agree on something sooner or later!
I think we're in agreement on more issues then maybe either one of us is willing to admit to. ;^)
Yeah, we are!
I was more disturbed by those conservatives who believe that government expansion is the answer.
Government is the problem, not the answer.
Get rid of the War on Drugs and a lot of other problems disappear -- violence, corruption, and dealers themselves as the profit motive would go away.
Get rid of the WoD and end the assault on the 2nd and 4th Amendments.
I'm not denying the damage that drugs can do but I beleive that this 'cure' is worse than the disease and it's time to try something else.