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Do you believe 'Jihad Darrell'?
Townhall.com ^ | Debbie Schlussel

Posted on 12/14/2001 7:03:32 PM PST by ambrose

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Debbie Schlussel (back to story)

December 8, 2001

Do you believe 'Jihad Darrell'?

Every six months, a snake crawls out of its old skin, but it is still a snake. Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., – "Jihad Darrell" – should know this.

But while he tries to wriggle out of his recent pro-terrorist comments and actions abroad, he thinks he can fool us into believing he's a new creature.

Jihad Darrell made laudatory comments about Arab terrorist group, Hezbollah, while he was in Lebanon, his third trip in only a few months. It was reported by a number of Arab sources and newspapers, including the Tehran Times. He claimed that the activities of Hezbollah were "legitimate resistance," that the group does a lot of "humanitarian" things, that he has "tremendous sympathy" for its "work," and a number of other accolades usually not bestowed by U.S. congressmen on a group that killed over 261 American Marines and officials, is part of bin Laden's al-Qaida network, and helped bin Laden blow up the Khobar Towers (full of U.S. servicemen) by supplying the explosives.

I wrote a column about Jihad Darrell's outrageous remarks, and he apparently got a lot of hate-mail from his constituents. So, to writhe out of it, he claimed it was a lie – that The Tehran Times made it all up to destroy Issa's self-alleged efforts at "the peace process" (in which he met with Yasser Arafat, but not Sharon, because of "U.S. tensions with Israel." Huh?)

Apparently everyone's lying, but Issa. Or are they? Issa's comments were featured in a number of Arabic news sources, not just the Tehran Times. On Oct. 31, London-based Al-Hayat reported that Issa made a proposal to Hezbollah to get the U.S. to recognize it and remove it from the State Department terrorist list. Issa claims that's a lie, too. Pro-Hezbollah utterances by Issa, similar to those in The Tehran Times, were reported by Lebanon's Beirut Daily Star, Syria's National News Agency and even in his own past comments before the committee on which he sits, the House International Relations Committee. Does the Congressional Record lie?

Jihad Darrell's chief of staff claims I'm an "unwitting dupe." But it appears the only "unwitting dupes" are those who voted for him in the last election. Their congressman is a super-duper "duper." A multi-millionaire car-alarm magnate who bought his election, Jihad Darrell built a long, solid record of dishonesty, which makes it very credible that he's lying now. His "rise to wealth had been accompanied by questionable events," the Washington Post reported. In his youth, he stole cars for a living, culminating in a 1972 grand jury indictment for car theft. A damning 1998 Los Angeles Times article reported that Issa allegedly threatened a former business partner at gunpoint and that arson was suspected in a mysterious 1982 fire at Issa's well-insured Ohio plant. Issa practically admitted holding his associate at gunpoint. "Shots were never fired," he said as justification in the San Francisco Examiner. Did John Dillinger use this excuse? Just like Bill Clinton, with whom Issa has way too much in common, Jihad Darrell managed to escape charges for an obvious crime.

Issa claims that as an "American veteran," it's preposterous that he'd try to legitimize Hezbollah. What's truly preposterous is that he'd use his military record to support his lies because, in the past, he's lied about that, too – again, just like Clinton. If that's not enough, there's Issa's repeated ideological flip-flops. According to several political activists and officeholders I spoke with in his district, Issa changes political philosophies from liberal to conservative and back almost as often as some people change underwear. He told columnist Debra Saunders he opposed anti-profiling lawsuits by Arabs, then told other press sources he was introducing legislation to make the lawsuits easier.

With a record like this, it's hard to believe anything Jihad Darrell says. So who's really lying, here?

Syria's National News Agency is controlled by the iron fist of Syrian President Bashir Assad, and it is highly unlikely, since Issa also gushed over Assad in meeting with him, that Assad would have allowed his SANA to defame pandering crony Issa with false quotes. Ditto for the rest of the Arab press – including the Tehran Times – which has a record of being very friendly to Arab American leaders and officials who try to help their causes, a la Issa, who is trying to legitimize Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is run by the Iranian government in Tehran, and the Tehran Times accurately quotes both the leaders of Hezbollah and its supporters, like Congressman Darrell Issa. In fact, The Tehran Times is often quoted by highly respected Western sources to show what the terrorists actually say.

The Tehran Times' pro-Hezbollah quotes by Issa are even more believable because he's very tight with Salam Al-Marayati, chief of the radical Islamic group Muslim Public Affairs Council, who constantly praises Hezbollah as "freedom fighters," abusing quotes by Patrick Henry. Issa's never disagreed with him publicly.

Issa was aware of the Tehran Times piece at the time it came out – at least two weeks before I wrote my column. But he said nothing. Many of his constituents contacted his office then and also two weeks later, when my column ran. In response, Issa's staff member, Andy Gharakani, e-mailed constituents that he was aware of the Tehran Times story for at least a week before my column. If the Tehran Times story was, indeed, false – as Issa claims – why did he not immediately respond to deny it, instead waiting until my column spurred bad PR due to his outrageous statements?

The answer is that Darrell Issa is styling himself on the Arafatian Model. Like his new best buddy, Terrorist-In-Chief Arafat, Darrell Issa tells the Arab press in the Middle East one thing (support and legitimization of Arab terrorism) and the Western press another. When he gets caught – just like Arafat – he hems and haws and denies and guffaws. That's why Issa waited until my column brought him a headache. Until then – like Arafat – he'd gotten away with it and gotten the best of both worlds: the radical Muslim world and the world of his district full of constituents, on whom he thought he'd "put one over."

Since, Issa thinks Hezbollah's done laudatory "humanitarian" things, in addition to blowing up U.S. citizens, why stop at Hezbollah? Bin Laden's done "humanitarian" things for Muslims, too – spent millions on them. Why not compliment him, also? Does Issa think Hitler – whose government provided the largest social welfare system of the time (if only to "desirables" and Arians) – did "humanitarian" things, too?

With congressmen like Darrell Issa, who needs enemies?

Contact Debbie Schlussel


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: salamalmarayati

1 posted on 12/14/2001 7:03:32 PM PST by ambrose
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To: ambrose; Broomhilda
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2 posted on 12/14/2001 9:11:13 PM PST by TwoStep
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To: ambrose
This is another one of those recycled things.
3 posted on 12/14/2001 9:17:08 PM PST by Torie
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To: Torie
Actually, this story is in *response* to Jihad Darrell's denial....
4 posted on 12/14/2001 9:18:24 PM PST by ambrose
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To: Dennisw...
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5 posted on 12/14/2001 9:19:58 PM PST by ambrose
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To: ambrose
Well, it appeared before, and I called Debbie S. a b itch, but I can't find the thread now. Maybe it was deleted. My problem primarily was that she said Issa incriminated himself in the Congressional Record, but then neglected to provide the quote or a link, and as far as I know, still hasn't. I thought that to be at a minimum, infra dig.
6 posted on 12/14/2001 9:36:32 PM PST by Torie
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To: ambrose; Yehuda

Get Ready for Twenty World Trade Center Bombings (A MUST READ interview from 1997)

7 posted on 12/14/2001 9:40:44 PM PST by 2sheep
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To: 2sheep
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8 posted on 12/14/2001 10:03:40 PM PST by timestax
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To: Torie
You can write Deb and ask directly. She's online and even used to post here as deb28 or something like that.
9 posted on 12/14/2001 11:42:35 PM PST by dennisw
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To: ambrose
Who do I believe Darrel or Deb?

I believe Deb.

10 posted on 12/14/2001 11:45:25 PM PST by dennisw
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To: ambrose
Thanks for the ping. I believe Debby.
11 posted on 12/15/2001 4:37:37 AM PST by vrwc54
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To: ambrose
BTTT
12 posted on 12/15/2001 5:48:15 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: ambrose
It's become pretty obvious to me that liberals and Arabs don't know how to tell the truth (cultural thing for both groups). Even if they wanted to, they would lie out of habit. Since Issa appears to be liberal AND Arab, I would surmise that he CAN'T tell the truth. I doubt his name is even Issa.
13 posted on 12/15/2001 5:53:39 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: ambrose
Jihad Darrell made laudatory comments about Arab terrorist group, Hezbollah, while he was in Lebanon, his third trip in only a few months. It was reported by a number of Arab sources and newspapers, including the Tehran Times. ´

This is not good. The guy seem to be taken by the effectiveness of the death cults who sell their cult through violence as a mean and weapon for nations to advance politicaly and militarily.

Little however do those nations realize that those cults are in fact taking over the nations that employed them in the first place - a sort of infective political influence that is spread because those military groups are not like regular armies isolated from politics, but completely involved politicaly.

THat Darrel flirts with those people tell us how democracy in the US is threatened by democracy, when it is used to advance a cult behind a political front that pretends allegiance to the US. We are in deep trouble and I would not mind the US prosecuting people undermining democracy, be they suicide terrorists or, worse, their political sponsors in our halls of congress. If the pen is mightier than the sword, then subversion by the pen should carry out the worst of punishments.

14 posted on 12/15/2001 6:00:27 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: ambrose
BTTT.
15 posted on 12/15/2001 6:05:29 AM PST by veronica
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To: ambrose
How did he get elected -- California Voter Fraud.?
17 posted on 12/15/2001 6:10:35 AM PST by Woodkirk
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To: ambrose
bttt
18 posted on 12/15/2001 6:12:46 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Woodkirk;Judicial Watch;Diver Dave;miss print;Mercuria;Anna Z;abigail 2;Snow Bunny;kristinn...
...When asked this week during the weekday edition of ..'The Judicial Watch Report'.. while he was standing on the Floor of the House by Cell Phone .. DARRELL ISSA was asked why he and others haven't been more vigilant in calling for GARY CONDIT to step down from the Intell Committee / Sub-Committee on Terrorism/Homeland Security in -Time of War ..especiallly now that GARY CONDIT has to pay to file for his Re-Election for lack of Signatures from Voters...?

...DARRELL ISSA's only response to the question was that "There are lots of people in this place in the same boat."

...DIVERT - DIVERT - DIVERT.

...Just two hours later the FBI held a TV News Conference in Los Angeles to announce the arrest of JDL President IRV RUBIN on charges of preparing to bomb DARRELL ISSA's Los Angeles Office, a Los Angeles Muslim Headquarters and a Culver City Muslim Mosque.

...Quite a Day for one Congressman DARRELL ISSA.

...Listen to the USA Network's Weekday Edition of ..'The JUDICIAL WATCH Report'.. on.. www.JudicialWatch.org .. 'cause it's a great Show.

19 posted on 12/15/2001 6:33:19 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: lavaroise
Debbie Schlussel relied on the Tehran Times as one of her sources. Click on the link and decide for yourself whether or not you think the Tehran Times is a credible source of information. I can't find links to the other sources she names, and she doesn't specifically mention what parts of the Congressional Record we're supposed to look for.
20 posted on 12/15/2001 6:45:00 AM PST by wimpycat
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To: wimpycat
Unfortunately it is too serious of a matter to simply wave it off because of the source. There definitely is more to dig in there and our politicians should pledge their oath before they campaign, not after when they get elected. At this rate democracy is going to eviscerate the US if the campaigners do not care about what their allegiances are.
21 posted on 12/15/2001 7:03:21 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: ambrose; dennisw
Actually, I read somewhere here that Issa said that there were 40 news outlets, and that 38 got his comments right, and the Tehran Times and some other outlet, both with some rather Byzantine agenda, deliberately got it wrong. He said that it was taped. Which brings up the obvious question: where is the tape?
22 posted on 12/15/2001 9:04:06 AM PST by Torie
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Amazing, my mind just does not function like demoRATS. I will never understand living with NO conscience, no honor, nor wanting either as well.

Thank you Ronnie.

23 posted on 12/15/2001 9:37:11 AM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: one_particular_harbour
I happen to live in Issa's district. Dems there are rather thin on the ground. It is one of the two most GOP districts in California. The only vote fraud that would have a chance of making a difference would be in a GOP primary. :)
29 posted on 12/15/2001 9:54:17 AM PST by Torie
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To: one_particular_harbour
I will, but the fact Issa is a liberal with typical curiosity for the next death cult, like "Johny" "Lennon" Walker, I am laughing in expectation, for better or for worse. .
31 posted on 12/15/2001 10:40:32 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: dennisw , one_particular_harbour
Why in God's name would you believe the Tehran Times and Deb Schlussel over what Issa says? I hope it wasn't his ethnic background.

I dunno, why would arabs have to believe Bin Laden's tape is authentic? You know, others need not repent to you when you are in total denial.

I know, faith in evil is never questioned.

32 posted on 12/15/2001 11:05:53 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: one_particular_harbour
If he is the best they can do, then California Republicans are hurting and so are you --
34 posted on 12/15/2001 4:16:58 PM PST by Woodkirk
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To: one_particular_harbour
I wouldn't put too much credence in what Schlussel or her sycophants have to say. Her racial agenda has the transparency of a window before the glass is installed. Her preference is to categorize native born citizens (Issa was a captain in the U.S.A. army) as Arab-Americans, which would be similar to calling me British-American (WASP-American?) which is really quite absurd.

Additionally, all of his critics obviously haven't been to his website to investigate his voting record. He has an extensive record of co-sponsoring tax cutting measures during his tenure, which to me, is one of the primary tenet's of conservatism. He also co-chaired the campaign to pass the California Civil Rights Iniative (elimination of racial preferences), is a stong supporter of the military and sponsored a bill expressing support for the President in using all means at his disposal to encourage the establishment of a democratically elected government in Iraq.

35 posted on 12/15/2001 6:31:17 PM PST by jmp702
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To: ambrose
Issa was the guy who became enraged when the airlines tagged him for a search, or something like that. I think he was late and he didn't go through the normal routine and because he was a Congressman he thought the rules shouldn't apply to him. At any rate, that's him and now that I know his true colors, I hope we watch him.
37 posted on 12/15/2001 6:54:42 PM PST by Hildy
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To: ambrose
I'll believe Darrell when he gets a little bit pickier about the people from whom he accepts campaign donations.

Hint: Think American Museum Council.

38 posted on 12/15/2001 6:55:10 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: one_particular_harbour;Snow Bunny;goldilucky;miss print;kristinn;Diver Dave;Republic;Mercuria
...No, actually, I was the Caller on the other end of the line on Talk Radio's ..'The Judicial Watch Report'.. doing the asking directly to Congresman DARRELL ISSA who was on his own Cell Phone from the Floor of the House.

...Then I turned on my local 12 Noon TV News and there was the FBI announcing two arrests of individuals caught in the process of getting ready to bomb Congressman DARRELL ISSA's Los Angeles Office.

...Only .."Stuffies".. I'm on here are REALITY pills.

39 posted on 12/15/2001 8:52:24 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Wow! That was some very interesting news! I'm listening to JW Report.
40 posted on 12/15/2001 9:12:59 PM PST by goldilucky
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To: lavaroise
This is racism and the friends of Lebanese Darrel Issa:

Darrell Issa is an AMERICAN! Helloooooooo! Why do you call him Lebanese when he is an AMERICAN?!

Unfortunately it is too serious of a matter to simply wave it off because of the source

You obviously didn't take my advice on post #14. Look at the Tehran Times and tell us again whether you believe Debbie Schlussel's article relied on credible sources to come up with her story.

But why am I wasting my time trying to talk reasonably to someone who is bound and determined to, in a knee-jerk and sheep-like way, use the Republican Congressman as a whipping boy? You aren't really interested in being reasonable or objective.

45 posted on 12/17/2001 5:16:34 AM PST by wimpycat
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BTTT.
46 posted on 12/17/2001 5:19:20 AM PST by veronica
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To: lavaroise
BTW, I just checked out your profile, and you have a GERMAN flag flying on your profile. Are you a German or an American? If you're American, why do you fly the German flag and not the American flag? If you're American, your flying a foreign flag instead of your own may lead some to believe that you're an anti-American subversive and disloyal to your country, that is, if they used the same hysteria-induced logic that you're using against Rep. Issa. If you're German, why are you so interested in Rep. Issa?
48 posted on 12/17/2001 5:24:19 AM PST by wimpycat
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To: StewartSmith
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49 posted on 12/17/2001 8:50:25 AM PST by ambrose
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To: one_particular_harbour
Unlike wine, idiocy doesn't get better with age.
50 posted on 12/17/2001 9:16:41 AM PST by ReaganGirl
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