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Posted on 04/11/2003 9:21:27 AM PDT by Stultis
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
CAIR ACTION ALERT #379
ASK SENATE TO REJECT DANIEL PIPES NOMINATION Nominee called PBS documentary on Prophet Muhammad an 'outrage'
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/11/2003) - CAIR is urging people of conscience nationwide to contact the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to ask that committee members reject the nomination of Muslim-basher Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
The USIP is a federal taxpayer-funded institution created by Congress to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. Its board of directors is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. (No date for the Senate nomination hearing has been set.)
During a recent radio interview, Pipes supported the profiling of Muslims and Arabs, refused to condemn the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and justified his previous suggestion that Israel "raze" Palestinian villages. In a post-9/11 interview, Pipes said: "What we need to do is snarl, not be nice. What we need to do is inspire fear, not affection."
A recent article in today's Forward newspaper states: "[Pipes] espouses a theory of conflict resolution that rests on the assumption that peace usually is achieved only by one side defeating the other with military force or other pressure, and only rarely through reconciliation or negotiation."
SEE: "Foreign Policy Scholars Criticize Pipes Nomination"
Pipes, regarded by many Muslims as America's leading Islamophobe, has called for increased surveillance of ordinary American Muslims and claims 10 to 15 percent of Muslims are "potential killers." He has also decried any positive portrayal of Islamic history and beliefs in public schools and termed the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" an "outrage."
In an October 21, 2001, speech before the convention of the American Jewish Congress, Pipes stated: "I worry very much from the Jewish point of view that the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims...will present true dangers to American Jews."
Last year, Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch, a web site that included "dossiers" on professors and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.
SEE: "Who is Daniel Pipes?"
"The Truth About Daniel Pipes"
CAIR has urged President Bush to rescind Pipes' nomination because of his "long history of advocating the political disenfranchisement and marginalization of America's Islamic community."
SEE: "Muslims Protest Bush Nominee"
"U.S. Institute of Peace Asked to Reject Daniel Pipes' Nomination"
In his letter to the president, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote: "Unfortunately, no credible Muslim leader in the United States or around the world could cooperate with an organization in which Pipes has a decision-making role Pipes' bigoted views have been instrumental in widening the divide between faiths and cultures."
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)
1) Contact the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairman to request that Daniel Pipes nomination be rejected.
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300
TEL: (202) 224-5375, Majority Staff: (202) 224-6770, Minority Staff: (202) 224-0767 FAX: (202) 228-5044
COPY TO: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Contact the committee member who represents your state to ask that Pipes' nomination be rejected. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the committee.
LIST OF OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Ranking Member: Edward Kennedy (MA)
Bill Frist (TN)
Mike Enzi (WY)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Christopher Bond (MO)
Mike DeWine (OH)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Jeff Sessions (AL)
John Ensign (NV)
Lindsey Graham (SC)
John Warner (VA)
Christopher Dodd (CT)
Tom Harkin (IA)
Barbara Mikulski (MD)
Patty Murray (WA)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Jack Reed (RI)
John Edwards (NC)
Hillary Clinton (NY)
Independent: James Jeffords (VT)
Contact Information for the committee:
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300
(202) 224-5375 - voice
(202) 228-5044 - Fax
Majority Staff #: (202) 224-6770
Minority Staff #: (202) 224-0767
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It is in the breaking news sidebar!
AMERICA's war on terrorism did not begin in September 2001. It began in November 1979.
That was shortly after Ayatollah Khomeini had seized power in Iran, riding the slogan "Death to America" - and sure enough, the attacks on Americans soon began. In November 1979, a militant Islamic mob took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital, and held 52 Americans hostage for the next 444 days.
The rescue team sent to free those hostages in April 1980 suffered eight fatalities, making them the first of militant Islam's many American casualties. Others included:
April 1983: 17 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut.
October 1983: 241 dead at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
December 1983: five dead at the U.S. embassy in Kuwait.
January 1984: the president of the American University of Beirut killed.
April 1984: 18 dead near a U.S. airbase in Spain.
September 1984: 16 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut (again).
December 1984: Two dead on a plane hijacked to Tehran.
June 1985: One dead on a plane hijacked to Beirut.
After a let-up, the attacks then restarted: Five and 19 dead in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and 1996, 224 dead at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998 and 17 dead on the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000.
Simultaneously, the murderous assault of militant Islam also took place on U.S. soil:
July 1980: an Iranian dissident killed in the Washington, D.C. area.
August 1983: a leader of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam killed in Canton, Mich.
August 1984: three Indians killed in a suburb of Tacoma, Wash.
September 1986: a doctor killed in Augusta, Ga.
January 1990: an Egyptian freethinker killed in Tucson, Ariz.
November 1990: a Jewish leader killed in New York.
February 1991: an Egyptian Islamist killed in New York.
January 1993: two CIA staff killed outside agency headquarters in Langley, Va.
February 1993: Six people killed at the World Trade Center.
March 1994: an Orthodox Jewish boy killed on the Brooklyn Bridge.
February 1997: a Danish tourist killed on the Empire State building.
October 1999: 217 passengers killed on an EgyptAir flight near New York City.
In all, 800 persons lost their lives in the course of attacks by militant Islam on Americans before September 2001 - more than killed by any other enemy since the Vietnam War. (Further, this listing does not include the dozens more Americans in Israel killed by militant Islamic terrorists.)
And yet, these murders hardly registered. Only with the events of a year ago did Americans finally realize that "Death to America" truly is the battle cry of this era's most dangerous foe, militant Islam.
In retrospect, the mistake began when Iranians assaulted the U.S. embassy in Tehran and met with no resistance.
Interestingly, a Marine sergeant present at the embassy that fateful day in November 1979 agrees with this assessment. As the militant Islamic mob invaded the embassy, Rodney V. Sickmann followed orders and protected neither himself nor the embassy. As a result, he was taken hostage and lived to tell the tale. (He now works for Anheuser-Busch.)
In retrospect, he believes that passivity was a mistake. The Marines should have done their assigned duty, even if it cost their lives. "Had we opened fire on them, maybe we would only have lasted an hour." But had they done that, they "could have changed history."
Standing their ground would have sent a powerful signal that the United States of America cannot be attacked with impunity. In contrast, the embassy's surrender sent the opposite signal - that it's open season on Americans. "If you look back, it started in 1979; it's just escalated," Sickmann correctly concludes.
To which one of the century's great geostrategist thinkers, Robert Strausz-Hupé, adds his assent. Just before passing away earlier this year at the age of 98, Strausz-Hupé wrote his final words, and they were about the war on terrorism: "I have lived long enough to see good repeatedly win over evil, although at a much higher cost than need have been paid. This time we have already paid the price of victory. It remains for us to win it."
Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and author of "Militant Islam Reaches America."
Ride on !!!