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US conservatives split on support for radical Islamists
Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-11-03 | CAROLINE GLICK

Posted on 02/11/2003 4:04:55 AM PST by SJackson

A public controversy broke out in Washington late last week between two prominent Republican conservatives with close ties to the Bush administration.

The spat centers around the administration's outreach to Islamic fundamentalist organizations and, according to Washington insiders, could have implications on proposed measures to enhance US homeland security in the fight against global terrorism.

The two warring parties are Grover Norquist, a prominent political organizer who is closely allied with President George W. Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, and Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy think tank in Washington.

Gaffney, an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, is closely allied with Pentagon and National Security Council officials.

Norquist, president of the conservative political action committee Americans for Tax Reform, is also the founder and first president of the Islamic Institute in Washington.

In a letter made public last Wednesday, Norquist accused Gaffney of "bigotry and racism"for questioning the reliability of White House staffer Ali Tulbah for inviting representatives of two radical Islamic organizations, the American Muslim Council (AMC) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), to a White House briefing on January 16.

Norquist further attacked Gaffney for past comments against former White House staffer Suhail Khan, who was removed from his position after it became known that his father, a prominent Wahhabi Islamic cleric on the West Coast, had hosted an al-Qaida operative on two separate visits to the US.

Both AMC and CAIR, which purport to represent the interests of American Muslims, have been widely criticized since September 11, 2001 for supporting terrorist organizations, like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and al-Qaida.

According to US Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, both represent the "extremist Saudi, Wahhabi brand of Islam"that views jihad against Western civilization as a primary end of Islam.

Both groups have received numerous audiences in the White House since September 11. Neither has softened its pro-Islamist agenda as a result of these meetings. On January 29, AMC director Eric Vickers put out a press release saying, "In invoking God to be with American soldiers in our apparently imminent war with Iraq, what the president did not say is that he is calling on God to kill innocent Iraqi children."

The next day, Vickers issued instructions to mosque leaders in the US to oppose the new FBI policy of counting and locating all mosques as part of its actions to prevent terrorism.

For its part, CAIR as late as December 2001 was publicly claiming that Israel had carried out the September 11 attacks. On February 8, CAIR national chairman Omar Ahmad told The Houston Chronicle: "Israel is a strategic liability to American political and economic interests. Uncritical support for that nation's brutal policies makes a mockery of our stated commitments to promote freedom and justice in the Muslim world."

As the founder of the Islamic Institute, Norquist has been directly involved in providing radical Muslims with access to the White House and influential Republicans in Congress.

For his efforts, Norquist was given an award shortly before the September 11 attacks from the National Committee to Protect Political Freedom.

The organization's president, Sami al-Arian, has long been under investigation by the FBI for his alleged leadership position in Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

While Norquist founded the Islamic Institute in 1998 in an attempt to bring Muslims into the Republican Party, it is unclear how successful he was. In the 2000 presidential election, Democratic candidate Al Gore won Michigan, a state with one of the largest Muslim populations in the US.

Pipes believes the public controversy inspired by Norquist's attacks on Gaffney is important. "The question of access to the White House raised by Norquist's attack on Gaffney is a crucial one.

On the one hand, bringing these groups into the White House confers prestige and legitimacy on them, both among Muslims and in the wider community. These radical groups then use this legitimacy to gain more power over the Muslim community in the US.

On the other hand, these groups' access to key figures in the administration and Congress has consequences for the Republican Party's approach to radical Islam,"he said.

The White House has remained publicly mum on the issue. White House sources explain that Norquist's attacks on Gaffney have received scant attention and have not been discussed.


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1 posted on 02/11/2003 4:04:55 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
That Norquist should have anything to do with Sami al-Arian is shameful. Al-Arian's involvement with Islamist radicals was first evident in a meeting held at Chicago in December 1990 when Tunisia's Rachid Ghannouchi and Sudan's Hassan al-Turabi, among others, made an appearance. Also present were members of Al Fuqra, America's own incipient terrorist movement. At that meeting objection to United States opposition to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait was discussed and the Palestinian struggle was highlighted.

This important meeting was missed by the press (which is generally ignorant of the Islamist movement's aims and abilities), but received some ink in "Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood: Islamic Extremists and the Terrorist Threat to America", produced by the Anti-Defamation League, New York in 1993.

2 posted on 02/11/2003 4:42:37 AM PST by gaspar
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To: gaspar
Norquist, president of the conservative political action committee Americans for Tax Reform, is also the founder and first president of the Islamic Institute in Washington.

Huh??? Methinks we need to know more about Norquist.

3 posted on 02/11/2003 4:45:46 AM PST by livius
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To: SJackson
Bump!
4 posted on 02/11/2003 4:46:24 AM PST by F-117A
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To: SJackson
For his efforts, Norquist was given an award shortly before the September 11 attacks from the National Committee to Protect Political Freedom.

The organization's president, Sami al-Arian, has long been under investigation by the FBI for his alleged leadership position in Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Norquist is nuts on this issue. Al-Arian is the professor that Bill O'Reilly dissected on national tv who has since been fired from his teaching position (and needs to be deported). Al-Arian's son was on the staff of leftist puke and former US congressman, David Bonior and his brother-in-law, Mazan Al-Najjar, another professor/terrorist, has been deported.

Time for Norquist to find another gig.

America's Fifth Column ... watch Steve Emerson/PBS documentary JIHAD! In America
New Link: Download 8 Mb zip file here (60 minute video)

Who is Steve Emerson?

5 posted on 02/11/2003 4:51:50 AM PST by JCG
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To: SJackson
"In the 2000 presidential election, Democratic candidate Al Gore won Michigan, a state with one of the largest Muslim populations in the US.

Norquist's outreach was highly successful, the muslim community overwhelmingly supported republicans during 2000. There was in fact an attempt made to vote as a block.
This is getting a bit ridiculous...we're not talking Islamo-fascists here...most of the muslims in the US left their repressive countries to come here. They are culturally a very conservative group, even if their brand of religion isn't our cup of tea. Even with hundreds of "Islamists" rounded up in the US, those numbers do not support the "all muslims are terrorists theory".
Should Norquist be doing outreach? Of course.

6 posted on 02/11/2003 5:22:04 AM PST by Katya
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To: JCG
Hummmm...first Scott Ritter, now Norquist. Makes one wonder what video he was caught on.....
7 posted on 02/11/2003 5:23:59 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: TonyRo76; Katya; snopercod; joanie-f
Political correctness has trumped security; and Americans will be dying in large numbers because of it; because, to save face among the "Muslims," the Bush Legacy is that we will act like the coming strike against our people (including Muslims) came out of thin air.

When what we face is not all that difficult.

The bad guys, who almost all resemble ethnically mid-Eastern peoples, require transportation --- they have motor pools of used cars in small sales and service lots dotting the maps of most cities in the U.S.

But we "just look the other way" because to look their way is now a crime in America, by order of Presidents Clinton and now Bush II.

And so almost nobody is minding the store --- the store of the means by which the weapons of mass destruction will be carried to their final locations useful to Fascist Islamism.

It should come as no surprise, if Saddam Hussein actually does send up a balloon in the U.S., and that it happens to be Detroit, where many followers of Islam live, because that is his nature, to self-destruct and blame others, the very same "philosophy of life" that is the socialists' ball and chain.

10 posted on 02/11/2003 6:52:43 AM PST by First_Salute
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To: Katya
Even with hundreds of "Islamists" rounded up in the US, those numbers do not support the "all muslims are terrorists theory".

Speaking of numbers...

Here's a happy thought from Middle East expert Daniel Pipes:

Islamists constitute a small but significant minority of Muslims, perhaps 10 to 15 per cent of the population. Many of them are peaceable in apearance, but they all must be considered potential killers.

How does 400,000 to 800,000 -- in our country -- potential killers sound?

Pipes article here...

Muslim population in America

Meet an Islamist -- peaceable in appearance, killer

America's Fifth Column ... watch Steve Emerson/PBS documentary JIHAD! In America
New Link: Download 8 Mb zip file here (60 minute video)

Who is Steve Emerson?

11 posted on 02/11/2003 5:10:52 PM PST by JCG
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