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July 26, 2006
Stop Helping Me!

I'm sure that will be the message from the Bob Casey campaign after they see Al-Jazeera's endorsement of the Democrat running against Rick Santorum for the Senate. Casey did not pursue this particular seal of approval, obviously, but the terror apologists' appeal to readers to "vote Democratic" doesn't portend a groundswell of support in any case:

Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) remarks at the National Press Club on Wednesday July 19th 2006 calling for regime change in Iran and described "Islamic fascism" as the "great test" of this generation, as threatening to the United States as last century's German Nazism and Soviet communism was inappropriate. These prejudicial remarks were derogatory, and highly unbecoming for a member of US senate. The Senator rhetoric in a public forum demeans both himself and the party he represents, particularly at a time when entire Middle East is in turmoil. Muslim of Lehigh Valley strongly condemned Senator remarks outrageous, inflammatory and un-American. ...

By associating the words "Fascism" with the Islam is to instill fear and by not acknowledging that a political agenda is not the same thing as a belief system, Senator Santorum invoked the oldest and the strongest kind of human fear -- fear of the unknown. Zionist and the pro-Israel lobby continue to instill fear in Americans by escalating unsubstantiated threats against them and fabricating a vast web of lies to justify their actions against Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. By instilling fear of orange and red alerts we Americans have witnessed increased government intrusion into our daily lives and the erosion of our basic rights and freedoms.

Don’t ask Santorum to “apologize,” folks. Vote Democratic.

I wouldn't ask Santorum to apologize for speaking the truth, and this hysterical rant from Mohammed Khaku shows that he hit pretty close to the mark. Al-Jazeera wants people to think that "Islamic fascism" doesn't exist, that it is just a paranoid fantasy spun by Zionists and their puppets in order to inflame Americans against the poor, humble Muslim. The folks at CAIR have spewed the same nonsense since 9/11, and no one buys it from them, either; it certainly won't sell coming from the CNN of the jihadis.

Perhaps Khaku can explain what happened in lower Manhattan on 9/11 in a rational manner that doesn't involve a radical Muslim effort to impose a theocratic tyranny around the world. Khaku could then report on the attack on Khobar Towers, the embassy bombings in Africa that killed hundreds of bystanders (mostly Muslim), and the bombing of the USS Cole. The Al-Jazeera reporter could add an analysis of bombings in Bali, Madrid, London, Istanbul, Morocco, Bali again, and now Mumbai, all while showing how radically oppressive Islamists somehow did it all without any reference to Islam.

In fact, Santorum's construction -- "Islamic fascism" -- intended on showing the difference between moderate Muslims and the fanatics of al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and so on. Santorum could have said that the rise of Islam constituted the greatest test of our generation, but he didn't; he chose to focus on one impulse of a small minority of Muslims that want to impose their religious dictates on the world by force. They want their religion to control all aspects of life for every man, woman, and child on Earth. That technically might not be "fascism" in the original Mussolini sense, but it works for a general definition. We can be sure that Khaku would have still screeched his opprobrium had Santorum used "Islamic tyranny" or "Islamic oppression" instead, and the result would have actually been less accurate, not more.

Khaku does have one argument correct. For the most part, if voters believe that Islamic fascism doesn't exist and poses no threat whatsoever, they should vote Democratic, especially with the kind of leftward pressure we have seen from groups like MoveOn and International ANSWER.

UPDATE: A Newer World points out that the web site that published this is not the same as Al-Jazeera in Qatar. Good catch, and I'll update the other post as well.

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