Boston Bombings: CAIR’s predicted response and real agenda

In Boston Bombing: cue smoke and mirrors,  we indicated that Muslim advocacy groups in the U.S. would deflect from the obvious Islamic link.  Increased focus on the victimization of Muslims would be seen in response to the bombing.

Since the bombers have been identified as Muslims and interviews have disclosed the attack was based on Islamic Jihad, the initial condemnation is now being replaced by measured media responses concerning “Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Rhetoric“.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) provided a response to the bombings on onislam.net through an interview with CAIR Florida’s Executive Director Mr. Hassan Shibly.  

Disturbing, but not surprising is, how Shibly focuses on perceived discrimination of Muslims,  stereotyping and Islamaphobia – not the condemnation of the bombers for killing in the name of Islam.  The last question to Shibly is most telling:

OI: If CAIR has the chance to formulate the US government anti-terrorism policy, what would its foundational philosophy be?

Shibly: To profile suspicious actions, not ethnicity or religion. To work with all communities to establish healthy relationships based on trust and mutual respect. To ensure our foreign policy does not radicalize new generations by making sure we do not engage in acts that lead to the deaths of civilians or violations of the sovereignty of independent nations and peoples.

The implication is that the U.S. holds the responsibility for radicalization.

This denial of any link to radical Islamic groups was further demonstrated in an interview of CAIR executive director Nihad Awad on the O’Reilly Factor.    The following transcript of the interview came from the Daily Caller:

O’REILLY: You just said, you just said that radical Islam is not the driving force of terrorism in the world, when that’s an absurd statement. It’s absurd.

AWAD: I think your statement is absurd because you are trying to redefine religion for me. You are trying to define my faith to me.

O’REILLY: No I’m not. I’m telling you that radical Islamists, under the banner of jihad, are causing the most intense terrorism the earth has ever seen and you are denying it. So either you are naïve or I mean, you are just way out of touch. Do you not have a television set?

AWAD: Bill, I think you are just making up some stuff.

O’REILLY: Making it up?

AWAD: I’m telling you Islam is a peaceful religion. Islam is my faith.

O’REILLY: Yeah, what about these jihadists then?

AWAD: Well, also you do not the know the word jihad, what it means. I’m telling you jihad is a legitimate struggle. Those terrorists who are using the word are trying to legitimize their attacks on innocent people.

O’REILLY: Do you know how many of them there are? You have a whole nation of Iran, a whole theocracy that is threatening the world.

AWAD: Let’s not play into their hands and legitimize their attacks.

O’REILLY: Not play into their hands and tell the truth, Mr. Awad.

In short, Awad – a CAIR official,  refused to acknowledge the link of terrorism to “radical” Islamists.

The deflection seems to be mirrored at CAIR local levels as well.  Muslims caution against stereotyping after Boston Marathon bombings  was reported on philly.com and Some Oklahoma Muslims voice concern about anti-Islamic rhetoric, counter-terrorism caucus on therepublic.com.

As CAIR and others circle the wagons, keep in mind that the tagline of “CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization” could also include mention of being  an Unindicted Co-Conspirator with Hamas in the Holy Land Foundation Trial“.  

CAIR’s real agenda can be found in it’s leadership and history. Only time will tell if the victim-hood card pays off as well as it did following the 9/11 attacks.

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