Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Radical Islamic official invited to speak at Fort Hood, one month after horrific attack

In the wake of the Fort Hood massacre, you would think the Obama administration would do everything in its power to correct the policies and egregious mistakes that brought about the carnage. But apparently, the administration has chosen to tread the same crooked and politically correct path that led to the attack in the first place. For indeed, only one month after the horrific shooting spree, a radical Islamic official, with terrorist ties, was invited to speak to the soldiers at Fort Hood:

From Erick Stakelbeck - CBN News:
The U.S. military is facing criticism for bringing a controversial Islamic speaker to Fort Hood.

The criticism comes just one month after a radical Muslim's shooting spree at the fort that killed 13 soldiers.

Dr. Louay Safi lectured on Islam last week to U.S. troops about to deploy to Afghanistan. He is a top official for the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.

In 2007, the group was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history. Evidence introduced at that trial showed that ISNA is closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. The brotherhood is a global Islamic jihadist movement that laid the foundation for groups like al Qaeda and Hamas.

Dr. Safi has also worked for a Saudi-funded organization called the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The group has been on the radar screen of federal investigators for years.

But Safi's radical ties don't end there.

In 1995, he was recorded on an FBI wiretap talking to convicted Palestinian terrorist Sami al-Arian.

So how was Safi chosen to lecture at Fort Hood? A spokesman for the Army base told CBN News that "Safi was one of the faculty members during a seminar about Islam for the Army's 135th expeditionary unit. He said speakers are invited based on learning objectives, audience experience, and availability. The spokesman added that "organizers of the seminar were not aware of Safi's alleged association, but have had no issues or concerns over his presentations nor has any unit raised any."
Ironically, US officials issued similar statements concerning a slew of emails that Nidal Hussein had sent to his spiritual mentor, radical Islamic Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki. Some of the emails included discussions of when jihad is considered "appropriate," and if it is acceptable for innocent people to die in suicide attacks. In one particular email, Hasan told Awlaki that he couldn't wait to join him in the discussions they would be having over non-alcoholic wine in the afterlife.

But, apparently Hasan's emails did not raise any red flags with US officials, because - as one intelligence official explained - "they were consistent with the topic of Hasan's academic research and involved merely a bit of social chatter and some religious discourse."

In 2002, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver rescinded an arrest warrant for Anwar al-Awlaki, despite the fact that authorities suspected him of being involved in terrorist activities in the US. Whether that decision was also based on political correctness or not remains unclear. [You can read ABC's initial report on the matter here and the follow up report here]

With regards to Louay Safi, Andrew McCarthy notes as follows:
In a 2003 publication, "Peace and the Limits of War," Safi wrote, "The war against the apostates [non-believers of Islam] is carried out not to force them to accept Islam, but to enforce the Islamic law and maintain order."...

He also wrote "It is up to the Muslim leadership to assess the situation and weigh the circumstances as well as the capacity of the Muslim community before deciding the appropriate type of jihad. At one stage, Muslims may find that jihad, through persuasion or peaceful resistance is the best and most effective method to achieve just peace." [ACM: Implicitly, this concedes there is a time for violent jihad, too.]
Ironically - as Erick Stakelbeck notes - Louay Safi also spoke at a prayer breakfast for President Obama during his inauguration last year.

Nevertheless, by inviting Mr. Safi to speak at Fort Hood, the Obama administration has shown that it has no intention of amending the inane policies that led to the recent carnage. Quite the contrary, the administration is clearly breaking its promise to rectify the situation and is stubbornly adhering to its crooked, politically correct and inept policies. And in doing so, Obama and his cronies are dragging all of us down the path of self-destruction.

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