Donald Douglas

Daisy Khan: Moving Islamic Center ‘Not’ On the Table for Now

Posted on August 22 2010 3:00 pm
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Amazingly, today’s the first time I’ve actually tuned into “This Week” since Christiane Amanpour took over. I’ve watched video clips. But today I clicked on the tube right at 8:00am. The Karzai interview wasn’t so interesting. HE’S not interesting, I guess. I’m tired of him being in charge in Afghanistan and I just can’t help myself (rigged elections, gaffes up the wazoo, and who knows what else?). Anyway, it was the Daisy Khan interview that really snapped me to attention. Now that’s timely. But Amanpour immediate proved her critics correct, that she’s a hopeless leftist ideologue unsuited to hosting the program. See starts out:

We turn now to the debate over the proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero. Opponents say that it’s just too close to the site of the 9/11 attacks, though it cannot be seen from there. It took an ABC News producer two minutes and 45 seconds to walk from ground zero to the site of the proposed center. But the controversy has raised profound questions about religious tolerance and prejudice in the United States. And the backlash against Islam has been seen across the country, with mosques facing protests in California, Wisconsin and Tennessee. And some intelligence experts now say that the backlash could also bolster extremists abroad, who wish to portray the United States as anti-Islam.

See that? All the leftist memes. And at the clip she flashes the New York Times‘ earlier headline at the paper, “U.S. Anti-Islam Protest Seen as Lift for Extremists.” That piece was fully debunked by both Tom Maguire and myself.

Watch the clip at the link:

Daisy Khan reports that the possibility of relocating Ground Zero is simply “not on the table.” Khan repeatedly stressed that she and radical husband Imam Rauf have a “constitutional right” to build the mosque. Never do we hear her mention the flip side of rights, that of responsibility — especially the responsibility to give the arguments of critics a fair shake. And this “cultural center” is supposed to be about “interfaith understanding”? Inept public relations messaging, to say the least. Indeed, most interesting is the video segment showing Imam Rauf saying that “United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened” when al Qaeda terrorists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Daisy Khan’s response is even worse, that American policy caused the attacks as a result of our Cold War policies supporting the Mujahideen in Afghanistan: Imam Rauf was talking about “the CIA support specifically to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban” … “you know, in CIA terms, a blowback of that. That’s what he meant.”

Blowback. Oh, great. The favorite term of hardline critics of American foreign policy, those who claim U.S. neo-colonial “occupation” around the world is the “root cause” of global jihad against the U.S.

Yep, 9/11 families will just be bowled over with that model of understanding and “outreach.”

And actually, Ms. Daisy kinda leaves out the Koran’s injunctions to kill the infidels. Convenient, you think? And of course a Muslim-compliant Christiane Amanpour’s not likely to correct the defamations, regardless of the debate on whether she’s quick enough on the uptake to be even hosting this debate. Jeez, where are our modern David Brinkleys? Shoot, Jake Tapper would suit me just fine.

More on this later. Stay strong friends …

CROSS-POSTED from American Power.

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