An anti-terrorism class for Lombard's police force was canceled because of protests from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Read it here. The organization determined that instructor, Sam Kharoba was both biased against Muslims and not qualified to teach anti-terrorism. A spokesman for C.A.I.R. was unable to specify what would qualify one to teach anti-terrorism, hopefully those requirements wouldn't include suicide bomber training.
In truth, Kharoba doesn't have much in his pedigree that would give him instant credibility as an expert in Islam or terrorism. A Jordanian-born Christian, Kharoba has no degrees in Islamic Studies, Law Enforcement or any other police or military training. Like many of America's hard-working immigrants, he is self-taught. Thomas Jefferson was a self-taught architect, designing both of his famous homes, Monticello and Poplar Forest.
The course, entitled, "Islamist Awareness as a Counter-Terrorism Strategy" focuses on the worldwide involvement of Muslim fundamentalists in the export and execution of terrorist activities. But, hey, why bring that to the attention of law enforcement officers who can potentially save lives with heightened awareness. Pointing a finger at radical Islam isn't politically correct.
Muslim groups of all shapes, sizes and colors have taken self-victimization to an art form. They are fighting a war of spin and they're winning. Does anyone ever ask where these groups get their moral imperative or their funding? Usually not, because that would not be P.C..
What, exactly is a "council on American-Islamic relations and what is its real purpose? The way the hyphen is used in this particular instance seems to indicate a standing conflict between two separate groups. The hyphen doesn't merge Islam and America as it does in Italian-American or African-American.
If it were the goal of C.A.I.R. to improve relations between America and her Muslim inhabitants, 9/11 provided an excellent opportunity to kick start that initiative. C.A.I.R. and other Muslim organizations with innocuous sounding names could have stepped up and encouraged Muslim leaders around the world and especially here in America to denounce the attacks on WTC as well as all terrorist attacks on innocent civilians around the world.
C.A.I.R. stepped up after 9/11, but not in any way that would be useful to anything but their own purposes. Stirring the pot of fear and distrust, they pointed their accusatory fingers at Americans who became a little less accepting of the Arab/Muslim community after 9/11. Go figure.
Explosion after explosion, imams across the world shrugged their shoulders. As mistrust and fear grew into resentment and hatred, they invented a new name for Muslim victimization; Islamaphobia. It's not that Muslim extremists were fervently plotting to wreak havoc across Western civilization, it's we who have this terrible disease. An irrational fear of Muslims.
This is nothing new. America's first war on foreign soil was the Barbary War in 1801, fought against Muslim pirates who routinely kidnapped American ships and sailors, ransoming them to the tune of about $1 Million a year. When they demanded a $250,000 tribute after Thomas Jefferson (the self-taught architect) was inaugurated, that was the straw that broke the camel's back.
There are many chapters (surahs) among the 114 in the Koran that talk about peace and co-existence. Unfortunately, the hard core, fundamentalists only preach the surahs that talk about ruling the world and killing all the kuffars (non-believers). Their hatred applies equally to Muslims who do not subscribe to their extreme beliefs. One such passage is:
Against kuffars make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war to strike terror into the (hearts of) the Enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others beside, whom you may not know, but whom Allah does know. Whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah, shall be repaid to you, and you shall not be treated unjustly. Qur'an: 8:60.
There's about 1.5 billion Mulims in the world. Most of them are peace-loving, good people. Maybe 90% of them. Maybe even 99%. That still leaves 150,000 extremists in bed at night dreaming of ways to destroy kuffars (YOU) and waking up in the morning looking for ways to implement those plans. Where is the condemnation from the 99%?
If only 10% of those radicals were gullible enough to strap on an exploding vest, that means that there are 15,000 of them out there willing to sidle up to you in a crowded bar, restaurant, movie theater or airport and blow themselves to smithereens. All for praise of Allah and 72 virgins.
Sam Kharoba was schedule to teach one of his seminars in Highland Park next week, but that class was canceled due to lack of enrollment. It turns out that the Organization to Make People Think That Muslims Are The Real Victims has nothing to worry about. America isn't all that interested.
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