By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
September 29, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A strange phenomenon is playing itself out in a public way within the radical Muslim community, that provides extraordinary insight into their thought processes.
Self-described "moderate" Muslim groups and individuals are feigning outrage over the mass distribution, a week ago, of the acclaimed video "Obsession," which documents the threat posed by Islamism. These forces have mounted a classic public relations juggernaut filled with lies, charges of bigotry and threats of legal intimidation, all with the intent of supressing the video. The fact is that this full-court-press constitutes stealth jihad, the legal twin of the unrestricted Islamic holy war being waged against us, which is so accurately depicted in the film.
The groups acting in lockstep opposition to Obsession includes the usual suspects, tainted Muslim organizations who have been named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror prosecution and should therefore have little credibility - for example, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the Islamic Society of North America.
Also active in this effort is the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] who in a September 11, 2001 radio broadcast originating in Los Angeles stated, "If we're going to look at suspects we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies," and others, equally guilty of fraudulently operating under the mantle of moderation.
The vitriol being spewed by these groups is so extreme that it provides a true glimpse into the mind of these terrorist sympathizers, one only has to grasp the malicious anti-Jewish cant that accompanies this effort to understand the depth of their hatred and they danger that they pose.
The core of this frenetic criticism revolves around a two tiered strategy:
One, a desire to vilify Jews in a manner reminiscent of the libel done via the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the propaganda that led up to the Third Reich. Lest it be said again, these people are more than Jew haters, yes of course their first hate is for the Jews, swiftly followed by the Christians and the rest of the "non-believing" "kuffar" rabble, but it's a broader indictment than that. These people viscerally hate the West which has made the critical mistake of welcoming them as a religious minority rather than proponents of reactionary, fascistic ideology. As a result, their hate of freedom of speech is palpable.
Substantiating this observation is CAIR's insistence, displayed in a legal challenge [see, http://www.cair.com/Portals/0/pdf/ObessesionlettertoFEC.pdf] that the distribution of the film is somehow connected to Israel.
??All three of whom are reported to serve as employees of Aish HaTorah International, an organization apparently based in Israel?Sources have reported that Rabbi Raphael Shore is an Israeli citizen who lives in Jerusalem?It appears that the funding for the production, marketing and distribution of Obsession may have originated from Israel-based Aish HaTorah International."
The point behind this malicious tactic is evident given the fact that, even assuming that this distribution program originated in Israel, there would be nothing illegal about it. It?s merely there as a red-herring intended to stoke the long-standing radical Muslim belief of a world-wide conspiracy of control emanating from Israel and run by the Jews. Muslim critics of the film have even gone so far as to call it, ?Nazi propagandism," [see, statement by Khaleel Mohammed, http://www.obsessionwithhate.com] know full well the implications of that language in such a setting. Oddly, Mohammed appears in Obsession, only later apparently changing his mind and thus bringing it into accord with the radical Muslim line.
Two, a campaign of legal intimidation and publicly spread lies about the film with the intent of suppressing it, part of a larger effort designed to strangle any criticism of Islam at all. Those waging this jihad against the truth and the right of inquiry, hope to, building upon legislation already enacted throughout Europe and Canada, make it a crime to ?insult," or ?defame" Islam.
Of course that leaves it up to the Islamists to define what constitutes an offense against their religion.
Because the producers have gone to great length to stress the obvious, that most Muslims are peaceful, view the reaction to Obsession as a truth detector. Why are these parties acting as if they are complicit in the violence being depicted? If they are not part of the problem or closet supporters of the goals of the Islamofascist terrorists, then why object to the matter being discussed in a public way?
The answer is that they aren?t objecting because Obsession is untruthful, they oppose it because it's all too truthful. They object most strenuously because the film is about them. It's not Islamophobic because it doesn?t paint all Muslims with the same brush, just those engaged in overt violence or those serving as a jihadist fifth column, supportive of the goals of al-Qaeda - our defeat, followed by the imposition of a world-wide caliphate and the recognition of Shari?a.
Since 9/11 these groups have been allowed to use the charge of Islamophobia in the United States to hamstring their critics. CAIR and other groups have spent an inordinate amount of time ?documenting" often ridiculous charges of anti-Muslim bigotry, when in fact they are in actuality trying to advance Shari?a compliance, under the guise of civil-rights enforcement. In this skewed view a business owner who objects to his employee wearing hijab during working hours is by definition an Islamophobe. Ditto the boss who fires Muslims who cause workplace disruption, insisting on time off to pray while on the job.
These spurious cases are then tallied and spit back by CAIR and others as evidence of widespread Islamophobia, when indeed the problems are often due to intransigence and an underlying intention to create out of whole cloth, the myth of anti-Muslim bigotry.
Though those waging this deadly earnest stealth jihad label it Islamophobia for propaganda purposes, it is most accurately understood as the rendering of informed judgment, based upon the facts.
Despite the controversy over Obsession, nearly 30 million copies of the video have already been distributed, so the material is out there in a big way. It seems highly unlikely that it will be possible to legally stop further distribution of the film, regardless of what their press releases claim because, at this point anyway, talking about these things is not a crime, yet.
Perhaps the best lesson to be learned from this affair is understanding the extreme lengths that the Islamists will go to abridge the fundamental constitutional rights that all Americans enjoy. Groups of the ilk of CAIR and ISNA are at their core motivated by a dogmatic oppressive ideology that is classically anti-Semitic, warlike in nature and totalitarian in form. They will gladly - if allowed - change extant U.S. law so that it is accommodative of their religious law, Shari?a.
As we are seeing in Europe, the Islamists can't be bought off and and compromise is not part of their game; they're religious fanatics in the truest sense of the world. The only option is to meet them head-on in the political sphere where they will hopefully be defeated. To do that the public must be made aware of the changing nature of the conflict and the dimensions of the stealth jihad. Seven years into the war on terror that still seems a daunting task and it is not at all clear at this late date that the effort will be adequate.
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