September 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Muslims, even those who were born outside of the United States, have an uncanny grip on what makes American politics tick. Despite the barbarous proscriptions of their faith, they have figured out and embraced the concept that America really works through coalitions. Time and time again they tell their followers during tactical workshops at conventions and forums that Muslims must find a partner(s) and focus on an issue of interest to both parties.
None of Lenin's infantile leftism and self-segregation for them. Muslims can even unite with Christian fundamentalists if, say, there are plans in a community to build an adult book store near a school.
This past Sunday at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the Center and the Muslim Public Affairs Council MPAC [please refer to our June 11 expose, The Muslim Public Affairs Council: "Bullying" and Creeping Shari'a] jointly sponsored a program to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Ostensibly the event was held to thank the Japanese American community for its rapid response to the Muslim community in the aftermath of 9/11. Then they offered solidarity and support and, in one case, the use of a Buddhist temple for Muslims in the event they needed sanctuary. Memories of internment camps danced in their heads as they vowed to stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims to insure that Muslims would not suffer the same fate.
Looking back it is hard to see how Muslims could have succeeded in playing the victim card, but they did and continue to. I suspect that groups like MPAC reached out to the Japanese community first long before 9/11 to help establish themselves as a bona fide American organization by establishing links to groups in the community.
A video provided by the Japanese American National Museum was began the event. The video showed footage of Japanese American men, women, and children with a few meager possession getting ready to leave for Manzanar.
This was followed by the presentation of awards to four members of the Japanese American community. MPAC Executive Director, Salaam Al Marayati, was the MC. Each recipient gave a short speech telling of his or her fears after 9/11 that Muslims would suffer the same fate Japanese Americans had after Pearl Harbor.
The fifth speaker - and of course the reason for the event - was MPAC Senior Political Advisor and Center founder, Dr. Maher Hathout. Dr. Hathout, a master of "interfaith" and "intercommunity outreach," described what he deemed to be the current situation vis-à-vis Muslims in America today.
According to the Hathout's ideological line, Muslims in America today are locked in a virtual prison camp. It is a proxy prison camp maintained via data base - the government, having become more sophisticated than the days of FDR's Manzanar internments, has simply saved money on barbed wire and metal bars. Muslims are hated; not trusted; witness a presidential candidate stating that he would not have a Muslim in his cabinet.
In this version of the American gulag, all a candidate has to do to insure his election is to accuse his opponent of having Muslim blood. Thus Hathout suggested that Muslims are ensnared in a virtual prison camp.
He urged his audience to use the Muslim backlash [a figment of his Islamist imagination] as a learning experience to sustain and inspire them. Dr. Hathout further urged his audience not to give in to fear and not to let the experience become only a memory, for memories fade.
"We can storm through the gates of the virtual concentration camp".
The audience held only a handful of Japanese Americans. Where were the other members of the area's large Japanese American community?
Perhaps they stayed home to decide which Ivy League college their children would attend. Then again, perhaps they were ready to leave for Hathout's dog-and-pony show and were given pause, contemplating the real Japanese American experience and the character of our traditional [now under attack] opportunity society, "Hey, wait a minute - we gave them Pearl Harbor, and now they buy our cars."©2012 PipeLineNews.org LLC. All rights reserved.