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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 25, 2010/ 15 Elul, 5770

American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The American left is in fallback mode. Despite their best efforts, they have been unable to convince the overwhelming majority of Americans that we are Islamo-phobic, anti-Constitutional bigots for daring to oppose the Ground Zero mosque. The reason for this failure is stunningly simple: because we're not. Americans are quite clear on the difference between Constitutional rights and the appalling lack of respect demonstrated by the project's leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. That would be "moderate Muslim" Feisal Abdul Rauf, right? Wrong.

Once the Constitutional issue was resolved--and it was resolved when Americans demonstrated that they clearly understood the First Amendment--the issue became one of respect. How has the left framed the issue of respect? Americans must completely respect Muslim sensibilities--even as the Muslims involved with the project completely ignore Americans' feelings. As for Feisal Abdul Rauf, he is simply a man trying to "build bridges" between wary Americans and "moderate" Muslims.

Unfortunately for our progressives, Rauf's track record is beginning to catch up with him. This "bridge-builder" has refused to condemn Hamas, despite the fact that it's an organization of bloodthirsty thugs whose primary reason for existence is to annihilate Israel. On the other hand, Hamas itself has "built a bridge"--between themselves and American progressives: both groups think a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero is a splendid idea. "We have to build everywhere," said Mahmoud al-Zahar, co-founder of Hamas.

In another act of "bridge-building" Rauf has this to say to Ed Bradley on CBS' 60 Minutes: "I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened (on 9/11). But the United States' policies were an accessory to the crime that happened." Perhaps Americans can be forgiven for being unaware of this odious statement. It might be because it was made two weeks after the attack, when most of us were still in shock and grieving for our dead.

In newly discovered audio from 2005, Imam Rauf offered yet another bit of "moderation" to his resume: "We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims." This claim is based on his hypothesis that Iraqi deaths resulting from the U.N.-imposed sanctions against Saddam Hussein in the 1990s were our fault. Not the Butcher of Baghdad's fault. America's fault. And not as accessories. As full-blown perpetrators of one million Iraqi deaths.

So much for moderation.

Yet Feisal Abdul Rauf cannot control how is portrayed by the mainstream media. It is their definition of moderate that borders on the absurd. And not just with respect to their characterization of Rauf. Another prominent American Imam was also labeled a "moderate" by the useful idiots at the New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, NPR, and the Washington Post. His name is Anwar Al Awlaki and he headed the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia, which was also praised as a "bridge-building" institution.

Reality check? The perpetrators of 9/11 and Nidal Halik Hasan, who killed thirteen and wounded thirty-one American soldiers at Fort Hood, attended services at Dar al-Hijrah--and Al Awlaki is now the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen. Last April, President Obama issued a "shoot on sight" executive order should the American military have the good fortune to track down this former "moderate Muslim" cleric.

Virtually none of this information has received the kind of coverage that it ought to merit. And in increasing numbers, the American public is beginning to understand why:

Our so-called mainstream media has become little more than a leftist propaganda machine.

It is a machine so pernicious in nature that it is willing to characterize the nearly seventy percent of Americans opposed to the GZ mosque as "bigoted, demagogues, or the merely misinformed" (Richard Cohen, Washington Post) or people who "haven't flushed the trauma of 9/11 out of their systems---making them easy prey for fearmongers." (Maureen Dowd, NY Times).

Perhaps if Cohen were a tad less "misinformed" he might have stumbled onto the idea that Muslims like to build trophies at sites where they've won great victories. Perhaps if Dowd had a family member burned to death in the Twin Towers she might realize that their deaths can't be "flushed away" simply to accommodate her worldview.

For decades, liberals could get away with telling Americans what they "ought" to think. "Inconvenient" facts could remain unreported, and those who dared to resist liberal dogma could be marginalized--or demonized. With the rise of the alternative media, the liberal monopoly has been toppled. And make no mistake: that is what much of this controversy and many others is all about. People who never had to defend their beliefs, or could easily dismiss their critics as "fringe opinions" are having to defend themselves and their positions far more vigorously than ever before.

And the more they are forced to do so, the more evident their bankrupt philosophy becomes. It is why so many of them bemoan the "highly partisan" nature of today's political discourse--and why when it also becomes increasingly evident that more and more Americans can access factual information that completely undermines their worldview, they resort to calling us names.

Unlike the old days, Americans aren't going to roll over and accept the "fact" that Imam Fesial Abdul Rauf is a "moderate Muslim bridge-builder." Bridge-builders don't hedge about terrorist organizations or call Americans accessories to their own murders. They don't ignore the anger and hurt of millions of Americans. This man is a complete phony.

So are the media lapdogs who unquestioningly support him--just like many of them supported al Qaeda's newest leader, Anwar Al Awlaki. For our suspicions of Rauf's motives, we are called bigots by the liberal intelligensia. For their complete naivete' with respect to Al Awlaki perhaps we should return the favor.

How does "terrorist dupes" sound?

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Previously:


08/23/10:
Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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