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Jewish World Review August 1, 2003 / 3 Menachem-Av, 5763

Tabling the Truth

By Jonathan Tobin

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Treatment of scholar and whitewash of Saudis sends wrong message on terror | How long ago was Sept. 11, 2001? According to the calendar, the terror attacks on New York and Washington occurred a little more than 23 months ago. But if you listen to much of what passes for discussion of security issues these days, you would think it happened 23 years ago.

In the immediate aftermath of those atrocities, Americans hungered for expert advice on the Islamic extremists who committed these crimes, in addition to the worldview that animated them. These were issues that had long been ignored by politicians, the media and most of academia. But after 9/11, we wanted our leaders to draw hard conclusions about the threats we faced.

President Bush answered this need with ringing rhetoric about a fight against terror and action that put an end to the evil regimes of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. And, for the first time, America supports the expansion of democracy in the Arab world rather than merely backing authoritarian regimes.

But if you're still looking for moral clarity on this issue from the Bush administration, you might be disappointed.

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The most egregious example of this is the administration's censorship of a congressional investigation of the 9/11 attacks. Some 29 pages of the report that deal with the involvement of Saudi Arabia have been withheld.

Why? We can't know for sure, but even the most sympathetic interpretation of this incident shows the Bush administration is simply incapable of dealing honestly with our Saudi "allies." Bush and his top echelon are thoroughly committed to the relationship with the Saudi monarchy. And they are prepared to ignore a great deal — including suspected links between prominent Saudis and the Al Qaeda terrorist network — to preserve it.

There is a concerted effort in Washington to downplay the truth about Saudi funding of extremist Islamic groups and schools all over the Middle East and elsewhere. Since such teachings are the building blocks of terrorism, this shows that the administration is still reluctant to engage our enemies on an intellectual basis.

That's where Daniel Pipes comes in.

Pipes, the director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum and a scholar of the Islamic world, has become the symbol of the administration's confused thinking about terror.

He was a lonely voice of reason in the years before the 9/11 attacks as he urged Americans to take the threat of Islamism seriously. His nomination in April by Bush for a seat on the board of the U.S. Institute for Peace seemed to solidify the administration's credentials. But since then, his membership on this otherwise obscure board has become a significant political battleground.


Islamic and Arab-American groups that have long served as apologists for terror have been fighting tooth and nail to stop Pipes. Organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (Cair) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee have labeled him as a bigot because of his honesty about Islamic terror and the connections between extremist branches of the Muslim faith and the terrorists.

This backlash against Pipes should have been dismissed, but as Bush and the rest of his staff refused to stand up for his nominee, it has gained traction.

Editorial pages at The Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News have foolishly echoed the libelous assessments of Pipes put out by groups that approve of murderous attacks on Israelis and oppose America's war on terror.

To express your views about Dr. Daniel Pipes, you may contact the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Via e-mail:

Senator Gregg (R) Chairman

Senator Kennedy (D) Ranking Member

428 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510-6300

(202) 224-5375 - voice

(202) 224-1975 - TDD

Majority Staff #: (202) 224-6770

Minority Staff #: (202) 224-0767

Democrats on the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee who must approve his nomination also oppose him. Led by Sen. Edward Kennedy

(D-Mass.), they have accused him of having "one-sided" views about the Middle East because he opposes American appeasement of Palestinian terror. They also cite with disapproval his Campus Watch Web site, which provides vital information about anti-Israel activity in academia.

In response, the administration has backed away from Pipes and done nothing to work for his approval. Republicans on the committee were unprepared to defend him when it met last week to consider his nomination. A vote was postponed due to a lack of a quorum, effectively tabling the nomination for the time being.

What brought this about?

For one thing, the administration is still unwilling to directly engage the Islamist lobby in this country. Afraid of being tagged as anti-Muslim or of feeding a mythical anti-Arab backlash, Bush and his people are kowtowing to the extremists at Cair, and allowing them to set the tone for this debate.

Another factor has to do with Pipes himself. He's no politician, and has a paper trail of columns that can be dissected and used against him. He's no foe of Islam, but he honestly discusses its history and the extremists in this country who speak in its name. That makes him politically incorrect.

Pipes is also an opponent of the latest version of the Middle East peace process that Bush has championed. In the February 2003 issue of Commentary magazine, Pipes rightly contended that Israel didn't need "a plan" for peace so much as it needed a military victory over the terrorists.

Indeed, Pipes even publicly opposed President Bush's June 24, 2002, policy speech on the Middle East that was much praised by supporters of Israel, including this writer. In it, Bush attached conditions to the creation of a Palestinian state (Arafat's ouster and renunciation of terror). But Pipes foresaw the road map plan that has rewarded terrorism as coming out of the speech.

Even worse is the reported formation of a new State Department advisory group on American relations with the Muslim and Arab worlds. It is being filled with some of the same discredited scholars and diplomats who led us to the pre-9/11 complacency about Islamism that Daniel Pipes deplored. As Caroline Glick wrote in The Jerusalem Post last week, "this new panel is infinitely more influential on U.S. policy than the board of directors of the Institute for Peace."

It may be that the White House now regrets ever getting involved with Pipes. But by abandoning him to the mercies of partisans and Islamic extremists who would like nothing better than to collect the scalp of their most potent foe, the administration has shown just how muddled its thinking is.

It's not too late to save his nomination, but perhaps a man like Pipes, who understood the Islamic threat before 9/11, still has no place in Washington even at an insignificant post such as the U.S. Institute for Peace. If that is so, then it appears our leaders are still unready to learn the lessons of one of the darkest days in our history.

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JWR contributor Jonathan S. Tobin is executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. Let him know what you think by clicking here. This past month Mr. Tobin won first places honors in the American Jewish Press Association's Louis Rapaport Award for Excellence in Commentary as well as the Philadelphia Press Association's Media Award for top weekly columnist. Both competitions were for articles written in the year 2002.

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