The Islamic cleric who wants to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero once claimed in a jaw-dropping speech that the United States has killed more innocent civilians than al Qaeda.According to Jennifer Fermino of the Post, those comments were "incendiary."
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's remarks five years ago have set off a fresh firestorm of controversy, dumping fuel on the already combustible debate surrounding the estimated $100 million Islamic cultural center, and infuriating mosque opponents, who are fighting to have it moved far from the site of the 9/11 attacks.
"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," Rauf said in 2005.
"You may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations."
I find it hard to understand how a true statement made five years ago has any bearing on today - Fermino implies that what Rauf had said was a bad thing - let us not forget that Murdoch employee Glenn Beck has also made statements similar to that of the Imam, but no one is pointing fingers at the shock jock...