Tuesday, August 24, 2010

U.S. Caused Innocent Muslim Deaths...

I saw the headline - "US worse than al Qaeda: imam" - on the New York Post and decided to see what all the hubbub was about - I figured they were discussing Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, which they were, and I entered into the article with the understanding that the Post is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, so I knew I was about to read some sensationalist "journalism."
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.

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."
According to Jennifer Fermino of the Post, those comments were "incendiary."

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...

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