CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, February 22, 2016 – Last week during a campaign rally in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reportedly told a story about Gen. John Pershing during the Philippine-American War. Shortly afterward, Nihad Awad, executive-director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) denounced Trump’s comments as “inflammatory rhetoric” against Muslims.
As Trump detailed in his remarks, Pershing took 50 bullets and dipped them in pig’s blood before having his men load their rifles. Then Pershing lined them up the captives and ordered his men to shoot 49 of them. Pershing then told the lone survivor, “You go back to your people and tell them what happened.”
As Trump put it, “For 25 years that wasn’t a problem.”
[Editor’s note: Snopes.com cites the story of General Pershing and the use of pig blood to stop insurgents as “legend” referencing numerous references to the story over history.]
Awad, who is himself a supporter of Hamas, declared that Trump’s rhetoric crossed the line from “spreading hatred to inciting violence…By directly stating that the only way to stop terrorism is to murder Muslims in graphic and religiously offensive ways, he places millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk of rogue vigilantes.”
Under normal circumstances, in normal times, Awad might have a point. But in February of 2016 neither the times nor the circumstances are normal. Where was Awad on 9/11/2001 when the Twin Towers were leveled in New York City? That incident not only “spread hatred” but it was about as “violent” as it could possibly be, resulting in the deaths of 3,000 “innocent” people.
How graphic do the video taped beheadings by ISIS have to be, Mr. Awad? What about burning someone alive in a cage? How about teaching children the proper techniques for beheading people in the cause of Islamic jihad?
Is none of that regarded as “hatred” or “offensive”?
Perhaps not in the Islamic world, but in most civilized places on the planet such incidents are commonplace and predominantly carried out by Muslims following strict Islamic law!
It wasn’t so very many years ago that a “CARE Package” provided relief to the poor in third-world countries. Today a “CAIR Package” is more likely to be an IED designed to kill as many “innocent” non-Muslims as possible.
But in Nihad Awad’s world, that must not be regarded as “offensive.”
For the record, as reported by Jordan Schachtel of Breitbart News, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial that ultimately ended any FBI working relationships with the organization.
The trial was the largest terror-financing case in American history. Apparently Awad does not find that to be “offensive” to most Americans, however.
Three years later, a federal judge ruled there was “ample evidence” that CAIR was involved in a conspiracy to support Hamas. CAIR has also spent millions of dollars provided to them by our so-called “allies” in Saudi Arabia to spread its message while at the same time conveying that their goal is to seek new ways for Islam and the West to co-exist.
Of course, the sheer dishonesty of that position is not “offensive” either.
Another Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, continues to argue that CAIR’s tax exempt status be revoked because of its links to Hamas and terrorism.
Sen. Ted Cruz, also a Republican presidential candidate, has called for CAIR, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, to be labeled terrorist organizations.
Despite that, President Barack Obama himself has no fewer than six card-carrying members of the Muslim Brotherhood on his personal advisory staff.
Perhaps Americans SHOULD find it “offensive” that neither Democratic candidate has spoken out against CAIR or the Muslim Brotherhood. Instead they continue to rally behind Mrs. Clinton’s lies and deceit and Bernie Sanders’ socialist agenda, either of which would be a continuation of the Obama regime and which should be an affront to every American.
Donald Trump may be egomaniacal and braggadocious, but all he did was tell a story. In the case of CAIR, during the past five years alone, Muslims have carried out some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind.
Perhaps Nihad Awad should reconsider what is truly “offensive” before he defends the indefensible.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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