Whether purposeful or unwitting — which is quite possible by the way — our disposition to the narrative of the East/West divide, the invading hordes, the clash of civilizations is a timid yet omnipresent undercurrent in mainstream consciousness.
Yet, whenever there’s an Islamic radical attack, those who fear Muslims anyway demand some sort of collective denouncement from them, as a body, a situation best summed up by Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago.
CAIR-Chicago calls on local police departments in Lombard, Elmhurst and Highland Park to cancel scheduled upcoming trainings by prominent anti-Muslim bigot Sam Kharoba.
In this hour-long radio interview, Ahmed Rehab joins WBEZ staff to discuss reactions to the Boston Marathon bombings.
European courts have deemed American prisons to be compatible with human rights standards. Chris Hedges, in his op-ed, “What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us,” however, tells us that this is not the case.
The FBI have focused their energy on preemptive measures, seeking to discover terrorists before their dreams of destruction can be realized.
Are the portrayals of Muslim Americans by some elected officials and members of the media accurate? Are non-Muslim Americans the only victims of extremism? Should Muslim Americans be obligated to apologize for the actions of a few that distort the true meaning of the Qur’an?
That skewed ratio reveals the ultimate Orwellian truth in all of this: in the United States, all terrorists get equal attention, but some get more equal attention than others.
While many American citizens are being wrongfully accused of aiding terrorism without evidence to prove it, there are also many that are explicit in their aiding of terrorism and remain unaccountable for their actions.
Dr. Walid Phares, Senior Adviser of National Security and Foreign Policy to the Romney campaign and adviser to the House Caucus on Anti-terrorism, claims to be an “expert” on terrorism and Islam.