Rashad Hussain, Obama’s newly appointed envoy to the OIC was quoted by The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs as saying that Sami al-Arian, an activist sentenced in 2006 to more than four years in prison after he had pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group, was the victim of “politically motivated persecutions.”
(The US has never before appointed an envoy to this terrorist-supporting organization. Until now.)
The U.S. government designated the PIJ as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, and in 2003, then Attorney-General John Ashcroft described it as “one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world.” In sentencing al-Arian, Judge James Moody of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida described him as a “leader of the PIJ” and a “master manipulator.”
On Saturday, Obama named the Texas-born, 31-year-old Indian MUSLIM-American as his envoy to the OIC, the 57-member bloc of Islamic states. The appointment is in line with the president’s goal, expressed in his speech in Cairo last June, to reach out to the Islamic world.
“Rashad has played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo,” Obama told the gathering in the video message. “And as a hafiz of the Koran, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community, and I thank him for carrying forward this important work.” (A hafiz is someone who has memorized the Islamic text.)
Some of Hussain’s views on how the U.S. should deal with terrorism and extremism can be found in his writings.
“Some policies appear to be based on the notion that certain characteristics make one more likely to be a terrorist: e.g., membership in a particular religious group, having a particular national origin, and membership in a particular racial group,” Hussain wrote.
“Federal law should adopt a standard that protects national security while forbidding the targeting of non-citizens solely on the basis of their racial, religious, or ethnic backgrounds.”
In another article, published by the Brookings Institution in 2008, Hussain explored the role of Islam in U.S. counterterrorism policy. He said policymakers should understand that people attracted to terrorist ideology would be less persuaded by calls to Western-style freedom and democracy than by “calls to Islam.” CNS NEWS
Another enemy of freedom and democracy. A perfect addition to the Obama caliphate.