Obama Adviser Wants Syrian ‘Resistance’ to Israel (FrontPageMagazine.com) by P. David Hornik 03/20/12)
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As reported on Jihad Watch this week, an adviser to President Obama
has tweeted a criticism of President Bashar Assad of Syria for not
being able to mount enough “resistance” to Israel. In the Arab and
Middle Eastern context resistance is, of course, a codeword for
terrorism and war.
The adviser is Dalia Mogahed. Yet another example of the strange
company Obama has kept and continues to keep, he appointed her to
serve on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships. On March 10 she tweeted on her Twitter account:
To those siding w/Assad: he cannot deliver stability, protection of
minorities, or resistance to Israel. He is a killer w/o legitimacy.
It wasn’t Mogahed’s first venture in radicalism. Two years ago she
advocated Sharia law on British TV, saying it provided “gender
justice” even though, as Robert Spencer noted at the time, Sharia
prescribes wife-beating, permits taking the vows with prepubescent
girls, and discriminates against women in matters of testimony,
inheritance, marriage and divorce.
Indeed, the show was hosted by a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir—banned as a
terrorist organization by many countries—and included two Hizb ut-
Tahrir guests who denounced Western society and called to make
Sharia “the source of legislation.” Hizb ut-Tahrir’s alumni include
9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Jordanian jihadist Abu
Musab Zarqawi, killed by U.S. forces in Iraq in 2006.
Mogahed was also coauthor with John Esposito of Who Speaks For
Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think—a book whose blatant
distortions of poll data were exposed by Robert Satloff among others.
Arabian Business magazine has named Mogahed one of the Arab world’s
most influential women.
And what of her take on Assad? Does he indeed come up short
on “resistance to Israel”?
In fact, since becoming president in 2000, Bashar has continued his
father Hafez Assad’s policy of making Damascus a headquarters for
Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other anti-Israeli terror
groups. It was in Damascus that—in a move many attribute to Israel—
Hizbullah arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated in February
2008. Under Bashar, Syria has continued its role as weapons-conduit
from Iran to Hizbullah in Lebanon.
It’s only recently that Hamas—with Bashar’s largely-Alawite forces
killing many of Hamas’s Syrian Sunni compatriots—appears to have left
Syria. But Palestinian Islamic Jihad remains based in Damascus, and
with Iranian and Syrian encouragement and assistance played the major
role in last week’s bombardment of southern Israel from Gaza.
Seemingly, then, Bashar’s credentials on “resistance to Israel”
And yet Mogahed may have a point. Since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the
Assad dynasty—while a hub of anti-Israeli terror—has kept Syria’s
border with Israel quiet and avoided war. Even if the reason is
deterrence, that leads many in Israel to think Assad could be a
lesser evil than forces—especially if Islamist-dominated—that might
ultimately topple him.
In other words, if one sees Bashar Assad as unable to “deliver”
on “resistance to Israel,” it can only mean one favors an “upgrade”
from mere terrorism to war. And that appears to be the stance of
Dalia Mogahed, one of President Obama’s advisers on Faith-Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships. (Copyright © 2012 FrontPageMagazine.com
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