Dr Daniel Pipes, Internationally Renown Â Expert on Islam discusses radical Islam and the Middle East with Allan Jones, you can listen here….
Meanwhile, in Cauckistan:
Tarek Fatah: Montreal welcomes an Islamist extremist in sheep’s clothing
Tomorrow evening the citizens of Montreal will be treated to aÂ spectacle of Islamist double-talk that will leave them dazzled. TariqÂ Ramadan will be speaking to a gathering at the University of Montreal.
This time the voice of Islamism will not be the regular run-of-the-mill shrieks by sheikhs, but delivered by a man with a mellowÂ disarming smile. The guttural accent we have come to associate withÂ angry mullahs of the Middle East will be replaced by milky English delivered with a French accent.
But make no mistake. The message of Tariq Ramadan will remain theÂ same. The crudeness will be replaced by sophistication; the clumsiness by finesse. And Canadians, hungry for some sense of movement towards moderation in the world of Islam, will mostÂ probably lap it all up.
So who is Tariq Ramadan?
My first encounter with him was in a TVO discussion about Sharia LawÂ in Canada in 2005.
I had heard Tariq Ramadan had spoken against the idea of introducingÂ Sharia Law in Canada. I was excited. The grandson of the founder ofÂ the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt would have the maturity andÂ understanding to take a brave stand when the rest of the Islamist establishment was hell-bent on making sure sharia law found aÂ foothold in North America.
However, my hopes were dashed when the live show went on air. TariqÂ RamadanÂ made it very clear. He was not opposed to sharia law comingÂ to Canada; he just didn’t think it was the right time to introduce it.Â In his words, Muslims were displaying a “lack of creativity”. HeÂ suggested that rather than ask openly for sharia law, Islamists should have sneaked it in through the existing legal framework.
Taken aback, I was reminded of the Islamist doctrine of Taqiyaa, aÂ dissimulation methodology employed to hide one’s true agenda, which recommends appearing harmless to one’s adversary with the objective of having themÂ lower their guard.
After the TV show, I did some research on Tariq Ramadan’s position on Sharia law. In the issue ofÂ Egypt Today of October 2004, heÂ wrote:
he Muslims in Canada’s battle to set up shariah courts to settleÂ domestic disputes is another example of lack of creativity. Within theÂ normative law in Canada, they have huge latitude for Muslims toÂ propose an Islamic contract. These courts are not necessary; all theyÂ do is stress the fact that Muslims have specific laws and for the timeÂ being this is not how we want to be perceived. (emphasis mine). WeÂ need to show that our way of thinking is universal, that we can live with the law and there is no contradiction.”
e continued:Â “The term shariah in itself is laden with negative connotations in theÂ Western mind. There is no need to stress that.”
If I needed an example of doublespeak and dissimulation, I had found it.
On Thursday, the Muslim Canadian Congress and the Montreal-based Point de Basqule took out a full page advertisement inÂ Le Devoir welcomingÂ Ramadan to Quebec and Canada, but exposing the hidden agenda that has mesmerized so many naÃ¯ve Westerners.
Titled, “Greetings to You, Oh My Brother!”, Point de Bascule and theÂ MCC described Ramadan as an Islamist ideologue who pretends toÂ be a moderate, but acts otherwise. This was best reflected in hisÂ refusal to outrightly condemn the practice of stoning women. He has asked for a ‘moratorium’ on such barbaric punishments.
Tariq Ramadan’s conference on Friday evening is organized by a groupÂ of his disciples, but has the backing of many on the left as well asÂ such partners as the l’Institut du Nouveau Monde and the QuebecÂ Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities.
Ramadan reflects the new sophisticated arm of the worldwideÂ Islamist movement, which sees the West as the right place to wage aÂ cultural and intellectual jihad. ItÂ preys on Muslim youth who areÂ tired of the old guard;Â men in beards and long frocks, frothing as they denounce the evil West. The new technique is to undermine theÂ West from within, like parasites and termites, with the host societyÂ never knowing what hit it, until it is too late. UK is one example.
Those dazzled by the charm of the new Islamists need to recognize that Tariq Ramadan in 2003 praised a book written byÂ Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the radical Islamist sheik based in Qatar; the manÂ who justified suicide bombing. Ramadan hosts a weekly show on the Iranian government’s PressTV network. He has never dissociated himself from the Iranian regime, not even during the repression of protesters who were opposed to the “re- election” of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As young Muslim men andÂ women were being beaten up and tortured by the Iranian regime, Ramadan was quite happy to give the Iranian ayatollahs a pretty face.
I close with the words of French Muslim journalist Mohamed Sifaoui: “Tariq Ramadan is an Islamist. He is among those who want politicalÂ Islam, the European version of the Muslim Brotherhood, to infiltrateÂ institutions, society, associations, parties, the media and so on, in order to pressure these same societies, to “reform” them from inside,Â to Islamize them or re-Islamize them, the better to pervert them, toÂ progressively bring them to accept a medieval vision of the Muslim
Brother Tariq, your father Said Ramadan came to my birthplace Pakistan in 1948 as a Muslim Brotherhood emissary and was instrumental inÂ turning a secular Muslim country into a hotbed of Islamic extremism. I will not let the son of Said Ramadan come to my adopted home CanadaÂ and do the same, without a fight. Your Islamist father ruined my birthplace; I will not let you ruin the place where I will die.