Grover Norquist’s numerous unsavory ties to jihadists and Islamic supremacists are abundantly documented in Pamela Geller’s exposeÂ here. And on the House floor in October,Â Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) saidÂ of Norquist, “Documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel.”Â He pointed out that “around the years 2000 and 2001, Mr. Norquist’s firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist plot and who is presently serving a 23-year sentence in federal prison.”
Norquist, reported Wolf, “also associated with terror financier Sami Al-Arian, according to Mary Jacoby’s reporting in March 2003, in the St. PetersburgÂ Times.Â Al-Arian pled guilty in 2006 ‘to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law,’ and is under house arrest, according to a Department of Justice press release.Â The Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s ‘paramilitary wingâ€”the al-Quds Brigadesâ€”has conducted numerous attacks, including large-scale suicide bombings,’ according to the National Counterterrorism Center.”
As if all that weren’t enough, now it comes out that Norquist has been working with a group linked to both Hamas-linked CAIR andÂ the stealth Islamic Republic of Iran lobbying group, NIAC — a group led by the likes of Trita Parsi and Reza Aslan.
“Iran’s Islamist Regime and the American Helping It,” by Manda Zand Ervin inHudson NY, December 26
- CPAC Shills for Islamic Terrorists
- Court Docs: Iranian-American Lobbying Group NIAC Defrauded Feds, Lied to Congressmen, Paid for Congressional Testimony, and Arranged Secret US/Iran Meetings
John Kerry Courts the Muslim Brotherhood
One of the most useless and corrupt bastids in the U.S. administration Â (don’t ask me to name them all) is John Kerry, a Â pompous ass who’s only claim to fame is that he married a ketchup princess so he can indulge in the pursuit of leftist pipe-dreams and get paid for it as well.
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As the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry might be expected to be wary of bestowing legitimacy on Islamic extremists. But no such caution was in evidence last Friday, when the Senator met with three of the top officials in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).Â What makes the meeting all the more notorious is that the three officials â€“ FJP Vice-Chairman Essam El-Erian, FJP Secretary-General Mohamed Saad Katatni, and FJP chairman Mohamed Morsi â€“ are outspoken Islamists who belie the Brotherhood’s much-cultivated image of tolerance and moderation.
Take Mohamed Morsi. He has beenÂ quotedÂ on the Brotherhood’s website calling Israel a “Zionist usurper” that “has been created by the international terrorism and injustice.” Morsi also believes that Israel, and any nation that supports it, is perpetrating “genocide” against the Palestinians. Both Essam El-Erian and Mohamed Saad Katani, meanwhile, have made it clear that they wish to see Sharia become the law of the land. “If you want to know what principles guide our party let me tell you: the principles of the Islamic Sharia law,” Mohamed Saad KataniÂ toldAljazeeraÂ in November. El-Erian has gone further, echoing Egypt’s Salafists byÂ declaring: “No one dares oppose the application of Sharia law.”
If Kerry was aware of his interlocutors’ views, he did not show it. Instead, he heaped praise on the recent Egyptian elections, which saw the FJP win nearly 40 percent of seats, as a model of transparency and integrity. Kerry also pledged American support for Egypt’s new Islamist government and called for the U.S.-funded International Monetary Fund to shore up the government with financial support. Not only did Kerry not take the opportunity to challenge the Brotherhood’s more extreme views, but he rewarded them with the promise of additional assistance.
Kerry’s diplomatic blessing of the Brotherhood dovetails with a growing courtship of the Islamist group by the Obama administration. Last February, the administration’s national intelligence chief bizarrelyÂ describedÂ the Brotherhood as “largely secular.” This November, the administration further tried to smooth the course for outreach to the Brotherhood when William Taylor, the U.S. “special coordinator for transitions in the Middle East,” said that the U.S would be “satisfied” if Egypt’s elections produced a victory by the Brotherhood. Now it seems the administration is expanding its contacts to the Islamist group. Accompanying Kerry to the meeting was Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt. The sit-down marked the third time in as many months that an American official has met with the FJP.
Ironically, this outreach comes a time when the mask of moderation that the Brotherhood donned in the run-up to the elections appears to be slipping. After conducting a series of interviews with Brotherhood leaders in recent weeks,Â New RepublicÂ correspondent Eric TragerÂ reported: “Far from being moderate, these future leaders share a commitment to theocratic rule, complete with a limited view of civil liberties and an unmistakable antipathy for the West.”
Trager offered abundant evidence to justify the charge. Despite suggesting that they would respect Egypt’s past treaties with Israel, Brotherhood leaders clearly view Israel in much the same way as their Palestinian offshoot, Hamas. One Brotherhood MP Trager interviewed displayed an image of a burning Israeli flag in his office. Brotherhood leaders also regard Sharia as the primary basis of Egyptian laws, and there are indications that the Egyptian government is preparing to put in place Sharia-based laws like bans on interest banking, alcohol, so-called immodest dress, and mixed bathing on Egypt’s regionally famous beaches. And for all their lip service in support of democracy and free speech, a Brotherhood-dominated government is unlikely to respect either. As Brotherhood leader Abouel Fotouh told Trager, “It’s not allowed for Christians to come and say that the Sharia is wrong.”
Less than a year after Hosni Mubarak’s fall and the celebrations of Tarir Square, Egypt’s future is looking decidedly bleak. Along with the even more extreme Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood now holds nearly 70 percent of the seats in Egypt’s government. All indications are that it is trying to realize its long-held conviction that “Islam is the solution.”Â Given that possibility, the least one would expect from America’s diplomats is to avoid justifying the Brotherhood’s aims by giving its top leaders an uncritical hearing and pledging American support for a Brotherhood-led government. Yet that is exactly what Kerry and the Obama administration have done. It won’t be long before they regret it.
More on Grover Norquist:
The unelected regime that is currently controlling Iran has a reputation for spending Iranian national assets around the world to buy friends and good will — a necessary part of its plan to remain in power and continue its unappealing behavior, such as financing terrorism around the world and abrogating its commitment under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty by developing nuclear weapons.
AnÂ American Thinker exposeÂ recently stated that the Khomeinist regime has been assisted in perpetuating these activities thanks to the support of a Washington lobbyist, Grover Norquist, and his involvement with the American Conservative Defense Alliance (ACDA). ACDA has actively supported the Campaign for a New American Policy for Iran (CNAPI), which in turn is linked both to the Council for American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
AÂ recent CBS “60 Minutes”Â program states that Grover Norquist is “the most powerful conservative man in Washington.” If that is true, his support for these groups is troubling. The Iranian American community widely believes NIAC â€“ ACDA’s partner in many of its efforts — to be aÂ Washington lobby groupÂ for the Khomeinist regime leadership. NIAC has long advocated unconditional negotiations with Tehran, and the total abandonment of all economic sanctions and military options against the Iranian regime.
NIAC’s advocacy appears as a deftly veiled refusal to support the Iranian democracy activists and the Iranian freedom movement. This is not only un-American but contradicts all conservative ideals.
The founder of NIAC, Trita Parsi is an unpopular figure within the Iranian-American community, as can be seen from his high disapproval ratings in aJuly 2011 pollÂ of over 1800 Iranian Americans taken by the Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran.Â Senator Jon KylÂ has called for an investigation into Trita Parsi and his work. Last month, on November 5, Parsi stated that criticism of Iran should beÂ “punishable.”
What these lobbyists recount to Americans such as Norquist and the members of the US government are distortions and lies. The lobbyists claim that the majority of the people of Iran are religious; that they are happy with this blight of a regime, and that economic sanctions only hurt the people. They say that military intervention will only strengthen the resolve of the Iranian people to fight on the side of the regime, and that support for the freedom movement will discourage the Islamic regime from coming to the negotiating table. These statements are simply not true.
In the 32 years that have passed since Iran was hijacked by this regime, every elected U.S. president — from Jimmy Carter, to President Reagan on down to President Obama — has tried to negotiate with the Islamic regime. Not only have these negotiations been for naught, they have allowed Iran to buy time to continue building its illegal nuclear weapons program. The latest IAEA report now puts the Iranian Revolutionary Guards nearer completing their nuclear bomb than ever before.
Since the end of the Cold War, the Islamists have historically been a friend to the far left; they are now looking to American conservatives on the right to join them to obtain the further legitimacy they think they require when approaching the government.
Here is what Trita Parsi wrote inÂ emails to CNAPI participants, as quoted in the recentÂ American Thinker expose: “… Grover Norquist offered his support but did not signâ€on. He exemplifies not just a powerful voice in the Republican Party, but also an important figure that can provide transpartisan legitimacy to our efforts. I think it is critical that we do whatever can be done to get him to sign on, especially since his full involvement would give our efforts a tremendous credibility boost.”
If Mr. Norquist is supporting theseÂ apparentlyÂ unabashed lobbyistsÂ out of a humanitarian concern for the people of Iran, he should know that a large majority of Iranian people have no problem with economic sanctions if they result in the removal of this illegitimate, dictatorial regime, and help the empowerment of the people to establish a government by the people of Iran, for the people of Iran.
As President Obama said: “The people who are on the side of the dictators, are on the wrong side of history.”
As a new American and a conservative, I am fighting for the rights of all the deprived men, women and children of Iran.
I wonder if Mr. Norquist would be interested in hearing the true side of the story, or does “The Most Powerful Conservative Man in Washington” know it already — but not care?
Manda Zand Ervin’s contact information for Mr. Norquist is the email form at the website:Â www.allianceofiranianwomen.org