Julia Duin from WaPo gushes:
Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss-born Islamic scholar snake who was just allowed into the United States after a six-year ban instituted by the Bush administration, told American Muslims on Tuesday to get involved with all sectors of American society, instead of being “obsessed” with whether they’re considered terrorists.
“It was a silly decision of the Bush administration to prevent me from entering the country for ideological reasons…”
He used the recent debate over health care reform as an area where Muslims could have stepped up, saying it’s time they came up with a “new applied ethics [that] is rooted in Islamic tradition.”
Rooted ethics? Islamic tradition? Â Health care reform? WTF? Â Do Islamic countries do health care or reform?
Pamela rips him a new one:
Stealth jhadist nonpareil Tariq Ramadan’s books are not selling at all, despite the onslaught of press he’s been getting — coupled with the extra PR support from a freelance publicist that the ACLU hired for him on his whirlwind tour of America. Not to mentionÂ the tacit support of the jihadist in the White House. His publisher seems to think that this is all well and good and that Oxford should continue to shell out money to schlep him across the US. I think they are fools.
He’s a subversive scumbag who seeks to destroy all that is good in the West. Remember, he despises you.
Robert hasÂ this: Tariq Ramadan manages simultaneously to deny and affirm that he’s a stealth jihadist
But somehow, the truth seeps out: The long and foggy war
Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss-born academic last week told The Washington Post that jihad “has nothing to do with holy war. … Where you are trying to resist bad temptations and reform yourself with good aspirations that you have, this is a jihad of the self.”
What makes this lie so brazen â€” the Post did not think to question it â€” is Ramadan is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood.
Al-Banna himself stated clearly the Qur’an and other Islamic doctrines “summon people … to jihad, to warfare, to the armed forces, and all means of land and sea fighting.” In addition: The Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood is Hamas. Among Hamas’ founders was Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, who also was Osama bin Laden’s mentor. As Andy McCarthy relates in “Willful Blindness,” Azzam “galvanized Muslims worldwide with his call to jihad â€” traditional, unreservedly violent jihad.”
None of this should be surprising. What is: the obstinate naivete, the determined ignorance, the continuing willful blindness of so many of our political and media leaders in the face of the 21st century’s most daunting and deadly threat.
Clifford May/American Republican