Hat tip Investigative Project on Terrorism
Yesterday, the National Press Club in Washington DC was the site of a panel discussion on "radicalism" (I guess that's the politically correct word these days along with "violent extremism") held by two of the biggest deniers and dissemblers in the country, Nihad Awad, the CEO of CAIR and Dalia Mogahed, a pollster and former White House adviser. The official organizational host was the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy. Naturally, everyone took the party line that terrorist attacks, such as occurred in Paris, are not representative of Islam and the real culprits are not Muslims but We in the West because we talk about Islamic terrorism, fear it, and hate it; thus we are marginalizing poor mistreated Muslims in the West. Furthermore, we must stop criticizing Islam because that is simply not permitted because it makes Muslims angry, and then they go out and do things that have nothing to do with Islam. It's a vicious circle.
Of course, Awad and Mogahed are the last people you would go to if you wanted to hear some self examination and truth. However, it is not just them. With the horrific increase in Islamic terror worldwide, these people are in full blown damage control. These events are going on all over the country in response to new horrors virtually ever day from the slaughters of Boko Haram in Nigeria to the beheadings by ISIS, the wars waged by Al Qaeda in Yemen to terror attacks in Europe.
And the talking points are right in line with what I wrote above and what you read in the IPT report. Do these people really think most people believe their words? I say most people because I know from personal observation that there are non-Muslims in this country who listen to these words and accept them like balm on a bad itch.
I wonder how many people in the audience know about Awad and how he created CAIR as an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1994 after a 1993 meeting he attended in Philadelphia, which was bugged by the FBI. In that meeting, they referred to Hamas as "Samah" (spelled backwards) and discussed the need to create a Muslim organization in the US to present a mainstream view to Americans. (That organization would become CAIR.)
All I can say is that Awad and the rest of these leaders are going to have their schedules full trying to respond to the constant attacks that will continue to come.