Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Brigitte Gabriel Condemns New Bush Policy

The Bush administration has decided that calling the enemy by its name is too risky and too politically incorrect. Federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counter Terrorism Center are instructed not to use the words "jihadists" or "mujahideen." Words like "Islamo-fascism" are out, too.

Renowned terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel and author of the New York Times Bestseller, Because They Hate, says:

"The U.S. government is handing the Islamic terrorists a public relations victory worldwide by appearing uninformed, lacking resolve to fight, and cowering in fear over the Islamic doctrine of Jihad all over the world.

"This will not help America win the hearts of moderate Muslims worldwide; it will earn America disrespect and loathing in the heart of the reformists who are counting on a super power to help them defeat the radicals. If American officials are afraid to name America's enemy, either out of fear, political correctness or out of ignorance, America doesn't have a chance to defeat its enemy. The Jihadists are going to use this as a recruiting tool by proving that Jihad does work to the point that even America, the super power, is afraid to even mention it by name. The Islamists have just won a major victory in the war of ideas." [more...]

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tyranny's Enabler

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

Jimmy Carter's pathetic need for political rehabilitation following a presidency widely regarded as one of the worst in American history is once again making news. He reportedly will meet this week with Khaled Mashaal, Syrian-based leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian arm, Hamas - an internationally recognized terrorist organization. Mr. Carter maintains this is no big deal since he has met with Hamas officials before. Indeed, in keeping with his Carter Center's self-appointed status as global election monitor, the former president did officiate in January 2006 when the Brotherhood's terrorists defeated those of Fatah led by Yasser Arafat's longtime crony, Mahmoud Abbas. In point of fact, it seems there is scarcely a serious bad actor on the planet with whom Jimmy Carter has not met. He is a serial tyrant-enabler, the very personification of Rodney King's risible appeal, "Can't we all get along?" Mr. Carter has come to epitomize the notion that "dialogue" is always in order, no matter how odious or dangerous the interlocutor - or the extent to which they or their agendas will benefit from such interactions. [more...]

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is President of the Center for Security Policy, a National Security Expert, and a columnist for the Washington Times. More on Frank...

What is a Sufficient Victory?
By Caroline B. Glick

Speaking to IDF commanders in Judea and Samaria last week, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert exhorted the officers tasked with preventing Palestinians from attacking Israel while operating under civilian cover to have sympathy for them. Olmert said, "Take all the Palestinians who have been stripped at the roadblocks just because of fear that there may be terrorists and terror operatives among them. Take all those who wait at roadblocks because of fear that a car bomb may drive through the same roadblock. This could be a boiling cauldron, liable to explode and cause horrible burns, and it could be something else, dependent only on your ability to act wisely and forcefully." [more...]

Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. More on Caroline...

Aid and Comfort to the Enemy: Harvard Promotes Shariah

Washington, D.C. - On the 19th and 20th of April, the Islamic Finance Project of the Harvard University Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program will present the Eighth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance in Boston, MA. The Center for Security Policy has challenged Harvard on the grounds that this Forum will provide NO information about the serious risks that Shariah-Compliant Finance (SCF) poses for U.S. financial institutions, ordinary post-9/11 investors and the national security of the United States of America.

To counter this silence on the true nature of Shariah, and to expose the risks of Shariah-Compliant Finance, the Center for Security Policy will present a lunchtime panel discussion on Thursday, April 17 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Pound Hall, Room 107, Harvard University, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. The media are invited to attend. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.

The Center has also requested that the Islamic Finance Project provide an opportunity on April 19th or 20th for the Center to present a more complete and critical analysis of Shariah-Compliant Finance to the entire group of Forum participants. Copies of the Center's legal memorandum on Shariah-Compliant Finance risks, and a request to present at the Forum, have also been sent to the Harvard seven-member governing board, and to the thirty-member Board of Overseers. Harvard has yet to respond to the Center's request.

Since 1997, Harvard's Islamic Finance Project has been the primary U.S. academic institution lending legitimacy and even legality to Shariah-Compliant Finance without disclosing material facts about the authoritarian law of Shariah.

Over the last two months, the Center for Security Policy has briefed officials at the U.S. Treasury, Members of Congress and their staff, the Securities and Exchange Commission, law enforcement personnel, and finance industry executives on their in-depth legal analysis of Shariah Compliant Finance using the aforementioned legal memorandum entitled: "Civil Liability and Criminal Exposure for U.S. Financial Institutions and Businesses Engaged in Shariah-Compliant Finance," (a shorter version of which will be published in the Utah Law Review in Sept 2008). This memorandum shows U.S. businesses may have criminal and civil exposure on the grounds of: securities fraud, consumer fraud, racketeering, antitrust violations, material support for terrorism and aiding and abetting sedition.

Accordingly, the Center for Security Policy intends to announce the launch of a national campaign intended to educate and awaken Americans to the real dangers associated with Shariah law and Shariah-Compliant Finance. This campaign will also promote alternative approaches.

The dangers of Shariah-Compliant Finance are growing rapidly. The current credit crisis and a failure to understand the true nature and implications of SCF are prompting an increasing number of financial institutions in the United States to offer SCF products as an easy solution. As a general rule, they appear to be doing so on the basis of one-sided presentations like those typical of the Harvard Islamic Finance Forum - without adequate due-diligence or regard for legal compliance. This willful blindness, and the attendant lack of transparency for investors, may cause Shariah-Compliant Finance to be the next financial time bomb set to explode.

The most serious problem with SCF is that it legitimates and institutionalizes Shariah (i.e., Islamic law), a repressive, totalitarian theo-political doctrine violently opposed to Western values. That doctrine is not to be confused with the private, pietistic religious practice by Muslims for whom "Shariah" is a personal path to God, an expression of faith and devotion consistent with a separation of church (or mosque) and state. Instead, the Shariah to which Western finance is being encouraged to comply is a seamless, indivisible program exemplified and ruthlessly practiced by the governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney noted that: "We have put Harvard University on notice that the fundamental purpose of authoritarian Shariah law is the establishment of a world-wide hegemony, a caliphate, under which that legal system is imposed on Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In other words, Shariah law has, among its goals, the destruction of our Constitutional government and basic liberties. Both the Shariah finance advisory boards and Shariah-compliant charitable contributions have links to jihadism."

"Unfortunately, Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist promoters of Shariah-Compliant Finance have regarded it as merely another tool to advance their agenda. Some have even called it 'financial Jihad.' Every American should be aware of the potential danger to the national security and national economy from this 'financial Jihad.'"

The Center for Security Policy calls on Harvard University to ensure full disclosure of the true nature of Shariah law and to afford all attendees at its Islamic Banking program have an opportunity to learn about the associated risks.

The Center for Security Policy is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit, non-partisan national security organization that specializes in identifying policies, actions, and resource needs that are vital to American security and then ensures that such issues are the subject of both focused, principled examination and effective action by recognized policy experts, appropriate officials, opinion leaders, and the general public.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Book Review: 'War and Decision'

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

The war over Iraq - not to be confused with the conflict actually taking place there - is back in the headlines. This week's report to Congress by America's top two emissaries in Baghdad, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, will provide a backdrop for the momentous decisions to come concerning whether and how to pursue victory in Iraq.

Before the politicians and their constituents make such decisions about where we go from here, they should be sure to ground themselves in the facts about how we got to this point. After all, as George Santayana put it, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Fortunately, it has just become considerably easier to understand the history of the decision to make Iraq a central front in the larger War for the Free World and to dissect what was and was not done right - and how to achieve better results in the future. Today marks the publication of an extraordinary new book on the subject, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terror, by former Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith. [more...]

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is President of the Center for Security Policy, a National Security Expert, and a columnist for the Washington Times. More on Frank...

Covering for the Enemy
By Caroline B. Glick

It has taken seven months, but it appears that the Bush administration has finally buckled under Congressional pressure and is ready to give U.S. lawmakers a full briefing on the September 6 IDF bombing raid against the North Korean-built nuclear installation in Syria. Sunday it was reported that Congress has forced the administration's hand on the issue by making its approval of the administration's intelligence budget contingent on receiving a full briefing on the raid. Israel, which initially was upset with the administration's insistence on silencing all discussion of the Sept. 6 operation, is now reportedly unhappy with the administration's decision to release its details. The administration is expected to provide the information at Congressional hearings later in the month and Israeli Defense Ministry officials are beside themselves. [more...]

Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. More on Caroline...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Truly Endangered Species

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

So Al Gore is launching a three-year, $300 million ad campaign to frighten us all into doing what he says (not what he does) to counter global warming. It is a safe bet this spectacular propaganda endeavor will feature prominently polar bears who will be described as an endangered species due to the impact of climate change on their ever less icy habitat. While there remain serious disagreements about the scientific merits of the Gore crusade, one thing is clear: If manmade greenhouse gases actually are affecting climate change, it will be decades - if not a century - before the effects of such changes translate into widespread dangers to mankind. In the meantime, the world is increasingly at risk from a far more imminent threat, one Mr. Gore and his ilk seem content to ignore. In fact, the caviling about global warming can be seen as a deflection from a menace that is at hand and that risks turning vast human populations into endangered species: the rapidly metastasizing, totalitarian ideology of our time that has come to be known as Islamofascism or, alternatively, Islamism. [more...]

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is President of the Center for Security Policy, a National Security Expert, and a columnist for the Washington Times. More on Frank...

America's Coalition Confusion
By Caroline B. Glick

A core question arises from last weekend's Arab League summit in Damascus. Boycotted by half the league's members, the conference demonstrated the depth of Egyptian and Saudi opposition to Iran's rise to prominence in the Arab world. So, too, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's ostentatious participation at the summit showed the strength of Iran's strategic ties with Syria. The question that arises from the summit is if Egypt and Saudi Arabia are willing to discard even the semblance of Arab unity in order to make clear their opposition to Iran, why do they support Hamas? [more...]

Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. More on Caroline...