‘They Are Laughing at Us’: Emboldened by Army War College Victory, CAIR Sets Its Sights on Congress

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Source: PJ Media, By Raymond Ibrahim, August 9, 2019

On learning that the U.S. Army War College capitulated to the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (“CAIR”) hysterical demands, Lt Col. Allen West wrote: “This is embarrassing, disgusting, appalling, and highly disconcerting. My Army has just emboldened and encouraged the enemy, and they are laughing at us.”

Recent events validate his prediction: having cowed the Army War College into obedience, an “emboldened and encouraged” CAIR replicated its demands with Congress.

Context: As previously noted, after inviting me to lecture on my recent book on the military history between Islam and the West, the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) reneged once CAIR cried “Islamophobia” and “racism.”

In response, the office of Congressman Scott Perry—a graduate of the USAWC, which falls under his Pennsylvania district—drafted a letter that was signed by nine other congressmen and delivered to the Commandant of the USAWC, John Kem.

While the congressional signatories are to be commended for questioning the USAWC’s acquiescence to CAIR, another question has arisen: why did only ten out of 435 members of Congress—that is, 2.3 percent of America’s representatives—sign this otherwise rational letter of concern?

Because on July 5, right after Perry’s letter was sent to fellow members of Congress to sign, CAIR instantly sent its own counter letter to members of Congress, urging them not to sign.

CAIR’s renewed attack begins as follows:

On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) … I am writing to warn you of a factually-incorrect congressional letter to the U.S. Army War College being led by Representative Scott Perry.

The letter encourages the War College to reinstate a speaker, Raymond Ibrahim, who promotes a false and vitriolic view of Islam…

[Ibrahim’s] utterly incorrect and medieval view is a direct contradiction and affront to the more than one million American Muslims living in the United States and contributing to our democracy…

Liam Foskett

Government Affairs Coordinator

As might be expected, this same Liam Foskett apparently attended renowned apologist-for-Islamic-terror extraordinaire, Georgetown University, making him an ideal non-Muslim employee (or useful idiot) for CAIR.

A document titled, “Backgrounder: Raymond Ibrahim,” is attached to and pasted in Foskett’s email. After boasting how CAIR and its allies got the USAWC to cave in to their demands, it complains that “Representative Scott Perry is now leading a letter in Congress calling on the college to reinvite Ibrahim. The letter also makes the completely false claim that CAIR has ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Even more tellingly, CAIR doesn’t bother acknowledging or denying the absolute worst charge in Perry’s letter, that “CAIR is named by the Department of Justice as an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ in the 2007 terrorist funding case against the Holy Land Foundation.”

In other words, terrorist-linked CAIR strains at gnats while expecting members of Congress to swallow camels.

The rest of CAIR’s “backgrounder” concerning my purported “Islamophobic” tendencies consists of random quotes I’ve made over the last 15 or so years and is meant “to give a better idea of Ibrahim and his views and to discourage signing Representative Perry’s letter.”  In another article, I may parse through these quotes, all of which I still stand by. For now, however, note how, as with its earlier attacks on me, CAIR does not mind misrepresenting my position—even if ever so subtly—to make its “backgrounder” points. It quotes me saying:

When Muslim migrants go on church-vandalizing sprees in the West – many hundreds of churches, crosses, and Christian statues have been respectively desecrated, broken, and beheaded in just Germany, France, and Austria – very few understand that this modus operandi stretches back to and has been on continuous display since Islam’s first contact with Christian civilization.

I did not end that sentence with the word “civilization.”  The complete sentence, which appears at the very end of my book, Sword and Scimitar—itself at the center of CAIR’s offensive—reads “…this modus operandi stretches back to and has been on continuous display since Islam’s first contact with Christian civilization, as recounted in the preceding history.”

CAIR clearly does not want members of Congress to realize that there is an actual, documented history that validates and can be consulted against my “controversial” words.  Accordingly, in its willful suppression of this fact, not only does CAIR fail to reproduce those six final words; it fails to indicate their omission with ellipses, as required by the rules of grammatical accuracy.

Be all this as it may, the fact remains: having successfully cowed the U.S. Army War College into obedience with its hysteria and cries of “racism,” one can only guess just how many members of Congress an “emboldened and encouraged” CAIR also managed to cow from signing Rep. Scott Perry’s letter in defense of free speech and academic inquiry in the context of U.S. security; or how much, to again quote Lt. Col. West, CAIR “is laughing at us.”