The US has done more to help those in IRAQ and Afghanistan, than any of their Muslim brothers in countries surrounding them. In Afghanistan, the US even helps to grow the heroin that they sell. America has helped to our own detriment in those countries. The Heroin that the Afghanies sell to Europe and Iran that comes to south America via Venezuela and Columbia, is smuggled in to the US and creates even more of the drug wars. We have been supplying the drug war. The unintended consequences that the stupid LIBERALS don’t think through. Who’s idea was it anyway? The idea to help support the poppy crops that it.
What is politically correct about it? Why is no one talking about it?
Where is the main stream media to denounce this viper?
Ground Zero imam’s comments from 2005 sparking fresh controversy:
Last Updated: 6:13 PM, August 23, 2010
Posted: 6:13 PM, August 23, 2010
Feisal Abdul Rauf — the imam behind plans to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center attacks — was quoted Monday as making comments in 2005 in which he says that the “United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaeda.”
The audio recording, taken from a July 2005 speech that Rauf gave at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, was posted in snippets Monday by conservative blogger and commentator Pamela Geller on her AtlasShrugs.com blog.
On the audiotape, which begins mid-sentence, Rauf can be heard saying: “We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims.” He then continues, “You may remember that the U.S.-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations.
“What complicates the discussion, intra-Islamically is the fact that the West has not been cognizant and has not addressed the issues of its own contribution to much injustice in the Arab and Muslim world,” Rauf goes on to say, before adding, “It’s a difficult subject to discuss with Western audiences but it’s one that must be pointed out and must be raised.”
Rauf appears to be answering a question from a member of the audience, but the questioner’s words are omitted and Rauf’s answer is also cut off at the end.
Opponents of the mosque have raised questions about Rauf’s past statements, including his refusal to denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization and his appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes” two weeks after the 9/11 attacks where he said “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.”
On Sunday, Rauf’s wife and co-founder of the project, Daisy Khan, appeared on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” program and defended her husband’s comments, saying he was referring to the CIA’s support for Usama Bin Laden and the Mujahedeen against the Soviet Union when the two fought a war from 1979-1989.
In the same interview, she described the current political climate in the U.S. as “beyond Islamophobia” and said, “It’s a hate of Muslims.”
The discussion was prompted by Amanpour’s referencing Time magazine’s latest cover, which asks the question: “Is America Islamophobic?”
On Saturday, Rauf spoke at an event in Bahrain as part of a U.S. taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East to spread good will. Rauf has undertaken such trips in the past during both the administrations of George W. Bush and President Obama.
Controversy surrounding the building of the Cordoba House, a 13-story Islamic cultural center and mosque, two blocks away from the former World Trade Center site, has consumed the country in past weeks. On August 13, President Obama came out in support of developers’ rights to build the mosque.
Many Democrats criticized the president the following day, when he appeared to temper his support by saying that he was not speaking about the wisdom or sensitivity of the plans to build the mosque, but was “commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg remains a strong supporter of the mosque, while most high-profile Republicans, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have come out against building it at that location. The U.S. Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean have also stated their preference that the mosque be moved elsewhere.
A recent Fox News poll found that while a majority (61 percent) of American voters think the group has the right to build the mosque in its proposed location, most (64 percent) think it would be wrong to do so.