You can always tell when leftists are losing an argument; they avoid the central component of it completely. The latest example comes from the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart, who starts by insinuating that Muslims are victims of right-wing hatred; he then makes every part of his narrative fit that premise. In fact, his entire opening paragraph outlines a scenario that hasn’t happened (apparently to lay a solid foundation for his case).
Via Daily Beast:
When muslim extremists attacked their third American church in three days, the cable networks cut away from regular programming to cover the news. When militants vandalized a Christian school in Illinois two days later, both presidential candidates issued statements denouncing the wave of jihadist violence. When terrorists shot up another church the day after that, President Obama flew to comfort the parishioners. By the sixth attack, Rush Limbaugh was demanding that the Obama administration ditch its politically correct pussyfooting and acknowledge the Muslim fifth column in our midst. After the seventh attack, lawmakers introduced legislation giving the feds additional powers to detain American citizens suspected of extremist views. After the attack, a group of congressmen suggested that the U.S. halt immigration from Muslim countries.
(It might be safe to say that Beinart is ignorant of stealth jihad).
After itemizing a series of attacks against Muslims that all should denounce (but have nothing to do with the concerns raised by Reps. Michele Bachmann, et. al. about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration), Beinart does what his fellow left-wing media personality – Chris Matthews – warns against; he questions the motive of the Sikh Temple shooter:
On Aug. 5, Wade Michael Page murdered six congregants and wounded a police officer at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, quite possibly because he thought the Sikhs were Muslim.
We would love to know if Beinart agrees with his left-wing media colleague about questioning motive being the worst thing one can do in journalism:
Aside from this, what Beinart doesn’t mention is that Neo-Nazis and the Muslim Brotherhood both have a common enemy – Jews. In fact, leftists love to paint Nazis as being right-wing extremists. The far left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has all but made an industry out of it. SPLC was among the most prominent groups to apply that label to Wade after the Sikh Temple shooting. In reality, Nazis are left-wing extremists who feel the same way about Jews that the group Huma Abedin’s family is connected to – the Muslim Brotherhood – does. Has anyone seen what’s going on in Egypt lately?
Beinart’s meandering finally leads to a mention of Huma Abedin in the fourth paragraph:
Michele Bachmann and several other members of Congress insinuated that Huma Abedin, one of the few American Muslims in a high-level government job, was an agent of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Conspicuously absent from Beinart’s biased report is any reference to the concerns raised by Bachmann, et. al. The following two sentences represent the only portion of the only letter that referred to Huma Abedin at all:
…the Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, he mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.
Certainly, Beinart cannot dispute the second sentence so he must have a problem with the first. Again, however, in so doing, he has a problem with facts, not insinuation. We have learned that Huma’s father and mother headed the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) with the help of the organization’s founder – Abdullah Omar Naseef – who is an al-Qaeda financier. We also know that Huma’s mother is a leader with the Muslim Sisterhood and that her brother served at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) with both Naseef and Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. To top that off, Huma herself served on the Board of IMMA as an Assistant Editor for 12 years.
Thanks to Walid’s discovery, we now know that the mission of the IMMA, which is sanctioned by the Saudi Royal family, is to transform Muslim minority lands into Muslim majority lands.
So, Mr. Beinart, are you saying these documents are lying?
If so, we’d like to insinuate that you don’t read Arabic.