Monday, October 16, 2006

 

More Jews Defending Their Would-be Killers

The Washington Times has the story of Susan Estrich, former campaign manager for Michael Dukakis, and ex-president of the ACLU Harvey Silvergate, joining the defense team for "two alleged Boston al Qaeda funders." Altas Shrugs received this email commentary from Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Jihad:
Look at the underpinnings of this "defense" by Susan Estrich et al... Le Trahison De Clercs of our time, Jihad Denial...A genocidal (and timeless) global Islamization campaign is deemed legally and morally equivalent to a localized self-defense effort against that hideous process by the vibrant, liberal democracy of Israel! And of course it is a Jew, perversely, leading the legal team making this immoral equivalence. How utterly depressing. Maybe Estrich will suggest Hasan Nasrallah for the next Nobel Peace Prize for "orchestrating" the Lebanon Hudna, the way Gertrude Stein suggested Hitler be similarly rewarded after Munich.

Incredibly, the suspects' attorneys also argue that such charitable giving, to support the jihad and mujahideen, is rightfully tax-exempt under U.S. constitutional protection of religious freedom. Moreover, they compare their support of Islam's "holy war" to the Jewish National Fund (JNF) appeals for tax-deductible "donations to finance the purchase of bulletproof vests, helmets and firetrucks in connection with the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict."
If you argue that funding jihad is part of Islam, and thus should be permitted under the First Amendment, then you can't logically say that the terrorists "are extremists who have twisted a peaceful religion." Their defense is clear: we support terror because the Koran tells us to do so. Do Estrich and Silvergate know that Jews are at the top of the list of attended victims? Do they care? Do they have any concern for the Christian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, etc. victims of JIhad? Are they aware there is no Islamic version of freedom of religion? Do they know that jihadists would like to have all infidels (non-Muslims) living as second class citizens, converts to Islam or not living at all? This isn't some high school mock trial exercise. There are serious consequences for America and its infidel citizens, not to mention the Israelis and religious minorities throughout the Muslim world. And Estrich and Silvergate have signed on to the wrong side of the battle. There is no justification I could accept.

Check out the article by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A Lappen.

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