Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chris Hedges: Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

"... the plight of Muslims is beginning to mirror that of targeted ethnic
minority groups on the eve of the war in the former Yugoslavia,
or Jews in the dying days of the Weimar Republic."
The major candidates for the Republican nomination for the presidency, including Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, along with television personalities such as Bill Maher, routinely employ hate talk against Muslims as a way to attract votes or viewers. Right-wing radio and cable news, including Christian radio and television, along with websites such as Jihad Watch and FrontPage, spew toxic filth about Muslims over the airwaves and the Internet. But perhaps most ominously—as pointed out in “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace,” a report by Political Research Associates—a cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars. These seminars, run by organizations such as Security Solutions International, The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association, embrace gross and distorted stereotypes and propagate wild conspiracy theories. And much of this indoctrination within the law enforcement community is funded under two grant programs for training—the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Areas Security Initiative—which made $1.67 billion available to states in 2010. The seminars preach that Islam is a terrorist religion, that an Islamic “fifth column” or “stealth jihad” is subverting the United States from within, that mainstream American Muslims have ties to terrorist groups, that Muslims use litigation, free speech and other legal means (something the trainers have nicknamed “Lawfare”) to advance the subversive Muslim agenda and that the goal of Muslims in the United States is to replace the Constitution with Islamic or Shariah law.

“You would not expect a Democratic administration to fund right-wing groups,” Thom Cincotta, a civil liberties attorney and the author of the Political Research Associates report, told me, “and yet we continue to have hard-right, Islamophobic speakers and companies being paid taxpayer dollars to promote racist doctrines that undermine U.S. national security policy concerning Islam and the Muslim world. Policy expert after policy expert point out that framing our counterterrorism efforts as a war against Islam is a recipe for building increased resentment among Muslims, as well as a potent recruiting tool for those who would like to carry out violent attacks against us. This kind of demonizing breaks down communication between law enforcement agents and Muslim communities, which have proven to be strong allies in the rare instances of domestic extremism. Not only does it threaten to erode basic civil liberties, it threatens freedom of expression and freedom of worship.” 
Read the rest of this TruthDig article here

Comment: The US cannot exist without racism and hatred.  Muslims who are living there and fighting for acceptance and tolerance and the rest of the bullsh*t terminology that goes for multiculturalism-speak will only find respite when the next race/religious target is found.

Muslim is the new black unless, of course, you are both Muslim and black then it is double-jeopardy.


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Erica said...

Intimitdation is one of the US's most dangerous and fucked up characteristics. I totally agree that the US CAN NOT exist without racism or hatred.

That would be like asking Donald Trump to forgo his toupee'........AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!

Peace to you love

Kweli said...

After a number of black men were shot on separate occasion by the Portland police in the last two years, I remember reading somewhere that in all the videos used by the Portland Police Bureau to train officers, all the actors playing criminals are black.
There seems to be something similar going on with Muslims not just here in the USA but also around the world. Governments are targeting Muslims. Take for instance the Kenyan government: they have either slowed down or completely scraped the issuance of national IDs to anyone of Somali descent, whether Kenyan born or a refugee. Just because most Somalis happen to be Muslim. And of course any resistance by Muslims is terrorism, hey?

Ridwan said...

Hi Erica:

Thanks for your on-point comment.

It is as it is huh?

Be well up there.



Ridwan said...

Hi Kweli:

It is sad that the Kenyan government has stopped issuing IDs to Somalis.

I know that a few of the Nubian folk have faced the same problems.

It creates a second-class citizenship.

Muslims are being fingered and it is a global movement of pressure brought by the US and its allies.

Laws in South Africa were passed to tighten who could open a bank account (to stop laundering of money by terrorists they say).

We don't have Muslim terrorists in South Africa.

But those strings are conditionalities imposed by the US in trade terms and the SA government just has to bow.

The force of imperialism.

Onward! brother.