GEORGETOWN & THE ISLAMIST MONEY CHANGERS
By Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
A 57-member international body headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the OIC was founded in Morocco in 1969 to "protect" the Islamic sites in Jerusalem from Israel. It defines "Islamophobia" with considerable and questionable latitude, as any criticism of Muslim individual, institutional, ideological, legal, or cultural behavior. Combating Islamophobia as it conceives it, OIC seeks to prevent free discussion about Islam or the lives of Muslims under, for example, the radical Islamists dominating Saudi Arabia and ruling Iran.
For its part, CAIR, which masquerades as a civil-rights organization, has been shown to be a front for the terrorist Hamas movement among Palestinians. Though ostensibly seeking to improve understanding of the Muslim faith among Americans and other Westerners, it employs strident rhetoric and panic-mongering claims of alleged persecution that do not jibe with the American vision of religious activism. It also defends extremist Islamists and has focused its organizational efforts outside the Muslim community, on alliances with radical Leftist political groups and academic trends that, like it, oppose U.S. policies, rather than on better inter-religious relations.
Esposito and CMCU have given Georgetown an unappealing image as a nest of Saudi-financed Wahhabis and other extremists. Esposito has published books promoting almost every form of radical Islam. In 2007, when the OIC-CAIR-CMCU $325,000 caper was in preparation, Esposito declared, "Sami Al-Arian's a very good friend of mine." He expressed solidarity with Al-Arian despite, if not because of, the latter's 2006 conviction for conspiring to provide goods and services to the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad, based on Al-Arian's admission of guilt. Esposito delivered himself of this personal endorsement of Al-Arian at a CAIR event in Dallas, Texas, during proceedings in which the socalled Holy Land Foundation (HLF) was eventually found guilty of providing more than $12 million to Hamas. Evidence at trial revealed close cooperation between HLF and CAIR. Esposito, nevertheless, proclaimed, "[I am here] to show solidarity not only with the Holy Land Fund [sic, Holy Land Foundation], but also with CAIR."
In 2008, Esposito expressed himself on behalf of Al-Arian to U.S. Judge Leonie Brinkema, supporting release on bond of the admitted terrorist:
Considering that they represent involvement with terrorism, Esposito's definitions of dedication and commitment to American values of peace and social justice are as perverse as the OIC's manipulative characterization of Islamophobia.
By the time Esposito wrote Judge Brinkema to assist Al-Arian, the OIC-CAIR-CMCU project appears to have collapsed. As disclosed by Patrick S. Poole at Pajamas Media, e-mails and other correspondence between OIC, CAIR, and CMCU show that the OIC, under its Turkish Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, had pledged $325,000, to Nihad Awad of CAIR and Esposito as a representative of Georgetown, as expense money for an event on Islamophobia -- "the first ever OIC sponsored event to be held in the United States of America," in Ihsanoglu's enthusiastic words. Ihsanoglu's communication of January 15, 2007, affirming this promise, followed an e-mail sent on November 20, 2006 to Awad and to a CAIR activist who was also Esposito's then senior-researcher, Hadia Mubarak, by the OIC Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdul Wahab. Therein, the latter stated that the OIC "would have no problem in transferring the required funds to the Georgetown University after the SG [Ihsanoglu] receives the letter on this subject from Professor Esposito."
While the OIC transferred the requisite $325,000 to CAIR, plans for an elaborate carnival of complaint at Georgetown dissipated. After six months, on July 19, 2007, Ihsanoglu deputy Sukru Tujan wrote to Awad and his mentor, then-chairman of CAIR Parvez Ahmed, asking for return of the money, except for $62,100 to pay for a September, 2007 workshop and speech by Ihsanoglu at Georgetown.
CAIR boss Ahmed balked at this demand, stating in a letter of July 27, 2007, that returning the $325,000 would handicap preparations for future activities, and that CAIR could not transfer money to Georgetown because the organization lacked "a proper contractual agreement" with the University, although in the same letter Ahmed referred to a (presumably oral) agreement between the parties interested in the conference, i.e. OIC, CAIR, and Esposito.
Ihsanoglu was unmoved by Ahmed's arguments, replying on July 30, 2007, that OIC did not "feel that the Georgetown side has the ability to proceed with holding a trilateral conference in the near future... we might have to replace the Georgetown University with another partner for the organization of the foreseen symposium." Ihsanoglu's tone was notably chilly, in that he addressed the CAIR chief simply as "Dear Mr. Ahmed," with no reference to the latter's organization or the title conferred by it, and added that "the workshop which is being organized by Professor Esposito on the 20th of this September is certainly not a substitute for what we have been planning." Bottom line: give the money back -- all of it.
But $325,000, even if it had been presented to Esposito and Georgetown, would have been a small amount, when compared with $20 million donated to CMCU in 2005 by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Why did the OIC suddenly find Esposito and Georgetown less than attractive as partners? That is the question worth asking. Perhaps Esposito, despite generating mountains of pro-Islamist prose, could not "deliver" Georgetown to the OIC and CAIR in the manner the latter anticipated. Perhaps the OIC did not consider $325,000 an appropriate price for a conference. Ihsanoglu's upbeat letter of January 17, 2007, referenced above, included the rather unlikely suggestion that then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would attend the proposed function. Perhaps Awad and Esposito viewed such expectations negatively.
Founded in 1789 by the Society of Jesus, a long-established and illustrious Catholic religious and educational order, Georgetown has strayed very far from its original inspiration. This might have more to do with its preeminence in higher education in Washington, D.C., and its well-known School of Foreign Service, than its specific origins or attitudes on Islam or other inter-religious issues. But the career of John L. Esposito is rich with episodes in which he has enabled the targeting of "the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university" for misbehavior by the radical Islamists to whose cause he is so manifestly and assiduously devoted. Georgetown alumni, Catholic intellectuals and activists, and others with legitimate concerns about this abominable situation should take note.
The Islamist Fifth Column -- America's Internal Enemies:
Disloyalty, Subversion, Sedition, & Treason
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
Page Three Page Two Page One
Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors
American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East
International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security
Page Two Page One
Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization
Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies
Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security
U.S. National Security Strategy
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, an American journalist, columnist and author, is Executive Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and designed to promote "moderate Islam." Schwartz, describing himself as a Jewish convert to the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam, is a vocal critic of the ideology of Islamism and an equally vocal critic of the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam. Originally an adherent of the political Far Left, he currently identifies as a Neoconservative.
The foregoing article by Stephen Schwartz was written for Campus Watch, was published in the American
Thinker, June 24, 2011, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign
policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to
include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management
of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the
Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat.
Africa: Black Africa *
Africa: North Africa *
American Government 1
LINKS TO PARTICULAR ISSUES & SUBJECT MATTER CATEGORIES
TREATED IN THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, U.S.A.:
American Government 2 * American Government 3 * American Government 4
American Government 5 * American Politics * Anglosphere * Arabs
Arms Control & WMD * Aztlan Separatists * Big Government
Black Africa * Bureaucracy * Canada * China * Civil Liberties * Communism
Congress, U.S. * Conservative Groups * Conservative vs. Liberal
Constitutional Law * Counterterrorism * Criminal Justice * Disloyalty * Economy
Education * Elections, U.S. * Eminent Domain * Energy & Environment
English-Speaking World * Ethnicity & Race * Europe * Europe: Jews
Family Values * Far East * Fiscal Policy, U.S. * Foreign Aid, U.S. * Foreign Policy, U.S.
France * Germany * Hispanic Separatism * Hispanic Treason * Human Health * Immigration * Infrastructure, U.S. * Intelligence, U.S. * Iran * Iraq * Islamic North Africa
Islamic Threat * Islamism * Israeli vs. Arabs * Jews & Anti-Semitism
Jihad & Jihadism * Jihad Manifesto I * Jihad Manifesto II * Judges, U.S. Federal
Judicial Appointments * Judiciary, American * Latin America * Latino Separatism
Latino Treason * Lebanon * Leftists/Liberals * Legal Issues
Local Government, U.S. * Marriage & Family * Media Political Bias
Middle East: Arabs * Middle East: Iran * Middle East: Iraq * Middle East: Israel
Middle East: Lebanon * Middle East: Syria * Middle East: Tunisia
Middle East: Turkey * Militant Islam * Military Defense * Military Justice
Military Weaponry * Modern Welfare State * Morality & Decency
National Identity * National Security * Natural Resources * News Media Bias
North Africa * Patriot Act, USA * Patriotism * Political Culture * Political Ideologies
Political Parties * Political Philosophy * Politics, American * Presidency, U.S.
Private Property * Property Rights * Public Assistance * Radical Islam
Religion & America * Rogue States & WMD * Russia * Science & Ethics
Sedition & Treason * Senate, U.S. * Social Welfare Policy * South Africa
State Government, U.S. * Subsaharan Africa * Subversion * Syria * Terrorism 1
Terrorism 2 * Treason & Sedition * Tunisia * Turkey * Ukraine
UnAmerican Activity * UN & Its Agencies * USA Patriot Act * U.S. Foreign Aid
U.S. Infrastructure * U.S. Intelligence * U.S. Senate * War & Peace
Welfare Policy * WMD & Arms Control
Africa: Black Africa *
Africa: North Africa *
American Government 1
POLITICAL EDUCATION, CONSERVATIVE ANALYSIS
POLITICS, SOCIETY, & THE SOVEREIGN STATE
Website of Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor