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If I may add; do not yield to CAIR bullying

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Submitted by Raid Mohammad (United States), Mar 29, 2005 at 13:29

Like bullies, CAIR will throw at you everything in the book in the hope that some of it will stick. Yielding to CAIR McCarthyism style intimidations will give victory to censorship. It will mean condoning and tolerating bullies and all that they stand for.

Any sincere work should and must start from the inside out. When the West attacks "Islam," it is attacking the "Islam" it has come to know through our conduct and action -- or inaction. It is so ironic that CAIR can dare to cry foul when most of these arguments against "Islam" are deduced from "Muslims"' sources most "Muslims" deemed to be most reliable. The Majority of "Muslims" started to defame and defile the Prophet the moment the Prophet past away. "Muslims" systematically shredded all the moral values that the Prophet devoted all of his life to. "Muslims" slaughtered and/or poisoned to death the progeny of the Prophet one after another without blinking an eye. Only when it serves their pocket books do "Muslims" ever remember that Muhammad was their Prophet. These kinds of "Muslims" are nothing but monsters of hypocrisy.

The damage that was done to "Muslims" was self-inflicted. For 1,400 years, we "Muslims" have been demonizing and brutalizing our own minorities, long before anybody else started to demonize us. We killed our inner selves long before any body else killed our heartless bodies. We "Muslims" demand from the West the things that we cannot achieve within ourselves as individuals, let alone as nations.

Where is CAIR when it comes to the oppressing policies of those who are in charge of Muslims' Mosques here in the US? CAIR philosophy is that if it is Muslims' filth; just cover it with a colorful rug. In contrast, if it has to do with the US society, milk it for what it is worth. CAIR has no strategy except that of instructing their hounds on when, where and how loud to bark, provided that this barking will bring CAIR some gain. Other than that, CAIR could hardly care.

I wonder how Americans would react if they found out that CAIR just might have had the chance to prevent 9.11 atrocities. I begged CAIR in the summer of 2000 to take a more active role in educating Mosques' leaders of the potential danger in allowing certain fundraising activities conducted by shadowy individuals or organizations. What I concluded from my efforts that summer is that CAIR feels that its time is too valuable to be wasted on issues other than PR. They told me, in essence "This is the situation in all the Mosques throughout North America". In other words, this situation is none of their concern. The reality is that as long as Mosques provide CAIR the platform that it needs to raise money, Mosques' internal affairs is none of CAIR business. CAIR executive director excused the lack of leadership in this area with the statement that, "limited resources limit the scope of CAIR mission," yet they willingly waste their "limited resources" in only pursuing cases that will bring them some glory and fame. In his response to my prodding CAIR to take a role, their spokesman called it a "community dispute." In his response to me in his Oct., 19, 2000 email he stated, "As a matter of policy, CAIR does not get involved in community disputes." Little matter that "community disputes" may provide clues to larger problems with far-reaching implications, indeed.

CAIR is doing its best to manipulate the American-Muslim community through phobia. A close examination of CAIR daily list serve postings will reveal their true intentions. When the Taliban were slaughtering thousands of innocent Afghanis, CAIR condoned it or at least kept quiet about it. When the US went there to cure this epidemic that is called Taliban and Bin Laden, CAIR cried foul. As an Iraqi- American my self, I find CAIR to be very ironic. While their role model Saddam was annihilating the Iraqis, CAIR was condoning it or at least kept quiet about it. When the US went to get rid of Saddam, they once again cried foul. In both cases CAIR never failed to circulate any and all articles that would tarnish the image of the US. They continuously circulate articles with clear anti American sentiments. Their disinformation is very damaging and very misleading.

I am not trying to belittle the death and destruction of innocent lives in these operations. However, CAIR manipulation of these articles to suit their mission of spreading phobia among Muslims in the US is very dangerous. It will spare no effort to mislead the American-Muslims. The disinformation campaign that CAIR is waging can have very grave consequences in our society here in the US. CAIR cashes in on the phobias and naiveté of Muslims, who believe the CAIR claim that it is a "civil rights organization". By manipulating the emotions of the Muslim masses, especially those who cannot think independently, CAIR can slide into Muslims' wallets much more easily. By spreading phobia among American Muslims, CAIR is hoping to rally Muslims around it--not as informed and enlightened, but rather, in the way goslings rally around mother goose.

Once again, any sincere work should and must start from the inside out... We Muslims must reform ourselves...

In the long run, CAIR methodology, of trying to build a façade without a sound structure, will--no doubt--further increase the resentment and the alienation of the American public toward Islam and Muslims.

Sincerely, Raid Mohammad

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