Those Muslims planning to march in Washington on 9/11, the 12th anniversary of the Islamist-led terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania dead, need to look at the facts, according a freedom activist.
A website for what originally was billed as the “Million Muslim March” now has been altered to the “Million American March Against Fear,” but still remains under the sponsorship of the American Muslim Political Action Committee.
The group says its goal is to “ask all individuals and organizations working for peace to attend this collective action to tell our government leaders we want transparency and policies of peace. In the past 12 years since 9/11 the United States government as failed to protect and promote constitutional liberties and human life, here and abroad. We feel that accountability in government has been ignored and the time has arrived to collectively speak truth to power.”
It originally was advertised as a time for Muslims to protest “anti-Islamic bigotry in the years that ensued the al-Qaida terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil.”
An early statement from the group said, “On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day. Muslim and non Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam.”
“It is amazing how fast they changed the original language on their website claiming victimhood, bigotry, and unfair treatment since Sept. 11th 2001,” Gabriel said. “Once they were confronted and debated by people like me who pointed out to them that in the last four years alone we have arrested on American soil 226 home grown terrorists. One-hundred eighty six of them were Muslims. Not Jews. Not Hindus, not Buddhist. But Muslims”
Gabriel says the facts are that Muslim immigrants to the U. S. are responsible for a disproportionally large number of domestic terrorism cases.
“Of all immigrants who have ever immigrated to America since its birth, America never encountered such hatred and terrorism coming out of one faith based group in our country that accounts for less than 2 percent of the American population and is now responsible for over 80 percent of attacks against America,” she said.
“In 11 years since 9/11, the Islamic American community has not organized a one million man march to condemn Islamic terrorism against America and call Hamas, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, al-Shabaab, and other groups by their names – terrorists,” Gabriel said.
“Instead they are rallying to condemn America for what they call unfair policy here and abroad. It is about time the Muslim American community comes out and condemns every imam’s preaching in mosques throughout America who advocates overthrowing our democracy and inciting hatred against infidels and America,” Gabriel said.
“They should be coming out by the millions supporting America and its policy in eradicating Islamic terrorism, supremacy and violence,” Gabriel said.
The planned march, now being billed as a “professional, positive, and proactive event for the whole family,” has drawn criticism from other activists, too.
Former PLO operative turned peace activist and Islam analyst Walid Shoebat is calling it a publicity stunt.
“Based on AMPAC’s past performance, it would not be much of a stretch to conclude that this march is just a way to have us all write about it and by that we promote this new political campaign, especially that everyone, including most Muslims knows that 9/11 is a sensitive issue for Americans. The best thing when we hear hype like this is to ignore it,” Shoebat said.
Institute for Political Islam Director Bill Warner says AMPAC’s attempt to make Muslims the victim is a primary Islamic strategy.
“They’re saying that Muslims have been the victims since 9/11. The tactic is nothing new; it’s been around since the time of Muhammad,” Warner said. “The problem here really isn’t the Muslims. It’s us. They are bold and ready for a fight. We are too shy and afraid.”
Author and Islam analyst Robert Spencer says the event and the language promoting it are simply an effort to distract attention away from the main issue – Islamic terrorism.
“The planned march is just one in a long [line of] attempts to deflect attention away from jihad terror and claim victim status for Muslims after 9/11 – instead of doing the hard work of reforming Islam and deal honestly with the texts and teachings that jihadis use to justify violence,” Spencer said.
Spencer adds that the Muslims are experts at portraying themselves as the victims.
“They get away with it by relentlessly assuming the role and never breaking character,” Spencer said.
Islam analyst Pamela Geller agrees with Spencer’s assessment.
“The march is yet another attempt to portray Muslims as victims and shame people into thinking that it’s wrong to oppose jihad terror,” Geller said.
WND reported in September 2011 that American Muslims openly embrace an identify of victimhood. A poll of American Muslims taken by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center revealed then that a plurality of American Muslims believe they are the victims.
It explains that 83 percent of the Muslim American respondents view the U.S. effort to stamp out the source of terrorism in Iraq as wrong, while 47 percent say it was wrong to respond with troops in Afghanistan to try to eradicate the terror threat there.
Two-thirds say America’s unpopularity in majority-Muslim countries can be blamed on American actions and 92 percent say they do not sympathize with al-Qaida.
Further, 93 percent of Muslims see Muslim Americans as loyal to their country, but they also believe they often are the victims of “intolerance” even while they are “among the most tolerant of U.S. faith groups studied.”
Geller says she’s not persuaded by a poll of Muslim Americans. She adds that other Muslim publicity campaigns, including the September march, are aimed at projecting Muslim influence in the United States.
“It is a vicious and contemptible act of Islamic supremacism to … hold a victory victimhood march on the anniversary of 9/11, a national day of grieving for the thousands of victims of jihad slaughtered on American soil,” Geller said.
In terms of the language used, Warner says they’ve changed the event to cover if they don’t have a million participants. Warner adds the list of participating groups reveal an alliance of sorts.
“The names of the groups participating reveals that the event is a collection of groups from the standard leftist-Islamic coalition,” Warner said.
The issue of a “standard leftist-Islam coalition” reflects back to the Soviet era, according to an investigative journalist who researched the level of Soviet penetration of the peace movement. The journalist maintains anonymity to continue pursuing projects, and says that the language in the AMPAC press release shows some startling similarities to Soviet propaganda.
“The language is similar to the language Soviet-backed peace groups used in their press releases in the 1980s. Groups like Citizens in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Casa El Salvador, the anti-nuclear group ‘Can-It,’ and other anti-nuclear groups would use language like ‘We ask all individuals working for peace to attend’ in their press releases,” the journalist said.
“Also, the words ‘collective action’ are intended to illicit feelings of ‘We’re all in this together,’ which is an important sympathy-gaining ploy,” the investigative journalist said.
He said there is more.
“It’s also significant that at least two of the groups, the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and the DC Area 9/11 Truth Movement, show that the Muslim movement is aligning itself with the 9/11 Truther movement,” the investigative journalist said.
“The press release goes on to say, ‘Speaking will be experts and individuals on the lack of transparency and questions plaguing 9/11’ which, much like Soviet policy, is an inversion of reality,” the journalist said.
“Like Soviet propaganda that always intended to show the Russians as victims, this press release is intended to suggest that any problem American Muslims face is the fault of American policy rather than their belief system,” the journalist said.
A former CIA station chief who asks not to use his name for security reasons expands on the victimhood aspect of the march. He says one of the key provisions of Islamic doctrine is turning the tables when Muslims are the real historical aggressors.
“The fundamental basis of Islam (of which the Middle East nations are all a part of) [is] that is it has declared war for 14 centuries on all non-Muslims,” he said.
“There are no innocent Muslims and yes, they have attacked the U.S. many times. The first time was the Barbary (Muslim) pirates,” he said.
Former military intelligence operative Don Tipton says the Muslims casting themselves as victims could make them more dangerous.
“They think they are innocent if they aren’t actual combatants or warriors. Whether they are right or wrong, if they think they’re justified, they become even more dangerous to us,” Tipton said.