Middle East studies in the News
Obama's Arizona Memorial Speech Fails to Mention His Past [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Jim Kouri
"Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own," Sarah Palin said. "Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible."
When former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin uttered the above words on Wednesday, the news media and the left — often difficult to differentiate from one another — again pounced on her with snippy commentary and accusations that her past pronouncements contributed to the otherwise senseless slaughter in Arizona last Saturday.
"If anything positive can be attributed to the mass shootings by a crazed gunman named Jared Loughner it is the fact that many members of the news media removed their masks and ceased pretending to be unbiased arbiters of truth," said political strategist Mike Baker.
"In my 30 years in politics, I have never seen such lock-stepping hatred for a politician by folks in the media and so-called political activists," Baker said.
Meanwhile, these same Palin-haters gushed over President Barack Obama's speech during a memorial service for the victims killed and wounded by an Arizona madman, Baker pointed out.
"Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath," Obama said at the Wednesday night memorial service for the victims.
"The truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man's mind," he said.
But if — as many on the left angrily accuse — there indeed is blood on the hands of Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh or Fox News, then there must be blood on the hands, forearms, clothing and face of the current occupant of the Oval Office. When comes to using vitriolic language about opponents or fraternizing with radicals and killers, Obama takes a backseat to no one.
While Barack Obama's friends and supporters in the news media have downplayed his friendship and business relationship with former terrorist — now a Marxist university professor — Willam Ayers, one aspect of the Ayers terrorism saga they completely ignore is his reputation as a cop-killer.
For instance, in Nyack, New York, Ayers' terrorist group the Weather Underground launched an armored-car robbery that left two Nyack, NY police officers — Officer Waverly Brown and Sergeant Ed O'Grady — mortally wounded. In addition, the Brinks armored-car driver, Peter Paige was shot to death by the Weathermen.
Quite simply, Ayers' group of killers left five children without fathers as a result of the brutal and vicious armored car robbery.
Progressives for Obama signatories include Weathermen Howard Machtinger, Jeff Jones, Steve Tappis and Mark Rudd. Machtinger helped author the mission statement of the Weathermen that called for revolutionaries within the United States to wage a 'people's war' and attack from within. The government would fall and 'world communism' eventually would be instituted.
In addition to the New York police officers killed, a 1970 pipe bomb in San Francisco set by this radical group killed a police officer and critically wounded another cop. When given the opportunity to serve on boards and appear at press conferences with Ayers, an up-and-coming politician named Barack Obama jumped at the chance. Recently released records from the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois in Chicago show that Obama and Ayers attended board meetings, retreats and press conferences from 1995 to 2001 as directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
Bill Ayers — along with his wife Bernadine Dohrn — was an active member of the Weather Underground, a radical left-wing group that advocated violence against the United State. Both Ayers and Dohrn went "underground" in 1970 after others in the group accidentally detonated a bomb in a Greenwich Village (New York City) townhouse. The blast killed three of the group's members including Ayers' girlfriend at the time.
While Ayers and Dohrn were hiding from law enforcement, the Weather Underground participated in the bombings of the US Capital, the Pentagon and a State Department building. In 1981 Ayers and Dohrn turned themselves in to federal authorities, but all charges were dropped as a result of alleged "government legal misconduct." In his 2001 memoir, Ayers wrote, "I don't regret setting the bombs. I feel we didn't do enough."
During Obama's last year on the board of The Woods Fund (2002), he participated in awarding grants, including a $70,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network, a Chicago-based group founded by Rashid and Mona Khalidi. In another suspected quid pro quo arrangement similar to those with Ayers, Rashid Khalidi held a fundraising event in his home for Barack Obama.
In the Middle East, Rashid Khalidi was known as a man to be reckoned with. From 1972 through 1983, Khalidi was the director in Beirut of the official Palestinian press agency, FAFA. His wife worked there as well.
Sources who served in the US Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency told the Law Enforcement Examiner that when the Khalidi's left Chicago for Columbia University in New York, Rashid was honored with the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at that Ivy League university. Their goodbye party in Chicago included testimonials from Bill Ayers and Barack Obama.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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