Middle East studies in the News
Blogs Cite Similarities Between Terror Manual, Obama Campaign [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Gil Ronen
Conservative weblog Little Green Footballs and a related blog, Zomblog, have discovered what they say is an "extremely rare copy" of the first issue of the newspaper put out by the terrorist Weather Underground (or 'The Weathermen') in 1975, and point to similarities between themes and keywords employed by the terrorists and by Sen. Barack Obama's campaign.
These keywords and themes include the idea of encouraging "organizers" who will work in "communities" and use "audacity."
Obama is a self-described "community organizer" and he wrote an autobiographical book called "The Audacity of Hope."
The Weather Underground was a violent Marxist-Leninist group that carried out bombings and riots from 1969 to the mid-1970s. Its leader, Bill Ayers, is known to have had associations with Sen. Obama, although the extent of these associations is disputed. He and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, who was also a Weather Underground leader, were both present at the recently reported-fete for former Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) spokesman Rashid Khalidi where Obama spoke. At the time, the PLO was on the United States list of terror organizations.
Little Green Footballs was influential in the 2004 U.S. elections, when it discovered an alleged attempt by CBS News and its lead anchor, Dan Rather, to affect the result of the elections though the publication of a forged document, referred to as "the throbbing memo." Zomblog is written by a person who identifies herself as Zombie, and who specializes in reporting upon ultra-leftist fringe groups.
According to Zomblog, the Weather Underground newspaper, called Osawatomie, "was written at a time when the Dohrn-Ayers wing of the Weather Underground was transitioning from terrorism to "working from the inside" for revolution. Much of the paper "concerns itself with the need to encourage 'organizers' who will work in 'communities' and use 'audacity' to bring about 'socialism' in America."
Some quotes from the newspaper:
"But revolutionaries expect adversity, expect to be fought every inch of the way by an entrenched ruling class, expect to confront danger and demoralization and overcome it, with creativity and audacity."
"Theory and ideology are important tools, and we should make study of Marxism-Leninism an important part of our work."
"Organizers must be intimately aware of every problem and each injustice, and they must show that underneath each particular problem lies another problem, and another and another until you reach the system of imperialism itself. "
"We need to build a successful struggle, strong organization and a winning revolutionary party. This is a process, which will not emerge full-blown from our minds. It will emerge and change and grow from practice. We know where to begin."
"The immediate task for the left is this: organize the masses of people against imperialism and for revolution. Pull together friends and comrades, whether three or thirty. Explain the roots of the current economic and social crisis. Fight for jobs and for funds for urgent relief programs. Wealth should be taken from the Pentagon budget and used to rebuild our cities, schools and hospitals."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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