The Million Muslim Farce

The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) announced plans to hold "an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington, D.C. and demand that our civil rights will be protected by our government."  Included in their grievances is that our government hasn't made full release of the 9/11 commission report, and they intend to protest American intervention in the Middle East.  They dubbed the event the "Million Muslim March." 

That name has proven toxic, and it's not hard to imagine why.  Something about the idea of a million Muslims descending upon Washington to express their disgust for America and its foreign policy on the anniversary of a day when some other Muslims famously expressed a disgust for America and its foreign policy by killing thousands of our countrymen in the name of Islam might understandably rub Americans the wrong way.  So the event was rebranded (without altering its intent) as the "Million American March Against Fear."  But that hasn't given the effort much traction in terms of public opinion.

It raises an important question.  If AMPAC was actually interested in lessening Americans' apprehension about Muslims, why didn't they choose a name for their march that Americans might support?  If it were, for example, "Muslims Against Armed Jihad," or "American Muslims Against Terror and Violence," I do not think we would see a public outcry.  But then, if lessening Americans' apprehension about Muslims had truly been AMPAC's goal, they would have chosen a different date altogether for such a rally out of respect for American sensitivity on the matter. 

The problem is that AMPAC and the orchestrators of this farce have no such goal in mind. 

Consider this.  Notably absent in the entire litany of grievances found in the statement issued by AMPAC is any condemnation of Islamic terror.  Notably present are condemnations of American actions since 9/11 and an innocuous suggestion that the 9/11 commission report is hiding something about the true nature of the attack on that day.  Underlying these accusations is the proposition that 9/11 was a false flag attack undertaken by the American government in order to give us license to attack Muslims abroad and oppress them at home.  All of which uniquely benefits you know who (cue the ominous timpani): the Jews in Israel.

So what we have here is little more than advertising for a Truther convention, gussied up with the veneer of a civil rights protest to give the outlandish anti-American and anti-Zionist rhetoric of the Truthers some unearned credibility. 

Don't believe me?  The proof precedes my claim. 

The founder of AMPAC, a Bangladesh-born Muslim named MD Rabbi Alam, is an avowed conspiracy theorist.  He has accused America of inventing the HIV virus, a position that he curiously shares with Barack Obama's mentor, Jeremiah Wright, which might explain why he was invited to the White House after working on Obama's 2008 campaign. (A coincidence, to be sure.)  But his brand of Trutherism is of that particularly anti-Semitic bent; he believes that it was the Jews who were unquestionably responsible for the attacks in Washington and New York on 9/11.  He openly pondered why not even a single Jew was killed on 9/11, which was proof positive in his mind that the slimy Jews had tipped off their brethren before the attacks.

Like with most conspiracy theories, the facts, provided by the State Department, completely destroy the claim.  Between 200 and 400 Jews were killed in the attack on the World Trade Center, five of whom were Israeli citizens.  But like most conspiracy theorists, Alam is unmoved by proof.

The evidence doesn't end there.  AMPAC's chief spokesman is Kevin Barrett, who is the head of Muslim Think Tank and a noted proponent of Truther conspiracy theories.  Listed as architects of this march are Greg Boyd of the DC Area 9/11 Truth movement and Richard Gage, founder of the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.  AMPAC's director of operations is Isa Hodge, who calls the Islamic terrorist threat "pure hallucination" and believes that al-Qaeda is nothing more than "a myth."  The silliness of these claims alone proves that the gap between reality and the faux reality constructed by staunch Islamic apologists is an ever-widening and potentially limitless chasm.

But that's really the crux of it.  It doesn't have to be believable; it just has to be believed.  And anti-Zionists and Islamic radicals have a vested interest believing in the myth of a government conspiracy being behind 9/11, because it supports the notion that America is a racist, greedy nation bent on the oppression of Muslims in the Middle East.  There is similar political value in anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic Muslims denying the Holocaust to undermine Israel's existence.  

But I can't buy that that Rabbi Alam truly believes that Jews orchestrated the 9/11 attacks any more than I can buy Ahmedinejad truly believing that Westerners created the myth of the Holocaust.  They do it not because it's true, or because they think it's true, or because they think they can prove it.  They do it because they can, and to show the world that they can get away with it.  To show the world that they can thumb their noses at the infidels -- and in regard to the "Million Muslim March," it's to show that they can do it even on 9/11.

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