Hillary invites jihad lover to conference call on Obama speech
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken Obama's "outreach" to Muslims to its logical, insane conclusion when she invited a supporter of jihad by the Palestinians against Israel to be part of a conference call on reaction to the president's Cairo address.
Not only that, Esam Omeish is also a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. As the Investigative Project on Terrorism (vai Counterterrorism blog ) points out, the Clinton invite has given a huge public relations boost to a known jihad supporter in his political race.
Just what are Mr. Omeish's thoughts on terrorism?
In a 2000 speech given at a rally recorded by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Omeish congratulated Palestinians for choosing the jihad way and said "we are with you and we are supporting you and we will do everything that we can, Insh'Allah, to help your cause." Two months earlier, Omeish said "we need to congratulate our brothers and sisters in Filastin (Palestine) for their bravery, for their giving up their lives for the sake of Allah and for the sake of Al-Aqsa."
The speeches came during the early stages of the second Palestinian uprising, this one called the Al Aqsa Intifada, which featured a series of deadly terrorist attacks against Israelis.
Omeish's words came back to bite him in 2007. He had just been appointed to a state immigration panel by Gov. Tim Kaine, but he was forced to resign shortly after when Kaine learned about the video. Omeish since has claimed his words were taken out of context and that the use of the word "jihad" was not a call for violence:
"It means emotional, intellectual as well as physical struggle. And I think it's important for us, if we want to engage the Muslim community, it's not to allow ourselves to define them but to allow them to define themselves for who they are."
Yes? Where have we heard that before?
There is apparently little chance Omeish will get elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. But our Secretary of State certainly gave his campaign a nice little boost by raising his profile significantly.
If this is Obama's idea of "outreach," one wonders if he thinks there is an enemy to fight at all.