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News & Analysis 021/04



- CAIR, Failing to Tell the Truth?  The Battle Of Fallujah

     On April 4, 2004, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), sent out a press release critical of American military action in Fallujah, Iraq.


     According to CAIR:


“Hundreds of innocent Iraqis have been killed and a number of hostages have been taken by insurgents. Today, the director of the main hospital in Fallujah said at least 450 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded in this week's fighting. Three Japanese hostages are being threatened with death.”


     In addition, CAIR demanded:


"The immediate and safe release of all hostages held by Iraqi insurgents.”

"A ceasefire by all parties in Fallujah and other Iraqi cities to allow entry of humanitarian supplies, medical treatment for the injured and proper burial of the dead.”

"A complete investigation into the bombing of the Fallujah mosque.”

"A United Nations Security Council discussion of the crisis in Iraq.”

"Complete reappraisal of America's deteriorating policy toward Iraq”.

”America's Muslim community stands ready to do whatever it can to help bring stability, freedom and true independence to the people of Iraq."


While the killing of innocent civilians is an unfortunate side effect of all wars, CAIR gives the impression that American troops are rampaging barbarians intent on waging a holocaust on the Iraqi people.  In short, CAIR seems to confuse the actions of American troops trying to save innocent lives, with Islamist terrorists intent on terror-murdering as many innocent civilians as possible. 


     While there are always two sides to any version of the truth, CAIR consistently sides with those who hate the United States, and presents “facts” purposely designed to show the United States in the worse possible light. 


     However, don’t take our word for it. 

     Shall we examine the record provided by the United Arab Emirate’s Red Crescent Society? 

article by Amir Taheri run in the June 22, 2004 New York Post (online), refers to Muhammad Salim al-Harthi of Abu Dhabi, who paints a different picture of what happened in Fallujah:


"The Arab media have wildly exaggerated what happened at Fallujah. The fighting concerned only a few districts [of the town]. There never was any fighting on a big scale. There certainly was no clash involving thousands of the town's inhabitants. The number of those who died did not exceed 270, almost all fighters, not civilians. The resistance (i.e. the insurgency) was made up of former [Iraqi army] officers with a small number of [non-Iraq] Arabs representing Salafist [i.e. radical Islamist] groups."


     So…who do you believe?  The America-haters of CAIR, or the people actually on the scene who treated the injured?  

     It’s easy for the CAIR leadership to sit in their cozy, air conditioned offices in Washington DC, and constantly harp about how bad American troops treat Muslims, but how come we never hear of CAIR actually doing anything constructive to help the United States in the war on terror? 

     For instance:


1.  Encourage non-fundamentalist Muslims to assist the government in translating duties?


2.  Guide young non-fundamentalist Muslims into considering joining the armed forces to help protect our great country?


3.  Promote vigilance within the non-fundamentalist Muslim community with the goal of alerting law enforcement to the militant Muslims among them? 


     But…what can we expect from the organization that provided employment to convicted Islamist terrorists?  Is it just possible that CAIR can do nothing to help their fellow citizens because they simply do not associate with non-fundamentalist, terrorist Islamists?  …and what does this say about them? 


     Why does CAIR hate America?


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