Bush’s Tragic Misstep: OIC Envoy


I heard Fred Barnes (whom I adore) advise the FOX all-stars on Brit Hume’s Special Report that Bush’s appoointment of a newly created envoy to the OIC was basically a harmless gesture. Even if the "moderate" Muslims won’t finally come out into the streets and protest Islamic jihad and violence, the special envoy appointment will be of no consequence.

I beg to differ.

Recognizing the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) with its own US envoy is a capitulation of enormous magnitude.

Let’s look at the organization. In the words of Jesus Christ, "by their fruits we shall know them." And so we know them.

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Islamic States Press for Limits
on Free Expression
Atlas Shrugs here

Islamic groups and governments are pressing ahead with a campaign to have
international organizations take steps, including legal ones, to provide
protection for their religion in the wake of the Mohammed cartoon

Who needs protection from who?

In a drive pursued largely away from the headlines, the
Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) is promoting the issue at the
United Nations and European Union, and having some success.

The Saudi-based OIC secretariat is spearheading the international
campaign of response to what it has called "wanton provocation and reckless,
blasphemous libertarianism cowering behind so-called freedom of the

The UNESCO move is just the
latest illustration of the way the OIC and its 56 member states are using the
cartoon episode to apply pressure on the West to comply with Islamic

At an OIC meeting in Istanbul
this month, OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu urged representatives
of Islamic states to approach their counterparts in the West "with the aim of
defending the interests of the Muslim world, presenting the true image of Islam
and combating the stereotype perceptions about Islam and Muslims."

The Islamization of the UN  (David Littmanhere;

States Want Permanent Seat on UN Security Council

Foreign ministers
of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) opened a meeting in Sanaa,
the Yemeni capital, with a call for a Muslim permanent seat on the UN Security
Council. "The Islamic world, which represents one fifth of total mankind, cannot
remain excluded from the activities of the Security Council which assumes a
fundamental role in keeping security and peace in the world," OIC Secretary
General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said Tuesday.

It was the OIC that greenlighted the cartoon jihad 6 months after they originally ran (September ’05) in the here

"It was no big deal until the Islamic conference, when the OIC took aDanish_cartoon_3
against it,
" said Muhammad el-Sayed Said, deputy director of the Ahram Centre
for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.

The meeting in Mecca, a Saudi city from which non-Muslims are barred, drew
minimal international press coverage even though such leaders as President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran were in attendance.
But on the road from quiet outrage in a small Muslim community in
northern Europe to a set of international brush fires, the summit of the
Organization of the Islamic Conference — and the role its member governments
played in the outrage — was something of a turning point.
After that meeting, anger at the Danish caricatures, especially at an
official government level, became more public. In some countries, like Syria and
Iran, that meant heavy press coverage in official news media and virtual
government approval of protests that ended with Danish embassies in flames.

Geoff Fuller down in Charleston, West Virginia, has an eye opener on the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countriesinstigator of the cartoon jihad here)

Apparently, the impact of the Danish “cartoon controversy” will not be
limited to the torching of embassies and burning of flags. If OIC has its way,
it will begin the dismantling of freedom of speech worldwide.

The offending cartoons, originally published last November in a Danish
newspaper, would have descended into deserved obscurity if a group of imams
hadn’t taken them on tour. (They are generally unfunny and assuredly less than
insightful.) In fact, if the actual Danish cartoons alone had toured before the
truly offensive ones were added, they might still have been largely ignored.
Instead, because they were used to foment anti-Western sentiments, we are still
talking about them five months later.

The continued discussion seems due to agendas that have, to date, stayed
largely hidden from the European and American public. The Saudi-based OIC
leadership is orchestrating an international campaign to respond to what it
calls “wanton provocation and reckless, blasphemous libertarianism cowering
behind so-called freedom of the press.”


More on that post here.

OIC agreed in principle to isolate
Israel, says Malaysia

SINGAPORE: The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has
agreed in principle that Muslim countries should cut off diplomatic links with
according to Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar. Malaysia is
the OIC Chair. Conceding that such initiative was difficult to implement, Mr.
Hamid on Saturday said the question was discussed at the recent extraordinary
session of the OIC Foreign Ministers in Jeddah. He said Malaysia had "suggested
that Islamic countries having diplomatic relations with Israel sever the ties or
recall their Ambassadors temporarily to show that we are serious and do not
engage in mere empty talk." The proposal was sparked by the concern over
Israel’s "aggression" in regard to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. More here.

The OIC on crushing Freedom of Speech;

(CNSNews.com) – A bloc representing the world’s Islamic nations is marking World
Press Freedom Day Wednesday by calling for urgent action to establish
international law or a code of conduct aimed at preventing media from defaming

The Saudi-based secretariat of the 57-member Organization of
the Islamic Conference (OIC) said in a statement it was committed to press
freedom, but that journalists should be deterred from premeditatedly
vilifying, defaming and violating the rights of others."

Citing the
controversy earlier this year over the printing of cartoons depicting Mohammed,
the OIC said the publication of the sketches and its ramifications provided
"absolute evidence of the consequences of non-abidance with these

Absolute evidence of Islamic intolerance. More here

Jihad Watch: OIC’s Youth Forum to hold conferences to prevent Islamophobia

Jihad Watch: OIC: ‘Islamophobia Worst Form of Terrorism’

Muslim bloc backs Sudan in trying to kill Darfur report in UN human rights forum

Ahmadinejad asks for emergency OIC meeting – Irna

today’s rededication of The Islamic Center. From left: Fran Townsend, Assistant to the
President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, NSC Senior
Director for European Affairs Judy Ansley, White House Chief of Staff
Josh Bolten, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and
Public Affairs Karen Hughes, attend the rededication ceremony of the
Islamic Center of Washington
Photo tip: Andrew Bostom

UPDATE: EMERSON! Emerson on the OIC:

Bush praised the OIC, saying, “We admire and thank those Muslims who have
denounced what the Secretary General of the OIC called ‘radical fringe elements
who pretend that they act in the name of Islam.’” The special envoy’s mission,
Bush said, would be to “listen and learn” to OIC ambassadors.

While this
may sound nice, it is rooted in complete ignorance of the rampant radicalism,
pro-terrorist, and anti-American sentiments routinely found in statements by the
OIC and its leaders, including referring to “Islamophobia” — and not the mass
slaughter of innocents in the name of Islam — the “worst
form of terrorism
,” as OIC did last May.

In 2002, the OIC published
its “Declaration on International Terrorism.” Therein, the authors
, amongst other outrageous claims, that there was no such thing as
Palestinian terrorism, writing,
“We reject any attempt to associate Islamic states or Palestinian and Lebanese
resistance with terrorism.” To the OIC, groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and Hezbollah are not terrorists, but “freedom

This is just the beginning of a litany of the OIC’s wrongs.In
March 2006, OIC General Secretary Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu embraced Hamas leader
Khaled Meshaal at a press conference at OIC’s headquarters. Ihsanoglu
whitewashed: “With its win, Hamas begins a new stage in the development of the
Palestinian issue. We assure that Hamas will deal with all national and
international requirements in a practical and logical way.”

At a
“special session” of the OIC in August of the same year, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for
“the elimination of the Zionist regime,” a statement that OIC failed to condemn.
Moreover, the OIC has repeatedly backed Iran’s nuclear ambitions. As Ishanoglu
said in April, “All member states of the OIC and I have obviously supported
Iran’s right to access peaceful nuclear technology,” despite clear indications
that the Iranian regime’s uranium-enrichment program is designed chiefly to make
nuclear weapons. 

Go to here.

Unfortunately, despite his best intentions, the president gave the wrong speech
at the wrong time.
Perhaps the most telling indicator of his error was the fact
that hours after his speech, CAIR, the un-indicted co-conspirator in the Hamas
case in Dallas, congratulated the president on the appointment of a
representative to OIC. With friends like these, who needs enemies?



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