May 3, 2006

WILLING DUPES (via Tom Corcoran):

Justice for a Traitor (Robert Spencer, May 3, 2006,

When al-Arian tried the old manipulation games that had served him so well for so long, speaking of his “belief in the true meaning of a democratic society...and the integrity of the jury system,” Moody was having none of it. “Dr. al-Arian,” he said, “as usual, you speak eloquently. I find it interesting that here in public in front of everyone you praised this country...but that’s just evidence of how you operate...You are a master manipulator.” [...]

Many on the American Left have been all too eager to be manipulated. On August 22, 2002, Phil Donahue featured al-Arian as a guest on his short-lived talk show, and apologized for asking him about his genocidal statements: “So, one more time, sir, and I know that you’re probably getting tired of these same questions – death to Israel did not mean you wanted to kill Jews, do I understand your position?”

Al-Arian agreed and suggested that his statement was comparable to Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” Donahue ate it up, stating: “The law of innocent until proven guilty doesn’t seem to exist for Professor Sami al-Arian…You are swimming upstream, professor, and this must be quite a shock to you. I know that your life has been threatened. I assume you have security.”

Donahue wasn’t alone, as I noted in a February 2003 FrontPage article. When the University of South Florida fired al-Arian from his job as associate professor of computer engineering, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a cover story called “Blaming the Victim?” and featuring a photo of al-Arian. Academic Islamic apologist John Esposito noted, “the University did a thorough independent review several years ago which found no merit in accusations made at that time” and worried that al-Arian was a victim of “anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Other encomiums to al-Arian appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and elsewhere...

Except that you don't need to be any better at manipulation than Edward Scissorhands to get the Left to assume that George Bush and John Ashcroft are evil.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 3, 2006 11:22 PM

Other than the far left sites that will try to make him into the academic Mummia, the others who raised their voices in support of al-Arian will simply flush those statements down the memory hole and act as if they were never uttered and he never existed, though it won't keep them from making similar arguments about other terror supporters or the guys down at Gitmo.

Posted by: John at May 3, 2006 11:40 PM

Lefty dupes will defend him the way they defended Sandy Berger.

Posted by: ratbert at May 4, 2006 7:07 AM


John Esposito, a state department consulatnt during the Clinton administration and the 'voice' of American/Muslim 'dialogue' for years, has zero credibility. The man is a fool.

Posted by: Tom C.,Stamford,Ct at May 4, 2006 8:21 AM