Fouad Ajami and Zuhdi Jasser Give Me Hope


Those of us who followed the uprising in Iran closely know what happened and what continues to happen there.

Young men and women jailed, tortured, raped repeatedly, some were raped until they died. Disappeared. Parents frantically searching for their children, never to be seen or heard from again. Hanged.

How many times have uprisings, revolutions in Muslim countries led to bitter, tragic ends?

Please see:

rosettasister Says:
June 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm

igaveup Says:

June 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm

the freeze frame picture of the murdered woman is the face of the protesters.

i can’t think of anything more. a picture is more than a thousand words.


So true, so true!

I cannot get that image out of my head.

And I hope I never do.

I want to know all about her.

Her parents, any siblings or children?

Was she in love?

Who was that man who was so distraught bending over her broken body?

Who was the older man?

That image of her is like a modern day Pieta.

She is the Christ image.

And …

For me, personally, I have been very reluctant to cheer the protestors in Egypt.  Until now.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is the President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Consitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state.

I haven’t watched this yet, but I’m very interested in what Dr. Jasser has to say, especially on the crisis in Egypt.

Dr. Jasser comes in around 18:15.

See also:

Religious Guidance
Guest – Dr Zuhdi Jasser, President of American Islamic Forum on Democracy
  • Glenn commented that Dr Jasser is the only one he has heard telling them.
  • Glenn asked Dr Jasser about the current spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Dr Jasser replied that the one they respond to:
    • A little over 80 years old.
    • He reaches over 80 million Muslims per week on Al Jesera.
    • Has a web site that he gives fatwas, or religious rulings to.
    • America has been asleep to the creeping growth of secular fascism and the theocratic fascists.
  • A video was shown of this cleric calling for the killing of all Jews during a religious ceremony.
  • Another video of the spiritual leader of political Islam was shown.  The English translation had that Hitler put the Jews in their place and the next time he hopes it will be by believers (Muslims).
A War of Ideas
Dr Jasser discussed
  • Islamic Socialism as a theocratically controlled population and that ideal has been growing. 
  • This is a war of ideas. 
  • Egypt may be the event that gets us involved in this struggle that is like that of opposing the communist ideology in Eastern Europe.
  • In this country, the Muslim organizations are non-violent, but are working to expand the Muslim influence throughout our culture.

Please see:

Please watch this until the end, especially what Fouad Ajami says about former President George W. Bush and the connection between his administration’s policies vis-à-vis Iraq and what is happening in the Arab world today.



39 Responses to “Fouad Ajami and Zuhdi Jasser Give Me Hope”

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    Whether Mubarak’s decision will placate demonstrators remains to be seen.

    John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the test for Egypt will be whether the Egyptian demonstrators accept Mubarak as their president through the end of the year.

    Otherwise, he said, the country could be thrown back into crisis.

    (I also heard Bolton say that given that the Muslim Brotherhood is the only organized opposition party, it’s going to take time for the protestors to organize themselves before an election is held. So be careful what you wish for. That makes sense to me.)

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    Geithner: Proposal To Prioritize U.S. Debt Service ‘Unworkable’

    In a Feb. 3 letter to Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), a backer of the legislation, Geithner said the Treasury had reviewed the legislation and “determined that it is unworkable and would not achieve your stated objective of improving U.S. creditworthiness.


    The U.S. expects to hit the congressionally imposed $14.3 trillion debt ceiling somewhere between April 5 and May 31.

    The exact date depends on the health of the economy, tax revenues and other factors.

  8. blessedistruth Says:


    Why is China building eerie ‘ghost cities’?

    Google Earth photographs reveal towns completely devoid of people

    Posted: February 06, 2011

    “The photographs look like giant movie sets prepared to film apocalyptic motion pictures in which some sort of a neutron war or bizarre natural disaster has eliminated people from the face of the earth while leaving the skyscrapers, sports stadiums, parks and roads perfectly intact,” Corsi noted. “One of China’s ghost cities is actually built in the middle of a desert in Inner Mongolia.”

    Business Insider ran a series of photos of these Chinese ghost cities. One showed no cars in the city except for approximately 100 parked in largely empty lots clustered around a government building, and another showed a beautiful wetland park with people added using Photoshop.

    China now has an estimated inventory of 64 million vacant homes. It is building up to 20 new ghost cities a year on the country’s “vast swathes of free land.” quoted Patrick Chovanec, a business teacher at Tsinghua University in Beijing, who explained, “Who wants to be the mayor who reports that he didn’t get 8 percent GDP growth this year? Nobody wants to come forward with that. So the incentives in the system are to build. And if that’s the easiest way to achieve growth, then you build.”

  9. blessedistruth Says:

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  12. blessedistruth Says:

    The Brotherhood Amongst Us

    Posted by Nonie Darwish on Feb 8th, 2011

    I foresaw that there could be an uprising in Egypt that would empower the Brotherhood right after I heard Obama’s Cairo speech.

    Losing Egypt and perhaps more other countries may be Obama’s legacy.

    Obama has empowered the Islamists not only in the Muslim world, but also inside in the U.S.

    Could anyone have imagined the U.S. president support the building of a mosque on Ground Zero against the wishes of his own people and the families of the victims?

    Could anyone have imagined that Islamists are being hired in our homeland security apparatus and in the White House?

    Could anyone have imagined an American president bowing before the Arabian despot King whose countrymen were behind 9/11?

    This is a king, incidentally, whose only contribution to world culture is sitting on the cash register of Western Oil companies.

    Who could have imagined that the first US president elected after 9/11 would declare on foreign land that America is not a Christian nation but a Muslim nation?

    We have two more years of empowering of Islamists and only God knows what the situation will be when Obama leaves office.

    The Brotherhood have said more than once that they will put the peace treaty with Israel to a referendum to nullify it.

    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, headquartered in Yemen, is waiting for an opportunity to set the Arabian Peninsula on fire.

    The U.S. better be ready for oil shipment troubles and perhaps embargoes, to say the least.

    A responsible administration must immediately “drill baby drill.”

    Whoever takes office after Obama will have to weed out from our government the Sharia loving Islamists who refuse to call Hamas a terrorist organization and who sympathize with the Brotherhood.

    This must be done if we are to protect ourselves from getting sucked into Islam’s orbit of no return.


    Nonie Darwish is the author “Cruel and usual Punishment” and the President of

  13. blessedistruth Says:

    Cleric al-Awlaki dubbed ‘bin Laden of the Internet’

    Updated 8/25/2010

    (I get a little nervous when someone tells me not to worry about sharia or not to worry about the Muslim Brotherhood.)

  14. blessedistruth Says:

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Lurks as a Long-Term Threat to Freedom

    The Muslim Brotherhood has a clear advantage over Egypt’s weak and fractured secular opposition parties because it has enjoyed a head start in organizing politically.

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  16. blessedistruth Says:

    Raila Odinga had Mr. Corsi thrown in jail when Mr. Corsi was in Kenya

    (I’ll keep posting “birther” news so long as Mr. Corsi does.)


    Obama’s Social Security number goes to court

    Complaint in federal district seeks evidence of suspected fraud

    Posted: February 07, 2011

    By Jerome R. Corsi


    To buttress her arguments, Taitz submitted to the federal court affidavits signed by private investigators Susan Daniels and John Sampson.

    Both Daniels and Sampson state that in the 1980s, Obama assumed as his own a Social Security number that had been applied for in Connecticut and was issued by the Social Security Administration between the years 1976 and 1977.

    Sampson, a retired senior investigator with the Department of Homeland Security, provided in his affidavit an expert opinion that there is no reasonable explanation for a person residing in Hawaii to get a Social Security number issued in Connecticut.

    “The affidavits of the private investigators indicates Obama is using a fraudulent Social Security number,” she said, “so I am requesting information from the Social Security Administration that would help us track down the Connecticut-issued number Obama is using as well as the multiple Social Security numbers that show up for Obama in the private investigator databases.”

    Daniels, in a previous interview with WND, said the Social Security Administration never re-issues Social Security numbers.

    “A person who wants to hide their true identity often picks up the Social Security number of a deceased person, thinking that nobody would ever look into it,” Daniels said.

    “I think it was sometime in the 1980s that Obama decided to hide who he really is.”

    The Social Security website confirms the first three digits in Obama’s Social Security number are reserved for applicants with Connecticut addresses, 040-049.

    WND previously reported that Obama worked as a teenager in Hawaii at a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store in the Makiki neighborhood on Oahu, which USA Today documented still was in operation one year after Obama’s inauguration.

  17. blessedistruth Says:

    Obama signature creates ‘continental perimeter’

    Move described as key step in advance of North American Union

    Posted: February 08, 2011

    By Jerome R. Corsi


    WND also reported that the U.S. State Department is moving to expand the definition of a “North American perimeter” to define a continental border around the United States that would include Mexico as well as Canada.

    The relevant document with Mexico is a March 23 State Department memo titled “United States-Mexico Partnership: A New Border Vision.”

    The document that appears to be a companion document to the Beyond the Border Declaration Obama signed with Harper on Feb. 4.

  18. blessedistruth Says:

    Live Egypt unrest

  19. blessedistruth Says:

    New Thread:

    The Unofficial Dan Burisch Chronicles Part Two

  20. blessedistruth Says:

    CPAC split evident as meetings erupt with boos, jeers

    Group divided over participation by homosexuals, Muslims, even political party

    Posted: February 11, 2011

    By Jerome R. Corsi


    The Conservative Political Action Conference, a once-unified bastion of thousands of young conservatives who gather once a year in Washington to hold what amounts to a three-day conservative pep rally, shows signs of major discord.

    While of one mind in working to prevent Barack Obama from winning a second term as president on the surface, CPAC factions remains opposed to each other over whether the organization should be open to

    conservative-positioning activists from the homosexual community

    as well as

    similarly positioned Muslims.

    Even before this year’s CPAC conference began today, several prominent groups including the Heritage Foundation withdrew from the meeting in protest against the active participation of GOProud, a group that openly works on behalf of homosexuals.

    (Geez Louise! God help you if you’re a conservative Muslim who happens to be gay!)

    See also:


    If we’re not wanted, why then did RedState favorably quote this very post (you know, the one to which you attach your comment)?

    Most conservatives are making their gay confrères welcome, but they object to recent commentary of GOProud’s chairman. As do we.

    And that’s the point of the post.

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    BTW I’ve been toggling back and forth between


    trying to keep the dan burisch threads “burisch” related so to speak.

  22. blessedistruth Says:

    The domino effect: Is there more to come in Middle East, Arab world?


    Fouad Ajami, a Lebanese-born scholar and expert on Middle East affairs, said that the people over the decades have begun to lose their awe — and fear — of their governments.

    “Look at the episodes. There was a spider hole, Saddam was flushed out of the spider hole in 2003.

    And then came the spectacle” of his trial, Ajami said.

    “And so I think that many Arab governments are worried, and they should be worried. They treat their people badly. They brutalize them.

    They plunder the money.

    There’s no social contract in many of these states, and I think they have every right to be worried.”

    “But one has to be careful where and how.

    I would not want, for example, for there to be a rebellion in Syria, because my worry is that the Syrian regime would commit such atrocities,” he said.

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    New chief says CPAC jury still out on GOProud

    ‘We want our friends at Heritage back in the fold’

    Posted: February 11, 2011

    By Jerome R. Corsi

    FrumForum had quoted Cardenas as saying he was disappointed with the GOProud website and the organization’s statements to the media, especially certain comments that appeared to taunt respected CPAC conservative member organizations and disparage various respected conservatives associated with CPAC.

    “It’s fair to say I’m disappointed with GOProud on a number of fronts, and that may make it difficult to consider extending the relationship,” Cardenas told WND.

    “But until the board has a chance to develop criteria for organizational participation in future CPAC meetings, we have not made any decisions about GOProud participating in next year’s CPAC meeting.”

    When WND pressed Cardenas to specify what GOProud actions had caused him disappointment, he declined to do so, saying he did not want to prejudge the CPAC board’s deliberations.

    “We’re going to go back and sit at the table as the CPAC board and develop a deliberative process to determine what inclusion in CPAC means,” Cardenas explained.

    Cardenas told WND he was concerned that Heritage Foundation had decided to boycott this year’s CPAC meeting.

    “As we develop the vetting process, I want to make sure it satisfies our friends, including those at Heritage,” he said.

    “I am determined to bring back into the fold those who have been long-term conservative friends of CPAC.”

    See also:

    Reflections on building an inclusive conservative movement

    We are willing to work alongside social conservatives even if we have different goals on certain issues, provided the conservative movement as a whole continues to focus on the broad, inclusive agenda, promoted by Ronald Reagan, built upon with the 104th Congress and articulated anew with the Tea Party activism of the past two years.

    And that it does not recast those unifying principles.

    At the same time, as we have learned from the reaction of most conservatives in the run-up to CPAC, most conservatives remain willing to work with social conservatives provided such association does not mean the exclusion of gays and socially liberal small-government types.

  24. blessedistruth Says:

    Move Over, Chris Christie: Wisconsin’s Walker Gives Public-Sector Unions Some Tough Love

  25. blessedistruth Says:

    JimmyP is one of my favorites!

    Geithner’s odd attack on Toomey debt ceiling bill

    Feb 8, 2011


    Here’s the problem: Geithner and Wolin are mistaken in assigning all U.S. obligations equal weight and importance.

    Take Social Security benefits, for instance.

    They’re an obligation to be sure, but the Supreme Court has ruled recipients have no legal right to receive them.

    And federal budget scorekeepers don’t even include money borrowed from the Social Security trust fund in their debt-to-GDP calculations.

    Also, back in the winter of 1995-96, a federal shutdown meant government vendors didn’t get paid.

    But long-term Treasury yields actually declined during that period.

    It borders on the ridiculous to think international investors would flee Treasury bonds because a government contractor in Virginia was not paid in a timely manner.

    Treasury’s analysis, it seems, is at heart a political one — not a financial one.

    See also:

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.):

    “Now that the immediate demands of the Egyptian people have been met, steps must be taken for the prompt commencement of a calm and orderly transition process towards freedom and democracy in Egypt.

    This transition must include constitutional and administrative reforms, starting with the repeal of the emergency laws. …

    The Egyptian military can continue to play a constructive role in providing for security and stability during this transformational period.

    The U.S. and our allies must focus our efforts on helping to create the necessary conditions for such a transition to take place.

    We must also urge

    the unequivocal rejection of any involvement by the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremists

    who may seek to exploit and hijack these events to gain power, oppress the Egyptian people, and do great harm to Egypt’s relationship with the United States, Israel, and other free nations.”

    See also:

    Sexual Amputation and Silence

    In Egypt, 97 percent of girls are circumcised.


    More than a hundred and thirty million women living today have been victimized by this horrifying crime, and more than two million girls are assaulted by it each year.

    In other words, we are talking about 6,000 girls every day — 6,000 girls today.

    In terms of sexual pleasure, we know that approximately 75 percent of women cannot achieve orgasm without clitoral stimulation.

    In other words, the possibility of orgasm has been obliterated for all of these millions of victims.

    And since the psychic, mental and physical health of women cannot be complete without sexual pleasure, it means that all of these millions of women as beings are mutilated.

    Female genital mutilation is a holocaust.

  27. blessedistruth Says:

    BTW Jamie Glazov of FrontPageMag has been way ahead of the curve on FGM:

  28. blessedistruth Says:

    Conservatism is back — and this time it’s serious

    By: David Freddoso 02/10/11


    After one month as a senator, Toomey has already shown that he is more than a back-bench bomb thrower who draws attention to himself by tweeting whatever comes to mind.

    His first bill, the Full Faith and Credit Act, would put repayment of Treasury bonds above other obligations.

    It is a serious legislative proposal that would, he said, “take off the table this false specter of a default and allow us to have an honest debate about … structural reforms.”

    No less an authority than Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said the bill would dramatically reduce the stakes of one of Congress’ silliest annual rituals, the vote to raise the federal debt ceiling.

    As Toomey told his CPAC audience, “the most irresponsible thing we can do is vote to raise the debt limit and then simply continue business as usual.”

  29. blessedistruth Says:

    Pakistan court orders arrest of ex-president Musharraf


    Musharraf, himself the target of at least two bomb attacks, has repeatedly dismissed suggestions he, the security agencies or military were involved in killing his old rival.

    Lawyers say if he were to return to Pakistan Musharraf could face a number of court cases, including over the death of a Baluch separatist leader and violation of the constitution.

    He could also risk assassination by Islamist militants seeking revenge for crackdowns he ordered against them.

  30. blessedistruth Says:

    FACTBOX-Quotes from Egyptians on revolution


    “It looks like Mubarak is still in power but behind the scenes. I am sorry for Egypt. They continue to try to fool the people.”

  31. blessedistruth Says:

    Senators want Washington’s credit card pulled

    ‘There are 26 committees in Congress that spend your money’

    Posted: February 11, 2011

    By Les Kinsolving


    Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso turned his spotlight on Obamacare, the president’s program that essentially nationalizes the process of health care decision-making.

    “There’s a wonderful bill called the Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act and a bill I’ve introduced along with Lindsey Graham: the State Health Care Choice Act.

    “Just because you give someone a Medicare card doesn’t mean they can get care.

    It’s like giving someone a bus ticket when no bus is coming down the road,” he said.

    He said the coming election should make some sitting senators concerned.

    “This time there are 33 Senate seats that are open, 23 Democrat seats, 10 Republican.

    Of those Democrat seats 10 are from states which were carried by John McCain in 2008. These senators should be asked, ‘Who knows better?

    Washington or the people in your state?'”

    “The more people find out about this (Obamacare) law, the less they like it,” he said.

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, spoke about

    the Lee-Kyl balanced budget amendment,

    and he was supported Utah’s senior Sen. Orin Hatch, who said,

    “Since Obama took over the presidency, they have just about spent us blind.

    We’re now $14 trillion in national debt.

    By 2020 we should be about $20 trillion.”

  32. blessedistruth Says:

    barrassowyo | February 08, 2011

    Senator Barrasso’s delivers his weekly 2nd Opinion floor speech with Senator Graham

  33. blessedistruth Says:

    Barrasso, Graham Discuss State Health Care Choice Act

    Last week, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation that will allow states to opt-out of Obamacare’s major provisions.

    The State Health Care Choice Act (S. 244) specifically allows states to opt-out of the individual mandate, employer mandate, Medicaid mandate and benefit mandates.

    Recently, Senators Barrasso and Graham spoke on the Senate floor about how their bill will transfer power from Washington back to states and ensure states have flexibility, freedom and choice.

  34. cynkading Says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Rosie!!

  35. blessedistruth Says:

    Good site for keeping tabs on Iran:

    Protesters attacked and shot in Shiraz

    February 14, 2011

  36. blessedistruth Says:

    The budget shows the deficit steadying around 3 percent of gross domestic product from 2015 onward, slowing the rate at which the U.S. adds to its debt,

    although it will still climb to 77 percent of GDP by 2021,

    up from 72 percent in 2011.

    rosy scenario?

    “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

  37. blessedistruth Says:

    Shocking! Unemployment shoots to 17.3%

    from Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert

    Posted: February 13, 2011


    The monthly unemployment rate report turned out by the BLS defines unemployment as those currently without a job who have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks and are currently available for work.

    This definition conveniently excludes from the definition of unemployed those who have grown so discouraged that they are no longer looking for work, as well as those who are considered under-employed because they have been forced to accept part-time or lower paying full-time employment because no other jobs are available.

    Looking at the unadjusted data, the unemployment rate jumps to 17.3 percent for January 2011, not the 9.0 percent originally reported in the monthly BLS unemployment rate release.

    Corsi added, “Clearly the Obama administration will do anything possible – including manipulating data – to avoid having to admit to the American public that after having spent billions in stimulus funds and trillions in deficits, unemployment in the United States for January 2011 was 17.3 percent.”

    (Is Corsi saying Obama is doing something different from previous administrations?)

  38. blessedistruth Says:

    New Thread:

    Even the scientists who know it best refer to “quantum weirdness.”

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