Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Times Sanitizes a Muslim Extremist

The New York Times today contains a lengthy front-page article on how foreign-born and native Muslims are getting cozy with each other and interacting. Isn't that just grand? What the Times leaves out, however, is the sordid background of one of the main players in this intrafaith reconciliation: Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid.

An expose on this man in points out all the things the Times left out. He organized an anti-war demonstration while the wounds were still festering on Sept. 22, 2001, and has authored some extremist polemics described in the article.

The prospect of unity between foreign-born and domestic Muslims also has implications for the war on terrorism that the Times doesn't touch. Domestic Muslims were indicted last year in a terrorist plot, and studies have shown that terrorist influence among imprisoned Muslims.

And this the Times celebrates?

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