So Democrats will let anyone in the “big tent”…
THE Democratic National Committee made a strange choice to deliver the invocation last Friday at its winter meeting: Husham al-Husainy - an extremist who has a long record of support for prominent Islamists at war with America and Israel.
Al-Husainy’s words before the Democrats - asking God to “help us stop . . . occupation and oppression” - were jarring enough, since he was likely referring to either American soldiers in Iraq or Jews in Israel.
But his past statements and activity make those words even more ominous.
Al-Husainy heads the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center mosque in Dearborn, Mich., one of the largest Shiite mosques in North America. He is an open admirer of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - under whose rule Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
During last summer’s Israel-Hezbollah war, al-Husainy led rallies in Dearborn in support of the Lebanese terrorist group. Protesters displayed swastikas as well as anti-American and anti-Semitic posters.
I attended one rally, at Dearborn’s Bint Jebail Cultural Center - named for the stronghold in south Lebanon from which Hezbollah rockets rained on Israel. Al-Husainy was among several who delivered hate-filled, anti-American rhetoric. He cheered as others called for the hastened destruction of the Jews.
Then there are his anti-Semitic, anti-American conspiracy theories. In one interview, he said: “Saddam . . . handed Iraq to the Coalition. I believe he is an agent of America . . . And, by the way, I don’t want to exclude the Zionists. I think some extremists from the Mossad came in and took a chance to have some revenge, because we don’t know who killed [Imam Mohammed Bakr] al-Hakim or Sergio Vieira de Mello, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.”
Al-Husainy initially supported the liberation of Iraq. But by summer 2004, he was demanding that U.S. troops pull out. Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army - with whom Al-Husainy and his congregants sympathize - had launched its first bid to seize power.
Once, being a fan of America’s enemies would disqualify someone from a prominent role at Democratic Party events. But the Dems’ opposition to President Bush seems to have changed that. Apparently, they want America to lose at all cost.