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Amanpour and the Imam

By Howard Kurtz  |  September 12, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  Television , Video  
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One thing I find the most telling about this conflict is that, when discussing the extremists in the abstract, as we see in the above interview, it is impossible to tell which side is being discussed.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | September 13, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

An incredibly one-sided presentation by Amanpour. She showed no interest in finding out 1) why distrust of Muslims has increased; 2) if anti-Muslim violence or discrimination has actually increased; 3) what actions Muslims could take that would enhance U.S. opinions of them.

Instead, she assumed U.S. citizens are bigoted, irrational, and uninformed. Topping it off was Imam Rauf's threat that we should fear violence from Muslims if the Ground Zero Mosque is not built.

Amanpour can choose to ignore the continuing series of Muslim terrorists and the hateful rhetoric spewed by Muslims toward the U.S. and the West, but ignoring the facts don't remove them from the reality that people see and hear.

Posted by: pilsener | September 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Bin Laden thanks Christian extremists for their support

In a videotaped message issued to mark the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden praised Christian extremists for inflaming the Islamic world with their anti-Muslim actions and rhetoric.

He spoke particularly of plans to build an Islamic-based cultural center in New York City and of a Florida preacher threatening to burn the Koran.

The tape, apparently recorded on Saturday, was aired Monday on the Arabic-language network Al Jazeera and was confirmed as authentic by the FBI.

“Lately, with your President Obama reaching out to the Muslim world and troops leaving Iraq it was becoming more difficult to recruit and convince our Muslim brothers and sisters that America is out to destroy Islam, but then you guys lose your marbles and all I have to do is roll the videotape. I don’t even have to make things up or give a fiery speech,” bin Laden said on the videotape. “Every time Americans do something stupid like the Abu Ghraib scandal, the reaction against a New York Islamic center or this man in Florida threatening to burn the Koran it makes my job so much easier. We’re going to exceed our recruitment goals for the month thanks to you guys. ” (continued…)

Posted by: Mikeystyle | September 13, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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