- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 20, 2002

A jury consists of 12 persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. Robert Frost's cynical view of the law found a dramatic echo in the land of Magna Carta this month. The defendant's web site called it "The Ultimate Jihad [Holy War] Experience." Nothing less than a two-week firearms course in the U.S. Cost: $4,700.
The man behind the jihad buzz was a British passport-holder, name of Suleyman Balal Zainulabidin. Last October, he became the first Muslim in Britain to be prosecuted under the new post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. The government charged that the U.S. weapons course he was touting was "wholly for the purpose of assisting or preparing for terrorism."
Zainulabidin's defense argued he was simply "a trophy terrorist scapegoat for the authorities who had to show the public they were doing something in the war against Islamic terrorism."
The jury agreed and Zainulabidin went scot-free. It was the second such setback for British authorities in less than a month when the antiterrorism law was declared "discriminatory and unlawful."
Many of the imams who run Britain's 500-odd mosques show no restraint at Friday prayers as they open the sluice gates of anti-American vitriol. Britain's 2 million Muslims mostly from South Asia have been listening to lies about the war the U.S. is accused of waging against Islam. Freedom of speech and religion gives the imams a license to resort to the time-tested and time-proven methods of totalitarian propaganda. The big lie repeated often enough eventually becomes fact.
The London Sunday Times recently reported that some 3,000 British passport-holders had been recruited since 1996 for training in Osama bin Laden's Afghan camps. Abdullah al-Muhajir, a k a Jose Padilla, the "dirty bomber," was recruited to the ranks of radical Islam while serving time in a U.S. prison. International terrorism expert Peter Brown believes Padilla is just one of several hundred American passport-holders who made the same journey prior to September 11.
Afghanistan's medieval Taliban regime was defeated last November. But Taliban still has a web site U.S.-based www.taliban-news.com that specializes in disinformation about U.S. forces in Afghanistan, all shielded by freedom of speech and of the press.
French and German security sources say it's pretty much the same sad story in thousands of mosques on the European Continent. Muslim clerics carefully abstain from taking on the host country. The Bush administration is the villain, killing children in Afghanistan and incarcerating innocent Muslims in America. Imams in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague were reported to Dutch authorities as inciting their congregations to violence.
Between 1989 and 1999, Europe's Muslim population more than doubled to 14 million. Germany with some 3.2 million Muslims (mostly Turks) has 2,300 mosques and France with 5 million Muslims (mostly North Africans from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) has 1,500 places of Islamic worship.
In the 1960s, there were fewer than 20 mosques in America. Now there are more than 2,000, a number that keeps growing much faster than new churches or synagogues. Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi clergy provides the driving missionary zeal and most of the funding. Islam is now on a trajectory to surpass Judaism in the U.S. by 2010. Islamic estimates show about 9 million American Muslims, and Jewish surveys say the figure is closer to 3 million. Approximately 5 million is closer to the mark.
Washington taxis can be seen parked on Belmont Road, next to the capital's principal mosque, at all hours of the day and evening. Drivers are there to say their salat, or five daily obligatory prayers. Shi'ites pray three times a day. One Pakistani American driver, a Sunni, said, almost apologetically, "I can only interrupt my work to pray two times a day."
Islam is gaining an impressive number of American converts in prisons, almost all African-Americans, but political correctness has inhibited investigative reporting on the phenomenon. Less than 12 percent of American Muslims are of Arab descent. Native-born African Americans account for roughly 42 percent and immigrants from south Asia 24 percent. The others came to the U.S. from more than 100 countries.
The National Islamic Prison Foundation coordinates a coast-to-coast campaign to convert inmates to Islam. Foundation officials claim an average of 135,000 such conversions per year. More than 10 percent of the 2 million plus U.S. prison population is Muslim. When black American Muslims are released from prison with the customary $10, a suit of clothes and a one-way bus or train ticket, they know any mosque or masjid (Islamic center) will shelter and feed them and help them find a job.
The Saudis have funded most of the North American mosques in recent years, and dispatched imams from several Mideastern countries to settle in America, much the way Christian missionaries go to sub-Saharan African countries. They have also sent tens of thousands of copies of the Koran to U.S. prisons. Most masjids in the U.S. and Canada are now funded and run by the zakat the obligatory 2.5 percent of income from Muslim doctors, lawyers, computer scientists and engineers, and wealthy businessman.
A retired warden at the D.C. prison in Lorton, Va., said, not for attribution, that Muslim chaplains had done "a good job" of calming violence-prone inmates. But few, if any, he added, believe Osama bin Laden was responsible for September 11. What do they believe? That the U.S. and Israel planned it as a pretext to launch a crusade against Islam.
Al Qaeda training manuals captured in Afghanistan were not the only evidence that America's black prisoners had been targeted as potential recruits. Politico-religious extremists in Pakistan, such as Sami ul-Haq and Fazrul Rehman, have convinced themselves that "in the next 10 years, Americans will wake up to the existence of an Islamic army in their midst an army of jihadis who will force America to abandon imperialism and listen to the voice of Allah."
Rev. Louis Farrakhan, who heads the Nation of Islam in the U.S., harbors similar hopes. For the immediate future his objectives are less ambitious. It was Muslim slaves, he says, who laid the foundations and roots of Islam in America. This past weekend in Washington, his organization joined forces with other black radical organizations in the "Millions for Reparations Mobilization."
Reparations demands range from $1.5 trillion in unpaid wages to slave labor to $8 trillion, or more than U.S. gross domestic product. White groups that joined the mobilization were a throwback to the Cold War e.g., Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP); Refuse and Resist (RNR); Anti-Capitalist Convergence (ACC); Workers World Party (WWP); International Action Center (IAC); Mobilization for Global Justice (MGJ). Organizers suggested "a sea of red, black and green internationalist flags, and not red, white and blue American flags."

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