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Friday, October 21, 2005 

Dubya confirms Hughes' positions

Continuing his downward spiral credibility-wise, Dubya met with Diana Buttu, an anti-Israelist who declared Israel "the greatest abuser of human rights". (Hat tip: One Jerusalem.) But that's not all. On October 17, Dubya hosted what he called "Ramadan Mubarak" in the White House (Hat tip: Is it Just Me?). From the press release:
America is fortunate to count such good-hearted men and women among our fellow citizens. We have great respect for the commitment that all Muslims make to faith, family, and education. And Americans of many backgrounds seek to learn more about the rich tradition of Islam. To promote greater understanding between our cultures, I have encouraged American families to travel abroad, to visit with Muslim families. And I have encouraged American families to host exchange students from the Muslim world. I have asked young Americans to study the language and customs of the broader Middle East. And for the first time in our nation's history, we have added a Koran to the White House Library.
Now it may not be a surprise that the even the library of such a prominent place as the White House, in and of itself, should have a Koran. But that they should be making such a big deal out of it most certainly is. And what's appalling, but not surprising here, is how Dubya pretty much doubles back on his argument about a week ago that democratic countries are at war with Islamofascism. In fact, coming so shortly after the case involving Joel Henry Hinrichs III, what the president is saying is actually insulting, because what if said "exchange students" were to turn out to be terrorist moles instead? Check, for example, this press release from the United American Committee, which warns of the dangers of militant Islam.

Somehow, I can't believe the White House never had a Koran in their library before, and if they did, then that makes the press release silly. But it does pretty much indicate that one of the reasons why Hughes is plying her non-trade is simply because the White House approves of it.

Most appalling is that the president, in his above speech, insulted/offended the very public that gave him a mandate to fight terrorism and to guard the American homefront as well. Who would've thought that Dubya was capable of taking advantage of his reelection, perhaps due to the fact that, in the US, a candidate can only run for two back-to-back terms?

Bush also flubbed by offering yet more undeserved praise for Mahmoud Abbas (H/T: Jihad Watch).

On Buttu, when she says that Israel is a human rights abuser, naturally, you can be sure that she doesn't mean this, or even this, does she? Alas, no. What she's saying simply is that Israel is an abuser of Arab human rights, while at the same time ignoring any that Islamist countries like Saudi Arabia commit, or even ones like Sudan, which is governed by an Islamic dictatorship. As told in this article from the Sudan Tribune (also via Jihad/Dhimmi Watch):
Oct 17, 2005 (KHARTOUM)— The Sudanese government has affirmed that it has reservations on some articles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), particularly those which contradict Islam.

The minister of justice, Mohamed Ali al-Maradi, said in a press statement following his meeting with the special rapporteur on human rights in Sudan, Ms Sima Samar, that Sudan would not accept any article that contradicts the Islamic religion.

He added that women rights are guaranteed in all legislation and the constitution which enable women to assume public work and posts on equal footing with men.
Do cases like the above ever concern people of Buttu's standings? I guess not.

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