John Esposito, the sheik's favorite whore at the Georgetown Maddrassh and Whorehouse, has been brainstorming in Saudi Arabia. What they are doing wrong, where they can improve their tactics, good stuff. Prince Alwaleed's money is money well spent when he bought Georgetown Univ. and Madrassa and Whorehouse. This guy actually gets invited to the White House, Congress, the State department and the Defense department.
I have written about him before here and there is a ton in Google's blogsearch and regular search.
So what does he suggest to improve the war plan?
1) More aggressive 'exchange' programs - you know more da'wa, more taqiyya in Dar al'Harb, more presence to inhibit free speech on the Muslim problem. Besides, Israel is running circles around you! (I wish.)
“How many Muslim countries have vibrant, aggressive exchange programmes?” he asked. Esposito noted that in contrast to this, the Jews have fared better by bringing together scholars, intellectuals, journalists etc for dialogue, not only in the US, but also in Israel.
2) More funding of institutes behind enemy lines. So you stingy Arab, open that pocketbook and fund the TaqiyyaMasters like me, John Esposito.
“Arab and Muslim governments have not promoted that as aggressively as they should. If anything, they wind up looking as if they used their money to promote their brand of Islam, which is often exclusivist vis-a-vis other brands of Islam in America and Europe, and also vis-a-vis Christians and Jews,” he pointed out. There are exceptions to this though, he added. He noted that Waleed Bin Talal has started two American study programmes at AUC Cairo and AUB in Lebanon, where Arabs can learn about America.
“He is giving $20 million each to Harvard and Georgetown University in order to promote relations between the Muslim world and the West. How many Arabs and Muslims have done it? Some have done it, but not in a concerted way. They never have, even though the wealth is there,” he said.
Then he goes on to slam the Danish for their provocation, and a dig at Daniel Pipes. Wonder why? Why point out Daniel Pipes implying he is their real enemy.
Responding to a KT question on the onus of solutions to all problems being shifted to the Muslims, Esposito said that there are those who can interpret it that way. “And clearly, I say elements in the European media, and European and American society do feel that way,” he said. He noted that when there are Western intellectuals like Salman Rushdie and others like him who tend to talk in a way that they shift the onus, “not to say that both sides are a part of the problem and that both should be part of the solution. I would say that the western media and western secular fundamentalists are part of the problem... the cartoon issue was an unwarranted level of provocation and it doesn’t take much to know what is happening there,” he said.
“First of all, it’s a very small and not that consequential newspaper, but it is generally a right wing anti-immigrant newspaper, and clearly what the European Press was saying reflected a growing anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim attitude in sectors of Europe,” he said. He surmised that this attitude is behind the reasoning that if someone wanted to live in the West or be a part of that society, they better put up with the values. “Well, a part of our society means being this: ‘You can be a Muslim, but you have to be a Norwegian first or a Dane first, and being a Dane means that you have to accept this kind of ‘cartooning’, and I think that’s provocative. In fact, the editor of the newspaper said that is what he wanted to do,” he said.
He added that he had heard from many reputable sources in Washington that when the editor of the Danish newspaper (that published the cartoons) came to Washington last time, he met with Daniel Pipes and spent a fair amount of time. ‘Esposito’ described Pipes as an agent provocateur. According to him, a lot of what was involved in the cartoon situation was basically secular fundamentalist Europeans who are anti-immigrant and as an extension of that, clearly anti-Islam.
“And yet, they are hypocrites because the German newspaper that published those cartoons would never publish cartoons that dealt with the Jews of the Holocaust; that would be unacceptable,” he explained.
He added that Europe has what it calls hate speech legislation, “and what this means is that in parts of Europe, you cannot do this ridiculing of Christianity and Judaism, but you can do it with Islam,” he said.
Then, for a finale, he tells them that Western values are not his values. Message received and will act accordingly. I got your number. Traitor. If you love Islamic values so much, leave that awful West and move to Saudi Arabia. You'll be much happier and I would be too.
He agreed that 60 years ago, it was anti-Semitism, and now it is anti-Islam. “The Secretary-General had a conference on Islamophobia last fall, which I participated in, and I think that sent a signal. When the Secretary-General holds a meeting of the UN on Islamophobia, it signals the issue,” Esposito added. When the media says Muslims have a problem with Western values, Esposito said he raises the question “Whose Western values?” he continued, “They are not my Western values, they are kind of excessively secular anti-religious Western values.”