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Obsession: Radical Islam and the US Election

Most of you know that I have a niece I admire as well as adore. She speaks Arabic fluently, and even better, she is interculturally fluent, from Morocco to the Gulf to Beirut, she flows with the Arabic culture, and works with an organization promoting intercultural understanding. I couldn’t be more proud of the work she does.

Please, before you read any further, take a deep breath. This is going to get bad.

Today, Little Diamond wrote about a DVD sent out by a facade-organization through newspapers in US swing states. The DVD is called Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.

Although it never claims to be a Republican support organization, or a McCain support ad, what the DVD does is to try to scare people into voting for McCain. The message is this – all Muslims are radical, and we need a strong leader like McCain to counter their insidious influence.

As my niece says, she doesn’t believe McCain would ever approve such a tawdry piece of nasty propaganda; the Clarion Group who sent this DVD out probably did it on their own.

I urge to to go to Little Diamond’s blog and read her experience, and the comments. She quotes one individual, saying:

“Whoever they are, they sure must have a lot of money. H pointed out last night that each DVD probably cost $1 to produce and $1 to distribute. That’s $56 million, not to mention the cost of placing the DVDs with each newspaper. Even if H’s estimate was too high, assuming $.50 to produce and $.50 to distribute means $28 million + advertising contract costs. That’s quite a lot of money for a no-name non-profit to have gathered since its creation in 2006.”

Elections can bring out the best in people and/or the worst. Both McCain and Obama have so far treated each other respectfully, as is appropriate for educated, senatorial leaders of a country. This kind of hate-tactic is NOT the American way. It makes me see red.

September 23, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, Community, Cross Cultural, Leadership, Lies, Living Conditions, News, Political Issues, Relationships, Social Issues


  1. its available online on youtube and google video.

    saddly its way too easy to raise alot of funds thru hate and fear.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. I agree with skunk… it is sad 😦 it will create more problems 😦

    Comment by Ansam | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. Oh Skunk. It is the antithesis of everything I believe in. So discouraging.

    Ansam – I am heartened by the response from Americans who received it and viewed it and consider it garbage. There is hope!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. I agree with Ansam.. It is sad and will create more problems 😦

    Off Topic:

    This reminds me of what my Islamic studies professor at college used to stress. He used to say how it is hypocritical to define terrorism like this: “The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.” and intentionally ignore to include “nations & governments” in that definition. coz he firmly believes the US is one of the “organized groups” of terrorists..

    Comment by Yousef | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. Yousef – Interesting professor. I had a similar one, a retired military free-thinker, who said that the US status as the one major power left standing was dangerous to US – that it is like the old Roman Empire, nobody likes a bully.

    What makes me so sad sometimes is the damage we do to our own causes, thinking we are doing the right thing. Have you ever met a fanatic? Most of them are, on an individual basis, decent human beings, good friends, often good family people with strong spiritual values. It’s once they try to enforce their values on others that bad things start happening. I’m like Rodney King; I wish we could all just get along.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. Have you even watched the video people?! It’s phenominal and even says at the beginning that the majority of Muslims are NOT the ones referred to in the film. But we do need a strong leader to actually realize what the radical Islam belief actually IS! Wake up people. Wake up.

    Comment by Leif | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. leif
    you wake up buddy , come next January America will have its first Muslim President , DVD or Not .

    The acceptance Speech will start ” Alsalam alikom My fellow Americans ”

    Live with it pal

    Comment by daggero | September 26, 2008 | Reply

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