Originally published at American Thinker
Pavlov had a dog. The Organization of the Islamic Conference has the United Nations and President Obama.
The OIC, the largest voting bloc at the UN, has an agenda. Their agenda is a one-two punch. First, don't say anything negative about Islam. Second, blame all of the world's problems on Israel, specifically the Jewish communities called "settlements." The UN's and Obama's conditional responses to all things Islam and Israel are helping throw the OIC's one-two punch at the world hard and fast.
For over a decade, the OIC has systematically worked to criminalize the "defamation of Islam" and to protect Islam from "blasphemy." In yearly resolutions at the UN on "combating defamation of religions" the OIC complains "Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism." Though the resolutions are touted as protecting all religions, there is only one religion mentioned by name. You guessed it. Islam.
Professor Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu, head of the OIC, said the issue of Islamophobia has been placed "at the top of our priorities and preoccupations, while conducting a large-scale worldwide effort to confront it."
After easily putting the UN on a leash, the OIC set its sights on its next Pavlovian subject. "We have established an OIC Group in Washington D.C. with the aim of playing a more active role in engaging American policy makers," said Ihsanoglu. Noting the OIC's accomplishments thus far in shaping public opinion, Ihsanoglu added, "In confronting the Danish cartoons and the Dutch film ‘Fitna,' we sent a clear message to the West regarding the red lines that should not be crossed."
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, warns of the OIC's plans. "Among other things, they seek to define slander according to Islamic Sharia law -- making Islamic ‘slander' a serious crime in every jurisdiction in the world, including the United States."
Steven Groves, with The Heritage Foundation, summed up the actions of the OIC by saying, "In short, it is clear that one goal of the OIC is for national legislatures, including presumably the U.S. Congress, to enact legislation prohibiting the criticism of any religion, especially Islam, its prophet, and its practitioners."
David Littman, with Association for World Education, a consultant to the UN, has tracked the reach of Islamic influence into governments noting that, "Representatives of Muslim states have demanded, and often received, special treatment at the UN. As a result, terms such as 'blasphemy' and 'defamation of Islam' have seeped into the core agenda of the UN, leading to a situation in which non-Muslim governments accept certain rules of conduct in conformity with Islamic law and acquiesce to a self-imposed silence regarding topics touching on Islam."
Acquiescing to Islam? Obama certainly fits the bill. Obama told the world via his Cairo speech, "I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." Not to mention his various speeches portraying Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance and his revisionist reminders of the vast contributions Islam has made to American and the world at large. "As a student of history," Obama brags that he understands more about "civilization's debt to Islam" than the average American.
Obama's dubious sentiments are echoed by his administration. John Brennan of Homeland Security and Counterrorism said "tolerance and diversity define Islam." Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough piped in recently and called mosques a "typically American place." Who knew? Baseball, apple pie, and mosques.
Next is part two of the OIC one-two punch. While presenting Islam as a squeaky clean religion, Israel is presented as the scapegoat of the world. Got problems? Blame Israel.
The UN and Obama have readily joined the OIC in blaming Israel for turmoil in the Middle East by promoting the faux-Palestinian narrative. The UN has gone as far as celebrating an "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People." As the commemoration began, the Chair invited all who were present to, "To rise and observe a minute of silence in memory of all who have given their lives for the cause of the Palestinian people." Par for course at the UN. Suicide bombers and terrorists get a moment of silence while Israel gets a resolution condemning and ranking them as the #1 country of human rights violations in the world.
The Palestinian Authority is a member "nation" of the OIC. Along with "combating defamation of religions," the OIC routinely calls for "supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people." In fact the OIC charter lists, "to support the struggle of the Palestinian people, who are presently under foreign occupation, and to empower them to attain their inalienable rights, including the right to self-determination, and to establish their sovereign state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital," as one of its main objectives.
The "plight" of the Palestinians is a diversion tactic. Why take responsibility for Muslim induced problems around the world when blame can be placed at Israel's doorstep, or more precisely at the doorstep of Jewish "settlements?"
The Daily Telegraph UK listed a telling statistic last year. "It is not Jews, Christians, or even Americans who are leading the pack with regard to Muslim Genocide but rather other Muslims. Some 11,000,000 Muslims have been violently killed since 1948 of which 35,000 or 0.3% died during sixty years of fighting Israel. The truth is that 90% of the 11 million were killed by fellow Muslims."
Never mind such inconvenient statistics, greedy Arab dictators, oppressive Sharia law, or jihad terrorists. Never mind that only 3 out of the 57 OIC member states were rated as "free" by the Freedom in the World report of 2010. Never mind that Arabs in Israel have more freedom than Arabs in Arab countries. After all, nothing in the world comes close to disrupting peace like a Jew picking up a hammer to build a home. On his own land.
Praise Islam. Blame Israel. Obama has mastered the one-two punch, especially when visiting Muslim countries. Think Obama in Jakarta. He made no mention of the genocide of East Timor, but instead praised Indonesia's history of religious tolerance. He then reminded the world, "It's the Jewish settlements, stupid!" Just as he did in Cairo.
And recently, even though the Obama administration cast its first UN veto against a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, UN Ambassador Rice practically sprinted to the mic to tell the world how much the US regretted the veto, "We reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. For more than four decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel's security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region." She went on to describe Jews building houses as "folly."
Secretary of State Clinton, a pro at regurgitating the OIC/Obama rhetoric, often and emphatically describes Obama's desire to "see a stop to settlements-not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions." She recently added that the settlements were "corrosive" to Israel's own future.
The inverted logic tactics used against Israel are now landing at American's doorsteps. Recently, OIC's Ihsanoglu directed his speech towards Western democracies warning "using freedom of speech to offend Islam and fuel Islamophobia, will alienate ‘moderate Muslims' and provide more ammunition for Muslim jihadists."
Drinking from the same water cooler, Feisal Abdul Rauf, of Ground Zero mosque infamy, warned that Congressman King's hearings on the radicalization of Islam in America would lead to more terrorist attacks due to western ideology about Islam that fuels jihad. Feisal never seems to consider that jihad set most westerner's ideology about Islam into motion. Ask the average American how much he even thought about Islam before 9/11. First impressions last a long time.
The OIC is successfully conning members of our government and liberal Americans into fixating on the so-called problem of Islamophobia. Never mind that the latest FBI hate crime statistics show that Jews were the targets of 71.9% of all religious hate crimes reported in the U.S. While hate crimes against Muslims was at 8.4%. Despite such statistics Democrats are clamoring to show their concern over the "spike" in anti-Muslim bigotry. Senate Majority Whip, Richard Durbin opened hearings this week regarding the "problem" of Islamophobia in America by saying, "Today, addressing anti-Muslim discrimination is an important civil rights issue of our time." How well the OIC script is being followed.
The OIC's website has a category called "Islamophobia Observatory." It lists perceived cases of Islamophobia around the world. All the while ignoring the glaring statistical rise in terrorist attacks by Muslims. The Religion of Peace website tracks deadly terrorist attacks. Currently, the number of terrorist attacks committed by Muslims since 9/11 stands at 17,005. The breakdown for February 2011 was 134 jihad attacks, in 20 countries, against 5 religions, killing 565 and critically injuring 1058.
Numbers don't lie. Yet, the OIC, the UN, and Obama continue claiming what a peaceful religion Islam is while portraying Jewish "settlers" as the biggest roadblock to peace. Just as "Islamophobic" Americans are being set up as the biggest roadblock to a peaceful existence for Muslims in America. Such logic would be laughably absurd if the consequences weren't so deadly.
Joseph Goebbles, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda once said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Thus by extension, many Americans have become the greatest enemy to the triangular state of the OIC, the UN, and the Obama administration.