Holy shia! Everybody is coming out of the closet. Because there is no judgement, there is no punishment, there are no repercussions for sidling up to the forces of darkness.
50 million big ones. One can only imagine how CAIR is going to spend that money. How many Democrats will that buy?
SHOWING HE CAIRS: Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal -- a donor to the Carter Center -- announced he was giving $50 million to CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
You'll recall that Rudy Giuliani, as New York's mayor, turned down a $10 million check from the Prince just after 9/11/01, understanding all too well his ulterior moves.
CAIR's links to international radical groups have been well-documented as Youssef Ibrahim points out in this article.
Years ago Youssef and I worked together in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. Succinctly summing up what has gone wrong on America's campuses in regard to Middle East studies, he writes:
Remember Orientalism, that landmark book by the late Columbia University professor Edward Said? The 1978 work put the fear of God into any Western scholar who dared to discuss Islam, Muslims, or Arabs in anything less than superlatives -- and it has succeeded beyond Said's wildest dreams.
In a prescient new book, Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents, author Robert Irwin notes that "because of the possible offense to Muslim susceptibilities, Western scholars who specialize in the early history of Islam have to be extremely careful what they say, and some of them have developed subtle forms of double-speak when discussing contentious matters."
What goes for academia has been happening in a more dramatic fashion in the press, literature, and the creative arts, where death threats, death sentences, and actual murders of writers, artists, and intellectuals have taken a toll.
Bottom line: You can't talk about Islam, not really. Those transgressing are hounded like hunted animals...Islamic history is served up airbrushed in academia, and the result is a public denied knowledge...
The West is engaged in a major confrontation with Islamic terror, in which much of the Islamists' ammunition is coming from the charities, schools, teachings, and treasuries of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf. There is no need to hold America's door open to them