I got into DC, dashed to the Convention Center in time to crash the policy briefing, "Sunni, Shia, and Radical Islam's War Against the West " and I gotta tell you. I wanna hurl. I got there while the Q&A was in progress and was confronted by two "responsible intellectuals" (oxymoron) on the dais.What I heard was the death knell for the West.
The briefing was described this way:
"Amid constant media chatter about Sunnis and Shia, top academics [be afraid, be very afraid - Atlas] will explore what separates these two sects of Islam as well as the deadly anti-American designs that bring radical Islamists together."
The two dhimmis answering questions were Dr. David Cook, Assistant Professor of religious Studies, Rice University (an Islamic apologist for of first order) and Dr. Shai Feldman Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University ...
UPDATE:I HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY AIPAC THAT THESE SESSIONS WERE OFF THE RECORD. I MUST TAKE THE THE REMARKS DOWN. In a word *#*@%
UPDATE: BTW, Jerusalem Online has clips of stuff I missed earlier, click here. Efraim Sneh, Israel Deputy Defense Minister and James Woolsey, former CIA Director.
UPDATE: March 12th: Insofar as these events were not open to the press I can not use quotes but I will share my impressions and opinions as they are my own. The thinking that there is no clash of civilizations,or that it's not about Islam but about a couple of extremists is dangerous thinking. Cognitive dissonance.
While both speakers pontificated despite the reality of events and histroy, Dr. David Cook was the most in denial. Scarily so and what was most interesting was the questioners were more informed, more knowledgeable in challenging these foolish men in quoting the Koran, Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan ............. and BTW these questioners were summarily dismissed out of hand.
Why this is so worrisome to me is because the 200 or so people in that room came seeking knowledge. Came seeking answers and they were deceived.
This is a group, unlike the American people (who, btw,want most to know who Anna Nicole last banged) know there is something terribly wrong. They are not getting the facts on the global jihad in the MSM and so they came.
And so they left lulled into a fatal false sense of security. Of course, I was up at the mike to take them out fact by fact but they ran out of time and I did not have the opportunity to call them out on their self delusion.
What was AIPAC thinking? Shame on them.
The next off the record policy briefing I attended was, Nuclear Iran Would Mean for the World
Listening to NY Democrat Gary Ackerman take the opportunity to bash Bush was too much to bear. All of the leftwing canards were spewed - mired in Iraq, ill conceived, exhausted military, spread too thin. All of it. I was outta there. Walked out on the assclown. This is no time for party before country.