The hit movie American Sniper has drawn fire from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), best known for getting Disney to change the lyrics in a song from Aladdin, after its theater release.
ADC’s president, Samer Khalaf, fired off letters to Sniper’s director, Clint Eastwood, and its star Bradley Cooper. In them, he complains of an “increase of serious threats made against the Arab and Muslim American Communities,” and claims that “A majority of the violent threats…are result [sic] of how Arabs and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper.” He quotes two such posts, out of what he says are hundreds, many on “Twitter and Facebook.” He adds that ADC is working with the FBI “to address these violent threats.”
No one condones online threats, which can be illegal. Here’s one of the two examples Khalaf cites in his letter: “American sniper [sic] makes me wanna go shoot some f**kin Arabs.” The other is similar, but contains more expletives, and I’m tired of typing asterisks. You get the idea. These two, at least are crude, unpleasant, but not exactly a threat—more like barroom bluster. I don’t know that they’re a matter for the FBI.
On the other hand, since the Bureau so obligingly deleted 867 pages from their manuals, to banish all words about Radical Islam, perhaps they would feel compelled to hunt down whoever made the offending posts.
He asks that Eastwood and Cooper issue a statement that would “make it clear that we cannot tolerate hate and bigotry here in America.” I’m sure neither of the letter recipients is in favor of hate or bigotry, but the “we cannot tolerate” part of the statement Mr.Khalaf wants included in the statement has the ring of an Islamic rant; I can’t see Clint signing on to that part of the statement, if he signs on at all.
There’s another issue, too. If you saw Unbroken—the film about Louis Zamperini’s torture at the hands of a sadistic Japanese concentration camp guard—did you tell anyone the movie made you wanna go shoot some Japanese? I bet you didn’t. I bet nobody did. Because we’re no longer at war with the Japanese, and because we amply struck back for the cruelty and for Pearl Harbor—at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Why then did people express so much anger against Arabs after watching Sniper?
I submit that Americans are enraged at the ongoing torrent of loathing and threats against America pouring from the mouths of Islamists around the world. Add in the terrorist incidents against the West and the ISIS beheadings of Americans like aid worker Peter Kassig, Journalists Daniel Pearl, Steven Sotloff and James Foley; Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr., beheaded in Saudi Arabia, “Nick” Berg, a radio tower repairman, beheaded in Iraq; Jack Armstrong and Jack Hensley, contractors beheaded in the UAE. All were heavily publicized by the terrorists.
And they are enraged because of the 2977 New Yorkers killed on 9/11—with the assistance of the Taliban—no longer terrorists, according to the White House.
Unlike the Japanese, and regardless of what the White House says—we are at war with Radical Islam, and in the last fourteen years, we have never decisively responded to its adherents’ attacks on us. It is particularly galling that all the president’s men are motivated to threaten Netanyahu, a world leader and ally, but lack the nerve to even name our enemy, much less issue payback.
Those heinous deeds bring precious little condemnation from Muslims or the myriad groups that defend Muslims against “discrimination,” like the ADC, either.
On its website, ADC states that it “supports the human and civil rights of all people and opposes racism and bigotry in any form.” But the site contains ten pages of anti-Israel fabrications, such as: “74% of Palestinian Children are subject to torture by Israel, during arrest, transfer and Interrogation.” Also from the website is this gem:
For years, Palestinians have adopted non-violent measures aimed at bringing an end to occupation.” At least, ADC has a sense of humor. But it adds: “Through the BDS [boycott, divestment, and sanction] movement, activists are seeking to create international pressure on Israel to abide by international law, and end the occupation of Palestine.
In that “country,” discrimination against Christians is hardwired into the Palestinian Authority legal system, according to the Gatestone Institute.
“Christians have suffered direct harassment. They have been intimidated and maltreated; money has been extorted, land and property confiscated, and Christian women have been abused, raped, abducted and been subjected to forced marriages. Attempts have been made to impose the Islamic women’s dress code on them.
“After a Christian man dated a Muslim woman from a neighboring village in September 2005, armed Muslims crying “Allahu Akbar” attacked the Christian city of Taibe, setting fire to homes and businesses and destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. The woman had already been poisoned by her own family in an ‘honor killing.’” Mr. Khalaf told Megyn Kelly on Monday that the ADC is secular, not Muslim, and he himself is a Christian. Yet we have not seen ADC publicly taking up that cause. We did, however, see the organization take up the misguided cause of Ferguson, MO rioters.
ADC also took up the cause of Bassem Masri, a Palestinian resident of Ferguson and well known provacateur.
Fox2 News reports on Ferguson’s loudest protestor:
“At one point you can hear Masri tell officers, while pointing at each one, ‘I`m praying for your death and you[r] death and your death and your death.’” To vary his act, he endlessly recites “Pigs in a blanket! Pigs in a blanket!”
When he is finally arrested, The ADC launches a fundraising campaign to raise his $15,000 bail.
Masri is also both a Hamas supporter and a Justice Department advisor, on police reform.
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.