Career politicians like Mike Hatch and Amy Klobuchar should know what CAIR represents, making it puzzling that they’d participate, along with Matt Entenza, Walter Mondale & R.T. Rybak, in this CAIR event:

“This is kind of our once a year opportunity for speaking about ourselves and letting people know who we are,” said Hesham Hussein, the group’s president. But the convention, “Nurturing a Muslim American Generation,” also gives Muslims a chance to get to know each other, he said, and to learn how to become activists, working on issues of importance to the Muslim community.
They’ll get advice on political participation from former Vice President Walter Mondale, Attorney General Mike Hatch, Hennepin County attorney Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Rep. Matt Entenza, D-St. Paul, minority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Mr. Hussein saying that they want others to “know who we are” is laughable. I’d believe him if he said that they wanted others to learn about their public image as opposed to who they are.
The CAIR press release says that they got “advice on political participation from former Vice President Walter Mondale, Attorney General Mike Hatch, Hennepin County attorney Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Rep. Matt Entenza” so let’s find out what political things they’re involved in:

CAIR-NET: Rally for Lebanon and Palestine Aug. 12 in DC

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/28/06) – CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to join the thousands of people expected to take part in the August 12th National Emergency March on Washington to protest Israeli attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza.

Hundreds of organizations, including CAIR, have endorsed the August 12 rally, which was initiated by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism), the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA) and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. Other rallies will take place in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle for those who cannot travel to Washington, D.C. A similar ANSWER Coalition rally in 2002 drew 100,000 protesters in support of Palestinian rights.

The clear intent of that first paragraph is to absolve Hezbollah of any blame in the killing of Lebanese civilians while placing blame for those deaths on Israel’s military, which is as intellectually dishonest as anything I’ve ever read. Hezbollah embeds themselves with civilians so that Israel is forced to either kill civilians while they’re killing terrorists or to not kill terrorists. It’s a win-win situation for the terrorists.

That’s who Democratic politicians are getting involved with when they speak at a CAIR or ANSWER event. Do we want politicians associating themselves with terrorist-sympathizing organizations like CAIR? I certainly don’t.

Voters should take into account that Ms. Klobuchar & Mr. Hatch chose to speak with CAIR & that they apparently either didn’t know what CAIR was about or they knew and spoke with them anyway.

Ms. Klobuchar’s appearance is especially disturbing in light of this Strib article. Here’s what the Strib article said:

GOP candidate Mark Kennedy and DFL candidate Amy Klobuchar agree that Israel has the right to use massive force against Hezbollah and a right to create a buffer zone in southern Lebanon. Both also support the Bush administration’s opposition to an immediate cease-fire before Israel has accomplished its goals.

Ms. Klobuchar should be asked whether (a) she sided with CAIR in officially blaming Israel for the outbreak of violence or (b) whether she agrees with Israel’s attacks on the terrorist strongholds or if (c) she supports Israel in public and CAIR away from the public eye.

Demanding voters want to know.

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