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The whys and wherefores of demonization of Islam
Thu Sep 1, 2011 5:27PM
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Mauri' Saalakhan, director of the Peace through Justice Foundation in Washington D.C., spoke to Press TV's U.S. Desk on Wednesday regarding who benefits from the demonization of Islam and Muslims through propaganda campaigns that are well funded.

 

"Unfortunately, there is a growing host of people that appear to be benefitting from these campaigns. This report that was just released, titled, Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America prepared by the Center for American Progress is a very very revealing report," Saalakhan said.

 

"According to it, there are five principle contractors and these are Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, David Yerushalmi of the Society of Americans for National Existence … Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and Stop Islamization of America and Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Now three of these names are very familiar to many within the Muslim community," he added.

 

Saalakhan continued that what he found most interesting about the report and revealing was that it was stating that "these are five key people within this overall network that are benefitting directly from the funding they are receiving from a number of foundations. In fact, according to the report and this is really staggering. These five individuals and their organizations have received an estimated $40 million from just seven foundations over a ten year period. At the end of the day, the benefit to these individuals is coming at the expense of a lot of innocent people and it's also coming at the expense of the better of the two Americas. And so you have again these private contractors and subcontractors that are benefitting financially from basically exploiting fear. For doing their best to magnify fear both here in this country and internationally and just exploiting it for their own personal gain."

 

"So you have that benefit that is coming to them, then you also have politicians in many of these countries here in the West that are also benefitting from exploiting the fear factor in their campaigns, with heavy emphasis on national security both in the micro- and in the macro-sense both within the countries themselves as well as vis-à-vis its foreign policy abroad," he added.

 

Saalakhan concluded that "you have this political exploitation. Then you also have sorry to say a religious exploitation of this fear of this industry that has emerged post-9/11 in the global community. You have these very extreme fanatical ideological bent religious leaders that are also fanning the flames of fear within their congregations both domestically and internationally for the sake of expanding their respective church and their churches agenda. So you have all of these elements that are exploiting this fear factor that is being generated by the ugly propaganda that is being spewed globally in the wake of these tensions created by these manipulators, these fear exploiters and then the folks who are funding them for their own nefarious reasons."    

 

SM/KK

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