Obama Welcomes A Stealth Jihadist

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


Five years after being barred from the U.S. for making charitable contributions to a group that sent those contributions to the jihad terror group Hamas, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, often dubbed “the Muslim Martin Luther,” will make his first public appearance in America this April after being permitted to enter the country.

The turnabout comes not because Ramadan has been cleared of these charges, but because Secretary of State Clinton has, in the words of State spokesman Darby Holladay, “chosen to exercise her exemption authority for the benefit of Tariq Ramadan.”

Holladay disingenuously suggested that the Bush Administration had barred Ramadan from the country because of his opposition to the Iraq War, but no “exemption authority” would have been needed to overturn a ban that had been put in place for that reason. Clinton was exempting Ramadan from prohibitions on supporters of terror groups entering the country.

And ironically, days after the Obama State Department announced the exemption for Ramadan, a Detroit-area Muslim named Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka was arrested at the border while attempting to cross from Canada back into the United States. His crime? Lying to the FBI and immigration officials about his work with the Holy Land Foundation, formerly the largest Islamic charity in the United States, which has now been shut down for funneling charitable contributions to Hamas.

So what is the difference between Tariq Ramadan and Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka? They have both allegedly been disingenuous about their ties to a Hamas charity, and yet Ramadan is free to enter the United States and Masfaka is under arrest. So what unique and compelling benefit does Tariq Ramadan bring to the U.S. that would move Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to bend their own anti-terror rules and make this exemption for him?

The answer, of course, is that Tariq Ramadan is internationally famous as a voice of Islamic moderation – and a vocal critic of the Bush Administration’s Middle East policies, which the Obama Administration very much wants to subject to public criticism. Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, in contrast, toils in relative obscurity and offers the Obama Administration no such political fringe benefits. Ramadan represents the kind of Muslim who should respond most favorably to Obama’s recurring pleas for a new relationship based on mutual respect: urbane, sophisticated, Westernized, closely identified with Islamic moderation and reform. In fact, Holladay explained the exemption for Ramadan in terms that specifically recalled Obama’s repeated appeals: “Both the president and the secretary of state have made it clear that the US government is pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”

However, there are cracks in Ramadan’s façade that should have raised eyebrows even in Obama’s State Department. Ramadan is the grandson of Hasan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood – an international Islamic supremacist organization that is dedicated, in its own words (according to an internal Brotherhood document captured in a raid of the Holy Land Foundation), to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.” French journalist Caroline Fourest, who has published a book-length study of Ramadan’s sly duplicity, Brother Tariq, concludes that this much-lionized putative Muslim Martin Luther is actually anything but a reformer: in reality, Ramadan is “remaining scrupulously faithful to the strategy mapped out by his grandfather, a strategy of advance stage by stage” toward the imposition of Islamic law in the West.

Ramadan, she explains, in his public lectures and writings invests words like “law” and “democracy” with subtle and carefully crafted new definitions, permitting him to engage in “an apparently inoffensive discourse while remaining faithful to an eminently Islamist message and without having to lie overtly — at least not in his eyes.” Ramadan, she said, “may have an influence on young Islamists and constitute a factor of incitement that could lead them to join the partisans of violence.”

In light of Ramadan’s smooth duplicity, his new welcome into the U.S. is a fitting symbol for the entire catastrophe of the Obama Administration’s policy toward the Middle East and Islamic terror. Obama reaches out to the Islamic world, assuming that his overtures will be welcomed by voices of reason and restraint. But in making this appeal, Obama drastically underestimates the jihad threat and mistakes all too many enemies for friends. And so now he also underestimates and misevaluates Tariq Ramadan, with consequences that no one can foretell at this point, but which are not likely to be positive.

  • Ze-ev ben Yehudah

    Up to this day it has not been proven that Pesident Barack Hussein Obama
    is not a Muslim.So what can you expect his behavior is toward Muslims!.
    His demands that Israel has to move back to the borders in wich Jeruzalem
    is not included. Forbidden for Jews to enter???He adresses his public the
    way I have seen earlier from an Italian.And I tell you right now.With this
    president in power!! America will become an economical backward country
    totaly dependant on the hand outs of the Arab oil billionairs.I pray that if there
    is a higher power!!please save America from total destruction.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/winoceros winoceros

      Of course he is a Muslim. His father is a Muslim. End of story. He is an apostate, but he's pretty much let off the hook for that since he was never a practicing Muslim once he escaped Indonesia and got to Hawaii. Can you imagine? Hey, NeNe and Papa…thanks for letting me live in the United States with you and all, but I have to pray five times a day, and, oh, is this poi halal?____Like any thinking person (or child, whose logic is infinitely better) he dropped Islam like a hot rock.

  • http://www.tstark2010.com Tom Stark

    What people will not accept is that every action of this President is not out of naivete or ignorance, but rather appears to be a carefully calculated effort to undermine the country and the Democrats are hapless dupes in this. It is the radical progressives (Clinton included) that will not "move to the Middle East" because they want our land and resources to grow; they want to destroy our culture, not our country. If this is not a bid to "cleanse" the world of infidels and gain territory under the control of Islamic Law, it certainly is a bid to reduce us to third world status in favor of the rest of the world and wealth distribution. Either way, he must be defeated in 2012.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      >Naive.
      >Ignorant.
      >Cultural Destroyer
      You left out all the choices:
      >Ideas too sophisticated to readily yield under the dull scalpel of conservative disection.
      I choose #4. And I've been correct about everything politically since the non-war in Southeast Asia.

    • posse 101

      TOM,

      ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON ANALYSIS!! the wife and i were having this very discussion earlier this evening. all this garbage that Obama is putting down is anything but accidental. it comes directly from the caliphate handbook on how to take over America. the trouble is that most people don't realize it. (or don't want to)

  • guest

    obama seems to be a very very dangerous man to the whole world stability and extremely destructive to america . almost all his decisions and actions are in favor of sworn or stealthy enemies of the US and the free world. .he lies and is very slimy slick but in the end his actions will probably change america into a non nation and definitely less than it ever was. out of stupidity or out of anti western hatred ,this so called president is the most dangerous thing to hit america. he is worse than 9 /11 where the enemy is clearly known and identified. this guy our president , is a very secretive entity and all indications point to his taking us and the world into very bad outcomes the like of which no US president ever did since the nation was created. beware the slimy narcissist who speaks with forked tongue behind a fake mask

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Is Ramadan going to debate anyone while he's here? Ann Coulter or Wafa Sultan perhaps?

    Or should people just protest outside the venue?

  • Urja

    And they claim O is a christian?

    • courtnye

      no, remember he said we were NOT a christian country

  • poptoy

    THIS TAKES THE CAKE. WHY DON'T ALL THE DEMOCRATS JUST MOVE TO THE MIDEAST IF THEY LOVE THESE IDIOTS SO MUCH. DAMN THEM. THIS GUY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THIS COUNTRY. JUST MORE PROOF THAT THE KENYAN IS MUSLIM.

    • Urja

      No need to move to middle east. dems will convert this country into middle east.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      'CAPS' aren't necessary to add force to your post. Better you should reinforce your comments with better thinking and increased poilitical maturity, eg; are you a 'birther'? [That's such a dead end issue. Get a new ad hominem attack plan!]

    • BS1977

      January 20 2013 cannot come soon enough…..before our wonderful nation is reduced to bankruptcy, chaos, mob hysteria….many see it coming if the leftists have their way. Vote for candidates of your choice in 2010!!! Get the big tax and spenders out of DC.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      I sense most of the commenters here are with The Irony Workers union. Those who claim to love America, but ironically can't stand Americans.

  • Berl

    Folks, Encourage your grandchildren to get married and have babies. As long as American Muslims remain in the minority they will not be able to push towards theocracy.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

      Its not as easy as that. You also need to stop immigration of arselifters and the ones that are already in the US need to be controlled.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/pappy86us pappy86us

        Mr. Rumain, you should watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

          Yes, I'm very familiar with arselifter tactics. However, stopping their immigration into the West will be sufficient. They can breed like locusts in their own countries until they run out of resources to sustain themselves. Once their oil runs out, they won't be able to import food to feed themselves.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      Do you really think Sharia Law has a snowball's chance in hell of passing even just a partial adoption bill in Congress? If you thought HCR bill#3590 was complicated, try changing the Constitution—Jesus of Nazereth couldn't get that to fly. We're safe.

  • WD1

    "obama seems to be a very very dangerous man to the whole world stability and extremely destructive to america . almost all his decisions and actions are in favor of sworn or stealthy enemies of the US and the free world. .he lies and is very slimy slick but in the end his actions will probably change america into a non nation and definitely less than it ever was. out of stupidity or out of anti western hatred ,this so called president is the most dangerous thing to hit america. he is worse than 9 /11 where the enemy is clearly known and identified. this guy our president , is a very secretive entity and all indications point to his taking us and the world into very bad outcomes the like of which no US president ever did since the nation was created. beware the slimy narcissist who speaks with forked tongue behind a fake mask"

    COULDN'T AGREE MORE!!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      That's why we just signed the first Nuclear Arms Treaty in 25 years with Russia. Use your head man!

  • DeadReckoning

    There are no "voices of moderation" within Islam. To speak against the holy koran is to denounce god, that is why there is no condemnation of terrorism…it is written in the koran.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      Unfortunately, you're 99.9% right. And the voices of moderation within Islam fear the violent backlash of the jihadist movement. Muslim fundamentalists "eat their own" with gusto if they disagree with their practice of the faith.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/pappy86us pappy86us

    I wonder if there are some very well connected people that read this web page? Personally, I think what needs to be done is form a group of people that are well connected. I'm talking about former CIA, Mossad, MI5, and wealthy connected backers. Then, a list needs to be made of the terrorist that are free, like this guy. Then, one by one kill them. Just like the Mossad did with the Hammas operative in Quatar.

    • traeh

      What you are talking about is illegal. When you step outside the law, and make yourself a law unto yourself, you become a sort of tyrant. The tyrant, places himself above the law. Obedience to law is a form of decency, humility, and respect for others, at least when that law is made in an open democratic system.

      That said, I sometimes wish that non-Muslim nations' duly constituted authorities would send agents to kill any imam or other Islamic authority who issues a death fatwa against another person merely because that person's viewpoint is "forbidden." For example, when Khomeini put a bounty on Salman Rushdie's head, and publicly incited Muslims to murder Rusdie, it would perhaps have been in the interest of the West to have an agent put a bullet between Khomeini's eyes, to make the Muslim world understand that their attempts to silence free speech won't be tolerated.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/winoceros winoceros

      This is completely unacceptable. You need to hang up on yourself.

  • tom kinney

    Always like Spencer's POV. One question, one comment. Where is Hillary on Israel? Never felt this kind of animus from her toward Israel before. Just a loyal stooge for Obama, or is there more? Comment: I'm tired of this worn out old saw about a two-state solution and the lame notion that it would solve mideast problems. They've got it exactly backwards. What they really do need is a Muslim Martin Luther (not Ramadan), because what they really do need is a full-out reformation of Islam. Until that happens, Israel shouldn't opt for a two-state fix. Does anyone seriously think that the Saudis and Iranians would stop funding terrorists either overtly like Iran or covertly like SA, if there was a 2-state deal? Be serious. The Arab Muslims, great people in every other context (well, not in regard to women, free market, free speech or thought, etc.) who live in the mideast can't count a single "moderate" among them. Only those in the Arab expat diaspora, like Ajami, Taheri, can lay legitimate claim to moderation.

  • cochavi1

    Are there new censorship rules at FPM?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      You must have had your knuckles rapped with Jaime's new ruler.

  • cochavi1

    Obama is ripping his mask off to reveal his face. It is a totalitarian's face. Whether he is a believing Muslim or not, he intends to build a socialist society that is pro-Islam and anti-Western, and certainly hostile to Israel. He is well on his way.

    I agree with the posts that say that for the sake of America he should be defeated.

    I also read Thomas Sowell's column and agree that the next step is the legalization of however many illegal immigrants exist in the US, to be registered as Democrat voters. I agree with Sowell too that predicting Obama's political fall essentially on the basis of emotion is premature and foolish.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

    Bravo. Nice job, Robert. I share your anxiety over Mr. Ramadan. We shall see what we will see. At least with documents he can be closely surveilled.
    on the other hand, the comments section at FPM is like encountering the Greek chorus in a classical tragedy. Doesn't anyone in here think for themselves? Honestly, Robert. How can you tolerate all this obsequious flattery. Most everyone in here just parrots your column and reinforces each others' abrasive harrangues.

    • cochavi1

      Comical post. So you agree with him, but are better than all the other posters. Okay, we got it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

    'Better' standards for diversity of opinion is all. ;>)

  • Connie

    Re: Clinton's latest "mistake"……Have you all forgotten that Hilary Clinton's closest advisor is a Muslim? a woman she adores and depends upon? The "wicked witch of the Middle East" whispers into her ear what she should do!

  • http://www.stopturkey.blogspot.com StopTurkey

    Read this web page for some interesting information about Tariq Ramadan's past:

    http://stopturkey.blogspot.com/2009/08/who-is-tar

  • BS1977

    I like the settlements….building homes and gardens sure beats suicide bombs, rockets, truck bombs and mortar rounds. The Israelis are building for the future…their enemies live in a self inflicted torment of barbarism, tribal religious primitivism and mob hysteria. Build the homes, plant the fields, make farms, plant orchards….how can anyone object to that?

  • Ron Grant

    Being Canadian,an exemption for Ramadan to enter America is none of my business.Neither is the decision to label Hamas a terrorist organization and the consequences of contributing to them as claimed for Ramadan.
    I accept that Hamas has directed members to stand among Israeli innocents and self explode,killing and maiming.Furthermore,I know war and I know terrorism having been a medic in Rhodesia.I have faced these same terrs in battle and have no regrets about my actions.But I was white in a black and white war.
    My connection to the issue closest to your hearts is my mothers father who emigrated to the coal mines of Cape Breton,Nova Scotia from Bethlehem in what at the time was Palestine.It gave me an interest in the regions history as being white gave me an interest in the history of Rhodesia.
    Given the above,there are uncomfortable questions that need to be asked when an inferiorly armed people with arguably legitimate grievances are confronted by a superior occupier (for arguments sake).Among those uncomfortable questions:
    1) Does the intransigent occupier share some responsibility for the terrorists actions,given the disparities in power. ?
    2) Do the actions of the occupier become closer to the terrorists' as they become more technical (e.g.killing innocents with artillery,tank fire,bombs,etc.) vs engaging armed enemy combatants?

    Muchiboy

    • traeh

      I believe you've got it all wrong, Ron.

      The problem is that one culture is a democratic culture capable of compromise and reasonableness, even if only imperfectly. The other culture is hostile to democracy and therefore untrained in the arts of compromise that a democracy forcibly inculcates.

      One side is trained in compromise continually by the fact that checks and balances prevent any one center of power from dominating the society, thus many centers must compromise and listen to one another. When the individual can freely speak, a culture of compromise emerges, as criticisms of all and everyone cannot be silenced, not usually anyway. That's Israel. A democracy, and a culture based on continual compromise of citizens and democratic politicians with one another, in the context of a free media and press.

      The Palestinians, by contrast, are hostile to democracy, hostile to free speech, and prone to authoritarianism and violence. How then can they be expected to compromise and reach an agreement with Israel? Palestinian television teaches little children to hate and kill Jews. Palestinian media is full of anti-Semitic stuff so extreme that it could exist as mainstream only in a totalitarian culture, which is what the Palestinian culture is. It is a very sick kind of programming that could never happen on Israeli television stations or the television stations of any liberal democracy like the U.S..

      Most of the problem in the Middle East stems from Islam, which is a totalitarian project not amenable to compromise with non-Muslims. Islam authorizes Muslims to deceive non-Muslims about the intentions and goals of Islam. There are many Muslims who know little or nothing about the intentions of Islam, because Islam says the true Qur'an exists only in Arabic, and therefore all Muslims recite the Qur'an and hear the Qur'an only in Arabic. Yet 4/5 of the world's Muslims do not read or speak Arabic. So they know relatively little of what they are saying when they recite the Qur'an in prayer. Even Arabs today have difficulty understanding the meaning of the Qur'an's ancient Arabic.

      But the pious Muslims know what is in the Qur'an, know what Muhammad did. These are totalitarians, and the goal is to use force to subject the whole earth to Islamic law. Muhammad, in one of the most authoritative collections of traditions (Sahih Bukhari), says, "If someone changes his Islamic religion, then kill him." And there is much else in Islam that is totalitarian.

      That's why, on the whole, the Islamic world is so terribly backward in terms of human rights. And that is why peace has been unattainable in the Middle East. The problem is not the Jews, who on several occasions have offered to give the Palestinians most of what they want, only to see the Palestinians refuse even to make a counteroffer — the problem is that Israel is confronted with Islamic totalitarianism, which is constitutionally incapable of compromise. Typically, those who try to compromise, like Anwar Sadat, are killed.

  • Alan Wellikoff

    The header should read "Barack 'My Muslim Faith' Obama IS a Stealth Jihadist"

  • http://borderline.gotdns.org/ Patrick Martin

    With Obama's bowing and hand kissing of Islamic leaders in the past few months, nothing he or this administration does favoring them would surprise me one bit.

    We need him out of office, and NOW. I'm just afraid we're actually going to wait until 2012 for that to happen!

    There is NO reason whatsoever to open our country to the likes of Ramadan!

  • S.N.Hebbar

    A few years back the most charismatic Chief Minister Narendra Modi of India was denied Visa to visit USA twice on on most flimsy and heresy materials because few hundred Muslims were killed in riots in his State when he happened to be the Chief Minister then as if he was the killer. It is surprising now to see that the same US Administration permits to enter a person who used American soil to finance Islamic terror. Is it because Modi is a Hindu while this stealth Jihadist is a Muslim?

  • traeh

    To pappy86us:
    What you are talking about is illegal. When you step outside the law, and make yourself a law unto yourself, you become a sort of tyrant. The tyrant, places himself above the law. Obedience to law is a form of decency, humility, and respect for others, at least when that law is made in an open democratic system.

    That said, I sometimes wish that non-Muslim nations' duly constituted authorities would send agents to kill any imam or other Islamic authority who issues a death fatwa against another person merely because that person's viewpoint is "forbidden." For example, when Khomeini put a bounty on Salman Rushdie's head, and publicly incited Muslims to murder Rusdie, it would perhaps have been in the interest of the West to have an agent put a bullet between Khomeini's eyes, to make the Muslim world understand that their attempts to silence free speech won't be tolerated.

  • traeh

    Ron Grant,
    I believe you've got it all wrong.

    The problem is that one culture is a democratic culture capable of compromise and reasonableness, even if only imperfectly. The other culture is hostile to democracy and therefore untrained in the arts of compromise that a democracy forcibly inculcates.

    One side is trained in compromise continually by the fact that checks and balances prevent any one center of power from dominating the society, thus many centers must compromise and listen to one another. When the individual can freely speak, a culture of compromise emerges, as criticisms of all and everyone cannot be silenced, not usually anyway. That's Israel. A democracy, and a culture based on continual compromise of citizens and democratic politicians with one another, in the context of a free media and press.

    The Palestinians, by contrast, are hostile to democracy, hostile to free speech, and prone to authoritarianism and violence. How then can they be expected to compromise and reach an agreement with Israel? Palestinian television teaches little children to hate and kill Jews. Palestinian media is full of anti-Semitic stuff so extreme that it could exist as mainstream only in a totalitarian culture, which is what the Palestinian culture is. It is a very sick kind of programming that could never happen on Israeli television stations or the television stations of any liberal democracy like the U.S..

    Most of the problem in the Middle East stems from Islam, which is a totalitarian project not amenable to compromise with non-Muslims. Islam authorizes Muslims to deceive non-Muslims about the intentions and goals of Islam. There are many Muslims who know little or nothing about the intentions of Islam, because Islam says the true Qur'an exists only in Arabic, and therefore all Muslims recite the Qur'an and hear the Qur'an only in Arabic. Yet 4/5 of the world's Muslims do not read or speak Arabic. So they know relatively little of what they are saying when they recite the Qur'an in prayer. Even Arabs today have difficulty understanding the meaning of the Qur'an's ancient Arabic.

    But the pious Muslims know what is in the Qur'an, know what Muhammad did. These are totalitarians, and the goal is to use force to subject the whole earth to Islamic law. Muhammad, in one of the most authoritative collections of traditions (Sahih Bukhari), says, "If someone changes his Islamic religion, then kill him." And there is much else in Islam that is totalitarian.

    That's why, on the whole, the Islamic world is so terribly backward in terms of human rights. And that is why peace has been unattainable in the Middle East. The problem is not the Jews, who on several occasions have offered to give the Palestinians most of what they want, only to see the Palestinians refuse even to make a counteroffer — the problem is that Israel is confronted with Islamic totalitarianism, which is constitutionally incapable of compromise. Typically, those who try to compromise, like Anwar Sadat, are killed.

  • Elaine S

    It has already been said-'WHEN ARAB MOTHERS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN MORE THAN THAN KILLING JEWS-WE WILL HAVE PEACE"

  • Marti

    The land belongs to Israel, the Palistinians are nothing but moochers, they are lazy squaters.
    You go BiBi!!!

  • lydia

    I always found it strange that the weekend that Barry went to visit his white granny ,was the weekend that she died.She could have told us all a lot about sunny boy.He reminds me of a robot.Does a robot have a soul?I wonder if he has a shadow? When we turn away from God , this is what we get.An image without an interior.(like many movie stars that are empty inside)I believe his mantra is "mirror ,mirror , on the wall, who's the fairest of them all"

  • 9-11 Infidel

    More "smart diplomacy" on Hillary's part. Man that is one clueless oxygen thief. No wonder Billy Bob seeks out other women. Oh yeah and here's a clue for Madame Dumba$$: "Speaking at Kanal D TV’s Arena program, PM Erdoğan commented on the term “moderate Islam”, often used in the West to describe AKP and said, ‘These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”