The difference between CAIR and Al Qaeda is...
Unlike their fellow Muslim Brotherhood Al Qaeda members abroad however they confined it to verbal attacks. So you can see they're a "moderate" Islamic group, as Ryan Mauro reveals.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group labeled by the Justice Department as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-financing trial, disingenuously claims that it is a moderate organization.
Zahra Billoo, the radical executive-director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, tweeted that she “struggles with Memorial Day each year” about whether to honor American soldiers who died in wars:
She also quoted another CAIR official, Dawud Walid, the executive-director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, as questioning whether they should honor American soldiers that died in “unjust” wars and occupations.
I'm sure she "struggles" almost as much with it as whether to convert to Buddhism and take up hugging random people.
The tweets outraged the American-Islamic Forum on Democracy (AIFD), a Muslim group opposed to Islamist extremism. Its leader, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, served in the U.S. Navy.
“It is plain to see, however, that they [the CAIR officials] have nothing but disdain for our armed forces. We do hope that Muslim members of the U.S. military realize that CAIR sees you as ‘occupiers,’ not patriots protecting the freest nation on earth,” the AIFD said.
Well how else would they see it? The Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual guide, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi supported terrorist attacks on Americans, soldiers and civilians, in Iraq. He called America an enemy of Islam. (It would be more accurate the other way around.)
CAIR's co-founder endorsed terrorists. Its co-founder Omar Ahmad told a Fremont, California audience in July 1998: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
The difference between CAIR and Al Qaeda is that the latter Muslim Brotherhood front group is honest about what it does.
I would no more expect CAIR's officials to honestly honor US troops than I would expect Osama bin Laden to don a flag pin, rise from the dead and attend Fleet Week... unless he got caught in a propeller.