Regarding An American Journalists On The Savagry Of The Movie “Obsession”

While scouring the net regarding discussion about the movie “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against Th West” we found an interesting and most excellently worded explanation of this total debauchery of a movie. We cite the post for our viewers entertainment and the glass house being inhabited by the Islamaphobes and it as well gives a little sense of hope for the average Muslim that not everyone is truely deluded from the reality of this polemic.

The Greatest Lesson

I just watched the entire Obsession propaganda movie about “radical Islam” — and it was an even more rotten and vile piece of garbage than I expected. The makers of this tripe are just as radical as anyone who ever strapped on a suicide vest; they’re just doing their damage with images and words rather than swords and schrapnel.

The distribution of this misleading and dangerous piece of tripe by mainstream American newspapers is a journalistic sin, plain and simple. The American press has a responsibility not to mindlessly spread dangerous and radical propaganda. It failed mightily in this case.

What’s wrong with the movie? Start with the title. “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” What is the “West”? Who is the “West”? Is anyone really insane enough to want to wage war with a direction?

Of course not. It’s just one example of the movie’s glaring and false generalities, which is always a staple of effective propaganda. And this film is full of them. It purposefully lumps all Middle Eastern opposition of Israel and the United States into a homogenous mass of zealots. And they hate us for only one reason: Their religion tells them to.

This, of course, isn’t true, but the film’s producers actually have the audacity to tell viewers not to try find the real reasons. Why? Because it is “distracting the population from the real source of the problem which is an ideology that wants to destroy the West.” That quote comes from Itamar Marcus, an Israeli counterterrorism analyst who, like most of the people who contribute to the film, is a lot more extremist than expert.

A good deal of the film is devoted to that monumental red herring: Comparing the terroristic threat to the Nazis and this struggle to World War II. You know, the one where Bush is FDR and Blair was Churchill. World war … get it? This film is designed to spur Americans into supporting more military action in the Middle East, which is precisely the worst course of action possible, as indicated by the debacle in Iraq, which was entirely predictable.

Yes, the bad Muslims are following evil religion that is dedicated to the destruction of the West. That’s all you need to know, folks.

If you never listen to anything else that comes from this blog, listen to this:

War always boils down to haves and have-nots, and the pursuit of finding out which is which.

Write it down and depend on it. Never forget it and don’t let anyone ever persuade you otherwise.

I learned this lesson not only from history but also from war fighters and survivors I’ve met. In fact, an Israeli national, a somewhat thuggish and thoroughly brilliant fellow who was involved in various international intrigues, supplied the first part of the quote verbatim. Interviews with former IRA members and former Contras helped flesh it out.

The truth is that people won’t fight and kill each other because of some abstract idea in their heads like religion. Religion is only a very powerful fuel for the fire. It elevates the greed and venality underlying every war to something holy and helps inspire men to willingly die for it.

In the Middle East you have two central conflicts, one involving Israel and Palestine and another that does indeed stretch across the entire region but is centered in Saudi Arabia. The first involves land, the second oil. Those that have each, the other wants. It’s that simple — all the rest is just window dressing.


The Paradox of Peace

 By Soraya Ulrich  December 30, 2008 “Information Clearinghouse” — Israel thrives on war.  Peace is a threat to Zionism.  It demands compromise.   Twice this year, the leaders of Hamas indicated their readiness to accept a Palestinian State within the 1967 … Continue reading

The Zionist Filtering Effect of U.S. Media

S. Abdallah Schleifer, Distinguished Lecturer in Mass Communication and Director of the Adham Center for Television Journalism at AUC, is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than 20 years.

Note: This Video is Not AntiSemitic or Racist. Please Do not Judge without Watching. It is an important Documentary for creating better understanding between different communities. And For Educating those who are unaware of Islam.

Schleifer served as NBC News radio correspondent and TV producer/reporter in the Middle East from 1970 to 1983. Initially based in Beirut, Schleifer was the NBC News Cairo bureau chief from 1974 to 1983. During that time he conducted or produced numerous television interviews with Arab and Islamic heads of state, including Egypt’s President Mubarak, the late President Sadat, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, the late King Hussein of Jordan, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, the late President Zia El Haq of Pakistan as well as with leading political, cultural and religious personalities throughout the region. He covered every major conflict in the region, all Arab and Islamic summits, the Indo-Pakistani War, the rise and fall of the Palestinian fedayeen, Egypt’s post-war political and economic “Open Door” policies and the oil development boom in Arabia.

Schleifer left NBC News to join the AUC faculty in the fall of 1983 as an Honorary Senior Fulbright Fellow and as a full professor but with the title Distinguished Lecturer. He was described at the time of his AUC appointment by then NBC News President Reuven Frank as “the most competent Cairo bureau chief we ever had and clearly our most encyclopedic expert on the Middle East.” Tom Pettit, NBC News Executive Vice President at that time, said: “Abdallah Schleifer has been a scholar in reporter’s clothing, even though he’s probably covered more wars, revolutions, hijackings, assassinations and general chaos in his region than anyone else I know.”

When Schleifer joined AUC he was charged with the mission to establish a TV news-training center. The result-The Adham Center for Television Journalism-has been hailed by voices as diverse as Muhammed Jasim Al Ali, managing director of Al Jazeera satellite channel; Joe Foote, director of the Walter Cronkite Center for Journalism and Broadcasting at Arizona State University; Al Hayat newspaper; Peter Einstein, CEO of Showtime Arabia; Egypt Today; Sheikh Saleh Kamel, President of ART; Middle East Broadcast and Satellite, Digital Studio and other trade magazines, as the outstanding training center for television journalism in the Middle East.

Schleifer also serves as director of the Sony Gallery for Photography, which is part of the Adham Center, and as publisher and senior editor of the electronic journal TBS (Transnational Broadcasting Studies), which is produced biannually by the Adham Center and which has been acclaimed widely in both academic and industry circles.

At the same time Schleifer has managed to maintain an active relationship with the broadcasting industry in general and TV journalism in particular. In the summer of 1984 he served as a special field producer for NBC coverage of the Hajj-the first-ever American network coverage, which Schleifer secured for NBC.

In 1988 Schleifer was retained by CNN International as their Cairo representative to secure access for CNN in Egypt. As a result CNN was the first channel to be transmitted, in 1990, by the Egyptian private sector “wireless cable” company Cable Network Egypt (CNE). Schleifer has served on the board of directors of CNE since its formation.
From August 1990 until university resumed in mid-September, Schleifer again served as a special field producer for NBC News, this time in Saudi Arabia covering Desert Shield, the build-up of US and other Allied forces immediately following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. In mid-January 1991, during AUC’s mid-year recess and on the eve of the air war, Schleifer again returned to Saudi Arabia as executive director of the World Muslim News Service (WMNS), established by the Rabitat Al-Alam Al-Islami as a special unit providing TV, print, and photo coverage of the Gulf War to international news organizations.

In 1997-8, on sabbatical leave from AUC for the academic year, Schleifer signed on for a one-year assignment to reorganize along professional lines the ART Broadcast and Production Center outside of Rome as its managing director, reporting directly to ART’s chairman, Sheikh Saleh Kamel.

Prior to his joining NBC News in 1970 as a radio and TV reporter based in Beirut, Schleifer was Middle East correspondent for Jeune Afrique and a special correspondent for The New York Times in Jordan and the occupied territories.

A frequent contributor of articles on mass media as well as Arab and Islamic affairs to scholarly and specialist journals, Schleifer’s controversial book The Fall of Jerusalem-an eyewitness account of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War-received critical acclaim in the mid-seventies. Schleifer was working in Arab Jerusalem as managing editor of Jordan’s English-language daily newspaper The Jerusalem Star/ Palestine News at the time of the 1967 war.

Schleifer is former chairman of the Foreign Press Association, Cairo and he serves on the board of trustees of educational and publishing foundations in England and America devoted to Islamic studies and he has published and lectured extensively on Hassan Fathy and Islamic architecture, particularly in the occasional journal Art and the Islamic World.

Schleifer’s academic associations are broad: he served for many years as a member of the Advisory Board of the World Media Association in Washington DC and has participated as a speaker at several World Media Conferences held by the WMA over nearly two decades. He is an Associate Scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, in Philadelphia where he has frequently led seminars or spoken at FPRI luncheons. Most recently HM King Abdallah and HRH Crown Prince Hamza personally appointed him as a full member of the royal Jordanian Islamic think tank, the Aal al Bayt Foundation for Islamic Thought.
He has also guest lectured at Middle East Studies, Political Science, Journalism and Religious Studies departments at leading universities in Europe, America, and the Arab world including Al Azhar, Oxford, Cambridge, SOAS, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Georgetown, George Washington, University of California and others as well as in a wide range of seminars and conferences at the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Haj Research Center, and most recently the First World Congress for Middle East Studies.

Schleifer, a frequent guest on Egyptian TV talk shows, has published op-ed pieces in newspapers such as Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer and over the past year has been frequently interviewed by and/or appeared via satellite as a guest for CNN, PBS, BBC, and other European as well as Japanese television news programs. He has also participated as an open-line telephone guest on numerous public affairs radio talk shows originating in Europe, the UK and the USA; including three NPR affiliates.

Born in New York and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA 1956), Schleifer received his MA from the American University in Beirut in Islamic Political Thought 1980. He worked for Young & Rubicam Inc., the international advertising agency, in the mid- fifties but left to became a freelance writer and regular contributor of literary journalism and social criticism to The Village Voice, Dissent, Monthly Review, The Nation, Film Culture and Studies on the Left and published poetry in a number of “little magazines” in the early sixties. He visited Cuba on three occasions for extended periods of time and wrote extensively on the Cuban Revolution. Prior to coming to the Middle East, Schleifer served as editor of Kuchur, a quarterly journal of literary and social criticism reflecting the “Beat Generation” and New York/Black Mountain Poets perspective and he participated in the experimental film movement in New York and Havana.

Schleifer is married to a Sudanese-US dual national, Tayba Hassan al Khalifa Sharif, who is currently serving as a Protection Officer for UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee. They live in Egypt and the United Kingdom.

Islamic Law and Human Rights

 Human rights is one of the greatest issues of the current modern day world for a myriad of reasons, so much so, that many nations charge other nations, who as well do their utmost to not violate human rights, are being accused of violating these human rights of a certain group within their respective jurisdiction and territory.
The logic that is established by the “human rights” community while it indeed has been established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the same time there is no backed concrete theoretical foundation upon how these rights have been established. The matter that the human rights community has failed to see is that rights, in the minds of various peoples and lands, differ and is therefore relative. For example, there are a certain segment of the western community who calls for the legalization of walking around naked and that people are being obstructed by their “human right” to do such a feat. This is their reasoning and logic. However the average American does not view that by the illegalization of walking around naked is not an infringement of their rights as some groups have proclaimed.
And this is the point that we are making. The Western world is pursuing the idea that the Muslim women of Islamic countries are being oppressed of their rights when in actuality these same women of which these western analyst are speaking on their behalf do not feel what these analyst are claiming about them. Muslim women do not feel oppressed by anything that Islam mandates. However, if something that is not mandated in Islam, like the female genital mutilation, then that is another issue altogether. And is something that we as Muslims do not defend. However, when an issue is purely established in Islam, women in Muslim lands do not view that their rights have been stripped from them as
Listed below is a report provided for by Dr. Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee who has done an excellent job in this subject at hand