I thought there was no one worse in Congress than Cynthia
McKinney, aka Jihad Cindy, D-Ga.
But I was wrong. She's met her match on the other side of the
aisle, in the form of Arab-American Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.,
– Jihad Darrell. He makes McKinney
– who wrote an egregious apology letter to Prince Alwaleed Bin
Talal in which she attacked the U.S. and New York Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani for returning the prince's $10 million after he
justified the attacks – look like a patriot extraordinaire.
During a just-concluded trip to the Middle East, Jihad
Darrell announced that terrorist group Hezbollah is legitimate
and has never been involved with terrorist activities, according
to the Teheran Times, IRNA (the official Iranian news agency),
and the Beirut Daily Star.
Oh really? I guess he forgot about that insignificant event
in the early '80s, in which Hezbollah blew at least 241 U.S.
Marines to bits in Beirut – not to mention several other
Americans the group murdered between 1975 and 1990, for a total
of at least 261 dead Americans. This charming organization
committed the torture, murder and hanging display of the body of
U.S. military attaché Col. Richard Higgins' body. These are the
monsters who kidnapped CIA Chief William Buckley in the U.S.
Embassy in Beirut, transferred him to Iran, and tortured and
bludgeoned him to death.
They are all turning over in their bloody graves, thanks to
congressional useful idiot, Darrell Issa. Talk about aid and
comfort to the enemy.
Then there's that stubborn little fact that Hezbollah, Arabic
for "Warriors for Allah," or "Party of
Allah" (hint: it's not a birthday party), is one of the
three major components of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist
network, according to the Wall Street Journal and countless
Jihad Darrell's new Hezbollah buddies officially support
"the use of hostages" and "suicide in jihad
operations." When the State Department released this year's
terrorist list, Hezbollah was on it – yet again. Hezbollah's
response: "We regard the hostile [act] of the American
administration as proof that we are following the right
path." Hezbollah declares that, "it is the duty of all
Muslims to engage in Islamic jihad if it ensures the ultimate
goal, which consists in inflicting losses on the enemy."
That enemy is the West, particularly America. Maybe these were
the "humanitarian" actions of Hezbollah that Jihad
Darrell was quoted as praising.
"I have a great deal of sympathy for the work that
Hezbollah tries to do," he told the Beirut Daily Star.
Hmmm. To which work is Jihad Darrell referring? Is it 1986
Hezbollah's torturing to death of Ibrahim Benesti, aged 54, of
Beirut, and his elderly relatives, Yehudah and Yosef, whose only
crime was being Jewish? Benesti, whose family – like many
Lebanese Jews – had been in Lebanon since 2,000 B.C. (before
the birth of Mohammed), was a charitable and kindly candy store
owner who gave free candy to children of all religions. Or maybe
Jihad Darrell was referring to the "humanitarian" 1985
Hezbollah torture-murder of Isaac Tarab, 63, and Chaim Halala
Cohen, 39, also guilty of being Jewish.
This man, Darrell Issa, is digusting.
More disgusting is that Issa was representing the House
International Relations Committee on which he serves, leading a
congressional delegation including Arab-American Congressman
Nick Joe Rahall, D-Va.
And he hangs out with disgusting people. Issa partied with
terrorist-in-chief Yasser Arafat, gushing over him as "a
charismatic individual, despite being a very small man and very
old. He gives you food off his plate if you sit next to
Political consultant and columnist, Michael
Andreen, an Issa constituent, is outraged, saying it's time
for apologist Issa to go. But he still has "a good laugh at
Arafat using the naïve junior congressman as his own
personal food taster."
Issa also hung out in Syria, the country which sanctions
Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and which allowed
Hezbollah to get its explosives through security checkpoints to
kill the 241 U.S. Marines.
Issa buddy Arafat provided much of the explosive weaponry and
was involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, mining the
perimeter of the U.S. embassy in Iran during the hostage crisis,
the torture-murders of U.S. Ambassador to Sudan Cleo Noel and
Charge D'Affaires George Curtis Moore (the highest ranking black
in the U.S. Foreign Service at the time) – beaten so badly
authorities couldn't tell which was black and which was white.
If he sounds familiar,
Jihad Darrell is the same congressman who threw a temper
tantrum, screaming about profiling, when he showed up an hour
late for an Air France flight, with a suspicious one-way ticket
to Saudi Arabia, and was refused entry to the already boarded
plane. Issa didn't fool security, but he managed to charm others
with his phoniness. Columnist Debra Saunders wrote a whole
column, "Ahsan Baig's Molehill," lauding Issa for
denouncing racial profiling lawsuits and advocating that Arabs
"adjust" and make "sacrifices in wartime."
Problem is, at the same time, he was telling every other press
source about his plans for new, anti-profiling legislation
against airlines, to line Arabs' and their trial lawyers'
pockets and risk our security.
Many advocate that America emulate Israel in its dealings
with terrorism. That's a great idea, with regard to Issa.
Recently, Israel stripped Arab Member of the Israeli Knesset,
Azmi Bashara, of his immunity from prosecution for urging the
Palestinians to attack Israel and copy Hezbollah, its murders
and suicide bombings. Israel is prosecuting Bashara, and we
should do the same with the treasonous Issa.
Ironically, Jihad Darrell's last name, Issa, means
"Jesus" in Arabic. But, instead of turning the other
cheek in 2002, voters in his 48th district should eagerly mark
the ballot for his opponent.
Debbie Schlussel is
a political commentator and attorney. She is a frequent guest on
ABC's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" and Fox
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