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4/3/2010

Amnesty International Sides with Jihad

Filed under: International,Political Correctness,Terrorism — DRJ @ 2:25 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Amnesty International’s Secretary-General has endorsed “Jihad in self-defence”:

“Amnesty International (AI) Secretary-General Claudio Cordone has come under fire for defending jihad when it occurs in “self-defence” – a position many other human rights advocates believe “would gravely undermine the future of the human rights movement.”

Cordone’s comments came in response to a February 13 “Global Petition” to AI by human-rights and women’s -rights advocates protesting the suspension of Gita Sahgal, a senior AI official in London.

Sahgal was suspended after the Sunday Times of London reported she believed Amnesty’s collaboration with former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzem Begg “fundamentally damages” the group’s reputation.

In a letter sent to senior AI officials, Sahgal charged that Amnesty has mistakenly aligned itself with Begg and his organization Cageprisoners, which calls itself a human-rights organization working to “raise awareness of the plight of prisoners” held in the war on terror.

According to the Sunday Times, the prisoners it championed have included “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and Abu Qatada, a preacher described as Osama Bin Laden’s ‘European ambassador.’ ”

Begg and Cageprisoners are also reported to have developed a relationship with Anwar al-Awlaki, the Al Qaeda cleric who endorsed the failed Christmas Day plane bombing near Detroit and who became a confidant of Nidal Malik Hasan, charged with carrying out the Nov. 5 Fort Hood massacre.”

“Everything in moderation,” including tolerance.

– DRJ

9 Comments

  1. This is where evil becomes a good thing, for it shows where these folks’ heads are at. No more of the one good cause for every fifteen bad ones ratio defining these orgs. They are just plain evil.

    Comment by GeneralMalaise (556297) — 4/3/2010 @ 3:21 pm

  2. Claudio Cordone: another fatuous idiot. It would not occur to him that the US and Israel are also “jihad in self defense”.

    “ And had it not been that Allah checks one set of people with another, the monasteries and churches, the synagogues and the mosques, in which His praise is abundantly celebrated would have been utterly destroyed. ”
    —Qur’an

    Comment by cubanbob (409ac2) — 4/3/2010 @ 4:54 pm

  3. Amnesty International have been clowns for a long time. Now we know that they are evil Killer Clowns.

    Comment by SPQR (26be8b) — 4/3/2010 @ 5:14 pm

  4. AI aligning itself with a top member of the Taliban instead of criticizing the human rights record of the Taliban? Why not? The West is evil!

    Comment by daleyrocks (718861) — 4/3/2010 @ 6:45 pm

  5. Ah yes. We fight for the rights of those that would subjugate women, and kill homosexuals & heretics.

    Brilliant!

    Comment by Icy Texan (2a4a40) — 4/4/2010 @ 5:20 am

  6. So, when Israel attacks Iranian atomic bomb facilities SG Cardone will explain the attack as a legitimate act of self-defense?

    Comment by ropelight (5c00b0) — 4/4/2010 @ 9:55 am

  7. “Defensive Jihad” is mentioned by one Abdullah Azzam, mentor of Osama bin Laden, and founder of Lashkar e Tayyaba. It is the argument of ‘Defensive Jihad’ that the Taliban uses to legitimize its anti-human rights actions such as the beheading of dissidents, including members of minority communities, and the public lashing of women.

    Comment by GeneralMalaise (556297) — 4/4/2010 @ 10:38 am

  8. GeneralMalaise – They still have time to prevent their women from getting uppity, like women have in the U.S. Who can blame them for wanting to prevent that? Heh!

    Comment by daleyrocks (718861) — 4/4/2010 @ 11:08 am

  9. Hmm, if jihad for self-defense is OK, is AI about to reverse it’s position on Israel? Or is one of those things where to treat all people equally some people have to be treated differently and self-defense is only for muslims?

    Comment by max (2f2a28) — 4/30/2010 @ 1:45 pm

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