My title is borrowed from Robert Spencer, who calls such stories "Tiny Minority of Extremist Updates."
Several mosques in the Detroit area are mourning the death of pro-terror Hezbollah imam Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. So is a CNN reporter named Octavia Nasr, who characterizes herself as a "Christian" and as a "Middle Eastern Woman." (I think this would be a good time to break out Hugh Fitzgerald's term "IslamoChristian.")
What people who characterize problems with Islam as problems with a "minority" do not understand, and what some of them will never understand, is that there are multiple levels to the problem with Muslims and Muslim immigration. Sympathy and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah and its leaders constitute one such level. We are not simply talking about those who actually go out and strap bombs on themselves. We are talking about those who provide money to terrorists, those who support imams in the U.S. who preach terrorism, those who send their children to madrassahs where they are taught terrorism. We are talking about a community with bad, bad ideas, a community that venerates people like Fadlallah and teaches its children to do likewise.
And insofar as so-called "Christians" like Nasr are in on the game, they are enablers. She called Fadlallah "one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot." Think about what that wording shows. Never mind even the word "respect." I'm talking about "Hezbollah's giants." That's like referring to someone as "one of the giants of Nazism." As though Hezbollah is an admirable group so that being a "giant" among them is not just being a "giant monster." Yeah, yeah, here is her "clarification," along the lines of "Twitter made me do it."
The "clarification" blows plenty of smoke in and of itself, in between a few clear statements. So, alongside, "He regularly praised the terror attacks that killed Israeli citizens" we get not only praise for Fadlallah's alleged role in helping women in Islam but also the following ambiguous downplaying of his role in the Marine barracks attack in 1983: "In 1983, as Fadlallah found his voice as a spiritual leader, Islamic Jihad - soon to morph into Hezbollah - bombed the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 299 American and French peacekeepers." You know, if he'd just "found his voice" a little faster, I'm sure he would have stopped that attack. Or this: "And it was during his time as spiritual leader that so many Westerners were kidnapped and held hostage in Lebanon." Wow, what a coincidence. Or this:
When the Lebanese Civil War ended in 1990 with Syria taking full control of Lebanon, Hezbollah was and remains the only armed militia in Lebanon. Under Syria's influence however, Hezbollah - declared a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union started becoming even more militant, with designs beyond Lebanon's borders to serve agendas for Syria and Iran.
Fadlallah himself was designated a terrorist by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Yep, it was after 1990 that they "started becoming more militant" (never mind the barracks bombing?), and Fadlallah was "designated" a terrorist, but you never know, maybe we got it wrong.
In the "rolling around laughing" category we get her attempt to cast Fadlallah as a "moderate":
Through his outspoken Friday sermons and his regularly updated website, Fadlallah had a platform to spread what many considered a more moderate voice of Shia Islam than what was coming out of Iran.
And here's her last line:
Sayyed Fadlallah. Revered across borders yet designated a terrorist. Not the kind of life to be commenting about in a brief tweet. It's something I deeply regret.
If an IslamoChristian "Middle Eastern woman" like Nasr can be starry-eyed about Fadlallah (which she pretty obviously was, as you can see both from her initial "tweet" and from her "clarification"), what should we expect from the Shia community in America? And Nasr's attitude is a good reason even to question some "Christian" immigration from certain parts of the Middle East, by the way. Wake up, Americans.