The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) cancelled a lecture by Raymond Ibrahim, a “native Arabic speaker of Egyptian/Middle Eastern descent.” Ibrahim was set to lecture about his book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, after being pressured by the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR).
Who: CAIR, a designated terrorist organization in the United Arab Emirates, pressured the USAWC to cancel the event.
What: According to Ibrahim’s website, the USAWC “surrendered” to CAIR, and “canceled due to a CAIR-induced hysteria that focused on presenting me—a native Arabic speaker of Egyptian/Middle Eastern descent—as a ‘racist” and white nationalist’ who is out to incite American soldiers to murder Muslims.”
Well-known anti-Semite Linda Sarsour worked with CAIR to pressure the college, circulating a petition from her organization, MPower. The petition read in part:
The U.S. Army War College invited Raymond Ibrahim—a well-known Islamophobe and disseminator of inaccurate, ahistorical, anti-Muslim rhetoric—to speak at their upcoming 50th Annual Lecture Series on June 19th.
In a time of rising white nationalism, Islamophobia, and horrific violence stemming from these ideologies, the College is endorsing and fostering anti-Muslim hate within the military by inviting Ibrahim….
Ibrahim’s rhetoric … normalizes and justifies violence against Muslims, which is already a burgeoning problem for the military….. Let’s tell the U.S. Army War College: If you don’t rescind Ibrahim’s invitation and denounce his Islamophobic rhetoric, you’re not only endorsing anti-Muslim hate, but dangerously nurturing Islamophobia and white nationalism within the military.
Where: The USAWC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
When: Late June.
Why It Matters: CAIR is a massive pro-Islamist lobbying group and an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the largest terrorism funding operation ever uncovered in the United States. CAIR has ties to Palestinian terror group Hamas, and is designated as a terrorist organization in the United Arab Emirates, a United States ally in the Middle East. The fact that they have enough power to bully the Army War College speaks volumes.