Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fareed Zakaria: Progressive Islamist Apologist

A local church book study group will soon be discussing Samuel P. Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order”, written in 1996.  I’m not sure why this 14-year-old book was chosen for discussion.  But I will make sure that the group is aware that one of Huntington’s “trusted advisors” in reviewing and commenting on his manuscript was Fareed Zakaria.  This is just a hunch, but knowing what I know about Zakaria, I’ll bet that he influenced Huntington to be softer on Islam in his book than he would otherwise have been.

Most popularly known as a TV news and foreign policy commentator on ABC television, Zakaria has a broad foreign policy background.  He was a managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, a columnist for Newsweek, editor of Newsweek International, he has written on a variety of subjects for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and most recently authored the book The Post-American World (2008), and named Editor-At-Large of Time.

He has done all of these things while maintaining a distinct bias for all things progressive and Islam.  Zakaria self-identifies as a Muslim.

While his publicists claim he is straight as an arrow centrist and unbiased, Zakaria’s background and actions reveal otherwise.

His religious upbringing was supposedly secular, but included the honoring of Muslim holidays.  His father, Rafiq Zakaria, was a politician associated with the Indian National Congress and an Islamic scholar.

Note that most of Zakaria’s career has been devoted to predominantly left-leaning organizations and publications. Forbes, in 2009, referred to Zakaria as one of "The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media"[8].

His most recent book “The Post-American World” manifests his multicultural, progressive upbringing and education when he advocates "a more organic international system in which problems are addressed through a variety of structures and solutions can create its own kind of layered stability."  This mimic’s George Soros’s and Barack Obama’s heartfelt desire for a one-world government – a new world order.

Speaking of Obama, our multiculturalist, third world President is a big fan of his fellow Islamist.  This is not just guilt by association, but guilt by striking similarities.

Zakaria has spoken out strongly in favor of the Ground Zero Islamic mosque in Manhattan.  In fact he returned an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) award granted years earlier because the ADL came out against the ground zero mosque.  In a Time editorial, Zakaria stated he believes the mosque should be built to enhance the cause of Muslims like Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, which Zakaria calls “a moderate Muslim clergyman” despite solid evidence to the contrary.

He has publicly criticized Glenn Beck for claiming roughly 10% of the world’s Muslims are terrorist or have terrorist tendencies.  This argument demonstrates that Zakaria is the Muslim apologist and Beck is the realist.  Most reliable sources estimate that the proportion of the worlds 1.5 billion Muslims willing to invoke violent jihad range from 7% to over 15%.  Beck is likely on the conservative side of “pretty close.”  Remember what historic, orthodox Islam teaches: Supremacism, with a large dash of intimidation and terror to achieve their goals.  The most devout Muslims practice it to the letter.  Assuming 80 or 90% of Muslims are not “devout” Muslims, that leaves 10 to 20% who are.  And they practice or believe what Muhammad preaches.

Just as the folks who advise the president shape presidential policy and politics, so too do the folks who advise authors of books shape the content and conclusions of the book.  Beware of Zakaria’s “moderate” Islamic influence.

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