Earlier today Bridget Johnson here at PJ Media noted John Kerry’s shout-out to Dalil Boubakeur, the head of the French Muslim Council and one of the largest mosques in Paris. Boubakeur told Le Figaro that today’s attack targeting those who worked for the French magazine Charlie Hebdo was “a thunderous declaration of war.”
Bridget noted that Kerry hailed “the French iman who today called the slain journalists martyrs for liberty.”
Er, just one problem.
As noted earlier today by French bloggers, in 2006 at the height of the Danish Cartoon crisis, Boubakeur had published an article denouncing the cartoons and concluded by issuing a warning to all those — including Charlie Hebdo — who would publish caricatures of Mohammed, saying: “He who sows the whirlwind shall reap the whirlwind.”
Undoubtedly, Boubakeur is yet another graduate of the State Department’s vaunted “vetted moderate” program.
This incident is reminiscent of the Huffington Post promoting last August a so-called “fatwa against terrorism” issued after 9/11 that was signed by individuals who had been designated terrorists by the U.S. government.
A similar fatwa was issued in the U.S. in 2005 by the Fiqh Council of North America, whose signatories included my former neighbor, Salah Sultan, who is currently in prison in Egypt on terrorism charges and has a long history of openly supporting terrorism.
The moral of the story is: beware of self-proclaimed “moderates” — especially ones promoted by the Obama administration — following terror attacks.