By Roger Kimball
The other day, I wrote a brief column in this space called “The State Department Invertebrate Embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Taking off from a column by Andy McCarthy about the case of Huma Abedin. You remember Abedin. She’s a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is also a conspicuous sympathizer of the Muslim Brotherhood. I puzzled, as did Andy, over the behavior of folks like Senator John “I’m-a-Maverick” McCain and Speaker John Boehner with respect to the concerns raised by Michelle Bachmann and some of her GOP colleagues about Abedin’s connections with the MB given her access to sensitive material bearing on national security. Here’s the situation that Andy reported:
- Abedin’s late father, an Indian-born Islamic academic founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in Saudi Arabia. That institute was backed by the Muslim World League. It has, Andy points out, “served as the principal vehicle for the propagation of Islamic supremacism by the Saudis and the [Muslim] Brotherhood.”
- Abedin’s Abedin’s mother, the Pakistani-born academic Dr. Saleha Abedin, has been a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, the distaff side of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood, Andy reminds us, “is not only the font of Sunni supremacist ideology, it spearheads the international support network for Hamas, the terrorist organization that openly proclaims itself as the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch.” Hmm. Andy also cites William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, who shows that Dr. Abedin has led the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC), an Islamist organization that “hews to the positions of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s leading sharia jurist” and supporter of the terrorist organization Hamas. (N.B., the IICWC defends “such practices as female genital mutilation and child marriage, which find support in Islamic law and scripture.”)
- Then there is Abedin’s brother, Dr. Hassan Abedin who has been a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in Great Britain, Sheikh Qaradawi was a member of the Oxford Center’s board of trustees.
Regarding Ms. Abedin’s family ties, Senator McCain accused his GOP colleagues of “McCarthyism” (that’s Joseph McCarthyism, not Andrew McCarthyism). “These sinister accusations,” McCain said, “rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family.”
Really? McCain is right that the connections are sinister. But I would suggest he avail himself of a dictionary. Far from being “unspecified” and “unsubstantiated,” I’d describe them as highly specific and irrefutably documented….