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May 13, 2003

Anti-CAIR Supports the Nomination of Daniel Pipes

Anti-CAIR vigorously encourages President George W. Bush to sustain his nomination of Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution created by Congress. (The institute's board of directors is appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate.)

The nomination of Mr. Pipes is attacked by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a militant Islamic group dedicated, as its chairman, Omar M. Ahmad, once explained, to make Islam ??"dominant" in the United States.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said about Pipes' nomination that it "sends entirely the wrong message as America seeks to convince Muslims worldwide that the war on terrorism and the war against Iraq are not attacks on Islam.?" Should President Bush fail to rescind the nomination, he called on the Senate to reject it.

Anti-CAIR points out that Mr. Pipes was one of the few analysts who understood the threat of militant Islam (Unnoticed by most Westerners, he wrote in 1995, war has been unilaterally declared on Europe and the United States). Canada's National Post notes that "If the world had acted on his warnings, Sept. 11 might never have happened." The Wall Street Journal has called him "an authoritative commentator on the Middle East." MSNBC describes him as one of the best-known "Mideast policy luminaries."

CAIR's attack on Mr. Pipes may have something to do with the fact that he has often pointed out the organization's pattern of apologizing for terrorists, intimidating moderate Muslims, embracing murderers, promoting anti-Semitism, and its promoting Islam as "the only accepted religion on earth."

Anti-CAIR International strongly commends President Bush for nominating Mr. Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace and urges the Senate to confirm him quickly.

Andrew Whitehead
Virginia Beach VA US