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About Paul R. Hollrah
Paul R. Hollrah is a freelance writer. He is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Obama and ‘Family’
Paul R. Hollrah
July 5, 2011
In a recent column titled Sleeping with the Enemy, I wrote briefly about the improbable marriage of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a Jew, and Huma Mahmood Abedin, daughter of a prominent Muslim family.

However, as I wrote I was haunted by a number of intriguing questions, all of which deserve further investigation. First, I could not come to grips with the notion of how a young college student, newly arrived from Saudi Arabia and with no apparent political connections, could in a very short time find her way into an internship at the Clinton White House. As one who has been through the White House personnel wringer on three occasions, I’m sure I will be excused for wondering how she could have managed such a feat...or who arranged it for her.

To review, Huma Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1976 but was raised in Saudi Arabia from age two until she returned to attend George Washington University in about 1993 or 1994. Her deceased father was an Islamic scholar and her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, PhD, a native of Pakistan and a prominent member of the female wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, currently serves as an associate professor of sociology and a vice dean at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Upon arriving at the White House, Ms. Abedin was assigned to the Office of the First Lady and has been a trusted aide to Hillary Clinton ever since. According to a report in Forbes magazine, Abedin has advanced from traveling chief of staff, to deputy chief of staff, to her current senior aide position in the Clinton State Department. Abedin is never far from the Secretary of State and is often referred to as Hillary’s “shadow” and her “secret weapon.” In Washington circles she is seen as a powerful figure, not only within the Clinton entourage, but among movers and shakers in the Democratic Party...quite an accomplishment for a young woman who arrived from Saudi Arabia with no apparent political connections.

Secondly, Abedin’s marriage to Anthony Weiner raises an even more interesting question. Since it is considered sacrilege in Islam for a Muslim family to condone the marriage of a daughter to a Jew, why was her marriage to Weiner not denounced by her family, especially when such a marriage would likely be considered null and void under Sharia law? It is a marriage that, in the absence of “mitigating” circumstances, might have caused her to be the subject of an “honor killing” to restore the family name. In Saudi Arabia, and in other Muslim countries, she might have been stoned to death for committing the worst crime a Muslim woman could possibly commit...marrying a Jew.

So if there are mitigating circumstances, what are they? Was Huma Abedin granted a legal dispensation under the Sharia practice of al Taqiyya so that she could marry Weiner? Under the concept of al Taqiyya a practicing Muslim is allowed to deny his/her faith, or commit otherwise illegal or blasphemous acts, so long as that denial or those acts inure to the ultimate benefit of Islam. If that is the underlying justification for the Weiner-Abedin union, then we must ask what was the ultimate payoff for radical Islam?

According to a report in Pajamas Media, information confirmed by Arab sources, Abedin’s brother, Hassan, is listed as a fellow and partner with a number of Muslim Brotherhood members who serve on the board of the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies (OCIS) in England. Pajamas Media reports that Hassan Abedin has been a key figure in furthering the Islamic agenda and has worked with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on a program of “spreading Islam to the West.”

HRH Prince Alwaleed first came to our attention in October 2001, following the attack on the New York World Trade Center, when the prince offered a $10 million contribution to a disaster relief fund, suggesting that the United States “must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack,” and must “re-examine its policies in the Middle East.” The donation was rejected by then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

But what is even more interesting is a New York cable channel interview with former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton. In that interview, Sutton recalled a 1988 request from a friend and former business associate, Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, described as “an orthodox Muslim, a black nationalist, an outspoken enemy of Israel, and mentor to Black Panther Party leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.”

In the interview, Sutton recalled that al-Mansour was raising money for Barack Obama’s Harvard Law School education and asked that he use his influence to have Obama accepted at Harvard. Some Obama supporters have suggested that Sutton was mistaken in suggesting a tie between al-Mansour and Obama, but an outright denial from Sutton has not been forthcoming.

According to a report by DiscoverTheNetworks.org,

“Al-Mansour is an outspoken hater of the United States, Israel, and white people generally. In recent years he has accused the U.S. of plotting a ‘genocide’ designed ‘to remove 15 million black people, considered disposable, of no relevance, value, or benefit to the American society.’ He has told fellow blacks that ‘whatever you do to (white people), they deserve it; God wants you to do it and that’s when you cut out the nose, cut out the ears, take flesh out of their body, don’t worry because God wants you to do it.’”

So, aside from being a major white-hater and mentor to domestic terrorists...and assuming that Percy Sutton was correct in asserting that al-Mansour raised money for Obama’s law school education...exactly who is Khalid al-Mansour? He is the principal financial advisor to one of the world’s wealthiest men...yes, there’s that name again...Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

It is widely reported that, in 2002, Prince Alwaleed donated $27 million to a Palestinian relief fund following an Israeli attack on a West Bank refugee camp. The Israeli attack was in reprisal for a Palestinian suicide bombing in which 29 Israelis were killed. The telethon was ordered by Saudi King Fahd to help relatives of Palestinian “martyrs.” And although King Fahd insisted that none of the money would benefit families of suicide bombers, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council is quoted as saying that some money did go to the families of suicide bombers.

So are we to believe that a man who would give billions of dollars to his charities, including $10 million for disaster relief in New York and $27 million to support Palestinian terrorism, could not afford $100,000, or less, to further the educational ambitions of a young black American with a Muslim name and Muslim background who shared his animus toward Israel?

As we contemplate this strange, even frightening, group of people, maybe Obama was just lucky enough to have a benefactor that many of us would have envied...a rich guy who spills more than $100,000 before breakfast each day and who just wanted to see him get a college education.

And maybe the White House Personnel Office just happened to stumble across an eager young Muslim university student and, in the interest of greater international understanding, decided to give her an inside look at how our government operates.

And maybe this young woman proved to be such an asset that the First Lady of the United States decided to keep her on through her White House years and into her years as Secretary of State, where she is privy to some of our most closely-guarded national secrets.

All of these things are possible...but not likely. More than likely, Barack Obama, the Abedins, Anthony Weiner, the Clintons, Khalid al-Mansour, and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a mixture of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, are all in one way or another joined at the hip. Like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Bill Ayers, and Bernadine Dorhn, they are all members of Barack Obama’s extended political “family,” all willing to see Israel “tossed under the bus.”

Who knows what terrible mischief Islamic plotters had in mind when they sent a daughter of Islam...one whose mother and brother are members of the Muslim Brotherhood...to share her bed with a politically powerful Jew? Is Anthony Weiner a JINO...a Jew in name only...who is grudgingly accepted as a “useful idiot” by the jihadists of the Islamic world because they saw that his love of leftist ideology and political power was far greater than his love for Israel?

In his February 8, 2011 Jihad Watch article for Human Events, Robert Spencer asks why Obama isn’t working to limit the scope and influence of the Islamic Brotherhood. He suggests that it may be “because he doesn’t really have a problem with the Brotherhood, despite its hostility to America... Starting in the earliest days of his administration, he showed an intense desire to establish friendly ties with Brotherhood-linked organizations – despite the Brotherhood’s stated goal of ‘eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.’ ”

Given that Obama’s every political and economic move has been designed to destroy our American economy and our unique Western culture, it is clear that he and the Brotherhood share the same goal. Could it be that radical Islam sees Abedin’s closeness to Hillary Clinton, and hence, her access to our most closely-guarded secrets, as being far more important than her marriage to a politically powerful Jew? I don’t know. I’m just asking.








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