Paul Findley: A Man of Courage

Global Research, August 14, 2019

Paul Findley one of the most remarkable Congressmen that the US House of Representatives had produced since the Second World War passed away on the 9th of August 2019. He was 98 years old. He was first elected to Congress in 1960 from a district in Illinois once represented by Abraham Lincoln, his immortal hero.  Findley was elected 11 times from that constituency until his defeat in 1982.

As a Congressman, he played a significant role in the formulation of the War Powers Act which required the US president to notify Congress of foreign military engagements. He was also critical of wasteful pentagon spending. He was one of a handful of early legislators who opposed the Vietnam War.

But Findley’s “notoriety” is associated with something else. He was a consistent critic of the influence of the Israel Lobby over Congress. He could see how the Lobby shaped US policies especially in West Asia. He was very much aware of the tactics the Lobby employed to silence anyone who questioned even mildly the biasness of the US position in the Israel-Palestine/ Arab conflict.

Findley himself was a victim of the Lobby’s vicious targeting. Because of his concern over the conflict he had visited the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, who was then regarded by the US government as a “terrorist.” That visit became cannon-fodder for the Israel Lobby to mount a massive campaign against Findley which was one of the main reasons for his defeat in the 1982 Congressional election.

Following his defeat, he wrote a couple of books about the power of the Lobby in US public life and how institutions and individuals were confronting the Lobby. They Dare to Speak Out had a bigger impact outside the US than within. His next book, Deliberate Deceptions, revealed the nexus between US and Israel forged through money, corporate links and personal relationships. Findley was now perceived by the US Establishment as a staunch opponent of Israeli power over the US.

His explorations into Israeli and Zionist power in the US invariably compelled him to look into how that power determined public perceptions of Islam and Muslims in general. His tentative perspective on the issue received a boost when he was invited to participate in a workshop in Penang, Malaysia on perceptions of Islam and Muslims in the Western media organised by JUST in October 1995. That workshop, as Findley had observed many times since changed his outlook on not only Islam but also the West’s relationship with a civilization which often invoked negative sentiments especially among the ‘educated.’ He began to realise that the roots of the antagonism towards the religion and its followers were deeply embedded in the West’s history and entangled with the crusades and colonialism  and post-colonial structures of global power and dominance.

On his return he produced a Friendly Note on his Muslim Neighbour which was widely circulated and later authored a book entitled Silent No More that sought to demolish America’s false images of Islam and Muslims. The book sold 60,000 copies.

As Findley’s mission to combat ignorance about, and prejudice against, another civilisation was beginning to make some progress, it suffered a severe setback through two major events at the start of the new century. Both the destruction of the twin towers in New York on the 11th of September 2001 — the infamous 9-11 incident — which was the rationale for the US helmed ‘War on Terror’ and the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in March 2003 made bridge-building between Christians and Muslims a monumental challenge. Nonetheless, Findley persevered. He continued to lend support to the work of the Council on American—Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other such causes.

His last correspondence with me was in January 2016. He had written an article for the JUST Commentary January 20, 2016 entitled, “Truth Seeking About Islam.”  He lamented that his eye-sight was failing — though his spirit was still high.

Findley was a man of extraordinary courage. The positions he adopted on Israeli power or on Palestinian rights or on justice for Muslims in the US incurred the wrath of many. He was often isolated and marginalised. But he never abandoned his principles.

The tenacity with which he adhered to them was what made him a man of integrity and dignity. He knew the price would be heavy.  But it was a price he was prepared to pay.

It is this — his moral conduct in the face of adversity — that will be his lasting legacy.

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Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is the President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

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AIN’T IT STRANGE THAT HOUSE MUSLIMS AND ORGANIZED HOMOSEXUALITY ARE SILENT ON ISIS’S KARRADA MASSACRE?

Karrada horror

by Jonathan Azaziah

As the martyr count from MossadDaesh’s barbaric massacre in the Karrada and Shaab districts of Baghdad hits at least 213, I can’t help but notice that the same “Muslim” organizations and leaders who rushed to hold vigils for the 49 gays and lesbians shot up in the Zionist false flag in Orlando are completely silent. Not quiet. But silent. Also can’t help but notice that the same Jewish-financed LGBT degenerates who the aforementioned “Muslim” organizations and leaders said are our “brothers and sisters” in the “two-pronged struggle” against Islamophobia and “homophobia” happen to be completely silent as well. I wonder why that is, don’t you? Oh, come on! Aren’t you just the least bit curious?! Well. Even if you’re too scared to ask because God forbid a homosexual or an Ikhwanji gets his or her sensitivities disintegrated like the pathetically dainty little chrysanthemums that they are, I’m going to tell you why anyway!

Perhaps it’s because the “Muslim” organizations and leaders under the umbrella of CAIR aren’t really looking out for Muslims, nor are they looking to protect Islam from Western-Judaic perversions, nor do they give a fraction of a damn about Muslims and their struggles against Zio-Imperialism abroad, for they are in fact the fifth column of the GCC monarchies–particularly Al-Saud, Al-Thani and the UAE–in the West. And perhaps it’s because the LGBT “movement” is not about uplifting an oppressed people–these atrocious persons are not oppressed in any way, shape or form and wherever you find them, from New York City to Chicago, DC to South Florida, there’s prosperity in excess–but spreading decadence, distastefulness and deviance throughout Western society and Arab-Islamic society, specifically Iraq, where demonic gay pornography was played in movie theaters that US-Zionist occupation forces ransacked and took over in the opening weeks and months of the invasion.

There are no words for the 213 Iraqi martyrs and 200+ wounded of Karrada and Shaab from “Muslim” Brotherhood-infested CAIR and the Gay International because our dead and our injured don’t fit within the framework of their definition of “oppression”, which goes something along the lines of: If people can’t openly “preach” against the “unbelievers” and chop off the heads of Sunnis, Shi’a, Alawis and Christians as they please, then they’re being marginalized by a ruthless dictator and are victims of Islamophobia (in CAIR’s case); and if people can’t engage in graphic public sex, dress up men as women and women as men, and drag children into it too without any detraction whatsoever then they’re being marginalized by a cisgender heteronormative patriarchal power structure and are victims of homophobia (in LGBT’s case).

In other words, these people aren’t and weren’t ever our allies. Ever. Factually speaking, they’re the polar opposite of what a “comrade” is and it is beyond overdue that we say so out loud and fearlessly, the false, ADL-inspired accusations of homophobia and Islamophobia be damned.

Organized Homosexuality–which spreads social fitnah and perversion–and the House Muslims–who spread “religious” fitnah and perversion through their Takfiri-sympathizing–have ALWAYS shilled for the US-‘Israeli’ Empire in one way or another, whether the file was Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, occupied Palestine itself or elsewhere. And their deafening silence today, in the wake of one of the worst attacks in Iraqi history, is just one more confirmation of this longstanding reality.

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