I worked on this for many years, and did finally pass some legislation that incrementally amended the original legislation to try to reflect “a diversity of perspectives,” among other things. However, the more I investigated, the more I saw that not only were our nation’s universities, to a very large extent, being underwritten by the Saudis, but teacher training workshops for teachers of kindergarten through twelfth grade, their curricula, and even their textbooks. Then I started learning about think tanks that were heavily underwritten by the Saudis. I concluded that the Saudis with their vast petro dollars have conducted a hugely successful public relations campaign on their behalf, and consistently used the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a single factor analysis for everything that was wrong about the Middle East.
I realized that it was no coincidence that for more than thirty years, spanning successive American administrations we have been hearing Saudi Arabia described over and over again as our “moderate ally in the Muslim world,” and then expanded to “our moderate ally in the war on terrorism.” Yet, we found out on December 6, 2010, with gratitude to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said, “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups, world-wide,” and Former Undersecretary of the Treasury, Stuart Levy, had said, in June of 2007 on ABC news, “If I could snap my fingers and cut off the terrorist funding from one country, it would be Saudi Arabia.”
I realized that it was our addiction to their fuel that was giving them the petro dollars to underwrite universities, and teacher-training workshops, and think tanks, as the Saudis are the number one exporters of Wahhabist Islam and Sunni terrorism. I entitled the book, “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace, which came out this past November, and was released by Palgave Macmillan. It is going into its second printing this June, and will now be available in paperback.
FP: Your annual “Rays of Light in the Darkness” dinner will be coming up, shortly, on June 21, 2012. Tell us about this event, what it entails and why it is special. Who will the honorees be this year?
Stern: We will never win the war that the radical Islamist has waged against all of Western civilization by the back of a bayonet, alone. Nor will the the Christian and Jewish infidel ever be trusted to impose our values, from the outside. If we are truly going to win the war that the radical Islamist has waged against us, we have got to reinforce those incredibly courageous voices that come from within their society that have revolted against the constant atmosphere of incitement and hatred. These people that we have honored each year, have risked everything, including being cut off from family and friends, and even their very own lives, in order to tell the truth about radical Islam and the nature of much of the Arab and/or Muslim worlds from which their hail.
Beyond that, I feel as a proud American, a proud Zionist and a proud Jew, that it is incumbent upon me and my organization to be able to say “thank you “ to these remarkable examples of courage and of what it takes to be truly human. We honor them in a prestigious dinner in Washington, DC, together with some outstanding friends of Israel who are well known, public figures. This year we will be honoring Ambassador John Bolton, Senator Mark Kirk, (Republican, Illinois), and Representative Allen West, (Republican, Florida).
And our special “Speakers of the Truth” honorees this year will be Simon Deng, a former Sudanese slave, who had experienced first-hand, the effects of Arab racism and the impact of Khartoum’s jihad against South Sudan. He is an ardent supporter of the South Sudanese Independence movement and a vocal defender of Israel, pointing out that the United Nations’ hypocritical fascination with Israel, which has led it to ignore the crimes, and to even support regimes which commit heinous abuses of human rights. Simon has spoken out against the Durban Conference on Racism and how it had disintegrated into a hate-fest against the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
And Cynthia Farahat, an Egyptian political activist, in exile, who founded the Msr el-Om Party, (later called the Liberal Egyptian Party), and served on its political committee. Cynthia had personally watched many of her closest friends being massacred by the Egyptian Islamists in the very recent past. Cynthia is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and is Advocacy Director at Coptic Solidarity.
I have become strong personal friends with many of our past honorees, and it has been a true honor to get to know them and to be able to share in their struggles.
FP: Sarah Stern, good luck on your annual dinner and thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
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