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Yikes! Pikes! Trying to Put an Extremist in the US Institute of Peace.. (english)
19 Aug 2003
Modified: 20 Aug 2003
A sly and sneaky attempt to put a friend with a reputation as an anti-Muslim and an Extremist into US Institute of Peace- a federally funded think tank that doesn't need to feature right wing extremism in order to follow its mission.
August 14, 2003 Mother Jones
Congress has been out on recess for little more than a week, and
already, Bush has been sneaking in and pushing his agenda through on
the sly. This time, the leader of our democracy is sidestepping
Congress to put a friend of his with a reputation as an anti-Muslim
and an extremist, Daniel Pipes, into the US Institute of Peace -- a
federally funded think tank dedicated to promoting peace.
Christopher Hitchens, writing for Slate, slams Pipes as "dangerous
and unreliable." Hitchens points out Pipes' blatantly racist comments
towards Palestinians, and cites Commentary magazine's February 2003
issue in which Pipes attacked road map proposals and used the
words "the so-called Palestinian refugees" and what Hitchens calls
other "crude tricks of language" to imply there had been no
Mother Jones' Michael Scherer notes that Pipes sees no need for
diplomacy, compromise, or even negotation:
"Like many other Middle East scholars, Daniel Pipes sees a way to end
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But unlike most of his peers, Pipes
sees no room for negotiation, no hope for compromise and no use for
diplomacy. 'What war had achieved for Israel,' Pipes explained at a
recent Zionist conference in Washington DC, 'diplomacy has undone.'
His solution is simple: The Israeli military must force what Pipes
describes as a 'change of heart' by the Palestinians in the West Bank
and Gaza -- a sapping of the Palestinian will to fight which will
lead to a complete surrender. 'How is a change of heart achieved? It
is achieved by an Israeli victory and a Palestinian defeat,' Pipes
continued. 'The Palestinians need to be defeated even more than
Israel needs to defeat them.'"
Scherer notes that Pipes' extreme views put him at odds with the Bush
administration and its stated policies towards the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict -- i.e. the "road mad" for peace. As a result,
Bush's nomination of Pipes to a peace-promoting thinktank took many
Lawmakers, however, weren't going to let Pipes slide quietly into his
seat. After Bush nominated Pipes to the board of directors in April,
several senators managed to stall the vote at the Senate's Health,
Education, Labor, and Pension Committee in late July.
But their triumph was short lived. According to Reuters, Bush is
expected to bypass Pipes' Senate confirmation through a technique
called a recess appointment. The technique, though questionable, is
constitutional and has long been used by Presidents to appoint
nominees sans Senate confirmation. According to Slate's Michael Brus,
Clinton used a recess appointment to designate James Hormel, an
openly homosexual man who was none too popular with the conservative
right, as ambassador to Luxembourg. Even President John F. Kennedy
used it to appoint Thurgood Marshall to the bench during a
Congressional recess because he thought that Southern senators might
block Marshall's nomination. Presidents have also been known to use
recess appointments to delay a congressional vote until after
elections when the nominee faces a friendlier Congress.
So what does this mean for Pipes? It means that Pipes' recess
appointment will be valid until the next Congress is sworn in --
which could be as late as 2005.
Lawmakers along with Muslim, Arab, and liberal Jewish groups are
lambasting Bush's scheme and his nominee. According to the AP Senator
Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts thinks the Bush administration can do
"'I continue to believe that Dr. Pipes is not the right person for
this position,' said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., in a statement
issued Tuesday. 'His record and experience do not reflect a
commitment to bridging differences and preventing conflict. Surely
the administration can find someone better to serve on the Board of
the United States Institute of Peace.'"
In a press release by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, one
expert argues that Bush's move is offensive to advocates of peace and
"'This back-door move by the president is a defeat for democracy and
an affront to all those who seek peace,' said CAIR Communications
Director Ibrahim Hooper. 'Pipes' appointment calls into question all
of President Bush's previous statements claiming that the war on
terrorism is not an attack on Islam and shows total distain for the
Pipes has fascist admirers. (english)
by Stop Fascism!
(No verified email address)
20 Aug 2003
Check out this little bit on who admires Pipes:
This miscreant, when he's not stalking Arabs, Muslims, and Anarchists online, spends his time writing glowing statements about Pipes.
What does this fascist admirer of Pipes want? Simply put, he wants to see genocide against Arabs and Muslims.