On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda operatives slaughtered nearly 3,000 Americans in an operation that marked the second major attack by violent jihadists against the World Trade Center. There wasn't much mystery about who had carried out these atrocities — unless you were Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Marayati warned Americans not to conclude that the suicide hijacking attacks were the work of Muslim terrorists. "If we are going to look at suspects," he told a Los Angeles radio station, "we should look at groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the State of Israel on the suspect list."
Having just returned from the beleaguered State of Israel, Mitt Romney, one hopes, will move Marayati's reckless slander to the front of his mind. MPAC is attempting to inject itself into the controversy over calls by Representative Michele Bachmann and four other House conservatives for an examination of Islamist influence on our government. As the indispensable Patrick Poole reports, Monday's scheduled MPAC demonstration was a bust: The group tried to agitate outside the Republican National Committee in Washington, in order to pressure Governor Romney, the putative GOP standard-bearer, to condemn Bachmann and her colleagues. But the "rally" fizzled because of lack of interest. Still, MPAC is sure to keep pushing.