Benghazi Summit Spiraled Into Muslim Hatefest
Up to 300M Muslims 'bent on destruction of Western civilization': panelist
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2014 10:18 AM CDT
A screenshot from Media Matters video of the meeting.   (Media Matters video)

(Newser) – A panel on Benghazi at a conservative think tank devolved into finger-pointing and "ugly taunting"—targeted at a law student wearing an Islamic head scarf, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post. Asking a question from the back of the room, Saba Ahmed noted that "we portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam," adding that the 8 million American Muslims didn't appear to be represented at the meeting. As Elias Isquith notes at Salon, from there the panel quickly deteriorated into an "Islamophobic freak show."

Panelist Brigitte Gabriel replied that "180 million to 300 million” Muslims are "dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization." She noted that "most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda." She asked Ahmed whether she was American, then dismissed her "political correctness" as belonging "in the garbage." When Gabriel asked why others weren't "speaking out," she got a standing ovation, Milbank notes. Then moderator and radio host Chris Plante asked, "Can you tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?" Ahmed's quiet reply: "I guess it’s me right now." "The facts never had a chance," writes Milbank, amid "anti-Islamist rhetoric that too often sounded just anti-Islam." Media Matters has video of the exchange; Milbank's full piece is here and Isquith's is here.

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Jun 24, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
should have let Stroman Norman do what he wanted to in 1991 then we would not be having these problems today.
Jun 19, 2014 4:14 AM CDT
A GLARING example of how the "Mainstream Media" wonks distort everything! Read the article, and then watch the Video it was written about....they TOTALLY Mis-represented the meaning and content! The panelists were Logical and respectful, and yet the reporter writes that they "mocked a Muslim woman"!!!!!!!!!!!!?????? The GLARING Question remains: "Who heads the Muslim Peace Movement???" Anyone know??? I don't!!! Even Muslim News source Al Jazheera has gotten in trouble for reporting truth!!!!
Jeff Brown
Jun 18, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
See the video and decide if Milbank reported accurately.