American Muslim reformer Zuhdi Yasser said he was insulted by Barack Obama choice of a radical mosque for his first visit of Muslim shrine since becoming president. Obama went to Islamic Society of Baltimore.
“It’s disgraceful that this is one of the mosques – or the mosque – that he’s picked to be the first visit,” – said President American-Islamic Forum for Democracy in an interview with Fox and Friends.
ISB leaders have amassed a record of support for radical Islamic causes over the years, including endorsing the Chechen jihad and Palestinian suicide bombings. Its former imam was active in a charity later linked to terror financing including Hamas, the Taliban, and for providing “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to Osama bin Laden.
– Mosque chosen by Obama to visit has links to extreme groups – Tweeted Dr. John Lenczowski, Founder and President of The Institute of World Politics, who was Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council from 1983-1987.
Public diplomacy is an art. Even a small gesture of US President can be a powerful action that can generate a great support of people, whom the administration can not reach in any other way. But it can also become a weapon for the tormentor of this people.
President Reagan’s advisors were well aware of this double-sword effect preparing for Soviet – USA Summit in Reykjavik in 1986. Despite proposal of Soviet side they did not
for the Champagne toast with Mikhail Gorbachev to prevent Soviets from lowering morals of anti-Soviet opposition. A photo of US President, the leader of free world offering a toast to tyrant who controlled the last colonial empire in Europe could help Soviets in countering of anti-communist opposition. At the meeting in Island’s capital Reagan spoke about important differences between himself and Gorbachev, Soviet Union and free world.