Monday, July 04, 2005

Sleeper Cells

This morning Dhimmi Watch brings us the story of a new TV series called Sleeper Cell, wherein a Muslim works undercover for the FBI to help bring down a Islamic terrorist cell:

The lead character is an undercover F.B.I. agent who has managed to infiltrate a Southern California sleeper cell largely because he is a practicing Muslim. The character, Darwyn, is the first major role created on an American series - whether before or after the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings - that depicts a Muslim as a hero seeking to check the intentions of terrorists.

Sounds like a good idea. Everyone needs positive role models. Apparently, Darwyn is devout, prays authentic prayers, contemplates the Koran and is patriotic and dedicated to the ideals of American society.

One interesting thing to note about the show is only one of the Muslims portrayed is Arab. Darwyn is a black man, and the three men who make the terrorist cell are all white men:

[FARIK] Early to mid 30s male. Middle-Eastern. An intelligent, sophisticated Muslim extremist who wears many masks as he tries to go unnoticed in American society...SERIES REGULAR

[TOMMY] 19 - 23 years old. Caucasian, all-American rich kid who reinvents himself as a Muslim extremist...SERIES REGULAR

[CHRISTIAN] Mid 20s - early 30s. Steely-eyed Frenchman. Ex-skinhead turned Muslim extremist...SERIES REGULAR

[ILIJA] Mid 20s - early 30s, male. Bosnian Muslim who watched his family and community butchered, and as a result he embraced Islamic terrorism...SERIES REGULAR

Clearly, someone has an agenda, and it isn't just against Islamofascist terrorism.

Kamran Pasha, a writer on the series, who is a Muslim born in Pakistan, says, "Of course the risk always is, even if we show a positive Muslim hero, some people may walk away just thinking their average, next-door neighbor is a sleeper cell member."

You see, the risk is that people might get the wrong idea of Muslims. You know, like some of them might be terrorists.

Pasha adds, "The very portrayal of an American Muslim working with the government will be controversial. Muslims will say, 'That's a bit of a fantasy - there aren't that many Muslims being allowed to advance in the United States government to play this role.' Non-Muslims will say, 'Could that guy really exist?' "...

You see, the reason it might be a bit unrealistic to portray a devout Muslim as an undercover FBI guy who fights terrorism is because it is unlikely that the American power structure would allow him to ascend to such a powerful position.

Like I said, there's an agenda here, and most of it is not aimed at Islamofascism. Instead, the agenda seems to be against white Americans who, those involved with the show seem to believe, are always getting the wrong idea about Muslims. Therefore, white Americans need to be reeducated.

For instance, we need to know that white Americans can, and in the case of someone like John Walker Lindh, sometimes are extremist Muslims. Ok, lesson learned. Until Pasha taught me that, I thought that white Americans were perfect, and incapable of being susceptible to violent ideologies.

But instead of the producers, and writers, of the show being concerned that white Americans will get the wrong ideas, maybe they should be concerned about some of their fellow Muslims. For instance, we find that certain Muslims believe that no Muslim should ever work on a show that would dare to portray a fellow Muslim as a terrorist,

Abdallah Omeish, 30, a documentary filmmaker working as a production assistant on "Sleeper Cell," said his involvement with the program had prompted an obvious question among some fellow Muslims: "How could you work on a show that has Muslim terrorists?"

Right. Because no Muslim is a terrorist.

Meanwhile, in the real world, recently when the FBI tried to launch a program to promote tolerance and cooperation with the Islamic community, things didn't turn out quite like officials hoped they would:

July 4, 2005 — WASHINGTON — A nationwide FBI project designed to improve ties between the Islamic and law-enforcement communities went horribly wrong when it was revealed the organizations have issued incendiary statements against the United States, The Post has learned.
Among the groups participating in the project is the Muslim Public Affairs Council — an organization whose members have claimed Israel was to blame for 9/11, have opposed freezing the assets of Islamic charities linked to terrorism and have denounced several FBI arrests of suspected terrorists in the United States.

But, it turns out MPAC Director Ahmed Younis isn't exactly on board with the tolerance and cooperation program. During a speech in Irvine, CA on July 14, 2002, he said the following:

“I am a person who believes that if Thomas Jefferson or Madison or the like were alive today, they would go to John Ashcroft’s house and just shoot him,” Younis said, according to the tape.

In other words, sometimes when Muslims appear to be working to promote tolerance and cooperation, they are, in fact, functioning as sleeper cells.