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Cliff May



M. Zudi Jasser is a physician, a U.S. Navy veteran, an American patriot and a Muslim who does not hold with those who preach that Islam commands its followers to take part in a war against unbelievers.


The Third Jihad, a documentary film Jasser narrated, takes a hard look at those Muslims who are waging this war – both with bombs and by stealthier means. The film had been among the educational materials used to train New York City police officers concerned with terrorism. Then, last month, The New York Times went on what one might call a crusade against the movie, publishing a series of articles branding it a “hate-filled film about Muslims” and calling on Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to “apologize for the film … and make clear that his department does not tolerate such noxious and dangerous stereotyping.”




The paper never bothered to interview Jasser. Nor did the Times quote Robert Jackson, the only Muslim on the New York City Council who told other reporters that while he “initially thought from reading about [the film] that it cast a negative image on all Muslims … it does not. It focuses on the extreme Muslims that are trying to hurt other people.” The Times turned down an op-ed by former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and former CIA Director (and current chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies) Jim Woolsey defending the film.




The sad thing is, the readers of the NY Times will never see this defense of those who are fighting the war of ideas.

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