Eager to get the Muslim perspective immediately following the massacre at a San Bernardino County holiday party on Wednesday, CNN called on the director of the Muslim Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for comment.

Hussam Ayloush, who heads the Saudi-funded group named as an unindicted co-conspirator with Hamas by United States federal prosecutors and declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, has often shown his strong anti-Israel and anti-American in his televised comments and did not hold back in blaming the United States.

Ayloush said “the United States is partially responsible” for the attack by a woman who swore an oath of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before joining her husband in the attack that killed 14 and wounded dozens more at the party.

“Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism,” he told CNN.

“When we support coup leaders in Egypt or other places, when we supports dictatorship, oppressive regimes around the world that push people over on the edge, then they become extremists, then they become terrorists. We are partly responsible.”

Seeking to neutralize the issue of radical Islamic terrorism, Ayloush attempted to deflect the focus of the investigation from the suspects Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, by drawing the problem as global, rather than one having to do with radical Muslims.

“Terrorism is a global problem, not a Muslim problem. And the solution has to be global. Everyone has a role in it.”

Ayloush has claimed in the past that the attacks on New York and Washington D.C. on 9/11/2001 were the result of America’s “unconditional support of Israel.”

 

Statements made by attorneys hired by CAIR to make statements on behalf of Farook’s family immediately following the massacre have also come under criticism.

Representative Diane Black (R-TN) has called comments made by David Steven Chesley and Mohammad Abuershaid of the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, a California law firm “preposterous and offensive.”

Chesley stated, “We need to protect the Muslim community,” adding that the event “could be totally work related,” ignoring the FBI’s announcement that it is been investigated as an act of terrorism.

Sources claim the attorneys were hired by CAIR, but efforts to obtain confirmation or denial of that were unsuccessful.

 

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