September 12, 2005, - 10:48 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Well, the hurricane damage did at least one good thing. It resulted in the cancellation of the 2nd U.S.-Arab Economic Conference, a phony name for what was designed by American Arabs, the Saudi government, and assorted other Israel haters as a bribery conference to U.S. CEOs of the Fortune 500.
Organizers of the conference, including then-American Arab Chamber of Commerce chief Nasser Beydoun, told an audience in Egypt that this conference was designed to push U.S. foreign policy against Israel and in favor of Arab countries–like the home to 15 of the 19 hijackers. When the first such conference was held in Detroit in 2003, FBI agents I know told me they were pulled off their investigations to guard this conference of America and Israel haters. Your tax dollars at work.
Well, not this year, anyway. The conference, set for this week at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, cannot take place because that location now houses hundreds of Katrina evacuees.
G-d works in mysterious ways.
Another bonus: annoying “self-help guru” (more like, self-promotion guru) Deepak Chopra, was set to appear there. One wonders whether he would have told participants to think positive thoughts and visualize a positive world without Christians, Jews, American Infidels . . . and mindless phonies like Deepak Chopra. We’ll never know. He’s cancelled, too.
Most annoying, though, is that an AP story–repeated in a Detroit Free Press blurb–about the cancellation, repeats the lie that there are “about 300,000 Arab Americans” in the Detroit area. WRONG. The 2000 Census says there are less than 100,000 Arabs in the entire State of Michigan.
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