June 18, 2008, - 11:12 am
In Michigan, Obama Meets Privately with Yet Another Hezbollah Agent; But Publicly Excludes Muslims @ Rally
By Debbie Schlussel
While the Obama campaign is allegedly publicly staying away from Muslims and reportedly barring them from pics at an Obama event (though Detroit Newsistan and Reuters photos show otherwise), privately he’s hanging with them.
Yesterday, Barack Hussein Obama wrapped up his trip to Michigan by meeting with a group of “community leaders.”
But one of those so-called leaders has been identified as an agent of Hezbollah–Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News. Siblani,, an open supporter of the terrorist group, was handpicked for the invite by the Obama campaign and spoke one-to-one with Obama.
But Siblani’s brother works for Al-Manar a/k/a Hezbollah TV in Lebanon. And Siblani’s newspaper is Hezbollah’s house organ in America. Sources say Hezbollah has funneled money to the paper. Siblani was at a small 2006 Dearbornistan meeting identified in the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Seyassah, as a meeting of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s American Hezbollah agents.
And Siblani has openly praised Hezbollah as “freedom fighters”–the group that murdered over 300 U.S. Marines and U.S. Embassy employees–everywhere from Hezbollah rallies to interviews on National Public Radio (a/k/a National Palestinian Radio) to a Detroit radio station which constantly has him on, unchallenged. At a 2006 pro-Hezbollah rally in Dearbornistan, which I attended, Siblani called for the participants to “pray for the Hezbollah martyrs.”
While Siblani claims that Obama was not responsive to Siblani’s direct question to him about Obama’s flip-flop-flip speech on Jerusalem at the AIPAC conference, Obama didn’t exactly defend Israel or its right to an undivided Jerusalem or anything in the AIPAC speech to Siblani, either–a true sign that Obama doesn’t really believe in anything he says.
And the very fact that Obama invited Siblani to talk with him is yet another sign that Barack Obama has no problem with supporters of terrorists who murder Americans. As I noted recently, Obama had a private meeting with an imam who is an agent of Hezbollah and the government of Iran.
These are the types of people you will see invited to the White House in an Obama presidency.
This morning, Paul W. Smith–a local Detroit radio host who is half-Lebanese and constantly panders to Islamists and Hezbollah supporters without any of the opposite point of view–featured Siblani on his show and told him that “we need to get you on the show more regularly.” Siblani went on to tell Smith–a faux conservative–that we need nationalized health care and that Obama has to answer questions about the Middle East, that it is an ongoing conversation between him (Siblani), “our community” (Muslims), and Obama. In the past, Smith defended Congressman John Dingell for declaring that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. He also frequently has convicted criminal and current Council on American Islamic Relations chief Dawud Walid on his show for softball interviews.
E-mail Paul W. Smith and ask him why he panders to Islamists and open Hezbollah supporters and agents.