March 8, 2007, - 3:30 pm

Yassin Aref: Some Kurds Are Not Our Friends

By Debbie Schlussel
Yes, I generally like the Kurds. Many were singled out as victims of Saddam Hussein’s brutality, and many Kurdish Muslims were civil and good to Kurdish Jews.
But unlike those of you who discovered Islam after 9/11, I’ve known about the Kurds far longer and appreciate the nuance that not all Kurds are our friends. Many of you do not. Not all Kurds are beyond reproach.
When I wrote about Kurdish Islamic terrorist Ibrahim Parlak–whom two immigration courts want deported and have labeled a terrorist–some people defended him because, hey, “he’s a Kurd.” Roger Ebert wasn’t the only one who didn’t appreciate the nuance (as in this movie review of his, in which he mentioned me and Parlak and defended all Kurds), as some of the commenters on this site also used the Kurd excuse.

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Yassin Aref: Kurd in America Was Willing to Help Terrorists

But, in fact, Parlak trained in Islamic terrorist training camps in Lebanon, and it’s pretty obvious where his sympathies lie. He’s admittedly a member of the PKK, a Kurdish terrorist group allied with Al-Qaeda.
Now, we have another Kurd in America who doesn’t deserve our sympathy, Yassin Aref. Aref and Mohammed Hossain are leaders of a mosque in Albany, New York. They were convicted of conspiring to support terrorism through money laundering. Aref had ties to Kurdish terrorists holding sway in Syria. Syria–not our friend. Kurds who like Syria and hang out their–not our friends either.
More from The Jerusalem Post:

Two leaders of a city mosque snared in an FBI sting involving a fictional terror strike could face decades in prison when they are sentenced Thursday in federal court.
Yassin Aref, the former imam at an Albany mosque, and pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossain were convicted in October for their role in a money laundering scheme involving an FBI informant who pretended to be an illegal arms dealer.
The informant asked Hossain to launder money from the sale of a shoulder-fired missile that would be used to kill a Pakistani diplomat in New York City. Aref, spiritual leader of Hossain’s mosque, acted as a witness to the transactions.
Though the assassination plot was fictional, prosecutors in 2004 accused the pair of supporting terrorism.
Hossain, 52, a naturalized US citizen from Bangladesh, was convicted on all 27 charges against him, including three counts of conspiracy.
Aref was found guilty of 10 of the 30 charges against him. In addition to counts related to the money laundering scheme, the 36-year-old Kurdish refugee was found guilty of lying to FBI agents about having known a terrorist leader, Mullah Krekar, when he worked for a Kurdish political organization in Syria.
Assistant US Attorney William Pericak has said both men face 30 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. Defense attorneys Terence Kindlon and Kevin Luibrand have sought more lenient sentences for the two men, who are both raising families.
Pericak had argued during trial that Hossain wanted money, while Aref was drawn into the plot by ideology.

Yes, most Kurds are good people and very pro-American. But some are not. And we must get away from the lack of nuance when it comes to this group, which has a lot of tight connections with Syria.
Don’t forget: The PKK’s leader, Abdullah Ocalan, was living in Syria under the auspices of the Assads for years. That’s not a good thing, when you consider his allegiance and those of his followers, which predictably leans toward the Assads, thus Mr. Aref’s willingness to launder money for terrorism.

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11 Responses

Well, I guess Muzzieness trumps Kurdness.

lexi on March 8, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Nice pic. Yet another barbarian with a phony scowl on his mug to intimidate the infidel. I hope this bastard gets split right down the middle while in the prison shower.

Thee_Bruno on March 8, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Thee_Bruno: These Muslime enemies will probably be heroes in prison. The Muslim prisoners will welcome them as fellow victims of racist Infidel injustice. The prison Imans will help them in every way possible. Hopefully, someday Islamists like these scum will receive justice at the end of a rope instead of getting to stay in a comfy jail.

FreethinkerNY on March 8, 2007 at 9:39 pm

It just seems to me that it is silly for people to think just because someone is a kurd that they can’t be bad.
Heck, I’m an American and there are pathetic Americans that are not America’s friend.

Highrise on March 9, 2007 at 1:31 am

This guy is just another “turd in the punchbowl”. There are bad people everywhere…just look at the U.S. Congress. These whackos won’t be dealt with until enough rational (real) Americans get pissed off enough to do something about them. I wonder sometimes if a new revolution is coming. For my child’s sake, I hope it can be resolved before it comes to armed conflict. Does anyone else get the feeling that there are more traitors in our country than we all could believe?

FreeAmerican on March 9, 2007 at 9:39 am

FreethinkerNY,
Unfortunately, you’re correct.
FreeAmerican,
“I wonder sometimes if a new revolution is coming.”
I used to wonder the same thing. Unfortunately, however, this country will become so polluted with America-haters, and Turd-Worlders who don’t give a rat’s ass about our history and are only here for the money, to envision a new direction.

Thee_Bruno on March 9, 2007 at 9:51 am

The Kurds deserve a nation a lot more then the Palestinians.

Ripper on March 9, 2007 at 10:31 am

Thee Bruno:
Your comments prompted me to focus on our country becoming “polluted with America haters…to envision a new direction” It makes me nervous, but moreso ANGRY that the new direction is already being envisioned by a certain number of “Copperheads” in Congress, along with the illegal/naturalized seditionists within our borders. People should step back and try to see what is really happening around our country. There is presently a grassroots effort to bring down the Constitution. I would direct your attention to Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2007. The groups preparing to gather there are not anti-war protestors… there will be two sides represented: Old Line American Patriots and Anti-American Rebel Groups.

FreeAmerican on March 9, 2007 at 10:34 am

No rational person would argue that the IRA were any thing but terrorist thugs, but it did not diminsh the argument for an independent Ireland. There are extremists in every lot. An independent Kurdish Republic will be the only return on our losses in Iraq. We need a stable Northern Iraq to bomb Iran.

code7 on March 9, 2007 at 9:04 pm

I really don`t think any of you have taken a good look at the case files, or video evidence.
The FBI conducted a sting attack on Mr. Hossein, who was not even the original target of the operation. In a nutshell however, a sting attack consists of creating a fictitious character and a fictitious crime in a government staged response to terrorism. Basically, sting attacks set people up for the fall,and targets for these can literally be anyone (i.e.: you, me, Mr. Aref, etc.). In truth, the only evidence available to the FBI at the time of the sting was the Mr.Hossein was a muslim pizza maker, and that he attented Mr.Aref`s mosque.
Therefore, the sting attack constituted of a basic case of entrapment. Not only that, but these sting attacks severely mutilate our civil liberties and rights in this country.
In a statement released by the FBI, they claimed the two men had the ideology required to perform attacks of terrorism and that it was definitely a possibility. But since when has ideology become a crime in America? Right of free speech is impeded with the apparition of sting attacks and the PATRIOT ACT.
These laws passed by Bush make a mockery of all that people seem to hold true to in America.

s.j_wilson on April 23, 2007 at 9:44 am

Well Debbie, I guess you too are an opponent of the Bill of Rights. It’s really a shame that you’re so gullible and believe everything that the secret police feed to you.

Dan Van riper on July 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

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