When you’re in the DC crowd and accepting speaking engagements, you really have to know who’s behind the scenes when you receive an invitation. There are always those with a hidden agenda. You might find yourself in a very untenable position backed into a corner than actually getting your word out. And that just happened to Ted Cruz.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) headlined a conference on Wednesday funded by a controversial Clinton donor that featured pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad speakers in Washington, D.C. The “In Defense of Christians” summit was meant to be a gathering of Middle Eastern Christian leaders that seeks to raise awareness about the threats to Arab minorities from ISIL.
In advance of the meeting, the Beacon reported “critics fear several of the speakers will try to use the event to bolster Washington’s support for the Syrian regime in its ongoing civil war and help Bashar al-Assad restore his legitimacy and power.”
The conference was scheduled at a very interesting point, right when President Obama was about to deliver his strategy to contend with ISIS. Nope, I don’t believe in coincidences in Washington DC. It seems this conference was nothing more than a rah-rah event to bolster Assad in Syria as an advocate for Christians — as opposed to the vile and disgusting savagery of ISIS.
As a matter of fact, the roster of speakers included some of the Assad regime’s most vocal Christian supporters, as well as religious leaders allied with the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah. However, Joseph Cella, the conference spokesperson said “some Members were unable to participate as originally scheduled. “ Hmm, methinks some of these Members did a little due diligence and understood the hidden agenda, and all of a sudden they had a “committee meeting.”
Well guess what happened? Cruz’s comments in support of Israel were met with boos and comments from angry hecklers and he ended up walking out. Here is a portion of the statement his office released today:
“When I spoke in strong support of Israel and the Jewish people, who are being persecuted and murdered by the same vicious terrorists who are also slaughtering Christians, many Christians in the audience applauded. But, sadly, a vocal and angry minority of attendees at the conference tried to shout down my expression of solidarity with Israel.
“I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America, that those who hate Jews also hate Christians, and that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ.
“These statements were met with angry boos.”
“After just a few minutes, I had no choice. I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”
Perhaps Cruz and his team should have noticed that “Funding for the conference was provided by Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, according to organizers. The wealthy businessman pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009. Chagoury is also reportedly backer of Lebanese politician Michel Aoun, Hezbollah’s top Christian ally in the country, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raï, who was scheduled to speak during the same keynote slot as Cruz on Wednesday evening, has called Israel an “enemy state that is occupying Lebanese territory” and defended Hezbollah’s right to attack the Jewish state. “Everyone says why is Hezbollah carrying arms?” said Rai in a 2011 interview with Al-Arabiya. “We responded that the international community did not exert pressure on Israel to withdraw from Lebanese territory. As long as there is an occupied Lebanese territory, Hezbollah will maintain that it wants to carry arms in defense of its land. What will we say to it then? Isn’t [Hezbollah] right?”
Uh, this all seems a bit problematic — and the Clinton Global Initiative? I guess they’re now big supporters of Hezbollah, the same folks responsible for the horrific 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. Like Mom always said when I was growing up, “folks will know you by the company that you keep”.
A spokesperson for Cruz said the senator still planned to speak at the conference despite the controversial participants because he was committed to raising awareness about the persecution of Middle East Christians. “Sen. Cruz is appearing at the In Defense of Christians event tonight because he wants to take every opportunity to highlight this crisis, the unspeakable persecution of Christians,” said Catherine Frazier. “America has been silent for far too long, and we need to speak with a united voice against this horror.”
I would caution the Senator — and his spokesperson — to be careful regarding with whom he stands with a “united voice.”
Well it’s clear, they weren’t so united after all.
Before the event, the Beacon reported that “Lebanese Information Center president Joseph Gebeily, a Lebanese Christian who staunchly opposes Assad, said he was “shocked” by many of the invited speakers, but decided to attend the conference after he learned members of Congress would be present. “I decided we should be present and not let the bad representatives of Middle East Christians hijack the true message of Christianity, which is basically democracy, tolerance, co-existence, inclusiveness,” said Gebeily. “It wasn’t a very quick and easy decision, but since we were given this opportunity, I said let’s go and see and face those advocates of tyranny and crimes against humanity.”
Funny thing — he wasn’t invited to speak.
Once again, on the surface the conference and its title seemed admirable. However, upon further review we find this conference was a dangerous infiltration of pro-tyranny, Islamo-fascist and terrorist individuals.
It should concern all of you that we have a group of individuals such as these holding a conference in your nation’s capital. It should be alarming that we have our U.S. Senators and Representatives attending — and speaking.
But what should concern us most is the influence being bought by our enemies — as we reported on Qatar’s $14.8 million gift to the Brookings Institute and now this Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury and his cool $1 billion to the Clinton’.
America is being sold to the highest Islamist bidder and someone needs to tell them to get screwed.