“Building relationships with Islamic leaders”
This is not new, but chances are you haven’t seen anything like this report detailing the hundreds of millions of dollars the U.S. State Department is spending refurbishing ancient mosques in Islamic countries.
Atlanta’s WSB TV 2 Action News investigators found a 1,300-year-old Egyptian mosque nearly flooded by contaminated sewer water that is one of many ancient Cairo mosques that were saved from destruction by the U.S. taxpayers. This is part of a $770 million program specifically to rebuild Cairo’s sewer system, paid for by the U.S. State Department’s USAID program.
If that riles you, hold on…there’s more. American tax dollars also fund computers, Internet service and mosques in places like Tajikistan and Mali. At an ancient mud brick mosque in Mali, our federal government has provided Internet service and computer equipment to local imams.
With radical websites inciting violence and extremism worldwide, concerns run high that the taxpayer-funded Internet service will be misused.
“That is not the job of the U.S., giving Internet access to imams and Muslim preachers who hate America,” Egyptian-American human rights activist Nonie Darwish told Channel 2 Action News anchor Justin Farmer. Darwish says “trying to buy respect in the Middle East only shows our weakness.”
Check out the State and USAID – FY 2013 Budget here.
H/T WSB TV2