Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, was the assistant editor for a radical Muslim magazine that opposed women's rights and blamed America for the 9/11 attacks, according to a report in the New York Post.
Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.
The publication goes through the many examples of the magazine, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, that go against Clinton's claim to always stand for women's rights, but it is perhaps Abedin's high-level position when the magazine was blaming America for 9/11 that may anger many voters.
Huma continued to work for her mother’s journal through 2008. She is listed as “assistant editor” on the masthead of the 2002 issue in which her mother suggested the US was doomed to be attacked on 9/11 because of “sanctions” it leveled against Iraq and other “injustices” allegedly heaped on the Muslim world. Here is an excerpt:
“The spiral of violence having continued unabated worldwide, and widely seen to be allowed to continue, was building up intense anger and hostility within the pressure cooker that was kept on a vigorous flame while the lid was weighted down with various kinds of injustices and sanctions . . . It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve.”
Beyond blaming America for the deadliest terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil, the magazine has a history of standing against women's rights, including the conference that Hillary Clinton holds up as one of her seminal achievements, the Beijing Conference on women's rights.
However, soon after that “historic and transformational” 1995 event, as Clinton recently described it, her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton’s feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-First Lady Clinton.
Headlined “Women’s Rights are Islamic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.
Abedin's mother, editor of the magazine, argued against many of the positions Clinton put forward and instead argued for an Islamic interpretation of the role of women that many American women, perhaps even Democrats, would find foreign and oppressive.