Al-Husainy is of course quite adept at dodging questions and being rather slippery with definitions. However, when one who is doing the questioning is not as informed as they could be, it doesn't help. Even worse, when the information is available and your actions only prevent you from having access to it properly.
What is shameful here, is that Hannity is operating under a handicap apparently fueled by his own vanity. He's been using exclusive information, from Debbie Schlussel without giving her proper credit, as she's noted here. The information and proof she has would have been very useful during the interview, to say the least.
You can see that she would not have given the imam much wiggle room with the 25 questions she came up with:
1) How many of your congregants are from the Hezbollah stronghold of Bint Jbeil?
2) Who paid for your mosque and please provide us documentation for the financing? Was any of it from the Government of Iran?
3) Why did you hold up posters of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini at a protest march in memory of Yasser Arafat? Will you condemn Khomeini?
4) Did you support Yasser Arafat, for whom you led a protest march? Will you condemn Arafat?
5) Will you condemn Arafat's murder of American diplomats Cleo Noel and George Curtis Moore in Sudan?
Be sure you read the whole list of questions. Something else I noticed and mentioned to a friend, after I had watched the Hannity and Colmes video, was that it was rather foolish for Hannity to try and limit someone to a yes or no answer. My friend made a good point:
Well, see, then he doesn't have to know anything to be able to ask follow up questions
And there's the problem. Heaven forbid, he would take the spotlight off himself, or at least admit the staff screwed up and correct the matter, so that we could ask a radical imam serious questions and hold him to the fire with evidence. While Hannity stands up for some things I agree with, for some time now, I've had the impression he's more bully than intellectual. Stealing someone else's work doesn't help dissuade me from that view and it certainly does not help us deal with people who may be a danger to western civilization.
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