The United States is “partially” responsible for a jihadi massacre on Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, carried out by Islamic State loyalists who killed 14 and wounding dozens more, Hussam Ayloush, the Los Angeles Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said Friday.
“Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism,” Ayloush said on CNN’s New Day.
“When we support coup leaders in Egypt or other places, when we supports dictatorship, oppressive regimes around the world that push people over on the edge, then they become extremists, then they become terrorists. We are partly responsible,” he added.
Ayloush focuses on Egypt because of the connection between CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, whose members founded his group. The Muslim Brotherhood regime was removed from power in Cairo after they supported jihadists, terrorized women and religious minorities, and destabilized the entire country.
Continuing his comments, the director of the Islamic supremacist group was quick to remove any possible connection to Islam.
“Terrorism is a global problem, not a Muslim problem. And the solution has to be global. Everyone has a role in it,” he concluded.
CAIR, which has been declared a terrorist organization in the United Arab Emirates, is a Saudi-funded operation and has several connections to radical Islamic groups.
The group was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding operation.
Ayloush has in the past revealed his fiercely anti-American and anti-Israel worldview.
He has described U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as “attacks against those people” as part of an effort to stir up “fear of the Muslims.”
In May 2004, he declared the U.S. war on terror to be a “war on Muslims,” adding his belief that the 9/11 attacks were committed because of “the U.S.’s unconditional support of Israel.” The U.S. is Israel’s “partner in crime” against the Palestinians, he explained.
Ayloush also believes Islam to be a superior, “comprehensive message for the mankind, not only for Muslims,” hoping for the religion to “prevail over all ideologies.”
The CAIR-LA director has demonized FBI informants as sell-outs “against the Muslim community.”