By Ben Barrack
Russia has banned 13 people from entry into its country. One of those 13 people is U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), who has a disturbing history of aligning with stealth jihadists. According to Russia, Moran’s ban was in response to the recent ban on a member of Russian Parliament. The recent shooting down of Malaysian airliner notwithstanding, the irony is that Moran may be a bigger threat to the U.S. than the Russian Parliamentarian.
Moran seems to think that the real reason for his being banned has to do with something else:
Moran said he suspects the ban was due to his sponsoring an amendment to a defense appropriations bill approved by the House that bars the U.S. purchase of helicopters from Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms dealer which he accused of being “the principal supplier to the Assad regime in Syria.”
“While this does clarify my overseas travel plans, it seems that the Putin regime would be better served by addressing the consequences of encouraging and enabling Donetsk separatists to perform such a heinous act of cold blooded cruelty or utter incompetence that resulted in the mass murder of nearly 300 innocent civilians,” said Moran, in a statement released Saturday.
Regardless of where one comes down on the issue of the U.S. not doing business with a Russian company that supplies the Assad regime in Syria, Moran has a history that includes rubbing elbows with one of the most high ranking stealth jihadists in the U.S. who supports the Syrian rebels – Bassam Estwani.
Moran’s history with Estwani goes back to the 1990’s. Here he is in an undated photo (circa 1997) with Estwani; Khaled Saffuri who founded the Islamic Free Market Institute with traitor Grover Norquist; and Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted on terrorism charges in 2004:
As Shoebat.com has covered in great detail, Estwani was once the chairman of the most notorious mosque in the U.S., Dar al-Hijrah. Moran also helped to grant Estwani access to D.C. power brokers.
Estwani sits on the boards of at least two tax exempt organizations – Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) and Mercy Without Borders (MWB) – that provide aid to the Syrian rebels, which have essentially been revealed as ISIS.
Last year, Moran spoke at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque and was effusive in his praise of the mosque’s Outreach Director, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik:
Contrast how chummy Moran was at the mosque that gave us three 9/11 hijackers, Anwar al-Awlaki, Estwani, and several other jihadists with how he treated Jason Mattera in 2010. Mattera asked legitimate questions of Moran, who actually wanted to fight Mattera:
Regardless, Russia is better off without Moran setting for on its ground.
So is the United States. Unfortunately, Moran is still a sitting member of Congress.
On the upside, Moran has announced that he will be retiring: