Friday, June 03, 2011
Weiner's Woman: Is His Wife A Saudi Agent?
Hey, I like a good conspiracy theory - sure, it might miss the bulls-eye, but it also opens the mind to possibilities that might not have crossed ti earlier. So let's dig a little, shall we, into Huma Abedin's past:
The back story, as it were, begins 32 years ago in Kalamazoo, Mich., where Ms. Abedin, who declined to participate in this article, lived until the age of 2. Her family then relocated to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she lived until returning to the States for college...
OK, let's stop a moment and dig into that little Saudi Arabian excursion of 16 years....
Huma Abedin's father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was born in India, in 1928 [prior to the partition]. It is possible that he was named for the fourth Imam, Ali Ibn el Hussain, Zainul Abedeen, also known as Zayn al-Abidin....
He seems to have been living in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and working at Western Michigan University, for several years before he was awarded his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Abedin then abruptly uprooted his family [to include his wife, Saleha, and his 2-year-old daughter, Huma], circa 1977, and headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Thereafter he founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, with offices in both Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and London, England.
In addition, he was a counselor of the Râbitat al-'Alam al-Islâmî, also known as the Muslim World League, during the 1980's.
Interesting. What about mom?
She received her PhD, in Sociology, from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1977
For many years after the family resettled in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saleha Mahmood Abedin was a Professor in the Department of Sociology, at King Abdul Aziz University.
More recently, she has been part of the administration of Dar Al-Hekma Women's College, which she helped to create.
Saleha Mahmood Abedin also serves as the director of her late husband's Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, and as the editor of its Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.
So what do we know about King Abdul Aziz University? Does the name Osama bin Ladan ring a bell?
...while Egyptian President Abdul Nasser had the Muslim Brotherhood ideologue, Sayyed Qutb, executed in 1966, his brother, Muhammad Qutb, fled to Saudi Arabia and taught at King Abdul Aziz University in Jiddah. He was joined in the 1970s by one of the heads of the Muslim Brotherhood from Jordan, Abdullah Azzam. In 1979, both taught Osama bin Laden, a student at the university.
So her parents spent her formative years in a Saudi Arabian (largest export: terror) college, where radicals taught terrorists. How much of this rubbed of on Huma's parents, and on Huma herself?
Hard to say, there is very little out there on her time at George Washington University. It seems as if she shot out of nowhere to become Hillary Clinton's gal Friday. And apparently, she was really good at her job:
Indeed, in the insular world of New York and D.C. politics, Huma Abedin has become a sort of mythical figure.
"I think she has special powers,” said public-radio broadcaster Katia Dunn, who recently crossed paths with Ms. Abedin and Mrs. Clinton at a café on Capitol Hill.
Ms. Dunn explained that she had heard about the “cult of Huma,” but had never met her.
Well, that's just NPR talking. Let's get the view of Congressman...say, Anthony Weiner? Note his take, and the description of him in this 2007 article:
Representative Anthony Weiner, a swingingly single Brooklyn Democrat who has known Ms. Abedin since before Hillary Clinton was elected to office, talked about her ability to perform under pressure “preternaturally.”
“This notion that Senator Clinton is a cool customer—I mean, I don’t dispute it, but the coolest customer in that whole operation is Huma,” said the Congressman, who watched Ms. Abedin in action earlier this month at the internationally covered march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
She's a human, Weiner. She just might be an...alien. Considering her access to high-profile political figures, it seems odd that...
“No one knows anything about her,” said one political aide. “She’s like Hillary’s secret weapon.”
I don’t really know much about her history,” said Mr. [Oscar] de la Renta, “because Huma is not such a talkative girl.”
Other political players with Clinton connections were just as effusive—and just as vague on the personal details.
“I’m so fond of Huma, if she were to run for office, I would volunteer for her campaign,” said public-relations man and Democratic super-fund-raiser Robert Zimmerman. Pressed for any biographical details about his prospective candidate, Mr. Zimmerman said, “I really don’t know much of her back story.” [which explains why he had no problems being a major backer of one Barack Hussein Obama... - ed.]
So maybe we know why Huma has been so quiet lately. Who knows what kind of connections a beautiful girl - whose parents were instructors at Saudi Arabia's largest university (and perhaps teachers of Osama bin Ladin at one point?), which just happened to be a hotbed of terrorism - might have within the Saudi regime?
Is her ruthless efficiency a product of fealty towards her bosses, or does her real loyalty run elsewhere?
Once Hillary was relegated to being Obama's sock-puppet Secretary of State, did it not make sense for Huma for pursue her pursuer, one Congressman Anthony Weiner, a rather dull-witted, vain and ambitious politician who just happens to be a key figure on the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce? I mean, it's not like the Saudis care about our energy policy, right?
Could Weiner's Huma be holding her tongue right now, not to save the snake-like skin of her oily husband, but to save her own? Is the very last thing Huma needs at this point the one thing she has apparently avoided her entire life - scrutiny?
Maybe. Could be that Huma's a wonderful lady, and a dutiful wife, suffering in silence. Or it could also be there is a much more practical, terrifying reason for her to keep her lips zipped.
I'm just saying, is all...