Friday, March 28, 2008

Dr. Richard L. Benkin
Tuesday, 25 March, 2008

In an article published Monday in The American Thinker, the man who secured the release of self-described Muslim Zionist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was "the only member of the US Congress or Senate who passed on helping the imprisoned and tortured journalist." Dr. Richard L. Benkin of Chicago said that he approached about 15 percent of the US House and "a handful of Senators." Everyone took some action, he wrote, except Obama. Although The American Thinker is an influential journal of conservative thought in the US, Benkin makes it clear that this is not a liberal-conservative issue. In the article and elsewhere, he sites liberal and conservative members of Congress who went on record to protest Choudhury's persecution. "Since I'm from Illinois, I naturally approached both of my Senators for help. Dick Durbin came through. He recognized the matter as "an important human rights issue" and wrote a letter of protest to the Bangladeshi government. Obama, however, was another story. I spoke with him personally on two occasions, met with his people in Washington, and sent them a ton of information on the case. I never even got a form letter. If everyone did the same thing as Obama did, Shoaib Choudhury still would be in jail-or worse." Benkin also notes that when he brought the matter before his Congressman, Mark Kirk, he took immediate and powerful action, calling the Bangladeshi in his office where the three of them had an hours-long meeting. Three weeks later, Shoaib Choudhury was released. The American Thinker article can be accessed at:

Barack Obama Would Let Shoaib Choudhury Die
By Richard L. Benkin

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