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"Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of [other] countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world.  But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole worldÖ.  Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war.  Those [who say this] are witless.  Islam says Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all!  Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers] Islam says Kill them [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies].  Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us Islam says Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender to the enemy Islam says Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword!  People cannot be made obedient except with the sword!  The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for Holy Warriors!  There are hundreds of other [Koranic] verses and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight.  Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim."


Ayatollah Khomeini -- Leader of 1979 Iranian Revolution (1902-1989)

Obama And Islam
"Obama and Islam" by Robert Spencer and David Horowitz is a new pamphlet now available from the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

No president in American history has taken a more admiring view of Islam than Barack Obama.  Whether it is his repeated insistence that the attacks on Americans and the war that has been declared against the West have nothing do with Islam, or his flattering (and false) description of Islam as a religion "that teaches peace, justice, fairness and tolerance," or his unprecedented revelation that he considers it "part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear," Obama in his first two years of office has spurned no opportunity to speak well of the religion.

Considering the long history of Islamic extremism, the militancy of Islamic religious texts, and the justification that such texts provide for modern jihadist movements, Obama's fawning rhetoric may be confused for mere ignorance.  But as David Horowitz and Robert Spencer forcefully argue in their new pamphlet, "Obama and Islam," Obama's Islamophilic outreach represents something far more disturbing than naÔvetť: a conscious effort to appease Islamic supremacism in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, and an energetic willingness to pander to the Islamic world in general.  The consequence, the authors show, is a dangerously ill-conceived foreign policy that has betrayed American values, undermined the national interest, abandoned staunch allies like Israel, and forsaken Muslims who are condemned to suffer under brutal Islamic regimes.  Cheap flattery has rarely exacted such a high cost.

To read or download the pamphlet, click here.  To order the pamphlet, click here.
Indicators That Obama Is A Muslim
bulletHis biological grandfather and father were Muslims.
bulletHis stepfather was a Muslim.
bulletAs a child Barry was enrolled in school as a Muslim in Jakarta Indonesia.
bulletBarack Hussein 0bama's first and middle names are Arabic Muslim names.
bullet 0bama recited the opening lines of the Muslim call to prayer, which includes a vow of fidelity to Islam, in flawless Arabic on a radio program. - Nikolos Kristoff, NYTs, 3-06-07
bulletOn that same program he said he thinks the call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on earth."
bullet0bama belonged to Rev. Wright's (a former Muslim) church for twenty years. Many congregants are Muslims.
bullet0bama said that the U.S. is "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world."
bullet0bama holds Muslim celebrations in the WH but canceled the National Day of Prayer.
bulletPresident 0bama's religious adviser, Eboo Patel, once deemed the United States "the ideal place for the renewal of Islam."
bullet0bama does not give gifts on Christmas.
bullet0bama doesn't celebrate his birthday.
bullet0bama falsely attributes Muslim participation in the founding of America.
bullet0bama required that the cross be covered when he gave a speech at Notre Dame.
bullet Christian symbol covered up during Obamaís Georgetown speech
bullet0bama's first major speech in office was a "Muslim outreach" speech in Cairo Egypt.
bullet "The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim," said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Nile TV.
bullet0bama gave strong support to the Cordoba House community center and mosque to be built at the Ground Zero site of Sep. 11, 2001 at a dinner celebrating the day's end of the first day of Ramadan at the WH.
bullet0bama tasked NASA with a mission of "Muslim outreach."
bullet0bama referred to his faith as "my Muslim faith" in an interview with George Stephanopolous. (video 0:12)
bulletBarack Obama Mocks And Makes Fun Of The Bible (video 2:09)
bullet Obama: " We are no longer a Christian nation . . . " (video 1:27)
bulletAs a newly elected Illinois State Senator Obama sponsored Bill SR0110 in the 90th General Assembly to declare November 1, 1997 to be Islamic Community Center Day. See the whole bill here.
bullet"Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood" The Telegraph (UK) December 29, 2010
Nasrallah Declares Obama Is A Muslim


  
This is Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hezbullah, proclaiming Obama a Muslim to the ummah.
Obama Postpones Dinner For King
The New York Post says Obama was due to host a lavish dinner for Saudi Arabia's recuperating King Abdullah in New York today -- but postponed their meeting following the Arizona tragedy.

Obama was to dine with the king, who's recovering from back surgery, and 20 others at The Plaza hotel's Oak Room early this evening.  Sources tell us the Plaza was due to be locked down for five hours for Obama's dinner with Abdullah, whose entourage has taken over the hotel's fourth-floor suites.

One source said, "It was to be a five-course dinner hosted by the president.  Secret Service have been combing the hotel all weekend, and the entire food court and first floor were to be locked down."  A White House spokesman confirmed, "The president isn't going to New York tomorrow, the trip has been postponed . . . because of the Arizona tragedy."

The king, 86, underwent surgery at New York Presbyterian in November for a herniated disc complicated by a blood clot on his spine.  He left the hospital in December and moved to the Waldorf-Astoria to recover.

But sources said he's since taken up the Plaza's entire fourth floor for his entourage, including his personal chef.  The White House has kept a close eye on his progress.  Vice President Joe Biden visited his family in the hospital on Dec. 15, and on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with him at The Plaza.

Obama also spoke with Abdullah on Dec. 26 from his Hawaii vacation to wish him well.  In a statement, the White House said the king congratulated him on winning Senate approval of a nuclear-arms-reduction treaty with Russia: "The president thanked him and told him that he looked forward to working closely together in the coming year."  The US announced last year it plans to offer the Saudis $60 billion in fighter jets and helicopters.

Reps for the Saudi royal family didn't get back to us and reps for The Plaza declined to comment.

Obama will have to put off reporting in to the boss till a later time.

Mr. Empathy

Barack Obama doesn't want to offend the sensibilities of folks who aren't Christian by celebrating Christmas, and avoids any reference to the birth of Christ -- even though it's a federal holiday -- at least that's his excuse.

But the "alleged" Christian, who rarely, if ever, attends Christian services, has no problem offending Christians by attending services in a mosque.
    
         
    
The photo above (left) was taken in a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.  It shows Obama preparing for an Islamic service taking place in the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

And in the right photo, Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan remove their shoes as they visit the Blue Mosque with Muslim clerics Emrullah Hatipoglu (R) and Mustafa Cagrici (L) in Istanbul, Turkey.

These photos were taken during Obama's trip to Turkey, last Spring, when Obama said, that Americans "do not consider ourselves a Christian nation..."  Obama has made similar statements in the past.  In June 2007, he told CBS, "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation -- at least, not just.

But thatís not what the U.S. Supreme Court ruled when, in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 437 (1892), they held that "this is a Christian nation." They meant that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian biblical principles, and that those who brought these biblical principles to this land and who implemented those principles in our system of government were for the most part professing Christians who were actively involved with Christian churches -- 51 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention were members of Christian churches, and that leading American political figures in the founding era quoted the Bible far more than any other source.

And the ideals on which they framed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution -- that man is subject to the laws of nature and of natureís God, that God created man equal and endowed him with basic unalienable rights, that human nature is sinful and therefore government power must be carefully restrained by the Constitution -- are ideals that they derived, directly or indirectly, from the Bible.  Some of these ideals may be shared by those of other religious traditions.  But the Founding Fathers, with few exceptions, did not read the Koran, or the Upanishads, or the Bagavigita.  They read the Bible, and they heard the Bible preached on Sunday mornings.

Besides denying that America is a Christian nation in his April 6 news conference in Turkey, President Obama told the Turkish Parliament on the same day: " We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world -- including in my own country."

The suggestion that Islam has shaped America in any substantial way is ludicrious. As Robert Spencer asks:
    

Were there Muslims along Paul Revereís ride, or standing next to Patrick Henry when he proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death"?  Where there Muslims among the framers or signers of the Declaration of Independence, which states that all men -- not just Muslims, as Islamic law would have it -- are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?  Were there Muslims among those who drafted the Constitution and vigorously debated its provisions, or among those who enumerated the Bill of Rights, which guarantees -- again in contradiction to the tenets of Islamic law -- that there should be no established national religion, and that the freedom of speech should not be infringed?

    
The primary contact our Founding Fathers had with Islam occurred during their struggles with the Barbary pirates, who from 1500-1800 carried over a million European Christians -- including some Americans -- into Muslim slavery.  For centuries the Knights of Malta protected Europe from the Barbary pirates, but after their demise the European powers decided that paying tribute to the Barbary rulers in exchange for protection was easier and cheaper than fighting them.  (Hello Somali pirates!!).  But this galled the Americans.  In 1786, while Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were in Europe, they asked the ambassador from Tripoli by what right Tripoli could claim tribute from nations which had done his country no injury.  Jefferson and Adams reported the ambassadorís response:
   

It was written in their Koran that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet [Mohammed] were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful [Muslims] to plunder and enslave; and that every Muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.

    
When Jefferson became president in 1801, he refused to pay tribute to the Barbary states, and Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis declared war on the United States.  The American Navy blockaded the coast of North Africa, and American marines stormed "the shores of Tripoli" and captured the city, forcing the Barbary rulers to agree to terms of peace.  The Barbary states soon broke the treaty and demanded tribute again, and President James Madison again sent the U.S. Navy to the Mediterranean, forcing the Barbary states to again sign a treaty of peace.

Clearly, Islamic influence on the United States was minimal, and what little influence there was, was mostly negative.

Much of the Muslim world has a negative view of the United States.  Sadly, Obama seems to think the Muslim world will warm up to our country if he shares their negative view.
"US Muslims Part Of American Family"
Debbie Schlussel says she did not watch last nightís Barack Hussein Obama STFU speech.  She was too busy watching a screening of "The Rite," starring Anthony Hopkins, which she knew had far better acting.  But she heard that the most "memorable" lines of his speech included lectures about gays in the military and how "American Muslims are part of the American family."  Itís funny how he didnít tell American Muslims that gays (and Jews and Blacks and non-Muslims) are a part of the American family.  That would be "intolerant" and "offensive," right?  Frankly, since she has been the victim of several legitimate, anti-Semitic death, rape, and torture threats . . . ALL of them from Muslims,  sheíd like to know when Barry Hussein O will lecture Muslims that Jews are part of the American family and always have been, well before any Muslims slithered onto American shores.

Ya know, Nidal Malik Hasan and Faisal Shahzad are American Muslims, so she guesses we must welcome them and more Fort Hood massacres and attempted Times Square bombings into the American family.

The thing is that the rest of the American people are not the ones who need to be lectured with the baloney that Muslims are a part of the American family.  Itís American Muslims who need to be reminded that they are a part of the American family -- and they need to start acting like it.

Also, note that Obama didnít call them, "Muslim Americans," but "American Muslims."  They are Muslims, for whom Islam is always first, and for whom "American" is a mere irrelevant adjective of geography, not loyalty or pride.

Like Schlussel said, we donít need to be lectured about Muslims in America being part of the American family.  Itís Muslims who need that lecture.
His Master's Voice
   
    
FoxNews is reporting that Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak if Obama tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt, The Times of London reported Thursday.

In a testy personal telephone call on Jan. 29, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah reportedly told Obama not to humiliate Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the U.S withdrew its aid program, worth $1.5 billion annually.

America's closest ally in the Gulf made clear that the Egyptian president must be allowed to stay on to oversee the transition towards peaceful democracy and then leave with dignity.

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Yesterday, on Hardball, Chris Matthews was less excited than he has been recently, yet this more subdued tone actually enabled him to conduct a more interesting conversation.  With TEA Party guests Phillip Dennis of the Texas TEA Party and Matt Kibbe from FreedomWorks, Matthews explored his fascination with the fact that so many Republicans still believe Obama is a Muslim.

Dennis claimed he didn't know what Obama's religion was, but "if he's a Christian I certainly don't like the brand of Christianity he went to in Chicago for twenty years with Reverend Wright."  Matthews laughed at how Dennis was "playing the game" and Dennis concluded that it was hard to argue that "President Obama certainly has a soft spot in his heart for Islam."  Matthews responded that "I don't think [Obama's] anti-Islamic and I wonder why you are?"  However, Dennis wasn't backing down and declared that he thought he had a right to be concerned with Islam, which he thought was anything but a religion of peace.
Gaddafi:  Obama Is A Friend
Aurelius says yesterday we guessed at reasons why Obama has had trepidation with dealing with Libya.  We considered the fact that Rev. Jeremiah Wright was tied to Gaddafi and we even considered the fact that the White House could not spell "Libya."  Another possibility: Obama was afraid that Gaddafi would tell the world that they were pals.

Now, obviously, there is no way to confirm that Gaddafi and Obama are actually friends unless Obama comes out and says it, but we can sure report what Gaddafi said last year.

To quote Gaddafi:
    

"Now, ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined -- that from Reagan we would get to Barakeh Obama."

    
Great.  One of Obama's biggest followers is a soon-to-be-deposed, iron-fisted ruler who kills protesters in his streets.  Later, in no uncertain terms, Gaddafi called Obama a "friend."

The article continues:

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi considers Barack Obama a blessing to the Muslim world.  In a speech published in London-based al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday, Gaddafi praised Barack Obama, called him a "friend" and said there is no longer any dispute between his country and the US.

Speaking in the Libyan city of Sirt at an event marking the 24th anniversary of an American attack on Libya, he said, "At the time, we were the target of the American cannon, the American navy challenged us in the gulf of Sirt and attacked us all along Libya's shores. America tested Libya, and the Libyan people resisted the large country, but today, thank God, the difference is great..."
Gaddafi stressed that Obama's presidency is "a major historical gain" and said, "He is someone I consider a friend.  He knows he is a son of Africa.  Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent.  He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning towards peace."

He continued, "I urge all peoples to give him this chance and to support this policy, because America is a country that, when its policy is bad -- harms the world, and when it is good -- it helps the world."
Obama Won't Confront Radical Islam
Kendra Marr says that Newt Gingrich blasted the Obama administration at a policy briefing in Iowa for what he labels a refusal to confront radical Islam.
    

"Until you replace this president and until you have the Congress and the new president replace large parts of our bureaucracies, we're going to continue to be dominated by a secular, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish elite, which is seeking to impose on us rules that make zero sense."

     
Gingrich, answering a question about challenging Sharia law on U.S. soil, said the country's leadership was "so afraid to tell the truth" and "timid" that it didn't swiftly prosecute the Pakistani immigrant who was sentenced to life in prison last year for planting a bomb in Times Square.  And he pointed out that the federal government has sued a school district for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
    

"I simply suggest that every church in the country announce there is a new principle that visiting Bethlehem every year for three weeks is an important part of your devotion."

    
"The whole thing collapses," he added.  "It's an absurdity.  It's part of this desperation of our secular elites to do everything they can to prove they are not anti-Muslim."

Gingrich insisted that he's not anti-Muslim himself, but that he is "deeply opposed" to the religion's radical wing that represses women, homosexuals and Christians.
    

"I think it's time to have the courage to stand up and say that we represent an insistence on modernity ... and we represent a decisive opposition to those who would kill us for the purpose of imposing our beliefs on the rest of us.  And we are prepared to say an act of terrorism is an act of jihadism."

   
Historian:  Obama Abandoning Israel For Muslim World
Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walker say that Barack Obamaís shift of American foreign policy away from Israel toward a Muslim world that "hates our guts" is a perilous tack, historian and author Bruce Thornton tells Newsmax.  And Obamaís swing away from Israel is "his most disastrous mistake," Thornton said in this video.

However, Obama is not alone in making mistakes in the Mideast -- his pandering to Iran follows in the footsteps of nearly every administration since 1979, said Thornton, author of the new book, "The Wages of Appeasement: Ancient Athens, Munich, and Obamaís America."

The power shift away from Israel has been going on for decades, said Thornton, a California State University professor.

"George Bush two, he pushed back against that, and I think there were some benefits to that, but that ideal -- that some American president is going to step in and going to resolve that long crisis -- is absurd," Thornton said.  "What we should realize is that our staunchest ally is Israel, the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, in the heart of a region that hates our guts. And rather than undermining them and asking them to use their citizens as sort of sacrifices for some mythic peace agreement, we should support them to the hilt, and itís a disastrous move on his part."

Obama is appeasing Iran, Thornton said, adding, "Letís be fair, this has been consistently going on since 1979 through presidents of both political parties."

Thornton contends that Iran declared war on the United States in 1979 when it took U.S. hostages.  It also has financed Hezbollah, which was responsible for the attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed more than 200 Marines, and organizations killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.

"So they have been at war with us, but we havenít responded in kind," he said.  "Instead we have tried various ways, whether Ronald Reaganís Iran-Contra fiasco or currently today the failed outreach of Barack Obama, not to deal with the fact that this is an aggressor who does not want to get along with us."

Obama has made the mistake that many Democrats make, treating terrorism as a criminal issue to deal with through investigation and prosecution instead of acknowledging that radical jihadist simply hate the united states, he said.

Thornton alleged that dishonesty surrounds the civil war in Libya, and he blamed all sides for it.

"From the right, too," he said.  "I mean the guys who think thereís a bunch of Thomas Jeffersons and Samuel Adams out there in Libya that we need to support because they want to create New England town hall democracy.

"We donít know who these people are," he said.  "We have chosen sides in a conflict and we donít know which side weíre supporting.  We should have learned from what happened in Egypt in a few short weeks, where itís becoming clear that those who have empowered by the toppling of Mubarak are the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim Brotherhood is jihadist, anti-American, anti-Semitic organization.   And Iím not sure it serves our interest."
Obama Blows Off Easter
John Hinderaker says liberals often express dismay over the fact that a significant minority of Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim -- or tell pollsters they do, anyway.  On a recent television special, Cokie Roberts and her husband Steve explained that those who say Obama is a Muslim are really racists.

I don't think Obama is a Muslim, but I can understand why many Americans are uncertain about his core beliefs.  This year, Obama let Easter pass without issuing any sort of proclamation.  That can hardly have been an oversight, as he devoted considerable attention to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a purely secular event.

Personally, I don't care whether Obama takes note of religious holidays or not.  It would be fine for him to say that out of respect for the separation of church and state, he will commemorate only secular holidays and remain silent on all matters of religion.  But he doesn't do that.  On the contrary, he has made a point of issuing presidential proclamations on the occasion of every significant Muslim holiday -- Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.  Here is what he had to say about Ramadan last August:
    

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend our best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world.  Ramadan Kareem.

Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.  This is a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared.  But Ramadan is also a time of intense devotion and reflection -- a time when Muslims fast during the day and pray during the night; when Muslims provide support to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere.  For all of us must remember that the world we want to build -- and the changes that we want to make -- must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.

These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.  Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.  And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.  And today, I want to extend my best wishes to the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world -- and your families and friends -- as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan.

I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.

May God's peace be upon you.

    
What did he say about Easter, the most important event in the Christian calendar?  Nothing.  Is it any surprise that some Americans perceive Obama as more enthusiastic about Islam than about his own self-professed faith?

Earlier today, Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, laughed off Obama's failure to issue any sort of an Easter statement.  On the internet, various left-wing sites -- led, I believe, by Little Green Footballs -- tried to defend Obama by claiming that American presidents never issue Easter proclamations.  That is ridiculous, of course.  You can read President Bush's Easter proclamations, as well as the one Obama delivered last year, here.  A video of President Reagan giving an eloquent joint tribute to Passover and Easter in 1983 is here.

As I said, I don't believe that Obama is a Muslim.  It seems obvious, however, that he is conflicted about matters of religion, and that for some reason, it is easiest for him to embrace religious observance unequivocally when that observance is Islamic.  So it is no wonder that many Americans wonder what he really believes.

Obama's statement, "Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings," is absurd.
Obama Fails To Recognize Muslim Genocide, Instead Bashes U.S.A.

Ben Johnson says Barack Obama has proven he is more efficient than his predecessor in one area: He managed to diminish the history of two Christian nations in one presidential proclamation -- on the eve of Easter.  Obama campaigned in 2008 on a promise to call the Ottoman Empireís systematic destruction of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-23 a "genocide," something none of his predecessors since Ronald Reagan had done.  Obama has broken that vow ever since.  The day of remembrance of the genocide, April 24, fell on Easter Sunday this year, and Americans of Armenian heritage pressured Obama to follow through with his pledge this year.

      

Obamaís statement, issued on Holy Saturday, declined to commemorate the Muslim genocide by name, but instead denigrated "the dark chapters in our own history."

      

Obamaís "Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day" referred instead to "horrific events."  Although he wrote, "I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed," he decided to keep his own view to himself (for once).  Instead, ever-so-gently beckoned the aggrieved parties -- the offenders and the survivors -- to resolve their "contested history."

      

Obamaís solution to genocide: the Turkish Coffee Summit.

      

Both parties promptly rejected the evasive edict.  Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) chairman Ken Hachikian branded the statement a "disgraceful capitulation to Turkeyís threats."  The Armenian Assembly of America added, "we expect the president to honor his prior commitments and statements."

      

Meanwhile, Turkeyís Ambassador to the United States, Namik Tan, insisted the statement was "inaccurate, flawed, and one-sided political characterization of history."  Instead, Tan wrote, "We wished that the president of the U.S., our friend and ally, had shared the pain of the Turks as well."  Whatís a genocide commemoration without sympathy for the perpetrators?  He, too, asserted Obamaís proclamation was motivated by "domestic political considerations," although certain strong domestic constituencies continue to lobby against the use of the term "genocide."

      

Rather than hold Middle Eastern fanatics to account, Obama used the opportunity to bash the Evil Empire: the United States. In his statement, he added gratuitously:

      

History teaches us that our nations are stronger and our cause is more just when we appropriately recognize painful pasts and work to rebuild bridges of understanding toward a better tomorrow.  The United States knows this lesson well from the dark chapters in our own history.  I support the courageous steps taken by individuals in Armenia and Turkey to foster a dialogue that acknowledges their common history. (Emphasis added.)

      

The man who coined the term "genocide," Raphael Lemkin, did so after studying the Armenian Genocide, the Meds Yeghern.  When most people hear of these atrocities, they think of the Holocaust, the Holodomor, and Pol Potís Killing Fields.

      

When Barack Obama hears about this horrific slaughter, he think of the United States of America.  Could there be any clearer sign of his disdain and disrespect for the country he was somehow elected to lead?

Why You Hold On To The Body For A Few Days
Bookworm says hereís why I think Team Obama disposed of bin Ladenís body so quickly: because they were so paralyzed by multiculturalism, all they could think of was the Islamic imperative to bury the body within 24 hours.  Thatís it.  I donít think they thought beyond PC.

Hereís the problem: My husband got his hair cut today.  The hairdresser is quite an ordinary lady, by which I mean sheís not very politically aware.  Politics and current events are "out there" somewhere.  Her life is children, work, bills, etc.  She told him that bin Laden is not dead.  Instead, the complete absence of either a body or death photos is because the SEALs kidnapped bin Laden and are keeping him prisoner somewhere.  And so conspiracy theories are born.

Had the administration held onto the body so that major media outlets (including al Jazeera and the BBC, neither of which is a friend to America) could have sent representatives to confirm bin Ladenís death, conspiracies would have died aí borning.  Then, with witnesses at their shoulders, the administration types could have interred bin Ladenís body, somewhat belatedly, but in accordance with Islamic law -- not out of respect to the man, but out of respect to the religion. (Although if I was among the billions of decent human beings who also happen to be Muslims, I would be offended to have my faith stamped on his body.  Better by far to treat the body with respect, because weíre not pagans or barbarians, but to get rid of it quietly.)

Truly, the administration could not have made a more dreadful hash of things.
No Distinction Between Islam And Islamism
Jonathan Kay says that as an editor at the National Post, I often rely on three letters to protect my columnists from human-rights tribunals: I-S-M -- these being the difference between spelling Islam and Islamism.  he former is a religion -- like Christianity or Judaism.  The latter is an ideology, which seeks to impose an intolerant fundamentalist version of Islam on all Muslims, and spread the faith throughout the world.  Declaring Islamism a menace isnít controversial.  Declaring Islam a menace is considered hate speech.

Geert Wildersí refusal to deploy those three letters is the reason that the 47-year-old Dutch politician travels with bodyguards, and cannot sleep in the same house two nights in a row.  For Mr. Wilders, the problem plaguing Western societies is Islam, full stop.  Terrorism, tyranny, the subjugation of women -- these are not perversions of Islam, as he sees it, but rather its very essence.

"The word 'Islamism' suggests that there is a moderate Islam and a non-moderate Islam," he told me during an interview in Toronto on Sunday.  "And I believe that this is a distinction that doesnít exist.  Itís like the Prime Minister of Turkey [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, said 'There is no moderate or immoderate Islam.  Islam is Islam, and thatís it.'  This is the Islam of the Koran."

"Now, you can certainly make a distinction among the people," he adds.  "There are moderate Muslims -- who are the majority in our Western societies -- and non-moderate Muslims, but Islam itself has only one form.  The totalitarian ideology contained in the Koran has no room for moderation.  If you really look at what the Koran says, in fact, you could argue that 'moderate' Muslims are not Muslims at all.  It tells us that if you do not act on even one verse, then you are an apostate."

Unlike most critics of Islam, who tend to shy away from the explosive subject of Mohammed himself, Mr. Wilders forthrightly describes the Muslim Prophet as a dictator, a pedophile and a warmonger.  "If you study the life of Mohammed," Mr.Wilders told me, "you can see that he was a worse terrorist than Osama bin Laden ever was."

It is an understatement to call Mr. Wilders a divisive figure in the Netherlands.  On the one hand, he is the leader of the PVV, the countryís third most popular political party -- which currently is propping up the ruling minority government.  And Mr. Wilders has been declared "politician of the year" by a popular Dutch radio station, and come in second in a variety of other mainstream polls.

On the other hand, the Muslim Council of Britain has called him "an open and relentless preacher of hate."  For a time, Mr. Wilders, even was banned from entering the U.K.  A popular Dutch rapper wrote a song about killing Mr. Wilders ("This is no joke.  Last night I dreamed I chopped your head off.")

Before meeting Mr. Wilders on Sunday, I knew him mostly from his most inflammatory slogans -- such as his comparison of the Koran to Mein Kampf -- which his detractors fling around as proof of his narrow-minded bigotry.

Yet the real Geert Wilders speaks softly and thoughtfully.  It turns out that heís travelled to dozens of Muslim nations.  He knows more about the Islamic faith and what it means to ordinary people than do most of Islamís most ardent Western defenders.  Nor do I believe that Mr. Wilders is a bigot -- a least, not in the sense that the word usually is understood.

"I donít hate Muslims.  I hate their book and their ideology," is what he told Britainís Guardian newspaper in 2008.  Mr. Wilders sees Islam as akin to communism or fascism, a cage that traps its suffering adherents in a hateful, phobic frame of mind.  Mr. Wilders describes Muslim as victims of bad ideas, in other words.  In this way, his attitude is entirely different from classic anti-Semites and racists, who treat Jews and blacks as debased on the level of biology.

Of course, in the modern, politically correct Western tradition, hatred expressed toward a religion typically is held on the same level of human-rights opprobrium as hatred expressed toward a race or an ethnicity.  But Islam is not really a religion at all, as Mr. Wilders sees it, but rather a retrograde political ideology with religious trappings.  He notes that while other religions draw a distinction between God and Caesar, between the secular and the spiritual, Islam demands submission in every aspect of human existence, both through the wording of the Koran itself and the Shariah law that has developed in its shadow.  The faith also supplies a justification for aggressive war; vilifies non-believers; and pronounces death upon its enemies.  In short, Mr. Wilders argues, it has all the ingredients of what students of 20th century history would recognize as a fully formed totalitarian ideology.

"I see Islam as 95% ideology, 5% religion -- the 5% being the temples and the imams," he tells me.  "If you would strip the Koran of all the negative, hateful, anti-Semitic material, you would wind up with a tiny [booklet]."

Itís easy to see why many Europeans casually jump to the conclusion that Mr. Wilders is a hatemonger.  He wants to halt non-Western immigration to the Netherlands until existing immigrants can be integrated, and he wants to deport any foreigner who commits a crime -- the same sort of policies as those advocated by genuine xenophobes.

But even so, his insistence on the proper distinction between faith and ideology is an idea that deserves to be taken seriously.  For it invites the question: If we permit the excoriation of totalitarian cults created by modern dictators, why do we stigmatize (and even criminalize) the excoriation of arguably similar notions when they happen to be attributed to a 7th-century prophet?

Itís a good question.  And as far as I know, Geert Wilders is the only Western politician taking it seriously.
Obama:  Freedom Or Islam?
The Washington Times says Obama is trying to hit the reset button on his outreach efforts to the worldís Muslims.  He would do better to focus on aggressively promoting freedom rather than pandering to Islam.

The first round of outreach -- kicked off by Obamaís June 2009 speech in Cairo -- was a spectacular failure.  Opinion polling on sentiment towards the United States in countries with Muslim majorities showed an initial burst of enthusiasm, followed in 2010 by a collapse.  In some cases, Muslim approval of America fell to levels lower than during the waning days of the George W. Bush administration.

Now the White House is using the timing of Osama bin Ladenís death to argue that al Qaedaís violent approach to political change is passe, and that the popular uprisings sweeping the Middle East represent the wave of the future.  However, al Qaeda already has answered this argument.  In the Spring 2011 edition of the terror groupís English-language magazine Inspire, the lead editorial by Yahya Ibrahim notes that a "line that is being pushed by Western leaders is that because the protests in Egypt and Tunisia were peaceful, they proved al Qaeda -- which calls for armed struggle -- to be wrong.  That is another fallacy.  Al Qaeda is not against regime changes through protests, but it is against the idea that the change should be only through peaceful means to the exclusion of the use of force."

Of course, not all change occurring in the Middle East is peaceful.  U.S. and NATO warplanes support armed rebels in Libya, and al Qaeda notes that this vindicates their views on violence.  "If the protesters in Libya did not have the flexibility to use force when needed," Ibrahim says, "the uprising would have been crushed."  This point is also being proved in Syria, where the United States has been deaf to desperate pleas from dissidents being mowed down by regime troops with the assistance of Iran.  No mere speech by Obama will bring a springtime of freedom to Damascus.

Obamaís fixation on the means by which change is coming also overlooks that the substance of the change may be precisely what al Qaeda has always advocated.  The White House has pushed for the participation of religiously-based parties in Egyptís new government, but if the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power in Cairo, it will pursue domestic and foreign policies indistinguishable from those bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahri would implement if he were in charge.  Islamism is the objective, whether achieved by bombs or ballots.

Ibrahim says that in al Qaedaís opinion, "the revolutions that are shaking the thrones of dictators are good for the Muslims, good for the mujahidin and bad for the imperialists of the West and their henchmen in the Muslim world."  He says the terrorists, "are very optimistic and have great expectations of what is to come."  This optimism is not unfounded.  Obama should shift his focus from pandering to Muslim sensibilities to helping shape the outcome of the changes sweeping the Middle East in a way that reflects American values.

The United States is not at war with Islam, but neither should our nation be promoting it.  America has traditionally advocated the principles of freedom of conscience and individual liberty, concepts that are in dire need of support in most Muslim states.  Taking an unadulterated stand for freedom in the Middle East would be the most gutsy move Obama could make.

Who gives a fig whether Muslims approve of America or not?

And I'm tired of hearing, "The United States is not at war with Islam," crap.  Islam has been at war with the non-Islamic world since the 7th century, and Islam is most definitely at war with the United States.
Obama Should Condemn Anti-Christian Violence In Egypt
Keith Koffler says that even as he renews his outreach to Muslims, Obama should seek to stem the growing tide of violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt by condemning last weekendís attacks that left a dozen people dead and scores injured.

The attacks, about which Obama has been silent, also resulted in the burning of Coptic Orthodox churches and the destruction of Christian homes and businesses.

Obama needs to say more to stem religious violence that creates opportunities for Islamic extremists who want to seize power in Egypt, our most important Arab ally.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday "strongly" condemned the violence, saying, "We stand behind the Coptic Christian community and their right to practice their faith in safety and security, free of persecution."

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Obama is preparing to try to reengage Muslims with a speech, possibly next week, that will make the case that Muslims should "reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Ladenís death and embrace a new era of relations with the U.S."

Whether Obama views condemning Muslim violence against Christians as inopportune during the lead up to a renewed outreach to Muslims is unclear, but itís worth noting that after Obama seemed inexplicably slow off the mark supporting the masses of Iranian protestors two years ago, there was widespread belief that he was concerned about compromising his outreach to the Iranian government.

Obama, though allegedly a Christian, seems to view his background, which includes a Muslim grandfather, father and step-father, and several years living as a child in Muslim Indonesia, as giving him a special conduit into the Muslim world, but I doubt this type of personal outreach by one man changes the way people view the United States, and it shouldnít interfere with other aspects of U.S. policy.

Obama commendably condemned a New Yearís Eve church bombing in Alexandria, Egypt that killed 21, but he has said little -- actually nothing that I could find -- about the religious killings and tensions since then, which included the deaths of 12 people Jan. 30 during a raid of Christian homes in Upper Egypt.

Obama also should speak about about the growing violence against Christians in Iraq, a country where we have some real sway.  Four were killed and 171 injured in attacks over the weekend, prompting a reaction from Pope Benedict XVI.
Obama:  Freedom Or Islam?
The Washington Times says the White House panders to Muslims instead of pushing American values.

Obama is trying to hit the reset button on his outreach efforts to the worldís Muslims.  He would do better to focus on aggressively promoting freedom rather than pandering to Islam.

The first round of outreach -- kicked off by Obamaís June 2009 speech in Cairo -- was a spectacular failure.  Opinion polling on sentiment towards the United States in countries with Muslim majorities showed an initial burst of enthusiasm, followed in 2010 by a collapse.  In some cases, Muslim approval of America fell to levels lower than during the waning days of the George W. Bush administration.

Now the White House is using the timing of Osama bin Ladenís death to argue that al Qaedaís violent approach to political change is passť, and that the popular uprisings sweeping the Middle East represent the wave of the future.  However, al Qaeda already has answered this argument.  In the Spring 2011 edition of the terror groupís English-language magazine Inspire, the lead editorial by Yahya Ibrahim notes that a "line that is being pushed by Western leaders is that because the protests in Egypt and Tunisia were peaceful, they proved al Qaeda -- which calls for armed struggle -- to be wrong.  That is another fallacy.  Al Qaeda is not against regime changes through protests but it is against the idea that the change should be only through peaceful means to the exclusion of the use of force."

Of course, not all change occurring in the Middle East is peaceful.  U.S. and NATO warplanes support armed rebels in Libya, and al Qaeda notes that this vindicates their views on violence.  "If the protesters in Libya did not have the flexibility to use force when needed," Mr. Ibrahim says, "the uprising would have been crushed."  This point is also being proved in Syria, where the United States has been deaf to desperate pleas from dissidents being mowed down by regime troops with the assistance of Iran.  No mere speech by Obama will bring a springtime of freedom to Damascus.

Obamaís fixation on the means by which change is coming also overlooks that the substance of the change may be precisely what al Qaeda has always advocated.  Obama House has pushed for the participation of religiously-based parties in Egyptís new government, but if the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power in Cairo, it will pursue domestic and foreign policies indistinguishable from those bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahri would implement if he were in charge.  Islamism is the objective, whether achieved by bombs or ballots.

Ibrahim says that in al Qaedaís opinion, "the revolutions that are shaking the thrones of dictators are good for the Muslims, good for the mujahidin and bad for the imperialists of the West and their henchmen in the Muslim world."  He says the terrorists, "are very optimistic and have great expectations of what is to come."  This optimism is not unfounded.  Obama should shift his focus from pandering to Muslim sensibilities to helping shape the outcome of the changes sweeping the Middle East in a way that reflects American values.

The United States is not at war with Islam, but neither should our nation be promoting it.  America has traditionally advocated the principles of freedom of conscience and individual liberty, concepts that are in dire need of support in most Muslim states.  Taking an unadulterated stand for freedom in the Middle East would be the most gutsy move Obama could make.

The political lie may be that the United States is not at war with Islam, but Islam is most definitely at war with the US -- and the rest of the non-Islamic world.  It has been since the 7th century.  If you're an "infidel," Islam wants you dead or dhimmi.
Obama And "The Arab Spring"
Obama is thinking.  Fareed Zakaria says so, and so does National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon.  Obama had better be thinking, and hard, because as Andrew McCarthy observes, the Obama administration needs to prepare "the political ground" for what many Americans are otherwise going to perceive as failure in the Middle East.  A full dose of this political prophylaxis will be administered on Thursday in a speech at the State Department.  Much rests on how Republican candidates and Americans in general react to Obama's explanations.

James V Capua says that we essentially need to be convinced that takeover in Egypt, and Yemen, and maybe Libya, by Islamic groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood represent a success for American policy.  One Israeli-based website goes so far as to suggest that Obama "has picked the Muslim Brotherhood [...] as his chosen partner for promoting American interests in the Arab world in place of its ousted rulers."  Absent more evidence, it is probably more reasonable to see the administration's apparent acquiescence as an accommodation to a new fact of life in the Middle East precipitated by their misguided policy.  Regardless, it certainly cannot be in Obama's interest for it to be viewed as what it looks like: the triumph of militant Islam in places whose regimes heretofore lent themselves, at least occasionally, to furthering Western interests.

The induced demise of Osama bin Laden can be viewed as a prerequisite for the big speech.  Rebranding is the key.  The implication will probably be that since bin Laden embodied militant jihad, his sleep with the fishes sounded its death knell.  As the always reliable Eugene Robinson put it:
    

It's hard to overstate the significance of bin Laden's killing.  Operationally and psychologically, he defined the Age of Terror -- not just for Americans and other targets of his depredations but also for the terrorists who followed his writ.  With his last breath, an era died.  The more we learn about bin Laden's life in his Pakistan compound, the more apparent it becomes that even in hiding he remained the central, indispensable figure in international terrorism.

    
We are supposed to believe that Islamic terrorism died in that squalid "mansion" and that Obama killed it.  He gave us that paramount existential good for all correct-thinking people: closure.  It is time to "move on."  In the gutsiest decision since the Emancipation Proclamation, Obama, like Lincoln (another reluctant warrior), transformed the conflict.  What once was a War on Terror, the administration and their tame press will assert, has become a true partnership in fostering democracy.  Certainly there may be times when, as in Iraq, force may be needed, but the objective will henceforth be "soft."  Now we can enable the democratically expressed will of the people to prevail against the occasional militant hold-out -- clinging to old, albeit thoroughly understandable, grievances and blind to the boundless promise of Levantine Hope and Change.

This fairy tale requires a rebranding of the Muslim Brotherhood as well.  In another piece, McCarthy suggests one plausible line, manufacturing a false distinction between old-fashioned hard-line Salafists and a supposedly moderate Brotherhood.  In reality, he points out, "the Brotherhood and the Salafists are one"; in fact, the Brotherhood was founded by a Salafist who sought to put the ideology into practice.  Meanwhile, everywhere in Egypt, institutions from the police to the Coptic Church to the formerly premier Al-Azhar University are being subverted, intimidated, or overshadowed, leaving the field almost entirely to the Islamic Brotherhood.  As Barry Rubin has pointed out, even the few levers remaining to us to influence Egypt's course, such as debt forgiveness, go unused.

Many have noted the apparent admission of domestic Muslim brotherhood affiliates into the counsels of this administration.  Some have even charged that the Justice Department has intervened to protect some Brotherhood groups from prosecution.  As Brotherhood-linked organizations and individuals here exercise their apparent influence on policy, we seem to be in the midst of revisiting a fearful time in our history, when well-placed Communists subverted our post-WWII policy regarding the Soviet Union and elites demonized those who sounded the alarm.

Obama's State Department speech on Thursday may be our contemporary equivalent of the 1949 State Department "White Paper," which attempted to sidestep administration blame for the "loss" of China to Mao's revolution -- though in fairness to Secretary of State Dean Acheson, he never took a sanguine view of the event.  Regardless, the White Paper failed in its objective.  The resultant domestic controversy only grew in intensity, and it influenced our politics for decades.  Ultimately, history proved the critics right.  We can only hope that Obama's Thursday speech has the same unintended result.
"Source of Islamic Awakening"
FARS News Agency is reporting that the Head of the Palestinian Islamic Council in Lebanon, Sheikh Mohammad Nimr Zaghmout, said, "We are witnessing an Islamic spirit in the Arab revolutions, and I prefer to call them Islamic Revolutions."

"This has been the divine power and the power of Islam which has led the revolutionary people in the regional countries to victory," Zaghmout stated, underlining the Islamic nature of the regional uprisings.

He also stressed the spiritual influence of Iran's Islamic Revolution on the recent and current uprisings in the region, and added, "I would like to emphasize the point that we wouldn't have witnessed such revolutions and Islamic awakenings today, if an Islamic awakening had not taken place in Iran 32 year ago and if the Islamic Revolution (of Iran) had not achieved victory."

Late in April, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underscored the profound and vast influence of Iran's Islamic Revolution on the growing wave of Islamic awakening in the region, and voiced confidence about the desirable outcomes of the current popular uprisings.

"Thanks to Islam and Islamic Revolution, a public Islamic awakening has happened in the region today, which will definitely yield its results as it has already yielded its results in certain points," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a group of Iranian people here in Tehran.

"The more the people's determination, faith and readiness for sacrifice grow, the higher the chances of victory will be," the Leader continued.

Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed that recent developments in the region have surprised the US, European and Zionists, and warned that the arrogant powers have conspired plots to gain control over these developments.

As regards the outcomes of the recent Islamic awakening in the region, Ayatollah Khamenei assured that "this movement will eventually serve the interests of the people of the region in future".

In recent months, a wave of revolutions and anti-government uprisings has been sweeping the Arab world.  In January, a revolution in Tunisia ended the 23-year ruling of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.  In February, another Arab revolution led to the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after three decades of his authoritarian rule.  Other revolutions have erupted in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, while other anti-government unrests are spreading in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait and Algeria.

Related:  "Arab Spring" -- US Ambassadors Airlifted From Yemeni Diplomatic Mission

Meanwhile, Obama, a "committed Christian," is supporting what he refers to as the "Arab Spring" and "democracy movements" by sending billions in the form of an "Enterprise Fund" to Egypt and Tunisia.  What could possibly go wrong?
Obamaís Bow To The Muslim World, Round II
Bruce Thornton says In September 1938 English Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, explaining why he was flying to Germany a third time in order to make peace with Germany, recited the old nursery rhyme: "If at first you donít succeed, try, try, try again."  Cynical wags in the Foreign Office, who knew Chamberlain was in fact appeasing Hitler by surrendering Czechoslovakia to him, quickly began circulating another version of the saying: "If at first you donít concede, fly, fly, fly again."

Obamaís new "outreach" to the Muslim world reminds me of Chamberlainís serial efforts to appease a Germany bent on aggression and conquest.  First there was the Cairo speech in June 2009, which was supposed to be a "new beginning" for U.S. relations with Muslims, but in fact simply indulged the same old bad habits of Western self-doubt and historical guilt.  Thus Obama attributed the "tension" between the West and Islam to a "colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold war in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations."  Next came the videotaped New Yearís greetings to Iran, and the multiple letters to the Iranian "Supreme Leader" Ali Khamenei requesting "co-operation in regional and bilateral relations."  These outreaches were followed by Khameiniís announcement that "the path of Iranís nuclear progress could not be blocked," and by the brutal crackdown that summer on the demonstrators protesting the tyranny of the mullahcracy.  Meanwhile Iran continues its support of terrorists murdering our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama also extended the hand of friendship to Syriaís Bashar al Assad, sending an ambassador back to Damascus despite that countryís close ties to Iran and Hezbollah, its assassination of Lebanese former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, and its support given to terrorists by facilitating their travel into Iraq and Afghanistan.  Assad reciprocated by hosting a confab with Hezbollahís Hassan Nasrallah and Iranís genocidal Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  And like his Iranian buddies, Assad has responded to the current demonstrations against his regime by killing about a thousand protestors.  Nor has Obamaís abandonment of Egyptís Hosni Mubarak worked any magic in changing the Egyptians into liberal democrats or even making them like us more.  The jihadist Muslim Brotherhood daily grows more powerful, attacks on Christian Copts, abetted at times by the military, are proliferating, the border with Gaza is open, and more and more Egyptians are calling for trashing the peace treaty with Israel.  Unsurprisingly, according to a May Pew Research survey, only 20% of Egyptians view the United States favorably, and only 35% have "a lot" or "some confidence" in Obamaís leadership.

In short, every time Obama has offered his hand to Muslims in friendship, the less he and America are liked, and the less events trend in directions favorable to our national interests.  Now comes another effort, the recent May 19 address to the Muslim world that attempted to take account of the demonstrations and protests roiling the Middle East, and to outline Americaís response.  And like those previous efforts, this one will do little to change either perceptions or events, for it is predicated on the same dubious assumptions and misapprehensions that have compromised our reactions to the Muslim world.

The main thrust of Obamaís speech in the main reprises the same Bush Doctrine that Obama and his party spent years attacking.  The problems of the Muslim Middle East, in this view, result from a lack of political and economic "self-determination" and "universal rights" that prevents people from enjoying freedom and prosperity.  Tyrannical rulers and jihadist outfits alike exploit this frustration and despair, attempting "to direct their peopleís grievances elsewhere," as Obama puts it, blaming the West, colonialism, and Israel for all that ails the Middle East.  The solution, then, is for the United States "to promote reform across the region, and to support transitions to democracy" so that people can obtain "a set of universal rights" including "free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders."  In addition, economic reform will be supported through efforts "to build networks of entrepreneurs, and expand exchanges in education; to foster cooperation in science and technology, and combat disease."  More practically, this means encouraging the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to provide funds, asking Congress to create Enterprise funds for investment, and forgiving $1 billion in Egyptian debt, with promises of access to $1 billion more.
The "Muslims First" Foreign Policy
Daniel Greenfield says in France, American embassies and consulates have been directed to "empower" Muslims and push for the passage of "social reforms" that will benefit them.  In the UK, American diplomats were directed to again "empower" Muslims and made outreach to them a top priority.  In Israel, the US consulate in Jerusalem caters only to Muslims and does its best to pretend that Jews and Israel don't even exist.  And when Obama visited Greece, what else did he do but push the political and religious authorities to open more mosques and Islamic schools.  America's own interests and our obligations to our allies have been put aside to focus on a single goal of overriding importance.  Pandering to the Muslim world.  It's as if we have no other foreign policy goal anymore beyond keeping Muslims happy.

The United States has its first Special Representative to Muslim Communities in the person of Farah Pandith.  We also have Rashad Hussain, a Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.  Hussain (Rashad, not Barack) had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which helped create both Al Qaeda and Hamas, and defended Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian.  Farah Pandith is a Kashmiri Muslim who began her career as Barbara Bush's secretary.  But just creating two new Muslim posts in the diplomatic sector isn't enough.

NASA Administrator Bolden told Al Jazeera that the agency's new priority is outreach to Muslims.  After gutting NASA and killing its space program, the agency focused on its new top priority by appointing Waleed Abdalati, as its new Chief Scientist.  Waleed Abdalati is a twofer, as a Muslim and a Global Warming researcher.  So the Obama Administration gets to kill off the space program and replace it with Global Warming junk science headed by a Muslim.  It's what the devil would call synergy.

Is any of this working?  Does the Muslim world love us now?  No they don't.  And France, the UK, Israel and Greece like us less for tampering with their internal affairs at Muslim instigation.  All the outreach in the world can't help, because it's not outreach, it's pandering.  Not only is it condescending, but it sends a message of weakness and desperation.  When we pressure our allies on behalf of Muslims, we're sending them a signal that our first priority is fulfilling the marching orders we received from the Muslim world.  And this not only fragments our traditional alliances, but it encourages Muslim regimes to support further acts of terrorism to improve their position.

Since 9/11 we have sunk billions of dollars into the Muslim world.  Usually we had to defeat a country in a war before we began rebuilding them, but now we rush to throw money at hellholes like Pakistan and Indonesia where human rights is a punchline and the mass murder of non-Muslims is an ongoing event.

Taking a look at the fortunes we have plowed into Talibanís godfathers in Pakistan, the round the clock duty that American soldiers perform securing and rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq, the death grip that Bin Ladenís own adoptive Saudi royal family has on our foreign policy, our bankrolling of the Palestinian Authority, not to mention the money that we paid and are still paying to Baathist and Taliban terrorists in exchange for not attacking us -- and even the least terrorist prone country in the Muslim world canít help but think that it could do better for itself by bombing us, than by trying to be our friend.

This frantic flurry of outreach reveals that we consider Islam to be the primary threat to global stability and a major national security threat.  The positive image reveals the negative.  Weíre so obsessed with pandering to Muslims because weíre afraid of them.  The Muslim world knows it, and gloats, when it isnít busy acting offended.  The American public knows it too, even behind the camouflage tarp of learning about other cultures, that weíre trying to defuse the violence.  But trying to defuse violence through appeasement is not a good strategy unless youíre willing to go all the way to Dhimmitown.

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Obama Wins Another One For The Islamists

The Libyan Draft Constitution contains the following in Article (1) of its General Provisions:
   

Libya is an independent Democratic State whering the people are the source of authorities. The city of Tripoli shall be the capital of the State. Islam is the Religion of the State and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia)...
  

The "law" is repeatedly referenced throughout the remainder of the document.
  

First Egypt, now Libya. Rack up another victory for our "committed Christian," Barack Obama.

The "committed Christian" honors Muslim holiday (again)

David Jackson is reporting that Barack Obama extended best wishes to Muslims worldwide for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice.

    

In a White House statement, Barack and Michelle Obama also congratulated the millions of Muslims who are performing the annual hajj pilgrimage.
  

"The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world's Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need," Obama said in the just-released statement.
  

The AFP wire service reports that "more than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims began on Friday the rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage, leaving the holy city of Mecca for Mount Arafat, where the prophet Mohammed is believed to have delivered his final hajj sermon."
  

The White House statement:
  

Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world's largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites.
  

As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world. They join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the devastating earthquake in Turkey.
  

The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world's Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need. On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.

This is the second Muslim holiday since Easter that Barack Obama has "honored."

   

What did Obama do for Easter?

  

Nothing . . . from NewsMax (4/26/20011): The media and the blogosphere are abuzz with dumbfounded reactions to the White House's snub of Christians during the weekend. No presidential proclamation celebrating Christianity's highest holy day of Easter was issued, compounded by the White House chief spokesman's scoffing response to reporters' questions about the omission.

    

As Fox News noted on Monday, "By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha." On top of neglecting Easter, Barack HUSSEIN Obama "also failed to release a statement marking Good Friday." The White House did, however, "release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day," which fell on Good Friday.
  

Obama still insists he is not a Muslim.

    

Decide for yourself. Use the "Search" function to search on -- Obama Islamist -- you tell me if the results are a coincidence.

Obama congratulates his king

Saudi Press Agency is reporting that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, received a congratulatory cable from Barack Obama on Monday.
  

"Michelle (Obama) and I would like to congratulate Muslims in the US and the rest of the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, particularly the pilgrims who have carried out one of the basic rites of Islam. We are proud of the fact that thousands of US pilgrims have joined the approximately 3 million Muslims in Haj this year," Obama said in his message.
   

Obama said Eid Al-Adha revived the memory of the readiness of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) to sacrifice his son. He pointed to pilgrims offering sacrifices and donating the meat to the poor, including those who are suffering from severe drought in the Horn of Africa.
  

"While such a huge number of people from various racial and economic backgrounds overcome their differences for a greater cause, in it there is a lesson for the entire mankind that differences of people are a source of strength and is a blessing of God that should be celebrated," Obama said.
  

"We would like to in these blessed days and on behalf of the American people to offer our sincerest greetings to the Muslim world on Eid Al-Adha and also to everyone who completed the Haj," Obama said.

   

If you forget who the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is, it's this guy:

  

  

U. S. Presidents don't bow to anybody. Good Muslims do.

   

We have to stop listening to what the liar, Obama, says, and simply watch what he does.

   

Only then will you begin to understand who and what he is.

Obama Ensures The fulfillment of ZAKAT

    

Raymond Ibrahim says from what American schoolchildren are being taught by their teachers, to what Americans are being told by Obama, concepts unique to Islam are nowadays almost always "Westernized." Whether the product of naivety, arrogance, or downright disingenuousness, this phenomenon has resulted in epistemic (and thus endemic) failures, crippling Americans from objectively understanding some of Islam's more troublesome doctrines.
   

A typical seventh-grade textbook, for instance, teaches that "jihad represents the human struggle to overcome difficulties and do things that are pleasing to God. Muslims strive to respond positively to personal difficulties as well as worldly challenges. For instance, they might work to be better people, reform society, or correct injustice."

Strictly speaking, this is by and large true. However, by not explaining what it means to be "better people, reform society, or correct injustice" -- from a distinctly Islamic, as opposed to Western, perspective -- the textbook abandons students to fall back on their own (misleading) interpretations.
  

Yet the facts remain: In Islam, killing certain "evil-doers," such as apostates or homosexuals, is a way of "correcting injustice"; overthrowing manmade constitutional orders (such as the United States) and replacing them with Sharia mandates, and subjugating women and non-Muslims, are ways of "reforming society." Those enforcing all this are, in fact, "better people" -- indeed, according to the Koran, they are "the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong [3:110]," that is, ruling according to Sharia law.
  

So it is with the Muslim concept of zakat, a word often rendered into English as "charity." But is that all zakat is -- mere Muslim benevolence by way of feeding and clothing the destitute of the world, as the word "charity" all too often connotes?
  

Barack Hussein Obama seems to think so -- or, given his background, is at least banking that others do -- based on his recent proclamation to the Muslim world that "in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat."
  

Thus does Obama conflate a decidedly Islamic concept, zakat, with the generic notion of charity. Is this justified? As with all things Islamic, one must first examine the legal aspects of zakat to truly appreciate its purport. Etymologically related to the notion of "purity," zakat -- paying a portion of one's wealth to specifically designated recipients -- is a way of purifying oneself, on par with prayers (see Koran 9:103).
   

The problem, however, has to do with who is eligible for this mandatory "charity." Most schools of Muslim jurisprudence are agreed to eight possible categories of recipients -- one of these being those fighting "in the path of Allah," that is, jihadis, also known as "terrorists."
  

In fact, financially supporting jihadis is a recognized form of jihad -- jihad al-mal; even the vast majority of militant verses in the Koran (e.g., 9:20, 9:41, 49:15, 61:10-11) prioritize the need to fund the jihad over merely fighting in it, as fighting with one's wealth often precedes fighting with one's self. Well-known Islamists -- from international jihadi Osama bin Laden to authoritative cleric Sheikh Qaradawi -- are well aware of this and regularly exhort Muslims to fund the jihad via zakat.
  

More revealing of the peculiarly Islamic nature of zakat is the fact that Muslims are actually forbidden from bestowing this "charity" onto non-Muslims (e.g., the vast majority of American infidels). "Charitable" Muslim organizations operating on American soil are therefore no mere equivalents to, say, the Salvation Army, a Christian charity organization whose "ministry extends to all, regardless of ages, sex, color, or creed." In Islam, creed is a major criterion for receiving "charity" -- not to mention for receiving social equality.
  

From here, one can better understand Obama's lament that "in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation," a statement that unwittingly implies that American zakat has, in fact, been used to fund the jihad. After all, these irksome "rules" to which Obama alludes appear to be a reference to the presumably "excessive" scrutiny American Muslim "charities" are subject to by law enforcement. Yet this scrutiny is itself a direct byproduct of the fact that American Muslim "charities" have, indeed, been funding the jihad, both at home and abroad.
  

In light of all this, what truly remains to be seen is how, precisely, Obama plans on "working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat."

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