Saturday, June 06, 2009
Via Fausta, a video fisking of the history underlying the president's speech. This is important, because the tedious habit of western leftists to blame European and American aggression and imperialism in an attempt to understand the attitude of the Muslim world ignores history. The Crusades, wretched as they were (especially if you were a Levantine Jew), were a counterattack.
As I wrote years ago, if we are to travel down the road of historical guilt, I want an apology from Muslims. Then we can talk.
Be more specific, TH, ...ARAB MUSLIMS...that small fraction of the Muslim world that engages in terrorism, cares about Palestine and has ill regard for anything that comes out of Cairo.
Obama's speech was a direct communication with this component of Muslims, not the rest of them...who frankly could care less about Isreal, Al Queda or Obama (for that matter).
Billed as a "Speech to outreach to the Muslim World"...the address was a poorly thought out whimper to a small fraction of that world.
Our president gives a good speech. That's about the only good thing I can say about him (other than the "historic" crap that doesn't earn me a dime or protect my family). He needs better political and historical guidance. I find it hard to believe that this man had a classical Harvard education.
BHO's ignorance of history is appalling.
Lying during a campaign in America is, unfortunately, accepted as business as usual. How else can Democrats get elected?
But, ignorance in our President, with all the resources in this country at his command, is inexcusable.
Further, a great speaker does not ramble nor search for a way to sound profound by repeatedly using halting speech patterns.
The man is just pathetic, and should've read a book at some point in his life.
Since I live in a lefty college town, I am reminded often of one of those lefty anti-Bush, anti-GOP bumper stickers which says something like :
"Ignorance and arrogance make for bad foreign policy".
With this being such an important day, I'm sickened by what this prick has done to disrespect the Brits. What a bozo. Perhaps if he'd traveled some before he got the open expense account he'd be turned on to history.
Hey Tigerhawk! Great video, but if ANYONE is going to start lobbing rockets into occupied Constantinople, or lead the "Ionian refugees," I claim priority as Arafatopoulos! See for example http://www.rightwingnews.com/comments.php?id=11443
We should be clear--and President Obama should be informed of the following truth.
Islam's learned officials, sheikhs, muftis, and imams throughout the ages have all reached consensus—binding on the entire Muslim community—that Islam is to be at perpetual war with the non-Muslim world until the former subsumes the latter. Indeed, it is widely held by Muslim scholars that since the sword-verses are among the final revelations on the topic of Islam's relationship to non-Muslims, that they alone have abrogated some 200 of the Qur'an's earlier and more tolerant verses, such as "no compulsion is there in religion." Famous Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) admired in the West for his "progressive" insights, also puts to rest the notion that jihad is defensive warfare:
"In the Muslim community, the holy war [jihad] is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force ... The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty for them, save only for purposes of defense ... They are merely required to establish their religion among their own people. That is why the Israelites after Moses and Joshua remained unconcerned with royal authority [e.g., a caliphate]. Their only concern was to establish their religion [not spread it to the nations] … But Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations."
Middle East Quarterly
Summer 2009, pp. 3-12