Softness is for toilet paper companies to manufacture — not the new leader of the Free World as he begins his dealings with religious terrorists, their sponsors and their mollifiers.
With great sentiment, and as if to reverse what he regards to be America’s chutzpah abroad, President Obama granted his first public interview to “the Muslim world” on Arabic television, smoothly informing our sworn enemies — people who danced in the streets on 9/11 — that we are willing to woo them by “listening” instead of “dictating,” because “we don’t always know all the factors that are involved.”
We know enough of them, sir, to understand that they are all detrimental to our safety, and consistently being updated by rogue nations, such as Iran, which is on the disturbing verge of perfecting a nuclear bomb. Then, watch out us all.
Obama’s noble, if unsound, efforts to engage the world’s undesirables by initiating “a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest” may not garner the “significant progress” he hopes for. The president does not appear to have a handle on the low Muslim threshold for all things western, despite touting his family’s Islamic ties on the Al Arabiya network, a bragging right he resisted on the campaign trail.
Nor did his soothing words, “that the language we use matters,” placate rabid Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who demanded an apology for “past bad acts and crimes committed against Iran,” and challenged the president to put an “end to the US military in the world.”
Moreover, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s desire to engage Iran “with no conditions” — particularly when she dismissed the idea as being “naïve” just last July — indicates that the new administration is fearful of questioning “the Muslim world” about its own notorious reputation for crimes against humanity, but willing to ingratiate America and wipe the slate clean of the blood of Americans.
In its report, “Islam’s Bloody Innards? Religion and Political Terror, 1980—2000, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology assesses, “rather than geo-strategic issues, it is cultural values that make Muslim states prone to violence,” further noting, “particular teachings of Islam could empower ordinary people to high levels of dissent.”
President Obama may want to take that into consideration as he determines how we begin to restore “the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as, recently, as 20 or 30 years ago.” He can be forgiven for not remembering the horrific and indiscriminate handiwork of Islam’s thugs — even back then — because, by his own admission, he was busy being “a goof-off in high school” at the time.
A few low profile examples: December 26, 1968, two Palestinian gunmen attack an El Al jet in Athens, killing one person. February 21, 1970, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine skyjacks Swissair Flight 330, causing it to crash near Zurich, killing 38 passengers. April 18, 1983, a suicide bombing against the US embassy in Lebanon kills 60 people. October 7, 1985, the Palestinian Liberation Front hijacks the Achille Lauro cruise ship, shooting disabled American senior Leon Klinghoffer in his wheelchair and tossing overboard.
The 1990s fared no better. March 17, 1992, Islamic Jihad bombs the Israeli embassy in Argentina, killing 29 people and injuring 242 others. October 23, 1994, two Spanish nuns are murdered by the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria. February 26, 1993, the first jihad-fueled World Trade Center bombing claims six lives and injures more than 1,000 bystanders.
The new millennium unleashed a rash of bolder, deadlier attacks from radical Islam, replacing its historic lack of military might with a murderous mandate for executing terror around the world..
President Obama is about to get an eye-opening lesson on Islam’s militant and moderate communities, particularly, their two-faced defense of the Palestinians. He was just nine years old in 1970 when King Hussein of Jordan had thousands of Palestinians killed, or expelled to Lebanon, after the ultra-radical Black September Organization — the same one responsible for the Munich Olympics massacre of 1972 — tried to seize his kingdom.
For a summary on “the Muslim world,” the Obama administration need look no further than the Koran (8:59), which commands its believers to “prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them” because “the infidels should not think that they can get away from us.”
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