JERUSALEM, July 6, 2013 — One thing that the events in
That conclusion is obvious: America has long been despised by radical forces in the world for the very values it represents and upholds, not for the policies of one administration or another. Indeed, as is the case with anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, anti-Americanism is hatred based on essence.
Obama’s track record, as a follower of radical activist Saul Alinsky in his youth, in his presidential electoral platform, and in his performance for the past four and a half years, shows that his attitude towards the country he “leads from behind” is a mixed bag. On the one hand, he believes it is essentially flawed. On the other, he blames the foreign policy of his predecessors for any enmity accrued.
This is why he made it his first priority as president to engage in outreach to the Muslim world. His own upbringing in
It is not clear whether he understood the events of 9/11 in this context. But he certainly viewed its aftermath — the outbreak of what he and others called “Islamophobia” — to be a disease that needed eradication. And he was going to be the guy to come up with the cure.
He thus made a pilgrimage to the Middle East, stopping first in
In what would come to be called the “
“We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims … fed by colonialism,” he announced to his audience, which did not include then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak had decided not to show up when he learned that most of the attendees would be members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights,” he explained.
Due to his chief concern that the West should not make sweeping, prejudicial judgments due to 9/11, Obama asserted that he had “come here to seek a new beginning between the
After waxing poetic about Islam’s major contribution to science and culture, he went on to laud its humanitarianism.
“Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality,” he said. “(It) has always been a part of
He concluded, “(A)ny world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail … Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism — it is an important part of promoting peace … (and) no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other …
A year and a half later, riots erupted all over
But this week, the people of
Obama must have been stunned when he saw all the anti-American banners being waved in
He had done nothing but support these people’s choice of leader at the ballot box. He had continued to shower financial and military aid on them, no strings attached. How could they possibly hate
The only answer is that Obama and the Egyptian “revolutionaries” deserve each other.
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