Though she wanted to be a writer, Sultan became a doctor due to pressure from her family. In 1979 she witnessed atrocities committed against innocent Syrians by Islamic extremists involved with the Muslim Brotherhood. Among the people gunned down by machine-gun toting assassins was one of her professors, a world renowned ophthalmologist.
“They shot hundreds of bullets into him,” she said. “At that point, I lost my trust in their god and began to question all our teachings. It was the turning point of my life. I had to look for another god.”
Barack Obama made a speech in
Now, as the Middle East burns in the wake of violence throughout the region, Obama’s comments in
Here are excerpts from Sultan’s writings following Obama’s
“Mr. Obama is a politician, and a very astute one. However, his speech revealed that his view is unduly influenced by naïve desire. His perception of Islam and the reality of Islam need to be synchronized. I am a physician and a realist who has lived and experienced the effect of my Arab culture and Islamic religion since childhood.”
“The president pandered to Muslims: praised their accomplishments, commiserated with their grievances, and apologized for injustices done to them by centuries of colonialism — without once mentioning the history of rampant and violent Arab colonialism. He avoided any mention of Jihadi tenets, or of the Islamic political ideology of supremacy over non Muslims — principles embedded in Sharia law. These are taught and sanctioned openly by Al-Azhar, the university that hosted him. Obama underscored the supposed American mistreatment of terrorists and apologized for torture in
“Most disturbing was the president’s call to defend Muslims against negative stereotypes. A dangerous precedent is set when freedom of speech is silenced and ideological criticism forbidden. This, again, is the stuff of nightmarish totalitarian regimes. Encouraging laws to make criticism of Islam an offense punishable by law is troubling.”
“Since arriving in the
“Obama sidesteps the acute state of affairs in the Islamic world with flattery, failing to encourage accountability for rhetoric, practices and the behavior that feed stereotypes. I did not hear an exhortation to the Islamic world to open itself to diversity, to accept women as equal citizens with the same rights and protection under law as men. I did not hear a challenge to the Muslim world to accept other religions and their ability to practice openly within the Islamic world. I did not hear a call to erase for all time, Dhimmi racism — the Sharia law-based dictate that Christians and Jews are inferior and should be suppressed.”
“I see my people’s heart bleeding and I know the pressing need for self-correction and honest examination for the sake of urgent repair. Obama dangles the carrot but shies away from the imperative issues boiling beneath the surface.”
“Obama’s reality makes my work and that of others who speak up against intolerant Islamic doctrines more challenging. He undermines this mission by placating abusive, xenophobic policies and enabling those within the Islamic world to subjugate others, to coerce others to its beliefs, and to continue these pursuits with his blessing.”
“The president failed to join freedom-loving individuals, liberated Arabs like myself. He failed to lead the Muslim world into modernization and vital reform. Rather than calling out, “The house is on fire.” Obama smiles and tells us how beautiful the house is as it burns out of control and threatens to destroy us.”
“Obama is a politician who wishes to use sweet talk and to whitewash reality to make amends with Muslims.”
“I, on the other hand am a pragmatic Arab woman who escaped the prison of Islam to the free world and now devotes her life to expressing views freely and pressing for a genuine difference in Islam. We cannot have it both ways. Intolerance never tolerates freedom.”
Like so many other aspects of Barack Obama’s administration his words are empty while his deeds become dangerous reality.
The world needs more Wasa Sultan’s who are unafraid to speak out against radical Islam rather than the empty rhetoric of Barack Obama.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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