So clever was Obama’s strategy that the New York Times labeled it a “diplomatic coup,” even though the end result may have done little more than highlight the absurdity of negotiating with the Islamic world.
In 2008, candidate Obama said he would negotiate with
What no one seems to grasp is, that other than setting off bombs to create havoc, talking is what they do best in the
Lying is an acceptable strategy in Islam. Muslims may even renounce Allah or the prophet if the tactic is beneficial to them. There are several Koranic verses on the subject of lying, such as Surah 2:225, “God knows all and hears all. God will not call you to account for that which is inadvertent in your oaths. But He will take you to task for that which is intended in your hearts. God is forgiving and lenient.”
In other words, legitimate negotiation is virtually impossible with a Muslim because there are no rules to govern the truth.
Benjamin Netanyahu needed American support, so Barack Obama went to
Obama desired the perception of credibility with
Though speculative at best, here is one scenario of what followed the Obama/Netanyahu summit.
For President Obama the strategy was simple: Assure Netanyahu that the
In exchange for that commitment, Obama pressured Netanyahu into apologizing to
In a White House statement issued Friday, Netanyahu’s apology was greeted as the “restoration of positive relations” between
With the current strained relations between the once friendly countries, it is important for
Rather than improve Turkish/Israeli relations, Netanyahu’s apology has been viewed in the Muslim world as an acknowledgement of wrong-doing by
Obamaworld becomes more dangerous by the day, but, like the tree that makes no noise in the forest if it falls when no one is around, if we remain oblivious to the peril, then it doesn’t really exist.
Besides, if it is not Obama’s fault, then nothing else matters. He can always blame George Bush.
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