A lesson from Raymond Ibrahim on why Benghazi is important

Some of the media says Benghazi isn't important, but if you look beyond the attacks there is much more than meets the eye. Photo: Ray Ibrahim

CHARLOTTEMay 20, 2013 – In a new book titled Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians Raymond Ibrahim, an expert on Islam and the Middle East, presents chilling insights into greater understanding Western and Middle Eastern thinking.

Ibrahim is an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum, Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Born and raised in the United Stated by Egyptian parents, he is uniquely qualified to clarify the complexities of the differences between Christianity and Islam.

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A close look at some of Ibrahim’s responses in an interview by Ryan Mauro offers valuable background into the effect political correctness is having on the growing boldness of Islamic jihadists.

When the Islamic advance across Europe was halted at the gates of Vienna in the 16th century, it ended nearly a thousand years of Muslim expansion into the West. Many of the converts became, as Ibrahim says, “Muslims in name only.” Given their choices between heavy taxation, death or converting to Islam, most people became Muslims though they knew nothing about the religion.

During a period of dormancy of roughly four centuries, generation after generation called themselves Muslims without knowing why. As Ibrahim notes in his book, “Islam is the quintessential religion of ‘might makes right’ and from roughly 1850 to 1950, most Muslims were very Wesward looking” because the West was clearly the dominant influence in the world.

Ibrahim even cites Osama bin Laden as saying, “people by nature favor the strong horse.” All of that began to change in the 1960s however, “when the West became self-loathing, morally and sexually licentious, materialistic, etc.”

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Writes Ibrahim, “It’s no coincidence that the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran followed on the heels of the liberalization of the West in the ‘70s.”  

In light of the months that have passed since the consulate attacks in Libya and the Boston Marathon bombings there can be no denying the Obama administration refuses to admit there is a problem with global jihad and terrorism.

Since the beginning, the president has bent over backwards to avoid such terms as “terrorism” or “radical Islam.” He goes out of his way to attempt to explain there is a difference between moderate Muslims and the radical elements that carry out global Islamic violence.

Hillary Clinton screamed “What difference does it make” to a congressional committee. The president was nowhere to be found while the Behghazi attacks were in progress, yet Dan Pfeiffer stated on five Sunday shows that Obama’s whereabouts on that night were irrelevant.

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Ibrahim strongly disagrees. “Wherever Obama has supported the ‘Arab Spring,’ whether in Egypt, Libya, or now in Syria, the situation has gotten dramatically worse for Christians. The U.S. and its allies can start by ceasing to support avowed Islamists, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which Obama’s intelligence chief absurdly called ‘largely secular.’”

Does Barack Obama really believe that or does he refuse to accept reality is he simply naïve?

“Sadly, this administration is still operating under the idea that Islam and its Sharia are intrinsically compatible with 21st century standards of human rights, and, in short, pretending there is no such thing as Christian persecution,” adds Ibrahim.

Concluding the interview Ibrahim said, “People forget that, historically and before Islam came into being in the 7th century, half of the Christian world’s population lived precisely in those lands we now call ‘the Arab world.’  They were decimated throughout the centuries of jihadi conquests, and today are dwindling ever more, as Muslim persecution of Christians returns in full vigor.”

As battles continue to rage throughout the Middle East, Americans also continue to die in defense of their country and the freedoms upon which our nation was founded.

Dismissing those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by saying the president’s involvement was irrelevant or that four diplomatic deaths as a result of terrorism made “no difference” are precisely the reasons why every American should demand answers from their president regarding Benghazi.

They are the reasons it is important.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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