‘Inner Muslim’ at work in Cairo
- From: jose el fontanero <josefsoplar@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 09:12:26 -0700 (PDT)
‘Inner Muslim’ at work in Cairo
By Wesley Pruden
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now it's on to Normandy, to
apologize to the Germans. It's the least an American president can do
after the way the Allied armies left so much of Europe in rubble.
There's a lot of groveling to do for what America accomplished in the
This prospect should appeal to Barack Obama, who relishes the role of
Apologizer-in-Chief. Apologizing for manifold sins against
civilization is not always easy, but it's simple enough: "Blame
America First." You just open a vein and let it flow. In Cairo, Mr.
Obama opened an artery.
America, unlike the president, is guilty of hubris, arrogance and
cant. All that must change. "Change" is what the smooth-talking
Chicago messiah says he is all about. "Given our interdependence, any
world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another
will inevitably fail," he told the Muslim elites Thursday at Cairo U.
"So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it."
It's not "a world order" that elevates America, but events. No other
country is as generous, as forgiving, as willing to sacrifice blood
and bone when the world calls for help. If not America, who? Hasn't
the president heard?
Big talkers don't know when to stop when they're on a rhetorical roll
because they can't remember which facts are actually facts and which
"facts" they're making up. Mr. Obama even attributed the Golden Rule,
from the teachings of Christ, to "every religion." In an interview
before the Cairo speech, he called the United States one of "the
largest Muslim countries," based on its Muslim population, and he
later put the number of Muslims in America at 7 million, more than
even most Islamic advocacy groups claim. The most reliable estimate,
by the nonpartisan Pew research organization, is 1.8 million. That
would make the United States the 48th "largest" Muslim nation, just
behind Montenegro. Mr. Obama often has trouble with numbers, big and
small; he once boasted of having campaigned in 57 states.
Mr. Obama described himself as "a Christian, but," and offered a hymn
to the Muslim roots he insisted during the late presidential campaign
he didn't have. He invoked his middle name, "Hussein," as evidence
that he was one of "them." The Obama campaign insisted last year that
anyone who uses the middle name was playing with racism.
He told the Cairo audience that "to move forward we must say openly
the things we hold in our hearts," but he wasted the opportunity to
forcefully instruct Muslims that respect and appreciation must be
mutual. While conceding the mote in American eyes, he said almost
nothing about the beam that blinds Muslim eyes. He enumerated the
"sources of tension" between Islamic countries and the West and never
mentioned terrorism. He chided the West for its harsh view of Islamic
treatment of women - "I reject the view of some in the West that a
woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal" - and
suggested that denying education to women is the gravest Muslim sin
against women. He could have denounced "honor killings," forced
marriages and how women in Muslim countries are flogged on the pretext
of minuscule violations of eighth-century Sharia law.
But it was more fun to fish for applause by berating America and
throwing rocks at Israel. "Let there be no doubt: The situation for
the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs
on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity and
a state of their own." Israel, he said, must "live up to its
obligations," but he had hardly a word of rebuke for the long record
of broken Palestinian promises. It was a remarkable insult to an
absent ally, delivered to the applause of Israel's sworn enemies.
Mr. Obama's revelation of his "inner Muslim" in Cairo reveals much
about who he is. He is our first president without an instinctive
appreciation of the culture, history, tradition, common law and
literature whence America sprang. The genetic imprint writ large in
his 43 predecessors is missing from the Obama DNA. He no doubt meant
no offense in returning that bust of Churchill ("Who he?") or
imagining that a DVD of American movies was appropriate in an exchange
of state gifts with Gordon Brown. Nor did he likely understand why it
was an offense against history (and good manners) to agree to the
exclusion of the Queen from Saturday's commemoration of the Anglo-
American liberation of France. Kenya simply routed Kansas.
The great Cairo grovel accomplished nothing beyond the humiliation of
the president and the embarrassment of his constituents, few of whom
share his need to put America on its knees before its enemies. No
president before him has ever shamed us so. We must never forget it.
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