Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama: "...mutual respect..."

How's this for naivety:

President Barack Obama promised to improve U.S. ties with the Muslim world in his inauguration address on Tuesday, after tensions that followed the September 11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect" said Obama, who became the first black president of the United States.

As I understand the word "mutual," Mutual interest and mutual respect would require that the Muslim world has some of the same interests as the U.S. and that they respect us.

As I understand it, however, much of the world of Islam considers us "The Great Satan".  In fact, the very Muslims that The ONE was referencing in his speech are the ones who hate us the most.

Let me be clear:  That hatred is not based (primarily) on anything we've done.  It's not based on our relationship with Israel.  It's not based on the war on terror.  It's not based on what we've done in Iraq or Afghanistan.  

The hatred that the radical Islamic Fundamentalists have toward us, as well as much of the rest of the western world, is based on the fact that we are not Muslim. 

That's right.  All we have to do for them to "respect" us, is for all of us to convert to radical Islam.  Otherwise, we will continue to be "the Great Satan".  

Actually, I'm even wrong about that.  Muslims don't even respect other Muslims.  Prior to 9/11, 23 of the 24 world conflicts were between Muslims and their neighbors (the 24th was the Irish Republican Army and Great Britain.)  Of those, many have been between Muslims and other Muslims.  Muslims have no problem killing other Muslims if they have political issues with them, if they don't subscribe to the same brand of Islam, or if they are just having a bad day.

Jeff Emmanuel of redstate.com puts it this way:

Though the far left often claims that President Bush’s policy was unnecessarily heavy-handed and reckless, the reality is that “mutual interest and mutual respect” was exactly the basis for Bush’s policy with the post-Taliban government and people of Afghanistan, the post-Saddam government and people of Iraq, and with so many others the world over.

Further, Obama’s message “To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist,” hints at a view of international relations which is hopelessly Utopian, and which has no place the affairs of this world. All too many residents of the Muslim world are happy to judge their leaders on what they destroy, rather than on what they build (case in point: Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which has sacrificed infrastructure for the chance to convert water pipes into homemade rockets built to fire at civilian populations in the sovereign country to their north).

In short, recent history shows that the residence of the Muslim world buy into the hyperbole of their leaders.  Barack Obama is either hopelessly deluded, or he's lying to appease his constituency. 


Mark January 22, 2009 at 6:16 AM  

Oh, that's right! I had forgotten. I guess that's a consequence of old age.

I have created a few posts in the past on this subject in the past. I even drew a political cartoon (which I never posted) about Obama's naive idea that we can talk the terrorists into being nice to us.

I didn't listen to his inauguration speech, so I didn't have much to say. I haven't analyzed it either. Perhaps I should. You have done a great job analyzing a small part of it.

Whatever he says is simply political rhetoric anyway. Hard to say what he really thinks. We know he wants to kill babies, and surrender in Iraq, and raise taxes, and dismantle our national security, and create a United Soviet States of America, etc, but beyond that, what do we really know about him?

Great thoughtful, inciteful post.

Mark January 22, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

P.S. Dr. Martin Luther King expressed his desire that we should judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin. I, for one, have judged Obama by the content of his character and found him wanting.

a red voice January 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

Great Post!

Unfortunately there is a lot of people hopelessly deluded by all of this. This is an exact quote from a conversation I had earlier: "Obama's security plan is simply and effective. Improve our reputation so that we do not have to worry about squelching every attach; If no one hates us, there simply won't be any attacks."


They think if we offer "Peace", that the Islamic Resistance Movement (IRM), (the Jihad, which includes Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and all other like-minded folks), will all go peacefully home and there will once again be peace on the earth.

The Islamic Fundamentalist is much smarter than Obama is. It has recognized that our goodness is no match for its savagery, and will continue to exploit that fact until we lose and they win.

Obama can talk to them and negotiate with them all he wants, they are still going to hate America and try to destroy us.

Sadly, it isn't a fairy tale, it's real life. & Obama is playing with fire and he has no experience.

Anonymous,  January 24, 2009 at 12:16 PM  

I would say that deluded and lying apply.

Grace Explosion January 25, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

? - Was Barack Hussein Obama raised Muslim or something??

Oh yeah, he was.

Maybe his statements regarding mutual respect should be comprehended according to his Muslim roots - not our Western view.

After all, we were actually raised IN America - we don't have a Muslim father, PLUS we can prove that we are US citizens.

I think Obama's words have to be taken in the context of his history and present citizenship which is not proven to be US citizenship. After all, he said it himself he's a "citizen of the world" (not the US).

Mark January 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM  

I have mutual respect for the terrorists. They don't respect me and the feeling is mutual.

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