Monday, December 07, 2015

Parsing Obama’s Palaver

President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation of “reassurance” and “resolve” on the evening of December 6th had all the substance of cotton candy. It took up a lot of space but essentially there was nothing there. It was a fluffy repeat of the same old deception, misdirection, taqiyya, and dissimulation. The only thing his fifteen-minute, nineteen-hundred word spiel reassured us of was that he wasn’t going to change his policy towards ISIS (aka ISIL) or his determination to protect Islam. Let’s examine the speech.

The first paragraph was a howler.

Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black, Latino and Asian, immigrants, and American born, moms and dads, daughters and sons. Each of them served their fellow citizens. All of them were part of our American family.

Actually, Obama wasn’t so much talking “with us” as he was talking down to us. Also, he failed the bean-counting test. He forgot to mention that the victims were also someone’s cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and in-laws. But, apparently, there were no Muslims among the victims. What a relief! Well, to Obama it was a relief.

Tonight I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism and how we can keep our country safe….

Tragedy? Everyone else realizes it was an attack by Islamic jihadists. Pearl Harbor was not a “tragedy.” The St. Valentine’s Day massacre was not a “tragedy.” The Holocaust was not a “tragedy.” Destructive natural catastrophes are “tragedies.” When people lose their lives and property to tornados, earthquakes, and floods, those are tragedies. The term tragedy is preferred in this context because it lessens the sense that it was just another instance of jihad, of a continuation of Islam’s war on the West. It misdirects one’s attention away from the ideological culprit: Islam. The term tragedy has no human face. It’s something that just happens, and no blame can be attached to any human action or design.

Natural disasters do not discriminate between men, women, and children.

But neither does Islamic jihad. American civilians are legitimate targets of Islamic jihad. “Allah is an enemy to unbelievers.” (Sura -2:98) “Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter.” (Koran - 2:191) “Believers! Make war on the infidels who dwell around you.” (Koran - 9:123) Farook’s coworkers were near him. Enough said? The Koran is replete with such bloody-minded injunctions.

The FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here's what we know….

Our dhimmified FBI, 48 hours after the San Bernardino attack, finally conceded it was an act of terrorism. At the time, Obama was still suggesting it was an instance of “workplace violence.” The FBI, as of the date of this writing, is still fossicking around for a motive. Last night Obama finally admitted that the attack was an act of terrorism, carried out by Muslims. Well, by “renegade” Muslims. It must have wrenched his gut to have to admit that. Facts, however, may be suppressed as inconvenient if they incriminate Muslims, and contradict one’s assumptions, and must be suppressed as long as possible before they must be acknowledged.

So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home.

“We” now have evidence Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were in contact with parties designated by the FBI as “persons of interest” in this country and overseas.

 But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West. They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs.

There’s that hoary old chestnut of Islam, that it’s a peaceful religion, as peaceful as an Amish barn-raising get-together, and that Islam had been “hijacked.” It’s one of George W. Bush’s most noteworthy gaffes, addressed exclusively to Muslims shortly after 9/11. Obama owes George W. Bush so much, you have to wonder why over the years he has blamed the man for so many problems. Moreover, you can no more “radicalize” Islam than you can “radicalize” Nazism or Communism. You can't “pervert” a death cult like Islam or put a worse “interpretation” on it than the one it already flaunts. It is what it is. Applying the term “extremist” to Islam’s consistent practitioners is an exercise in myopic epistemology. It’s tantamount to calling Venus’s atmosphereextremely lethal” to human life. It’s lethal, period.

As Daniel Greenfield noted in his December 6th column about Syed Farook’s father, “Moderate Muslim Dad to San Bernardino Terrorist: Soon All the Jews Will be Dead,”

….Farook's family was only "moderate" by the standards of ISIS. And that's the problem with the myth of the moderate Muslim. It's a relative definition, not a moral one. And since there's an endless spectrum of Islamic Supremacist brutality, being moderate means very little. Like the average in a population of murderous psychos or serial rapists, a halfway point in evil doesn't mean much.

ISIS’s ranks of “fighters” and terrorists in Syria, in Europe, and in America are filled with once “moderate” Muslims. Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were unassuming, “moderate” Muslims, until they exchanged their civilian clothes for combat gear, and then locked and loaded. Obama claimed that:

Our nation has been at war with terrorists since Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11….

Come again? What about the Barbary Wars in the early 19th century? Or are looting and enslaving pirates not to be classified as terrorists? Muslims terrorized European coast lines for centuries.

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have disrupted countless plots here and overseas and worked around the clock to keep us safe.

Our military and counterterrorism professionals have relentlessly pursued terrorist networks overseas, disrupting safe havens in several different countries, killing Osama Bin Laden, and decimating Al Qaeda's leadership….

No thanks to Obama with all the actions he has taken to cripple our intelligence gather efforts against ISIS, Iran, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorist outfits, such as ordering the redaction of Islamic and Muslim terms from the FBI training documents . No thanks to his budget cuts on the military. You really have to credit Obama for his brazen effrontery to tell lies to the American public about all he has accomplished in the “war against terror.” It was his policies in Iraq and Syria and Libya that sired the birth of ISIS. He has accomplished anarchy and enabled the growth of ISIS.

 And as groups like ISIL grew stronger amidst the chaos of war in Iraq and then Syria, and as the Internet erases the distance between countries, we see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino killers.

But the minds of Farook and Malik, together with those of Johar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers, were already drawn to terrorism, poisoned by Islam. Islam severs any rational link between morality and action. It sanctions violence and death. This is true for your average, unassuming, non-violent Muslim and the gun- and bomb-wielding apostles of an Islamic apocalypse. This is true for those born into the cult and raised in it, and for those drawn to it for their own skewed psychological reasons to be converted. Because Islam claims that all infidels – Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and so on – were born Muslims,  anyone adhering to another faith or religion, or to no religion at all, is fair game for killing or enslaving. I kid you not. Here is an imam’s own explanation:

In His infinite love and compassion, God gave all humans this fitrah, which pulls them back towards Him through the message of His prophets which was finalized and preserved with the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

However, some people may either ignore the call or are so steeped in the falsehoods of their ‘given’ religion that they ignore their fitrah guiding them back to the One and Only God. This fitrah is that still small voice that ‘whispers’ to you the difference between right and wrong and makes you question the doctrination of the corruption in religion today.

That “small voice” that “whispers” into your mind is the little “birdie” I describe in “The Ugly American Muslim” about Farook and Malik. One day Farook and Malik are shopping for Pampers and baby food for the toddler. The next day they’re taking delivery of automatic weapons and bullets, and assembling pipe bombs. The Farook family lawyer, David S. Chesley, is in denial that Farook and Malik were really vicious killers. He suspects a “setup,” an entrapment, a conspiracy of some kind. Or something. The National Review on December 4th  reports on his CNN interview with Chris Cuomo. Not quite sounding like Mr. Magoo, Chesley said:

There’s a lot of disconnects and unknowns and things that, quite frankly, don’t add up or seem implausible…. You know, no one has ever seen Syed with any of the things that they, I mean – with some of the things we found on the scene, they haven’t seem [sic] them with them… We sat with the FBI for three hours and they tried to identify some characteristics or some affiliations that he [Farook] might have had, that could have led to him acting this way. They couldn’t find anything. They were totally stumped, totally frustrated….

It’s a real head-scratcher, David. But, you went to law school, just like Obama, so I’m sure you’ll figure it out some day.

From here on Obama’s remarks about what to do about ISIS and terrorism, what he will do to “defeat“ ISIL, how he’s forming an alliance with the U.K., France, and Germany (!!! You mean the same Germany that invited millions of Muslims to invade Europe???, to exchange the swastika for the crescent and star???), how he’ll order a review of how the immigrant vetting process to prevent “bad” Muslims like Tashfeen Malik from entering the country – are just so much taqiyya-sugared palaver we’ve all heard countless times before. Snoozers.

As Diane West remarked in a “tweet” soon after Obama was finished “reassuring” the country:

The Crux of Obama’s speech was a pitch to re-repress a growing understanding that the more Islam there is in our society, the less freedom, the less safety.

Obama presses on with his insipid recommendations.

Next, we should put in place stronger screening for those who come to America without a visa so that we can take a hard look at whether they've traveled to war zones. And we're working with members of both parties in Congress to do exactly that.

As Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs “tweeted” soon after the hot air session:

BHO: "I've ordered a review of the visa program" the SB terrorist used - but he'll bring in hundreds…thousands of "refugees" infiltrated by ISIS.

The bulk of the balance of Obama’s address is how we mustn’t hold Islam or Muslims responsible for Paris and San Bernardino and any other atrocities committed in the name of Islam. There mustn’t be a “backlash,” we mustn’t discriminate against Muslims, we mustn’t hold Muslims responsible for the actions of other “troubled” Muslims, even though the latter commit their crimes in the name of Islam and for the sake of the Umma, of which all those “peaceful,” passive Muslims are members.

Of course, Obama had to get in a word or two about his desire for more gun controls on top of what already exist.

We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like the ones that were used in San Bernardino. I know there are some who reject any gun-safety measures, but the fact is that our intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, no matter how effective they are, cannot identify every would-be mass shooter, whether that individual was motivated by ISIL or some other hateful ideology.

What we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill.

So, just to be on the safe side, we need to disarm everyone, even those who find it necessary to defend themselves against terrorists. We must wrest weapons from the hands of our own gun-clingers. Of course, we all know that criminals will acquire guns of all kinds especially in contravention of existing gun control laws, and that “gun-free zones” experience the highest rate of mass killings, but you folks out there will just have to chance it. Never mind that I’m surrounded by guns wherever I go.

The strategy that we are using now -- air strikes, special forces, and working with local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country -- that is how we'll achieve a more sustainable victory, and it won't require us sending a new generation of Americans overseas to fight and die for another decade on foreign soil.

Obama’s formula for fighting terrorism seems to be that we Americans must fight and die on our own soil, as well. Because that’s in the cards if he succeeds in bringing in countless ISIS-approving Syrian “refugees.”

However, above all, and this is the chief thrust of his address:

Here's what else we cannot do. We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic Muslim-Americans who reject their hateful ideology.

Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim.

If we're to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.

That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities. It's a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse.

Perhaps it’s a real problem that Obama and John Kerry and others must confront. Yes, ISIS speaks for Islam, in its purest, undiluted form, and also for its mild-mannered form. From a Muslim victim’s viewpoint, such as that of a woman stoned to death for adultery, or of a gay tossed from a rooftop, or of an American Muslim girl honor-killed for rejecting an arranged marriage or Muslim garb, the two versions are indistinguishable.

Muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like ISIL and Al Qaeda promote, to speak out against not just acts of violence, but also those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.

But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans, of every faith, to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It's our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim-Americans should somehow be treated differently.

Muslim leaders in this country and around the world aren’t going to “reject” their ideology, they aren’t going to campaign for religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity. Oh, they’ll say the right things to the West and quite the opposite to their brethren and mosque-filled flocks. That’s the nature of taqiyya. Obama is quite good at it himself. Islam is the most intolerant creed on the planet, it will not respect other creeds, and its notion of human dignity is exampled in Muslim gang-rapes of Muslim women and of infidel kaffirs, raising their rear-ends en masse on Western streets, and referring to Jews and Christians as no better than apes and pigs.

“Religious tests”? Say, rather, ideological tests that would screen out those who wish to make war on this country and its government? Islam is a totalitarian ideology garbed in the vestments of a brutal, primitive religion. Islam was political from Mohammad’s git-go. But, Mr. President, Muslims in this country expect to be treated differently – to be deferred to, to be treated as a superior, special class, to claim the right to impose Sharia on non-Muslims as a default submission to Islam.

Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.

Obama has reigned over and caused the divisiveness wherefore he speaks – in race relations, in religious and ethnic relations, in our politics, in the economy. And to which values is he referring?  

Muslim-Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co- workers, our sports heroes. And, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that.

I don’t know that Muslims are our friends. Muslims don’t solicit my friendship, and I certainly don’t solicit theirs. I don’t want them as neighbors. You never know when they’ll be struck by “sudden jihad syndrome” and start brandishing a knife or a machete. Call me an “Islamophobe.”

Muslims should not be allowed in our military forces. Ask Major Nidal Hasan. Nor should our military be obliged to observe or respect Muslim customs and holidays. Nor should this country.

In sum, Barack Obama’s startled no one but the New York Times and the Washington Post with a 180-degree turnaround in his so-called war to end terrorism, protect the country, and end ISIS. Those two newspapers drooled over his “refreshing” change of tactic and for grasping the terrorism bull by the horns.

But it was mostly bull that Obama offered the country – again. The fellows at ISIS must be amused.

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