In his June 4th speech, in Cairo, to the Arab world, President Obama reiterated what he has said before, that “In Ankara, I made clear that America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam.” Such a statement reminds me of similar statements by pacifists and cowards that it takes two to make a war. Certainly that is wrong; it only takes one to initiate a conflict, and Islam certainly has done so with the United States. WE might not be at war with Islam, but Islam is certainly at war with us, and the sooner we realize this, the better off we shall be. The President is either naive, ignorant or deliberately being obtuse.
Far from being a ‘religion of peace,” Islam is a religion born of and spread by violence; one of the first acts of Mohammed, after the famous “battle of the trench” was to massacre the Jews who were his allies. The Koran has many specific versus urging its supporters to kill those who do not believe in Islam; Surah 9:5 says, specifically, “fight and slay the pagans (or infidels or unbelievers) wherever you find them.” There is no time in its history where Islam has not tried to expand its influence by force and initimdation. There is no place in the world, today, where Islam is not in conflict with its neighbors.
The latest is Iran.
Sunni/Shi’ite cooperation. “Obama: Ahmadinejad and Mousavi not very different,” by Sabina Amidi for the Jerusalem Post, June 15:
[...] On Tuesday two protesters told The Jerusalem Post that Palestinian Hamas members are helping the Iranian authorities crush street protests in support of Mousavi.
They made their allegations as rioting on a scale unseen in Iran for nearly a decade continued in the wake of the elections and the allegations that the results were falsified. The protests have now spread from Teheran to other major cities….
“The most important thing that I believe people outside of Iran should be aware of,” the young man went on, “is the participation of Palestinian forces in these riots.”
Another protester, who spoke as he carried a kitchen knife in one hand and a stone in the other, also cited the presence of Hamas in Teheran.
On Monday, he said, “my brother had his ribs beaten in by those Palestinian animals. Taking our people’s money is not enough, they are thirsty for our blood too.”
It was ironic, this man said, that the victorious Ahmadinejad “tells us to pray for the young Palestinians, suffering at the hands of Israel.” His hope, he added, was that Israel would “come to its senses” and ruthlessly deal with the Palestinians….
There is revolution brewing in Iran, and the radical forces know it. Michael Ledeen says essentially the same thing.
The regime is massing two Revolutionary Guards divisions for an assault on the dissidents–something like twenty thousand soldiers from outside Tehran–and the Mousavi people don’t want to give them time to organize and prepare their attacks. No doubt there are all kinds of secret meetings going on, as the various military, militia, religious and political leaders try to read the chicken entrails and guess their destiny.
The President should be supporting and encouraging these actions by the people of Iran, instead of standing by and watching the people being slaughtered, as we did with the Hungarian revolt of 1956. Instead, he continues to try to be ‘friends’ with our principle enemy in the world, today.