“We love death. The US loves life. That is the difference between us.” – Osama bin Laden, in a November 2001 interview with a Pakistani journalist.
‘Everything You Think You Know About Iran Is Wrong’ – cover story, Newsweek magazine, June 1, 2009
Three days after the first terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, president Obama made a groveling address to the Islamic world in Cairo, Egypt.
On Monday June 1, an Islamic convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed an American soldier in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pvt. William Long died standing outside the Army-Navy Career Center when Muhammad opened fire from a passing vehicle.
Muhammad is an American citizen born Carl Bledsoe who converted to Islam and was said to have had political and religious reasons for attacking an American soldier. Muhammad admitted after the killing that he shot Long and another soldier “because of what they (the US military) had done to Muslims in the past.”
An FBI joint terrorism task force reportedly had been tracking Muhammad. He traveled to Yemen recently and was arrested and jailed there for using a Somali passport.
And so as former vice president Dick Cheney and others have been warning, the Obama administration’s stand-down approach to terrorism – including failure to act on Muhammad who had prior weapons convictions; apologizing to the world for American strength; the dropping of charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri who is charged in the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000; planning to shut down the terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo Bay; or media and Democrats’ insistence that America is the bad actor on the world stage – now is fueling the fire of those who hate us.
Obama policies will not suffer any scrutiny for Pvt. Long’s murder. The friendly media practically ignored the story (no report on CBS or ABC nightly news) when in fact it is a huge story because it is a terrorist attack that should have been prevented. And all that Muhammad need have done it to pick up the extreme-left Newsweek magazine to read that the United States has been wrong all along about everything. Here is the opening paragraph of an article from the June 1 edition:
When the president of the United States of America stands before a huge crowd at Cairo University and makes his long-anticipated speech to the Muslim world Thursday, will he say that he’s sorry? Will he, for instance, offer to make amends for the blind support some of his predecessors have shown for Israel’s occupation of Arab lands? Will he ask forgiveness for the CIA coup in Iran that overthrew a democratically elected government there in 1953? Will Barack Obama try to talk directly to the people and apologize for the many decades Washington has spent supporting Arab dictators, including the one who rules in Egypt, the country where he is speaking?
No wonder Pvt. Long was killed, Newsweek is suggesting. It was simply retribution for American actions of the past. This is the drumbeat of negativity and anger aimed not at terrorism nor the brutal communist dictatorship in, say, North Korea, but at the United States from all the American media from The New York Times to CNN to CBS to the Los Angeles Times to MSNBC etc. etc etc. No mention is made by Newsweek of the 1.5 billion Muslims living under Islamic governments, with hundreds of millions illiterate and most subject daily to poverty, joblessness, malnutrition, imprisonment, exile, beatings, torture and execution.
Why does terrorism exist? Newsweek will never admit that first it is driven by the most powerful emotion of all – envy of the prosperous Christian West by Muslims. And second, that it is infinitely easier for angry young males to attack the successful West than to build up the failed Muslim world.
Question for Newsweek: Where are all the liberation armies, technological advancements and generous economies of the Middle East or communist China to help billions of people escape oppression and poverty as the United States has done? Why do you only highlight the few perceived negatives about the US instead of the overwhelming positives?
Answer: Because Newsweek is viciously anti-American, just as conservatives have been saying about the far left for decades.
Here are a few excerpts from Obama’s Cairo speech, with comments:
Obama: The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. Comment: There is a reason for American mistrust. We are not stupid. Obama: That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it. Comment: While the same people deny students the right to read the Christian Bible in public schools. Obama: Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong. Comment: Then why is Obama seeking dialogue with the leader who said these things? Obama: The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems. Comment: Which is exactly what the terrorists are doing. Just say it, Barack. Obama: And any nation – including Iran – should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power. Comment: While Obama’s enviro friends are denying this infinitely efficient power source to us in the United States.
American socialists simply are playing Soviet Union II with the Muslim world. Leftists still are seething about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Soviet and Eastern European communism. They believed that communism was a valid system for world government. They hated president Reagan for being tough and bringing down the Evil Empire in Moscow. Because they had spent decades covering up starvation, economic deprivation and mass Soviet genocides starting with Walter Duranty’s fake dispatches for the New York Times in the 1930s reporting that all was well in Stalin’s Paradise.
So while Obama preaches détente with Islam while conservatives want vigilance, the same blame-America-firsters are cultivating the worldwide Muslim population as a new angry wedge against the United States. Muslims are good, they say. America is the aggressor. Muslims help their people. They are pacifist. It is a peaceful religion. America is the Evil Empire. Christianity is wrong.
What leftists know is that evil is opportunistic and always is looking for a time to strike. Evil fills a vacuum when honorable people become lax and negligent about goodness and freedom, the type of laxity that the media like Newsweek are trying to induce in Americans by portraying the United States as bad.
Evil often comes in silently and starts small, like the killing of one single person like Pvt. Long. It will build on that base unless Americans speak out against Obama’s policies, which also are starting small and will incrementally build into an unwillingness to confront Islamic extremism while belittling the United States.
“We love death. The US loves life. That is the difference between us,” said bin Laden who lives hiding from the world, while leftists in media outlets in London and New York and Rome and Tokyo suggest that it is America that is bad.
The Big Question really is: Why are we constantly reaching out to Islam when we have liberated more than 50 million Muslims at enormous cost to ourselves, while it is radical Islamists who have been attacking America?
Answer: That is a very, very good question.
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