Obama hails Mideast revolutions

In the course of Obama’s speech today, he said this:

We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders — whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus; Sanaa or Tehran.

And finally, we support political and economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa that can meet the legitimate aspirations of ordinary people throughout the region.

There is, however, no indication that the revolutions in the Middle East, which Obama spent quite some time hailing, will lead to regimes that will have any interest in protecting free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; or equality for men and women under the rule of law.

Instead, in country after country pro-Sharia Islamic supremacists seem to be gaining the upper hand, just as I predicted.

Obama did not speak about that at all.

More on this speech asap.

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  1. says

    Did he say anything specific about the persecution of Christians in the ‘Arab Spring States’, or does he think his fleeting “freedom of religion” platitude will suffice?

  2. says

    ‘We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law;…..’ Pres. Obama

    If he really believes this then he could equally say; ‘I am completely against the ideology of Islam, because Islam has never accepted any of these things and never will.’

  3. says

    I listened to Obama’s speech carefully. Yes, he did mention specifically that Coptic Christians should have the right to practice their religion peacefully, and in the same sentence that Shia mosques in Bahrain should not be blown up. It was virtually his only reference to Christianity or Islam, except a standard throwaway line about the region being where the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, sprang.

    The speech was, overall, an exercise in platitudes, but there were serious ones sprinkled throughout it that give a clue about the foreign policy direction he will pursue. A major theme, in the first part of the speech, was related to economic matters, consistent with his core Marxist beliefs that economics is all that matters, and it trumps culture and religion. In many places of the world this might be approximately true, but in the Middle East it almost certainly is not, and the failure to recognize this is arguably the single most serious weakness in his approach to the politics of the Middle East.

    The last part of this speech was devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He essentially dismissed the PLO-Hamas alliance as not being significant as long as they cling to their stance of not recognizing Israel’s right to exist. But the most important message I took away from that part of the speech was his commitment to purse a two-state solution using the 1967 borders. He also used the word “contiguous” in reference to a Palestinian state, which means that it cannot be split into disjointed pieces like Gaza and the West Bank. There is only one way this could be achieved, and that is either for Gaza simply to be absorbed into Egypt or Israel, or for some kind of land bridge carved out of Israel to join the two pieces.

    Obama made oblique reference to September when Palestine intends to try to get the General Assembly to vote to give it statehood. He also mentioned that it was time to quit unfairly singling out Israel for criticism in the U.N.

    The thing I took away from his speech is that the U.S. state department is still under the influence of a strong pro-Palestinian faction that fails to recognize that their entire approach to Middle East peace, predicated on the imagined rights of a non-existent Palestinian people created as a fiction, has been an abject failure. I do not imagine that the PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah will buy into it, and neither will the Israelis. They will have to respond to the speech, so look for both to continue the shuck and jive*, while pursuing the respective courses they each think is best. I will put my money on the Israelis being more successful at this.

    I noticed that Obama seemed to have a little trouble with his teleprompters. The significance of this is (1) he didn’t write the speech; the ideologues from Foggy Bottom wrote it, and (2) the technicians from State who set up the teleprompters and were responsible for making sure the speech was smoothly scrolled and easily readable will get a severe tongue lashing.

    *Shuck and jive – African-American ghetto slang for purposely deceiving and appearing to agree with, or to avoid incurring the displeasure of, “da man” or to advance one’s self. Very useful phrase.

  4. says

    *** 33:36 ***

    We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly;
    It is not fitting for a Moslem, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and Mohammed to have any option about their decision.

    Shouldn’t have Prez Barack consulted that Ivy League dude he appointed as our emissary to the OIC before making this speech?

    *** 8:39 ***

    … freedom of religion;

    So fight them until there (are) no more Infidels and all submit to the religion of Allah alone in the whole world.

    *** Tabari 1:280 ***

    … equality for men and women under the rule of law…

    Allah said, “It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent. Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid.”

    So, in Prez Obama’s world, if he reads the Ko-Ran correctly, if he reads the Ko-Ran at all, is that even though women are stupid dumbasses they should enjoy equal rights.

  5. says

    By ‘throwing Israel under the bus,’ again, in his misguided speech earlier today Obama has once again demonstrated the mind of the dhimmi and taken the side of our Islamic terrorist enemies. Anyone who understands the Islamic agenda knows that the only ‘solution’ that Islam will ever accept is the total annihilation of the State of Israel.

  6. says

    I’d like to believe he’s just an idiot, but no one’s this stupid, so I must assume he’s complicit in the takeover of muslim countries by extremist groups like the muslim brotherhood, the takeover of muslim countries by sharia law,and in the end the re-organization of the islamic caliphate.

    Complicit: “participation as a partner in a wrongdoing” (against the American people). Think about it.

  7. says

    Israel is smaller than the area of Lake Ontario and occupies .2 percent (that’s 2/10ths of one percent) of the land of Middle East and struggles to survive in an ocean of islamic hate, near daily rocket barrages, constant siege by its neighbors and relentless attack from the poisoned words of the koran.

    Yet in the face of all this opposition the Israelis took the desert and made it a paradise while the “palestinians” continue to live in squalor even though they annually receive millions of dollars in assistance from (of all people) the USA!

    This fight has NOTHING to do with “palestinian” lands or rights and everything to do with the evil espoused by a sixth century cult that tells the world that all Jews must die.

    Those that don’t realize that Israel is OUR front line in the war against islam and our only friend in the Middle East are deluding themselves. Believing islam is once more the victim is a fools game.

    The West has sent 60 TRILLION dollars in oil revenues to the middle east since WWII for their bloody oil – rather than helping their brothers with that fortune they have spent the largest unearned accumulation of wealth in the history of mankind on expensive trinkets, war, promoting the lies of moe and of “palestinian” persecution.

    Sorry, but Obama is a dhimi and any concessions he gives to followers of islam are only going to be interpreted as Western weakness.

    As for those who want to throw Israel under the bus, don’t think for a moment this will result in peace – never has happened under islam – NEVER WILL.

    Obama is only encouraging the hyenas to attack some more!

  8. says

    Obama did mention something in his speech that is not likely to endear him to Muslims, namely that if you take away oil, the countries in the Middle East export less every year than Switzerland. Not a bad observation, actually. I suspect he didn’t proofread the speech, which would have been written by whoever writes his speeches, before delivering it, else it would have been red lined.

  9. says

    Mr. Obama’s lies will not fool the Muslims who know the Sharia and the ahkam of Allah.

    The Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, Jerusalem and other areas are AGAINST the TAGHOUT regime of Fira’wn Abu Husain (Allah’s curse on him).

    The Muslims ARISE from OPPRESSION but it is the NON-ISLAMIC LAW that is OPPRESSION!

    {وَمَن لَّمْ يَحْك�م ب�مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّه� �َأ�ولَٰئ�كَ ه�م� الظَّال�م�ونَ}

    “Those who don’t judge by what Allah has revealed (i.e., it’s rulings, it’s prohibitions and commandments) are those who are Zhalimoon (oppressive, unjust, wrongdoers).” (Qur’an 5:45)

    {يَا أَيّ�هَا الَّذ�ينَ آمَن�وا لَا تَتَّخ�ذ�وا الْيَه�ودَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ أَوْل�يَاءَ ۘ بَعْض�ه�مْ أَوْل�يَاء� بَعْض� ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّه�م مّ�نك�مْ �َإ�نَّه� م�نْه�مْ ۗ إ�نَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْد�ي الْقَوْمَ الظَّال�م�ينَ}

    “O you believers, do not take allies (from among) those who are Jews and Christians, whosoever does so is one of them, verily Allah guides not those who are Zhalimoon (oppressive, unjust, wrongdoers).” (Qur’an 5:51)

    {أ�ولَٰئ�كَ الَّذ�ينَ آتَيْنَاه�م� الْك�تَابَ وَالْح�كْمَ وَالنّ�ب�وَّةَ ۚ �َإ�ن يَكْ��رْ ب�هَا هَٰؤ�لَاء� �َقَدْ وَكَّلْنَا ب�هَا قَوْمًا لَّيْس�وا ب�هَا ب�كَا��ر�ينَ}

    “We have trusted them with the Scripture, the Law and the Prophethood. But if the disbelievers deny it, then we have ordained it for those who are not (disbelievers).” (Qur’an 6:39)

  10. says

    This diversion of celebrating the mideast uprisings is more of Obama’s public relations of trying to link himself as gloriously as possible to good things like catching Osama. It reminds of a the tactic of diversion mentioned in the book Jihad Watch of finding something that detracts from the main issue which is of course that islam is a scourge cult that masquerades as a religion and the ideology that it is. Obama diverts attention of the American people by not mentioning christians and human rights that are likely not to come out better off in these revolutions and one wonders if libya would be better off left alone without us helping its overthrow since a government more hostile to the U.S. will be likely. I got a comment from some guy on you tube the other day that one of the cofounders was an islamic guy which may be true but in relating it to this he was also just like Obama being diversionary as many islamists do in that he had a modicum of truth about islamic invention if you will in stretching invention to mean a cofounder of you tube and with that his logic just like Obama’s is that everything else will be fine and follow all sunny which is of course is not what history has shown. This grasping at straws that so called moderate muslims and islamists use like in Obama’s case is an appeasement ploy for islam and seems more and more desperate to convince the world that the so called religion of peace is going to come out of this all squeaky clean despite all the terrorism and violence and so on and on and we all will be happy little campers so why worry. History of course tells us worry and we better do something and not trust those like Obama who like Chamberlein appeased the monster in the waiting. Islamists have declared war on all governments except those that worship their cult ideology politico religion or whatever it is! It is not some sort of make believe scenario. It is all around and going on all the time. One doesn’t know when the next so called moderate will use anything that offends to go off in a Walmart or some mall even these revolutions in the mideast can be twisted into whatever their ignorance is headed on a particular day. Obama knows the public sees him for the appeaser to islam that he has been and he is attempting to also I believe use the mideast revolution uprisings to distance himself from his islamic bent in his diversionary nonaddressing of what true revolution there should but will not encompass in all likeliness. Changing dictators preferential to islam does not forbode good tidings to any of the West.

  11. says

    Toro, excellent comments!

    One just has to wonder why Obama is going to such great lengths to appease Islam all over the world?! Why is it that Obama refuses to identify Islam as the enemy? Why is Obama doing everything he can to undermine and alienate Israel? Why don’t our political elites in the House and Senate do something to stop Obama from his radical, misguided, and anti-American, pro-Islamic agenda?? Why is Obama undermining the security of the United States and at the same time strengthening and emboldening our Islamic enemies at home and abroad??

    I would just like to add that given that Islam has declared war against America and all other Western nations, a major shift in our foreign and domestic policies should be considered by the United States in order to address this war that is being waged against us:

    1. Identify the enemy as Islam.

    2. Take steps to rally other Western nations (who are also under attack and siege from Islam, e.g. UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, Canada, Australia, etc.) to our side in a coalition of Western nations aligned against our collective enemy?

    3. Declare war on Islam and put the United States on a war footing, educate all Americans about the threat of Islam, and get them to buy into our collective defense and offensive strategies.

    4. Concerning the Palestinian/Israeli problem, stop all negotiations for peace between Israel and Islam, knowing that they are doomed from the very beginning because Islam will never accept anything less than the total destruction and annihilation of the State of Israel.

    5. Begin to treat Israel like a true ally again, with dignity and respect, and by doing everything within our power, both militarily and financially, to strengthen and assist Israel in their existential struggle against the forces of Islam. Once again, be a real friend and partner to Israel in both actions and deeds.

    5. Begin, in earnest, a process of undermining and weakening every single Islamic state in the Middle East e.g. Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Syria, Oman, Yemen, Somalia, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, etc. by way of sanctions, embargoes, financial incentives/assistance/and aid, and refusal to purchase their primary export – oil.

    6. Ensure that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not get nuclear weapons and the ability to use them against us, and especially against Israel. Knowing full well that none of these Islamic states are our true friends and never will be so long as they are guided by Islamic doctrine.

    7. Stop trying to “Democratize” the Middle East in a futile effort to help them to achieve the freedoms of speech, conscience, religion, thought, etc., this will never happen under Islamic rule – you know it, they know it, and Obama should know it…it is a pipe dream that will never happen no matter how hard we try.

    8. Stop the immigration of Muslims into America, knowing that they will never assimilate into the American culture and that they are nothing more than the ‘foot soldiers of Allah’ here in American to wage stealth jihad against America and Americans!

    9. Unshackle the hands of our FBI and other counterterrorism organizations and allow them to increase the surveillance and monitoring of all Muslims and Muslim associated businesses and organizations currently living in and/or operating in America to ensure that their known ‘stealth jihad’ agenda against America is addressed commensurate with the internal threat that they pose. Especially, all of the Muslim Brotherhood front groups currently operating in America e.g. CAIR, Muslim Students Associate, North American Islamic Trust, etc.

    This would be a good start – but it would only be the beginning, with much work to do in our collective efforts to win the war against Islam worldwide.

  12. says

    @Two state solution with 1967 borders: He also used the word “contiguous” in reference to a Palestinian state, which means that it cannot be split into disjointed pieces like Gaza and the West Bank. There is only one way this could be achieved, and that is either for Gaza simply to be absorbed into Egypt or Israel, or for some kind of land bridge carved out of Israel to join the two pieces.

    This is not a “road map” to peace between Israel and Arab Jihad of the so-called Palestinians, but a “cross-roads” to peace over two conjoined “land bridges” crisscrossed over the middle. It makes no sense, except to some State Dept egg head. How big do these “land bridges” need to be where they won’t lob shells at each other? They’d better think this through some more… Or Israel could let the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs simply starve, and wash their hands of it all. Turn them over to the UN, let them foot the bill, or to Egypt/Jordan Arabs. They’re all Arabs anyway.

    Anyone would favor a real “Two State solution”, where both parties recognize the right of the other to exist, reciprocally. Certainly the Israelis would love to get rid of supporting their ingrate rebellious step-children Gaza and the West Bank Arabs, and keep them from lobbing missiles and sending in suicide bombers to terrorize and kill their citizens. But it has to be a lasting peace, not a mere ‘hudna’ until the Arab Jihad feels itself strong enough to recommence attacks. This is not a solution but a recipe for more terror and mass murders.

    On Obama’s other points: “We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders – “. I’m totally in agreement, good starting points, though for now these sound like “sound bites” rather than real prospects for the Middle East and North Africa. First they have to get over their Sharia ambitions, which directly contradict the above “universal rights”, and then they have to deal with Islam. That’s a real toughie, like paving over a big quick-sand swamp to erect sky-scrapers… Won’t be cheap.

    Still, if there is ever hopes of prospects for real Middle East settlement and real Arab democracies, I’d be all for it. But I’m a realist too. It won’t be easy. The bottom line is always the same, had been for 1400 years of Islamic Jihad: “Give me your treasure, your money… more money.” And we pay and pay and pay… $billions. Don’t we ever learn? You can’t buy Islam. And if you could, you’d want your money back.

  13. says

    Nothing short of the immediate imposition of brutal Shari’ah law will satisfy the repulsive “UnidHali”.

    He’s tried to provoke imprudent comments here in the past, and it has never worked. So now, he’s just presenting Islam straight up.

    “UnidHali” wrote:

    The Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, Jerusalem and other areas are AGAINST the TAGHOUT regime of Fira’wn Abu Husain (Allah’s curse on him).

    “Taghout” means false, and calling Obama “Fira’wn” means he is comparing him to “Pharaoh”.

    Yeah”what is more indicative of autocracy towards the Muslim world than fawningly appeasing them, while forking over increasing amounts of “foreign aid”? sarc/off