My column that ran Monday at Atlas Shrugs sums up some of what we will see over the next four years:
Can America afford four more years of Barack Obama as President of the United States? In the most literal terms, probably not: his reckless deficit spending can’t be sustained indefinitely, and as he has campaigned on a platform of more free goodies for everyone, it won’t be much longer before the gravy train runs out. Meanwhile, his relentless class warfare rhetoric has sown the seeds of civil discord for years to come. But even worse could be in store for us if Obama is reelected.
Now that pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist regimes are installed, thanks to Barack Obama, in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, the oppression of women and non-Muslims is certain to escalate in those countries. They are also certain only to grow in their anti-Americanism, and may try to unite in an attempt to restore the caliphate, which will only bring more bloodshed and strife to the region. And since the caliph is the only one authorized (and required) in Islamic law to wage offensive jihad against Infidels, if they succeed in choosing one, the result will not be happy for America and the West.
Nor is it likely to be for Israel. Many elements within the new Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt have already signaled their readiness to jettison the Camp David Accords and start another war with Israel. For states based on Islamic law, which designates the Jews the worst enemies of the Muslims (cf. Qur’an 5:82), such a war becomes a religious imperative. Obama’s unremitting hostility toward Israel has only made the prospect of war with Israel more attractive for Iran, Hizballah, Hamas, and Israel’s other jihadist enemies, for they see the United States as no longer unconditionally committed to Israel’s defense – despite Obama’s Zionist act during the third debate.
If Obama is reelected, America’s relationship with Israel will continue to deteriorate, and Iran will continue to sneer at his “crippling sanctions” while rushing to develop nuclear weapons, which it will almost certainly use to attempt to destroy Israel. Obama’s refusal to back the 2009 uprisings against the Iranian regime will thus bear its bitterest fruit of all.
And in Afghanistan, our troops will remain until at least 2014 with no definition of victory and no clear mission, at the mercy of their Afghan “allies” who use them for target practice on an increasingly frequent basis. And what are we fighting for? The Karzai regime? Against whom? The Taliban? Yet the Karzai has repeatedly asked the Taliban to join the government and put up candidates for elected office. So why are we fighting against the Taliban? For them to join the Afghan government would be, as Pamela Geller has pointed out, like Hitler running for office in Germany in 1946, had he survived the war. The invitation only serves to point up the bloody futility and counterproductive character of our military presence in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, on the home front the official denial about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat will continue, with training material for the FBI and Department of Homeland Security required to retail politically correct fictions about Islam and jihad rather than anything that could give law enforcements a comprehensive and correct understanding of the threat that faces us. This will leave the nation in ever-increasing danger of being blindsided by a jihad attack that could have been prevented had a willful ignorance about the motives and goals of jihadists not been enforced by officials at the highest level. Once those officials are torn away from their preoccupation with “right wing extremism” back to reality, it could be too late.
Continuing also will be the Obama Administration’s war against the freedom of speech. His signing on to the UN’s Resolution 16/18, calling for criminalization of “incitement to religious hatred,” was a telling indication of the direction he has consistently taken. For who will judge what constitutes “religious hatred”? Truthful speech about Islam and jihad is almost certain to be included under this rubric, and truth will be no defense. Obama’s rush to blame the Muhammad video for the jihad attack on our consulate in Benghazi is just the latest indication of how anxious he is to throw the freedom of speech under the bus. Expect an Obama second term to enact “hate speech” laws that will make enunciating the truth about the jihad threat a criminal offense.
We are also certain to see, if Obama is reelected tomorrow, more pressure from his Justice Department on American businesses and educational institutions to provide special accommodation and privileges for Muslims. Last year Obama’s DoJ forced a Chicago-area school district to pay a Muslim teacher, Safoorah Khan, $75,000 in back pay, fees and damages for not giving her three weeks off during the school year so she could make the hajj. Second-term Muslim accommodation suits are likely to dwarf that amount, and in the process do serious damage to the American principle of equality of rights for all.
And the jihad plots against the U.S. will continue as well. Although he was ballyhooed as the man who understood Islam and the Muslim world, and would finally bridge the ever widening gap between Muslim countries and the West, Obama has instead presided over increasing tensions, increasing dangers, increasing hatred and belligerence from emboldened Islamic jihadists.
And if Barack Obama is President of the United States for the next four years, they will just get bolder still.