President Obama has chosen to give his first formal television interview to an Arabic satellite TV network.
His message? "Americans are not your enemy."
I agree. We are not.
In his "hand out" to the Muslim world, Obama is asking them to be our friend and in doing so, violate much teaching in the Koran.
It has been well documented that the teachings of Islam includes violence toward those who do not accept Islam as a personal belief. Oh, I know; not every Muslim is a terrorist and every terrorist is not a Muslim. There are Muslims among us who are both peaceful and non-violent. There are also those among us who seek to kill us.
Their most holy book teaches that Jews and Christians are the enemy.
While President Bush is not a favorite among the left, we have not been attacked since 9-11.
Those Muslims who are terrorists, moved freely about our country prior to 9-11, while planning our destruction, because America has been and continues to be, a friend to all. And the greatest beacon of freedom the world has ever seen.
I sincerely hope our President understands the difference between dialog and appeasement. And cares.
We all want peace.
Winston Churchill once said, "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
Europe and the world learned where appeasement could lead prior to World War II, but it is Gandhi and India that has given the ultimate lesson in appeasement and it's consequences.
It is well known that Muslim appeasement was an integral part of Gandhi's doctrine of non-violence.
The personal events that led him to this view are not generally well known---particularly in the West.
While Gandhi was in South Africa he had an encounter that many Indians believe was life altering. (Article).
At that time, the South African government imposed an unfair tax of three pounds on every Indian citizen living in South Africa. Gandhi initiated talks with the government regarding the matter. In conversations, he had expressed some negative comments toward Muslims. This angered Muslims in the country and on February 10, 1908, a group of Muslims entered the home where he was staying, beating him and threatening to kill him.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has carefully chronicled the life of Gandhi, his beliefs and policies. He has found that from that time forward, Gandhi never said anything that could be seen as negative toward Islam or Muslims.
He has been honored for this virtue.
However, Ambedkar has found that following that incident, Gandhi set in motion a policy of appeasement that has reshaped India and the entire region.
India was to become a nation where crimes committed by radical Muslims, were generally overlooked and often not prosecuted because of political correctness.
In 1947, Gandhi told the Indian Congress that if they did not partition the country, due to pressure from Muslims, there would be a reign of chaos. Many felt that in making such a formal statement, he was not only endorsing the partition, but tacitly encouraging the Muslims to act if Congress failed to approve the partition.
As a result, the country was partitioned in 1947 and the shape and character of the country was altered forever in the minds of many Indians. Many Indians believe their country was diminished in ways from which they have never recovered.
This was a result of a pseudo secularism that Gandhi may not have even believed.
While he led Congress to divide the country, he privately expressed his love for country and has been often quoted as saying, "Vivisect me, before you vivisect India."
Clearly he was conflicted.
Several countries in Europe are presently dealing with the expansion of Muslim influence in their country.
I sincerely hope and pray that our President understands that reaching out and becoming the Muslim world's new "BFF" has historically led to appeasement, with an end that is not in our best interest.
Faith & Freedom
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