Monday, February 02, 2009

President Obama's "Pathetic Message" to Muslim World

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President Obama's "Pathetic Message" to Muslim World

Amir Taheri, an Iranian-born columnist, author and expert on the middle east, told the New York Post that President Obama's message to the Muslim world last week was "pathetic" and dangerous.

Here's why.

He said the President referred to "an illusionary past" in the Muslim world that was in fact plagued by turmoil. And that Obama told his Arab world viewers that he wanted to return to, "The same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago."

Taheri was shocked by Obama's words. He says Obama got his facts wrong and defiantly sent the wrong message.

Newsmax and other news sources have reported that Taheri reminds his readers, "That 30 years ago, American diplomats were being held hostage in Iran, Soviet troops were seeking to annex Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Iran, Saudi Arabia was under siege by Muslim militants, and Syrian troops were preparing to invade Lebanon."

Iranian-born Taheri, whose books include, “Holy Terror: Inside the World of Islamic Terrorism,” wrote in the Post that “other features of this ‘golden age’” were “the seizure of power by mullahs in Tehran, the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the coming to power of communists in the Horn of Africa, the military coup in Turkey, the first Islamist terror attacks in Algeria, unprecedented waves of repression in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and the imposition of military rule in Pakistan.”

You may remember that twenty years ago the U.S. was arming the mujahedin in Afghanistan, Iraq was gassing thousands of Kurds and preparing to invade Kuwait, Iranian mullahs were arming Hezbollah units in Lebanon, Turkey was launching all-out attacks on Kurdish secessionists, and the Libyan terror network was killing American soldiers in Europe and blowing up U.S. jets.

Obama offered only "trite" remarks regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue and gave no recognition to the few in Saudi Arabia and Egypt who are trying to reform.

Taheri seemed most concerned with how Obama tried to cast himself. He says, "Obama sought to portray himself as a “bridge” between the U.S. and the Muslim world. Casting himself in the role of a ‘bridge’ and dreaming of a return to an illusionary past, Obama appeared unsure of his own identity and confused about the role that America should play in global politics.”

Following the interview, Iran is already demanding a specific apology from the United States for our transgressions.

This, I believe will become more and more troublesome to more and more Americans as we move forward. I believe we will continue to see that President Obama's view of who America is and what her role should be in the world is an America we have not known and may undermine our homeland security.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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