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Obama and Middle Eastern Terrorism

Updated on March 26, 2013
Anti US protest on 9/21/12. "Love for the Prophet Day"
Anti US protest on 9/21/12. "Love for the Prophet Day" | Source

On the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in world history, the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was brutally slain by a mob at the consulate in Benghazi. In the 14 days since September 11, 2012, anti-American protests and violent riots have broken out in American diplomatic missions in North Africa, the Middle East, India, Indonesia and elsewhere. Friday, in Pakistan, 19 people were killed in a violent riot there, bringing the total killed in protest violence over then past 10 days to 49.(This figure includes the American Ambassador and his 3 security personnel who were assassinated with him.)

These protests were allegedly sparked by the trailer to a very bad Anti Muslim movie that was uploaded to You-Tube in July by a Coptic Egyptian living in America. The movie depicts Mohammed as a woman chaser, pedophile, murderer and gangster. However it is becoming obvious that these riots and attacks were pre planned by the militant Arab leadership and the movie trailer (which was posted in July!) was used to incite the masses.

When I first decided to write this Hub earlier in the week, it was going to be a non-partisan examination of why the US is hated in the Muslim world and what our responses should be. We have been hated by them for a long time,, but the more I researched this matter, the more I found that our current leadership is not up to the task. I have not been able to determine whether they are scared to do anything, don’t care or are just plain incompetent.

The Federal Government has experts on Arab and Muslim culture. Was he not briefed that they see apology as weakness? Yet early in his administration, Barack Obama, embarked on a trip to the Middle East. Nicknamed the “Apology Tour” Obama spoke in in Ankara, Turkey where he apologized for America’s transgressions in the past and praised Islam. (He also apologized in Europe and Latin America) If these were the only incidents, I could chalk them up as rookie mistakes by a new President. But there is more.

Major Nidal Hassan in an official US Government photo, taken before his terrorist rampage at Ft. Hood  in 2009
Major Nidal Hassan in an official US Government photo, taken before his terrorist rampage at Ft. Hood in 2009 | Source

In 2009, terrorism struck here. Major Nidal Hassan went on a killing spree at Ft. Hood, Texas. Shouting “Allah is great” he gunned down 44 people, killing 13. To this day, it is officially referred to by this government as a case of “workplace violence” not terrorism as it certainly was. His trial has been delayed several times because he refuses to shave his beard for religious reasons.

Starting in December 2010, a series of protests and governmental overthrows occurred in the Middle East. The governments of Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen were overthrown. This was know as “Arab Spring” The overthrow of the autocratic, suppressive governments was lauded as by the current administration. These governments have been replaced by autocratic, hard line Muslims who are bent on the destruction of Israel and hurting the US and it’s Allies. The “Arab Spring” is turning to the “winter of discontent”

Just before the Anniversary of 9/11, Mark Theissen of the Washington Post, cited a report by the Government Accountability Institute, a Conservative Organization, that the President missed his morning Intelligence briefing more than half the time. In fact since his inauguration in January 2009, He has only attended the morning intelligence briefing 43% of the time. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, argues that the President gets a paper transcript of the report daily. (The report also states that George W. Bush hardly ever missed a briefing in his 8 years as President) Obama's intelligence brief attendance record suggests the President, unlike Bush, isn't fully committed to his duties on broader foreign policy concerns. In an article in the Huffington Post, Former Vice President Dick Chaney, said the President’s record on intelligence briefings is indicative of his aloofness on National Security.

When the Libyan riots first occurred the message from the White House on the killing of our Ambassador was the result of a demonstration getting out of hand. Or as Presidential Press Secretary, Jay Carney put it “these protests were a reaction to the [Anti Muslim] video” and not to US policy. When it was revealed soon after that the assassination of our Ambassador was a planned operation, the Administration was still giving us the line about the video. Only later this week did Carney admit that it was an act of terrorism after the Administration was totally embarrassed.

Carney also claimed in an earlier press conference that they had no prior knowledge of any terrorist activity was being planned. They apparently were not aware that the Egyptian protest had been scheduled for that day and it was no secret or that al Qaeda had called for a revenge killing of a senior Libyan official with ties to terrorist groups. Why was Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi with very little security? Why were the Embassies not on high alert? Could it be that with the President’s record he didn’t know or was not concerned with such trivial matters?

Granted, the Muslim’s are a very tough enemy who find glory in death in the service of Allah. The last time we faced an enemy like this was Japan in World War II. It took 2 atomic bombs to get them to give up. There are many more Muslims now than there were Japanese in 1941. And the world has changed. I believe the US would be unwilling to mobilize for all out war like we did back then.

The biggest problem is both sides do not understand each other. As I said earlier in this piece, apologies signify weakness. The attacks of 9/11 were carried out because we were perceived as weak. They feel as though we are weak again. Even humanitarian aid is looked on as an insult. Yet we naively continue to give them aid and we are hurt when they hate us.

And they do not understand us either. The video that is causing the masses to riot was uploaded by a single person. While we feel it is the opinion of a single person or small group, it is perceived by Muslims as coming from America and it is the opinion of America. In Muslim countries there are no individual rights, so they can’t imagine that an individual could have their own opinion. A high Egyptian official expressed disgust that we just didn’t censor the video and arrest the film maker. Talk of the Constitution and the Freedom of Speech would make no sense to this person.

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Why do they want to harm us and destroy Israel?

Several reasons. First it is our support and friendship with Israel over the years. The Jews and Arabs have been mortal enemies for thousands of years. Israel was carved out of Arab territory after World War II.

They hate all American’s because we have a culture that they determine to be immoral and degrading and we are guilty of attempting to export it. Also since a portion of our tax dollars goes to the military, we are all guilty of what they perceive to be crimes against Muslims.

There are many other reasons. On November 24, 2002, Osama bin Laden published his “Letter To America”. I have linked it here. This long and rambling screed details the reason why they hate the US. Some reasons can make sense if put in the right perspective, but most are products of imagination, ignorance and blind hatred.

The bottom line is that now we will be perceived as weak as long as this administration is in power. I don’t know if Romney will be any better but we will at least present a stronger front. He wouldn’t blow off meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel to be on “The View”. It was no coincidence that in 1981, as soon as Carter was out as President and Reagan was in, the hostages were released from Iran. Let’s hope we can at least regain some respect in the world.

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      Daniel Durand 4 years ago from Southern Idaho

      Romney and the Republicans will take us a step backward. They're still too busy fighting the Cold War.

      Also, Muslims don't hate all Americans- there is a militant group of extremists out there that will cause us harm, but not all Muslims hate Americans. It's the same thing as when we get the one jerk in the south who decided to burn a stack of Qur'ans: these people are misguided and acting out of ignorance, stupidity, and short-sightedness.

      Lastly, there is nothing wrong with apologizing to Latin America or the Middle East. America has done some awful things there through the CIA and through corporate interests- we once infected an entire population with VD so we could study it's effects.

      Apologizing is a part of politics, just like with any relationship. People grow because of it, and it creates a point of common ground. Enemies are only enemies until the war is over- after that, you have to pick up the pieces and move on, like we did with Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc.

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      billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

      hi Darknezz thanks for reading. I agree apologizing can be a part of politics, however the Muslim world sees this as weakness, so maybe Obama should not have done it in this case. I agree that not all Middle Eastern people hate the US. I heard that the day after the assasination in Libya in which several hundred Libyans rioted, there was a rally of 10,000 or more people in Libya protesting the violence.

      Why is the Cold War bad? for 50 years the US and USSR stared at each other. Each country had enough nuclear weapons to turn the Earth into a radioactive wasteland. But through diplomacy, shows of power, and other actions, the war stayed "cold" This Middle East situation has the potential to go on for a long time. Lets hope it doesn't get hot

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      Daniel Durand 4 years ago from Southern Idaho

      The majority of the people in the Middle East are just like you and me. They have hopes and dreams and feelings, and they want good lives. My point with the Cold War comment was that people like Romney and McCain are still very much in this Cold War, America-centric mentality. They still think our enemies from that era are our enemies today, which in my mind makes them unfit for dealing with the new threats in the Middle East.

      But, aside from my own opinion, do you really want to send someone like Romney to fix the problem? He only made things worse when he toured Israel last summer. Read this:

      http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2012/0...

      You may have heard about this, maybe not; but when a man campaigning for the highest office in our country has so little grasp of the situation overseas, I have to shudder. You don't go to a country and insult the population by saying their culture is inferior. A lot has gone on over there, and to reduce the country to superior and inferior cultures will only inflame the situation and ruin any progress we've made.

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      billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

      Thanks darknezz. I don't believe the people in the Middle East are like us. If they lived in our society they would be. They should have the same rights but they don't. They live in a repressive environment where a small radical majority rules with an iron fist. It's likely they don't have our hopes, dreams and feeling. They have been beaten out of them. Who do you think has more hopes, and dreams? An American woman or a Mid East woman in a burkah?

      Anyway, I agree with part of your point. A man running for President has to have a good grasp of any international situation. So does a sitting President. The current resident does not seem to have a good understanding of this situation.

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      Tamara Wilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Thank you for bringing these issues to light. It is as if the media won't report the ongoing death toll, such as Major Hassan's victims, because we have a Democrat in office.

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      Bala 2 years ago

      Neal Pirolo2008/10/06From: Dwight Logan Subject: Wake up AmericaIslam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fuelslt form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life. Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components. Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here's how it works.As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:United States Muslim 0.6%Australia Muslim 1.5%Canada Muslim 1.9%China Muslim 1.8%Italy Muslim 1.5%Norway Muslim 1.8%At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:Denmark Muslim 2%Germany Muslim 3.7%United Kingdom Muslim 2.7%Spain Muslim 4%Thailand Muslim 4.6%>From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves – along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:France Muslim 8%Philippines Muslim 5%Sweden Muslim 5%Switzerland Muslim 4.3%The Netherlands Muslim 5.5%Trinidad & Tobago Muslim 5.8%At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. Theultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world. When Muslims approach 10% of the population , they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam,and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:Guyana Muslim 10%India Muslim 13.4%Israel Muslim 16%Kenya Muslim 10%Russia Muslim 15%After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:Ethiopia Muslim 32.8%At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in: Bosnia Muslim 40%Chad Muslim 53.1%Lebanon Muslim 59.7%From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleans ing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:Albania Muslim 70%Malaysia Muslim 60.4%Qatar Muslim 77.5%Sudan Muslim 70%After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:Bangladesh Muslim 83%Egypt Muslim 90%Gaza Muslim 98.7%Indonesia Muslim 86.1%Iran Muslim 98%Iraq Muslim 97%Jordan Muslim 92%Morocco Muslim 98.7%Pakistan Muslim 97%Palestine Muslim 99%Syria Muslim 90%Tajikistan Muslim 90%Turkey Muslim 99.8%United Arab Emirates Muslim 96%100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in: Afghanistan Muslim 100%Saudi Arabia Muslim 100%Somalia Muslim 100%Yemen Muslim 100%Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust bykilling less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel. Leon Uris, 'The Haj'It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live inghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas ofcertain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate. Today's 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world's population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world's population by the end of this century.Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat Here is some serious reading for serious thinkers. Now that you know, what we will do with this knowledge? We have one running for the highest office in this country. Know who you are voting for in the Nov. election. Edited by Tikkabuck (Today at 01:44 AM) 'A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.' Thomas Jefferson

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      Sajjad 2 years ago

      Heidi2008/10/06ISLAMIslam is not a religion, nor is it a cult.a0 In it's fleulst form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.a0a0a0a0a0a0a0Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all ofa0 the other components. Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here's how it works.As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:United States Muslim 0.6%Australia Muslim 1.5%Canada Muslim 1.9%China Muslim 1.8%Italy Muslim 1.5%Norway Muslim 1.8%At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:Denmark Muslim 2%Germany Muslim 3.7%United Kingdom Muslim 2.7%Spain Muslim 4%Thailand Muslim 4.6%From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:France Muslim 8%Philippines Muslim 5%Sweden Muslim 5%Switzerland Muslim 4.3%Netherlands Muslim 5.5%Trinidad & Tobago Muslim 5.8%At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia Law over the entire world. When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings.Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:a0Guyana Muslim 10%India Muslim 13.4%Israel Muslim 16%Kenya Muslim 10%Russia Muslim 15%After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:Ethiopia Muslim 32.8%a0At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror, attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:a0a0a0Bosnia Muslim 40%Chad Muslim 53.1%Lebanon Muslim 59.7%From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:Albania Muslim 70%Malaysia Muslim 60.4%Qatar Muslim 77.5%Sudan Muslim 70%After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some state-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:Bangladesh Muslim 83%Egypt Muslim 90%Gaza Muslim 98.7%Indonesia Muslim 86.1%Iran Muslim 98%Iraq Muslim 97%Jordan Muslim 92%Morocco Muslim 98.7%Pakistan Muslim 97%Palestine Muslim 99%Syria Muslim 90%Tajikistan Muslim 90%Turkey Muslim 99.8%United Arab Emirates Muslim 96%100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in: Afghanistan Muslim 100%Saudi Arabia Muslim 100%Somalia Muslim 100%Yemen Muslim 100%Unfor tunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.'Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab Life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel.Leon Uris, 'The Haj'It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos.There are no national courts nor schools nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrases. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.Today's 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world's population.But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world's population by the end of this century.Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book:Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat

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