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Obama and Middle Eastern Terrorism
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.
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.
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.