Middle East Spirals Out of Control


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Furthermore, despite every effort by the media to make it seem like Romney had no basis on which to criticize the president, Barack Obama still felt compelled to bring up religious disrespect during his statement Wednesday condemning the attacks, long after the Cairo embassy tweets had been disavowed. “Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths,” he said. “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” Thus, despite all evidence emerging that such “denigration” was nothing more than a smokescreen for stoking anti-Americanism in Egypt, Yemen, and outright terror in Libya–as well as American flag burning outside our embassy in Tunisia and by Hamas in Gaza city yesterday–moral equivalence remains part of the equation.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, invited to meet with President Obama on September 23rd (even as Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu remains persona non grata), demonstrated his priorities in remarks broadcast by Egyptian state television. ”We Egyptians reject any kind of assault or insult against our prophet. I condemn and oppose all who… insult our prophet,” said Morsi, who then contended that “it is our duty to protect our guests and visitors from abroad..”

After the fact apparently. In Cairo, the mob scaled the embassy walls, took down the American flag and attempted to burn it. When that failed, they tore it to shreds. A black Islamic flag with the words “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet,” similar to banners used by al-Qaeda, was raised in its place. The crowd chanted, “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.” Some shouted, “We are all Usama,” referring to Al Qaeda leader bin Laden. The crowd outside the embassy numbered in the thousands, and dozens of riot police lined along embassy walls made no effort to stop the assault. Attempts to re-assault the embassy continued yesterday.

The attack in Benghazi was far worse. An initial report by the Associated Press noted that the Libyan protesters “fired gunshots and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi,” during which American ambassador Christopher Stevens and his aides were killed. Once again, Libyan security forces, outnumbered by the crowd did little to stop the rampage. “The Libyan security forces came under heavy fire and we were not prepared for the intensity of the attack,” said Abdel-Monem Al-Hurr, spokesman for Libya’s Supreme Security Committee.

On Thursday in Yemen, as many as 5,000 protesters were trying to storm the U.S. compound in Sanaa. Hundreds managed to get thought the main gate into the compound before being driven back by security forces who fired weapons into the air. One protester was killed by police. anti-American protests also took place outside U.S. embassies in Morocco, Sudan, and Iraq. Remarkably, Hillary Clinton re-iterated her contention that the violence was triggered by the aforementioned video, which she characterized as “disgusting and reprehensible,” as well as a cynical attempt to offend people for their religious beliefs–even as she once again added that it does not justify violence.

If the video doesn’t justify violence, why do administration officials keep alluding to it?  The answer is obvious. Without that particular crutch to fall back on, the Obama administration would be forced to face two inconvenient realities. First, their Middle East initiatives are a bust, in large part because they have proceeded from assumptions that the president’s speech in Cairo three years ago would usher in a new spirit of understanding between the West and the Islamic world. It didn’t, despite Obama’s effort to apologize for America’s “sins.” Second and far more important, despite what the progressives in this administration fervently believe, culture matters.

A New York Post editorial best expressed this reality. “This week, Barack Obama got a life lesson: There is no dealing with the 9th century. It can be held at arm’s length, and beaten back when necessary, but it has nothing in common with the 21st century–that is, with civilization.” They further noted that the administration’s aforementioned crutch is exactly that. “Ostensibly, the week’s rioting has been over a mindless bit of videography clearly meant to defame Mohammed and, by extension, Islam. In the modern world, blasphemy is shrugged off. In the 9th century, it warrants mayhem. And in the Obama White House, it’s cause for compromising a fundamental principle, the First Amendment,” it states.

Make that a fundamental American principle, one of many this administration appears more than willing to sacrifice to a chimeric Middle East “greater good” that is neither greater nor good. The first rule of any coherent foreign policy is the idea that America’s interests come first. Yet it was the Obama administration’s combination of passivity in Egypt that precipitated the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of that nation, and their activity in Libya that has propelled the ascendancy of Islamic factions completely antithetical to the interests of America. It is their ongoing antipathy towards drawing a red line with respect to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, even as they have set obvious limits on Israel’s ability to defend their very existence, that allows the megalomaniac mullahs of Tehran to continue pursuing their apocalyptic worldview towards the catastrophe that must precede the second coming of the Mahdi, according to their interpretation of the Quran. Even the failure to beef up security at embassies in the Middle East in the days leading up to the anniversary of 9/11 is part of the same ideological bankruptcy that drives this administration.

Even their claims of fostering respect for religion ring hollow. This is the same president who thinks nothing of trampling on the beliefs of Christians opposed to financing birth control and abortifacients for their employees, while expressing disdain regarding those who would “offend” Islam — even as four Americans have been murdered by the terminally offended.

A giant power vacuum has been created by this administration and its ongoing attempts to foster the despicable moral equivalence between our enemies and our friends that forms one of the essential pillars of progressive ideology. It is a vacuum that will not remain unfilled, even as leftist apologists continue to insist that Islamist ambitions, wherever they arise, can be “contained,” as long as we remain “sensitive” to that which might ignite those ambitions. That is an abject lie. Those ambitions are self-igniting, and their perpetrators will exploit perceived weaknesses wherever they arise. That the administration would even dream of giving those perpetrators even an ounce of credibility–by making sure to include criticism of a film in every condemnation of the violence supposedly precipitated by it–is utterly appalling.

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  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Pray please tell us when was the Islamic ME under control…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      At the end of WWI.

  • dodo

    Today is the day of friday prayers of hatred, grievance, murder and incitement to violence. More proof that islam is not a true religion but a made up fascist political movement that hides behind pseudo religious doubletalke

    • Mr. Polly

      Good description of Zionism.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Ridiculous.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbyandPeg1976 @BobbyandPeg1976

    Islam is not a religion but a hatefull ideology that will kill us all.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Islam is a religion. And the favorite religion of atheists, socialists and other self destructive malcontents.

      Islamists claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion. Drawing new adherents from prisons, mental hospitals.

      See the sneaker bomber richard reid, jose padilla, underwear bomber, lauren boothe.

  • Schlomotion

    The authors are not in agreement as to whether the Nakoula Basseley video has anything to do with the embassy attacks. Frontpage is trying to proceed along both courses, one where it is and one where it isn't to see which one pans out gold. Three things are certain, however: Nobody gets to criticize the protected offspring of Norman Podhoretz, the Morsi/Obama meeting has to be scuttled at all costs, and everyone must pay for excluding Benjamin Netanyahu from his seat at the right hand of the President where he likes to bite the fingers that feed him.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Shariamotion,

      Happy Eternal Nakba!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The authors are not in agreement as to whether the Nakoula Basseley video has anything to do with the embassy attacks. Frontpage is trying to proceed along both courses, one where it is and one where it isn't to see which one pans out gold."

      They ARE in agreement that it was involved as a pretext.

      "Three things are certain, however: Nobody gets to criticize the protected offspring of Norman Podhoretz"

      Or riots ensue?

      "the Morsi/Obama meeting has to be scuttled at all costs"

      Why?

      "and everyone must pay for excluding Benjamin Netanyahu from his seat at the right hand of the President"

      Illustrating once again that you don't get it at all.

    • Frank.

      Ignore this idiot, he'll still be spouting politically correct liberal drivel even and the islamist sword is decending to his neck.

  • Nomadic100

    The "clash of civilizations" is clearly underway.

    • BS77

      It is not a clash of civilizations….it is a clash against civilization.

  • LindaRivera

    Western leaders have imported many millions of these perpetually rabidly angry, perpetually rabidly violent people into our Western countries. The violence is coming to a country, city, town near you soon.

  • watsa46

    China and Russia will love to deal with such a weak president. We also should accept, if I am correct, that had Clinton given the order to kill OBL in Sudan, Sept 11 2001 may not have happened. But Pr. O starts the history with Bush!
    Americans are poor in history and geography.

  • Sunbeam

    These people never learn to exercise self-control and restraint. They are easily provoke even at the slightest provocation it doesn't need to call for. It's been a way of life to them. There's a motive behind all this. It is to show to the world how strong they are, and how united they were as Muslims. When one call for the destruction, the whole mob will come running down to geared its teeth and vent its anger without consulting reason and conscience for their behavior. The wildness of it all had led them to commit grievous sin beyond recognition. And this is terrible.

  • reflecting 1a

    The Americn Empire has no clothes.

  • Sunbeam

    To have these people in the Government admin is to asked for trouble, knowing them and what they stand for. It not only risks the Constitutions but the sovereignty of the nation as a whole. If there should be any time America wakes up it is now. New legislation concerning the law of the land must be drawn up quickly. Sharia law must never be imposed upon this land. Strictly no compromising even when hard pressed. You do not want the United States of America ended up like England and Europe, do you? Press for state and religion to be separated worldwide, including Islam. If this can be achieve, we stand a better chance of a more democratic liberal world which I am sure everybody would be happy about. Everybody desires to be free. It might be difficult initially but with persistent and hard work, it might pave the way.

    • jemaasjr

      Why be modest with your half way measures, there is nothing wrong with the Middle East that could not be fixed with a couple dozen nuclear warheads.

      • Sunbeam

        If every measures failed, then this will be the last resort by nuclear warheads. It would be good.

  • chowching259

    Throwing rocks toward the sky in order to hit Muhammad would result in severe punishment. But in America anger aimed at Allah and his servant Muhammad is permitted, even throwing rocks at their homes in the clouds.

  • chowching259

    Drones will soon replace guards as protectors of embassies. A stay at home mom using a desktop monitor will be able to fire a missile at violent protestors. No longer is military communication centers needed, mothers while nursing their young can press a button sending a mob of Mujahedin to paradise.

    • jemaasjr

      >>mothers while nursing their young can press a button sending a mob of Mujahedin to paradise. – Actually I think you are about half way out of your mind, but I love the imagery. Your writing seems to be a kind of stream of consciousness narrative. I wonder if you would be good at fiction writing with your kind of free form imagination.