Obama’s Dangerous Consistency

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Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

Last week, Egypt’s chief prosecutor issued arrest warrants against eight US citizens.

Their purported crimes relate either to their reported involvement in the production of the Internet movie critical of Islam that has received so much attention over the past 10 days, or to other alleged anti-Islamic activities.

One of the US citizens indicted is a woman who converted from Islam to Christianity.

According to the Associated Press, Egypt’s general prosecution issued a statement announcing that the eight US citizens have been indicted on charges of insulting and publicly attacking Islam, spreading false information, and harming Egyptian national unity.

The statement stipulated that they could face the death penalty if convicted.

The AP write-up of the story quoted Mamdouh Ismail, a Salafi attorney who praised the prosecution’s move. He claimed it would deter others from exercising their right to free expression in regards to Islam. As he put it, the prosecutions will “set a deterrent for them and anyone else who may fall into this.” That is, they will deter others from saying anything critical about Islam.

This desire to intimidate free people into silence on Islam is clearly the goal the heads of the Muslim Brotherhood seek to achieve through their protests of the anti-Islamic movie. This was the message of Muslim Brotherhood chief Yussuf Qaradawi. Three days after the anti-American assaults began on the anniversary of the September 11 jihadist attacks on America, Qaradawi gave a sermon on Qatar television, translated by MEMRI.

Qaradawi struck a moderate tone. He called on his followers to stop rioting against the US. Rather than attack the US, Qaradawi urged his Muslim audience to insist that the US place prohibitions on the free speech rights of American citizens by outlawing criticism of Islam – just as the Europeans have done in recent years in the face of Islamic terror and intimidation.

In his words, “We say to the US: You must take a strong stance and try to confront this extremism like the Europeans do. This [anti-Islamic film] is not art. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech. This is nothing but curses and insults. Does the freedom to curse and insult constitute freedom of speech?”

Both the actions of the Egyptian prosecution and Qaradawi’s sermon prove incontrovertibly that the two policies the US has adopted since September 11, 2001, to contend with Muslim hatred for the US have failed. The neoconservative policy of supporting the democratization of Muslim societies adopted by President Barack Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush has failed. And the appeasement policy adopted by Obama has also failed.

Bush’s democratization policy claimed that the reason the Muslim world had become a hotbed for anti-Americanism and terror was that the Muslim world was not governed by democratic regimes. Once the peoples of the Muslim world were allowed to be free, and to freely elect their governments, the neoconservatives proclaimed, they would abandon their hatred of America.

As a consequence of this belief, when the anti-regime protests against the authoritarian Mubarak regime began in January 2011, the neoconservatives were outspoken supporters of the overthrow of then-president Hosni Mubarak, despite the fact that he had been the US’s key ally in the Arab world for three decades. They supported the political process that brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power. They supported the process despite the fact that Qaradawi is the most influential cleric in Egypt. They supported it despite the fact that just days after Mubarak was ousted from power, Qaradawi arrived at Cairo’s Tahrir Square and before an audience of two million followers, he called for the invasion of Israel and the conquest of Jerusalem.

In the event, the Egyptian people voted for Qaradawi’s Muslim Brotherhood and for the Salafi party. The distinction between the two parties is that Qaradawi and the Muslim Brotherhood are willing to resort to both violent and nonviolent ways to dominate the world in the name of Islam. The Salafis abjure nonviolence. So while Qaradawi called for the riots to end in order to convince the Americans to criminalize criticism of Islam, his Salafi counterparts called for the murder of everyone involved in producing the anti-Islamic film.

For instance, Salafi cleric Ahmad Fouad Ashoush issued a fatwa on Islamic websites last weekend calling for American and European Muslims to murder those involved with the movie. His religious ruling was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group on Monday.

Ashoush wrote, “Those bastards who did this film are belligerent disbelievers. I issue a fatwa and call on the Muslim youth in America and Europe to do this duty, which is to kill the director, the producer and the actors and everyone who helped and promoted the film.

“So, hurry, hurry, O Muslim youth in America and Europe, and teach those filthy lowly ones a lesson that all the monkeys and pigs in America and Europe will understand. May Allah guide you and grant you success.”

These are the voices of democratic Egypt. The government, which has indicted American citizens on capital charges for exercising their most fundamental right as Americans, is a loyal representative of the sentiments of the Egyptian people who freely elected it. The Salafi preacher is a loyal representative of the segment of the Egyptian people that made the Salafi party the second largest in the Egyptian parliament. Qaradawi’s call for the abolition of freedom of speech in America – as has happened in Europe – and to ban all criticism of Islam is subscribed to by millions and millions of Muslims worldwide who consider him one of the leading Sunni clerics in the world.

Free elections in Egypt have empowered the Egyptian people to use the organs of governance to advance their hatred of America. Their hatred has been empowered, and legitimized, not diminished as the neoconservatives had hoped.

The behavior of the Egyptian government, Qaradawi and the Salafis also makes clear that Obama’s policy of appeasing the Muslim world has failed completely. Whereas Bush believed the source of Muslim hatred was their political oppression at the hands of their regimes, Obama has blamed their rage and hatred on America’s supposed misdeeds.

By changing the way America treats the Muslim world, Obama believes he can end their hatred of America. To this end, he has reached out to the most anti-American forces and regimes in the region and spurned pro-American regimes and political forces.

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  • oldtimer

    And he wants us to go "FORWARD"….. forward into what??? No…..

    • Ben Qurayzah

      Forward? No, back and to the left. Back and to the left.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Forward into the new Dark Ages where blasphemy laws are reborn in the guise of hate speech legislation.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Obama will get another chance to blame neocons for his failed ME foreign policy, in a few weeks, or hopefully sooner–when Israel strikes Iran; and all h–l breaks loose. I hope he gets word of the Israeli strike when he's on the links, or when he's at some cake-walk fundraiser, getting slobbered over by his adoring symbiotic followers.

  • Peter

    Nuke 'em.

  • Schlomotion

    Ms. Glick is all over the map here. First she attacks the Neocons for endorsing the inevitable collapse of Mubarak. Then she flips out at anybody who dares to mention the fact that the Neocons are primarily an all-Jewish pro-Israel outfit with nothing but outright disdain for the laws of the United States.

    She ends rhetorically with the statement: "To appease a party that hates your way of life, you must change your way of life." The Neocons, as they constantly remind us hate our way of life. It's too free-wheeling, the people are too self-secure. They need to be told they are under constant threat, and that anything but war war war and preparation for war is foolishness. Ms. Glick is a Neocon, and some of the primary characteristics of a Neocon are to act misunderstood, ignored, oppressed, and endangered while saying that every domestic and foreign policy except those endorsed by your own affiliated (and mandatorily Jewish-run) intelligence agency. It also helps to hop from country to country, changing your nationality like a jacket.

    These guys all cleave to the Beginite Fascist Party. I don't think we should appease them either.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Do you realize that makes no sense? And it's not an accurate evaluation of the story either.

    • PaulRevereNow

      ….yawn….yawn….and laugh!

    • Pontotoc Bill

      No sense. This diatribe is nothing but a meandering discourse on the leftist mindset.

      Try again, mental midget.

    • Mo Schlotion

      I thought it was Beaver who was the Cleaver.

    • Touchstone

      Begin the fascist? If only all fascists would be as willing to relinquish huge pieces of territory in exchange for peace.

      By the way, I know you like to provoke people and run away, but I'm still awaiting your response here:

      How do you reconcile these two statements of yours:

      "I know I'm not guilty of slander and hypocrisy"
      "I am engaged in defaming knaves so the charge of defamation is hollow"

      Slander is a form of defamation, and defamation is a crime. You denied being guilty of slander while confessing to the crime of defamation!

      I just had to share that hilariously embarrassing moment with everyone else.

      • Schlomotion

        Begin the Fascist. You don't need to be Einstein to see it, but you can:

        I am glad you reposted your question here where it is nice and wide.

        You omitted the part where I said that you cannot defame darkness by calling it black. What good reputation were these authors trading upon that was not conferred to themselves by themselves or which they bartered for by heaping accolades on fellows from their own media companies? The answer to that question is, of course, that one, maybe two of them have actually published a few reputable books. You could cop to that, but it would un-Spengler you.

        I would be glad to answer for any of the "crimes" this organization might see fit to accuse me of. It would probably be the first time they were ever met on fair footing.

        You posed a lot of challenges in the post that you link to. Most of them are silly. One was that you were insisting that I consider the whole world in order to validate your argument, and you were trying to deny me the prerogative of considering mainly the United States, a fine place where many of the authors here use and abuse the Bill of Rights on Aubrey Chernick's dime, and frequently from some place in Toronto. That's kind of silly, don't you think?

        Your other point was that Israel is some kind of safe-haven for World Jewry, because the rest of the world is so gosh-darned unsafe. You furthered the characterization by making Israel the bulwark against World Islam, and portrayed it as a place that is not dependent. That is false. Israel is one of our client states. Also, they certainly don't protect us. They beg us to protect them, usually while they threaten war.

        You pinned Israeli security upon Hasbara. Putin could make the same argument. Goebbels could. Hasbara is simply the use of propaganda and advertising to squash opinion and discussion, especially criticism. If any group of people requires that, I'd rather be rid of the people than the open discussion. Fortunately, you are wrong. Jews' existence does not depend upon being viewed favorably. No one's does.

        You made a point about reciprocating my comments by trying to mirror them, asserting that it is effective. I doubt that it is. I think when people read comments that are meant to be reciprocal, they are supposed to use the irony and contradictions to help bog down opponents in the future for the benefit of the collective will. I see this same urge in someone like Mr. Bawers' favorite radical Imam who prefers his holy argumatics to real freedom. They might "mmmm hmmmm" and "harumph" in unison to your pro-Israel furqan but they really wish they could do it themselves. It's a slippery slope to wishing they could think for themselves.

        Then you tried to elevate by saying I am far removed from a war zone, as if we all have to be in a war zone, or turn the world into a war zone to be on the same moral footing and have the same steely realpolitikal view as yourself. Pshaw! You reminded me that I don't live in the Middle East, neglecting the fact that all the vitriol we are discussing emanates mainly from Los Angeles, Bedford, Philadelphia, New York, Boca Raton, Toronto, and Montreal. Does Mr. Spencer live in a War Zone? No. Does Ms. Geller? No. Does Mr. Horowitz? No. Does Mr. Klein? No. Do you? No.

        You were just making apodictic divides.

        • Kufar Dawg

          The more ten dollar words you use the less you have to say.

          • Schlomotion

            Advocatus only pays 5 cents for them. You're being had over a barrel.

    • Kufar Dawg

      "Neocons are primarily an all-Jewish pro-Israel outfit", any proof islamofascist? Or is this merely a corollary to the "truths" found in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?

      The implicit argument that Schlomind is making here is that islamofascism isn't a threat and that to even suggest it is somehow hysterical.

      • Schlomotion

        Well, I could prove that the sky is blue or I could tell you to go fly a kite. Which do you think I would choose?

        • PaulRevereNow

          Either one is entirely irrelevant to the point Mr. Kufar is making, as you know. But you can't prove the sky is blue.

      • Ron Lewenberg

        Neoconservatives are advancing the Muslim Brotherhood at the expense of Israel. They were never "all Jewish" and their Zionism is secondary to their liberalism.

    • Ghostwriter

      Another day,another anti-Jewish rant from Schlomotion. It's as predictable as the tides.

  • mlcblog

    Maureen Dowd in my opinion is just sick.

  • Horace

    Caroline, Although maybe we should have helped the Secularists overthrow the Iranian ayatollahs and mullahcracy, why do you want to help the Sunni Al Quaida types in their anti Bashar Assad quest. They are driving out and killing Christians. They are aided by the islamist Tayip Erdogan who just threw the partially Christian Turkish military pro Israel secularists in jail. So what if Assad is an ally of Iran, the Sunni Islamists who will surely take over if Assad is overthrown are just as bad if not worse. Bomb Iran, but if he keeps the Iranians out, leave Assad alone although Israel will be surrounded by hostiles in either case. The devil you know, etc. etc. Israel should save her ammo for the Egyptian attack on her southern doorstep and the Hizbollah attack out of Lebanon that looks like they are coming soon in alliance with Iran.__Check the fuses etc. on the tactical emp nukes. Tough complex situations demand reasessment of priorities. Work on getting Florida Jews to vote against Obama first, second and third. Maureen Dowd is a liberal Obama hacktwit, what do you expect from her.

    • aspacia


      The secularists who supported the Shah's overthrow were targeted afterward They are all dead or in exile

  • Kufar Dawg

    "The Times’ public editor Andrew Rosenthal dismissed claims that Dowd’s column was anti- Semitic, arguing it couldn’t be since she never said a word about Jews." LOL, sounds a lot like Schlomind's meme.

    It's sick to think that people buy into this kind of euphemistic BS. The muslimes publicly rant and rave at UCI about their hatred of zionists, and it's clear to any but the most stupid that zionist is nothing more than a euphemism for Jew.

  • Ghostwriter

    That's probably why people like Atlas_Collins and Schlomotion use it,as a means to attack Jews.

  • chowching259

    Choosing between a businessman and a great communicator is the choice America`s youth will make in the November elections. College gals and bikini wearers prefer the candidate with the Jive talk and captivating bedroom manner. Youngsters out to make a buck, want their leader to be a businessman with a record of success. Retirees with a pension or Social Security check do not care about the economy; most are lonely and all they want is a blast of Obama`s warm and sugary words. Serious minded voters are in the minority that is why Romney is behind in the polls.

    • Kufar Dawg

      But is Romney really behind in the polls? The MSM and the truth don't have much to do with one another anymore. I find the present regime's lies about the unemployment rate particularly laughable.

  • guest

    They better not expect help from the muslim in the white house.

    Question: Who said this?

    "If the winds blow against Islam I will side with Islam" —-"Audacity of Hate" /sic

  • Sunbeam

    It is outrageous to know that this Obama chose rather to please the enemies than its own American people. He isn't patriotic at all. One must also understand that America was the reason the Muslims hate. America must stop being so naive or gullible to believe this. There are a whole lot of reasons why Muslims hate the world and cannot get along with. It is truly their own fault and not others. If there's any blame, it is themselves to be blame. Can't you see why others can get along fine, except them. They know the answer, while we've a hard time figuring out and blaming ourselves for every single wrong they hurled at us. It is they who try to hurt us, not we who try to hurt them. I hope the world can see this before it's too late. We need to take care of ourselves or where do we flee to if anything were to went wrong? They create, they invent…and they turn around and blame it all on the West. They are good in scheming, nobody can compare with them in this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    Anyone who believes the Muslims will be able to manhandle any of their present tyrants and establish a true democracy is doing some very soft headed believing. No democracy exists in the United Sates or anywhere else. If one does in the US, give us the Democratic Party's standard official definition of democracy that is given to its leaders and supporters.
    That Obama joined George Bush in supporting a Middle East democracy is no wonder. That the Muslims rejected a nonexistent democracy is less of a wonder. What would help the people of the Middle East is a constitutional rule of law including the rights of our American Bill of Rights. That is republicanism! Every citizens of whatever belief is equal under that republican law. The Muslim tyrants who feel free to sentence foreign critics to death have not and will not accept a rule of equality before the law for all of their citizens. If they do, it will be the end of their tyranny.
    Marvin E. Fox

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    What is there in Obama's upbringing that would lead people to believe he would defend Jews?
    Marvin E. Fox

  • jose

    Coal makes for hot and toasty ovens. bho

  • aspacia

    Of course. Both Schlock and Collins are pseudo intellectuals with zero valid sources, and never use academic terms correctly.